For Teachers and Community Educators–
Educational and professional development opportunities are available this summer for teachers interested in expanding their curriculum to include an emphasis on Cascade Range volcanoes. The USGS-CVO, in cooperation with other agencies, offers these workshops and resources for community and classroom educators.
- Mount St. Helens Teacher Workshop, June 24-26, 2013. This three-day workshop, offered at the Coldwater Science and Learning Center, provides information and resources for your school’s field trip to Mount St. Helens. More information will be posted soon by the Mount St. Helens Institute at http://www.mshinstitute.org.
- Mount Rainier Teacher Workshop, July 29-August 2, 2013. This five-day classroom and field-based workshop at the Mount Rainier Education Center offers information, classroom activities, and resources for Mount Rainier and other Cascade Range volcanoes. More information will be posted soon on the Mount Rainier Teacher Professional Development, at http://www.nps.gov/mora/forteachers/professionaldevelopment.htm.
- STEM Fest Vancouver Science Festival, September 21-23, 2013. This will be a fun filled three-day Vancouver, WA, community science festival. Watch the STEM Fest website, http://www.stem-fest.com, for schedule details as the date approaches.
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), October 24-26, 2013. While participating in NSTA conference in Portland, OR, sign up for a half-day field trip to USGS-CVO and visit USGS-CVO’s volcano session during the NSTA meeting. NSTA information is available by clicking NSTA webpage, http://www.nsta.org/conferences/2013por/
The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP), announced by Secretary Napolitano in October 2012, is a new recruitment initiative for exceptional recent graduates. SHP offers professional development and training opportunities for talented entry-level people focused on DHS careers in cybersecurity, information technology, management, emergency management, policy and law.
Check the DHS website at http://www.dhs.gov/job-opportunities-recent-graduates for additional career opportunities.
Securitas USA – Advances in Technology Aid in Identifying Campus Threats
Security on a college campus presents a unique set of challenges. A safe and secure campus is one of the highest priorities for administrators and parents, while students crave an open environment. Security officers must manage to observe not just outside threats, but also be aware of a young population living on their own for the first time. Technology and training are making a huge difference. Computing mobility changes the way security officers can report observations, and with advanced campus awareness training an officer can report an incident as it occurs by using a tablet. Securitas USA officers log daily activity reports through similar mobile technology, and through their observations, certain pre-incident indicators can be “red tagged.” Tagged data allows Campus Threat Assessment Teams – typically comprised of school administrators – to highlight perceived vulnerabilities and generate notifications as patterns emerge. Capturing consistent information is vital and without the ability to assess the data on a frequent basis, vulnerabilities and threats may go unnoticed. To learn more about how Securitas USA can assist your college or university in managing risk, please contact Barbara McCormack at (617) 568-8743.
American Journal of Disaster Medicine
What exactly is disaster medicine?
Even to practitioners, the discipline’s definition can be fuzzy and somewhat confusing. If it appeared in dictionaries (which it doesn’t yet), it would look like this:
dis.as.ter med.i.cine (di zas’ tor med’i sin) n 1. the study and collaborative application of the professional skills of diverse medical and public health specialties to provide “crisis management” (altered standards of care) in mass casualty incidents 2. not the same as conventional medical care 3. requires a fundamental change in the approach to the care of patients in order to achieve the objective of providing the “greatest good for the greatest number of patients 4. requires knowledge of the fundamentals of disaster management, specific injury patterns commonly encountered in disasters and the ability to work as part of a multi-organizational response team
Independent and strictly peer-reviewed, guided by a internationally recognized editorial review board and accepted for inclusion in the National Library of Medicine’s prestigious PUBMED database, American Journal of Disaster Medicine is designed for those of us who will find ourselves on the frontlines of a major disaster. It offers practical, real time guidance as we seek to combine emergency medical and trauma skills with crisis management and new forms of triage in the effort to save lives.
To subscribe to the American Journal of Disaster Medicine at
Are you a college or university emergency management professional? If so, join the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) community for the latest on campus emergency management.
From their page:
Disaster Resilient University (DRU) Network
The mission of the Disaster Resilient University (DRU) network is to facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing between university/college emergency management practitioners charged with making our campuses more disaster resilient. The goal of the DRU network is to provide a simple resource that can increased communication, coordination, and collaboration between universities around the world that can be used to increase the capacity of our campuses to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters.
- The DRU Listserv Archive catalogues previous listserv communications so that individuals can quickly search for information that might have already been asked or contributed on the listserv. The DRU listserv started in Jan 2005 unfortunately; the archive does not have the full history of the list. The archive only goes back to Oct 11, 2007. The archive is password protected and hosted on the University of Oregon web server. The password is provide when you sign-up for the listserv. The archive is managed by Andre Le Duc.
- Accessible at: http://www.uoregon.edu/~uodru/dru/
- Shared resources for the DRU network through ”First Responder Communities of Practice” . Communities of Practice is a prprofessional networking, collaboration and communication platform.Created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and other homeland security issues.
