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    University at Albany Targets Emergency Response

    Call it Disaster U: The University at Albany, a State University of New York institution, has developed its own sort of emergency response to the infrastructure, environmental and national security problems in the age of terror threats and climate change. In the capital of a state hit by both the 9/11 attacks and 2012's Hurricane Sandy, the College of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is the first of its kind in the nation. At the college, students learn how to handle emergencies, including prevention, immediate response and dealing with the aftermath.

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    5 Questions with Faculty: Samantha Phillips

    ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 11, 2018) – Samantha Phillips, the former emergency management director for the city of Philadelphia, made the leap to academia two years ago, joining the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. She is a public service professor and leads the college’s National Center for Security and Preparedness.

  • Mind the Gap: Reconciling Mitigation and Recovery in Home Buyout Programs

    "Home buyout programs facilitate the large-scale relocation of residents out of risky areas. We have been researching these programs for several years, yet we routinely find ourselves asking a seemingly elementary question: should home buyouts be considered mitigation programs or recovery programs?" (Binder & Greer, 2018)

    Photo and Writing Credits: Sherri Brokopp Binder & Alex Greer

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    College students are flocking to Homeland Security courses

    "You might call it Apocalypse 101. A group of 14 freshmen in Robert Griffin's Homeland Security course were discussing good and evil on Thursday. Specifically, their task was to brainstorm and list the potential benefits and threats posed by the emerging field of gene editing technology." (Karlin, 2018)

    Writing Credit: Rick Carlin, Albany Times Union

    Photo Credits: Skip Dickstein, Albany Times Union

  • https://www.spotlightnews.com/news/2018/09/19/experts-and-local-law-enforcement-speak-about-living-in-the-capital-district-post-9-11/

    Brian Nussbaum and Victor Asal on life in the Capital District post-9/11

    "ALBANY The 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks showcased how Americans collectively remember the tragedy and how it dramatically impacted their lives. But while the public generally gathered to pay tribute that Tuesday to the fallen heroes and victims, many had also banded together earlier this year to bring up how the constantly real danger of terrorism remains a legitimate concern." (Cagara, 2018)

    Photo and Writing Credits: Diego Cagara, Spotlight News

  • Rebuilding Puerto Rico

    In late May, 30 students from UAlbany’s College of Emergency Preparedness Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), along with two staff volunteers, led the way, as part of the first group of students to depart.

  • In High Demand

    Student demand for UAlbany’s first-in-the-nation College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) is continuing to surpass all expectations. The college will begin this semester with 600 declared majors, 650 declared minors and 220 intended majors in its Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (EHC) program alone.

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    11th Annual Homeland Defense/Security Education Summit, 2018

    The CEHC will host Homeland Defense & Security Education Summit in partnership with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), the Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA's National Preparedness Directorate from October 11 to October 13, 2018.
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    GE trade secrets case raises cybersecurity questions

    For Turetsky, who is an instructor in the first college program in the country to combine instruction in disaster preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity, the modern landscape requires organizations to adapt from looking only for outside threats. Now, employees increasingly pose security risks, even if there is no malicious intent.

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    CEHC Students, Staff Participate in Disaster Response Exercise

    CEHC, in partnership with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, hosted this year’s “NY Hope Disaster Response Exercise” for more than 50 college students at the New York State Preparedness Center in Oriskany, N.Y.

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    Malheur wildlife refuge occupation still reverberating as FBI agent goes on trial

    “The anti-government extremist movement sees them as jackbooted thugs,” said Sam Jackson, an assistant professor at the University at Albany’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. To the movement, these agents “epitomize the ability of the government to use violence against Americans,” Jackson said.

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    Joining the ‘iSchool’ Movement

    This month, the college announced its designation as an “iSchool” organization, joining industry thought-leaders worldwide in shaping the teaching and practice of information studies and related aspects of the field, now and into the future.

  • Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Visits Campus

    Last week, the former “Border Czar” met with students, faculty and staff at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity to discuss his professional experiences and the future of trade and border security in today’s globalized world.
  • UAlbany Strategic Planning

    "This plan truly reflects the extraordinary minds, energy, and commitment of the UAlbany community. More than 1,000 faculty, staff, and students directly participated in the creation of this document. Their passion is captured in a mission that focuses on empowering our people to excel, and a vision that promises to harness our work to create a better world."

    - Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany

  • Comparative Security

    Nancy Kreis, who is concentrating in homeland security, is one of three students participating in the inaugural "CEHC in Israel" program this semester.  The students are spending six months immersing themselves in all Israel has to offer – including its unique approach to national security.


  • Collaboration Essential

    Can better collaboration between academics and practitioners improve emergency management?


  • Smart Speakers Will Soon Talk to Police. That’s Not As Bad As It Sounds.

    “Personalized computing devices are incredibly valuable in terms of the data they collect about us and the data they provide to us,” said Brian Nussbaum, assistant professor at the University of Albany who teaches cybersecurity and homeland security. “It would be surprising if law enforcement did not want to try and leverage these flows of data to and from citizens to the extent that they can.”

Contact CEHC

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

University at Albany
State University of New York
Draper Hall, Room 340
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

(518) 442- 5258