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May 2017

IDA Research Staff participate vigorously in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Highlights of IDA research activity from May 2017 follow.


IDA Researcher Delivers Zimbabwe Presentation

George F. Ward, Ambassador (ret.)IDA Researcher Amb. (ret.) George Ward delivered a presentation on “Zimbabwe after Mugabe” on May 5, 2017, to a Contingency Planning Roundtable at the Center for Preventive Action of the Council on Foreign Relations. The event was held at the Council’s office in Washington, DC,









IDA Researcher Is Team Rubicon Volunteer

Operational Evaluation Division’s Larysa Murray is a volunteer for Team Rubicon, which she describes as a great organization with a meaningful mission.  She is featured in the video embedded in the linked article.  Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.






IDA and ACPS Presents Science Unrestricted 2017

Science Unrestricted - Jenns RobertsonIDA Joint Advanced Research Division researcher, Jenns Robertson, works with future researchers on understanding where meteorites come from at Science Unrestricted 2017, sponsored by the Alexandria City Public Schools and IDA. Area students visited the science fair for hands-on STEM exhibits, a contest, and educational entertainment! This was the tenth annual Science Unrestricted fair held at IDA.








UChicago Grad Students visit STPI

University of Chicago Students visit IDA STPIThe University of Chicago’s Graduate Research in Data Program sent eight graduate students on a “trek” to Washington, DC.  IDA researchers Greg Davis, Wil Doane, Jason Gallo, and Pritha Ghosh showed off some of their projects to the students in a lively two hour session.  Afterwards, the group took in the view from the roof of STPI’s building and then enjoyed tapas, paella, and sangria at Taberna del Alabardero around the corner.








IDA Researcher to Participate in Debate

Strategy, Forces and Resources Division's researcher Heather Williams has been invited to participate in a debate organized by The Center for Strategic and International Studies Project on Nuclear Issues (CSIS/PONI).  The event is to take place 23 May.  For more information, see the CSIS/PONI link.






IDA Researcher on International Panel on Small Satellites

Dr. Bhavya LalScience and Technology Policy Institute's Bhavya Lal is serving on an International Council for Science (ICSU) committee to develop an international scientific roadmap for small satellites.  Dr. Lal is attending the kickoff meeting of the panel, organized by the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland on May 23 and 24. COSPAR was established by the International Council for Science in 1958 just after the launch of Sputnik-1, and periodically issues scientific roadmaps on critical issues to encourage decision makers in the relevant fields to develop collaborative programs based on the best science available.





IDA Researcher Published in Government Executive

Dr. Allison AbbeStrategy, Forces and Resources Division’s Allison Abbe’s article “Keeping Employees Engaged During Periods of Uncertainty” has been published in the May 31 online version of Government Executive. In her article, she makes the case that, to build a foundation for employee engagement in uncertain times, federal workforce leaders and supervisors can benefit from multiple theories and decades of behavioral science research into the sources of human motivation.