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Omaha, NE April 15-17, 2016

WELC Norma Doneghy Anderson Founder, Bill Anderson Fund

We are very excited that we are guests of not one but two Universities here in Nebraska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Omaha. We thank them for reaching out to bring the Bill Anderson Fund here to their campuses. We have much to celebrate. In just short of two years, we have 20 BAF Fellows representing 16 universities and 16 fields of study in the areas of hazard and disaster mitigation and emergency management. From this point forward you will be known as the Bill Anderson Fund Fellows. Congratulations! This year is our first full year of presenting workshops, so we have moved from having a pilot workshop program to unfolding the Bill Anderson Fund Fellows Workshop. They are one of the two core programs the Bill Anderson Fund offers you to facilitate a successful graduate school experience. The second that we are unfolding is the BAF Mentorship Program. This work was the creation of volunteers to the BAF who are representatives of many universities, government institutions, private organizations, as well as the BAF Fellows. We are very fortunate to have with us a very well known mentoring specialist, Dr. Howard Adams, President of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc. that provides human resources services and product to educational, governmental and industrial organizations to lead the very important segment on mentoring.

William Averette Anderson was very passionate about hazard and disaster mitigation and in particular how these crises significantly affected the lives of underserved populations. He strove tirelessly to lessen the horrific impact of these occurrences on their lives. We are here today in an effort to rectify what Bill saw as a regular and consistent problem. The Bill Anderson Fund has selected you, the leaders of tomorrow, to help bring the insight to ameliorate these shortcomings. I want to thank Dr. Terri Norton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who has been at the helm in evolving the BAF Workshop Program and the tremendous team that includes Dr. DeeDee Bennett, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Bandana Kar, University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Fernando Rivera, University of Central Florida and BAF Board Member Lori Peek, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins for their work in developing these workshop programs. I also want to sincerely thank our hosts, Dr. Jay Puckett, Director of the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Dr. John Bartle, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, University of Nebraska at Omaha for their support in inviting the Bill Anderson Fund to have its first 2016 workshop here in Omaha, Nebraska.

COME Dr. John Bartle

Dr. Jay Puckett

It is our great pleasure to host the Bill Anderson Fund Spring Workshop on our campus. Our faculty and their partners have worked hard to make this a productive workshop for you, and we hope you find it to be professionally rewarding. Omaha has much to offer, and I hope you are able to enjoy some of these experiences in addition to your workshop.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the University of NebraskaLincoln (UNL) Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction and our College of Engineering’s Omaha campus.

Dean, College of Public Aairs and Community Service

The profession and the discipline of Emergency Management has grown rapidly, and our College believes that the profession can only be truly effective if it responds to the needs of all, especially groups that are disproportionately in danger. Our mission is to develop the next generation of professionals and researchers in our degree programs who are focused on the needs of all and can be part of the solution. The most important part of the solution is you. I hope that you make the most out of this opportunity, and in turn bring to all communities the benefit of the skills and knowledge you learn. Best Wishes!

Director, UNL Durham School

The Durham School offers a comprehensive built environment education in architectural engineering, construction engineering, and construction management. Our motto of 3:2:1, enforces that we are three programs on two campuses under one academic unit. We inspire our students to become innovators of the future, changing the global landscape through engineering and management. Today our school has over 500 undergraduate students, 90 graduate students and 36 faculty members. Our faculty members are performing cutting edge research in areas of construction safety, sustainability, infrastructure systems, simulations and visualizations, and risk management and decision making. I hope that your experience here for the Bill Anderson Fund Student Council Workshop is a fruitful exchange of knowledge. Again, welcome to the Heartland!

The William Averette Anderson Fund

for Hazard and Disaster Research and Mitigation Fondly called the Bill Anderson Fund, it was developed in honor of William Averette Anderson who, for 50 years, was a hazard and disaster mitigation scholar, researcher and policy developer. William Averette Anderson (Bill) spent his career understanding and taking actions to mitigate the causes and consequences of hazards risk, and in particular, to understand and address the extent to which marginalized groups suffer the worst consequences when disasters do strike. As a gifted researcher, writer and teacher whose tenure included esteemed positions at the National Science

Foundation, the World Bank, the National Academies and Arizona State University, Bill served as a mentor and role model to countless new researchers and practitioners in the field. He also fought to ensure that funding be dedicated to studying vulnerable populations and ensuring that women and people of color be recruited into all hazards professions–from frontline hazards management to critical hazards research. The BAF Student Council is the focus of the Fund and its growth to satisfy the need Bill Anderson perceived and worked tirelessly to remedy. Source:

Bill Anderson

Organizing Committee

BAF Board of Directors

Norma Doneghy Anderson, BAF Founder

Norma Doneghy Anderson, BAF Founder

Dr. DeeDee Bennett (Workshop Co-Chair), Assistant Professor of Emergency Management in Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and BAF Feeder Council Chair

