PORTLAND - Earthquakes, historic flooding, ice storms, blizzards and a volcanic eruption - the Pacific Northwest has experienced them all in the last two decades.

What scientists are doing to help us cope with Mother Nature is the topic of a lecture in Portland on Feb. 13 by Charles L. Rosenfeld, a professor of geosciences at Oregon State University.

The lecture will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon. Part of Oregon State's "OSU Over Lunch" series, the lecture is free and open to the public. A buffet luncheon preceding the talk costs $12. For reservations (for the lecture or the luncheon), call the OSU Portland Center at 503-725-5757.

Rosenfeld will speak about the latest developments in satellite use, global positioning systems and other technologies that help in disaster mitigation and relief efforts.

In addition to his teaching and research efforts at OSU, Rosenfeld is a colonel in the Oregon National Guard and commander of Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, which operates emergency services operations for the northern Oregon Coast.

He also chairs the International Geographical Union's Commission on Natural Hazards.

His natural disaster research includes work in the U.S., Peru, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

The OSU Over Lunch series is designed to share the expertise of OSU faculty with people in the Portland area. Two more presentations are scheduled in upcoming months. A team of specialists will talk about worldwide food systems on April 10; and Donald F. Parker, dean of OSU's College of Business, will speak about preparing tomorrow's work force in a lecture June 5.

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OSU Portland Center, 503-725-5757