Disaster Research 464

October 20, 2006

Table of Contents

  1. In Memoriam: Gilbert Fowler White (1911 - 2006)
  2. FCC Launches Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau
  3. Survey: PERI Considers New Web-Based Tool
  4. Call for Papers: ISCRAM 2007
  5. Call for Paper Proposals: Disaster and Migration
  6. Nominations Sought: Shah Family Innovation Prize
  7. Some New Web Resources
  8. Conferences, Training, and Events
  9. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

1) In Memoriam: Gilbert Fowler White (1911 - 2006)

Gilbert F. White, known to many as founder of the Natural Hazards Center, the father of floodplain management, and a leader in natural hazards research and the world environmental movement, died on October 5, 2006, at his home in Boulder, Colorado. He was 94.

A native of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, White received undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in geography from the University of Chicago and eight honorary degrees, the most recent one from the University of Colorado this past spring. His landmark work, which began with his 1942 dissertation Human Adjustment to Floods, challenged the notion that natural hazards are best addressed by engineering solutions. Instead, he argued that the havoc wrought by floods and other natural disasters may be better avoided by modifying human behavior. He advocated, where feasible, adaptation to or accommodation of flood hazards rather than the structural solutions that dominated policy in the early twentieth century. White promoted understanding, respect, and protection of natural resources and the natural order, including inevitable extremes. In a word, he championed stewardship-preserving nature and promoting sustainable use and husbandry of the natural resources of the earth. While White's ideas were initially greeted with controversy, he was a persistent advocate. After six decades, his proposals for floodplain management and flood insurance reform have won widespread acceptance.

The underlying notion that humans should adjust to their environment, coupled with a deep commitment to improving human welfare through social policy, guided White's career. A quiet leader, his work encompassed not only floods and other natural hazards, but water management in developing countries, global environmental change, geographic education, and international cooperation on water systems, including in the Middle East and the Mekong and Nile river basins.

Most recently, White was Gustavson Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, a position he held since 1980. From 1970 to 1978, he was a professor of geography and the director of the Institute of Behavioral Science at CU, and, in 1976, he founded the Natural Hazards Center, which he directed from 1976 to 1984 and again from 1992 to 1994. Prior to joining CU, White served in the New Deal administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, where, among other things, he reviewed proposed natural resources legislation and presented summaries to the president; was president of Haverford College; and was professor and chair of the Geography Department at the University of Chicago.

Reflecting his commitment to national and international cooperation, White served on numerous professional and scientific committees and advisory groups for organizations such as the National Research Council, the United Nations, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Among numerous awards, he won the Association of American Geographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Medal of Science (the nation’s highest scientific honor), the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, and the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal. Other awards and honors include the UNESCO-GARD leadership award in disaster reduction, the Volvo Environmental Prize, and the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Cosmos Club.

In 1942, as a conscientious objector to military service, White joined the American Friends Service Committee, aiding refugees in France. He was interned in Baden-Baden, Germany, until 1944 when he was allowed to return to the United States. Shortly after his return, he married Anne Elizabeth Underwood, who worked with him on many research projects, and together they raised three children. She died in 1989.

White is survived by his second wife and long-time friend, Claire Sheridan; his children William White, Mary White, and Frances Chapin; stepchildren Monika and Daniel Profitt; and four grandchildren. He is also survived, in many respects, by thousands of friends, former students, colleagues, and others who drew inspiration from his wisdom, dedication, and remarkable kindness. We, and the planet, are all better for having known him. Additional information about White can be found at www.colorado.edu/hazards/gfw/.

Donations in White’s memory may be made to the Gilbert F. White Graduate Fellowship Endowment. Checks should be made payable to the CU Foundation and sent to the Natural Hazards Center, 482 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0482.

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2) FCC Launches Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

In recognition of America’s dependence on an effective national telecommunications infrastructure, which was underscored by the 2005 hurricane season and the events of September 11, 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has created a new Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. The new bureau will be responsible for developing, recommending, and administering the agency’s policies pertaining to public safety communications issues, including 911 and E911, operability and interoperability of public safety communications, communications infrastructure protection, and network security and reliability. It will also serve as a clearinghouse for public safety communications information and take the lead on emergency response issues. A primary goal of the bureau will be to support and advance initiatives that further strengthen and enhance public safety and emergency response capabilities to better enable the FCC to assist the public, first responders, law enforcement, hospitals, the communications industry, and all levels of government in the event of a natural disaster, pandemic, or terrorist attack. For more information, visit the bureau’s Web site at www.fcc.gov/pshs/.

