Category Archives: Disasters

Infographic of the Week: Using Social Media as a Crisis Management Tool

Bizarre infographic story

At first I chose this infographic because I loved what it said. I’m a big fan of “SMEM,” a.k.a. “social media emergency management,” so I hoped that putting an infographic about this on my door might get a few folk to read part of it as they went by. Then I did more digging and found it makes a very interesting story.

Last winter, the folks at Emergency Management Degree released an infographic which they had (evidently) hired another company to make. The original infographic is available here:

Unfortunately, while it says who came up with the content, does a lovely job of citing original sources, and names the designers, they neglected to include either a copyright statement, a Creative Commons license, or the date it was made. To verify when it was released, it was necessary to look at blogposts that cited it. This was the earliest one I could find.

Infographic: Using Social Media as a Crisis Management Tool, February 11, 2014

The one I found and printed for my door was, however, not the same one. The original infographic was taken by a firm in India, and remade or “jazzed up.” They preserved all the original content in the same sequence (except for the names of the designers), kept a similar color scheme, and made it look different. Frankly, the original one is better designed and the remade one uses a lot of clip art. I don’t know if they were asked to do this for the blog on which I found the redesigned one or if it was their own idea and the blog simply stumbled on it. In any case, everyone links back to the folk who came up with the original content, so it is only the design that changed. Well, and the company from India that remade it added a few typos, probably because English is a second language for them? Here is where I found the redesign a couple weeks ago.

Social Media Makes a Powerful Crisis Management Tool: Infographic shows just how vital a firm grasp of social media is for crisis management / By Jonathan & Erik Bernstein on May 9, 2014

And that explains why I have an infographic with typos on my door. You probably want the original, so here it is!

Using Social Media as a Crisis Management Tool
Image source:

Preparedness — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of April 7, 2014)

SL - Wolverine: UMMS Elective, Play2Train

It seems like now every week has so many incredible conversations going on that it is hard to choose a topic for these weekly posts. This week I was saved by the synchronicity of two separate tags with similar themes. The annual Preparedness Summit conference was going on (#PS14), and then the weekly medical librarians chat (#medlibs) also focused on disaster preparedness. So, there you go, that’s today’s topic!

The Preparedness Summit focused on the profession, trends, new research, etc. The medical librarians chat, to my surprise, focused less on libraries and more on practical personal sharing of what’s most important to remember for personal safety in various types of disaster scenarios. Both were useful and information. Here are highlights from both hashtags. There are even overlapping tweets, with both hashtags!

First posted at THL Blog:

New Presentations on Social Media in Disasters, Crises, Emergencies

My blog has been laying fallow while I work on recovering from an injury to my dominant arm, but, as progress is being made with healing, I want to try to start getting back into the blogging habit, starting with some simple posts. Today I stumbled onto some excellent slide presentations on use of social media in disasters of various sorts, a topic for which I have great passion and which is highly relevant to health professionals, especially those working in public health.

Two of the presentations I want to highlight are both by folk who are excellent resources on this topic, but people just don’t know about them as much as I think is deserved. They are Anahi Iacucci, Senior Innovation Advisor at Internews Network, and Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager at Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The other is by the phenomenal Eric K. Noji, who spoke here at UM some years ago, and has published widely on this topic. He is my number one go-to guy for information about information needs during different types of disasters. You might not know he’s on Slideshare, though, because he isn’t there under his own name, but as “Center for Polar Medical Operations, US Antarctic Program.”


Starting with the last, Dr. Noji posted a new presentation a few days ago on how to foster disaster resilience around the entire world, courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays. I would LOVE to see libraries use the structure of knowledge presented here to strategically plan information collections designed explicitly for disaster preparation for their own local community.

Three steps towards global disaster resilience in 2014:
“Continuation of a renewed emphasis on promoting our 2014 paradigm of global disaster resilience.
Step 1: Integrating Today’s Global Knowledge Into Global Books of Knowledge
Step 2: From Today’s Books of Knowledge to Innovative Capacity Building
Step 3: From Today’s Paradigm to Tomorrow’s
Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction”

You might also find interesting his earlier paper on “Emergent Use of Social Media” upload of the “Bill Gates Favorite Info Graphic for 2013: Causes of Untimely Death.”


Anahi Iacucci evidently decided to do some late year housekeeping, and uploaded a boatload of great slide presentations all on December 15th. I’m being selective and only pointing out a few that I think are particularly important, as well as recent.

In this first selection, Ms. Iacucci expresses the important issue of how open data and open access can have unexpected and important impacts in a time of crisis.

“While a growing conversation is happening around Open Data as a driver for development and accountability, little, if any, is being said about the role of open data in humanitarian emergencies. While we ask governments to open all their data as a duty towards their citizens, humanitarian organizations seems to be pretty much left outside. Is there a need for open data in the humanitarian community space? What would it look like? Are transparency and accountability strictly linked to the healthy recovery of communities in emergencies?”

Humanitarian emergencies: searching for Open Data

The next selection focuses on what you can DO with the right information! How can access to necessary information promote trust, and how does that information move from person to person to get to the point of need? The main foci of the talk is on: Information flows, trust, influence, technology & new media.

Preventing Conflict with the right information – UNDP Workshop

Last but not least of this group is a piece she does on the power of social media and crowdsourcing for information dissemination, gathering, and management during crisis.

“The overall objective of this workshop was to increase the effectiveness of internal communications among public health stakeholders and external communications with the general public before, during, and after public health emergencies.”

Social Media for Public Health during Emergencies

There are several other goodies in her collection, worth exploring.


