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Providing insights into overcoming disaster

from The Boston Globe

In late July 2005, Daniel Aldrich and his wife, Yael, moved to New Orleans with their two young sons so that Aldrich, a newly minted PhD in political science from Harvard, could take a job as an assistant professor at Tulane University. The couple rented a home, bought a car and furniture, and put an inflatable pool for the kids out back. "We had a real nice setup in Lakeview," says Aldrich, 41. "You could see Lake Pontchartrain from our house, and my wife and the kids had biked to the levee, less than a quarter-mile away." On Monday, Aug. 29, Aldrich was scheduled to start teaching, and the boys were to start preschool. But early that morning, Hurricane Katrina made landfall, and history, after the catastrophic breaching of the levees that left the city under water. more


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