Bean part of team to receive Homeland Security grant
Hamilton Bean, assistant professor of communication, is part of a research team that received a $952,004 contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) based at the University of Maryland. The two-year project titled “Comprehensive Testing of Imminent Threat Public Messages for Mobile Devices” will design and test prototype messages intended as alerts for use in the Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS), warning messages for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and full-length warning messages designed for use in imminent threat press releases.
This multi-method study involves five different universities and will conduct interviews, experiments, and a survey to develop effective emergency alert and warning text messages for use by emergency managers. The project’s PI is Dr. Brooke Fisher Liu (University of Maryland, College Park) and the Co-PIs are Dr. Hamilton Bean (University of Colorado Denver), Dr. Kathleen Smarick (START), and Dr. Michele M. Wood (California State University, Fullerton). Dr. Dennis Mileti (University of Colorado, Boulder) and Dr. Jeannette Sutton (University Colorado, Colorado Springs) are serving as subject matter expert consultants. Findings will provide a state-of-the-art and scientific basis for alert and warning messages delivered via mobile devices. More information on the project is available here.