January 29, 2007

Prevention of suicide bombings in Israel is focus of lecture at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Yale University professor Edward Kaplan, whose research has influenced national and international bioterrorism policy, to be the featured speaker


Suicide bombings targeting Israeli civilians were once the favored tactic of terrorists. Israeli deaths from suicide bombings peaked in the spring of 2002, but countermeasures dramatically lowered the number of successful bombings since then.

An evaluation of the impact of various Israeli countermeasures with an eye toward understanding the decline of the suicide bombings will be discussed in a lecture, "Tactical Prevention of Suicide Bombings in Israel," on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4:30 p.m., in Room A59 (Moot Courtroom) of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 11075 East Blvd. The lecture is sponsored by the school's Institute for Global Security Law and Policy.

Edward Kaplan, the William N. and Marie A. Beach Professor of Management Sciences, Yale School of Management; professor of public health, Yale School of Medicine; and professor of engineering, Yale Faculty of Engineering, will be the featured speaker.

Kaplan, an elected member of both the National Academy of Engineering (2003) and the Institute of Medicine (2004), is a renowned expert in operations research, mathematical modeling and statistics who studies problems in public policy and management. His recent research has focused on counterterrorism topics such as the tactical prevention of suicide bombings, bioterrorism preparedness and response logistics in the event of a smallpox or anthrax attack.

"Professor Kaplan's research in the area of counterterrorism has influenced national and international bioterrorism policy, and his work on smallpox has been honored by military organizations," said Amos N. Guiora, professor of law and director of the Institute for Global Security and Law. "Our students, faculty and the community will have a unique opportunity to learn about the many intricacies of how countries deal with the everyday threat of terrorism."

Kaplan wears several research hats. He also has conducted award-winning research that evaluates the effectiveness of HIV prevention programs while developing new mathematical models for the study of HIV transmission, prevention and resource allocation. His empirical and modeling research demonstrating the effectiveness of New Haven, Connecticut's needle-exchange program remains among the most creative and important examples of HIV prevention program evaluation to date.

He has served twice as the Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem—first in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in 1994, and subsequently in the department of statistics in 1997. He also is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. For all of his contributions to the operations research profession, Kaplan was designated an INFORMS Military Applications Society Fellow in November 2005.

One hour of free CLE credit will be available to lawyers who attend in person. For more information, call (216) 368- 3304 or visit http://law.case.edu/lectures. The lecture will be webcast live and available for viewing on demand afterward at http://law.case.edu/lectures.

For more information contact Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, January 29, 2007 11:16 AM | News Topics: Events, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics

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