Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scholarship Opportunity: Airport Minority Advisory Council

Airport Minority Advisory Council Offering Scholarships

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is accepting scholarship applications for women and minorities pursuing degrees in aviation. Twelve scholarships will be awarded and are valued at $2,000 per semester. The scholarships are coordinated through AMAC’s 2012 Education and Scholarship Program, Inc.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 8. Click on the following links for downloadable applications and instructions. For more information, visit the AMAC website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Security Clearance. How to Lose Your Security Clearance

Monday, November 28, 2011

Onondaga County. CERT Teams and Training Opportunities

Posted on the Homeland Security First Responder Community of Practice, CERT Trainers discussion site.
 
 
Please forward any information on the CERT program for Onondaga County, NY.

Onondaga County CERT council formed in 2004. No information available on website for
county, or city of Syracuse, NY for CERT Teams in jurisdiction, or training available for
creation of teams in county, or city.

Thanks.

Charles D. Sharp
Emergency Manager
Senior Advisor
BEMA
Posted on 11/28/11 2:52 PM.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Male Initiative: Bring your A Game.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/bring_your_a_game?ph=120

Always good to view and recommend.

21cf

To generate a national conversation on the plight of Black men and boys, Twenty-First Century Foundation (21CF) has partnered with actor–director Mario Van Peebles and producer Karen Williams to create BRING YOUR "A" GAME — a documentary film that, in Van Peebles’ words, “sheds light on the resilience and influence of Black males.” BRING YOUR "A" GAME uses screenings and accompanying community discussions as a catalyst to transform the lives of urban youth. Using a cinematic style influenced by popular culture and employing innovative technologies, the film details strategies that have improved the lives of Black men and boys. It underscores how essential educational achievement and high school graduation are to survival and success in today’s world.
Interviewees include such Black male icons as Richard “Dick” Parsons, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, Dr. Cornel West, Ice Cube, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kevin Liles, Lou Gossett Jr., Lupe Fiasco, Hill Harper, Damon Dash, Kevin Powell, Melvin Van Peebles, Geoffrey Canada, Bruce Gordon and former NBA star Alan Houston, among others.

BRING YOUR "A" GAME aired exclusively on BET in 2009 and is the cornerstone of a community engagement program that brings together resources and strategies from 21CF’s Black Men and Boys Initiative. Ancillary materials for the campaign include:


 








Thursday, November 24, 2011

Internship Opportunities: RCPGP, U.S. DHS, and White House

INTERNSHIP Opportunities


RCPGP Regional Logistics Program: 2012 Internship Opportunities
The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is looking for highly motivated individuals to join the Regional Logistics Program as Planning Interns.  Three opportunities available.  Non paid positions.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Detgen Greeff, Logistics Planning Associate (dgreeff@regionalcatplanning.org <mailto:dgreeff@regionalcatplanning.org> ).   Application Deadline: 5pm, December 13, 2011

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - HS STEM Summer Internship Program - Summer 2012
2012 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students
10 week research experience; $5000 stipend plus travel expenses Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological/life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences  Projects offered at: National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, Sandia, Savannah River DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory Other research facilities, including Air Force research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology Locations include: CA, CO, ID, IL, MD, NM, NJ, OH, SC, TN, WA & VA US citizenship required
Application deadline:    January 5, 2012
www.orau.gov/dhsinternships <http://www.orau.gov/dhsinternships>
Administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

White House Internship Program.  Application deadline is January 22, 2012.  . The summer program runs from May 29, 2012 through August 10, 2012.  Application for the Summer 2012 White House Internship Program .  http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/departments   where they conduct research, manage incoming inquiries, attend meetings, write memos and staff events. Some of the offices where they work include the Office of the First Lady, the Office of Scheduling and Advance, the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of the White House Counsel, the National Economic Council, the Office of Communications, the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Digital Strategy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Internship Opportunities: RCPGP.

