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Call for Volunteers May 1, 2014
The Awareness and Localization of Explosives Related Threats (ALERT) program at Northeastern University employs an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) lab in the Egan building on Campus. In this lab there are technologies used to image the surface of the human body, very similar to the systems used at airports worldwide today. We are exploring combinations of imaging techniques in order to determine optimum detection of threats capabilities. The types of technologies (Video, Radar, X-ray, thermal imaging, and passive nuclear quadrapole resonance) have all been proven to be safe for human exposure. We are now in the testing phase of this research. We are calling out now for volunteers willing to be imaged by these technologies.
Research Participant FAQ
Read more details about what volunteering requires in the Informed Consent to Participate in Research FAQ.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating:
Professor Carey Rappaport
ALERT Thrust Lead – Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems,
ALERT Research Consultant,
Massachusetts General Hospital
Please note, this call for volunteers has been approved by Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board.
ALERT is Now Active on Twitter November 17, 2013
We are pleased to announce that we are now active on Twitter! This is a new and exciting way for us to deliver information to you that is relevant to the ALERT mission. Feel free to follow us at @ALERTCOE, and tweet any information that you feel is relevant to us. We’ll be happy to look it over and re-tweet it if appropriate.
Operations Analyst Opportunity at DHS Science and Technology Directorate July 17, 2013
This position is located in the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The mission of the S&T Directorate is to develop and deliver effective and sustainable technologies and systems to anticipate, prevent, defeat and mitigate catastrophic terrorist attacks and to enhance conventional mission capabilities of other DHS operational areas. This mission is accomplished through research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT & E) programs and timely deployments of new technologies and systems.
- The S&T Directorate is looking for this position is to provide a program manager and senior operations analyst for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism risk assessment projects.
- Works within an Integrated Project Team (IPT) process to engage DHS Customers and users to understand their operational needs and define requirements for new technology solutions.
- Prepares and maintains project execution plans and documentation, including technology development and implementation plans, Gantt charts, and budget expenditure plans, for each assigned project.
- Prepares Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and other appropriate acquisition vehicles, that provide full and open competition for R&D efforts from a wide community of performers to address DHS customer capability gaps and other requirements.
Point of Contact:
Office of University Programs
Science & Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
ALERT Co-Director Provides Insight on Marathon Bombing Devices April 20, 2013
ALERT Co-Director Jimmie Oxley speaks with Rhode Island News Team 10 about the type of explosive devices used in the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Pressure cooker bombs, like the ones reportedly used in the explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, are a common and simple way to make an explosive device, according to a University of Rhode Island chemistry professor.
“It only takes a small amount of black powder to ignite a powerful blast,” said Jimmie Oxley, who also is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Excellence for Explosives, Detection, Mitigation and Response.
She said if you put it inside a common kitchen pressure cooker, you’ll have a weapon. The steel container will make fragments which are what do the most damage.
“If you feel the sharpness of those edges, if that hits you, you can see why it takes off an arm. If it was a pressure cooker, it would create frag,” Oxley said.
Oxley said of all terrorist weapons, a homemade bomb is the most accessible…Read More
National Research Council seeks Applications for Research Associateships December 6, 2012
Per the National Academies:
The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2013 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs to be conducted on behalf of federal research laboratories and affiliated institutions in over 100 locations throughout the United States. These programs provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D., or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. Initiated in 1954, the Associateship Programs have contributed to the career development of more than 12,000 scientists and engineers ranging from young researchers and recent Ph.D. recipients to distinguished senior scientists.
Annual Application Deadlines: Feb. 1st, May 1st, Aug. 1st, & Nov. 1st
For more details on the awards and application process, please visit the NRC website via the “Read More” link below:Read More
3Qs: Train safety on track, but at what cost? May 9, 2011
news@Northeastern interviews Prof. Carey Rappaport on the feasibility and effectiveness of a nationwide rail security system and discusses potential public reaction.Read More
Open Call for Proposals has Concluded March 9, 2011
CT Segmentation Project has ended the open call for proposals.Read More