Leading in Times of Crisis Webinar

“How do you know you are in a crisis as a leader? More importantly, how do you respond?” These questions were answered by Rob Glenn, Director of the Office of Business, Industry, and Infrastructure Integration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Rob coordinates FEMA’s efforts to engage, integrate, innovate, and operate with business, industry and infrastructure owners and operators. His expertise spans the public and private sectors in emergency management, business, and the military. He is passionate about building private-public partnerships.

Through the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC), more than 800 national organizations coordinate and collaborate during disasters forming a nation at all levels focussed on aligning efforts before, during, and after disasters. His leadership shifted FEMA’s focus private-sector coordination into the operational realm following the historic 2017 hurricanes and wildfires where he spearheaded the approach that would eventually become the new Emergency Support Function (ESF)-14 – Cross-Sector Business and Infrastructure. During the height of Hurricane Maria response, he formed the Puerto Rico BEOC to support lifeline stabilization, supply chain alignment, and the flow of commerce. He is a primary author of the ESF and leads FEMA’s role as Primary Agency.

As Homeland Security Advisor to Ohio’s Governor, he created the standing Cyber Security Working Group; wrote the first cyber-security strategy; and matured the collaborative review of homeland security progress through the States Homeland Security Advisory Committee to mitigate future threats. He integrated Ohio’s counter-terrorism, prevention, and infrastructure protection efforts into a cohesive statewide program improving information-sharing through three fusion centers and 936 law enforcement agencies.

In state emergency management leadership roles, Rob improved Ohio’s response and readiness. He led Ohio’s public affairs response to eight federally declared disasters; coordinated development of the initial Ohio pandemic response plan within 90 days; established the mechanism to coordinate information sharing between the state intelligence fusion and emergency operations centers;  developed the state’s first common operating picture and private sector coordination cell in the State EOC; and completed Ohio’s first post-9/11 Continuity of Operations and Continuity of Government plans.

At Booz Allen Hamilton, Rob advised clients in the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. He served on the National Emergency Managers Association (NEMA) Private Sector Committee.  At a top 50 defense firm, he implemented the plan that enabled uninterrupted $1.3B contract support to operations in Afghanistan supporting the warfighter. As a consultant, he developed a national emergency management program for a Latin American country.

After 9/11, he left law school to attend Army Officer Candidate School and deployed to Iraq as an Infantry Officer where he developed and executed the theater blueprint for reintegration that contributed to the success of the Surge disrupting Al-Qaeda operations. He also led search and relief missions in Mississippi and New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. He is an Honor Graduate of the US Army Infantry Center’s Officer Candidate School, trained as an Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) assessor, and also completed the 4th Cohort of the Emergency Management Executive Academy.”




Biology 4798, Scientific Roots in Europe

On October 8th I attended the “Biology 4798, Scientific Roots in Europe” Event, which is a study abroad program. I am not that interested in studying abroad, I was just curious about this particular program, since I am European.

The Scientific Roots in Europe program offers an opportunity for students to study science in a cross-cultural setting. The on-campus spring semester course is intended to give students a deeper understanding of the context in which significant discovery in the biological sciences occurred and continues to occur in England and France. In addition, students will further develop their skills in research and in oral and/or written presentations, and they will experience a different but comfortably accessible culture in London and Paris as the class visits sites discussed during the term. Students will research and discuss topics relevant to the history of biology, including the Royal Society, HMS Endeavour, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Kew Gardens and Cambridge University. After the first half of spring semester in Columbus, the group will spend spring break visiting traditional sites of historical and scientific significance such as the British Museum, Down House, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and other locations corresponding to the course topics. The course will resume after spring break and students will process their experience and complete a final project.


Travel Schedule:

  • Friday, March 6, 2020 (morning) Depart Columbus for London Heathrow airport
  • Saturday, March 7 Guided London walking tour and visit to Westminster Abbey; afternoon visits to British Museum and London Eye or Sky Garden
  • Sunday, March 8 Visit to Down House/Darwin Museum and tour of the village and cemetery
  • Monday, March 9 Guided tour of British Royal Society [free afternoon and evening]
  • Tuesday, March 10 Eurostar and local trains from London to Arbois, France
  • Wednesday, March 11 Guided walking tour of Arbois; Musée d’Art; Louis Pasteur’s House
  • Thursday, March 12 Train to Paris, Walking tour of Paris hotel neighborhood; Musée des Arts Métiers
  • Friday, March 13 Galerie de Paléontologie et d’Anatomie Comparée, Jardin des Plantes, Ménagerie, and associated resources; afternoon visit to Eiffel Tower
  • Saturday, March 14 Free Day
  • Sunday,March 15 Depart Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for Columbus (evening arrival)

Thanks to this informational session, It became a bit more clear how studying abroad works, but I do not think I am interested in studying abroad anymore. It is not because this session was bad, it is simply because I lived in Europe for 18 years, so I have already gained experience about how schools are in other countries. It might be interesting to study abroad on other continents where I have never been before, but I already have a lot on my plate, so I cannot really fit studying abroad into my schedule. My dream career is being a dentist in the U.S. Air Force, so I might have a chance to travel around the world!


