STAR-TIDES: Higher Education and NGOs Addressing Practical Environmental Issues through Innovation While Creating ‘Best Practices’ to Solve Severe Climate Change Challenges [9.22.19]


  • Guest 1: Dr. Linton (Lin) Wells, Executive Advisor, Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC), George Mason University
  • Guest 2: Dr. Juan E. Figueroa, Entrepreneurship Advisor and Associated Researcher, Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT)
  • Guest 3: Dr. Ali Andalibi, Dean (Interim), College of Science, George Mason University
  • Guest 4: Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Groff, Assistant Professor of Physics and Chair, Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, Shepherd University
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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks, while creating The Emerald Mall to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings..

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Segment ‘1’: Dr. Linton (Lin) Wells, Executive Advisor, Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC), George Mason University, (In Studio); Theme: “Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities and STAR-TIDES: Resilience and Security at Community Levels
  • Segment ‘2’: Dr. Juan E. Figueroa, Entrepreneurship Advisor and Associated Researcher, Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT), (In Studio), Theme: “Encouraging and Promoting Innovation, Transfer, and Commercialization of Technology and Creation of Jobs in Puerto Rico”
  • Segment ‘3’: Dr. Ali Andalibi, Dean (Interim), College of Science, George Mason University, (In Studio), Theme: “Use of Geospatial Science and Technology to Promote Community Resilience, Improve Disaster Management, and Increase Agricultural Yields”
  • Segment ‘4’: Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Groff, Assistant Professor of Physics and Chair, Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, Shepherd University, (In Studio), Theme: “New Technologies for Seeking Environmental Intelligence”

Program Overview:

George Mason University is an entrepreneurial Tier 1 research institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located just outside of Washington, D.C., its beautiful 677-acre residential campus boasts a diverse student population. Over 6,200 students live on campus in over 40 residence halls. As the largest public research institution in Virginia, Mason enrolls more than 37,000 students in over 210 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels. Students at all levels are routinely recognized with national and international scholarships and awards.

Faculty members have received some of academia’s highest honors, including twice winning the Nobel Prize in Economics. GMU connection to the D.C. area results in engaged and dedicated faculty members who are at the top of their respective fields. This connectivity extends to students, who take advantage of its unparalleled internship and research opportunities, and who secure careers at national and international companies and organizations, ranging from National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institution to the CIA and the White House. Many innovative degree programs are the first of their kind, including the first Ph.D. program in biodefense, the first D.C.-based undergraduate program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the first dedicated Cybersecurity Engineering program in the region. The University has one of the most innovative performing arts management programs in the United States. Mason is at the forefront of the emerging field of biotechnology, is a leader in the performing arts, and holds a preeminent position in the fields of economics, electronic journalism, and history.

STAR-TIDES (Sharing To Accelerate Research-Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) is a research project dedicated to open-source knowledge sharing to encourage community and individual resilience to natural and man-made disasters and promote human security (“freedom from want “and “freedom from fear”). It stems from a research program originally created at the U.S. National Defense University (NDU) called TIDES. The project provides reach-back “knowledge on demand” to decision-makers and those working in the field. It integrates public-private, whole-of-government, and trans-national approaches to achieve unity of action among diverse organizations where there is no unity of control. STAR-TIDES addresses situations within the U.S. or outside, short term and long term, and with or without military involvement. No government organization covers such a range.

The TIDES project will identify, test, refine, and document sets of rapidly transportable, cheap, and environmentally friendly infrastructures (basic shelter, water, power, hygiene, communications, and more). These sustainable infrastructures should be deployable quickly to meet human needs where available services are inadequate, such as in refugee camps or for disaster victims. It is a voluntary effort, with non-government, government, and diverse other participants, and in no way is an endorsement of any particular solution by the government. TIDES also will develop assembly instructions and operational procedures for these infrastructures. The goal is to share information to help organizations and individuals apply solutions effectively in real-world conditions. Collaborative, cross-domain methods and new technologies, along with whole systems thinking and engineering are encouraged.

The Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust (PRSTRT) is a private non-profit organization created in 2004 to encourage and promote innovation, transfer, and commercialization of technology and creation of jobs in the technology sector, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Trust is responsible for Puerto Rico’s public policy for science, technology, research, and development.

The George Mason University College of Science (COS) serves as the nexus for research and education in the natural, mathematical, and computational sciences at George Mason University. The central mission of COS is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge, provide outstanding scholarship in concert with excellent teaching, and develop the human and technical resources required to address the current and future needs of society. Through its innovative and multifaceted educational and research mission, COS offers exciting opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, scientists, educators, and other professionals in Northern Virginia and the national capital region.

In addition to the wide variety of undergraduate degree programs offered by its departments, COS also offers many innovative graduate degrees and interdisciplinary minors. The research strength of COS provides an essential resource to graduate and undergraduate students whose involvement in research is strongly encouraged. Many undergraduates go on to graduate school and to pursue careers in public service, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Graduate students engage in more specialized study at the master’s and doctoral levels, preparing them for first or second careers or job advancement and providing personal enrichment.

Faculty members are committed to teaching grounded in scholarship and research. They strive to make students rigorous thinkers and clear communicators while encouraging experimentation with new approaches and ideas. Students are thus prepared for their role as informed citizens in a complex, global society and are able to adapt to an ever-changing world.

Established in 1871, Shepherd University is a public liberal arts college offering more than 90 programs of study to the residents of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Set on a 323-acre campus perched high above the Potomac River, Shepherd provides the 3,700 student population a personal touch with a 15:1 student to faculty ratio and an average class size of 20.

Located only 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, the university offers a wide variety of internship and job opportunities in local entrepreneurial initiatives as well as in national and international industries. Shepherd’s safe and convenient location opens a world of vibrant cultural and educational possibilities to students. The university fields 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a strong emphasis on student community service.

Shepherd University is a military friendly campus and is a proud partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. Along with many career, study abroad, and honors opportunities, Shepherd is also the home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Center for Regional Innovation, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet….Dr. Sam Hancock, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV