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Many staffers at CHHS go above and beyond their daily project work to craft blogs on current topics in the news or best practices learned among emergency management colleagues through hands on experience.

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    Going Underground

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant   Ever since the violent “derecho” storm hit the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area on June 29, 2012, and left 1.5 million regional power customers without electricity for up to a week, there has been renewed attention to putting power lines underground to better prevent power outages. Dense downtown ...

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    Japan Report Offers Clues to Keep Natural Disasters from Becoming "Manmade"

    July 24, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant The Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission recently concluded that in preparing for and responding to the massive 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami the Japanese government, regulators, and operators of the Fukushima power plant “betrayed the nation’s right to be safe from nuclear accidents.” The commission, which ...

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    "Olympic Games," Worms, and the Global Cyberwar

    July 17, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    William Pons, CHHS Research Assistant When people think about espionage, they think James Bond or shadowy figures conducting back alley business in a foreign language to gain access to nuclear launch codes. While the reality of espionage may have never been so glamorous, the recent discovery of high-tech computer worms—used to ...

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    Already Ahead of the Game, Maryland Moves Forward with Health Reform

    July 16, 2012 by admin

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant Maryland started planning for the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) soon after it was signed into law in 2010, even as critics filed lawsuits claiming it was unconstitutional. Maryland’s swift action has put it ahead of many states in ...

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    Disaster Relief Money Doesn’t Come Easy for U.S. Tribal Nations

    July 12, 2012 by admin

    By Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant Homeland Security Presidential Directives, such as the directive that establishes the National Incident Management System, often address “state, tribal, and local governments.” But what role does the federal government actually play in ensuring the security of tribes? States with high American Indian populations may know ...

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    The High Court's Health Care Decision: A Public Health Perspective

    June 28, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

    by Dr. Earl Stoddard, CHHS Public Health Program Manager In what has already been called a landmark ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Justices upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. While the ruling will provide months of political fodder leading up to the 2012 ...

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    The Fells Point Warning

    June 27, 2012 by admin

    by Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant On June 11, 2012, a five-alarm fire struck a vacant warehouse in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore. Luckily, the building was unoccupied, and there were no fatalities, though one firefighter was injured. To get the fire under control, Baltimore City had to call in ...

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    California Gives Child Vaccination Debate a Shot in the Arm

    June 25, 2012 by CHHS RAs

    By Megan Ix, CHHS Research Assistant The reemergence of some vaccine-preventable diseases is a growing cause for concern in the United States. A key reason behind this reemergence is the decline in child vaccination rates. Often parents may have unfounded fears as a result of misinformation or false assumptions and “opt-out,” ...

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    It’s Not Over Till It’s Over:The Fight for Global Polio Eradication

    June 13, 2012 by admin

    By Lisa Piccinini, CHHS Research Assistant The global push for polio eradication is gaining attention again now that India, once considered the epicenter of polio, can boast over a year and a half free of new cases of the debilitating disease. India’s success is the result of a government and Global ...

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    The False Alarm Conundrum

    June 8, 2012 by admin

    By Ben Yelin, CHHS Research Assistant On Friday June 1st, 2012, the mid-Atlantic was bombarded with a cluster of severe, and frankly, frightening thunderstorms and tornadoes, which caused 2 injuries and property damage across the Baltimore area. The National Weather Service issued 23 tornado warnings. Turns out, 12 tornadoes were confirmed ...

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    Infectious Diseases Rejoice in Early Spring

    April 6, 2012 by Patrick Rose

    By Patrick Rose and Christina Brown This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. celebrates 100 years since Japan gave the U.S. the trees as a gift. But the gift many people in the Washington area are celebrating is the early spring the east coast has experienced, which has ...

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    CHHS Weighs In on Obama’s New Plan for High-Risk Biological Research

    March 30, 2012 by Earl Stoddard

    A few months ago biomedical researchers at the University of Wisconsin and in The Netherlands attempted to publish what amounted to a new recipe on how to manipulate the avian flu virus in a way that could easily infect humans. Their data raised significant concerns over how to weigh the ...

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    Kony 2012—One Man, One Video, One Historic Social Media Lesson

    March 14, 2012 by Lisa Connor

    Have you seen the Kony 2012 video on YouTube or heard someone mention the name Joseph Kony? Take the time to watch the social media phenomenon that has helped fuel a worldwide crusade to arrest the rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Spearheaded by the group Invisible Children, the ...

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    A Biological Attack: Not If, But When?

    March 13, 2012 by Patrick Rose

    The 10th annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biodefense conference convened in February 2012. The focus was on current technologies and approaches for combating biosecurity threats. The main takeaway of the conference for me was that the 20th Century notion of biological threat prevention is not only outdated but ineffective ...

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    Congress as Internet Police May Handcuff the Freedoms of Information

    January 27, 2012 by Ellen Cornelius

    Did you visit Google or Wikipedia on January 18, 2012?  If so, you were greeted with a black box over Google’s logo, and you were unable to access Wikipedia’s resources.  Are you wondering what that was all about? Well, you could call it the internet’s version of the Occupy Wall ...

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    Creating Monsters for the Greater Good of Humanity

    December 21, 2011 by Patrick Rose

    The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) today recommended the U.S. not publish research from two separate laboratories that shows how few steps it could take the bird flu virus (Influenza A H5N1) to mutate into a highly infectious and deadly form for humans. The NSABB is an independent ...

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    The Daily Record Names CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger an "Influential Marylander"

    November 21, 2011 by George Lettis

    The Daily Record just released its 2012 list of "Influential Marylanders". CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, also a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, is one of the honorees. Those selected by the publication have shown leadership and made impacts in their field or ...

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    Soundbites Drown Out Sound Advice on Child Vaccinations

    October 28, 2011 by Patrick Rose

    The United States is one of the most developed and technologically advanced countries in the world. Yet here we are in the 21st Century suffering from the worst measles outbreak in decades. The tragedy is that measles is a preventable disease. There is a vaccine available today! The Centers for ...

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    Breached: Cyber attackers waging war on our nation’s most sensitive information

    October 25, 2011 by admin

    By Tina Williams, CHHS Research Assistant Millions of Facebook and Twitter members know how easy it is to get insight into people’s private lives. And most of us can quickly spot a spam or scam e-mail. But most of us DON’T know how determined cyber attackers can be to get private ...

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    Scathing Evaluation of U.S. Biopreparedness

    October 12, 2011 by Earl Stoddard

    The Bipartisan Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism Research Center just released its Bio-Response Report Card (view Report Card). The results were less than encouraging. In total, the U.S. received 0 “A’s,” 10 “D’s,” and an astounding 15 “F’s” out of a total of 40 possible grading categories. Preparedness for ...

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