skip navigation

Major Sponsors:

MCEER logo


Additional Sponsors:

University Transportation Research Center
Region II
City College

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government
State University of New York

Conference Program

Tentative Program: 12/5/2007

Tentative Schedule of Panels
Thursday, January 10 Friday, January 11
8:50am - 9:30am Staff Set-up 8:50am - 10:20am Panels 7 and 8
9:30am -10:20am Registration Opens
10:30am - Noon Panels 1 and 2 10:30am - Noon Panels 9 and 10
12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch: Board of Directors Presentation 12:10pm - 1:10pm Lunch: Demonstrations and Exercises
1:20pm - 2:50pm Panels 3 and 4 1:20pm - 2:50pm Panels 11 and 12
3:00pm - 4:30pm Panels 5 and 6 3:00pm-4:00pm Panel 13: Concluding panel
4:40pm - 5:30pm Interest group meetings

Sessions on Thursday, January 10

Panel 1: [reserved for Thursday morning]  Psychiatric Casualties of Disaster

Convener: University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Life Sciences

Panel 2: Border Security and Identification Systems

Convener: Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany

Lunch: Report by ProtectNY Board, Speech by ProtectNY President or Special Guest

Panel 3, [Reserved for Thursday Afternoon] Bridging the Divide: Academic Institutions & Law Enforcement Agencies

Convener: Stony Brook University

Our nation faces significant challenges posed by terrorism, weapons proliferation, human trafficking, the narcotics trade, and transnational crime. Cybercriminals pose threats to computer networks. Intellectual property under development at university research centers is increasingly at risk. Meeting such threats requires closer ties between the academic and law enforcement communities, two cultures not always perceived to be natural partners. Can these cultures cooperate more effectively? Panelists will suggest ways in which we might begin to meet the challenge and engage in a discussion with audience participation.

Panel 4, Medical Surge Capacity during Disaster

Convener: Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Panel 5, Education and Training for All-Hazard Events 

Convener: Schenectady County Community College


Panel 6: [Reserved for afternoon, either Thursday or Friday]: Transportation Security in New York

Convener: University at Buffalo

Sessions on Friday, January 11

Panel 7: Ethical and Policy Issues in Disaster Preparedness

Convener: Division of Humanities in Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Panel 8: Security Technologies: Prospects, Possibilities, and Problems.

Convener: Farmingdale State College, SUNY

A technological evolution has led to the development of new sensors and systems that are capable of performing many previously unheard of protective functions. This panel will explore the technology, its applications as well as its effects on people, places, and things.

Panel 9: Emergency Logistics

Convener: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Panel 10: Radiation Emergencies: Threat, Response, and Consequences

Convener: Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate, Kings County Hospital Center

Presentations and Exercises

Panel 11: Behavioral Approaches to Security

Convener: University at Buffalo, Dept of Communication

Panel 12:  [Reserved for either afternoon] Securing Critical Infrastructures in New York State: Directions for Research and Application

Convener: University at Buffalo

Concluding Session Overview: New York Risks, Threats, and Policy Options/or Urban Terrorism: What's there to be Afraid Of? 

Convener: Stony Brook University

Miscellaneous Proposals--Not Assigned to Any Panel

Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: “National Incident Management System (NIMS), Practical Solutions for Compliance” [emergency preparedness coordinators working directly in hospitals and/or nationally recognized experts who may be attracted to the conference.  I have currently worked with Yale New Haven’s expert Jonathan Best and representatives from some GNYHA member hospitals.  I may wish to have them speak again in this venue. Office: 212-788-4228, Cell:    917-709-1501]

working on his masters thesis [college unknown] proposes “Preparedness as Recovery: Transforming Current Paradigms in Post- Disaster Redevelopment Planning” Research has shown that after a disaster, emergency or catastrophe, rapid return to normalcy is most beneficial to the long-term recovery of the citizenry.  With the large amount of trauma involved in these incidents, the additional trauma of attempting to alter a survivor’s environment (i.e. community improvement, mitigation, redevelopment, etc.) has been shown to have a negative overall effect – especially on the mental and physical health of survivors.  Catastrophic redevelopment planning  done before the event that is community initiated, approved and enforced can help to overcome the challenges of the recovery phase of the disaster cycle. Member, Protect New York, 178 W. Houston Street, #12, New York, NY, 10014, 562-897-6677