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Announcement of a Course on
Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Developed and Taught by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
Center for Governmental Services
Unmet Needs and Challenges:
Some Key Challenges Facing Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Since 9/11 and Subsequent Large Scale Disasters in the U.S. and the World
October 7 – November 3, 2013
Course Description: This course is the second in a series of five courses offered online since 2006 through Auburn University's Center for Governmental Services. Dr. Paula D. Gordon, an educator, researcher, and analyst who has formerly worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in a consultant role, is the instructor for the second of the online courses to be offered as a part of the Center’s Emergency Management Certificate Program. Many of Dr. Gordon’s contributions to the fields of homeland security and emergency management can be found at http://GordonHomeland.com and http://GordonPublicAdministration.com . Her bio can be found on the former website.
The course is designed to help those currently in roles of public responsibility develop an understanding of some of the unmet needs and challenges in homeland security and emergency management. This includes unmet needs and challenges that have been impacting the fields since September 11, 2001 and since Hurricane Katrina, along with other newer challenges, including the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, and more recently Hurricane Sandy. While the course will be of particular interest to those already in practitioner or policymaking roles, the course will also be of interest to those preparing for such roles. Those developing and teaching homeland security and emergency management courses are also likely to find the course of great value.
Those in the course are introduced to a 50,000 foot level look at the fields of homeland security and emergency management. An objective of the course is to stimulate critical and creative thinking concerning some problems and challenges that are affecting the nation’s approach to homeland security and emergency management. The course focuses on an array of perspectives, concerns, and issues that have fallen through the cracks or that have not been well understood and addressed by those in the fields of homeland security and emergency management. The unmet needs and challenges that will be addressed in this course include the following:
• Developing a broad basis for understanding the nature and scope of the terrorist threat and the potential impacts that terrorist actions can have locally, regionally, and nationally, as well as internationally;
• Examining the major underlying assumptions that can be found in recent Government strategy documents, directives, and statements by Administration officials and others; and developing an understanding of the differences between a pre-9/11 and a post 9/11 perspective and the reasons that such understanding is needed on the part of practitioners and policymakers;
• Understanding the complementary nature of emergency management and homeland security, the need for an integration of a concern for public safety with a concern for homeland and national security, and the need for an all hazards approach to emergency management and homeland security that incorporates catastrophic events in general, no matter what their cause;
• Considering a conceptual way of looking at emergencies and catastrophes that can help in identifying the different approaches that are needed to plan and prepare for as well as respond to emergencies of differing levels of severity through and including worst case disasters and catastrophes;
• Considering a way of assessing the impacts of disasters and catastrophic events that can help provide a common frame of reference for practitioners and policymakers, a way that includes a recognition of the relevance of the economic impacts and the overall health of the economy to homeland security and national security;
• Examining some current developments concerning critical infrastructure protection, resilience, and continuity and cybersecurity challenges, while also raising key questions concerning the way in which Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, and Hurricane Sandy among others have been addressed;
• Looking at ways of developing approaches that are needed to bridge the culture gaps and address the differences in organizational and professional cultures that are affecting the nation’s approach to homeland security and emergency;
• Understanding the importance of vision and a common sense of mission and purpose and the importance of developing leadership, communication, and problem solving skills that are rooted in a common sense of mission and purpose.
The course is taught in asynchronous time utilizing a wide assortment of documents, reports, articles, videos, and other instructional material all accessible without cost online.
For information concerning enrollment in this course, contact the Center for Governmental Services at (334) 844-1918 or see http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/cgs/ and click on Training and Professional Development.
Endorsements of courses in this certificate program
From a Retired Military Officer currently pursuing a Master’s Degree and Career in Emergency Management:
"This course has shown me that there is so much information available if you simply look or ask for it. One of the main things I took away from this course is that flexibility is absolutely essential. There are so many variables that it is impossible to plan for every single situation. Even disasters that are classified the same, such as earthquakes, are very different as pointed out by Timothy Manning from a geologist perspective. I think if you understand that there is no 'one size fits all' accompanied with a solid foundation of knowledge, flexibility will provide the necessary ingredient to be successful. Secondly, mitigation and preparedness are extremely critical when it comes to disasters/threats. Proper preparedness and mitigation starts with each individual and if everybody does their part, the end-result will be very different from those communities that lack mitigation practices and a preparedness plan."