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3) Survey: PERI Considers New Web-Based Tool

The Public Entity Risk Institute is considering developing a new Web-based tool to track the outcome of legal actions against public entities and they need input. The tool would produce pertinent information, including entity-specific jury verdicts, mediation values, settlement values by state, jurisdiction differences, payments by claim and jury type, claim duration, reserving details, and other data important for litigation comparisons. They need help in assessing the feasibility and usefulness of such a tool.

Let your voice be heard by completing the survey at www.riskinstitute.org/PERI/EXCHANGE/Web+Based+Legal+Query+Tool+Survey.htm It should take about five minutes. Surveys must be completed by November 15, 2006.

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4) Call for Papers: ISCRAM 2007

The call for papers for ISCRAM 2007, the 4th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (May 13-16, 2007, Delft, The Netherlands), is out. Due to an excellent response to their call for special sessions they will have 27 special sessions. In addition to regular academic papers, many session organizers also invite practitioners to submit presentations and demonstrations.

There is a call for papers for each of the special sessions, which, for convenience, are clustered into seven themes: Disaster Management and Internationalization, Real World Research Methods, Human Computer Interaction, Geographic Information Systems, System and Software Development, Systems and Organization, and Training and Simulation.

The final submission date for full papers is January 15, 2007. Go to www.iscram.org/ to get more information on the special sessions and the call(s) for papers.

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5) Call for Paper Proposals: Disaster and Migration

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Social Science Research Council are seeking papers for Disaster and Migration: Hurricane Katrina’s effects on New Orleans’ Population to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12-14, 2007. The U.S. experienced one of the largest mass migrations in recent history as hundreds of thousands of people left the Gulf Coast before and after Hurricane Katrina. This exodus distributed New Orleanians across the United States. Some found shelter and support in their new homes, while others encountered resistance and mistreatment.

The exodus out of the city was just the first migration. Two distinct migration flows into the city occurred in the weeks and months after the city was reopened. Displaced New Orleanians returned to the city in proportion to the damage their homes and neighborhoods suffered. This changed the demographics of the city, making it more affluent, whiter, and older. In addition, an unknown number of people arrived in the city to clean up and rebuild. Many of these newcomers were foreign-born, mostly Latino migrants, drawn by the promise of high wages and plentiful work.

The concentrated period of depopulation and repopulation of New Orleans and the concurrent racial, ethnic, and class-based shifts in the social terrain are the focus of this conference. The conference will bring together scholars contributing to a social scientific understanding of disaster and migration either through theoretical analyses or empirical research. The conference will be divided into four topics: theoretical perspectives on migration and disaster, research on the social process of evacuation, the returnees and the displaced, and international migrants and newcomers. Submissions should be directly related to or shed light on the social transformations that have occurred in New Orleans or the Gulf South since Hurricane Katrina. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to participate in the conference. Travel expenses will be paid by the conference sponsors.


December 1, 2006: Deadline for receipt of proposals

January 15, 2007: Acceptance of proposals

April 12-14, 2007: Conference on Disaster and Migration at Tulane University

Proposals should be a description of the research project and preliminary results in the case of empirical contributions or a well-developed draft of a theoretical contribution. Submit proposals to: Elizabeth Fussell, Sociology Department, Tulane University, 220 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA, 70118-5698. Direct inquiries to Beth Fussell at efussell@tulane.edu or Jim Elliott at Elliott@uoregon.edu.

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6) Nominations Sought: Shah Family Innovation Prize

The Shah Family Innovation Prize awarded by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) rewards young professionals and academics for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit in the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management. Individuals in government, private firms, academia, and the international community are encouraged to nominate eligible candidates.

Candidates must be less than 35 years of age on January 1, 2007. The selection of recipients will emphasize creative and innovative thinkers who have demonstrated at early stages in their careers the potential to make major contributions to the field of earthquake risk mitigation and management. Individuals will be recognized for a combination of past accomplishments and future potential.

