Shelley B. Slafkes, Levitt and Slafkes, Featured in NJBIZ

Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2017 – Maplewood, NJ – Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., was recently highlighted in NJBIZ Triple Play. In this feature, Slafkes discusses the inclusion of personal bankruptcy planning as part of a financial portfolio.

Although there is strong economic numbers being reported in 2017; there are also layoffs happening on a regular basis. With a new President in the White House, the state of health care is in an uncomfortable limbo and, as is true every year, divorce is still taxing families both emotionally as well as financially.

Yet, there is help out there. According to Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., a Maplewood, New Jersey, based law firm that handles personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters, „Just as people look to protect their assets by using a financial planner – personal bankruptcy planning should also be a key component of a comprehensive financial plan.”

NJBIZ tapped Shelley to explain how personal bankruptcy planning can help people protect themselves and their families. To read her response in its entirety, please click here.

Slafkes practices law in both the private and non-profit sectors. She concentrates on consumer rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Slafkes is part of a successful team, professionally and personally, and practices law with her husband, Bruce Levitt. Shelley is both an attorney and a social worker.

Levitt & Slafkes P.C. is a professional and compassionate legal firm that handles bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters. The firm assists clients in personal and small-business bankruptcy cases as well as other debt issues.

Both Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes have helped thousands with debt issues eliminate debt and save their homes. Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., is perhaps best known for their successful representation in the landmark, Kemp v. Countrywide Loans, case. This lawsuit gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclose and take away a person’s home.

„We wholly understand the problems debt can cause individuals, families and small businesses and have a proven track record in solving these issues. We pride ourselves on providing high level and compassionate service to each client we represent. Our lawyers know every situation is unique and important. We fight for each client as if we are fighting for our own home and our own family.”

From getting ready to file or exploring every option, Levitt & Slafkes P.C, carefully explains the bankruptcy process so clients can understand and make informed decisions.

Ms. Slafkes has a long standing commitment to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to the community. She has served three terms as an elected member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Additionally, she has mentored youth and served on numerous nonprofit boards including Family Connections and the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund. In 2005, Ms. Slafkes had the honor of serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, Children’s Advisory Subcommittee. She recently served as Board President for Family Promise of Morris County.

For more information, please contact 973-323-2953 or visit www.levittslafkes.com.

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Shelley B. Slafkes, Levitt and Slafkes, Featured in NJBIZ

Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) March 30, 2017 – Maplewood, NJ – Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., was recently highlighted in NJBIZ Triple Play. In this feature, Slafkes discusses the inclusion of personal bankruptcy planning as part of a financial portfolio.

Although there is strong economic numbers being reported in 2017; there are also layoffs happening on a regular basis. With a new President in the White House, the state of health care is in an uncomfortable limbo and, as is true every year, divorce is still taxing families both emotionally as well as financially.

Yet, there is help out there. According to Shelley B. Slafkes, Esq., MSW, Partner, Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., a Maplewood, New Jersey, based law firm that handles personal bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters, „Just as people look to protect their assets by using a financial planner – personal bankruptcy planning should also be a key component of a comprehensive financial plan.”

NJBIZ tapped Shelley to explain how personal bankruptcy planning can help people protect themselves and their families. To read her response in its entirety, please click here.

Slafkes practices law in both the private and non-profit sectors. She concentrates on consumer rights, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Slafkes is part of a successful team, professionally and personally, and practices law with her husband, Bruce Levitt. Shelley is both an attorney and a social worker.

Levitt & Slafkes P.C. is a professional and compassionate legal firm that handles bankruptcies, foreclosures, loan modifications and business litigation matters. The firm assists clients in personal and small-business bankruptcy cases as well as other debt issues.

Both Bruce Levitt and Shelley Slafkes have helped thousands with debt issues eliminate debt and save their homes. Levitt & Slafkes, P.C., is perhaps best known for their successful representation in the landmark, Kemp v. Countrywide Loans, case. This lawsuit gained national prominence in the ongoing battle to require mortgage lenders to follow the law before they can foreclose and take away a person’s home.

„We wholly understand the problems debt can cause individuals, families and small businesses and have a proven track record in solving these issues. We pride ourselves on providing high level and compassionate service to each client we represent. Our lawyers know every situation is unique and important. We fight for each client as if we are fighting for our own home and our own family.”

From getting ready to file or exploring every option, Levitt & Slafkes P.C, carefully explains the bankruptcy process so clients can understand and make informed decisions.

Ms. Slafkes has a long standing commitment to volunteerism and the importance of contributing to the community. She has served three terms as an elected member of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. Additionally, she has mentored youth and served on numerous nonprofit boards including Family Connections and the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund. In 2005, Ms. Slafkes had the honor of serving on the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health, Children’s Advisory Subcommittee. She recently served as Board President for Family Promise of Morris County.

For more information, please contact 973-323-2953 or visit www.levittslafkes.com.

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CylancePROTECT® selected by SANS Community as Best Endpoint Protection Product of 2016

Nominees and winners selected by actual product users in SANS community of security specialists

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 30 March, 2017Cylance® Inc., the company that revolutionised traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks everyday malware along with today’s most advanced cyberthreats, today announced that the SANS community has named CylancePROTECT® as the winning product for the Best of 2016 Awards in the End Point Protection category.
 
The SANS Institute’s Best of Awards are not driven by vendors, but by security operations professionals and managers with direct experience using security products. Products and services nominated to win “Best of Year” awards have been successfully used to provide increases in both the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity programs.
 
Cylance products and services proactively prevent and protect against malicious actors, enabling a level of security that far exceeds the effectiveness of solutions deployed throughout enterprises, government and institutions worldwide. CylancePROTECT, stops malicious software that goes unrecognised by other technologies, without requiring a cloud connection or frequent updates, and all while using a fraction of the system resources associated with legacy antivirus software.
 
“Being selected the best endpoint security product by the information security community – those using CylancePROTECT to defend their organisations’ information every day – means more to us than any other type of award we receive,” said Stuart McClure, co-founder and CEO at Cylance. “All of us at Cylance grew up in that community and nothing pleases us more greatly than knowing we are helping these skilled specialists fight and win this battle.”
 
To view the full list of SANS Best of 2016 Awards, visit this page.
 
About CylancePROTECT®
CylancePROTECT is the multiple award-winning flagship product from Cylance that has launched the company into a leadership position in the endpoint security market. At the core of Cylance’s unprecedented malware identification capability is a revolutionary machine-learning research platform that harnesses the power of algorithmic science and artificial intelligence. It analyzes and classifies hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file, breaking them down to study their „DNA” in order to discern whether an object is “good” or „bad” in real time.
About Cylance® Inc.
Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity to prevent the most advanced security threats in the world. Using a breakthrough predictive analysis process, CylancePROTECT® quickly and accurately identifies what is benign and what is a threat, and prevents malicious code from ever executing on a targeted system. By coupling advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence with a unique understanding of an attacker’s mentality, Cylance provides technology and services that are truly predictive and preventive against the most advanced threats. For more information visit: http://www.cylance.com/
 
Social networks
Blog: blog.cylance.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CylanceInc
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/cylanceinc
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/cylanceinc
 
Media contacts
Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee
Espresso Communications on behalf of Cylance
+61 2 8016 2200
Cylance@espressocomms.com.au

CylancePROTECT® selected by SANS Community as Best Endpoint Protection Product of 2016

Nominees and winners selected by actual product users in SANS community of security specialists

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 30 March, 2017Cylance® Inc., the company that revolutionised traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks everyday malware along with today’s most advanced cyberthreats, today announced that the SANS community has named CylancePROTECT® as the winning product for the Best of 2016 Awards in the End Point Protection category.
 
The SANS Institute’s Best of Awards are not driven by vendors, but by security operations professionals and managers with direct experience using security products. Products and services nominated to win “Best of Year” awards have been successfully used to provide increases in both the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity programs.
 
Cylance products and services proactively prevent and protect against malicious actors, enabling a level of security that far exceeds the effectiveness of solutions deployed throughout enterprises, government and institutions worldwide. CylancePROTECT, stops malicious software that goes unrecognised by other technologies, without requiring a cloud connection or frequent updates, and all while using a fraction of the system resources associated with legacy antivirus software.
 
