DHS Announces $35M Funding Opportunity for New Center of Excellence in Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced $35 million in funding opportunities for a new DHS Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense. The goal of the Center will be to research and develop solutions, protocols, and capabilities to support the identification of potential biological threats within the DHS operational environment that could disrupt critical infrastructure supply chains.

Biometrics Report Highlights the Technological Strides Made for Law Enforcement

The use of face detection and recognition has the potential to contribute to the capabilities of future law enforcement applications, such as high volume screening in crowded places, low volume forensic examinations, and crime scene investigations. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE) Program provides an independent evaluation of face recognition algorithms for various law enforcement applications.

A New Toolkit for Rapid Bacterial Detection

Finding the right treatment plan for patients who have antibiotic-resistant infections is a costly and time-consuming effort. To assist doctors in rural areas or developing countries, a research team, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, developed a diagnostic kit that is low-cost, portable and easy to use.

Immune Molecule Protects Against Zika Virus Infection in Animal Models

A molecule naturally produced by the immune system protects mice and monkeys against Zika virus infection, an international team of researchers has found. Administering the molecule, called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), to pregnant mice reduced Zika virus infection in the fetal brain and protected against Zika-induced microcephaly.

New UN Supply Chain System to Slash Delays, Save Lives in Large-Scale Health Crises

In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations (UN) emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks.

Oral Delivery System Could Make Vaccinations Needle-Free

Patients could one day self-administer vaccines using a needleless, pill-sized technology that jet-releases a stream of vaccine inside the mouth, according to a proof-of-concept study conducted at University of California-Berkeley. The technology is a step toward improved oral vaccine delivery, which holds the promise of building immunity in the mouth’s buccal region of cells, where many infections enter the body.

CNA Talks: Justice and Policing in the U.S.

This podcast covers everything from police reform and evidence-based research to body-worn cameras and police departments’ use of social media. Hear what some of today’s top criminal justice experts think about training, transparency, accountability, community policing, crisis intervention, and federal support of the police.

DHS Developed Software Powers Humanitarian Project

Krona, software originally developed at the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) to sequence DNA for biodefense, is now being used by Microsoft to sequence mosquito DNA in the fight against disease.

NRL Develops Lighter, Field Repairable Transparent Armor

Research chemists at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed and patented a transparent thermoplastic elastomer armor to reduce weight, inherent in most bullet-resistant glass, while maintaining superior ballistic properties. In addition to being transparent, and lighter than conventional bullet-resistant glass, it also is repairable in the field.

DHS S&T Invites Counter UAS Developers to Submit Tech for Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is inviting developers of counter unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technologies to participate in technology assessments. Selected C-UAS technology solutions will be assessed in an operationally relevant environment. Based on the findings, DHS S&T will provide best practices and strategies to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.