Following along that theme, the first piece from Jim Garrow’s collection is his excellent keynote from the National Association of Government Webmasters 2013.

Saving Lives 2.0: How Social Media will Change Disasters and Response

Next, his clever and witty presentation earlier this year at the 2013 Northeast Texas Public Health Association Emergency Preparedness Bridging the Gaps Conference.

The Role of Social Media in Disasters

Lastly, his November collection of examples and stories. I wish I could have heard this, or that audio was available to go with it! Still, and excellent resource for those looking for persuasive examples to use in conversation with their own communities.

Social Media in Disasters: reports from the field


Here’s a bonus. This isn’t a terribly well done slide presentation, but it has interesting information which I seriously hope will be better presented somewhere else. This is giving survey data results from an American Red Cross survey done in 2012, and which was evidently posted in Slideshare by someone unconnected with the project. I was able to locate the original slides here. The particular part that captured my attention most was on slide 8:

“8% of the general public, 14% of 18-34 year olds, and 10% of the online population have downloaded a smartphone app that could help in a disaster or emergency
have downloaded an app that could help in a disaster or emergency.”

“Most Popular Emergency Apps
1. Weather Forecasting App 82%
2. Flashlight App 52%
3. First Aid App 31%
4. Police Scanner App 26%
5. Disaster Preparedness App 19% “

Social media in disasters and emergencies (survey red cross)

And another fascinating piece (the excellent NASEO report on how social media was used in Hurricane Sandy) which someone else loaded to slideshare after they found it elsewhere online.

June 2013, Lessons Learned: Social Media and Hurricane Sandy (Virtual Social Media Working Group and DHS First Responders Group)

You Can Help! Crowdsourcing Disaster Planning & Response Resources for #SMEM


I can’t tell you how EXCITED I am about this project! Disaster and crisis response planning is one of my, well, hobby isn’t the right word, so let’s say special areas of interest. I like languages, and I love accessibility. I love advocacy and doing-good-for-others projects and activities. You all know how engaged I am with social media. I go giddy over citizen science and crowdsourcing and collaboration technologies. Then, riding the bus to work a couple days ago, I was chatting with Dave Malicke from Open Michigan, and he mentioned they are (wait for it):
of a video series in YOUTUBE
developed as part of a global health COLLABORATION
on DISASTER management and response and EMERGENCY planning!!

Open Michigan: Emergency Planning Lecture Videos -HEALTH Alliance: Captions

Now, really, how could I not be excited?

Even better, they are kicking off with a grand event combining both a real life and virtual meet-up (with FOOD for the face-to-face part). They are calling this the Translate-a-Bowl, and it starts today and runs through the weekend. But don’t stop if you are busy all of Superbowl weekend, because the need for translators and proofing will continue until it is all done!

I am remembering when the tsunami hit Japan, and people had found emergency hospital evacuation procedures, and needed them urgently translated RUSH into Japanese. These videos were developed for East Africa in collaboration with a group of African and American universities. It is really an impressive collaboration. If you can’t help, the project is still fascinating, especially for how it is organization and developed. If you know English and any other language, take a further look.

“Our priority languages are French, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish, and Swahili, but we encourage all languages. (We have computer-generated translations in those 4, plus 31 others.)”

About the project:
Help us translate educational videos about microbiology and disaster management from Michigan, Ghana, and East Africa:

Register for the Bowl:


Here is the playlist of the disaster management videos:

Emergency Planning Lecture Videos -HEALTH Alliance: Captions:

Remember, they are also doing other topics, like microbiology, it is just that I am so excited about the disaster videos.

Sandy Hook and Health

Pic of the day - When Bullets Count the Seconds

Yet another school shooting. Yet another act of mass violence and mass murder. The events last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut were devastating to many. Aspects of health are entwined throughout almost every aspect surround this story, and every person connected with it, from perpetrator to victim to survivor and beyond.

When an unnamed source was quoted as saying that the gunman had Asperger’s Syndrome, there were outcries expressing concern about safety around persons with autism, concern about safety around persons with mental illness, and concerns that public or media implications that create or expand stigma for persons with either autism or mental illness or other disabilities would end up harming or destroying many more than the events themselves.

“[I]t is imperative that as we mourn the victims of this horrific tragedy that commentators and the media avoid drawing inappropriate and unfounded links between autism or other disabilities and violence. Autistic Americans and individuals with other disabilities are no more likely to commit violent crime than non-disabled people. In fact, people with disabilities of all kinds, including autism, are vastly more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators.”
Autistic Self Advocacy Network. ASAN Statement on Media Reports Regarding Newtown, CT Shooting.

Others are demanding improved gun control. The group We Are Better Than This offers only one of many petitions for changing legislation with respect to access to guns in the United States.

One of the best pieces I’ve read about these events is by Christopher Ferguson, highlighting some of the complexities of these issues.

Sandy Hook Shooting: Why Did Lanza Target a School?

In his brief essay, Ferguson, an associate professor of psychology and criminal justice, draws on parallels with acts of mass violence in other countries to show that guns are not necessarily required for mass violence to occur, and that perhaps there are more central issues, such as mental health support. His answer to why are schools so often targeted for acts of mass violence is that the perpetrators are often people in pain who want to make others suffer as much as they have, and thus they choose to hurt the most loved and most vulnerable.

“Gun control may potentially remove one tool from the hands of potential perpetrators, but mass homicides occur in every part of the globe — Scotland, Norway, Germany, China. So while it may indeed be the right time to talk about gun control, as many are saying, it is also the right time to talk about mental health care in our country. … As the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been warning for some time, the existing level of funding is inadequate, so our nation’s ability to identify and care for the severely mentally ill has been hamstrung. … Granted, neither gun control nor a well-funded mental-health system will prevent every mass homicide. But we leave ourselves — and more innocent children — vulnerable until we address both of those issues.”

