Campus: San Francisco State University -- September 11, 2001

Terrorist Attacks: SFSU Faculty Experts Available To Comment On Terrorism, U.S. Foreign Relations, Impact On The Economy

Members of the San Francisco State University faculty are available to provide analysis on today's airplane hijackings and terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and U.S. Pentagon. The faculty members are closely following events and can provide timely commentary. For additional assistance in locating an expert, call the SFSU Public Affairs Office at (415) 338-1665.

Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations, is an expert on the Middle East, international relations and world politics. Simpson can be reached at (415) 338-2239 (work) or (510) 527-5306 (home).

DeVere Pentony, professor of international relations, is knowledgeable about terrorism, foreign policy analysis and strategic planning in international relations. Pentony can be reached at (415) 338-1589 (work) or (415) 469-5324 (home).

Glenn Fieldman, lecturer in international relations, is an authority on U.S. foreign policy. Fieldman can be reached at (415) 338-7498 (work) or (650) 559-9255 (home).

Robert Smith, professor of political science, is an expert on the Office of the President and Congress in dealing with national emergencies. Smith can be reached at (415) 338-7524 (work) or (510) 222-7273 (home).

Jerry Combs, professor of history, teaches a course on American foreign relations and is an expert on the history of American foreign policy. Combs can be reached at (415) 338-1246 (work) or at (925) 935-2404 (home). He requests no calls after 9 p.m.

Chris Bettinger, assistant professor of sociology, is an expert on ethnic conflict on the U.S. Bettinger can be reached at (415) 405-0399 (work) or (415) 863-2144 (home).

Yea-Mow Chen, professor and chair of finance, is an expert on financial markets of the U.S. and Pacific Rim and teaches a course on financial markets and institutions. Chen can be reached at (415) 338-2106 (work) or at (415) 731-1231 (home).

John Sullivan, professor of management, teaches classes in human resources at SFSU. A human resources consultant, Sullivan is available to discuss how businesses should deal with their employees in the wake of the terrorist attacks, handle business closings, communicate company decisions to employees, and what measures to take to help employees deal with the tragedy. Sullivan can be reached on his cell phone at (650) 315-9944 or via e-mail at

Peter Palmer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has conducted extensive research on toxic airborne particulates. He said that while most of the toxic gases released during the explosion at the World Trade Center should be carried upward and away from ground level, toxic particulate matter from the fallout gets lodged in the lungs if inhaled. For example, when common PVC plastic - used extensively in construction - is incinerated, it produces hydrochloric acid, which is highly toxic. Palmer will be available for a limited time at (415) 338-7717 (work).

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