From a Federal official with responsibilities for emergency management and emergency planning:
"I think this is a great course.
I would recommend for anyone involved in the emergency management field or involved with emergency planning.
I would definitely want my staff to take this course….”
Endorsement from an official of a large university with responsibilities for campus safety and emergency management:
"This course has really helped me realize the impact on planning and preparedness of the differences in catastrophic and non-catastrophic events, and has helped me feel more equipped to address the planning challenges related to catastrophic events. In the past, I have focused mainly on technical and operational issues, but I can now see the importance of the broader perspective. This course has helped me recognize how critical healthy organizations are to emergency management efforts, and better understand the organizational and leadership attributes needed to achieve a healthy organization. It has also really emphasized to me the importance of understanding complex problems and the value of generalists, who can lead multi-disciplinary teams of experts in finding solutions to these complex problems that we face in emergency management today."
NEW: “A Matrix Approach to Comparing and Contrasting Some Differing Perspectives on Emergency Management and Homeland Security in a Post 9/11 World” Presentation by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. at Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 9, 2011.
NEW: “Some Innovative Elements of Several Courses That Integrate Emergency Management and Homeland Security Concerns” Presentation by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. at Emergency Management Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 9, 2011.
“Common Sense, Law, and Public Administration:
A Review of Philip K. Howard’s Book The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America and a Discussion of Related Developments, Themes, and Issues in American Public Administration”
by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
November 29, 2011
Note: This review was largely written when the book was first published. A new summary statement has been added at the end of the article. The book was reprised with a new Afterword on May 3, 2011.
Howard , Philip K., The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America (New York: Random House, 1995 and trade paperback 2011)
MARCH - APRIL 2010 OP-ED
Health Care Reform:
On the Brink of a Possible Unprecedented Societal, Legal, and Constitutional Crisis
By Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
March 20, 2010
Those promoting the health care reform legislation apparently moving toward votes in the next few days, seem to be unaware of the nation’s current shortage of health care professionals. They also seem to be unaware of how the current shortage of health care professionals might become even greater if proposed reforms became law. The results of the most recently published survey doctors concerning the legislation and their intentions if the legislation were to pass can be found in the New England Journal of Medicine. The results include the following:
· 62.7% of physicians feel that health reform is needed but should be implemented in a more targeted, gradual way, as opposed to the sweeping overhaul that is in legislation.
· 46.3% of primary care physicians (family medicine and internal medicine) feel that the passing of health reform will either force them out of medicine or make them want to leave medicine.
· 72% of physicians feel that a public option would have a negative impact on physician supply, with 45% feeling it will “decline or worsen dramatically” and 27% predicting it will “decline or worsen somewhat.
From “Physician Survey: Health Reforms Potential Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care” ,Mar. – Apr. 2010 . See. http://www.nejmjobs.org/rpt/physician-survey-health-reform-impact.aspx
While such results should be uppermost in the minds of the Administration, Congressional proponents, and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and anyone involved in health care policy analysis, the results seem to have been summarily overlooked by all the proponents of the legislation and the presumably non partisan CBO.
If any of those overlooking these findings were to take a course in Public Policy 101, I suspect that many a professor would seriously question their skills for analyzing policy, let alone making or implementing it.
Why is this? In order to develop sound policy, one must begin with an awareness and understanding of the nature and scope of the problem or issue area that one is addressing. In the case of health care reform, one ideally should begin with an understanding of the key factors affecting the delivery and quality of health care services. One most obvious factor has to be the current shortage of health care professionals. The NEJM survey results just published show that the current shortage is apt to increase if the current health care reform legislation before Congress passes. This should be a wake-up call to all those promoting the current legislation that have been put forth by the majority party and the Administration. The Congressional Budget Office also failed to adequately consider the NEJM’s survey results even though the survey results were brought to CBO's attention.
Here you have an instance of legislators, public policy analysts, and public policy makers and would be implementers who have failed to take into consideration key factors that will affect the feasibility of the implementation of the proposed legislation. What an unbelievable oversight! An oversight with potential cataclysmic impacts regarding the delivery and quality of health care were the legislation to be enacted into law!