A Disaster Resilient University (DRU) group has been established for university and/or college emergency management professionals to share information, technical resources (such as templates or examples, After Action reports, lessons learned, and best practices or case studies) and engage in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management.
On First Responder Communities of Practice you can also:
- Join Communities that interest you
- Collaborate on wikis, blogs and discussion boards
- Find, share and store documents and best practices
- Create and search profiles
- Connect, chat, and email with other professionals
Who Can Join?
- First responders
- Members of the following groups, if engaged in homeland security:
- Government employees
- Government-sponsored academic professionals, contractors, and citizens
All-Hazards News and Information
- So, how do you think most homeowners would like to get their information on how to prepare their homes for a hurricane? A beer coaster, a pamphlet or a video? The answer might not be what you think. You can learn the answer and read also about the importance of “plain language” in your educational outreach efforts by checking out this newly published article from Disaster Management and Prevention journal entitled “Effectiveness of educational tools for hurricane resilience in homes.”
- We just added the above article to our new scholarly literature database. Find more like it by visiting us online. Let us know what you think of this discovery tool and we’d like to hear your suggestions for making it better. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Highly recommended TEDx presentation on
Caitria and Morgan O’Neill: How to step up in the face of disaster
After a natural disaster strikes, there’s only a tiny window of opportunity to rally effective recovery efforts before the world turns their attention elsewhere. Who should be in charge? When a freak tornado hit their hometown, sisters Caitria and Morgan O’Neill — just 20 and 24 at the time — took the reins and are now teaching others how to do the same. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)
School Security Solutions from the Most Trusted Leader in Security
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Managed video solutions are designed to help increase campus safety and decrease the impact of campus violence. Through digital video and IP video systems that can be accessed remotely via the Internet, law enforcement can be provided with a real time view into a school’s security system, making it possible to know more specifics about a situation and respond accordingly.
Contact us today for a comprehensive risk assessment which can pinpoint critical areas of vulnerability in your campus safety program. Tyco Integrated Security has the expertise and resources of experienced, specially trained security professionals to design, install, service and manage systems of virtually any size. For more information. contact Remo Patitucci at (215) 573-7808 or email@example.com
Secretary’s Honors Program
The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) is a highly competitive, premier program for exceptional recent graduates looking for a career at DHS. Qualified candidates apply for a limited number of slots and are selected based on their academic performance, experience and other criteria. Those selected for the program will be offered a variety of incentives and enhanced career opportunities including Department rotations, mentorships, focused on-the-job training and inclusion in various professional development programs.
Individuals who possess graduate or undergraduate degrees may apply for the following fellowships within the SHP:
- Information Technology Fellows – a one-year program designed for graduate-level recent graduates with computer science related academic backgrounds and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the operation and management of information technology.
- Cyber Fellows – a two-year program for recent college graduates designed to develop technically skilled cyber professionals across DHS. Through rotational assignments, participants see how each DHS Component agency collaborates on cyber-related issues and works first-hand on critical issues or incidents in a fast-paced, growing environment. Candidates are encouraged to participate in the Cybersecurity Internship Program prior to applying for the Honors Program.
- Honors Attorneys – a two-year program designed for highly qualified third-year law students, fourth-year students graduating from four-year programs, combination programs or LL.M. programs immediately after law school, and those applying from judicial clerkships immediately after law school. Candidates will have the opportunity to work at multiple legal offices within the Office of the General Counsel.
- Policy Fellows – a one-year program for recent graduates with either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates will provide direct assistance to top policymakers throughout DHS and will work side-by-side with experts in policy-focused areas and offices.
- Management Fellows – a one-year program for recent graduates with either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, organizational development or human resources.
- Emergency Management Fellows – a one-year program for recent graduates with either a Master’s or a Bachelor’s degree. Candidates will have an academic background that prepares graduates with strategic organizational management processes used to protect critical assets from hazards, man-made and natural disasters and facilitate recovery operations.
DHS will begin accepting applications for the Secretary’s Honors Program on October 24, 2012.
Information Technology Fellows
Emergency Management Fellows
The SHP Honors Attorneys program is not accepting applications at this time, as the program managers are currently reviewing applicants for the fall of 2013. The application period for the fall of 2014 will open in August 2013.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available; please sign up to receive email updates.
Master’s Degree Fellowship Opportunities courtesy of the DHS Centers of Excellence Team.
Stevens Institute of Technology is offering fully-funded fellowship awards for high-achieving students interested in advanced academic study and careers in Maritime Security.
Stevens Maritime Systems Fellowship awards provide full-tuition support, book costs and a monthly stipend of $2,300. Students must be US citizens to apply and must be committed to a minimum of one year employment in the Maritime Security/Homeland Security workforce following completion of their Master’s degree.
To learn more about the Maritime Systems Fellowship program, visit http://archive.stevens.edu/ses/maritime/FellowshipOpportunities.html, or contact Beth Austin DeFares, Director of Education, CSR, at firstname.lastname@example.org.