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Volume 10   November 2013
Message from the Director
We have just finished up a wonderful event with the United States Coast Guard, the fourth annual National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting. Not only did it provide numerous entities from multiple  countries an opportunity to engage, but it also emphasized the wonderful relationship we have with all of our partners, especially the Coast Guard. We truly enjoyed the event, and we look forward to next year's Maritime Risk event at the University of Southern California on November 18th and 19th, 2014. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
VACCINE Co-Hosts National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting
Above: U.S. Coast Guard Vice-Admiral Robert C. Parker addresses the audience during his keynote address: "Shared Awareness and the Power to Anticipate: Key Elements of Data-Driven Risk-Based Decision Making"
VACCINE had the pleasure of co-hosting the 4th Annual National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting on the 20th and 21st of this month. The theme of this year's event was "Data-Driven Risk-Based Decision Making in the Maritime Domain." A wide range of issues related to maritime safety, risk, the Arctic, climate change, natural disasters, inland waterways, and interagency cooperation were discussed. With representatives from numerous countries and multiple agencies, it proved to be a very fruitful event. Over the two day meeting, the full agenda included keynote addresses by three Coast Guard admirals and the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis, and Risk at DHS. 
The event brought together world-class academic researchers with operators from the federal, state, and local level and was designed to stimulate interagency conversation on important local, regional, and national topics. The academics provided an update on their research while the operators provided an understanding of where the gaps in the body of knowledge exist. Some of the groups and organizations represented at the event included the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, the Indianapolis Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and homeland security and public safety agencies. The meeting also included hands-on technology demonstrations as well as a student poster competition.
Below: Dr. David Ebert (Purdue University), far left, leads his panel's discussion on "Big Data/Risk Based Decision Making/Visualization." Other panel members from left to right include: Debra Durham (Department of Homeland Security), Dr. Starnes Walker (The MITRE Corporation & Battelle Memorial Institute), Lieutenant Commander Ben Maule (U.S. Coast Guard), Abish Malik (Purdue University), and Dr. Fred Roberts (CCICADA Center, Rutgers University) 
Below: Alan Cohn, Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis, and Risk, (Department of Homeland Security), spoke on "Using Strategic Risk Modeling, Analysis, and Assessment to Improve Homeland Security Policy and Strategy."
VACCINE Receives Meritorious Team Commendation from United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard awarded a team of Purdue researchers, led by VACCINE Director and Purdue University Silicon Valley Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David S. Ebert, a Meritorious Team Commendation on September 26, 2013. The commendation was for achievement on the United States Coast Guard Port Resilience for Operational/Tactical Enforcement to Combat Terrorism (PROTECT) Team. Commander Kevin Hanson presented the award on behalf of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., during the VACCINE Center’s annual meeting held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  Additional PROTECT team members from Purdue University listed on the commendation include graduate student Shehzad Afzal and undergraduate student Kushal Patel. Ross Maciejewski, formerly of Purdue and now an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, was also a member of the team. 
On November 8th VACCINE and ALERT held a joint conference call to explore a joint project collaboration.
- On November 15th, two VACCINE Ph.D. candidates were guest lecturers at the Lafayette branch of Ivy Tech to discuss visual analytics and its application in law enforcement. 
On November November 18th, VACCINE held its monthly HS-STEM student luncheon. This month, graduate student Phillip Forsberg presented. 
- On November 20th and 21st VACCINE and the United States Coast Guard hosted a very successful National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting in West Lafayette, Indiana. 
- Various local media outlets covered the Maritime Risk Event:

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