References: Biology 4798 Informational Session Handout

Choosing & Using Sources-Cheryl Lowry Event

On Monday, February 25th, 2019 I attended an event at Thompson Library, where I had the opportunity to talk to the author (Cheryl Lowry) of the Choosing & Using Sources E-Book, which is a guide on how to conduct research. But before I write about my experiences with this event, I would like to mention a few things about the book.

I have never had to write a research paper, so this guide will definitely come in handy in the future. Although I already knew about most of the things listed in this guide, I learned about a lot of new rules when it comes to writing an essay. I found that I learned from two chapters the most; Chapter 2: Types of Sources, and Chapter 9: Making an Argument.

First, I would like to write about Chapter 2. Sources can be categorized by quantitative or qualitative information; objective or persuasive (and may be biased); scholarly, professional, popular publication; primary, secondary or tertiary source; and what format the source is in. Popular sources are mostly newspapers or magazines which are not very reliable sources (biased), professional articles are professional magazine articles which are meant for specific professions, and scholarly articles are for people who want to have a deeper understanding of a certain problem. People can also be used as sources, and it doesn’t mean that they have to have Ph.D.’s. For example, if you are researching homelessness, one of the experts could be a homeless person.

From these sources, you can get two types of information: Quantitative and Qualitative. Quantitative information is a measurable quantity, also called data. On the other hand, qualitative information involves a descriptive judgment instead of pure data. Although these statements are all useful, I believe the most important lessons to remember from this chapter, are that facts are not the same as opinions, and being objective. Opinions could be useful when convincing other people, but to stay objective and to avoid bias, opinions also need facts to back them up to make a solid argument, which brings me to my next point.

If you are making an argument, your goal is trying to convince others, which is a necessary skill for every professional job after college. One of the most important steps to make a quality argument is how you build up your essay. First, you should have reasons that your thesis is correct, or at least it is reasonable. Next, the evidence that supports each reason often occurs right after the reason the evidence supports. You should also acknowledge that some people have objections, reservations, counterarguments, or alternative solutions to your argument and a statement of each. Finally, having a response to each acknowledgment that explains why that criticism is incorrect is necessary. Sometimes you also have to concede a point you think is unimportant, if you cannot refute it.

With these thoughts in mind, I did not know what to expect before I stepped into the room, but I left only with positive experiences. First, I filled out a survey about the research guide, then I was given a riddle, which sadly I could not figure it out on time, but I was close to the solution. After that, we discussed what I thought of the book, and how the book could be improved.

Cheryl ended the event using the riddle she gave us as a metaphor of research: While doing research, you might find something new that has always been there, you just did not know about it. This is the most important thing that I have learned during the event.

The Forefront of Medicine: Life as an Army Physician

On October 16, I attended an event presented by the United States Army “The Forefront of Medicine: Life as an Army Physician” where a pediatric ophthalmologist, Maj James D Bowsher told us about his experiences as a doctor in the military.

The reason I was interested in the presentation is that I want to be a dentist, but dental school is not cheap, so I was looking for options as a freshman how I could reduce my graduate school expenses. One day I read about the HSPS scholarship that the Army, Navy and also the Air Force offers for people who are considering joining the military as a health professional. I read about this scholarship more and more, and on October 16 while I was walking to class I saw an Army stand that advertised this same exact scholarship. After some consideration, I talked to the recruiter who recommended me to go to this event which was in the evening that day. I also had some questions about ROTC, so I thought it would be a bad idea to miss out on this opportunity.

During the first half of the presentation, they told us about the scholarship in general: It pays for full tuition, books, $2200 monthly stipend, $20000 sign-on bonus, officer’s pay during fall breaks. This all looks good on paper, but I was more interested in the experiences of a current doctor in the Army. In the second half of the presentation a pediatric ophthalmologist, Maj James D Bowsher told us about the pros and cons when joining the military. He also took advantage of this scholarship when he was a sophomore in medical school. After graduation, he had to complete a basic training which he described as “fun” because doctors get less intensive training than real soldiers. Other than waking up early and doing physical training, he mostly played golf and rode his bike. Then he had to do a residency, but thankfully dentists are not required to do that, so my path is going to be a little bit different if I stick to my plan. But what is the working environment like compared to civilian hospitals? The answer is, pretty much the same, except that patients wear camo. One downside that he talked about was that the Army might send doctors to a base where they don’t really want to go, but at least they explore the world while they work as a health professional.

According to Dr. Bowsher, he did not regret his decision to join the Army, and he is still serving today. While giving the presentation, he was enthusiastic, and he seemed to have many positive experiences with the Army. After the presentation, he also taught us suturing techniques, which I thought was a very nice gesture. When the event was over, I felt more confident that I wanted to join the military sooner or later. I’m still not sure what branch I should join, but I’ll probably apply for ROTC in the next few months.