To be considered for the prize, all nomination packages must be received in the EERI office by November 30, 2006. The recipient of the Shah Family Innovation Prize will be invited to receive the prize at EERI’s annual meeting. Visit www.eeri.org/home/honors_shah_innovation.html for complete information on selection criteria and the nomination process.

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7) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/.]

Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Planning: State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Guide Number Eight
This new guide (FEMA 386-8, 52 pp.) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is the latest in the agency’s mitigation planning how-to series. It provides suggestions to local governments for preparing multijurisdictional mitigation plans. It is only available online.

Just In Case Arizona
This new statewide emergency preparedness campaign is designed to help Arizona residents take steps to prepare for all types of emergencies at home, school, and work.

Isolation and Quarantine Toolkit
Designed by Public Health - Seattle and King County ( Washington), this isolation and quarantine toolkit is designed for all types of users and is separated by topic for the ease of use and navigation. Areas covered include legal issues, working with community partners, planning, and managing an isolation and quarantine response center.

Climate Change 101: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change
To enhance the quality of the climate dialog, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and the Pew Center on the States have developed this series of brief reports. The first three are meant to provide a reliable and understandable introduction to climate science and impacts, technological solutions, and recent action in the United States. Another three plus an overview are expected to be released in November and will cover international solutions, local government action, and business engagement in the climate issue.

Report in Brief: Mitigating Shore Erosion on Sheltered Coasts
This document (4 pp.) summarizes the findings of a forthcoming report from the National Academy of Sciences. It calls for a new management approach for mitigating erosion on sheltered coasts that takes into account all available erosion prevention alternatives and their attendant costs, benefits, and impacts. Specifically, it suggests changing the regulatory preference for permitting bulkheads and similar structures to favor more ecologically beneficial solutions.

Webcast: "Is Climate Change Increasing Hurricane Activity?"
In this lecture, Kerry Emanuel shares his research on how climate change can affect hurricane activity, provides a portrayal of the science behind hurricanes, and discusses how to predict the long-term risk of hurricanes.

New Preparedness Initiative for Older Americans and Individuals with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready campaign, AARP, American Red Cross, and the National Organization on Disability have developed these two brochures that highlight the key preparedness steps older and disabled Americans and their families and caretakers should take before emergencies occur.

Hawaii Earthquake: October 15, 2006
This report from the U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center has details on the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Hawaii on October 15.

Emergency Evacuation Report Card 2006: 25 Urban Areas Could Face Greater Challenges than New Orleans Experienced after Hurricane Katrina
This report (34 pp.) by the American Highway Users Alliance evaluates the 37 largest urban areas in the nation to identify the evacuation challenges facing planners and residents. The evaluation index grades urban areas by reviewing internal traffic flow, highway capacity of major exit routes, and automobile accessibility.

Hurricanes: Unleashing Nature’s Fury:—A Preparedness Guide
The National Weather Service has revised this publication (24 pp.) with updated information and illustrations from the 2004 and the 2005 hurricane season.

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8) Conferences, Trainings, and Events

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming hazards related meetings and training is available from our Web site: www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/conferences.html.]

Webcast: Mass Evacuation to Rural Communities—November 9, 2006, 10-11 am (EST). Organizer: Center for Public Health Preparedness at the School of Public Health, University at Albany. Presenters will share results of a recent survey regarding potential behavioral responses of large populations to disaster events, including terrorist attacks, and will discuss key concerns for rural communities to consider as they plan for mass exodus from urban centers. They will also share new efforts underway by the recently funded Advanced Practice Center in western New York. Learn more at www.ualbanycphp.org/GRS/eventCurrent.cfm?id=79.

UCLA CPHD Workshop Series: Practical Aspects of Pandemic Flu Planning—Universal City, California: December 4-5, 2006. Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Public Health and Disasters (CPHD). Four workshops make up this series. They are Health Care Issues in an Influenza Pandemic, Business Continuity in a Pan Flu Response, Using GIS in a Pan Flu Response, and Managing the Behavioral Health Consequences of Pandemic Influenza: Toward an Operational Model. To learn more, contact Chara Burnstein, UCLA CPHD; (310) 794-0864; cphdevents@ucla.edu; www.cphd.ucla.edu/.

