The University's Response to the 9/11 Tragedy
September - November 2001
Search and Rescue Effort - World Trade Center
Dr. Robin Murphy
September 27, 2001
Hear a unique firsthand account of the World Trade Center search and rescue efforts. Engineering Professor Robin Murphy and her students went above and beyond the call of duty when they took their robots to New York City after the World Trade Center Disaster to help search for survivors. During their presentation, you will see her robots and learn what it was like on the front lines of this daunting rescue effort. Dr. Murphy will also present video that she, her students, and her robots took during the search and rescue in New York. We are very proud of the heroic efforts of Dr. Murphy and her students. Please join us to welcome her home and thank her and her students for their service to our country and for representing USF and the College of Engineering in such a noble way.
Public Health and Anthrax in Florida
October 11, 2001
Acts of terrorism threaten and often paralyze a society by instilling fear of harm and evoking helplessness. As a result, individuals and organizations may feel as if they are being held in emotional hostage. The aim of this program is to aid the public health professional and agency in recovering from the acute stress and trauma of terrorism by offering strategies and interventions for helping self, agency, clients, and community. Through active dialogue among panelists and program participants, an expert panel will provide an overview of the psychosocial impact of the trauma of terrorism on society and its citizens, and offer strategies for recovering from traumatic events. Active participation through questions and comments from program participants is highly encouraged.
Through the Eyes Of a Rescue Worker... 24 Days at Ground Zero
November 1, 2001
Garrett Goodwin is a combat medic with over eight years of military and civilian rescue mission experience. He answered the call for help issued by the Emergency Service Bureau in New York City when he heard about the World Trade Center disaster. He drove there and after stopping for 2.5 hours to help with the rescue efforts at the Pentagon, he arrived in New York on September 12. There he worked with FEMA, the Department of Defense, the New York Fire and Police Departments on rescue missions which took him deep into the rubble of the World Trade Center Towers and the Emergency Operations Centers at the pier. He left 24 days later returning to Tampa on October 7. Garrett has already been interviewed by Channel 8 News and plans to share his experiences by lecturing across the nation to educational institutions, community and government agencies. Garrett's presentation also includes exclusive footage courtesy of FEMA.