Internship Opportunities

  RCPGP Regional Logistics Program: 2012 Internship Opportunities
The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is looking for highly motivated individuals to join the Regional Logistics Program as Planning Interns.

Who Are We?

The Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program (RCPGP) is a Department of Homeland Security initiative established in 2008 to encourage collaborative emergency planning in America’s largest regions. The RCPGP has three primary goals:
  • Fix Shortcomings in Existing Plans
  • Build Regional Planning Communities
  • Link Operational and Capabilities-Based Resource Planning
The regional project site for New York City and Northern New Jersey also includes Long Island, several New York counties, and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. With a population of 22,000,000 people, this region is home to nearly 1 in every 14 Americans.

The Regional Logistics Program is an initiative within the RCPGP designed to link resources, expertise and information among participating jurisdictions in NY, NJ, PA and CT. By creating a shared system and strengthening regional partnerships, the Region optimizes its ability to manage resources and respond to a catastrophe. The Program focuses on four core components: planning, information-sharing, resource management and the establishment of highly trained emergency response logistics teams.

Who Can Apply?
  • Undergraduate/graduate students/recent graduates of emergency management related fields of study
  • Individuals with an interest in Logistics Planning
Requirements / special skills:
  • Excellent writing and editing abilities
  • Candidates should be detail oriented and well organized
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills; communicates articulately over phone or email.
  • Proficiency with standard office computer and web applications (Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Training/teaching experience or training course development expertise a plus.
Positions Available:
There are presently three internship positions available:
Training Development Intern
  • Assist Logistics Planners leading the Regional Logistics Program training and outreach initiatives.
  • Research the various computer-based learning platforms used within the NY-NJ-CT-PA Region as well as in emergency management or logistics training programs nationwide.
  • Provide recommendations for computer-based learning platforms to be used in conjunction with the training program.
  • Organize and participate in meetings with Regional Logistics Program stakeholders and subject matter experts to determine training needs.
  • Assist in reviewing training courses and provide recommendations.

Logistics Outreach & Event Development  Intern

  • Assist in development of workshops to re-engage Program planning team members, review and test Program plans and guides, and identify links be-tween and among Program projects and initiatives.
  • Assist with planning and development of an event geared towards introduc-ing the Universal Logistics Standard (ULS) developed by the Program.
  • Develop presentations and materials, translating text and theory into graphics, diagrams, process charts and PowerPoint presentations.

Research & Development Intern

  • Conduct a literature review of plans, documents, procedure and protocol from both private and public sector logistics companies and agencies.
  • Develop summaries and provide short presentations on reviewed content.
  • Assess information gathered for best practices and lessons learned.
  • Generate recommendations and engage in discussions on the requirements of an ideal logistics emergency management program.
  • Please note: this position requires potential candidates to be able to work independently; creative thinkers with a strong background in Logistics are encouraged to apply.

Time Commitment & Details:
  • The internship period begins mid-January 2012 and continues through mid-April 2012.
  • Interns are expected to work 10-15 hours per week during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  • Internships are unpaid.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Detgen Greeff, Logistics Planning Associate (dgreeff@regionalcatplanning.org).

Application Deadline: 5pm, December 13, 2011

Black Male Initiative...Technology Push..Tell us what you want?

This is a call to all African-American males 14-22.  What do you want us to do to ensure that you are successful in taking over the reigns for future generations?

If citizens of other nations have used technology to make a change in their political systems in Africa, and the Middle East.  If citizens of the U.S. have banded together with no clear platform or leadership to force changes in the economic base (Occupy Wall Street), then you have the means to make changes.

Technology Push. Changes in Education, Nonprofits, and addressing the Black Male Initiative.

