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Lori Peek, a CU Boulder sociologist, was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join the National Institute of Building Sciences board

Lori Peek, who is the first-ever social scientist appointed to the board, was nominated by President Joe Biden. The board is responsible for ensuring the nation’s buildings are safe, structurally sound and sustainable.

Peek studies marginalized populations, including children and low-income families, in disaster situations. She has conducted research after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricanes Katrina and Matthew, Superstorm Sandy, the BP Oil Spill, the Christchurch and Anchorage earthquakes, and the Joplin tornado, among other major events.

Learn more and read Lori’s full interview in the CU Boulder Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine.