UWF Responds to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill with Two Distinguished Visitors
October 1, 2010
"The Unfolding Tragedy of the BP Catastrophe: Ecological and Sociological Lessons from the Exxon Valdez Disaster"
Dr. J. Steven Picou
Professor of Sociology
University of South Alabama
Dr. Michael Brant DeMaria
University of West Florida
Center for Fine and Performing Arts
Building 82, Music Hall
11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514
The University of West Florida’s Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) was proud to sponsor this event highlighting Dr. J. Steven Picou’s research into the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon oil spills. Dr. Picou’s research applies sociological interests into studying the impacts of these disasters. Dr. Picou also discussed his recent endeavors leading workshops to train peer listeners for the residents of the Gulf Coast. Dr. Picou has led these workshops throughout the Gulf Coast region. Visit Dr. Picou’s website for more information about his research and application at www.stevenpicou.com.
Dr. Michael DeMaria, a clinical psychologist and Grammy-nominated musician, performed selections from his "Healing Sound Series" albums. Dr. DeMaria’s album, Siyotanka, was nominated for the 2010 Grammy for Best Native American Music Album. His combination of natural sounds and serene musical scores are used to inspire emotional healing and meditation. Dr. DeMaria emphasizes sounds of nature and wildlife throughout his melodic storylines. Visit his website for samples of this music and video of his performances at www.ontos.org.