19 December 2014 Higher Education Program News

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FEMA’s Higher Education Program Bits and Pieces

National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD

19 December 2014
Higher Education Program News:

  • Hi Ed Symposium:

Mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium scheduled for June 1- 4, 2015 at the Emergency Management Institute, Emmitsburg, MD. Information posted to the symposium section of the Hi Ed website will include the symposium announcement, application, call for papers/presentations and student volunteer information.

Symposium information currently posted: http://www.training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/edu/educonference15.asp

  • Symposium Background, Goals and Objectives

  • Call for Papers/Presentations

  • List of Associate Level session suggestions

  • Symposium Invitation Packages for 2015

The HI Ed program staff will soon begin to send out invitation packages for the 17th Annual EM Hi Ed Symposium. Please make sure the application is completed, signed and returned to the NETC Admissions office at netcadmissions@fema.dhs.gov. The applicant’s signature is the only signature required on the application. Deadline for submitting applications is May 8, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. All non-U.S. citizens attending the symposium must have a security clearance conducted and completed before they are accepted. A security clearance takes 8-12 weeks to complete. Non-U.S. applicants must submit a completed and signed application by February 13, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

Everyone attending or presenting at the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium must submit an application and be notified of acceptance. Individuals without an accepted application will not be granted admittance to the NETC.
Individuals applying to the symposium will be required to register using the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. This number will be used in place of the Social Security Number (SSN) on your application form. The SSN number is no longer required. If your symposium application does not contain a SID number it will not be processed by the Admissions office. Non-U.S. applicants are also required to have a SID number on the application.
Obtaining a FEMA SID number?

  • Step 1: To register, go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

  • Step 2: Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” button on the right side of the screen.

  • Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.

  • Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.

  • Forgot or misplaced your number? You can also use the SID website to retrieve your number.

Symposium applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance to the higher education symposium. Make sure your email address is legible on the application. If you have not heard from the Admissions office 1 week after receipt of your application please contact Admissions at NETCAdmissions@fema.dhs.gov or the Higher Education Program Office for assistance.

  • Floodplain Management Course Revision Focus Group, December 15-16, 2014

Contractor: McKinley Group

Course Developer: Robert Freitag

Timeline: 24 months

This course examines floodplains as a resource and a location of risk and accordingly presents a wide range of management tools. The course recognizes that floodplains are the product of dynamic physical, chemical, biological, and human caused processes. It also recognizes that floodplains are dependent on their contributing basins and their downstream connections to other water bodies.

Since their arrival in American 13,000 years ago, humans have become the dominant force affecting floodplains. We have so altered the natural floodplain environment in many locations that we have no choice but to actively manage this resource.

The course looks at floodplain management from multiple perspectives. It embraces the conservation and restoration of physical and biological systems. It examines the adverse impacts from human developments and also creates a policy framework that addresses these objectives.
Several samples of topics this course will cover include:

  • River Basins and Tectonics

  • Stream and River Ecology

  • Water Quality

  • What is a Hazard?

  • What is a Risk?

  • Floodplain Management

  • Mitigation Flood Losses

  • Mitigation Programs and Module Exercise

  • Public Policy in the American Federal System – An Overview

  • Federal, State, Tribal and Local Policies

  • Introduction of Case Study Problem and Team Exercise

Focus Group Participants:

  • Robert Freitag - University of Washington

  • Susan Bolton – University of Washington

  • Danielle Jolly- McKinley Group Instructional Designer

  • Kay Goss- McKinley Group Vice President

  • Ed Links – University of Maryland College Park

  • Jim Wright - The FPM Group

  • Robert Perry – FEMA/EMI/Mitigation

  • Tom Hirt - FEMA/EMI/Mitigation

  • Eric Yamishita-University of Hawaii Manoa

College and University Information:

  • 2015 Summer Faculty Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system.  Scientific programs focus of materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security.  Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSCdUJ8cavw to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers great research opportunities! 

Visiting Faculty

  • Eligibility:

    • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

    • Full-time faculty member in physics, chemistry, biology (non-medical), math, engineering, environmental sciences, materials sciences, or computer or computational sciences at an accredited U.S. institution historically underrepresented in the U.S. research community

  • Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on January 9

  • Informational Website: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/

Higher Education Research Experience Faculty

  • Eligibility:

  • U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident

  • Full-time faculty member in STEM field at an accredited U.S. institution

  • Deadline: February 1 (Recommended)

  • Informational Website: http://www.orau.org/ornl/faculty/default.htm#here

HBCU/MEI Faculty

  • Eligibility:

    • No citizenship requirement, unless specified

    • Full-time faculty member at institutions of higher learning that are designated by the federal government as HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, or Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

  • Deadline: 5:00 PM ET on January 9

  • Informational Website: http://www.orau.org/ornl/faculty/hbcu-mei-summer-program.htm

  • Disaster Response and Recovery: Strategies and Tactics for Resilience

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons, is announcing the release of the second edition of Disaster Response and Recovery: Strategies and Tactics for Resilience.  Order your books for Winter and Spring now.  See http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118673026.html for additional information.

  • February 2015 Catastrophic Disruptive Event Update and Reminder!

Happy Holiday CEMHS Colleagues!  Good afternoon, hope everything is going smoothly, and that you are ready for the Holiday Break!

There are a lot of very exciting developments, meetings, and projects going to apprise you of; however, I will save that information for the end of the year progress report that will be distributed within the next couple weeks.  That report will include a discussion of progress relating to the design, development, and implementation of emergency management, homeland security, and cyber-security education programs and initiatives, linkages with faculty/student research and grants activity; as well as service and civic engagement projects currently circulating around the state. Also, an update on the career pathways that we have been earnestly working on for the past few years, including both regional and state-wide efforts. Suffice to say, there are many very exciting things going on right now in EM-HS-Cyber Education and Training in California! 
The purpose of this e-mail, however, is to remind everyone of the Catastrophic Disruption event we are holding on February, 20th 2015 at Inglewood City Hall in partnership and collaboration with the Community Stakeholder Network in Los Angeles. Objectives of the meeting include: 1. Enhancing public-private-academic partnerships for community resiliency and business continuity. 2. Understanding the role, value, and importance of scenarios, simulations, and exercises in catastrophic event planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. 3. Utilization of technology for various aspects of crisis management that may be of interest to our colleagues from academe, the public and private sectors and additional NGOs.
The event invitation list is going to be relatively small (about 60 participants). If you are interested in receiving an invitation to the event, please let me know over the course of the next week. The event will be attended by our local, state, and federal colleagues as well as representatives from educational institutions and the private sector and has gained national attention. 
Thank you very much for your time and hope you have a great weekend!
Best regards, Keith
Keith Clement, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology
California State University, Fresno
Chair, University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Chair, College of Social Sciences Election Committee
Planning Director, CSU Council for Emergency
Management and Homeland Security (CEMHS)

  • North Dakota State University, Department of Emergency Management - Tenure Track EM Assistant Professor

North Dakota State University’s Department of Emergency Management is a free-standing department that offers degrees at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral level. The emergency management faculty are actively engaged in, and committed to, the advancement of the profession and discipline of emergency management at the local, state, national, and international level. The Department of Emergency Management is committed to collaborative efforts between faculty within the department, at the college and university level, and with partners outside the university and places a priority on such efforts.

North Dakota State University, Department of Emergency Management invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position starting in August 2015. The successful candidate will be required to teach EMGT 101 Emergencies, Disasters and Catastrophes, share in rotational teaching of EMGT 291 Professional Development in Emergency Management (1 credit), at least two of the following: preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery, and other courses from within our current undergraduate and graduate curricula. A Ph.D. in Emergency Management or closely related discipline (e.g., Geography, Planning, Sociology, and Political Science) is required. Additional requirements include effective oral and written communication skills, an active research agenda, and demonstrated potential to engage in sponsored research and publish in scholarly, peer-reviewed outlets. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated classroom teaching experience in the aforementioned topical areas. It is preferred that this teaching experience was within the context of an Emergency Management higher education program. Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. Applicants shall submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, a research agenda, a teaching statement that addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, approach to curriculum development. The teaching statement should also address teaching experience and provide evidence of teaching success if applicable. Screening will begin on January 8, 2015 and the position will remain open until filled. NDSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. [AA/EOE] Applicants may apply directly at: http://jobs.ndsu.edu/postings/5600. Questions can be directed to Daniel.klenow@ndsu.edu chair of the search committee.
Emergency Management/Homeland Security News:

  • Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security – The CIP Report,

This month’s The CIP Report focuses on Assessments and Investments in Critical Infrastructure.

    • Climate Implications and Design Standards

    • Economics of Resilience

    • Campus-Wide Resilience Assessment

    • Stress Tests and Critical Infrastructure Protection Resilience

    • Critical Infrastructure Dependencies and Interdependencies

    • Assessment

    • Building an Economy and Managing Risk Through Infrastructure Investment

If you would like to be added to the distribution list for The CIP Report, please click on this link: http://listserv.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=cipp-report-l&A=1

  • Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security – The CIP Report,

This month’s The CIP Report focuses on Assessments and Investments in Critical Infrastructure.

    • Climate Implications and Design Standards

    • Economics of Resilience

    • Campus-Wide Resilience Assessment

    • Stress Tests and Critical Infrastructure Protection Resilience

    • Critical Infrastructure Dependencies and Interdependencies

    • Assessment

    • Building an Economy and Managing Risk Through Infrastructure Investment

If you would like to be added to the distribution list for The CIP Report, please click on this link: http://listserv.gmu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=cipp-report-l&A=1

  • Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians, NLM/NIH – Information and News – November 2014

*Selections from over 100 e-sources*

*Follow NLM_DIMRC on Twitter:  http://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC*
***Webinar: Emerging Diseases: It’s a Small World (After All)***

Association of Public Health Nurses

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:00 - 3:15 pm ET

Emerging diseases are those diseases that have either appeared in a population for the first time, or that may have existed previously but are rapidly increasing in indigence or geographic range.   This webinar will provide an overview of prevention strategies used by public health staff, including public health nurses, to contain the spread of emerging diseases in the United States.

***Ebola in Context: New Free Online Course***

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

January 19, 2015

Two weeks, 6 hours per week

This two-week asynchronous free interdisciplinary course looks at the science behind the Ebola outbreak to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled. This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organization; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with a keen interest in the science behind Ebola.


Register: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ebola-in-context

***Time Person of the Year***

“Time Magazine” selected the “Ebola Fighters in West Africa” for the 2014 Person of the Year. In addition to the cover on the magazine, Time has put together a ten minute video filled with interviews of Ebola workers.  Following the announcement, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell composed a post to recognize the brave men and women who are engaged in fighting this global public health outbreak.
Link to Time Magazine video: http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters/
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Comments: http://www.hhs.gov/blog/2014/12/12/timely-recognition.html

***Data.gov for Disasters***

Data.gov is the home of the U.S. Government’s open data. The data on the site are provided by hundreds of organizations, including Federal agencies. The code behind the site is open source. The disaster portal, disasters.data.gov, is designed to be a public resource to foster collaboration and the continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower first responders, survivors, and government officials with the information needed in the wake of a disaster. The rich resource provides access to apps and tools, datasets, and includes a call to action and other ways to be involved in building this portal. 


***NACCHO Stories from the Field***

National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO’s Stories from the Field website provides a means for local health departments to share their experiences and demonstrate the value of public health. You can read over stories others have already entered, many which include emergency preparedness and response storylines. Or, if you have a story you would like to add to NACCHO's Stories from the Field website, find storytelling tips and the online form used to submit your story. Doing this helps you provide a tool for your peers and brings a human face to public health.


***New in DisasterLit***


Health Information Compilation of Ebola Materials

We are continuing to add the latest Ebola health information documents to the Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health. Since December 1st, we have added over 70 Ebola-related items, including recordings of webinars, notes from international meetings, Q & A documents, and more.

Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours: Interim NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Training for Emergency Responders

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), December 2014

This self-guided training is for emergency responders who may need to work longer than normal day shifts, and who deploy to work at disaster sites caused by weather, earthquakes, epidemics, and other catastrophic events. The training provides strategies to reduce risks from fatigue due to the need to work long day shifts during the emergency response and recovery operations, to promote good sleep and alertness, and to maintain good health. It is estimated to take 30 minutes to complete.



Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Washington State H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons



Emergency Preparedness: Opportunities Exist to Strengthen Interagency Assessments and Accountability for Closing Capability Gaps. GAO-15-20, December 4.


Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/667301.pdf


TOXNET is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/. TOXNET includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) which provides toxicity data for over 5,700 potentially hazardous chemicals. HSDB also has information on emergency handling procedures, industrial hygiene, environmental fate, human exposure, detection methods, and regulatory requirements. HSDB is one of the features of WISER, the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/.

Permanent links to National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET records are now provided for HSDB as well as TOXLINE, LactMed, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database (DART), Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD), Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER), Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS), and GENE-TOX. 
To create a permanent link, click on the “Permalink” button found in the upper right of a TOXNET record. This provides a pop-up window with a URL to share or to save for retrieving the record at a later time. cid:image001.png@01d01b7a.037677c0


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