Updates

FDA Provides New Tools for the Development and Proper Evaluation of Tests for Detecting Zika Virus Infection

As an additional measure in the fight against Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has made available a panel of human plasma samples to aid in the regulatory evaluation of serological tests to detect recent Zika virus infection.

DHS S&T Evaluates TSA Touch-Free Fingerprint Scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can reduce the time it takes for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began conducting a series of proof-of-concept tests for new biometric fingerprint technology.

DHS S&T Awards Metronome Software $750K to Strengthen Security of First Responder Sensor Systems

Metronome Software, with funding provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), is developing a technology solution that will significantly enhance the security of mobile device-based sensor systems used by first responders. This solution will provide multilayer threat protection and immediate situational awareness to first responders.

CPUC Unveils CalEclipse.org For Californians to Take the Pledge To Do Your Thing During the Great Solar Eclipse

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unveiled CalEclipse.org with a call to Californians to Do Your Thing and reduce electricity use during The Great Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. This will allow California to burn fewer fossil fuels and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions when California’s solar energy production dips during the eclipse.

CDC Invests More Than $200 Million to Help States Respond to Infectious Disease Threats

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded more than $200 million through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases cooperative agreement to help states, cities, counties, and territories prevent, detect, respond to, and control the growing threats posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

NIST Funds 12 Projects to Make Communities More Resilient to Disasters

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) has awarded just over $6 million for 12 disaster resilience research projects. The grants support NIST’s efforts to strengthen the ability of communities to prepare for anticipated hazards, adapt to changing conditions, and withstand and recover rapidly from disruptions.

DHS Selects George Mason University for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center of Excellence

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced the selection of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and other partners for a new Center of Excellence in Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis.

Center For Health Security Publishes First Working Definition of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security published the first working definition of Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs) to place new focus on a special category of biological risks that have received limited research and effort given their potential for harm to humanity: future flu pandemics, novel strains of contagious pathogens, biological accidents, threats to food supplies, or artificial organisms.

Emergent BioSolutions Awarded $23 Million to Develop Novel Multi-Drug Auto-Injector for U.S. Department of Defense

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. announced that it has been awarded approximately $23 million to develop a novel multi-drug auto-injector for nerve agent antidote delivery. Emergent’s device is being designed for intramuscular self- or buddy-administration of antidotes for use in military environments and for civilian emergencies.

New Phase Change Mechanism Could Lead to New Class of Chemical Vapor Sensors

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory demonstrated that monolayer 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides – atomically thin semiconductors – undergo a change from semiconductor-to-metallic phase when exposed to airborne chemical vapors. The team validated evidence of the phase transition and how the behavior can be used to create an entirely new class of chemical vapor sensors.