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On Monday, Oct. 8, King College’s Security Intelligence Studies program will welcome
Dr. Alyssa Millner, a specialist in risk and crisis communication, who has conducted
extensive research for the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food
Protection and Defense. The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
in Kline Hall room 121 on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn.
“The monumental effort behind strengthening American security after 9/11 has a strong
scientific basis,” said Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis, instructor and coordinator for King’s
Security Intelligence Studies program. “The United States security and intelligence
communities are constantly looking to recruit scientists who are committed to using
their expertise to strengthen the security of the homeland. As one such scientist,
Dr. Miller is precisely the sort of expert that can enlighten us on the scientific
and communications aspects of contemporary homeland security challenges.”
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was founded in 2002 in direct
response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. It is one of the largest cabinet departments
of the Federal government, incorporating 22 government agencies into a single organization.
Its establishment marked the most significant reorganization of the U.S. government
since 1947. It is tasked with working in the civilian sphere to protect the U.S. from
both domestic and external threats, and with responding to domestic emergencies, particularly
Dr. Millner currently serves as assistant professor and program director of Communication
for King College. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, one of the
leading academies in the study of risk and crisis communication. Since her early
college years, she has been intrigued by risk messages and how they impact publics
during crises. During her graduate years, Dr. Millner conducted research for the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). More specifically, her grant research has
focused on food security issues and was submitted to the National Center for Food
Protection and Defense, a DHS Center of Excellence. Some of her research projects
include examining the peanut paste contamination of 2008-2009 and conducting message
testing in order to assess human perception of risk during food recalls in America.
Dr. Millner has also had the opportunity to be a first responder on environmental
emergencies, during her employment with the Center for Toxicology and Environmental
Health (CTEH). One example of her service includes serving as a safety liaison and
communication coordinator for CTEH and BP during the 2010 gulf oil spill.
Dr. Alyssa Millner will discuss her academic and environmental experience in crisis
communication during her guest lecture at King College on October 8, 2012. For more
information, contact Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis at 423.652.6014.
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