Last night I met my cousin’s new puppy. She weighs three pounds, often gets tired from walking just a few feet, and makes the tiniest little grunting sounds when she plays tug-o-war. Cradling her on my arm, my heart was melting. It practically broke in two at the sound of her little body flopping on…
Mary King, a member of the sociology and anthropology faculty, is an expert on how communities and individuals weigh danger and risk when making decisions. She says that a major disaster, such as the recent flooding along the Mississippi River or the devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo., forces a community to reexamine its perception of risk as it works to recover from a tragedy.