Dr. Dean Kyne
Associate Professor of Sociology
21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium

June 3-7, 2019 | Emmitsburg, MD


My Presentation in Poster Contest: June 5, 2019 | 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

Topic: Service-Learning to Promote Diversity, Inclusiveness, and Unity for Disaster Resiliency


FEMA’s Dr. Tom Phelan Award for Outstanding Poster

It is a great honor to receive this Outstanding Poster Award: Dr. Tom Phelan Award at the 21st Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium on June 5, 2019.


Selection Criteria for the Outstanding Poster Award

(1) the poster addressing a current emergency management problem,
(2) poster being well organized,
(3) the presenter conveying the research in a clear and concise manner and being able to answer questions regarding the areas presented, and
(4) the poster conveying potential to promote synergy between the academic and practitioner community.


My book exhibition at “Meet Authors in the Evening at the Library Event”

June 5, 2019


My Published Monograph Book

Managing nuclear power emergencies is significantly different from managing other types of emergencies, including fire, flood, and other disasters because nuclear disaster management requires special technical skills and a rigid protocol which outlines detailed steps and procedure before an evacuation announcement could be made. It was evident that the impacts from a nuclear power core-meltdown accident were immerse, irreversible, and inevitable, as evident by evaluating the three historic core-meltdown accidents, namely Three Mile Island in 1997, Chernobyl in 1986, and Fukushima Daiichi in 2011. The three options for minimizing the risks associated with NPPs are suggesting elimination of all NPPs in operation in the United States, transforming inevitable risks to evitable risks, and transforming the current radiological plan into an effective emergency management plan. Being the latter option is the only viable one, this book provides a comprehensive understanding on effectively managing nuclear power emergencies in the U.S.

The book presents detailed analysis on effectively managing nuclear power emergencies. In an attempt to illustrate minimizing the risks, factual answers to the key questions surrounding managing nuclear disasters are outlined. What are the risks associated with the nuclear power plants (NPP)? What are the problems associated with managing nuclear power core-meltdown accidents in the three historic accidents? Where are the geographical locations of the 99 commercial reactors in the U.S? Who are those exposed to potential risks associated with the NPPs? How could a projection of radioactive plume dispersion pathway be carried out using a spatial computer code, such as the Radiological Assessment Systems for Consequence Analysis (RASCAL) in case of a core-meltdown accident? Where would the radioactive plume go given weather conditions? Who are more likely to be exposed to the high level radiation dose during the core-meltdown accident? What are the issues with the current radiological emergency plan?

My Published Peer-Reviewed Journal


Editors-in-Chief: Dean Kyne (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA) and William Donner (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA)


The International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management (IJDREM) provides a forum through which researchers, professionals, practitioners, policy makers, university students, and alike from multidisciplinary backgrounds including social sciences, behavioral sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, geography, management, public policy, and emergency management can share emerging knowledge and disseminate study findings in all aspects of disaster and emergency studies. The journal provides a means to exchange the latest ideas and concerns on the disaster studies.

Topics Covered

  • Contingency disaster planning and management

  • Disaster planning

  • Disaster preparedness and mitigation

  • Disaster recovery and sustainability

  • Disaster response and public policy

  • Disaster risk reduction and management

  • Emergency management and issues

  • Environmental disasters

  • Environmental hazards and environmental justice

  • Evacuation in natural disasters

  • Humanitarian issues in disaster response

  • Man-made and technology hazards

  • Nuclear power emergency management

  • Resilience and social capital evaluation

  • Response to terror threats and disasters

  • Risk assessment of natural and man-made disasters

  • Social vulnerability and resiliency

  • Vulnerability Assessment

Mission and Scope

The mission of the International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management (IJDREM) is to bring together a compendium of innovative and multidisciplinary research within the related fields of disaster and emergency response management. This journal publishes high quality manuscripts and studies of researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and emergency professionals from around the world. IJDREM provides a forum to planners and policy analysts, practitioners, academicians, and others from around the world to exchange their views and ideas on all aspects of disaster and emergency studies.

Upcoming Books

A Textbook

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An Edited Book

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