28th Annual International Disaster Management Conference—Orlando, Florida: February 8-11, 2007. Presenter: Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center (EMLRC). This conference is designed to meet the educational needs of individuals and agencies involved with emergency preparedness and response and disaster recovery. Highlights include lessons learned from recent disaster events, disaster response strategies and tactics, medical/public health disaster management, and terrorism response strategies and tactics. For more information, contact the EMLRC; (800) 766-6335; www.emlrc.org/disaster2007.htm.

The National Emergency Management Summit—New Orleans, Louisiana: March 4-6, 2007. Sponsors: “Health Affairs,” “Harvard Health Policy Review,” and Louisiana Hospital Association. An extraordinary confluence of events, both environmental and geopolitical, has coalesced to create a heightened risk of natural disasters, epidemics, and terrorism in the United States. The summit seeks to assess these risks and articulate practical approaches to strategies of planning, response, and recovery focusing on the special challenges that health care organizations face in emergency situations. Find out more at www.emergencymanagementsummit.com/.

Postgraduate Certificate: Study and Management of Geological Risks—Geneva, Switzerland: April 16-June 15, 2007. Organizer: Universite de Geneve, Centre d’Etude des Risques Geologiques. The objective of this course is for students to develop expertise in the field of natural risk mitigation by integrating it into the planning of sustainable development. The course offers a multidisciplinary approach to the search for solutions for a society confronted with natural risks and aims to develop experts who can advise the public and private sectors to take preventive measures to reduce the impact of natural disasters. Applications are due November 30, 2006. To learn more, contact the CERG-Secretariat; +41 22 379 66 02; cerg@unige.ch; www.unige.ch/hazards/ .

2007 Meeting of the AAG—San Francisco, California: April 17-21 2007. Organizer: Association of American Geographers (AAG). This annual meeting attracts over 5,000 geographers and related professionals from the United States, Canada, and abroad and stimulates discussion about research, education, accomplishments, and developments in geography. To learn more, contact the AAG; (202) 234-1450; meeting@aag.org; www.aag.org/annualmeetings/SF2007/index.cfm .

6th UCLA Conference on Public Health and Disasters—Torrance, California: May 6-9, 2007. Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Public Health and Disasters (CPHD). This multidisciplinary conference will bring together academicians, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from public health, mental health, community disaster preparedness and response, social sciences, government, media, and nongovernmental organizations to address the public health consequences of natural and intentional disasters. To learn more, contact Chara Burnstein, UCLA CPHD; (310) 794-0864; cphdevents@ucla.edu; www.cphd.ucla.edu/.

Coastal Sediments 2007: Coastal Engineering and Science in Cascading Spatial and Temporal Scales—New Orleans, Louisiana: May 13-17, 2007. Organizer: Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This conference will provide an international forum for exchange of information among coastal engineers, geologists, marine scientists, shallow-water oceanographers, and others interested in the physical processes of coastal sediment transport and morphology change. To learn more, contact COPRI of ASCE; (703) 295-6370, (800) 548-ASCE; copri@asce.org; www.asce.org/conferences/cs07/index.cfm.

5th Annual Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering—Tehran, Iran. May 14-16, 2007. Organizer: International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES). In addition to covering central issues in seismology and earthquake engineering, this conference will also cover subjects related to socioeconomic and cultural issues of risk management, earthquake risk management, risk communication, public education and preparedness, and response, recovery, and reconstruction. To learn more, visit www.iiees.ac.ir/SEE5/ .

Disaster Management Course—Bangkok, Thailand: May 14-June 1, 2007. Organizer: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The purpose of this course is to provide comprehensive disaster management knowledge and skills to enhance the capabilities of professionals working in disaster management, development, and donor agencies to effectively integrate disaster management into development programs and policies. To learn more, contact the Training Resource Group, ADPC; tedadpc@adpc.net; www.adpc.net/trg06/trg_home.htm.