As part of reading various approaches and opinions, and exploring health resources for persons involved with events of this sort, I collected a variety of resources, links, guidelines, and commentary into an interactive and structured mind map. Any node in the mindmap which has a small gray arrow to the right side is an active link that will take you to the original source. Many of these are PDF documents designed for responders, clinicians, and planners. The mindmap is continuing to be updated, but you can see a full resolution image of a recent version by clicking on the image below. To see and manipulate the mindmap itself, click on the link below.

Sandy Hook & Health Mindmap:

Sandy Hook & Health

Hashtags of the Week: Week of July 23, 2012, Part 2

First published at the THL blog:

Part two of yesterday’s HOTW post.

#medlibs = Medical Librarians

#NCCAMchat = Weekly Twitter chat from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

#openaccess = Open Access

#opendata = Open Data

#opsafe = Operation SAFE International

#scicomms = Science Communication or Science Communicators

#SexEd = Sex Education

#SMEMchat = Weekly Twitter chat on Social Media for Emergency Management

#social4HIV = Social Media for HIV and AIDS

#spoonie = Spoonies are individuals with chronic illness, name derived from The Spoon Theory

Rapid Responses: How Do We Prepare for Crises & Disasters?

SL - Wolverine: UMMS Elective, Play2Train

Last Thursday, the medical librarians on Twitter (#medlibs) had a chat about medical libraries and librarians and how they deal with crises and disasters, both in the idea of preparing as well as responding. Last night, the Healthcare Social Media community on Twitter had a very similar conversation, focusing more on possibilities and best practices for using social media effectively in crisis and disaster situations. The two of these, back to back, were an incredible experience.

I am still trying to wrap my brain around the scope and highlights of the two conversations, and will just do a bit here briefly, then hope that you will go explore the chatlogs on your own. Starting there, here are links for the chatlogs.

#Medlibs: Transcript July 19, 2-3pm ET

#HCSM: Transcript July 22, 9-10pm ET

Background questions for the #medlibs chat were, “What if your library is effected by a disaster? What are the responsibilities of medical libraries during community crises? How can libraries prepare? How can medical librarians as individuals prepare?”

Topics for the #hcsm chat were, “Topic 1: What do we do with social media in a healthcare crisis? Can patients in emergency situations be e-patients? If so, how do we help them? Topic 2: What are emergency best practices for social media?”

The librarians’ discussion ranged from personal preparedness to professional, sharing tools and strategies such as having “buddy libraries” to provide content when your library is out of commission. One concept discussed quite a bit was the idea of creating an open access open source library of information most likely to be needed in a crisis or emergency response situation. Another was the idea of building strong relationships and partnerships, policies and procedures for crisis response within our local communities before they become necessary.

The healthcare social media community was very intrigued by the #SMEM chats on social media for emergency management. The #SMEM group has, over the past few years, had many conversations about the same topics of how to use social media effectively in a crisis, and have generated some best practices, tested them, revised them, and continue to evolve these. The briefest basic concept was, first, have a plan in place before it is needed, and second, make sure you as individuals know the plan and have an idea of the best practices for tweeting or using hashtags during a disaster.

I need to just insert a brief sidebar about that last bit, just so folks have seen it. The best practices are changing and will likely to continue to change, but if you don’t remember anything else from this post, remember in a crisis to tweet like this:

#crisis (ie. #haiti or #aurora) #name Name of Person #need What they need #loc Where they are

There are all kinds of recommended hashtags, but assuming folk who are not trained first responders may not remember them all, just remember #Crisis/#Name/Need/#Loc. Here is a screenshot from the Tweak the Tweet project that gives more examples. [historical information on the project]

Tweak the Tweet

Many wonderful links were shared in both chats. If you are interested in this topic, you might also be interested in the #SMEM chat on Fridays at 12:30pm Eastern Time.

(NOTE: The image used at the head of this post is from a medical school first responder training exercise held in the Play2Train area of Second Life, a 3d online virtual world.)

Disasters & Medical Libraries, A Twitter Chat

UMMS Flooding, Dec 2 09

It’s true!

Truth #1: We are going to try to have a #MEDLIBS medical librarian Twitter chat during the day, for those who said they couldn’t attend at the usual time on Thursday evenings 6pm Pacific Time. Please note, if daytimes work better for you than evenings, you need to say so. This initial trial run will be at 2pm Eastern Time on Thursday July 19, 2012. More info is available at the official blog.

Truth #2: This initial test run for daytime will be moderated by yours truly, PF Anderson. I don’t plan to make a habit of this, so if folks want to see more chats during the day, please (a) say so, and (b) volunteer, if you haven’t already.

Truth #3: The topic is Disasters and Medical Libraries – Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires … They seem to be everywhere these days, large and small, and they can happen anywhere. What if your library is effected by a disaster? What are the responsibilities of medical libraries during community crises? How can libraries prepare? How can medical librarians as individuals prepare?

Hope to see you there!

Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation, Day One

I’ve spent a goodly chunk of the past week livetweeting at the annual University of Michigan School of Public Health Risk Science Symposium. This year, the title and focus was on Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation. I will spend time later synthesizing portions of what I learned (I hope), but for now, here are the tweets from Day One of the event.

