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Lecture Marks Student-Led Tsunami Relief Efforts, Feb. 1

The Barnard-Columbia Undergraduate Public Health Society, in partnership with the Earth Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, presents the lecture/fundraiser "Relief Efforts in the Aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami" at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 in Low Library Rotunda.

This remarkable endeavor by student leaders, who banded together to raise awareness and funds for one of the most devastating natural disasters of the century, marks the kick-off of student-led relief efforts. It is the first of a number of initiatives that will be undertaken throughout the semester.

Ronald Waldman, senior faculty member and director of the Center for Global Health and Economic Development at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Earth Institute, will speak about the relief efforts and the aftermath of the tsunami disaster. Professor Waldman has just returned from three weeks in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where he led a World Health Organization tsunami relief mission. A question-and-answer session will follow.

After the lecture, representatives from participating student groups will present Waldman with a donation to Save the Children. The South Asian Student League sold blue ribbons to raise money and agreed, along with several other groups, to pool raised funds to contribute to the donation. Columbia Catering, Printing Services, and the student-led CU Snacks operation also contributed significantly to the fundraising effort.

For a list of events, resources, requests for volunteers and news specific to the Earth Institute and the tsunami, visit http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/education/studentTsunami.html.

Published: Jan 31, 2005
Last modified: Feb 01, 2005

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