September SDIS NEWS

Homeland Security Updated - Patterns of the Past Helping Define the Future

Trade Enhancement, Global Disaster Response, and Social Media Crowdsourcing

Saturday, September 20, 2014  1:30 - 3:30PM
Free and Open to the Public
UCSD Chancellors Complex #111A
Free Parking in the Gilman Parking Structure 
Dr. Eric Frost, on the faculty of the Geological Sciences Department as SDSU, is an expert in geographical imaging and related information technology tools, and he has applied his expertise in practical and significant ways to enhance life on the planet. His primary vehicles for accomplishing this are three important programs that he directs: the nationally and internationally recognized SDSU Visualization Center (, the Homeland Security Graduate Program at SDSU, which has over 150 active graduate students working toward their Masters degrees (... more

From the President

WELCOME TO OUR NEW YEAR: SDIS, 2014-2015. It started, organizationally, in June with the Joint Meeting of the outgoing and incoming Boards sharing materials, records, folders, as well as ideas, perspectives, and suggestions regarding SDIS. The new Board continued meeting, July and August, on planning, procedural, and policy matters. Likewise, SDIS was generally functional throughout the summer with study group and discussion meetings (Breakfast Roundtable, Supper with Scholars), Website and Notebook updates, as well as research progress by our Helen Hawkins awardees, Mike Seidel (completed two family history books) and Diana Withee (connected text with Bosch art), and by other SDIS scholars.

For the record, our present Board of Directors includes: President, Sue R. Rosner; Executive Vice-President, Steve Tamor; Administrative Vice-President, Tom Samaras; Secretary, Michael Seidel; Treasurer, Edwina Shell-Johnson; Membership Chair, David Parker; Notebook Interim Editor, Barbara Zimonja; Program Chair, Alvin Halpern; Director-at-Large, Barbara George. As such we represent the membership: some long-term members, some short-term members: and some of us are in between.

It is also a time to reflect on the leadership and accomplishments of our recent president, Sam Gusman, express appreciation to him as well as to previous Boards, and to numerous members for their contributions and scholarly savor-faire. Indeed, this has been a period of successful OUTREACH: SDIS... more

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Breakfast Roundtable
Monday, September 15th from 9:30 - 11 a.m. 

Supper with Scholars
Thursday, September 4th at 6 p.m. 

Further information on these gatherings: 

The "Breakfast Roundtable" gathers at Coco's monthly, on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast and roundtable discussion.  Coco's is located in University City at the intersection of Genesee and Nobel Drive in the Costa Verde shopping center, across the street from University Town Center.  To make a reservation, contact Barbara Heckler at by... continue