River Basin Management 2007—Kos, Greece: May 23-25, 2007. Organizer: Wessex Institute of Technology. The purpose of this conference is to communicate recent advances in the overall management of riverine systems, including advances in hydraulic and hydrologic modeling, environmental protection, and flood forecasting. It is designed to bring together practicing engineers, environmental managers, and academics in the field. To learn more, contact Zoey Bluff, Wessex Institute of Technology; +44 (0)238 029 3223 ( United Kingdom); zbluff@wessex.ac.uk; www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2007/rm07/.

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9) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Useful Job Sites:

International Association of Emergency Managers

National Emergency Management Association



The Chronicle of Higher Education

Save the Children
Domestic Emergency Response Unit, Washington, DC

Save the Children (U.S.), a leading child-focused relief and development agency, currently seeks to fill two full-time, permanent positions for its newly created Domestic Emergency Management Unit (DEMU). The DEMU, headquartered in Washington, DC, will be responsible for developing a U.S. Emergency Response Program and for executing and deploying its operational strategies during U.S. emergencies. For more information and to apply online, visit www.savethechildren.org/careers/index.asp.

National Director (Position #3139)

The national director will develop long-range strategy for and manage the daily operations of the DEMU. The director will:

  • Oversee the development of broad emergency response programs and ensure consistency with Save the Children’s current U.S. and worldwide emergency response programs;
  • Create partnerships at the local, state, and national levels and, with U.S. Program Public Policy staff, create and implement advocacy and coalition-building strategies;
  • Maintain relationships with Save the Children’s Finance and Human Resources departments to facilitate smooth operations during emergency responses;
  • Hire, supervise, and provide management support to staff of U.S. emergency responses, offering guidance on all operational, personnel, programmatic, and management issues; and
  • Contribute, as a member of the U.S. Program senior management team, to providing direction to the long-, medium-, and short-term planning processes for U.S. Programs within save the Children (U.S.).


  • Masters degree in an area related to management, public policy, or a relevant programmatic area (education, health, etc.) plus at least 10 years experience in senior management, including experience managing and directing field operations
  • Demonstrated skills in program planning, fundraising, budgeting, administration, and tactical planning
  • Strong team building and communication skills
  • Experience in coalition building, networking/partnering, and resource development
  • Solid interpersonal skills
  • A willingness to travel extensively in the United States

Program Associate (Position #3132)

The successful candidate will provide administrative and operational support to the DEMU. Additionally, specific responsibilities will include facilitating communication and information flow between head office and field staff; assisting with the development and maintenance of operational partnerships with other emergency response agencies, and coordinating training, recruitment, and deployment of the U.S. Regional REDI team.


  • A minimum of one year of administrative experience as well as a BA/BS degree
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and handle sensitive information

Save the Children
Reserve Cadre Positions, TBD

Save the Children is seeking to develop a Reserve Cadre that will support emergency responses in the United States when additional capacity is urgently needed. The Reserve Cadre will consist of temporary staff persons who may be deployed to the site of an emergency. Financial compensation and benefits will be commensurate with temporary employee status as determined by Save the Children. Other benefits may include travel and per diem expenses in accordance with Save the Children policies.

The Reserve Cadre will perform work usually at temporary sites located in disaster damaged areas at the direction of the Domestic REDI Team Leader. Reserve Cadre members must be ready for deployment with little advance notice and be able to function under intense physical and mental stress. As on-call employees, Reserve Cadre members will have the right to refuse one assignment in any given year with proper cause. If a Reserve Cadre member is unable to deploy more than one time, the temporary appointment of that individual will be subject to review and termination.

Find out more about the following Reserve Cadre positions at www.savethechildren.org/careers/index.asp.

Education Officer (Position #3146)

Program & Information Officer (Position #3147)

Logistics Officer (Position #3145)

Finance Officer (Position #3148)

Risk Communications Project Associate, Oakland, California

Responsibilities include developing and implementing project communications strategies; managing project activities and client coordination; writing public outreach, information, and education materials; budget management; meeting planning; and product development targeted at the hazards reduction, crisis, and emergency management industry.