“Being selected the best endpoint security product by the information security community – those using CylancePROTECT to defend their organisations’ information every day – means more to us than any other type of award we receive,” said Stuart McClure, co-founder and CEO at Cylance. “All of us at Cylance grew up in that community and nothing pleases us more greatly than knowing we are helping these skilled specialists fight and win this battle.”
 
To view the full list of SANS Best of 2016 Awards, visit this page.
 
About CylancePROTECT®
CylancePROTECT is the multiple award-winning flagship product from Cylance that has launched the company into a leadership position in the endpoint security market. At the core of Cylance’s unprecedented malware identification capability is a revolutionary machine-learning research platform that harnesses the power of algorithmic science and artificial intelligence. It analyzes and classifies hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file, breaking them down to study their „DNA” in order to discern whether an object is “good” or „bad” in real time.
About Cylance® Inc.
Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity to prevent the most advanced security threats in the world. Using a breakthrough predictive analysis process, CylancePROTECT® quickly and accurately identifies what is benign and what is a threat, and prevents malicious code from ever executing on a targeted system. By coupling advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence with a unique understanding of an attacker’s mentality, Cylance provides technology and services that are truly predictive and preventive against the most advanced threats. For more information visit: http://www.cylance.com/
 
Social networks
Blog: blog.cylance.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CylanceInc
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/cylanceinc
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/cylanceinc
 
Media contacts
Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee
Espresso Communications on behalf of Cylance
+61 2 8016 2200
Cylance@espressocomms.com.au

CylancePROTECT® selected by SANS Community as Best Endpoint Protection Product of 2016

Nominees and winners selected by actual product users in SANS community of security specialists

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 30 March, 2017Cylance® Inc., the company that revolutionised traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks everyday malware along with today’s most advanced cyberthreats, today announced that the SANS community has named CylancePROTECT® as the winning product for the Best of 2016 Awards in the End Point Protection category.
 
The SANS Institute’s Best of Awards are not driven by vendors, but by security operations professionals and managers with direct experience using security products. Products and services nominated to win “Best of Year” awards have been successfully used to provide increases in both the effectiveness and efficiency of cybersecurity programs.
 
Cylance products and services proactively prevent and protect against malicious actors, enabling a level of security that far exceeds the effectiveness of solutions deployed throughout enterprises, government and institutions worldwide. CylancePROTECT, stops malicious software that goes unrecognised by other technologies, without requiring a cloud connection or frequent updates, and all while using a fraction of the system resources associated with legacy antivirus software.
 
“Being selected the best endpoint security product by the information security community – those using CylancePROTECT to defend their organisations’ information every day – means more to us than any other type of award we receive,” said Stuart McClure, co-founder and CEO at Cylance. “All of us at Cylance grew up in that community and nothing pleases us more greatly than knowing we are helping these skilled specialists fight and win this battle.”
 
To view the full list of SANS Best of 2016 Awards, visit this page.
 
About CylancePROTECT®
CylancePROTECT is the multiple award-winning flagship product from Cylance that has launched the company into a leadership position in the endpoint security market. At the core of Cylance’s unprecedented malware identification capability is a revolutionary machine-learning research platform that harnesses the power of algorithmic science and artificial intelligence. It analyzes and classifies hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file, breaking them down to study their „DNA” in order to discern whether an object is “good” or „bad” in real time.
About Cylance® Inc.
Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity to prevent the most advanced security threats in the world. Using a breakthrough predictive analysis process, CylancePROTECT® quickly and accurately identifies what is benign and what is a threat, and prevents malicious code from ever executing on a targeted system. By coupling advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence with a unique understanding of an attacker’s mentality, Cylance provides technology and services that are truly predictive and preventive against the most advanced threats. For more information visit: http://www.cylance.com/
 
Social networks
Blog: blog.cylance.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CylanceInc
LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/cylanceinc
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/cylanceinc
 
