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BU_Bio-300x300November 21, 2014 – It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our dear friend, Simon Chernack, earlier today. Simon was a fixture around the HEM the office for the past few years, first as a student, as a Teaching Assistant, active alumnus, but mostly as a treasured friend.

There will be a Memorial for Simon Chernack on Sunday, December 7, at 1:00 pm. members of Simon’s family and several friends will be speaking.
The memorial will take place in the Auditorium at 670 Albany Street Boston, MA at the BU Medical Campus.
We will also have an AdobeConnect session open for folks who cannot come to Boston and still want to be a part — see the BU HEM website for the link & instructions.

Those planning to attend in person should RSVP to John Broderick via email.

The Stanetsky Memorial Chapel has a Memorial Page posted for Simon. Additional information will be posted as we get it.

About the Program:

The MS in Healthcare Emergency Management prepares individuals to work across the spectrum of emergency and crisis management focusing on multiple areas of biomedical sciences and healthcare, along with practical experience. The program consists of a 36-credit, 12-month full-time course of study, with a part-time option.

The Masters program can be completed in-person or online through our virtual classroom. Our virtual classroom experience is a real-time distance learning environment. Based on Adobe® Connect™ web conferencing, our students are able to attend class from wherever they happen to be. The virtual classroom gives students the flexibility to attend graduate school without the major up heal in their lives that relocation would involve. Students can keep their urgent jobs, homes, and living situations while completing the HEM degree.

An article appearing in the November-December 2013 issue of Emergency Manager looks at the value of a degree in the field of EM and indicates that hiring trends are moving in the direction of giving preference to individuals with specific degrees in emergency management over more traditional choices from public safety departments who have no degree.

Virtual Classroom

Virtual Classroom

The BU Healthcare Emergency Management program is innovative in several aspects. From its focus on healthcare environments, to the hands on training in exercise development and incident command, this program provides students with a comprehensive background for facing the challenges of a career in emergency/disaster preparedness. Add to this the blended learning environment of our virtual classroom, which allows students to attend class in real time from across the country, and you have a truly unique program.

We have produced several short videos which look at various aspects of our program from different points of view.

Program Highlights:

  • 1 and 2 year tracks
  • Classes taught by recognized experts in the fields of: Emergency Management; Homeland Security; Disaster Relief; Incident Command; Exercise Design
  • Blended learning environment allows students to attend class at our Boston campus or from almost anywhere through our virtual classroom
  • Active participation in a variety of real-world exercises
  • Internships and practica provide students with valuable emergency management experience critical to future employment opportunities.
  • Paid internships (up to $15,000) available.

In the News…

Jefferson County Homeland Security and Emergency Management January Newsletter. Annual Partnership Meeting to be held at The Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town on January 30, 2015. Thom Kirk, Director of West Virginia’s Intelligence Fusion Center to speak. – January 14, 2015

Domestic Preparedness Journal Weekly Brief – January 12, 2015

HSDL Critical Releases for January 2015 – January 12, 2015

Domestic Preparedness Journal Big Ideas Edition – December 31, 2014

Domestic Preparedness Journal Weekly Brief – December 31, 2014

Emergency Management magazine is hosting Oswaldo Mestre, Jr., Director of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo, New York for a webcast about Snow Removal and Neighborhood Revitalization using Big Data, taking place Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 from 11am-12pm PT
Register at no cost here. Recordings Available. – December 4, 2014

ReGroup Webinar: 2014 Weather Disasters and How to Prepare for 2015
Register to receive the webinar recording here. – December 2, 2014

Presentation slides from this year’s Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit are now available on the UAPI site. – November 14, 2014

Emergency Management magazine published an article about Team Rubicon, a volunteer disaster response organization for military veterans. – November 13, 2014

Search and rescue roaches? North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. This fascinating technology is intended for application in disaster response operations. NCSU press release. – November 13, 2014