Candice Anderson, Executive Director, Cool Culture, Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Bandana Kar, Associate Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi

Preal Haley, Ameriprise Financial Advisor

Dr. Terri Norton (Workshop Chair), Associate Professor of Construction Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dr. Fernando Rivera, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida Jose Torres, Master of Science in Geosciences at Auburn University

John Cooper Jr., Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Ron Henderson, retired Director of Research, National Education Association Marccus Hendricks, Doctoral Candidate of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University Hans Louis-Charles, PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the University of Delaware, Disaster Research Center Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University Ellis Stanley Sr., retired Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, North Carolina

Chihuly Sculpture–Peter Kiewit Institute, UNO

AGENDA Day 1–April 15, 2016 Time 5:30 PM–7:00 PM

Activity Welcome Reception Sponsored by UNL Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction

Day 2–April 16, 2016 Shuttle pick up at 7:30 AM–Lot 14 behind Aksarben Marriott 8:00 AM–9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast Sponsored by College of Public Affairs and Community Service 9:00 AM–9:15 AM BAF Workshop Welcome from Dr. John Bartle, CPACS Dean & Dr. Patrick O’Neil, Emergency Services Program Director 9:15 AM–10:30 AM Session 1: Choosing an Advisor and Building Rapport 10:30 AM–10:45 AM Break 10:45 AM–12:00 PM Session 2: Making the Best of a Mentor Experience 12:00 PM–1:15 PM Lunch and Poster Session Sponsored by College of Public Affairs and Community Service 1:15 PM–2:30 PM Session 3: Presenting at Technical Conferences 2:30 PM–2:45 PM Break 2:45 PM–4:00 PM Session 4: Internships and Other Opportunities 4:00 PM–4:15 PM Break 4:15 PM–5:00 PM Session 5: BAF Mentorship Program Overview Shuttle pick up at 5:20 PM–Lot N by HPER 6:00 PM Dinner in the Old Market–Upstream (514 S. 11th Street) Day 3–April 17, 2016 9:30 AM–11:00 AM Student Presentations 11:00 AM–11:30 AM Student Focus Group 11:45 AM–12:00 PM Workshop Closing

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SESS Session 1: Choosing an Advisor and Building Rapport Choosing a research advisor is just as important as selecting a research topic. The advisor is not only the gatekeeper to your academic accomplishments s(he) can also help you gain access to future opportunities. Therefore, it is important that you build a professional and collegial relationship with this individual(s). In this session the topics pertaining to your research endeavor will be discussed, specifically, selecting a research topic, selecting an advisor, establishing a rapport with your advisor, choosing a supervisory committee, participating in research group/team meetings and being part of a community environment. Speakers: • Dr. Lonnie Booker (Kansas Wesleyan University) • Dr. Ethel Williams (University of Nebraska at Omaha) • Dr. Terri Norton (University of Nebraska–Lincoln) Session 2: Making the Best of a Mentor Experience In this session mentoring will be examined as an essential element to the doctoral process. Having a mentor, in addition to your advisor, can help with your research and can also provide a sounding board to discuss the life as a graduate student. Topics to be discussed herein, include: choosing a mentor, the different between a mentor and an advisor, proactive engagement with the mentor and what to discuss with your mentor. Speakers: • Dr. Howard Adams (H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc.) Session 3: Presenting at Technical Conferences An important part of any researcher’s life is being able to share their findings at academic and professional conferences. Given the technical nature of research methodology and findings, understanding the conference parameters for submitting and presenting your work is a key component to having a successful experience. Speakers: • Dr. DeeDee Bennett (University of Nebraska at Omaha) • Dr. Bandana Kar (University of Southern Mississippi) • Dr. Mahmoud A. Alahmad (University of Nebraska–Lincoln)

IONS Session 4: Internships and Other Opportunities Hazards and Disasters researchers are able to impact several areas of the field outside of academia. In this session, you will learn about the field experiences and internship opportunities that allow you to gain professional experience before joining workforce. The speakers will provide information about internship and field experience opportunities, types of job openings within public and private sectors focusing on hazard and emergency management and how experience in different events/disasters can translate into job opportunities. Speakers: • Mr. Earl Imler (Nebraska Emergency Management Agency) • Mr. Brent Curtis (Nebraska Emergency Management Agency/NEVOAD) • Ms. Elayne Saejung (University of Nebraska Medical Center) • Mr. Matthew Krajewski, P.E. (US Army Corps of Engineers–Omaha District) Session 5: BAF Mentorship Program Overview In this session you will be provided a description of mentoring programs in general and the BAF Mentorship Program with an opportunity for Q & A. Speaker: • Norma Doneghy Anderson (Bill Anderson Fund) CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: We invite you to submit an abstract that will be reviewed and discussed during the Natural Hazard Review Workshop in Broomfield, CO (July 10-13, 2016). You will be required to take review points and convert the abstract to a full paper that you will present at the November workshop. During the November workshop, you will receive comments and suggestions about the paper (its content, writing style, following formatting guidelines, deciding an outlet for your manuscript, blind review and its implications, and how to address review comments, etc.) before it is submitted for publication to a peerreviewed journal. Abstract Deadline: July 1, 2016

