With the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, you may want to consider some of the following Johns Hopkins researchers, professors and social scientists as potential sources for stories about what happened and what's happened since.
World Trade Center Clean-up Workers Suffering from Acute Respiratory
The investigators believe the respiratory problems may be associated with exposure to dust and
airborne contaminants at "Ground Zero." They said that more research is needed to determine if there is
any long-term health risk to the workers, as they only looked at short-term health effects.The
assessment was conducted between October 2001 and April 2002 in collaboration with the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
International Security, Terrorism, Targeted Killings
He has served as a consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. In a
recent paper, which he presented in Israel, David looks closely at the Israeli policy of targeted killing,
or going after suspected or known terrorists and killing them for past or intended future acts of
violence, without arrest or trial. With the United States now edging towards a similar policy, David
would make an excellent source on a topic that is rife with moral, logistic and legal questions.
Bioterrorism and Biodefense
Since its establishment in 1998, the center has been seeking to guide policies and practices that will
reduce the likelihood that biological weapons are used, and lessen the suffering and consequences
should an attack occur.
Military tribunals, civil rights and the Supreme Court
Since Sept. 11, Grossman has written several articles on the slim constitutional basis of President Bush's order establishing military tribunals and says the president's plans to invade Iraq could violate the War Powers Act, which gives the president only a very limited license to use military force without a declaration of war.
One interesting development is the Bush administration has not pursued military tribunals, nor brought
any of the Afghan prisoners held in Cuba into federal court, putting those prisoners in a limbo where
Grossman says they can be held until the end of hostilities. "And since this war may have no end, these
prisoners may spend the rest of their lives in cages," Grossman said.
Nuclear explosions and terrorism
Foreign Students on American college campuses
Civility in America in the wake of Sept. 11
Last fall, people were suddenly more disciplined on the road, seemed more tolerant of each other's
mistakes, and would smile at a stranger on the street. "Americans say that they think they are kinder,
they are more grateful for what they have, and that they express their love more after Sept. 11," Forni
says. With the immediate crisis behind us, are we still willing to be civil and kind to those around
Costly Terrorism Insurance Stalls Development
"It's not the 7-11s that aren't getting built," said Anikeeff. "It's the big ones." Congress has a bill
(H.R.3210) that would help address the problem, but it hasn't passed yet. Stalled developments are not
helping a sluggish economy, Anikeeff said.
War in Iraq, International Law, Terrorism, Persian Gulf, Military Power, Peacekeeping,
Afghanistan, Oil Politics, Russia, the Middle East, Iran, OPEC, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, India,
Japan, Korea, NATO, Tracking Terrorist Assets
Also, Fred Starr, research professor and chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute;
Shirin Tahir-Kheli, director of the Foreign Policy Institute's South Asia Institute;
Michael Mandelbaum, director of the American Foreign Policy Program; Azar
Nafisi, visiting fellow and professorial lecturer in the Foreign Policy Institute; and Roger
Leeds, director of the Center for International Business and Public Policy.
International Tourism Since 9/11
While international tourism boomed in the 1980s and 1990s, what affect has the war on terrorism had
on tourism? If a decrease in international tourism persists, what effects might that have on the global
economy and Middle Eastern states which rely on tourism as a major source of income?
Congress since 9/11
In the upcoming elections, the Democrats cannot run on their own policy proposals. "They are mainly
left with negatives: the budget deficit, a weak economy, disarray in administration policy," Cooper said.
"But in the right context, negatives can bring gains with greater ease than positives."
Talking to Children about Tragedy and Violence
Her current projects focus on several different populations of traumatized children and families
including those who have experienced unintentional injury, exposure to family or community violence,
sexual abuse, or a serious illness in the family. Lewandowski's background as a pediatric nurse
specialist and licensed clinical psychologist makes her an excellent source for offering advice on how to
speak with children about the events of Sept. 11.
Information Security Expert
"The 9-11 attacks exposed how fragile our information technology infrastructure is and how critically dependent we are on this technology in areas such as health, transportation and energy," Masson says. "It's a tragedy that it took an event like this to raise the public awareness about these vulnerabilities, but universities are obligated to respond to the need for more research and education opportunities in this area. Experts in information security are drawing higher salaries today, and more students are seeking an exposure to this field."
Masson played a leading role in founding the university's
Information Security Institute, which draws on experts
from nearly every Johns Hopkins school and division.
ISI pursues an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on
issues ranging from confidentiality of computer data
and the security of computer systems to health records
and e-business transactions. Its experts also address
public policy questions related to information
technology. The institute promotes research and
is preparing to offer a master of science degree
in security informatics.
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