Media contacts
Amanda Conroy or Gloria Lee
Espresso Communications on behalf of Cylance
+61 2 8016 2200
Cylance@espressocomms.com.au

8 ways the National Science Foundation supports our troops


Discovery

8 ways the National Science Foundation supports our troops

Fundamental scientific research helps build a strong defense

March 20, 2017

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually associated with supporting scientists who go on to win Nobel Prizes, leading exploration of the planet’s polar regions and enabling discoveries about the universe, from the subatomic world to distant galaxies. But the foundation also has ties to national defense that go back to its beginnings, as a product of the U.S. government working to enhance security during and after World War II. The National Science Foundation Act of 1950 called for the creation of an agency to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

And so NSF began.

“It was a time when many — including NSF’s founder, Vannevar Bush — recognized the value of science and the need to foster its growth,” said NSF historian Leo Slater. “Fundamental scientific research was important then, as it still is today, in fostering innovation and driving new applications that help the entire nation, including the military.”

NSF’s federal partners, like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Lab, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory, focus on security-related research with an eye toward specific applications. That applied research, however, relies on a steady supply of basic research — work that expands the scientific community’s understanding of fundamental phenomena. Basic research is where NSF serves as an important asset for national security, laying the groundwork for later applications.

Long ago, Vannevar Bush wrote something that remains true today: “It has become clear beyond all doubt that scientific research is absolutely essential to national security.”

NSF continues to fund fundamental research that benefits U.S. troops — from new materials for more protective Army flak jackets to novel approaches for addressing post-traumatic stress disorder. The following is a list of eight ways NSF-funded research supports the military:

Building a stronger bulletproof vest

Kit Parker is an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who has served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. He is also a bioengineer at Harvard University. With NSF funding, Parker studies the strength and elasticity of spider silk fibers to build a lighter, more flexible bulletproof vest without compromising protective features.

Countering violent extremism

Many dismiss extremists as psychopaths. But, based on interviews with extremists in war zones, University of Michigan anthropologist Scott Atran and psychologist Jeremy Ginges from The New School in New York City have found the truth is more complicated. With NSF support, Atran and Ginges conducted studies across six continents, observing, interviewing and studying people in war zones, as well as peaceful neighborhoods, to learn what drives a person to violent extremism. The work led to findings that could help with the development of strategies to disrupt recruitment. The Department of Defense and other agencies are now using this research to better counter violent extremism.

Fundamental physics for better GPS

Whether it’s mapping to a rendezvous point, keeping a fighter jet on course or developing missiles with precision accuracy, GPS is an essential tool for today’s military that relies on fundamental physics. Einstein’s theories of relativity provide the relativistic corrections that ensure the kind of accuracy the military has come to rely on in its GPS devices. Without those corrections, GPS localization would accumulate errors at a rate of 10 kilometers a day. NSF-funded theoretical and experimental physics research helped provide the foundation for those more accurate systems. The agency continues its support today, funding work to enhance GPS accuracy through means such as improved atomic clocks.

Improving prosthetics with brain-computer interface

If you can think it, you can do it — at least, that could be the adage for Jose Contreras-Vidal, a professor formerly with the University of Maryland, College Park and currently with the University of Houston. He and his team have created a non-invasive, sensor-lined cap that forms a brain-computer interface that could one day control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars. This advance could significantly improve how vets adapt to prosthetics of the future.

Minimizing blood loss in battle wounds

Treating traumatic wounds on the battlefield poses incredible challenges. Controlling bleeding is one of the first priorities, but when medics are dealing with torso injuries, they can’t use traditional compression methods. To address this life-threatening problem, small business Remedium Technologies is using NSF funding to develop a product called Hemogrip, a biopolymer foam in a handheld, lightweight canister. The sprayable foam would expand in a wound, adhering to tissue and sealing it, thereby minimizing blood loss and saving soldiers’ lives.

Software helps military veterans with PTSD, depression and other issues

As much as 77 percent of returning military personnel don’t get the treatment they need due to a lack of adequate available resources, combined with a fear of stigmatization inherent in seeking face-to-face treatment. With support from NSF, former Navy pilot Rich Gengler, former Army Sgt. Justin Savage and the team at Prevail Health Solutions have built and tested an online screening and counseling program called VetsPrevail. Optimized through careful research, the program helps service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan make a more successful transition back to civilian life.

Detecting explosives using a tip from nature

With funding from NSF, Tak-Sing Wong and his team of Penn State University researchers have developed a versatile technique to detect very small numbers of molecules from chemicals and biological species in gaseous, liquid or solid samples. Their sensor platform combines laser-based Raman spectroscopy — a technique used for identifying substances by finding their molecular “fingerprints” — with a slippery surface based on that of the carnivorous Asian pitcher plant. The slick surface allows users to concentrate samples, making the target molecules easier to find. This technology opens the door to improved detection of environmental contaminants, biological agents and chemical explosives, offering many potential applications in national security.

Predicting conflict

What if we could more accurately predict where conflict will arise next? What if we could tease apart the variables most likely to lead to war? A team of researchers, including political scientists Skyler Cranmer of Ohio State University, Bruce Desmarais of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and statistician Shankar Bhamidi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed a new method of modeling international conflict. The researchers say their technique can predict where conflicts will occur five and even 10 years into the future — better than any existing model.

Investigators
Kevin Parker
Scott Atran
Clayton Simien
Jose Contreras-Vidal
Matthew Dowling
Pete Gengler
Tak Sing Wong
Skyler Cranmer

Related Institutions/Organizations
Harvard University
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Maryland College Park
Remedium Technologies, Inc.
Prevail Health Solutions LLC
Pennsylvania State Univ University Park
Ohio State University

Related Awards
#1559890 REU Site: Biomaterials Research Initiative Dedicated to Gateway Experiences
#0446738 Exploratory Research on Devotional Values Among Jihadist Suicide Terrorists
#1404496 Spectroscopic, Collisional, and Laser Cooling Studies of Atomic Gadolinium
#1064703 HCC: Medium: Collaborative Research: Improved Control and Sensory Feedback for Neuroprosthetics
#1256477 SBIR Phase II: Sprayable Reversible Hemostat for Treatment of Non-Compressible Hemorrhage
#0956637 SBIR Phase II: Internet-based Software for the Treatment of Depression among Veterans
#1351462 CAREER: Nature’s Mix and Match: Designing Omniphobic Surfaces with Multi-Functional Characteristics
#1461493 Collaborative Research: The Bipartite Temporal Event Network (BiTEN) Model

Total Grants
$3,176,382

Related Agencies
Army Research Lab
Department of Defense
Office of Naval Research
Naval Research Laboratory
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

8 ways the National Science Foundation supports our troops


Discovery

8 ways the National Science Foundation supports our troops

Fundamental scientific research helps build a strong defense

March 20, 2017

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually associated with supporting scientists who go on to win Nobel Prizes, leading exploration of the planet’s polar regions and enabling discoveries about the universe, from the subatomic world to distant galaxies. But the foundation also has ties to national defense that go back to its beginnings, as a product of the U.S. government working to enhance security during and after World War II. The National Science Foundation Act of 1950 called for the creation of an agency to “promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

And so NSF began.

“It was a time when many — including NSF’s founder, Vannevar Bush — recognized the value of science and the need to foster its growth,” said NSF historian Leo Slater. “Fundamental scientific research was important then, as it still is today, in fostering innovation and driving new applications that help the entire nation, including the military.”

NSF’s federal partners, like the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Army Research Lab, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Office of Naval Research and the Naval Research Laboratory, focus on security-related research with an eye toward specific applications. That applied research, however, relies on a steady supply of basic research — work that expands the scientific community’s understanding of fundamental phenomena. Basic research is where NSF serves as an important asset for national security, laying the groundwork for later applications.

Long ago, Vannevar Bush wrote something that remains true today: “It has become clear beyond all doubt that scientific research is absolutely essential to national security.”

NSF continues to fund fundamental research that benefits U.S. troops — from new materials for more protective Army flak jackets to novel approaches for addressing post-traumatic stress disorder. The following is a list of eight ways NSF-funded research supports the military:

Building a stronger bulletproof vest

Kit Parker is an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who has served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. He is also a bioengineer at Harvard University. With NSF funding, Parker studies the strength and elasticity of spider silk fibers to build a lighter, more flexible bulletproof vest without compromising protective features.

Countering violent extremism

Many dismiss extremists as psychopaths. But, based on interviews with extremists in war zones, University of Michigan anthropologist Scott Atran and psychologist Jeremy Ginges from The New School in New York City have found the truth is more complicated. With NSF support, Atran and Ginges conducted studies across six continents, observing, interviewing and studying people in war zones, as well as peaceful neighborhoods, to learn what drives a person to violent extremism. The work led to findings that could help with the development of strategies to disrupt recruitment. The Department of Defense and other agencies are now using this research to better counter violent extremism.

Fundamental physics for better GPS

Whether it’s mapping to a rendezvous point, keeping a fighter jet on course or developing missiles with precision accuracy, GPS is an essential tool for today’s military that relies on fundamental physics. Einstein’s theories of relativity provide the relativistic corrections that ensure the kind of accuracy the military has come to rely on in its GPS devices. Without those corrections, GPS localization would accumulate errors at a rate of 10 kilometers a day. NSF-funded theoretical and experimental physics research helped provide the foundation for those more accurate systems. The agency continues its support today, funding work to enhance GPS accuracy through means such as improved atomic clocks.

Improving prosthetics with brain-computer interface

If you can think it, you can do it — at least, that could be the adage for Jose Contreras-Vidal, a professor formerly with the University of Maryland, College Park and currently with the University of Houston. He and his team have created a non-invasive, sensor-lined cap that forms a brain-computer interface that could one day control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars. This advance could significantly improve how vets adapt to prosthetics of the future.

Minimizing blood loss in battle wounds

Treating traumatic wounds on the battlefield poses incredible challenges. Controlling bleeding is one of the first priorities, but when medics are dealing with torso injuries, they can’t use traditional compression methods. To address this life-threatening problem, small business Remedium Technologies is using NSF funding to develop a product called Hemogrip, a biopolymer foam in a handheld, lightweight canister. The sprayable foam would expand in a wound, adhering to tissue and sealing it, thereby minimizing blood loss and saving soldiers’ lives.

Software helps military veterans with PTSD, depression and other issues

As much as 77 percent of returning military personnel don’t get the treatment they need due to a lack of adequate available resources, combined with a fear of stigmatization inherent in seeking face-to-face treatment. With support from NSF, former Navy pilot Rich Gengler, former Army Sgt. Justin Savage and the team at Prevail Health Solutions have built and tested an online screening and counseling program called VetsPrevail. Optimized through careful research, the program helps service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan make a more successful transition back to civilian life.

Detecting explosives using a tip from nature

With funding from NSF, Tak-Sing Wong and his team of Penn State University researchers have developed a versatile technique to detect very small numbers of molecules from chemicals and biological species in gaseous, liquid or solid samples. Their sensor platform combines laser-based Raman spectroscopy — a technique used for identifying substances by finding their molecular “fingerprints” — with a slippery surface based on that of the carnivorous Asian pitcher plant. The slick surface allows users to concentrate samples, making the target molecules easier to find. This technology opens the door to improved detection of environmental contaminants, biological agents and chemical explosives, offering many potential applications in national security.

Predicting conflict

What if we could more accurately predict where conflict will arise next? What if we could tease apart the variables most likely to lead to war? A team of researchers, including political scientists Skyler Cranmer of Ohio State University, Bruce Desmarais of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and statistician Shankar Bhamidi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, developed a new method of modeling international conflict. The researchers say their technique can predict where conflicts will occur five and even 10 years into the future — better than any existing model.

Investigators
Kevin Parker
Scott Atran
Clayton Simien
Jose Contreras-Vidal
Matthew Dowling
Pete Gengler
Tak Sing Wong
Skyler Cranmer

Related Institutions/Organizations
Harvard University
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Maryland College Park
Remedium Technologies, Inc.
Prevail Health Solutions LLC
Pennsylvania State Univ University Park
Ohio State University

Related Awards
#1559890 REU Site: Biomaterials Research Initiative Dedicated to Gateway Experiences
#0446738 Exploratory Research on Devotional Values Among Jihadist Suicide Terrorists
#1404496 Spectroscopic, Collisional, and Laser Cooling Studies of Atomic Gadolinium
#1064703 HCC: Medium: Collaborative Research: Improved Control and Sensory Feedback for Neuroprosthetics
#1256477 SBIR Phase II: Sprayable Reversible Hemostat for Treatment of Non-Compressible Hemorrhage
#0956637 SBIR Phase II: Internet-based Software for the Treatment of Depression among Veterans
#1351462 CAREER: Nature’s Mix and Match: Designing Omniphobic Surfaces with Multi-Functional Characteristics
#1461493 Collaborative Research: The Bipartite Temporal Event Network (BiTEN) Model

Total Grants
$3,176,382

Related Agencies
Army Research Lab
Department of Defense
Office of Naval Research
Naval Research Laboratory
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Secretary of State Rolando Pablos Convenes 85th Legislative Session

“Texas Leads, Others Follow”

Secretary Pablos addresses the 85th Legislature
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today
convenes the 85th Legislative Session
.

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today convened the 85th Legislative Session by presiding over the Texas House of Representatives for the swearing in of members and conducting the election of Speaker of the House.

In opening his remarks, Secretary Pablos praised Texans’ strong commitment to serving their communities and urged legislators to rise to the challenges of serving their fellow Texans.

Secretary Pablos encouraged legislators to remember, “Texas leads, others follow.”

“Texans have always answered the call to serve, no matter how high the price,” Secretary Pablos said. “Whether on fields of battle, in boardrooms and classrooms, in houses of faith, or through charitable giving, Texans have long embraced their civic duty to serve their community.”

Secretary Pablos also highlighted Texas’ distinct impact on the global economy and the state’s prominent role on the world stage.

“What happens in Texas, the world’s 10th largest economy, leaves a powerful impression on other economies around the globe,” Secretary Pablos said. “From Canada and Colombia to Japan and Singapore to Belgium and the Netherlands, and especially our friends in Mexico – our largest trade partner – whose relationship serves as a force-multiplier for Texas’ economic success, our rightful place on the international stage is, in fact, center stage.”

Secretary Pablos outlined a common objective for the 85th Legislature: “To keep Texas the land of opportunity, where a vision can become reality.”

“Ordinary Texans do extraordinary things every day, making this Texas we love a truly special place,” Secretary Pablos said. “It is their interests we serve. It is their lives we must honor. It is their future we must advance.”

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Secretary of State Rolando Pablos Convenes 85th Legislative Session

“Texas Leads, Others Follow”

Secretary Pablos addresses the 85th Legislature
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today
convenes the 85th Legislative Session
.

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today convened the 85th Legislative Session by presiding over the Texas House of Representatives for the swearing in of members and conducting the election of Speaker of the House.

In opening his remarks, Secretary Pablos praised Texans’ strong commitment to serving their communities and urged legislators to rise to the challenges of serving their fellow Texans.

Secretary Pablos encouraged legislators to remember, “Texas leads, others follow.”

“Texans have always answered the call to serve, no matter how high the price,” Secretary Pablos said. “Whether on fields of battle, in boardrooms and classrooms, in houses of faith, or through charitable giving, Texans have long embraced their civic duty to serve their community.”

Secretary Pablos also highlighted Texas’ distinct impact on the global economy and the state’s prominent role on the world stage.

“What happens in Texas, the world’s 10th largest economy, leaves a powerful impression on other economies around the globe,” Secretary Pablos said. “From Canada and Colombia to Japan and Singapore to Belgium and the Netherlands, and especially our friends in Mexico – our largest trade partner – whose relationship serves as a force-multiplier for Texas’ economic success, our rightful place on the international stage is, in fact, center stage.”

Secretary Pablos outlined a common objective for the 85th Legislature: “To keep Texas the land of opportunity, where a vision can become reality.”

“Ordinary Texans do extraordinary things every day, making this Texas we love a truly special place,” Secretary Pablos said. “It is their interests we serve. It is their lives we must honor. It is their future we must advance.”

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ICYMI: Secretary Pablos Addresses Opening Session of 85th Texas Legislature

Secretary Pablos addresses the 85th Legislature
Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos address
the 85th Legislative Session
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AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos addressed the opening session of the 85th Texas Legislature this week, encouraging lawmakers to work on behalf of all Texans to ensure the continued prosperity of the Lone Star State.

Watch a video of Secretary Pablos’ address.

Secretary Pablos’ Full Remarks:

It is a tremendous honor to gavel in the 85th Legislative Session, and assume an office first held by the great Stephen F. Austin.

I am extremely grateful to Governor Abbott for his trust and confidence in me to execute the duties of this office.

I would also like to express my appreciation to outgoing Secretary of State, Carlos Cascos, and thank him for his service to our state.

Today, ladies and gentlemen, you have answered the call to serve. Collectively, you have descended on this hallowed chamber to represent the interests of nearly 28 million Texas from 254 distinctly diverse counties.

Texans have always answered the call to serve, no matter how high the price, since the time William Barret Travis drew “a line in the sand.”

Whether on fields of battle, in boardrooms and in classrooms, in houses of faith, or through charitable giving, Texans have long embraced their civic duty to serve their community. And as you accept the challenges of service over the next 140 days – and beyond – I encourage you to always remember this: Texas leads, others follow.

Travel the world and tell them you are from Texas, and they will have a distinct image in their mind. They will know the Lone Star State. They will sense your pride. They will understand what you are made of and will wish they, too, lived here.

But Texas is so much more than cowboy hats, oil wells, and pickup trucks. Yes, our rural communities are the backbone of our great state. Our farmers and ranchers give so much of themselves, and of their bounty.

But we are also an urban state – home to the arts, to high-tech jobs, world-class medical centers, top multinational corporations, and hip restaurants.

We not only drill for oil, but harness the wind, and we welcome more Californians to their new home than any other state.

In this, the dawn of the 21st century, Texas is the place to be, and it is the great men and women in these chambers who chart the course for this great state.

What happens in Texas, the world’s 10th largest economy, leaves a powerful impression on other economies around the globe – from Canada and Colombia to Japan and Singapore to Belgium and the Netherlands, and especially our friends in Mexico – our largest trade partner – whose relationship serves as a force-multiplier for Texas’ economic success.

Our rightful place on the international stage is, in fact, center stage.

And you, today, hold the key to this continued success.

The momentum for our state’s continued achievement is fueled by your decisions.

You arrive here today with unique perspectives and, in some cases, passionate differences.

I know that every one of us will respect those differences with the purpose of finding common ground in order to advance the common good.

We may have different ways of getting there, but we all have a common objective: to keep Texas the land of opportunity – a place that rewards hard work, one that develops talent, one that attracts investment, where a vision can become reality.

I ask one thing of you today: please ensure that you will always put Texas, and Texans, first. And not stand just with the powerful, but on behalf of the powerless.

Like Travis at the Alamo, I ask that you draw a line in the sand in defense of this state we love and its people: our seniors, our disabled, and especially the youngest generation.

I would like to close by telling the story of one of those young Texans who is with us today. He, along with his parents and high school principal, helped me gavel in this session.

On the outside, he looks like any other high school senior preparing for his last semester, but Coby Shorter IV has a story that defies the odds. You see, during the spring of his freshman year, he was involved in a major accident on the road just outside the family farm – a tragic event that left him fighting for his life.

While Coby could have used this incident as an excuse to give up, he accepted the challenge of learning to walk again, enduring 19 surgeries, returning to and excelling in school, and giving back to his community and to those who helped save his life.

Coby is an inspiration to all who know and love him. Will you please help me recognize and congratulate Coby for the courage and determination he has demonstrated at such an early age.

But the simple fact is, ordinary Texans do extraordinary things every day, making this Texas we love a truly special place.

It is their interests we serve. It is their lives we must honor. It is their future we must advance.

Thank you, and may God bless you and continue to give you the courage and determination to fight for Texas.

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