Many doctors are coming forward to underscore the results of the NEJM survey, including in fact Mr. Obama’s own second cousin, Dr. Milton Wolf. Dr. Wolf’s recent op-ed piece in the Washington Times garnered much attention: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/11/obama-family-health-care-fracas/ . He also spoke out at the rally at the Capitol on Saturday, March 20.
There are so many problematic aspects of the legislation currently being promoted by the Administration and the majority party in the Congress that it is a challenge to prioritize the most important factors. For some reason the threats of law suits and Constitutional challenges do not seem to be taken seriously by the proponents: states’ rights being one basis for legal battles and the effect of unfunded mandates on already cash-strapped states another. Yet another basis for law suits are Constitutional challenges involving the relevance or absence of relevance of the Interstate Commerce clause of the Constitution to the legislation and the question of whether or not the Federal government can Constitutionally force every citizen to purchase products or services under penalty of law. What an unprecedented legal quagmire will result if multiple States and organizations, such as Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation, take legal steps to contest the legislation were it to be enacted into law! What a legal crisis would surely evolve if and as States continue to enact laws to keep the legislation from being implemented in their states. For background on actions that Virginia among others stands ready to take, see http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/88704357.html?ref=357
The approach taken in the health care reform legislation currently being considered would have numerous other near term and long term effects and unintended consequences that seem to be overlooked by those advocating the current form of the reform legislation, and by those at the CBO charged with fully analyzing the legislation’s likely costs.
Here are some for instances, above and beyond the impact on the shortage of health care professionals:
· Caterpillar has stepped forward and pointed out the increased costs that they will have were the bills to pass. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/03/caterpillar-opposes-health-care-bill-aarp-and-ama-support-it.html and http://www.smallgovtimes.com/2010/03/caterpillar-health-care-bill-would-cost-it-100m/ . In an already fragile economy, the last thing that is needed is legislation that would further undermine the fiscal stability of business and industry, put more people out of work, and further weaken the nation’s economy.
· The legislation would also have the potential effect of decimating the health care insurance industry. Through increasing regulation is ways that make it impossible for the industry to maintain any profit margin, the Federal government can in effect regulate the industry out of existence. This in turn could well lead to an eventual complete government takeover of health care delivery and a single payer option.
· The fact that the IRS will become “enforcers” of health care reform legislation can be expected to be appalling to a vast majority of citizens, but that word has not become widespread as yet. In addition to the legislation, see Michele Bachmann’s statements on this subject at http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/blog/id.4791/blog_detail.asp .
The proponents of the legislation have been “hitting us” with every argument they have, while either willfully or wantonly overlooking the factors mentioned here that should have made the legislation dead in the water from the outset. Where was the Congressional Budget Office on this? Are there no lawmakers advocating this legislation who understand the Constitution, let alone how one goes about making sound public policy that takes into consideration current realities? Why and how did so many miss the fact that there currently a shortage of health care professionals to provide health care? Why are they apparently deaf to the survey results that show that the number of health care providers is apt to dwindle even further if the legislation passes?
As if all that were not enough, the bill itself is incomprehensible. The latest versions reference other documents that are themselves critically lacking. What a debacle for the nation if an indecipherable bill ends up being enacted into law, especially when that law is destined to impact one-sixth of the nation’s economy!
A majority of Americans are currently satisfied with their health care. Health care has not been and is not currently a priority in the minds of the majority of Americans. A majority of Americans have a negative view of the legislation that is about to be voted on. Why not undertake simple, low cost or free, incremental, positive improvements, emphasizing free market-driven improvements; and not risk destroying health care as we know it in this country and not risk further undermining the economic stability of the nation? Why risk throwing the country into yet another crisis on top of other crises that should be requiring our undivided attention?
Dr. Paula D. Gordon is a consultant, researcher, analyst, writer, speaker, and educator. She has also served in a variety of capacities in the Federal government, including staff officer, policy analyst, and special projects director. She has an extensive background in several domestic policy arenas including drug abuse prevention and homeland security. Her websites at http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com and http://GordonHomeland.com include her articles, reports, publications, and presentations on drug abuse prevention and homeland security respectively. Her doctoral dissertation, Public Administration in the Public Interest (posted at http://www.jhu.edu/pgordon) focuses on complex societal problem solving and governmental change. She is based in Washington, D.C. E-mail: email@example.com .
