Welcome to Booster!
 Volume 9  October  2013
Message from the Director
Strategic Risk Meeting: 
Role of Data and Visual Analytics
On November 20th  and 21st, VACCINE will host the National Strategic Maritime Risk Alliance Meeting with our United States Coast Guard (USCG) partners.  Vice Admiral Robert Parker, Commander Atlantic Area, USCG, and Assistant Secretary Alan Cohn, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Strategy, Planning, Analysis, and Risk are our keynote speakers joined by Rear Admirals Kevin Cook and Peter Brown as invited speakers.  We have strong representation from many federal, state, and international agencies participating on panels where they will discuss risk and risk-based decision making. The event will include invited presentations, panel discussions, and a technology showcase of decision-making tools with hands-on demonstrations of state-of-the-art technologies from several DHS Centers of Excellence.  This meeting is the follow-on to the  Maritime Risk Symposium held last year at the CREATE Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California.
A key theme of the meeting is the role of data in planning, detection, response, and decision making while focusing on visualization and analytics in our current “Big Data” age to enable efficiency, effectiveness, safety, and security.  The panel topics for the workshop include the following:
  • Big Data, Visualization, and Risk Based Decision Making
  • Climate Change,  Natural Disasters, and the  Maritime Environment
  • Multiagency Cooperation in Maritime Security and Safety
  • The Changing Arctic: Opportunities, Risks, and Strategies
  • A Risk Assessment Framework for Inland Waterways
  • Port Resilience
If you are interested in joining us for this exciting meeting to discuss strategies and opportunities in this domain, please contact us directly or visit our event website.
This event will also be a great opportunity for you to meet our new staff members, Ms. Heather Connell and Ms. Toyinda Wilson-Long who are introduced below.
Looking forward to seeing you on November 20th  and 21st!
New VACCINE Staff Members
Ms. Heather Connell and Ms. Toyinda Wilson-Long officially started with the VACCINE Center on October 1st. Heather Connell has been hired as the new Engagement and Transition Manager for the VACCINE Center. Connell is a strategic communications management professional with more than 22 years of experience in the corporate, not-for-profit, communications agency, private consulting, and academic environments. Prior to her role as the Engagement and Transition Manager for the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, she was the Assistant Managing Director and Communications Manager. Connell was the liaison between the center’s external advisory committee, executive committee, six colleges, seventeen departments, ninety cancer center members, and the public. She also worked in Purdue’s College of Engineering as the National Coordinator of the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) Program. Connell said she looks forward to forming stronger partnerships with our research institutions and encouraging the sharing of ideas and best practices as to how to most effectively and strategically transition the technologies being developed. 
Ms. Toyinda Wilson-Long has begun her work as the new Education Program Manager. Toyinda earned a bachelor's degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Purdue University, and a masters degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Indiana State University. As the education program manager, Wilson-Long is looking forward to guiding the center's strategic academic mission. This includes but is not limited to designing strategies for the forging of relationships and promotion of visual analytics in STEM curriculum of faculty from every educational crossroad. Wilson-Long plans to increase strategies that provide more opportunities for undergraduates to experience visual analytics via inquiry learning, shadowing, educational exchanges and mentoring including growing the minority serving institution programming efforts.
- On October 23rd, VACCINE held its first HS-STEM luncheon of the year. The HS-STEM students will be participating in a career development speaker series throughout the 2013-2014 school year. 
- On October 24th, CVADA (both VACCINE and sister half CCICADA centered at Rutgers University) presented at the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office to provide the organization a better sense of our research, projects, and tools.
- On October 25th, The Office of University Programs with the Department of Homeland Security held its Center Director's meeting in Washington. Centers were asked to present on select projects; Dr. David Ebert was present to represent the VACCINE center.
- On November 20th and 21st, Purdue University will partner with the United States Coast Guard and host the National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting. We will have a number of distinguished speakers; please visit our website for updates or contact us for further information.
VACCINE Center Seeks Postdoctoral Researcher  We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher in visual analytics, visualization, and big data analytics across a wide spectrum of application areas. For more details, please visit our website. Applications including a CV and a research statement should be sent to Dr. David Ebert.
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