Academic Professional Security Series

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The Office of Emergency Preparedness and the UGA Center for International Trade and Security will host periodic seminars designed to bring together professionals and academics working in the areas of security to increase collaboration between the two groups. The seminars are part of the Academic-Professional Security Series.

Information about upcoming seminars will be posted on this Website.

For further information or questions about the Academic-Professional Security Series, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at (706) 542-2778 or email John Newton.

A Time to Remember – A Time to Prepare – Sept. 11, 2014

  • FBI Agent Gina Young, who responded to the 9/11 attacks in New York City, discussed her role as a FBI agent as well as gave a personal account of responding to the attack while not knowing about the welfare of her husband, who was also a FBI agent responding to the attack.

Active Shooter Response Options – April 2, 2014

  • Supervisory Special Agent Ray Johnson discussed indicators of active shooter events, pre-attack behaviors, the myths and realities of active shooter events, and other indicators of an active shooter threat.
  • Captain Wes Huff of the UGA Police Department discussed what is being done locally to prepare for an active shooter situation and what you should do if you are involved in an active shooter situation.

Terrorism: Soft Targets and What you Should Know – September 11, 2013

  • FBI Bomb Technician Kevin Harrison talked about the use of improvised explosive devices similar to what was used at the Boston Marathon, Madrid Train Bombing, and the Oklahoma University TATP incident. He discussed the evolution of the devices, common household items used in making them, and explain the hazards associated with the materials. His presentation helped people understand what suspicious activities are associated with homemade explosive devices.
  • GBI Agent Jeff Roesler works in the Georgia Information Sharing and Analysis Center (GISAC). He explained how information from the public is combined with information from other sources to provide credible information for law enforcement. Additionally, he discussed how the intelligence center in Georgia works, its cooperation with other intelligence centers and the Federal Government.

Terrorism Prevention and Prosecution – October 22, 2012

  • Michael Moore – the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia responsible for the prosecution of all federal criminal cases in Georgia’s middle district which includes Athens. Mr. Moore is a member of the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
  • Dr. Dan Silk – Fulbright Scholar and Criminal Justice Instructor UGA. His forthcoming book, Preventing Ideological Violence: Communities, Police and Case Studies of Success builds on his research concerning domestic anti-terrorism methods.

A Time to Remember – A Time to Prepare – Sept. 11, 2011

  • FBI Supervisory Special Agent Andrew Young shared his personal experience in responding to the 9/11 attacks in New York in the days and months after it happened. This lecture was part of the National Preparedness Month event hosted by the Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness. Other activities included an Emergency Preparedness Information Fair and Public Safety Vehicle Display.

Surviving Natural Disasters – Feb. 24, 2011

  • Chris Walsh, GEMA State Hurricane Planner, and Pam Knox, Assistant State Climatologist, spoke on disasters in Georgia, and what causes severe weather.

Active Shooters: School Shootings to Terrorism – Sept. 9, 2010

  • The topic of the forum was Active Shooters: School Shootings to Terrorism. This forum was part of National Preparedness month. Guest speakers were Sheriff Jeff Wigington of Rockdale County and Scott Watson of the Jedburgh Corporation (former Green Beret). Sheriff Wigington and the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at Heritage High School in 1999. Scott Watson is an expert in Special Forces and has done detailed analysis into the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.

International Travel: Hazards & Realities – Feb. 23, 2010

  • International travel has become increasingly more complex in today’s world. Experts provided insight on hazards, risks, medical issues and realities that may impact your international travel experience. Special Agent Jon Watson, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Agent William Ricketts, Department of Homeland Security, and Dr. T. Demetri Vacalis, Associate Director, Epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Growing Cyber Security Threat: From National Security to UGA – Sept. 11, 2009

  • Office of Security & Emergency Preparedness, the Center for International Trade and Security and UGA Enterprise Information Technology Services hosted a forum on cyber security. The focus was on computing intrusions as a growing threat to national security. Attacks on computer systems can be highly organized, complex and motivated by political or economic aims. Experts discussed this growing threat, how it is changing and what this means for the UGA community. Speakers were Lee Kirschbaum – Atlanta, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Kevin Mandia – Washington D.C., Cyber Security Expert, and Brian Rivers – UGA Director of Information Security.