For those who are unfamiliar with Twitter, the way livetweeting works is this. I attend the event, either in person or remote broadcast. I listen for comments or information that seem to me to be both of interest and “tweetable.” Twitter constrains both the length & frequency of posts. A post can be no more that 140 characters, which includes the “hashtag” (a technique that allows people who don’t know each other to either converse or comment on a shared topic, and which allows all posts on that topic to be aggregated). Because of these constraints, sometimes abbreviations are used to shorten the number of characters, and concepts may either be broken into pieces extending across two tweets (posts) or multiple short concepts compiled into a single post. This also means that sometimes a portion of the context necessary to understand the post inadvertently goes unstated, encouraging people to ask for clarification, and thus hopefully provoking a broader conversation on the issues.

UMRSC Risk Science Center: “Live streaming of next week’s symposium on Risk, Uncertainty and Sustainable Innovation” #risksymp 14 Sep

UMRSC Risk Science Center: Correction to yesterday’s post. We are not live streaming the Risk Symposium. We are live tweeing at #risksymp. Apologies for the error. 15 Sep

pfanderson: WARNING!! I will be livetweeting all day today and tomorrow for the #UMich Risk Science Symposium, Uncertainty & Sustainability #risksymp . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: Want more info about the #risksymp ? Check | | Symposium . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: Impressed with the slides showing the sponsors and cosponsors. Some interesting organizations and activities profiled there #risksymp . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp sponsor Alfred P Sloan Public Understanding of Science and Technology Digital Info Tech . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp co sponsor A-CAPPP Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Program . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #UMich Office of Public Health Practice . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #Society for #Risk #Analysis #organization #risksci . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor #UMich #Science #Technology and Public Policy Program . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor NISE Network (Nanoscale Informal #Science #Education ) #nano What is Nano? . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp cosponsor Matter for All (Making New Technologies Work for Us All) #Nano & Me #etech . 23 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Matter has some really awesome projects & info. Debategraph… #interactive PDF…. 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Nanotechnology: Learning communications lessons from techno-disasters…. 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting conversation around the table here about Good Guide and the Ecology Center . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Mobile site for #risksymp 22 hours ago

pfanderson: More #risksymp sponsors Coca-Cola ACS Dow UMTRI . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp sponsor Johnson & Johnson Youth Mentoring… Infection Control… . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Getting started at #risksymp Andrew cracking jokes & introducing folk. Symposium honors Isadora Bernstein, funded by the Gellmans. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science: “Rate of emerging technology innovation accelerating beyond what we’d imagined.” “An increasingly globalized world” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Do we completely need to rethink the balance between risk, sustainability, and innovation? . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: Center for Nanotechnology in Society #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Video & photos will be made available on the web in about 2 weeks. Journalists wandering about. OPEN meeting, live tweeting, etc. . 22 hours ago

texas_inventor Richard Skorpenske sium in Ann Arbor #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: @texas_inventor Welcome, and happy to meet you! #risksymp . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Martin Philbert, SPH Dean. Creating novel evidence-based approaches to assessment of risk, thorny issues. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: @LISInstruct Nanotech & nanosci are a big part of the focus here today at #risksymp. So cool! . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp John Viera, Director of Sustainability at Ford. How can we take back to impact our own organizations? “Innovate or Perish” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Viera: If we don’t innovate, we won’t be around. If academia isn’t innovating, we won’t fund yr projects. . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: We’ll perish as a species / culture if we don’t innovate rapidly. Challenges: Health/human rights. Food. Water. Environment . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Challenges: Energy (renewable), Mobility & Transportation. Space (congestion). Solutions: Tech, business models, POLICIES!! . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Blueprint for sustainability, what Ford does. Report:… . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV quotes Bill Ford “Improved sustainabile performance is not just a requirement, but a tremendous business opportunity” . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Sustainability as a 3-legged stool: Environment, Social, Economic. (CO2, urban mobility, work conditions, profit, cash flow) . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: What is the responsibility involved with putting large numbers of more vehicles on the roads? Fuel economy = lower CO2 . 22 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting. CO2 coming mostly from Agriculture, then utilities, vehicles ranked abt 20% contribution. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford CO2 footprint – manufacturing only 2%. Most comes from vehicles already on the road. Public transit helps reduce that. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford working hard on human rights in developing countries, collaborating with Hilary Clinton… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford working on changing practices related to conflict minerals, encourage govts to change practice in mines . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Getting it Right? Voluntary Human Rights Initiatives OR Of Human Bondage: Globalization’s Darkest Secret… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Big part of water use is ethanol, fuel uses. “Desire for development is infinite, but … ” Ma Jun in… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: @navi Interesting! This is an enlightening presentation on the #Ford corporate & social sustainability vision #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: #Ford New models of mobility… Car sharing, Alternative tech vehicles, Clean green, smart city . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: providing healthcare to rural areas in India via Apollo Hospital Partnership, esp women care, a vehicle as mobile info unit!! . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Ford Endeavor as a Mobile health unit, mobile information units in Chennai (part them by the post office!) . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: PDF: Globalization’s Darkest Secret… #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: Building #Sustainable Communities through Multi-Party #Collaboration… #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Gil Omenn asks about importance of rare earths in new tech and impact on sustainable use & innovation. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV talking about how Ford works to provide worker safety in violent areas near factories . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp What keeps us awake at night? Panel: John Viera (Ford), Alta Charo, Greg Bond (Dow), Hilary Sutcliffe, Andrew Maynard @2020science . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel: JV: Come up w/ a great tech solution, & it turns out to be worse than the original problem. Someone dictating solutions . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: “Certain solution sets are eliminated because some1 has decided they won’t work.” Keep doors/ideas OPEN. Evidence, performance . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel: AC: “I worry abt what I don’t know, what I don’t know I don’t know…” Inability of gov 2react quickly enuf 2 keep up w/sci . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: We don’t have a good surveillance system for new tech, unlike FDA. Worry about growing anti-intellectualism & anti-science . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Worried abt Rt & Lft convergence & agreement on anti-science. Spiritual attachment 2 what is nonscientific, secular religion . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC is using “crunchy community” as a phrase, seems to have something to do with leftism? . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Inability of the general public to tinker with the tech requires TRUST, delegation of authority. This creates suspicion. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Easier 2 imagine harm fr innovation than the benefits. Eg: invention of fire “raw food tastes fine, let’s not burn the world” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Paralysis is not an option.” . 21 hours ago

