With the fifth 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 how the world has changed in its aftermath.
David has spent his career studying issues of international security, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism. He's also been working with undergraduates since the late 1970s, teaching courses dealing with terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. David can discuss the changing student reactions he's witnessed in his courses and how the world view of today's college students compares to that of their parents. The comparison with Cold War students' views is especially striking, he says.
"Having witnessed the terror attacks of 9/11 (either live
or on TV), today's students are much more affected by
threats to the United States from terrorists than my
generation ever was by the much more remote and abstract
threat posed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War,"
David says. "They recognize that America is dealing with an
adversary that is largely undeterrable and, if it ever gets
control over weapons of mass destruction, the result is
likely to be catastrophic for the United States. It's hard
to believe, but given what is happening today, many of us
miss the simplicity and yes, the security, of the Cold
U.S. travel down, Middle East tourism up since
The failure of American "public diplomacy;"
Growing interest in the politics, culture, and languages
of the Middle East;
Cooper has written extensively on executive-legislative relations for several decades. He says that Sept. 11 had a significant impact on presidential power, particularly as it relates to matters like the unitary executive, signing statements, and other claims based on inherent executive power, but that such expansions of power are not a new political phenomenon.
"I am critical of the expansion of executive power," Cooper says, "but I am not a Bush basher and find the same tendencies in prior presidents."
The majority of Cooper's books and articles focus on the
history, procedures, politics, and power of Congress. His
most recent work deals with changes in congressional-
presidential relations during the 20th century, problems of
public trust, the evolution of procedures in the 19th
Century Senate, and patterns of party voting in the House
and Senate since 1869. He is a member of the U.S. Advisory
Commission on the Records of Congress, and a member of the
Advisory Panel of the forthcoming International
Encyclopedia of Political Science.
In the event of mass casualty incidents, bioterrorism and natural disasters, "nurses are uniquely positioned to assume leadership roles in the education of first responders," says Marguerite Littleton-Kearney, a captain in the Navy Nurse Corps (Reserve Component). Shortly after the 9/11 disasters, she used her military experiences to design a School of Nursing program that prepares nurses for those pivotal leadership roles during disasters and mass casualty incidents.
That program, now offered as Health Systems Management: Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Response, is a graduate option specifically designed for nurses seeking strategic skills in planning, managing and responding to large-scale disasters. The curriculum provides graduates with the tools to embark on a career path to assume leadership roles for emergency preparedness in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory centers, military, government agencies, and other settings throughout the health care system.
Littleton-Kearney continues to enhance the program and
other continuing education courses she leads through her
recent hands-on experiences with Hurricane Katrina. She
adds, "After 9/11 and then again following Katrina, all of
us in the nursing profession
saw that we have a pivotal role in these situations and
must be more prepared to lead and deliver a comprehensive,
Since the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center,
researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health have studied the exposure and health of truck
drivers, equipment operators and laborers who cleared
debris from "Ground Zero." One study examined the potential
lingering effects present in over 1,100 workers who were
exposed to Ground Zero debris during the clean up effort.
The Johns Hopkins researchers learned that, approximately
20 months after stopping work, these workers experienced
higher than expected rates of post-traumatic stress
disorder and were at a higher risk for respiratory
For leading experts in the above fields and many others,
consider the Paul H.
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
in Washington, D.C. The faculty includes:
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