The Economic Downturn: Rising Crime, Scams and Fraud – April 28, 2009

  • How we can protect ourselves and our families during times of economic downturn. Speakers: David Griffeth, Athens-Clarke County Police Department crime analyst, discussed trends in the Athens area. Mark Cooney, UGA Sociology professor, added analysis on how crime trends compare with normal theories of crime with an emphasis on what types of crimes are affected by the economy. And James Noonan, FBI statistician, discussed research on school violence and crime as well as robbery statistics and health care fraud.

Bridging Gaps between Laboratory Emergency Plans and Outcomes – Feb. 27, 2009

  • The speaker for this lecture was Mr. Sean Kaufman, Director of Programs at the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Sean spoke about bridging the gap between laboratory emergency planning and outcomes – discussed how to get desired out comes from planning.

Building and Maintaining a Culture of Safety in a Research Facility – Feb. 10, 2009

  • This event was Part One of a three-part series in the Academic-Professional Security Series. It was hosted by the UGA Office of Biosafety, UGA Environmental Safety Division, UGA Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness and the UGA Center for International Trade and Security. Dr. David DeJoy, UGA College of Public Health, was the guest speaker. This informative lecture addressed the tension between safety and productivity, the effect of complexity on maintaining a culture of safety, and why systems drift, over time, towards unsafe conditions, as well as provided examples of instances where a breakdown in safety culture had harmful results and high functioning organizations.

Responding to Emergencies on Campus: UGA and YOU – Sept. 11, 2008

  • Specifically, speakers addressed what progress has been made since the Emergency Preparedness and Communications Committee report was issued last year, challenges at UGA, what needs to be improved, trends on college campuses, how individuals can be involved, what to expect from the police in an emergency and what role culture plays in emergency preparedness. The speakers were Tim Burgess, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Kathy Pharr, Assistant Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Trina Von Waldner, Director of Postgraduate Continuing Education, Steve Harris, Director of OSEP, Chief Jimmy Williamson, UGA Police, and Dr. Igor Khripunov,  with the Center for International Trade and Security.

Computer Security Seminar – May 16, 2008

  • The seminar was aimed at IT professionals on campus and researchers who use computers and IT to both conduct and store research. Many of the IT professionals run computer labs on campus used by undergraduates, graduate students, as well as faculty members. IT professionals also provide IT support to departments on campus including support to faculty and staff who use both desktop computers and laptop computers. Many researchers collaborate with researchers on other campuses as well as use a laptop computer when they travel. All of these areas present challenges to keep data secure and free from intrusions and harmful programs. Presenters were Terry Fisher, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Stan Gatewood, UGA Chief Information Security Officer, EITS, and Jim Metcalf, IT Manger, Terry College of Business.

Computer Security Seminar – April 4, 2008

  • The seminar was aimed at IT professionals on campus and researchers who use computers and IT to both conduct and store research. Many of the IT professionals run computer labs on campus used by undergraduates, graduate students, as well as faculty members. IT professionals also provide IT support to departments on campus including support to faculty and staff who use both desktop computers and laptop computers. Many researchers collaborate with researchers on other campuses as well as use a laptop computer when they travel. All of these areas present challenges to keep data secure and free from intrusions and harmful programs. Presenters were Terry Fisher, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI, Stan Gatewood, UGA Chief Information Security Officer, EITS, and Jim Metcalf, IT Manger, Terry College of Business.

Psychological Effects of a Large Scale Disaster – Jan. 29, 2008

  • This was the first event in the Academic-Professional Security Series. It was held on January 29, 2008 and was designed to bring together professionals and academics working in the area of security to increase collaboration between the two groups.  This event was limited to fewer than 30 participants in order to encourage discussion.
  • The topic of the seminar was the Psychological Effects of a Large Scale Disaster.  The seminar was highlighted by a thorough presentation from Dr. Igor Khripunov of the Center for International Trade and Security covering broad areas of the topic including the likelihood of a disaster, the public’s perception of disasters and disaster preparation, and steps for mitigating psychological issues.  Dr. Jerry Gale of the UGA Department of Child and Family Development spoke briefly about a crisis counseling team for the Northeast Georgia area which was followed by a short discussion.