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  • Lessons from a Superstorm
    DRC core faculty Sue McNeil (along with her former student Michelle Oswald Beiler) was featured in a UDaily article, highlighting research on pre- and post-Sandy climate change transportation adaptations.
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  • Emergency Evacuation Research
    DRC researchers look for ways to predict response to hurricane evacuation orders.
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  • DRC New Book Release
    Congratulations to DRC Director Jim Kendra and Associate Director Tricia Wachtendorf on their forthcoming book with Temple University Press: "American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11." Now available on Amazon for pre-order!
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  • E.L.Q. Collection Acquisition
    The Disaster Research Center's resource collection has received a "vast and significant" collection of materials from the family of the late T. Joseph Scanlon.
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  • Nov
    IAEM@UD Speaker Series
    Nov. 3rd, 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM
    DRC Conference Room
    IAEM@UD is pleased to welcome Mr. Scott Mc Laren, Deputy Director of Delaware Criminal Justice Council, as the next guest speaker in the Fall 2016 series. Mr. McLaren will share his large experience with the National Incident Command System (NIMS), Unified Comman, and incident command during emergencies. The presentation, "Inter-state Coordination in Emergency Response" will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Lunch will be served. 
  • Nov
    American Dunkirk Booksigning
    Nov. 3rd, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038
    Join James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf for a presentation on the historic evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11. A volunteer fleet of assorted vessels transported several hundred thousand people to New Jersey, to Staten Island, and to other locations. The authors will discuss how the evacuation unfolded and what made it possible. Drawing on their extensive research experience, the authors will tie the evacuation to broader disaster themes. The book will be available for purchase, and the authors will be on hand to sign copies and to talk informally about the waterborne evacuation and disaster management in general. 
  • Nov
    BAF@UD Fall 2016 Workshop
    Nov. 11th, 9:00 AM to Nov. 12th, 5:00 PM
    Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware
    The Disaster Research Center in partnership with the Bill Anderson Fund is hosting a two day workshop for BAF Fellows, providing both professional development and technical training sessions. This is a closed workshop, however, we invite UD students and faculty to join us for BAF Fellows' poster and oral presentations. See flyer for more information. 
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  • Alex Greer
    Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

    Alex Greer (M.S. '15) is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Oklahoma State University. Alex received his B.S. in Sociology and Geology from East Tennessee State University in 2010, his M.S. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2012, and his PhD in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2015. During his time at the University of Delaware, Alex worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, where he was a member of a number of research projects and field experiences that prepared him for his current position. He was recognized as a University Graduate Fellow in 2012 and was the recipient of the Marvin B. Sussman Prize for his dissertation in 2015. Alex currently teaches in the Fire and Emergency Management Program, primarily focusing on the four phases of emergency management.

    Alex conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on a number of elements of disaster science. Recent projects focused on: the relationship between issue framing and oil spill policy, household residential decision-making following disasters and the role infrastructure plays in this process, archival disaster research on mental health response, and the development of a community resilience index. Alex has engaged in quick response fieldwork after a number of events, including the Moore tornado of 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.​

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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chief of Staff, Department of Marine Forecast and Disaster Mitigation, State Oceanic Administration, China

    Chunjing Liu (M.S. '14) is the Chief of Staff for the Department of Marine Forecastand Disaster Mitigation in China's State Oceanic Administration. Her responsibilities include formulating effective policy, planning and maintaining technical standards for marine disaster mitigation, guiding and coordinating emergency response to coastal natural hazards at the national and local level, managing and organizing marine disaster risk assessment and investigation programs, enhancing public awareness of marine disaster mitigation and prevention, and participating in international programs for marine disaster mitigation.

    Chunjing was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Delaware. The knowledge and skills around disaster management she honed in her study in the M.S. program and working in the Disaster Research Center (DRC) have provided strong support to both her work and career development. Before she joined SOA China, she had worked as marketing and strategic product manager in Advantech and Siemens companies for six years. Her bachelor's degree in Automation was from the Wuhan University of Technology in 2010.​

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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang received his doctoral degree in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware in 2015. He currently serves as an assistant professor in the Fire and Emergency Management Administration Program (FEMP) at Oklahoma State University. Owing to the rigorous academic training he received from the DRC, Ray won the annual scholarship from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the National Hazards Center annual Mary Fran Myer Scholarship in 2011 and 2012. He also passed the written exam and extensive working experience review to become an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) in 2014. “I entered the DRC as a practitioner, but left this program as an academic appointee.” The DRC successfully equipped Ray and helped him to switch his disaster management career from the practical to the academic community. Ray is grateful for the friendly faculty, rigorous academic training, and abundant resources (the DRC library). Ray concludes about his experience in Delaware: “Without the education I received from the DRC; I could not go so far today.”