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2010 OP-ED
Health Care Reform: A Modest (Hippocratic) Proposal
By Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
January 21, 2010
Reprint rights reserved
(An earlier version was posted at http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.5126/pub_detail.asp .)
Authors of the health care reform bills before Congress seem to be unaware of the nation’s current shortage of health care professionals. They also seem to be unaware of how the current shortage might become even greater if proposed reforms became law. 49% of recently polled physicians indicated that they would leave medicine or retire.
The bills’ authors not only fail to consider such personnel shortages, they seem oblivious to the impacts that their reforms would likely have on an already fragile economy, on businesses, unemployment, and individual and family solvency. They overlook impacts on the availability, delivery, and quality of care, particularly senior care. They fail to acknowledge the inevitable rationing of health care and the consequences of micromanaging health care providers.
Why not consider instead a far less risky and far less costly set of reforms? This could include the following:
~ Minimize fraud and abuse in existing programs (requiring no new legislation).
~ Encourage States and the legal profession to enact law suit reform.
~ Create incentives and programs to increase the number of health care professionals.
~ Promote the spread of low cost community-based clinics to provide primary health care to uninsured citizens. (Models already exist.)
~ Promote the spread of low cost community-based clinics that can provide primary health care to those presently not covered by insurance. (Models clinics already exist.)
~ Encourage state-based incentives for insurance companies to make available catastrophic coverage for low income as well as high risk applicants and individuals with pre-existing conditions. (Examples exist.)
~ Identify and promote successful private sector approaches such those developed by Safeway and Whole Foods.
The bills’ authors advocate a different approach, one that involves extensive government intrusion, intrusion that many argue has no Constitutional justification. They seem deaf to the concerns of health care professionals and the public, especially seniors. Perhaps, even more problematic is the fact that even lawmakers admit that they find the current bills incomprehensible. What a quagmire for all concerned if an indecipherable bill ends up being enacted into law, especially when that law is destined to impact one-sixth of the nation’s economy!
Congress has a choice: Pass the proposed legislation and risk repeal by those voted into office in 2010 or begin anew with some realistic, low cost, clearly stated initiatives that can be agreed to by a bipartisan majority, initiatives that have no taint of illegal or unethical chicanery, initiatives that are Constitutionally sound, initiatives that have a chance of improving the system, initiatives that will not place the economy in further jeopardy, and initiatives that will not threaten to decimate both the insurance industry and the practice of medicine in this country that would generate ripple effects that would be felt throughout the world. A majority of Americans are currently satisfied with their health care. Why not undertake simple, low cost or free, incremental, positive improvements, including free market-driven improvements; and, in keeping with the Hippocratic Oath: “abstain from whatever is deleterious.”
Paula Gordon is a writer, analyst, educator, and consultant. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Important Note: For the results of a recent survey of physicians concerning their views on current health care reform proposals and the devastating impact passage of these proposals on physician supply, see “Physician Survey: Health Reforms Potential Impact on Physician Supply and Quality of Medical Care”, March - April 2010 at http://www.nejmjobs.org/rpt/physician-survey-health-reform-impact.aspx .
Selected Articles, Presentations, Reports and Other Work by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
o Dissertation: Public Administration in the Public Interest: A Prescriptive Analysis of a Democratic Humanist Paradigm of Public Administration (with retrospective comments)
o “Public Administration in the Public Interest: Thoughts About Public Administration Post September 11, 2001” http://gordonhomeland.com or http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/public_administration_in_the_pub.html
o “Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts” (A Six Part Report) http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/hscipreport.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “The Different Nature of Terrorism and Terrorist Threats Post 9/11 and the Implications of These Differences” (A Subsection of “Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/thedifferentnatureofterrorism.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “The Homeland Security Impact Scale: An Alternative Approach to Assessing Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection Efforts and a Frame of Reference for Understanding and Addressing Current Challenges” Part 6 of Improving Homeland Security & Critical Infrastructure Protection and Continuity Efforts http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/thehomelandsecurityimpactscale.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “Strategic Planning and Y2K Technology Challenges: Lessons and Legacies for Homeland Security” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_strat.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “Using E-Technology to Advance Homeland Security Efforts” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/etechnology.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o "List of Selected Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources" A 119 page List of Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources is accessible in the Files Section of this website. Updates as of July 27, 2011 include the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor Disasters. The List is posted in two parts. Click on the links below or at in the Files Section at the end of this Home Page.