A minimum of three years of recent industry-specific work experience; two years direct experience coordinating communications, public information/education, and community relations efforts on projects and disaster or multihazard related issues; and a solid knowledge of risk community issues, including multicultural approaches and planning and consulting experience with public and private sector clients are required. Experience with consensus-building strategies and a degree in communications, emergency management, or a related field highly are highly desirable. The associate must be proficient in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Outlook and have experience with InDesign, PageMaker or other graphics programs and have excellent written and oral communication skills. The associate must have their own transportation. The ability to speak a foreign language is a plus.

Find out more and apply online at www.circlepoint.com/careers.html.

Senior Risk Communications Project Manager, Washington, DC

Responsibilities include developing and implementing inclusive all-hazards reduction, crisis, and disaster management risk communication strategies; managing public information, education, outreach, training, public involvement, and consensus-building activities. The position requires managing overall project scope and approach, schedule, budget, and deliverables; content development support; successful client relations; staff supervision, team building, mentoring and development; and marketing and business development experience writing proposals, scopes, and budgets.

A minimum of five years of recent industry-specific work experience and a minimum of four years project management experience managing hazards or disaster communications; public outreach, awareness, and educational programs; and public engagement for public, private, and/or nongovernmental sector clients is required. The position also requires a comprehensive understanding of inclusive community engagement, high-risk and multicultural issues, and integrated, cross-sector strategic planning and implementation. Consulting experience, or equivalent, addressing all-hazards disaster management and/or reduction issues is required. A degree in communications, emergency management, sociology, or a related field is highly desirable. Excellent written and oral communications skills and proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite, and Outlook are musts.

Find out more and apply online at www.circlepoint.com/careers.html.

University of Colorado
Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
Assistant/Associate Faculty Positions in Science and Technology Policy Research (two positions), Boulder, Colorado

The Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder is recruiting for two faculty positions at the assistant/associate (with tenure) level in science and technology policy research with a focus on decision making under uncertainty. One position would be rostered in the Graduate School and within the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the parent institute of the center. Departmental affiliation for this position is open. The second position will be rostered in the College of Arts and Sciences in its Environmental Studies Program with a formal affiliation with CIRES and the center. The center is particularly interested in candidates with strong interdisciplinary interests and the ability to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in science and technology policy and/or science and technology studies. Area of research specialization and disciplinary background are open. Required qualifications include a PhD in a cognate field. A major commitment to and demonstrated excellence in research and the ability to secure external research funding are expected as well as commitment to excellence in teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three names for letters of reference to Karen Dempsey, CIRES Human Resources, via e-mail: jobs@cires.colorado.edu. Questions can be sent to Roger Pielke Jr., Chair, Search Committee for Science and Technology Policy Research at pielke@cires.colorado.edu. Review of completed applications will begin December 1, 2006, and continue until the position is filled. For more information about CIRES, see http://cires.colorado.edu/. To learn more about the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, visit http://cires.colorado.edu/science/centers/policy/.

Portland, Oregon
Program Coordinator, Emergency Management, Portland, Oregon

The program coordinator is located in the Emergency Management Section of the Water Bureau, a section devoted to preparing the bureau to respond to emergency response requirements, recovery efforts, and preparedness of bureau personnel and families. The coordinator will be responsible for researching and identifying relevant public and private grant funding programs and resources for the Water Bureau; preparing documents and ordinances for consideration by the City Council for grant funding applications; monitoring grant performance and preparing required compliance reports for grantor to ensure compliance with grant requirements; assisting in the planning of emergency preparedness and emergency response drills and exercises; and providing general information and technical assistance to other city bureaus and to bureau employees and their families regarding emergency preparedness and response.

Applicants must possess:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, tools, and techniques of program/project planning, budgeting, and management
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and court decisions applicable to assigned areas of responsibility
  • Ability to analyze difficult program, administrative, operational, and organizational objectives and issues; evaluate alternatives; and reach sound, logical, fact-based conclusions and recommendations
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical or narrative form
  • Ability to understand, interpret, explain, and apply laws, regulations, ordinances, and policies applicable to program/project responsibilities

Applications are due November 6, 2006. For more information and application forms, visit www.ci.portland.or.us/jobs/06-255/06-255.htm.

Questions for the readership and contributions to this e-newsletter are encouraged. Questions and messages should be indicated as such and sent to hazctr@colorado.edu.

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