War And Related Issues
University Of Virginia News Media Resources
March 18, 2003--
Biological Weapons, Bioethics
A lecturer in biology who teaches a course on biological war, she
can discuss the weaponization of biological agents, preparation
for biological war and ethical responses to the use of such weapons.
Phone: (434) 982-5592 (o), (434) 990-2695 (h)
and Nuclear Weapons, Emergency Response
Director of environmental health and safety at U.Va. and professor
of chemistry, Allen is an expert on emergency responses to environmental
hazards and can discuss chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, including
“dirty bombs,” and how people can protect themselves
Phone: (434) 982-4922, (434) 924-3577 (o), (434) 990-2695 (h)
Cell: (434) 531-4250
Biological Weapons, Chemical Weapons
An associate professor of mechanical engineering, her research focuses
on aerogels, which are extremely light solids -- with densities
just three times that of air -- made of silica, alumina, or zirconia.
Their highly porous structure has led to Norris to explore their
use as environmental sensors to detect airborne chemical or biological
Phone (434) 924-6295
An associate professor of mechanical engineering, he is developing
a low-cost (less than $5,000) remote sensor of chemical weapon agents
that is intended to be used by special operation forces, deployed
on low-cost SWARM type UAVs, or for first responders in anti-terrorism
Phone (434) 924-6219
International Law, Military Tribunals, Foreign Relations
Curtis A. Bradley
Bradley, a professor of law, can discuss international law related
to the war and possible military tribunals.
Phone: (434) 924-7361 (o), (434) 975-4875 (h)
Security Law, Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, War on Terrorism
John Norton Moore
Moore is a professor of law and director of the Center for National
Security Law at U.Va. He can discuss international law, national
security law, law of the sea, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,
the war on terrorism, the Gulf War, war crimes, terrorism, nuclear
weapons, intelligence, democracy and the rule of law.
Phone: (434) 924-7441 (o), (434) 977-2749 (h)
Security Law, Foreign Affairs, Presidential Powers, American Foreign
Robert F. Turner
Turner is a faculty member at the law school and associate director
of the Center for National Security Law. His subject areas include
national security law, foreign affairs, presidential powers, terrorism,
the war on terrorism, war and peace, constitutional law and American
Phone: (434) 924-4083 (o), (434) 978-7838 (h)
Cell: (434) 996-7838
Rights Law, Law of War, Humanitarian Interventions, United Nations
Rosa Ehrenreich Brooks
Associate professor of law, Brooks has expertise in human rights
law, law of war, humanitarian interventions, the United Nations,
the rule of law and human rights issues in the United States.
Phone: (434) 924-7205 (o), (434) 973-6853 (h)
Powers, International Human Rights
David A. Martin
A professor of law in civil liberties and human rights, Martin can
discuss immigration and refugee law, presidential powers and international
Phone: (434) 924-3144 (o), (434) 977-4353 (h)
Crimes Trials, United Nations, War Powers
John K. Setear
A professor of law, Setear can talk about war crime trials, the
role of the United Nations, war powers and relations with Congress.
Phone: (434) 924-4686
of U.S. Policy In Persian Gulf, Europe
W. Taylor Fain
A professor of politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs,
Fain is an expert on Anglo-American relations, U.S.-European relations
and U.S. policy in the Persian Gulf region. Currently completing
a history of Anglo-American diplomacy in the Persian Gulf and Arabian
Peninsula, he can discuss similarities and differences between present
and past alliances and conflicts.
Phone: (434) 924-6059 (o), (434) 971-9103 (h)
in Time of War
An authority on presidential history, Milkis is author of “Presidential
Greatness,” among other books, and observes qualities of U.S.
leaders. Professor of politics at the Miller Center of Public Affairs,
he co-directs the American Political Development Program, a project
about the roots of U.S. politics.
Phone: (434) 924-3037, 924-6052
Senior fellow with the Institute for Practical Ethics, Cobban directs
a research project on global violence and the policies of different
societies to deal with violence. An authority on the politics of
peace-making and expert on the Middle East, she is the author of
“The Moral Architecture of World Peace” and closely
follows anti-war movements.
Phone: (434) 971-1688, (434) 924-3487
Gathering, Presidential Decision-Making
Director of the presidential recordings project at the Miller Center
of Public Affairs, Naftali is an expert on presidential history
and decision-making, as well as intelligence and espionage matters.
Phone: (434) 924-6053 (o)
U.S. Foreign Policy, International Security, International Organizations,
John M. Owen, IV
An associate Professor of politics, Owen teaches international relations,
in particular, U.S. foreign policy, international security, nationalism
and world politics. The author of "Liberal Peace, Liberal War,"
his current research concerns why countries promote particular domestic
institutions within other countries.
Phone (434) 924-3523
U.S. Economy, U.S. Stock Markets
Burton is currently a visiting professor of economics at U.Va.,
following two decades in New York and Richmond as an investment
banker, consultant to the American Stock Exchange, and member of
the Virginia Retirement System's investment advisory committee.
Burton can discuss the impact of a foreign war on the U.S. economy,
particularly the stock and bond markets.
Phone (434) 924-4054 office, (434) 973-7241 home
U.S. Economy, Defense Spending
An assistant professor of economics, he teaches macroeconomics and
can discuss the impact of a war on the U.S. economy, especially,
the effect of an increase or decrease in defense spending.
