"Science is a universal language, which helps us bridge language and cultural gaps." an interview with Emily Wolin

Recorded July 5, 2019 Archived July 5, 2019 18:14 minutes
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Emily Wolin is almost singe-handedly trying to upgrade Myanmar’s national seismic network. As a student, Emily saw the Mount Saint Helens eruption. Today, she helps scientists in Myanmar prepare their country for the aftermath of the next hurricanes to come their way. There are sometimes communication challenges, yet “science is a universal language, [which] helps us bridge language and cultural gaps.” Emily helps ensure that building quality improves in Myanmar, and that the scientists, and hopefully the wider public, come to understand the realities facing them. The goal is building better buildings, having emergency response plans, and long-term preparedness for when the inevitable arises. “We have better tools and better understanding of the physics than ever before, yet there is still so much we don’t understand.” (Recorded 14 December 2018)


  • Emily Wolin
  • Ilan Glazer
  • AGU Narratives

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