What's Up in Pennsylvania?
An Assessment of Homeland Security Initiatives

Louise K. Comfort, Ph. D.
Professor of Public and International Affairs
University of Pittsburgh

September 24, 2003 -- 12:00 Noon Eastern Time

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Map of PA Regional Task Forces

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Louise K. Comfort is a Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches in the field of organizational theory and policy design. She is Principal Investigator, Interactive, Intelligent, Spatial Information System (IISIS) Project, 1994-present: http://www.iisis.pitt.edu;. She has done field research on organizational response and information processes in disaster operations following fourteen earthquakes in ten nations. She holds degrees in political science from Macalester College (B.A.); University of California, Berkeley (M.A.), and Yale University (Ph.D.). Her recent books include Shared Risk: Complex Systems in Seismic Response. 1999. New York: Pergamon Press, and co-editor with Uriel Rosenthal and Arjen Boin, Managing Crises: Threats, Dilemmas, Opportunities, 2001. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher.

She is currently Co-principal Investigator for the "Secure CITI (Critical Information Technology System)" with Daniel Mosse and Rami Melhem, computer scientists at the University of Pittsburgh. The system will be built in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Region over the next five years and is funded by the National Science Foundation