SPEAK Dr. Howard Adams is known for his mentorship of minorities in science. He received his B.S. degree in biology from Norfolk State University in 1964, his M.S. degree in biology from Virginia State University in 1969, and his Ph.D. degree in higher education administration from Syracuse University in 1978. From 1970 to 1973, Adams served as Norfolk State University’s first director of alumni affairs, and in 1974, he was appointed vice president for student affairs. In 1978, he accepted the position of executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM), headquartered at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. In 1995, Adams founded H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc., a consulting company that helps organizations, such as the U.S. Marine Corps, develop and empower their employees by establishing training and mentoring programs. Adams’ company also works with students to help them perform better in school. Another function of H.G. Adams & Associates is to provide motivational speakers for universities, government agencies, and other groups. Some topics speakers talk on are leadership, academic/career success, mentoring, careering, strategic planning, and goal setting. Adams has spoken at over 650 colleges and universities. He has authored or co-authored over fifteen self-help guides and handbooks and has written three books. Dr. Mahmoud A. Alahmad graduated with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2005, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989, all from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA. He is currently an associate professor in The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Industry experience includes over 10 years of infrastructure planning, design and analysis of electrical distribution systems for the built environment. His research interest is in the areas of energy generation, Consumption and conservation in the built environment, Real time monitoring and control for smart buildings and Elastic and Reconfigurable architectures for energy storage and renewable Photovoltaic systems. Dr. Alahmad is a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He has been an IEEE member since 2008; he is a peer reviewer for the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.

KERS Mrs. Norma Doneghy Anderson is founder and president of the William Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) for Hazard & Disaster Mitigation Education and Research, established to promote the study of mitigating the impact of disasters and hazards on vulnerable and underserved populations in the United States. She has spent more than four decades in leadership positions in education, corporate communications and administration, training, IT consulting, sales and supply chain management. She is a recognized leader in creating successful programs that help build the skills and career opportunities to underserved and underrepresented urban communities. She was an educator in Montgomery County, MD, Phoenix, AZ, and Columbus, OH. She also served as board vice chair to UrbanEd, Inc., a nonprofit that provides District of Columbia children, youth, and adults with technology-driven education, information and skill development. Anderson earned a BA in education from The Ohio State University and an MA in education from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Dr. DeeDee Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the Emergency Services Program within the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the intersection of emergency management, advanced communications, and socially vulnerable populations. With several publications, Dr. Bennett has authored in many places including emergency management journals, textbooks, federal research reports, published white papers, practitioner briefs, and conference proceedings. Additionally, she has worked on six sponsored research projects in the field, with two as principle investigator. Dr. Bennett received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and received her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University’s Political Science Department in Fire and Emergency Management Administration. She is a member of IAEM, IEEE, and ASPA.

Dr. Lonnie Booker Jr., earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a certification in Homeland Security from the Bush School of Public Policy at Texas A&M University-College Station. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Jarvis Christian College. He has amassed over 13 years of law enforcement experience ranging from serving as a police officer and detective in narcotics, gang unit and property crimes, Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT) hostage negotiator and adult probation officer. Dr. Booker’s research and scholarly interests include campus safety and institution crisis management planning, generational students of color, and academically gifted student athletes of color. Dr. Booker is a published author and has presented at numerous national, regional and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Booker served as the first assistant professor of homeland security and emergency management program at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Currently, Dr. Booker is the Director of Emergency Management programs and the Center for Public Policy and Safety, as well as, an Assistant Professor for Emergency Management and Criminal Justice programs for Kansas Wesleyan University. In addition to his academic duties, Dr. Booker serves on a number of local boards, Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as a member of the state of Kansas Type III-North Central Kansas Incident Management team. Mr. Brent Curtis is an Operations Program Specialist with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency. As a part of NEMA’s field team, he has served as a Voluntary Agency Liaison and Communications Unit Leader. He has been active in disaster response and recovery for over 18 years. During the severe storms of mid-June 2014, he was part of the NEMA team that deployed to Pilger, Nebraska. While originally deployed as a Communications Unit Leader, circumstances dictated that he quickly switch hats to the role of Voluntary Agency Liaison (or “VAL”). The experience he, Pilger, and northeast Nebraska had with volunteerism triggered a paradigm shift in how the state looks at the VAL position through all phases of emergency management.

