AddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: [email protected] Rice experts available to discuss Haiti quakeRice University has the following experts available to discuss Tuesday’s devastating earthquake in Haiti. Ed Cox, associate professor of history, is an expert on Caribbean disasters. Cox is currently teaching the class Natural Disasters in the History of the Caribbean, where he explores with his students disasters of the region going back to the early 1600s. Cox notes that Jamaica’s earthquake of 1692 totally destroyed Port Royal and eventually led to the capital being moved to Kingston, where earthquake survivors and refugees had settled.Mark Jones, professor and chair of political science, can explain Haiti’s politics, people and history. Jones is a national political expert on the region.Maria Oden, professor in the practice of engineering education and director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, was on the ground last summer in Haiti working with Rice’s Lab-in-a-Backpack, a Rice initiative to bring modern health care to underserved areas of the world. Oden is available to comment on the access to and quality of health care that was available to Haitians prior to yesterday’s destructive earthquake. She can also discuss the challenges Haiti is facing in the aftermath of the disaster.Rice senior Jocelyn Brown, a bioengineering major, spent two months in Haiti last summer teaching and field-testing Lab-in-a-Backpack. She blogged about her experiences at http://haiti.blogs.rice.edu/. Brown is available to talk about her experiences working with Haitian health care providers. Gordon Wittenberg, professor of architecture, is an expert on architecture and structural design. Wittenberg can discuss the impact of large earthquakes on structures. He can also comment on the types of structures built in Haiti and speculate whether better building practices could have avoided the widespread destruction that is being reported.