openinnovation3: Building #Sustainable Communities through Multi-Party #Collaboration… #risksymp: Building #S… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: We practice a Stage Gate process for emerging technologies.… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: How do we regain public confidence in innovation, corporations, govts? Talent availability is big worry. Knowledge transition . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Are we getting enough diverse perspectives looking at new technologies at an early enough stage?” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB: “Geo-political risk is where we’ve seen the most significant upheaval.” “We see small competitors taking risks we won’t take.” . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: “No known knowns.” Known known? “We will cock it up.” “seeds of our own undoing” from… . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: Not enough learning from our past, not enough re-assessment of old standards, ripping up rulebooks . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: We’re locked into heritage concepts & systems, not enough flexibility. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: “The public will be confident when they know the real stories.” #storytelling . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS We have to honor different perspectives, but makes decisionmaking extremely difficult . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: OH on Twitter: “I don’t want to be more informed, I want people to be more responsible” or something like that . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: That was @HilarySutcliffe at #risksymp . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MT @HilarySutcliffe RT @richardwi1son: …I don’t want to be empowered I want other people to take responsibility” Claire Fox . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC: Assume you’ll have a breach, then analyse how to make it minimally disruptive. . 21 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC proposes the Rick Rescorla approach to planning for security…. 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “When I say dumb things that IS my job” Importance of intermediary organizations 2 bridge communication gaps btwn policy/public . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “U can’t expect poor Greenpeace 2 have a sensible contribution if they’ve insufficient $$ 2 achieve thr goals, U get kneejerk” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GB “The challenge we face (as a large international company) … is there’s no global harmonization” This creates artificial risk . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Martin Philbert: “I’m hearing the conversation needs to change to ‘nothing is safe’ fr ‘tell me it’s safe'” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AC” It is a question of language. How is ‘risk’ defined? We need to say “safe ENOUGH” AM: A question of trust becomes safety convo . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS “We only have to look at a package of Advil to realize there are always safety tradeoffs” . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: The benefit assumption is communicated in a narrow way. Need to provide a big picture view. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS Problem: These conversations happen only at science events. They need to happen in public, in their language. < BINGO!!! . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Trusted authority: "What brand do YOU use?" And can you responsibly answer that question? "Safe enough" is important phrase to use . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JV: Unknown unknowns vs unintended consequences. AC: Role 4 academe, broad unconstrained creativity w/o expectation. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Risks require diff strategies for diff scenarios, ie. "events that cannot be contained once they have started to unfurl" vs sm pop . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS: People on the fringes, outsiders, there is a moment when perceived "nutters" become the early warning system. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science observes we need to fund the "Nutter Warning System" only partly tongue-in-cheek . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 2: Techno-hype or techno-reality? Mark Banaszak Holl, Thomas Zurbuchen, Paula Olsiewski, James Bagian, @2020science . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science mentions @kurzweilai visions of rapid change in the future. Is it true? . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH: Riskless innovation is NOT POSSIBLE. Therefore we are in a new era of risk. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: I spend my day encouraging people to take more risks, not less. We don't know enuf abt Market risk, indiv abilities, tech risk . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp "Are we on the cusp of a new era in the history of human innovation?" Panel consensus seems to be we're smack dab in the middle . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: How to use data? picking data from fringe vs holistic comprehensive analysis. New computational resources. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ: Change is part of the mindset. Part of identifying threats. This needs to be part of EDUCATION. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ "These type of innovation thrusts happen. Technology thrusts." Much more global than it was. . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Microbiology of the built environment. "What's in the room with us?" "We're studying an invisible world." . 20 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Biologists now say, "Wow, the building is an ecosystem." Lots of things we don't know. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Synthetic biology. "What synthetic biology allows us to do is go from reading DNA to writing DNA." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: MIT's IGEM – Intl Registry of Standard Biological Parts . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO and @2020science talking about garage DIY science, #citizenscience & community laboratories. Very interesting . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB I thought the answer to techno-reality or techno-hype was "Yes." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "In areas where there is good evidence in healthcare … even 17 yrs later only 85% docs use the preferred Tx." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB We worry abt meaningful use, privacy, … how do we understand the value of the technologies? How do we keep the goal in mind? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "How safe is 'safe'?" What does the consumer think of this? Do they know what 1 in a million means? #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB discusses excellent poster here on dioxin risk and what people understand that to be. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB We have to communicate what is NOT a risk, people will imagine risks. We're not good at this. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science IDs information as core to both innovation & risk., common thread among the panel . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp HS mentions hype-hope curve as tool in responsible innovation . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: People have to have already done the work to get the grant, makes it hard to be innovative. Fund people to EXPLORE! . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ It's not a problem if not all our innovations see the light of day. That's OK. Can you sell it or not? Are U the right person? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: There's not a good business model to promote adoption of the electronic health record, we need business innovation #ehr #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: There is a difference between innovation & progress. Does innovation include a change of mindset or … ? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ "Where exactly is the use case in the future for X" "The boundary conditions that it's safe, that people will pay" . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH Progress measured by how it touches the most marginal vulnerable populations in our communities. Most innovation doesn't touch . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: We lose trust in the research community where there is so much unfulfilled hype. Hype comes fr push to get funding . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: You have to know what you are doing & what it is for BEFORE you can actually get funding or do it . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: @GlobalMed_USA She's saying we need some brilliant business strategist to come up with new business model #risksymp . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Enthusiasm of the scientist in communicating their concepts vs journalists trying to one-up each other . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO: Important for the future of science: Scientists need to not be boring, and to have elevator pitch for their ideas . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: "What difference does it make to the toolbox we have?" Tools looked at out of context. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: "I call it the 'so what' test." Skilled communicators tell stories that allow many POVs to engage. #storytelling . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Audience member said we need a sustainability toolkit. Wondering if she's seen this #book . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q/Maxine: "What exactly have we really achieved in the human health space?" Do we have tests 2 predict outcomes of newtech? No. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PO "If we can get the scientists to share raw data, that becomes VERY valuable!" #open #science "we call that the macroscope" . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ the real problem is the needle in the haystack problem. One you know what data U need & get it, the rest is easy. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ How do we get data that is actionable? This is a breakthrough research area. In essence, this is the robotics problem. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TZ on needle in a haystack. How do we figure out what is the needle and what is the hay? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: "Lives saved per dollar. That's how they were assessed. They had to produce results." . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp The most important outcomes from creating new tech are usually the ones we can't predict. If you invented AC, wd U think of CFCs? . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: @GlobalMed_USA I'm livetweeting an event as a volunteer. Video will be posted later. Paula Olsiewski is w/ Sloan Foundation #risksymp . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 3: What are key emerging tech opportunities & challenges? Gil Omenn, James Baker, Ann Marie Sastry, Jrg Lahann @2020science . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Ann Marie Sastry is CEO of Sakti3 Very interesting. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: Things that mobilize thousands of people: Information technology, mobile tech, cellphones. #hcsm . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: We know a lot of things ppl can do themselves. Social decisionmaking, social cooperation. Supercourse . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Supercourse is an early example of MOOCs massive online open course . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO Innocentive 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO Frame the problem so that it gets attention by those who can solve it. Crowdsourcing, boundaryspanning . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB I started a company. Not for faint of heart. Great way to screw up a good career. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB “Pharmaceutical industry is collapsing in on itself. There is very little room for innovation right now.” . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Developing world pharma, where innovations may not be commercially viable, but can have huge impact on developing countries . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB Creating vaccines that are stable at 40C – in a car trunk in Africa for 6-12 weeks. Awesome! . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB transformative impact on human life & suffering. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science Innovation in *systems*, how the system impacts on what you’re ‘allowed’ to do . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS Ppl need personal transportation & communication. Venn diagram of energy & information, the joint is smartphone . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS Increase energy density (See her work here:… ) #microfinance #microloans . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science You can’t do anything unless you both have energy and a way of distributing it. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS First order kinetics is a great way to transfer energy, but you have to deal with parasitic mass. Battery is @ right cost pt. . 19 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AMS “How many people have an iPhone? How’s that battery working for you?” Me: “That’s why I have a solar charger.” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Interdisciplinary research is very exciting, collaborations, working at the fringes, the interfaces of disciplines. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: As you mix disciplines, communication becomes much more challenging, but also more exciting. Diff assumptions. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL NCRC (North Campus Research Ctr) interdisciplinary research, boundary spanning, moving out of your secure space. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Innovation leads to impact leads to attention leads to conversation leads to opportunity leads to application . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB & GO nodding abt importance of “problem formation”. GO “If U don’t know where you’re going, U don’t know when you’ve arrived” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: “We have too much description, and not enough action” . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science expected what excited panel to be tech, but it was systems & information instead. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: New technologies make new questions possible. JB: There is no 1 nanotech. Labels cre8 barriers to conversation . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: As we double up some of those tools, we’ll be able to ask questions we didn’t know we cd ask. Innovation is abt communication . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp A view of risk: Looking at a toolbox. How shd we form our questions? AMS How do we assess risks against ea other, cumulative risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JB: Risk has to be put in proportion with reward. Great value means you have to accept risk. Rational risk, actionable risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO: We have made a big mistake trying to quantify risk. It leads to estimates with inflated precision. . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp GO ALARA as low as reasonably achievable. Reduce the risk, not exclude the risk . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JL: Regenerative medicine. Qs raised, why does it take so long? Get FDA into the process early. Regulatory process changes? . 18 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Folks checking out posters, also online, eg… #etech . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp convo: R we going to have our toolboxes drive our innovation, or R we going to have innovation drive tool development? LRudenko . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 4: New tech, new risks. Peter Preuss, Mark Banaszak Holl, David Goldston, James Wetmore, Shobita Parthasarathy moderator . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: A system of governance that allows decisionmakers 2 make decisions in a timely fashion based on best understanding of #science . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: governance should include all major stakeholders . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH Is innovation in healthcare the right approach to obesity, or was it earlier innovation in transportation & infotech? . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: We’re looking at novel technologies. Governance comes down to how many ways can you generate a committee? . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: Get at these tech EARLIER, regulatory process comes too late, after polarization. . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: “You can tell when a topic is mature because the language becomes juvenile” “All I need for politics is 2 ppl making a choice” . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Glad we’re talking about governance rather than governments. Problems/solutions both too complex. . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Example: Clean cooking stove for Ghana. But didn’t talk to the cooks. Cleanburning fuel actually created opportunity 4 vermin . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Example: Tech to assist the blind. Met w/ ppl, told don’t build finding tools. Need tool to understand nonverbal communication . 17 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp SP: Governance early in the process leads to better communication, or stifles creativity? PS, is this feasible, sustainable? . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP Sustainability & innovation will both come from How We Design That Future. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: There comes a point when ppl agree the risk of NOT having the conversation is worse than having it. That’s when ppl will talk. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Goal Find Alzheimers early. Convo: but if it doesn’t change treatment/prognosis, what’s the point? (was true at that point) . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Imprimature of the state makes her nervous about how Presidential commissions are constructed/utilized. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp I really want a transcript of what the questioner just said. Extremely balanced & insightful view of politics & a moral society . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp That was Alta Charo talking at 2:47 pm, for those who will check the videos when they come out. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Dinnertime speakers will be Rodrigo Martinez & Mark Jones fr IDEO . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: We used to have a model that worked. We used to have an Office of Technology Assessment. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: “They wanted Congress doing more with less, they didn’t want Congress doing more knowing less” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Lots of discussion here about the losses associated with demise of OTA (Office of Tech Assessment). I know I was so upset then . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MBH: Industry funding in academia has been flat or decreased, thus they have less influence on innovation here . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp OpenIDEO Open Planet Ideas . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: If I was going to change ONE institution it would be academia. Actual change happens when problems are solved in the world . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: Changing forms of undergrad education to promote the skills needed for discovery, change, leadership in the world. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: Army’s NetZero project… |… . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: “I get a little nervous when people say ‘In 20 years there will be no more toxic chemicals.’ Rather better management?” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Belgium view: “If you want innovation, it’s very simple. You regulate.” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG is so quick with great replies I can’t catch them all. Very funny & apt commentator. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MHB: “Regulation is a fine word. But I don’t think we understand how to regulate our way out of the obesity crisis, for example” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp PP: A lot of the discussion needs to be about sustainable communities, that don’t require a car. Design for a vision. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JW: The way funding is allocated has a major impact on how problems are solved. . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel5: Risk Toolbox Adam Finkel, Bernard Godlstein, Jo Anne Shatkin, Carlos Pena, Martin Philbert moderator . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp TCDD (dioxin) blood levels & cancer risk. How do the numbers work? JAS: The jury is still out on if that number is right . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Disparity between analysis and action. We need more of both. “Studying problems for their own sake” “Paralysis by analysis” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Analysis informs action. BG: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Risk assessmnt works pretty well 4 most chemicals most of times . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: “Can you get me a drug with no side effects?” [Audience laughs] Explanation. Then “Can you get me a drug w/ no side effects?” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: When we know in our heart of hearts that precision is false, we need to be more humble & open about the limitations of science . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG Clarify what is the data quality objective! Ask the decisionmakers, they’re the ones using the info. Analyses have uncertainty . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: Risk assessment is really good at deep analysis and modeling. AF: Uncertainty analysis needs economists & cost/benefit . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Word used is “flimsy” related to economic decisions in policy . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: “We know how to do uncertainty analysis, let’s get on and do it” . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp MP: If you have the perfect numbers for risk & uncertainty, what do you do with that info? AF: We’d have forgotten the individuals . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Where can we find the people most at risk? Get the rest of the answers. Perfection is … not a rational requirement . 16 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: Brain machine interfaces & other amazing emerging tech include both benefits & risks, design studies to ID these . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: You need to start somewhere. The data may not be perfect. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS Tech risk assessment is inherently more dangerous than chemical risk assessment. We’re a little rusty since demise of OTA . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS Scenario building is a good place to start. We need to make governance changes to revisit our decisions. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: How does FDA do preregulation? CP: ID market through trial design, maximise knowledge, shift moves from product to lifecycle . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP Surveillance activities to refine out thinking, address uncertainties, modify product for different indications . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: We have to look @ alternative. What else would we do? “The precautionary impulse” “Noun adjective equations, ie. “dioxin=bad” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP Surveillance activities to refine OUR thinking, address uncertainties, modify product for different indications (sorry, typo) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Where is the balance point between too much information, too little, or just enough? AF: Public is not as stupid as many think . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: In medicine, if the patient asks, it’s usually relative, not an absolute percentage. CP: There’s a transparency issue . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: The FDA cannot do this alone, there is a shared responsibility & dialog with the agency . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Amniocentesis example, U have 2 consider 2 outcomes as equally dire in some circumstances (risk of Down’s, risk of miscarriage) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: Originally conservatives asked for cost/benefit analysis, now conservatives say they don’t trust them. Sigh. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DG: You’re still stuck making a political decision. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: People tend to match the tool to their expertise, (to a hammer, all problems look like a nail) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: Anybody can be an amateur scientist, but no one can be an amateur economist. “I’m trying to blow up that helium filled hoax” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: It can no longer be just one discipline in a room (for decisionmaking) . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: @beffuh Mine, too. I was paraphrasing. He said something else, but this fit tweet better. ;) #risksymp . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG: We’re looking at how to look at low level risks. Low levels are not necessarily verifiable, or clinically measurable . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: “I’m not in favor of introducing politics into risk assessment” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: “We’ll never do a risk assessment of something for which we can do a safety assessment” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Interesting that conservative as politics and conservative as risk assumptions are both used in same conversation . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF: “Of course we want certain types of politics out of risk assmnt, but … I’d like to see more politics based on the science” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG It could be that the smaller dose has the greater effect. #nano . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp What is risk analysis for: 1) What is the level of risk?, 2) is it a risk worth taking? Q: Where does the public fit into this? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp JAS: Participatory risk assessment is absolutely essential, but I’m a bit jaded abt those who limit ability 2 frame risk w/science . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp CP: Three public meetings at FDA on nanotech…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp BG praising the Omenn Commission report on risk assessment… . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp AF Hard to choose between a tool that would really individualize risk vs economics of how to get there . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Oops I missed the question – how to choose a tool for a desert island . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp A few bits by Carlos Pena… |…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Integration of Risk Assessment slides from Bernard Goldstein (PDF)… . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel 6: David Bidwell, Diana Bowman, Erica Blom, Ahleah Rohr Daniel, @2020science moderator . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Panel6 is a group of young scientists early in career giving their perspectives on the conversations so far . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp David Bidwell working on climate change adaptation with GLISA…. 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Diana Bowman Governments R in a conflict of interest position, we need to decouple their role as investors & regulators of #etech . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Erica Blom Focus on policy tension / regulate, but “don’t tell me what to do” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp EB Is it anti-intellectualism or is it a different form of knowledge? How do we include other forms of knowledge at table? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Ahleah (ARD) how students actually act in a laboratory? They can be pretty …um, unquestioning. And unsafe. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD: They don’t really understand what the risks are. What is chemical hygiene, etc. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science People don’t think in the way we’ve been trained to think DB: Not just diff cultures, but different values . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp EB: Whose risks? Whose benefits? Religious values may be just as impt to some as health values. . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @2020science The science should be common across cultures/worldviews/systems. Or is it? . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD There are perhaps different assumptions about how chemicals CAN be used, the context can be different . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB: It’s not just about the risk, but the ability of diff communities to adapt to repercussions of risk, resilience . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB “the same # may mean different things based on the individual’s willingness to assume that risk” . 15 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp ARD: “if they’re not actually enforcing their own rules … ” It’s a free-for-all . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp @HilarySutcliffe On the myth-busting of ‘the wise public’ “noble savage’ kind of idea. . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp “regulate after the problem happens” is a mistake. The public are NOT going to think like you, no matter how long you engage them . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp Q: Are we failing to educate the general public? Does the media generate techno-hype, vs what is real or fact? Public has choice . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp The way we deliver scientific & technical education is BORING. How do we fix this? How do we connect with the public? . 14 hours ago

