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Lecture on Hurricane Katrina's Lessons for Cape Cod Will Kick Off 2006-2007 MBL Falmouth Forum Season

WOODS HOLE, MA—Arthur Adelberg, Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for the special investigation of Hurricane Katrina will address the similar attributes shared between Cape Cod and New Orleans in a lecture titled "Hurricane Katrina: Wake-Up Call and Lessons for Cape Cod" on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. The lecture, presented by the MBL Associates, will kick off the MBL’s 2006-2007 Falmouth Forum season. The event is sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and is free and open to the public.

Hurricane Katrina was the first major test of a national emergency response system developed in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mr. Adelberg will discuss why all levels of government failed the test, and what improvements need to be done. Cape Cod, Mr. Adelberg says, shares many of the attributes that contributed to the disaster in New Orleans—exposure to major hurricanes, high population density, and limited evacuation routes. He will talk about the importance of personal responsibility in preparing for disasters and why residents of the Cape should take an interest not just in the emergency preparedness plans of their government officials, but their own preparedness as individuals.

Arthur Adelberg is an attorney with 30 years of public and private sector experience. He is noted for his expertise on matters of energy policy, and has testified in Congress on numerous occasions. Mr. Adelberg began his professional career at the Federal Trade Commission, where he handled litigation of oil and tobacco industries. He has served as a consultant for the State Electric Industry Reform in Eastern Europe, and recently founded the consulting firm Energy Advisors, LLC, which specializes in electric utility market and management issues. Mr. Adelberg is also senior counsel for a Washington, D.C., firm that specializes in commercial litigations. For almost 20 years he served as executive V.P. and CFO for Central Maine Power Company, CMP Group, Inc. and Energy East, Inc.

From November 2005 through April 2006 Mr. Adelberg served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ special investigation of Hurricane Katrina. He is co-author of the Committee’s May 2006 report, Hurricane Katrina: A Nation Still Unprepared.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

The Falmouth Forum will continue throughout the fall and winter. The remaining lectures in the series are below.

November 17 - " 'This I Believe' and the Power of Shared Story"
Jay Allison, award-winning independent radio producer, founder of WCAI and WNAN public radios on the Cape and Vineyard

December 1 - "Health Information: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
Donald Lindberg, M.D., Director, National Library of Medicine

January 19 - "Arab Women’s Dilemmas with Democratic Reform"
Andrea Rugh, Adjunct Scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

February 9 - "The Pathos of Bubonic Plague in Italy (1500-1800) Depicted Through Art" - James Welu, Director, Worcester Art Museum and Richard Glew, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UMass Medical School

March 15 - "The Old Ship of Zion: African American Gospel Music"
Horace Clarence Boyer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Music at UMASS Amherst
**NOTE: Thursday Lecture**

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit http://www.mbl.edu/events/falmouthforum

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The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.