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Suzanne King, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Douglas Institute

She can talk about the importance of keeping pregnant women away from stress, for themselves and their baby. Professor King is a specialist in prenatal maternal stress. She began the Iowa Flood Study right after major flooding in this US state in June 2008. Her group added disaster questionnaires to an existing study of pregnant women for whom mental health data had been collected prior to the flooding.

514-761-6131, ext. 2353 (office), suzanne.king [at] mcgill.ca

Sarah El Outayek, PhD Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

She does extreme rainfall modelling to study the trends of these phenomena in the future. She observes that there has been an increase in the number of extreme rain events over the years, and that with climate change there will be more and more events of extreme rain such as what we experienced in the past days. Her research will allow to have better models to estimate the quantity of rain and when it falls during extreme rain events. This will enable engineers to design infrastructure that are more suited to extreme rains (for example, increasing hydraulic infrastructure capacity, more green space, less concrete).

sarah.outayek [at] mail.mcgill.ca