Technology push

Schematic presentation of technology push and market pull[1]
 
Technology push is a term used to describe a part of a business strategy of a company. In the innovation literature there is a distinction between technology-push and market-pull or demand-pull.[2] A technology push implies that a new invention is pushed through R&D, production and sales functions onto the market without proper consideration of whether or not it satisfies a user need.[2] In contrast, an innovation based upon market pull has been developed by the R&D function in response to an identified market need.[2]

History

The origins of the idea behind the technology push can be sourced to Joseph Schumpeter.[3][4] In Schumpeter's works there can be found many elements relating to the different hypotheses that have come to be called technology push, monopoly push and demand pull.[5] In the book "The Theory of Economic Development" Schumpeter argued that development was the result of the innovative ability of the entrepreneur and his introduction of new methods of production.[5]

However Schumpeter does not explicitly say where these new methods come from.[5] The entrepreneur, it is assumed, simply finds them in the economic system.[5] For Schumpeter, the essential forces behind social and economical changes are innovative technologies. Technology, whether generated outside the economic system or in the large R&D laboratories of a monopolistic competitor, is for Schumpeter the leading engine of growth.[4][5] Therefore the 'technology push' hypothesis of the origin of innovations finds a natural place in Schumpeter's ideas.[4][5]

According to Schumpeter, the supply of new technologies is more important than the adaption to existing patterns of demand.[6] Furthermore, only product innovations can lead to the creation of new industries.[6]

They are thus more significant than process innovations, which can only lead to the increased efficiency of existing industries.[6]

The origins of the market-pull or demand-pull are sourced in the literature to Jacob Schmookler.[7] Nevertheless Schmookler did not argue that demand forces were the only determinants of inventive and innovative activity.[7] He used the example of the two blades of a pair of scissors to represent invention and demand as two interacting forces. However, and probably because he was trying to correct the opposite imbalance, the main emphasis on his work was on demand factors.[7]

The dichotomy of demand pull and technology push is frequently found in the academic literature.[8]

Sources

  1. ^ Martin, Michael J.C. (1994). Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Technology-based Firms. Wiley-IEEE. p. 44. ISBN 0471572195. http://books.google.com/books?id=fnE7R732COMC&printsec=frontcover#PPA44,M1. 
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Michael J.C. (1994). Managing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Technology-based Firms. Wiley-IEEE. p. 43. ISBN 0471572195. http://books.google.com/books?id=fnE7R732COMC&printsec=frontcover#PPA43,M1. 
  3. ^ Hübner, Heinz; Stefan Jahnes (1998) (in german). Management-Technologie als strategischer Erfolgsfaktor. Walter de Gruyter. p. 120. ISBN 311016132X. http://books.google.com/books?id=a-VspMFhuw0C&printsec=frontcover&hl=de#PPA120,M1. 
  4. ^ a b c Coombs, Rod; Paolo Saviotti, Vivien Walsh (1987). Economics and Technological Change. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 95. ISBN 0847675467. http://books.google.com/books?id=XwhJKW3vOvUC&printsec=frontcover#PPA95,M1. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Antonelli, Gilberto; Nicola De Liso (1997). Economics of Structural and Technological Change. Routledge. p. 18. ISBN 0415162386. http://books.google.com/books?id=Tu9-EiSH3tEC&printsec=frontcover#PPA18,M1. 
  6. ^ a b c Coombs, Rod; Paolo Saviotti, Vivien Walsh (1987). Economics and Technological Change. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 94. ISBN 0847675467. http://books.google.com/books?id=XwhJKW3vOvUC&printsec=frontcover#PPA94,M1. 
  7. ^ a b c Coombs, Rod; Paolo Saviotti, Vivien Walsh (1987). Economics and Technological Change. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 96. ISBN 0847675467. http://books.google.com/books?id=XwhJKW3vOvUC&printsec=frontcover#PPA96,M1. 
  8. ^ Tolfree, David; Mark J. Jackson (2007). Commercializing Micro-Nanotechnology Products. CRC Press. p. 33. ISBN 0849383153. http://books.google.com/books?id=L6mp2cdO_a4C&printsec=frontcover#PPA33,M1. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pets and Thanksgiving Safety Tips

 Pets
o    Thanksgiving brings health hazards to dogs and other pets as well as humans. 