pfanderson: #risksymp DB: Asking people to play scientist is wrong, asking them to help set priorities is the right thing. . 14 hours ago

Health and 9/11

I’ve been working on an entirely different post for 9/11, which I still hope to do later, but it might not be finished today. I’ve also been collecting links about some of the initiatives going on in preparation for this day and its memories. I’m going to share some of those here, in case folks haven’t seen them yet.

Videos (New)

NY Times: Health Hazards of 9/11:

Voice of America: NYC 9/11 Rescuers Experience Lingering Health Problems:

Scholarly Literature

Lancet has a utterly rich special issue on health issues and research related to the 9/11 events. Browse the entire issue, but here is one particular article from the issue which I’ve selected.

Mauer MP. 9/11: The View Ahead. The Lancet, Volume 378, Issue 9794, Pages 852 – 854, 3 September 2011 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61310-X

Lancet, of course, is not the only journal publishing articles on what’s happening a decade later. There are many many additional recent articles. A few highlights:

Thorpe LE, Friedman S. Health Consequences of the World Trade Center Disaster, A 10th Anniversary Perspective. JAMA Published online September 8, 2011. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1289.

Here are a few places to browse for more.

JOEM Bibliography of Articles Related to the Events of September 11, 2001. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. September 2011 53(9):958–960. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31822ffd7d. NOTE: Restricted Access.

Google Scholar: “world trade center” ~health

Pubmed: (“world trade center”[All Fields] OR “September 11″[All Fields]) AND (events[All Fields] OR attacks[All Fields] OR (“disasters”[MeSH Terms] OR “disasters”[All Fields] OR “disaster”[All Fields]) OR (“Crisis”[Journal] OR “crisis”[All Fields]) OR (“terrorism”[MeSH Terms] OR “terrorism”[All Fields]) OR terrorist[All Fields])

World Trade Center Health Programs

There are a number of programs tracking the health of both workers and the public who were exposed to the disaster. This includes registries as well as monitoring and treatment programs at both the national and local level.

CDC: World Trade Center:

New York City: World Trade Center: Registry:

Mount Sinai: World Trade Center Monitoring & Treatment Program:

James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Signed into law this past January, this long overdue legislation offers some hope of support and remedy to especially workers who suffer from the long terms effects of exposure during the crisis.

Original Bill:

Open Congress Public Information:

Justice Department & Current Status:

9/11 Health Controversy

However, there is quite a bit of controversy related to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, mostly focusing on the failure of the Act to include compensation and support for 9/11 workers who have later developed cancer. The current official thought is that the cancers are unrelated to the disaster exposures. The leading voice for the alternative view seems to be Representative Carolyn Maloney. You can find many updates on this topic at her site.

Carolyn Maloney:

Here are more voices on the cancer link debate.

9/11 Health Czar Says Science Fails To Link Cancer To Ground Zero Toxins:

MedlinePlus: 9/11 firefighters have higher cancer risk: study:

New York Post: ‘9/11 cancer’ link, FDNY’s study in clash with feds:

Zeig-Owens R et al. Early assessment of cancer outcomes in New York City firefighters after the 9/11 attacks: an observational cohort study. The Lancet 378(9794):898-905, 3 September 2011. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60989-6.

Very important to this dialog is the creation of an expert panel to review the level of evidence available on the topic.

World Trade Center Health Program scientific review panel named: