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Ann Lesperance

Shaping U.S. Engagement in International Incidents

When a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) incident occurs internationally, the U.S. is often expected to respond and support its partner nations. This responsibility led the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Research Council to organize a workshop, bringing together a diverse group of experts and stakeholders, to discuss strategies for strengthening U.S. preparedness in these critical situations. NSD's Ann Lesperance was invited to serve on the steering committee, using her response, recovery and resilience expertise to advise and scope this workshop as well as facilitate one of the two workshop sessions. Due to the important capabilities and questions identified, the National Academy of Sciences recently published a summary of the event in An All-of-Government Approach to Increase Resilience for International Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive.

Ann Lesperance

Cyber Excellence

A recent Congressional survey revealed that many electric utilities are experiencing daily attempted cyber-attacks. One utility in particular reported approximately 10,000 attempted attacks each month. Startling statistics such as these prompted the Snohomish County PUD and PNNL to co-host the Washington State Cyber Security Summit 2, bringing together leaders of all levels with electric utilities to discuss the current challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity as well as how to best position Washington State as a center of cyber excellence. Lab Director Mike Kluse provided support for the issue by delivering opening remarks while Ann Lesperance, NSD, facilitated discussion on cybersecurity emergency response and spoke on lessons learned. Gordon Matlock served as PNNL's chief organizer.

Carlos Fraga

Fraga Named Luminary Honoree

Carlos Fraga, NSD, will be recognized as a 2013 Luminary Honoree at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation's 25th Anniversary Conference in October. Luminaries represent Hispanic professionals for their contributions to the Hispanic technical community. Seventeen individuals will receive this award, representing a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math professional expertise.

Fraga works with the Trace Organic Analysis team, which develops materials for enhanced separation and detection, advances environmental chemical forensic capabilities, and develops and tests field portable instrumentation for trace chemical and explosive detection.

David Asner

Building high-energy physics at PNNL

NSD's David Asner recently talked with Physics Today about his experiences in the high-energy physics field and his journey to PNNL. Recruited by PNNL to help launch the Lab's high-energy physics effort in 2010, Asner left his tenured position at Carlton University and continues to be a driving force in high-energy physics research.

"High-energy physics includes some of the most exciting science of the 21st century, and the technical advances needed to move the science forward are well aligned with PNNL's capabilities—and we want to do exciting science," said Asner. Read the full interview on Physics Today's website.

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New Framework for Disaster Recovery

Ann Lesperance, Jessica Sandusky, and Steve Stein, all NSD, developed a regional recovery framework for major metropolitan areas, the first of its kind. The framework covers natural threats and includes an approach to complications associated with long term recovery following biological, chemical, or radiological (CBR) incidents.

As a result of this innovative new framework, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has included both documents, Denver UASI All-Hazards Regional Recovery Framework and Urban Area Recovery Planning with CBR, on its website as examples for other U.S. regions to develop their own frameworks.

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Tony Peurrung
NSD Director, Dr. Tony Peurrung oversees the delivery of impactful science and technology for PNNL's National Security clients.

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