      Don't give turkey bones to pets. Turkey bones and other bird bones are hollow, which makes them likely to splinter. This can cause tears in an animal's esophagus, stomach or intestines.
Fatty holiday foods, like turkey skin and gravy, can contribute to pancreatitis. More pets are brought to vets for pancreatitis after their owners have had a party or holiday dinner.
Be careful about leaving chocolate candies out (or kids dropping candy on the floor). Chocolate can cause illness and even death when dogs ingest it. In addition, dogs shouldn't be fed grapes, raisins, onions, alcohol or anything with caffeine. It's also important to keep the string used to tie the turkey and other food wrappings out of reach of pets.
Dogs also tend to be excited when there are lots of people in the house. When they are excited, they often eat too quickly, and this can lead to bloating, a very dangerous condition. 
Feed your dog before the guests arrive and don't let them be too active before or after eating.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips.


Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings friends and family together to share a good meal, conversation and laughter. 

But Thanksgiving also comes with several health hazards, including an increased chance of fires, food poisoning and choking. Take a few minutes to review these Thanksgiving Day safety tips, and enjoy the holiday without worry.

1.      Fire
o    The U.S. Fire Administration reports that, on Thanksgiving Day, more than 4,000 fires occur. The average number of cooking fires doubles on the holiday. In addition to installing a fire detector in the kitchen, there are several easy ways to avoid fires:
Don't leave the kitchen while frying and grilling. Use a timer and do kitchen checks when simmering, baking, broiling and roasting. If deep frying a turkey, keep the fryer outside, away from walls, fences and other structures. Also, keep the fryer away from moisture to avoid burns from steam and spattering oil.
Keep pot holders and food wrappers 3 feet away from the stove or other hot surfaces. Kids should stay 3 feet away too. Make sure the handles of pots and pans are facing inward. Avoid loose clothes, especially those with long sleeves, while cooking. And make sure all candles and smoking materials are put out after the guests leave.
2.      Turkey
o    Eating undercooked turkey is another Thanksgiving health problem. If a turkey is thawed at a temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, salmonella or other bacteria that cause food poisoning can grow.
Safely cooking a turkey starts with correct defrosting. There are three methods for safe defrosting. The turkey can be thawed in the refrigerator—one day for every 5 lbs. of the bird. The turkey can be submerged in water if it is in leak-proof packaging—30 minutes for every pound. The water should be changed every half hour. It's also safe to defrost a turkey in a microwave. Remove any packaging and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
With all three methods it's important to cook the turkey immediately after thawing. Don't slow cook or partially cook the turkey, and check the temperature with a meat thermometer to determine if it's done. Even if the turkey came with a pop-up thermometer, it's necessary to check the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and the thickest part of the breast. The turkey needs to be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit (and the stuffing, too).
Let the turkey rest before carving. This gives the juices time to set.
3.      Choking
o    The most common cause of choking is talking while eating. If a person is unable to cough, breathe or speak, the first thing to do is call 911. Next, the Red Cross recommends a technique called FIVE-and-FIVE for choking victims.
The first step is giving the choking victim five sharp blows on the back, using the heel of the hand. If the obstruction is not dislodged by this move, the next step is to give the victim five quick, upward abdominal thrusts.
Some people run from the table when they start choking. It's important to stay with other people so they can give assistance. If the victim is alone, he can give himself the five abdominal thrusts using his hand or by pressing his abdomen firmly against the back of a chair.
4.      Leftovers
o    Eating Thanksgiving leftovers that have been improperly stored can also lead to food poisoning. Leftovers need to be put away within two hours after serving the food. (This includes pumpkin pie.) They go in the refrigerator if they are going to be eaten within three days; otherwise they go in the freezer. Food should be stored in shallow containers. Meat should be removed from the bone before being put away.
Reheated leftovers should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Gravy should be brought to a vigorous boil.

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