Rear Adm. Linda Wackerman knew when she took oversight of a nationwide emergency preparedness program in 2011 that she needed to go back to school to better understand the complexities of homeland security. That’s why she turned to Penn State to help her better serve the nation.
A new Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs poll shows that Pennsylvanians primarily see homeland security as a comprehensive effort of the federal government to fight terrorism at home and abroad. However, while it most often has a positive connotation, the multi-faceted mission space of homeland security is widely unknown.
When Charlotte Palmer Roy graduated from Penn State College of Medicine’s graduate program in homeland security in 2012, she had no idea her new found knowledge would be put to the ultimate test just one year later during the Boston Marathon bombing.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has underscored the importance of the education and training that people need to respond to global health crises. An online master’s degree and graduate certificate from Penn State can help prepare people for those kinds of jobs.
When Penn State launched its online homeland security master’s degree program, the Christmas Day “underwear bomb” terrorist attack topped the news. Terrorist tactics have evolved since then. On the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security program, Penn State is embarking on a curriculum update.
As terrorism and organized crime continue to converge, information technology security, identity theft, cyber-attacks and other terrorist threats will increase, predicts Alexander Siedschlag, Penn State’s new chair of online homeland security programs. He is leading the effort to enhance Penn State’s online homeland security programs to prepare professionals for these evolving challenges.
In complex crisis situations involving military situation awareness, homeland security and other time-sensitive scenarios, teams of experts must often make difficult decisions within a narrow time frame. Faculty collaborators at two Penn State campuses and a doctoral degree alumnus from the University have devised and patented a system that merges and finds the "sweet spot" between human and computer intelligence to support timely decision-making.
The flexibility of online education is ideal for many adults who want to learn when and where it's convenient to them, and especially beneficial to active-duty military service members deployed in a war zone or where Internet access is limited. Since Penn State's World Campus launched 15 years ago, enrollment by active-duty military service members and veterans has grown steadily -- and more than 120 percent in the last four years.
A married couple in New Jersey, a State College resident and a civilian worker in Afghanistan will all receive degrees earned online through the World Campus during Penn State’s spring commencement May 3–5. Among the Penn State students graduating during University Park campus commencement are Tom Brown, a civilian worker in Afghanistan; Matthew and Diana Kirk of Riverside, N.J.; and Jamie Reep of State College.
Isiah "Izzy" Jones of Harrisburg has a lot to celebrate this weekend. In 2007, Jones became the first descendent of his maternal grandmother's family to earn a four-year college degree when he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Penn State. On Aug. 11, he will pick up his second Penn State degree, a homeland security master's degree. His grandmother will be on hand to see him graduate, as she has for all of his graduation ceremonies.
The public is invited to attend a free information session about available careers with Homeland Security agencies, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Lodge of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building. The program is sponsored by the Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education. Employment opportunities open in a variety of agencies will be presented, including the Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Citizenship Immigration Service, Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Coast Guard. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 724-773-3700 or BeaverCE@psu.edu.
Researchers from Penn State's International Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST) are launching a groundbreaking new study of the motivations and behaviors of terrorist actors. The collaboration is part of a three-year international research program known as Understanding the Arc of Terrorist Involvement. The program will bring $1.3 million to Penn State for two research projects on the psychology of terrorism.The projects are sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate and coordinated through the United Kingdom Home Office and Department of Homeland Security.