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  • James B. Goetschius
    Program Manager, Eastern United States, U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency

    Lieutenant Colonel Jim Goetschius (Ph.D. '14) is the U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency's regional program manager for the planning, design, construction, and renovation of health care facilities in the eastern United States. He oversees a $600 million portfolio of projects serving more than 800,000 beneficiaries. In addition, Jim is the preceptor for the Agency's internship program, which trains prospective health facility planners. His other duties include serving as the Army's representative for the revision of the Military Health System's standards for structural and seismic design and construction and consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the planning and design of contingency health facilities for overseas, austere environments.

    Jim is a veteran of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, where his responsibilities included the design-build of the theater hospital at Balad Airbase in Iraq and the construction of the multinational hospital at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. He is certified an urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners and designated a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional in Facilities Engineering by the Army Acquisition Corps. ​

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  • Zack Adinoff
    Emergency Planner, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division

    Zack Adinoff (M.S. '13) is an Emergency Planner for Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to the general responsibilities of public safety, planning, and general disaster continuity; he is the liaison for cities within the central part of the county as well as specializing in logistics and continuity of operations/government planning. He has developed a Point of Distribution Plan and collaborated on various other projects including a Catastrophic Earthquake Plan. Prior to this, he was the Emergency Management Project Coordinator for the California Resiliency Alliance, a non-profit focused on bridging the gap between Private and Public Sector emergency managers. In this role, he developed a Disaster Legislative Waiver process and Disaster Access to Travel program along with managing many others. Before this as part of his degree and for six months afterward, he worked for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. While there, he developed a three day functional tsunami exercise, did a comparative analysis of San Francisco and nearby San Mateo mass casualty incident plans, and assisted with numerous other projects and plans.

    During his time as a student in the University of Delaware Disaster Science and Management Program, Zack specialized in High Reliability Organizations and network response theory. He has applied these concepts and others taught in the DISA program across his numerous positions. The most important lesson he learned was that disasters are less about management and more about coordination.​

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  • Quinten Johnson
    Aviation Security Consultant

    Quinten retired in 2006 as a Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration.  His career with the US Government spanned over thirty years, nearly all involving transportation safety or security.

    During graduate studies at OSU, Quinten was the DRC's project manager of the Hazardous Materials Planning and Response Project.

    Following OSU, Quinten was selected as a Presidential Management Intern sponsored by the US Coast Guard.  During that time, he was also a staff investigator on the President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.  

    Following the internship, he joined the National Transportation Safety Board first as a hazardous materials accident investigator, and later as a member of the executive staff.

    Prior to joining the Transportation Security Administration, QuintenQuinten Johnon 1979.jpg held several security positions with the Federal Aviation Administration including Director of its Office of Policy and Planning, Manager of the Civil Aviation Security Division, Manager of the foreign airport assessment program, and Manager of the Research and Development requirements program.  Primarily, he was responsible for all security regulations imposed on US carriers, foreign carriers operating in the US, as well as all commercial airports in the US.

    Throughout his career in the federal government and as a consultant, Quinten has traveled to over 50 countries, been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN and several print media including the Washington Post, and testified before Congress.  He has also been an expert witness in several cases involving aviation security.

    Quinten is married and resides near the Gulf Coast in southern Alabama.  He is an avid fisherman and boater.  He is eternally grateful to his mentors at the DRC and OSU.

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  • Marti Worth
    Senior Planner with ERP&M


    M.A. in Sociology, 1976, The Ohio State University. Research Associate for three years with DRC.  After previously receiving a B.A. in Journalism from OSU, was a reporter for three years at the morning newspaper in Columbus prior to grad school. From 1977 to 1994 worked in the Ohio Department of Mental Health, first as a Community Evaluation Specialist/Research Administrator; a hospital Director of Community Relations, Staff Education and Program Development in Cleveland, and back in Columbus as an Assistant Area Director for 20 rural counties, as well as Disaster Services Coordinator for ODMH.  I provided technical assistance and administration of two FEMA-funded crisis counseling grants and was a reviewer for Missouri’s FEMA grant application in 1993.

    After moving to Orlando, I was a Senior Planner with ERP&M, Inc, from 1998 to 2009, consulting in seven Florida counties and Kansas to develop Local Mitigation Strategy plans for State and FEMA review and subsequent adoption.  I also assisted in developing Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. This was the most fulfilling and relevant work of all, assisting local governments to plan and develop approaches in order to minimize the potential effects of disasters.  I returned to Columbus in 2007 and “retired” in 2009, where I now volunteer with a couple organizations.

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  • Ben Wallace
    Junior Analyst at Armada Ltd.

    ​Ben Wallace attended UD as an undergrad, then went on to study disasters at the DRC, and write a thesis on climate adaptation and disaster management. After school he worked on Ebola Virus Disease preparedness planning in the Delaware Division of Public Health, then moved on to support FEMA Region III efforts in Philadelphia as a Junior Analyst. His interests include technology in disaster management, strategic planning, and organizational management.​

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  • Thomas E. Drabek
    John Evans Professor and Professor Emeritus, University of Denver

    Thomas E. Drabek (MA ’62, Ph.D. ’65) retired from the University of Denver after 39 years of service including Departmental Chair (1974-79; 1985-87).  He served as Editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters and President of the International Research Committee on Disasters (1990-1994).  He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters and 28 books including the second edition of The Human Side of Disaster (2013, Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press).  Other book titles include:  Strategies for Coordinating Disaster Responses (2003), Disaster Evacuation Behavior:  Tourists and Other Transients (1996), and Human System Responses to Disaster:  An Inventory of Sociological Findings (1986). 

