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March News: Job opportunity; New START-Modern Warfare Institute article series


March News: Job opportunity; New START-Modern Warfare Institute article series

March 22, 2021

JOB OPPORTUNITY

START Education Coordinator

START is now hiring a full-time Education Coordinator to provide administrative and programmatic support to students, faculty, and staff in START's Global Terrorism Studies Minor (GTSM) program, Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis, and other graduate programs. Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant filed, at least three years of experience coordinating educational programs or related work experience, and experience working in an academic department or admissions office working with both faculty and students. Apply by April 5.

NEWS

New Modern War Institute article series focuses on cyber and influence operations

The Modern War Institute (MWI) is releasing a new article series on cyber and influence operations in great power competition this month. The 15 articles in the series are written on diverse topics, each produced by an invited expert practitioner and edited by U.S. Military Academy at West Point Instructor Margaret W. Smith and START Near-peer Competition Lead Researcher Barnett Koven.

START Director speaks at United Nations informal dialogue series on counterterrorism

Last month, START Director William Braniff served as the opening speaker in an informal dialogue series intended to help the co-facilitators of the Seventh Biannual Review of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy foster an informed dialogue among member nations and stakeholders.

Thank you to donors who supported START on UMD’s Giving Day 2021

START would like to thank all of the donors who helped to raise more than $3,000 for experiential education opportunities for START students on Giving Day this year. The University of Maryland’s Giving Day is the annual 24-hour fundraising event in which all members of the UMD community join together to raise critical funding for the university.

Most extremists radicalized in less than one year, START analysis finds

While the far-right conspiracy theory known as QAnon rapidly escalated from an obscure fringe group to a mainstream movement with millions of followers, only a relative handful so far have been motivated to commit crimes on behalf of the cause, but mobilized quickly, finds new UMD research.

FEATURED PUBLICATION

Research Brief Series: Monitor and Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Safety

In the latest series of research briefs for the “Monitor and Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Safety” project, START researchers explore communication among COVID-19 first responder departments, COVID-19 response coordination, the risk of COVID-19 exposure to first responders, personnel shortages and morale and mental health.

EVENTS

Tracking Emerging Threats and Risk Networks in Eurasia
11 a.m. ET March 24, Online
Refinitiv World-Check Senior Research Analyst Liza Layer will provide a virtual talk on “Tracking Emerging Threats and Risk Networks in Eurasia.” This discussion will explore understanding sanctions networks and emerging threats posed by extremists active in Eurasia.
 
Virtual Information Session: Internship Program (03/30/21)
3 p.m. ET March 30, Online
START’s Experiential Education Specialist Eva Coll will discuss how the internship program currently works, what students or recent graduates have to gain from their experience in the program, application requirements, and the projects offered within the center that interns will be working on.

Virtual Information Session: Graduate Certificate (4/15)

6 p.m. ET April 15, Online

START's Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics, and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. RSVP to education-start@umd.edu for login information.

UMD Maryland Day
April 24, Online
The University of Maryland invites the community to enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery — online! Join us as Maryland Day streams from College Park to wherever you are. This year, the virtual event will be held on Saturday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and the program will consist of 20 micro events.
 
Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Summit 2021
May 17 – May 21, Online
The Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Summit will take place virtually from Monday, May 17 to Friday, May 21. During the Summit, GTD Program Manager Erin Miller will participate in a panel titled “Domestic Extremist Threats to US: A Research Agenda,” organized by the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology and Education (NCITE) Center of Excellence.

START IN THE NEWS

New York Times: The military’s extremism problem is our problem

This opinion piece on radicalization in the military uses data from the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset.

The Guardian: Most alleged Capitol rioters 'individual believers' unconnected to groups, analysis finds

START researcher Michael Jensen is quoted in this article about the offenders of the Capitol insurrection.

The Conversation: How the quest for significance and respect underlies the white supremacist movement, conspiracy theories and a range of other problems

START researcher Arie Kruglanski wrote this piece on the quest for significance model of radicalization.

NPR: The legacy of George Carruthers

START affiliate Prabhakar Misra participated in this podcast on aerospace engineer and astrophysicist George Carruthers.

ABC: 270+ charged in Capitol siege; US weighs a new law concerning domestic terror

START Director William Braniff is quoted in this article about U.S. domestic terrorism laws following the Capitol insurrection.

The New York Times: How racism and sexism intertwine to torment Asian-American women

This article on hate crimes against Asian-American women cites data from the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset.

This is a selection of news clips from the past month.

A complete list of START’s media coverage can be found here.

SUPPORTING START

Help Support START Research and Education
The START Consortium is dedicated to generating knowledge of the human causes and consequences of terrorism. Applying rigorous standards to both research and education, START seeks to illuminate one of the most highly politicized and understudied phenomena in the social sciences for students, practitioners and policy-makers. Funded primarily through research grants to date, START is seeking to generate an endowment that will provide the flexibility and autonomy to ensure that it can continue to serve as an objective source of data and empirically based analysis into the future. To donate, or for more information, please click here.

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