Part 1 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources , Updated July 27, 2011
Part 2 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011
o “Improving Homeland Security - Continuing Challenges and Opportunities.” Presentation to EIIP Virtual Forum, 3/24/2004 http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/eiipdhs.htm or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “Recognizing and Addressing Problems of Scientific and Technological Complexity” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/problems_scientific.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “Knowledge Transfer: Improving the Process” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/knowledge_transfer.html or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “Changing Organizational Culture: Unleashing Creative Energy” (poster presentation) http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/change_culture.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o “The Ethics Map: A Map of the Range of Concerns Encompassed by 'Ethics and the Public Service'” http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/ethicsmap.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o "The Ethics Map: An Interview with Paula Gordon," by James Heichelbech. Published in Ethics Today, Volume 7, Number 2, Winter 2004. Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/EthicsMapInterview.html and http://gordonhomeland.com.)
o "The Ethics Map ~ A Values-Based Approach to Defining Ethics and Integrity in the Public Service" Based on a Paper Prepared for the Normative Foundations Group Transatlantic Workshop on Ethics and Integrity, March 21 - 23, 2007, Adelphi, Maryland. (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com )
o “The 9/11 Commission as an Incident Debriefing” (5/18/2004 ) http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/911debriefing.pdf or use link at http://gordonhomeland.com
o "Infrastructure Threats and Challenges: Before and After September 11, 2001". PA TIMES, Vol. 24, Issue 12, December 2001. Reprinted as a commentary in the Journal of Homeland Security, April 16, 2002. Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_infra.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o "International Relations and National Agendas After September 11, 2001". PA TIMES, Vol. 25, Issue 2, February 2002. Also posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/homeland_relat.html/ or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o "Transforming and Leading Organizations," posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/transforming_orgs.pdf or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com . Also published in Government Transformation, Winter 2004-05 issue).
o "A Common Goal for Contingency Planning and Management, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security: Building a Disaster Resilient Nation," article posted February 28, 2005 at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/CommonGoal.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com . (This article incorporates ideas presented in "The Convergence of Contingency Planning, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security," Global Assurance, July 2004.)
o "Capabilities and Skills Needed by Those in New Roles of Responsibility for Homeland Security at the State and Local Levels of Government." Posted at http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/CapabilitiesAndSkillsNeeded.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com . Also published in the PA TIMES, Vol. 28, Issue 3, March 2005 (a publication of the American Society for Public Administration).
o "Thoughts about Katrina: Responses to Two Questions about Hurricane Katrina and America's Resilience" December 1, 2005 (The Forum on Building America's Resilience to Hazards, held December 19-21, 2005, was sponsored by The American Meteorological Society in collaboration with The Space Enterprise Council of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. All invited attendees were asked to submit responses to any or all of four questions prior to the Forum. These are the author's responses to two of the questions.)http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/katrina.html or see link at http://gordonhomeland.com .
o " Comparative Scenario and Options Analysis: Important Tools for Agents of Change Post 9/11 and Post Hurricane Katrina," Homeland Security Review, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2006. Also posted at http://gordonhomeland.com or http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/optionsAnalysis.html.
o "Recommendations for Presidential Candidates for Improving the Nation's Homeland Security Efforts, " an interview for the public radio program "Homeland Security: Inside & Out" aired April 29, 2008. (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)
o "Integrating Homeland Security into Emergency Management Courses: Some Grounding Concepts and Some Suggested Materials and Approaches," FEMA Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 5, 2008. (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)
o “Key Challenges for the Future of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Education,” PA TIMES, Vol. 31, Issue 8, August 2008. (The PA TIMES is a publication of the American Society for Public Administration.) (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com.)
o “Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives: Understanding and Teaching about Differences in Perspectives Affecting Governance and Public Administration Post-9/11” (Ethics Today, Volume 11 Number 1 and 2, Spring and Summer 2009) (Posted at http://gordonhomeland.com .)
o "Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives: Understanding and Teaching about Differences in These Perspectives," Presentation, 4th Annual Homeland Defense and Security Education Summit, Washington, DC, February 24 -25, 2010. See the link in the Files Section at the end of this Home Page or click on
2010-10-23 Dr. Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives Presentation.doc
o “The Harm Caused to Individuals and Society by the Use of Marijuana” http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com (For additional articles and reports by the author on drug abuse prevention, see http://GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com.)
The following is a list of descriptions of some of the websites that have been created by Paula D. Gordon:
1) Domain name: Gordon Homeland.com
GordonHomeland.com is a homeland security website featuring reports, publications, articles, presentations, references and resources, and other material relating to homeland security and emergency management. Articles and presentations concerning management, public service ethics, and knowledge transfer are also included in the website.
The website is intended to serve as a resource for policymakers and implementers, analysts, administrators, and managers. It is also intended to serve as a resource for educators, researchers, students, the media, and the general public.
2) Domain name: GordonPublicAdministration.com now merged with GordonPost9-11.com
The articles and op-ed pieces focus on topics of potential interest to individuals in the field of public administration and public policy. Additional articles, reports, and presentations on the general topics of homeland security and emergency management and related topics are also posted here and at http://gordonhomeland.com.
3) Domain name: GordonDrugAbusePrevention.com
This group website features postings of articles and manuscripts by Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D. on the subject of drug abuse prevention and related concerns. These articles and manuscripts are being posted here for the interest and information of all concerned with the problem of drug use and abuse.
4) Domain name: GordonCancerTheory.com
This website has been created for the possible interest of the cancer research community and others with an interest in the theory of carcinogenesis and anti-carcinogenesis. It has been created in the hope that those in the cancer research community may consider far broader perspectives that may lead to progress in understanding the carcinogenic process. The highlighted presentation is entitled “Synthesis of a New Theoretical Perspective on Carcinogenesis and Anticarcinogenesis”.
5) Wishes for the Family of Humankind
Dr. Paula D. Gordon is an educator, consultant, analyst, and writer. She has also served in a variety of capacities in the Federal government, including staff officer, policy analyst, and special projects director for a wide range of Federal agencies and Departments. She has an extensive background in several domestic policy arenas including homeland security, emergency management, health policy, and drug abuse prevention. For a bio, see http://gordonhomeland.com . E-mail: email@example.com .
o "List of Selected Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources" An Updated Version of the Extensive 119 page List of Homeland Security and Emergency Management References and Resources is accessible here. Updates as of July 27, 2011 include the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the 2011 Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor Disasters. The List is posted in two parts:
Part 1 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011
Part 2 of List of Homeland Security & Emergency Management References and Resources, Updated July 27, 2011
o "Pre- and Post-9/11
Perspectives: Understanding and Teaching about Differences in These
Perspectives," Presentation, 4th Annual Homeland Defense and Security
Education Summit, Washington, DC, February 24 -25, 2010:
2010-10-23 Dr. Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives Presentation.doc
o "Common Sense, Law, and Public Administration: A Review of Philip K. Howard’s Book The Death of Common Sense ~ How Law is Suffocating America and a Discussion of Related Developments, Themes, and Issues in American Public Administration”:
2010-10-04 Paula D Gordon Review of The Death of Common Sense by Philip K Howard (4).doc
o "A Matrix Approach to Comparing and Contrasting Some Differing Perspectives on the Federal Government's Role in Hurricane Katrina and in Potential Catastrophic Events in the Future," abridged August 5, 2010 from a June 13, 2007 presentation for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Executive Master of Science Program in Crisis and Emergency Management:
2010-08-05 Paula D Gordon A Matrix Approach to Comparing Differing Perspectives.doc
o "Integrating Homeland Security into Emergency Management Courses: Some Grounding Concepts and Some Suggested Materials and Approaches," FEMA Higher Education Conference, Emmitsburg, MD, June 5, 2008
2009-07-12 integrating homeland security into emergency management courses.ppt
o "Some Conceptual Tools for Understanding and Addressing Catastrophic Challenges as Well as Other Lesser Emergencies":
2009-06-15 Paula D. Gordon article on Some Conceptual Tools for Understanding....Emergencies.docx
o “Pre- and Post-9/11 Perspectives: Understanding and Teaching about Differences in Perspectives Affecting Governance and Public Administration Post-9/11” (Ethics Today, Volume 11 Number 1 and 2, Spring and Summer 2009):
2009-04-29 Paula D. Gordon Pre- and Post- 9-11 Perspectives.doc