    In August 2007, Drabek was the third recipient of the E.L. Quarantelli Award for contributions to social science disaster theory by the International Research Committee on Disasters and in June 2008, he received the first Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education.  Since his retirement from the University of Denver (DU) he has continued his writing and conference addresses with the assistance of his wife and research collaborator, Ruth Ann Drabek. During his multi-decade career, he has remained dedicated to a vision of implementing disaster research for the common good.

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  • Michael B. Clark
    Director of Data Science, Well & LIghthouse

    ​After my days at UD and the Disaster Research Center came to an end, I moved to Washington, DC to work for the American Institutes for Research then the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (within the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education). After completing my masters degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University in 2014 I took on the role of Director of Data Science for a digital marketing firm that specializes in major U.S. political campaigns. However, I moved to Mexico in 2015, so I perform this role remotely.​

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  • Jennifer Deborah Lazo, CEM
    Emergency Services Coordinator, City of Berkeley, CA

    As an Emergency Services Coordinator in the City of Berkeley, Jennifer is responsible for emergency management planning and preparedness, focusing on people with disabilities and seniors.  Her work includes providing inclusive emergency planning and shelter training to City staff and the formation and management of BEACON, a network of organizations that work with people with disabilities and engage in disaster preparedness and planning.  She is also managing the launch of the Community Resilience Center program, which gives community organizations in the City of Berkeley the tools, resources, and training needed to serve as hubs for assistance and information during and following disasters.

    She serves as the secretary of the IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus and as a Digital Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross Northern California Coastal Region. Jennifer’s Master’s thesis at the University of Delaware was titled “Framing Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities: Analyzing the CALIF V. City of Los Angeles Lawsuit.”  As a graduate research assistant at the Disaster Research Center she worked on projects including studying nursing home disaster preparedness in Delaware, assisting in the development of the Community Resilience Index with Johns Hopkins University, and performing quick response research following Superstorm Sandy. ​

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  • Danelle Nagele
    Associate Program Officer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Danielle Nagele currently serves as an associate program officer in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She works with Resilient America Roundtable members and fellow staff to build community resilience through partnerships, research, and engagement. Before joining the National Academies, Dr. Nagele worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She served as a social scientist in the Program Planning and Integration (PPI) office and a risk communication specialist in the National Ocean Service (NOS). 

    Dr. Nagele received her B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University and her M.S. in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University. In May 2015 she graduated from University of Delaware with a Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management. Her research focus areas were public response to severe weather warnings and organizational culture among warning system organizations.​

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  • Gary Kreps
    Retired Vice Provost and Professor of Sociology, College of William and Mary

    Gary Kreps is a retired Vice Provost and Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. Following completion of his PhD in Sociology (1971) at the Ohio State University, he began his career as a faculty member (1972-to retirement) and administrator (1994-to retirement) at William and Mary. During his long career Kreps had long-standing research interests in organizational and role theories as both relate to structural analyses of community, regional, and societal responses to natural, technological, and willful hazards and disasters. Following work as a staff office and consultant at the National Research Council during the late 1970s, for over twenty years Kreps' archival studies of disaster events were supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Over the course of these two decades, Kreps and his colleagues and students developed taxonomies and theories of organizing and role enactment during the emergency periods of disasters. Major findings from Kreps' research program were reported in two books and articles in Sociological Theory, Annual Review of Sociology, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and many other basic and applied publications. Kreps also collaborated with Thomas Drabek on resolving venerable issues in the definition of disasters as physical and sociological events. His 2001 entry in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Disaster, Sociology of) emphasized the need to reconcile functionalist and constructivist conceptions of disasters as acute systemic events. In 2008, Kreps received the E.L. Quarantelli award for contributions to social science disaster theory.

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  • Angela Gladwell
    Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Risk Management Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Ms. Angela Gladwell (MA '98) is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Risk Management Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  The Risk Management Directorate leverages partnerships across the public and private sector to compel the public to manage the impacts of high consequence events.  Specifically, the Directorate analyzes hazards, assesses impacts, and communicates and manages risks to all hazards, and includes programs such as RiskMAP, Mitigation Planning, Levee and Dam Safety, the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, and HAZUS, among others.  ​

    Ms. Gladwell is in her 18th year with FEMA.  Before joining the Risk Management Directorate this year, she spent the last decade as the Director of the Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (OEHP). During this time, she significantly matured FEMA’s environmental compliance function to meet the rapidly evolving nature of emergency management programs and operations as a result of major disaster events, including 9/11, and Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, and subsequent legislative change.  Ms. Gladwell has a Master of Art’s Degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Historic Preservation.

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