Beverly Sauer Op-Ed on New York Times “Room for Debate”

April 09, 2010 Beverly Sauer

An opinion article by Beverly Sauer, professor of the practice in management communication at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, recently was featured in The New York Times’ online “Room for Debate.” The piece, titled “Accidents are Not Inevitable,” was in reference to recent mining incidents.

Read the article online.

Professor Sauer has written extensively on the subject of risk communication in United States, British, and South African coal mines through the support of five National Science Foundation grants. Her book, The Rhetoric of Risk: Technical Documentation in Hazardous Environments (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003), investigates safety community in U.S. and British coal mines. In January 2006, Sauer served as a member of West Virginia Manchin’s Special Commission on the Sago Mine Disaster. She wrote the senate testimony on automated mining systems and has published numerous articles on mine safety. She currently is completing a second book, Risk and Reconciliation (MIT Press), based upon her research in South African coal mines.