Phone (434) 924-3692
rights, ethical aspects of international relations
Michael Joseph Smith
Professor of international relations, political thought and ideals,
Smith has written extensively on human rights and the ethical aspects
of international relations. Current research concerns human rights,
humanitarian intervention and the ethical dilemmas presented in
contemporary international politics.
Phone: (434) 924-3433, 924-2235 (o), (434) 296-2708 (h)
W. Nathaniel Howell
Former U.S. ambassador to Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War, Howell
is director of the Arab Peninsula and Gulf Studies Program.
Phone: (434) 974-9315
and Other Persian Gulf Countries
Ruhi K. Ramazani
A professor emeritus of politics, Ramazani is one of the world’s
leading experts on Iran, its factions and policies, as well as the
complexities of the Persian Gulf region in general.
Phone: (434) 295-6788 (o), (434) 295-6788 (h)
Islamic Extremists, Middle Eastern politics
Abdulaziz A. Sachedina
A professor of religious studies, Sachedina is an expert in Islamic
and Persian studies and specializes in Shiite Islam. He is the author
of two books, “Islamic Messianism: The Idea of Mahdi in Twelver
Shi'ism” and “The Just Ruler in Shiite Islam.”
Phone: (434) 924-6725 , 924-3741( o), (434) 295-7655 (h)
Stress Disorders, Anxiety
Assistant professor of psychology, Teachman can discuss people’s
responses to trauma and stress, and ways to manage anxiety during
Phone: (434) 924-0676
Reasoning and Justification, Moral Emotions
Associate professor of psychology, Haidt can discuss how people
use moral reasoning to justify their actions, even actions that
were conceived before the moral explanations. This relates to why
nations go to war.
Phone: (434) 243-7631
effects of war
An anthropologist, she is founder and director of the Institute
on Violence and Survival at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
She studies the long-term effects of war and mass violence on culture.
Culbertson has worked with refugees and other survivors for about
Phone: (434) 924-6561, 924-3296
A clinical psychologist and professor in the Curry School of Education,
he has researched the social and psychological effects of violence
and trauma on children. Sheras is co-coordinator of the School Crisis
Network in Charlottesville and the Central Virginia regional coordinator
of the joint program for disaster relief of the American Psychological
Association and the American Red Cross.
Phone: (434) 924-0795
and chemical agents
Dr. Christopher Holstege
Medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center, Holstege is an
emergency medicine physician at the U.Va. Health System and one
of Virginia‘s two board-certified, full-time medical toxicologists.
He has the only published book chapter on “BZ,” hallucinogenic
agent used in chemical warfare and believed to have been used by
the Russians in the Moscow theatre siege late last year. Holstege
has published numerous articles on poisonings, including nerve agent
Phone: (434) 924-5543 (o) (434) 245-0841 (h)
Dr. Barbara Mann
Associate professor of medicine at U.Va., Mann is working to identify
and study the features of the bacteria that promotes this disease,
which has been associated with bioterrorism because of the potential
for aerosol infection, low infectious dose and the ability to cause
moderate to severe disease. Another focus of the laboratory will
be to develop a safe and effective protective vaccine.
Phone: (434) 924-9666
Dr. Erik Hewlett
Associate dean for research at U.Va., Hewlett has had a federally
funded research program for more than 22 years to study edema toxin
and lethal toxin, which is produced by the bacterium that causes
anthrax. Hewlett is the anthrax project leader on a multi-institutional
proposal to NIH/NIAID for a Regional Center of Excellence in biodefense
and emerging infections. Hewlett is investigating how these toxin
affect white blood cells and may alter the ability of infected individuals
to rid themselves of their infection.
Phone: (434) 982-4334
Professor of internal medicine at U.Va., Scheld is evaluating if
treatment with an adenosine A2A receptor agonist protects from death
following exposure to anthrax toxins. If a protective effect is
found, drugs that bind to this receptor may be beneficial, when
administered in combination with antibiotics, to patients that suffer
from inhalational anthrax. Currently, approximately 80 percent of
patients with inhalational anthrax still die, despite administration
of powerful antibiotics.
Phone: (434) 924-5241
Shielding (voluntary quarantining)
Dr. Greg Saathoff
Executive director of Critical Incident Analysis Group and associate
professor of research at U.Va., Saathoff and his colleagues have
developed the concept of community shielding as response to a terrorist
attack with biological agents. “Shielding” is a partnership
of government, business, media and the public to break the disease
cycle and ensure minimal disruption to the routine activities of
the nation. The shielding concept focuses on self-imposed measures,
remaining close to home even if this is proximal to the incident,
and fulfilling the health, social and recovery needs of the family
Phone: (434) 243-9467
Professor of law and director of the Institute for Law, Psychiatry
and Public Policy, he is a co-originator of the community shielding
Phone: (434) 924-3209, 924-5435 (o), (434) 977-8493 (h)
Professor of commerce and an expert in computer applications, systems
design and banking, he has had 34 years of consulting experience
in the Middle East and speaks fluent Arabic. He has worked with
numerous U.S. and foreign construction firms and international organizations
in the Middle East and expects a difficult and complicated war before
Iraq's infrastructure can be revitalized.
Phone: (434) 924-3423 (o)
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