Shannon Cunniff is the Director of the Chemical and Material Risk Management Directorate within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Her Emerging Contaminants program brings together science, technology and policy to identify chemicals with emerging environmental and health risks, evaluate mission risks as well as opportunities to manage risks, and oversees implementation of risk management measures. This discussion will focus on how emerging contaminants — such as sulfur hexafluoride, nanomaterials, and perchlorate — are reviewed and acted upon through the collaboration of multiple components and the Services within DoD. The Emerging Contaminants Program was recently recognized as a finalist by Harvard in its “Innovations in Government” award and relies on scientific expertise and input to carry out its work.
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Innovations in American Government Program
2009 Finalists for Innovations in American Government Award
Chemical and Material Risk Management Directorate, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment
Since 1923, the Naval Research Laboratory, or NRL, has been on the cutting edge of scientific search, exploring the boundaries of science and technology to help solve the challenges confronting U.S. military forces. In an Aug. 19 interview on “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military,” U.S. Navy Capt. Paul Stewart, commanding officer of NRL discusses the lab’s history and the latest unclassified work that researchers are pursuing.
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Immobility remains a major problem for disabled veterans. Immobility and wheelchair dependence cause degenerative changes in the bones, joints, hearts, lungs, and skin.
Dr. Ronald Triolo, Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Research Career Scientist, Case Western Reserve University Professor, Executive Director of the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center of Excellence, and Associate Director of the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals with paraplegia following spinal cord injury through an innovative bracing system that will provide enhanced mobility. The ultimate goal is an articulated thoracic-hip-knee-ankle-foot orthosis that allows users to stand, walk, and climb stairs safely and efficiently with a minimum of effort.
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Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center of Excellence
Envisioning the Six Million Dollar Man
Dr. Ronald Triolo biography