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2018

Haynie awarded prestigious honor for contributions to Vietnamese radiological source security

[December 2018] Vietnamís Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) Deputy Minister Pham Cong Tac awarded the Medal for the Cause of Science and Technology to PNNLís Todd Haynie, Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Energyís Office of Radiological Security (ORS) East Asia Pacific Region. The award was presented on behalf of MOST Minister Chu Ngoc Anh in early November.

IAEA training

Developing the World Debut of the IAEA's International Training Course on Protecting Nuclear Facilities from Cyber-Attack

[October 2018] Staff from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory teamed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and subject matter experts from Idaho National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory the past two years to develop and design the first ever international training course (ITC) on Protecting Computer-Based Systems in Nuclear Security Regimes.†

Flight test

Florida field test validates, improves radiation detection methods

[August 2018] The ability to detect the spread of radioactive debris following a terrorist attack or nuclear accident is critical to saving lives and reducing economic damage. Aerial detection systems are an effective tool to survey contaminated areas in these situations.

Workshop Invitees, Sam Chatterjee second from right

PNNL research featured on journal cover

[August 2018] Susannah Burrows, Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate (EBSD), and Aritra Dasgupta, National Security Directorate (NSD), are the lead writers of "Characterizing the Relative Importance Assigned to Physical Variables by Climate Scientists when Assessing Atmospheric Climate Model Fidelity," to be the cover feature in the September issue of Advances in Atmospheric Sciences.

Workshop Invitees, Sam Chatterjee second from right

Sam Chatterjee Honored by SRA

[August 2018] Sam Chatterjee, National Security Directorate, was honored by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) as a "future strong leader in the risk analysis field." Sam was one of fifteen SRA members conducting research in the risk analysis field who were invited to participate in a two-day SRA workshop on "Excellence in Risk Analysis."

Emily Mace and Jesse Ward, NSD

Deep Deep Learning Could Help Detect Nuclear Events Worldwide

[June 2018] PNNL scientists Emily Mace and Jesse Ward teamed to explore the promise of deep learning to help interpret signals from radioactive decay events, which could indicate underground nuclear testing.

Carlos Fraga

Nature and Talanta showcase NSD Chemical Forensics Work

[May 2018] Nature and Talanta recently featured the work of the Chemical Forensics International Technical Working Group (CFITWG), which includes NSD researchers Carlos Fraga, James Moran, Kristin Jarman, Kabrena Rodda, John Cort; Laura Denlinger and MaryJo Boyus also helped organize the group.

Svitlana Volkova

Flu-prediction Work Highlighted in Scientific American Article

[April 2018] The April 2018 Scientific American features work by NSD's Svitlana Volkova and team on predicting influenza outbreaks using social media.

Yemen Border Guards

Yemen border guards receive training from PNNL experts

[April 2018] Yemeni border guards are much better positioned to conduct vehicle check point operations, mounted and dismounted patrolling, tracking, and advanced search and seizure techniques, and other methods that improve overall security on Yemen's borders, thanks to the contributions of NSD staff.

Kabrena Rodda and OPCW's Director-General

Medal Awarded for Work in Chemical Nonproliferation

[March 2018] Dr. Kabrena Rodda of the National Security Directorate was presented a medal from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in recognition for her work on The Hague Ethical Guidelines, the Global Chemists Code of Ethics, a chlorine workshop last year, and her body of work over the last two and a half decades to support international chemical nonproliferation efforts and to prevent the reemergence of chemical weapons.

Pint-size neutrino

Science Magazine Breakthrough of the Year Contest

[March 2018] A PNNL technology was recently named a finalist and runner-up in Science magazine's 2017 People’s Choice for Scientific Breakthrough of the Year Contest

Acoustic Gunshot Detector

Three National Security Technologies Receive R&D 100 Awards

[March 2018] PNNL received a total of seven R&D 100 Awards this year, ranking these technologies among the most innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs of the year, as selected by R&D Magazine. Three of the seven technologies have direct national security applications.

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