Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Dr Michael McDonald on KM in Disaster Management (Jan 10)

The January 10th, 2006 meeting of KM Chicago will have Dr. Michael McDonald, speaking on "KM in Disaster Management."

As always, we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5-7 pm at Factiva in the Loop or at Allstate in Northbrook. Dr. McDonald will join us via webinar. Also note that people frequently go out for food & drink after the meetings.

Dr. McDonald is developing crisis management policy and technologies on international, national, state, and local levels. The "Decade of Behavior" speaker, Dr. Michael McDonald, is a noted expert in communication and terrorism and frequently testifies before Congress on various risk communication issues. For KM Chicago, Dr. McDonald will demonstrate the Disaster Knowledge Management System and illuminate the Chicago Resilience Network.

Dr. Michael McDonald is Coordinator of the National Disaster Risk Communication Initiative and President and CEO of Global Health Initiatives, Inc. He is Communications Chairman of the National Capital Region - Emergency Response, CADS Senior Scientist in the School of Engineering at George Washington University, and the Health and Biodefense Coordinator of the Georgetown University Life Sciences and Society Initiative. He is currently leading the Advances in Behavioral, Social, and Natural Sciences for Homeland Security Initiative and is the Director of the Tsunami Disaster Knowledge Management Initiative. Dr. McDonald has been involved in policy development regarding biodefense, homeland security, environmental science, and health information infrastructure on local, state, national, and international levels. During the later part of the 1990s, he was recognized as one of the most influential figures in furthering telehealth and telemedicine. Dr. McDonald has received several honors and most recently he won the Decade of Behavior Distinguished Lecture Award. For this award, he was nominated by the National Communication Association.

Dr. McDonald's primary attention today is directed at building the next generation of health and crisis management systems integrating health care systems, emergency management, information technologies, community resilience, and knowledge science. Dr. McDonald continues to pioneer in the development of health information systems, virtual health management systems, decision support systems, knowledge management, evidence-based practices and cross-media health and community empowerment. Dr. McDonald is presently chairing the Genomics and Bioinformatics working group and is a co-founding member of the Bioterrorism working group of IEEE. Dr. McDonald is performing research in memetics and biosecurity at Georgetown University and is Principle Investigator with the Centers for Disease Control on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Biodefense Initiative. He is a Senior Scientist in the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and a Research Professor working in the area of homeland security in the George Washington School of Engineering.

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