Mr. Earl Imler currently serves at the Operations Section Manager for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Mr. Imler came to work for NEMA on May 1st, 2007. During his time with NEMA he has held positions as State Coordinating Officer, Public Assistance Officer and Response and Recover Section Manager. Prior to coming to NEMA, Mr. Imler’s Law Enforcement career spanned 25 years with three different agencies. During his career Mr. Imler held positions in task force investigations, training officer for tactics and patrol procedures and as Deputy Chief. In 1997 Mr. Imler was inducted into the Police Officers’ Association of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

Dr. Bandana Kar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. Dr. Kar’s research is in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and hazards. Her research interests in GIScience focuses on: (i) uncertainty and accuracy assessment, (ii) multi-scale modeling, (iii) cyber GIS and web mapping, citizen science, and location privacy, (iv) data science– machine learning, statistics, databases, (v) change detection and feature extraction, and in hazard focuses on risk communication, resilience, damage/financial loss estimation, risk and vulnerability assessment. Dr. Kar has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security and National Science Foundation to undertake research in risk communication and economic resilience, and to investigate the usability and integration of big data and structured geospatial data during emergency management activities. Her projects also focus on building cyber-infrastructure to enable citizen science and developing spatial decision support systems. Dr. Kar has served as the major advisor for 2 PhD students, 8 MS and 15 undergraduate students. Mr. Matt Krajewski, P.E. currently serves as the Chief of Readiness Branch within Operations Division, for the Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As Chief of Readiness Branch, Krajewski serves as primary advisor to the District Commander on emergency and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities associated with both natural disasters and national security emergencies. The Omaha District is the most expansive district in USACE. Its boundaries cover more than 540,000 square miles and seven states. Matt has worked for the Corps for nearly 20 years in various capacities including geotechnical engineer and project manager. Matt also spent eight years working as an engineering consultant for a firm in Omaha where he primarily worked as a water resources engineer focusing on municipal drainage and water supply. Matt graduated from the University of Nebraska with a BS in Civil Engineering, is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nebraska and is also a registered Project Management Professional. Dr. Terri Norton is an Associate Professor of Construction Engineering within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. She earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the Florida A&M University - Florida State University College of Engineering. Dr. Norton’s research interests involve evaluating the effects of dynamic loads or hazards on civil structures and sustainable building construction. Dr. Norton has served as the principal investigator (PI) on grants funded by the US Geological Survey (USGS), Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR) and Department of Energy (DOE). Her present research is in the area of disaster recovery and reconstruction through disaster debris management. She has been an invited lecturer and visiting scholar at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Italy, the University of Tokyo and Tohoku University International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in Japan. Moreover, she has been a presenter of structural dynamics and vulnerability in both the national and international arenas. Dr. Norton recently earned a Fulbright Scholar Award for her research in disaster recovery. She has served as the major advisor for 3 PhD students, 4 MS, 12 Masters of Arch. Engineering and 13 undergraduate research assistants.

Ms. Elayne Saejung is the Assistant Director with The Center for Preparedness Education and has been working with emergency preparedness since 2004. She was a 2015 Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and her career focus is on policy and planning for all-hazards disaster management with a background in public health preparedness, weapons of mass destruction policy, and HAZMAT operations. Elayne has experience with nationwide training of first responders through the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, with whom she coordinated a multiple institutional delivery of FEMA-certified training that focused on personal protective measures in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. She also provided briefings to members of The Governor’s Cabinet of Hawaii on public health preparedness efforts and has planned ESF-8 response to large-scale events, such as the Kentucky Derby. She has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Southern Maine and a M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. Dr. Ethel Williams is the Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). She has more than three decades of experience in the field of public administration with particular expertise in the area human resource management. Her research interests include social equity, health disparities as a policy issue, and workforce planning with an emphasis on succession planning. In addition to her teaching and research she has served, and continues to serve, on numerous professional and public boards and commissions including two terms on the National Council for The American Society for Public Administration; the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the Environmental Quality Council and the Judicial Nominating Commission for the state of Nebraska; and has served for more than a decade on the Personnel Board for the City of Omaha. Dr. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Talladega College, a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Downtown Omaha–Old Market

Things to do in Omaha Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo–3701 S. 10th Street Whether you find yourself walking through the Desert Dome, Kingdoms of the Night or the Lied Jungle, you are sure to find an adventure at the world-famous Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The Durham Museum–801 S. 10th Street Take a walk through history with exhibits such as Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe. Lauritzen Gardens–100 Bancroft Street Explore The Glass Art of Craig Mitchell Smith in this impressive exhibit of over 30 dramatic glass sculptures which can also be viewed illuminated at night. Old Market–Downtown Omaha Discover historic Downtown Omaha through a variety of activities including shopping, art galleries and restaurants. Midtown Crossing–36th and Dodge Stroll through the park, try some new restaurants or relax with a movie. Midtown Crossing offers a variety of shops, restaurants and outdoor space.

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