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Book Talk with Rachel Lance: In the Waves

May 18 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm


For 131 years the crew of the Confederate submarine, the HL Hunley, lay in their watery graves, undiscovered. When finally raised, the vessel revealed a puzzling sight. There was no indication the blast from its explosive torpedo had breached the hull, and all eight men were still seated at their stations—frozen in time. Why did the sub sink? Why did the men die? Discover the mystery of the HL Hunley and its crew.

In addition to writing, Rachel Lance is a biomedical engineer who specializes in patterns of injury and trauma, and she is especially fascinated by blast and ballistic events. She works as an Assistant Consulting Professor at Duke University, where she conducts research at the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine andEnvironmental Physiology. Before returning to graduate school to earn herPh.D., Rachel spent several years as an engineer for the United States Navy, working to build and test specialized underwater equipment for use by navy personnel. Her doctoral work presented the first equations to predict the risk of injury and fatality from underwater explosions and has already received numerous international citations. A native of suburban Detroit, Rachel lives with her husband in Durham, North Carolina. In the Waves is her first book.

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