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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.

We have very little information at this time.As we get additional information, we will post it here and on the HEM Google Groups.

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…

2014 Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit presentations:
The titles, brief summaries, and power point slides for this year’s summit presentations are now available on the UAPI site at: https://www.uapi.us/?search&group=resources&Tag=2014+Homeland+Security+and+Defense+Education+Summit. – November 14, 2014

HSDL Critical Releases for November 12, 2014 – November 13, 2014

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

Domestic Preparedness Journal Weekly Brief – 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

How the FBI plans to manage crowdsourced video: The FBI has recently placed a request for information about a citizen facing video repository system they could use to manage croudsourced video. – November 13, 2014

The Town of Methuen (MA) Has installed an “Active Shooter” detection in one of its schools. The system was tested in an exercise on November 11, 2014, a school holiday, and has garnered national attention: “Methuen Demos ‘Active Shooter’ System” (WBUR), “Massachusetts school deploys ‘shooter detection system’” (Reuters), Methuen School Demos ‘Active Shooter’ System (CBS and Associated Press) – November 12, 2014