Faculty Research Seminars
Developing a Model Corporate Intelligence Program and Assessing its Utility and Potential for Integration within UMUC
Thomas McWeeney, Ph.D. and Margaret McWeeney, M.A.
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Time: Noon–1pm (ET)
Location: Largo Classroom 1370
Abstract: The research project seeks to identify and define the salient characteristics of a "corporate intelligence program", provide a functional differentiation and typology for the various activities that are considered "intelligence" by the private sector, and provide a generic model of a corporate intelligence. Using the Megacommunity concept, it is anticipated that both the model and the process of developing it will be fully integrated within the INMS courses, thereby partially addressing current curriculum needs.
Dr. Thomas McWeeney is a political scientist, strategic planner, management consultant, and adjunct professor of government. After serving nearly 20 years as a senior management official in the US Department of Justice, Dr. McWeeney established the Center for Strategic Management (CSM) in 1992 -- a small business consulting firm that provides a wide array of consulting, training, and advisory services to federal executives. In 2009, he established the CSM-Public Leadership Institute (CSM-PLI), a non-profit organization that emphasizes the critical role of leadership in improving government performance, and he currently serves as its Executive Director. Dr. McWeeney has also been an adjunct professor for more than twenty years, first with Central Michigan University and more recently with the University of Maryland University College, in its new Intelligence Management Program. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in 1982. Margaret McWeeney (M.A.) also performed some of the analytical research on this project.
Biological and Social Science Integration Delivers Reflective Thinking Pedagogy
Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: Noon–1pm (ET)
Location: Largo Classroom 1380* and WebEx
Abstract: For nearly six decades, often arbitrary lines of difference have separated the thinking, research and theorizing of so-called "hard" and "soft" sciences, quantitative and qualitative research, and primary and secondary inquiry. In the last two decades, biological research has grown impatient with its own "narrow" research projects and has begun movement toward the realizations of "emergent" thinkers, chaos, and complexity. Social scientists have been attracted to genome studies and, especially, brain (fMRI and brain injury) research and, in particular, the uses of biological research in pedagogy on all levels. Driven by barely 15 years of the knowledge that the brain is plastic (it restructures itself as a result of interactions with the environment), a new realization of the importance of successful teaching methods has arisen. This presentation combines an on-going study of biological and social science understandings of higher order thinking and ways of expanding the teaching of thinking in conceptual and abstract thought.
Dr. Dennis Winters has over 25 years as a professor (8 years at UMUC) and consultant living in the Middle East, Far East, Trinidad and across the US. He has published studies in semantics, racial conflict, cross-cultural communication and care giving for dependent elderly. This current research interests are conceptual and reflective thinking.
Use of Social Media in Response to Hurricane Sandy in Local Emergency Management Organizations
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time: Noon-1pm ET
Location: Largo Classroom 1390* and WebEx
*Desserts and drinks will be provided. Please RSVP to Regina Swarray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Abstract: Social media is heavily influencing the way emergency management and disaster response is conducted. Very recently, emergency managers began to leverage the power of social media to effectively communicate with impacted citizens with the ultimate aim of preventing casualties and property loss. This research identified the patterns of social media usage during the Category 1 hurricane, Hurricane Sandy that impacted the East Coast of the United States in the fall of 2012. A short survey was conducted among local government emergency management institutions in the state of Maryland in the spring of 2013 to assess the lessons learned through the Hurricane Sandy experience with a path forward for modern emergency management practices.
Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc. is a Collegiate Associate Professor and a Program Director at UMUC. She has been teaching emergency management and security related courses since 2006. She was formerly a graduate research associate at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management of the George Washington University. In this capacity, she conducted sponsored research and published in the areas of response to mass casualties and disasters, disaster loss studies, comparative emergency management, and risk management. Lately she took an interest on the impact of social media on mass crises and emergencies. Irmak obtained her doctorate in engineering management and systems engineering from the George Washington University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM).