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IDA Research Staff participate actively in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Below are some recent citations of IDA Researchers and their work. 


IDA Researchers at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Hannah Acheson-Field and Leslie AbrahamsSTPI researchers Hannah Acheson-Field and Leslie Abrahams spoke at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference held in Orlando from October 4 – 6. They led a series of six discussions, primarily for students, on “Careers in Science and Technology Policy.” The Grace Hopper Celebration is a large and diverse conference, with more than 18,000 students, professionals, and academics in attendance this year.


IDA Researcher Speaks at OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Michael FischerkellerITSD’s Michael Fischerkeller will speak on October 18 at Ohio State University’s Mershon Center Speaker Series on Deterrence Is Not a Credible Strategy for Cyberspace. His talk is based on IDA publication NSD-8394, which was published in the summer 2017 issue of Orbis, a publication of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.




Welcome, John Harvey!

John HarveyIDA welcomes SFRD’s new director, ADM John Harvey, USN (ret.), who takes over from Mike Dominguez. He will lead a staff of IDA researchers engaged in research on topics as diverse as nuclear weapons policy and strategy, organizational management and effectiveness, and force capability and force structure analyses.




IDA Researcher Moderates Symposiums on Declassified CIA Documents

David RosenbergIAD’s David Rosenberg moderated two public symposiums to discuss recently CIA declassified original source documents and intelligence analyses of the Soviet Navy in the Cold War from the 1950s to the 1980s, which have been posted on the CIA’s FOIA website. The symposiums were a collaboration between the CIA and the Naval Historical Foundation, on whose board Dr. Rosenberg is a member.


IDA Researcher among Winners in Crime Forecasting Challenge

Brian RiekstsCARD’s Brian Rieksts won two categories in the Real-Time Crime Forecasting Challenge. Participants in the challenge forecasted hotspots for crime in Portland, Oregon. In February 2017, the participants submitted up to 20 forecasts for hotspots for different categories of calls-for-service and different time periods. The challenge was judged based on actual calls-for-service during March through May in 2017. Dr. Rieksts won categories for burglary and car theft over a three-month period scored with the prediction accuracy index.


IDA Produces Statistical Intervals Package for R Statistical Software

Matthew Avery and summer associate John HamanOED researcher Matthew Avery and summer associate John Haman recently published ciTools to the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). The new IDA-developed R package allows researchers to easily to quantify uncertainty for predictions made in R, a free, open-source software program for performing statistical analysis. ciTools produces uncertainty intervals for model predictions for many common statistical models used at IDA. For more information and installation instructions, see the GitHub or the CRAN.


IDA Researcher Participating in HERA Mission

Shelley CazaresShelley Cazares of IDA’s Science and Technology Division has been selected for a NASA closed-habitat experiment at the Johnson Space Center: Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA). Dr. Cazares is tweeting about her experience on her HERA mission via her personal handle @smcazares, hashtag #HERA_XIV. HERANow that the mission has begun, she no longer has access to the outside world, including the internet. However, she has set up a separate handle @HERA_XIV, and hopes to set up an auto-tweet functionality.




IDA Researcher Leads Wireless Innovation Forum

Bruce FetteBruce Fette of IDA’s Science and Technology Division is leading a work group of the Wireless Innovation Forum to support worldwide military tactical radio communications suppliers, tactical radio communications software developers, and software development tool providers who are participating in or supporting tactical radio waveform development onto software defined radio (SDRs) or cognitive radio (CR) platforms. The work group will be developing Application Programming Interfaces to enable SDRs and CRs to reduce power and battery consumption. The kickoff meeting was on July 28.


IDA Researcher Explains STEM Careers to High School Students

Anna RubinsteinSED’s Anna Rubinstein spoke at the 18th Annual Summer Leadership Institute for high school students, sponsored by the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi (her undergraduate alma mater).
Dr. Rubinstein discussed how the experiences and opportunities that she had at the University of Mississippi led her to where she is today. Members of the Leadership InstituteShe also talked about pursuing careers in STEM fields in general.






IDA Researchers Assist NATO

Photo of Julia Burr and Lucas LaVioletSFRD’s Julia Burr and Lucas LaViolet are assisting NATO in developing exercises to improve the coordination of international medical response to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN). This includes preparing scenarios and exercise injects for the NATO exercises.
F260 Braunschweig corvette at Rostock naval baseThe IDA researchers traveled to Germany for a site survey and the Final Coordination Conference for Vigorous Warrior 2017 (VW17), a NATO medical exercise scheduled from September 4 through 22 at a training area in Lehnin and a naval base in Rostock. The site survey included a tour of the Rostock naval base and a F260 Braunschweig corvette that will participate in the exercise.


IDA’s Korea Expert Quoted

Katy Oh HassigSFRD’s Katy Oh Hassig was quoted in an NBC News report concerning her opinion of the recent case of the Korean defector Lim Ji-hyeon – from the North to the South and back again. According to Dr. Oh Hassig, the “video and the words she [Lim Ji-hyeon ] uses in it smack of a propaganda ploy by the North Koreans.”


IDA Senior Fellow to Speak at NATO

David AlbertsThe NATO Chief Scientist, on behalf of the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, invited SFRD’s David Alberts to present a keynote speech during the NATO 11th Operations Research and Analysis Conference, to be held in London, October 2 and 3, 2017. The NATO OR&A Conference brings together the analysis community from NATO commands and agencies, national defense analysis and research organizations, centers of excellence, academia, and industry. The theme of the conference this year will be Enabling Accelerated Military Decision Making.


STPI Director Moderated Panel at AIAA

Mark LewisMark Lewis, Director of STPI, was at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (the aerospace professional society, of which he was President in 2010-2011) Propulsion and Energy Conference in Atlanta Georgia on July 11. He moderated a panel discussion on “the presidential transition.” In the photo with Dr. Lewis are Sandy Magnus, executive director of AIAA, former astronaut, and member of the NASA Transition team, and Chris Shank, Special Advisor to the SECAF and head of the NASA transition team. Dr. Lewis also served as a panel member on “next steps in hypersonic flight testing.


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IDA Participates in National Academies Symposium

Sarah BurnsCARD Researcher Sarah Burns presented a case study – Analyses for accurate population modeling – at the Principles for Data-Driven Decision Making Symposium on September 14 at the Keck Center in Washington, DC. The case study was based on a previous IDA study: Analyses of Military Healthcare Benefit Design and Delivery: Study in Support of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission. The full video of her presentation is now available.


IDA Researcher Quoted in Education Week Article

Dexter Fletcher with Dr. ChuSTD’s Dexter Fletcher was quoted in an a recent Education Week article “How ‘Intelligent’ Tutors Could Transform Teaching.” Dr. Fletcher’s article “Effectiveness of Intelligent Tutoring Systems – A Meta-Analytic Review,” published in Review of Educational Research and earned him IDA’s 2016 Welch Award for Best External Publication.


STPI Researchers’ Paper to Appear in Space Weather

Becaja CaldwellThe editors of Space Weather have selected a paper by STPI researchers Becaja Caldwell and Seth Jonas – “An Abridged History of Federal Involvement in Space Weather Forecasting” to be featured as a Research Spotlight on both the EOS and journal websites. Research Spotlights summarize the research and findings of the best accepted articles for the broad Earth and space science community. The paper was developed from a presentation that the authors gave at the 2017 American Meteorological Society meeting.


IDA Researcher Contributor to NIST Publication

Steve OlechnowiczITSD researcher Steve Olechnowicz is listed as a significant contributor to a recently released publication of the National Institute of Standards and Technology: NIST Special Publication 800-181, NICE [National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education] Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.





IDA Researcher Co-author of Recently Published Book

William DoaneSTPI researcher William Doane is co-author of a recently published book, Knowing the Learner: A New Approach to Educational Information.






STPI Researcher Is Invited Speaker at Small Satellites Workshop

Dr. Bhavya LalSTPI’s Bhavya Lal spoke at the 2017 Small Satellites for Space Weather Research and Forecasting workshop. The workshop was the first dedicated scientific meeting focusing on specific needs of space weather studies using smallsat platforms. Her talk was titled Policy Challenges Related to Use of Small Satellites for Science Applications.



IDA Researcher Discussed DARPA History

Dick Van AttaSFRD researcher Dick Van Atta recently led a discussion on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Innovation at the launch of the Summer edition of Issues in S&T at the Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes. Dr. Van Atta spoke about how the present institutional culture of DARPA has come about (briefly noting what it’s learned from past mistakes a achievements) and how that model functions now. This issue of the magazine includes Dr. Van Atta’s review of DARPA histories.


IDA Researcher Receives Coverage on Space Talk

Bhavya Lal in Space NewsSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal has been widely quoted as a result of her talk at the Defense One Tech Summit. Her comments were based on IDA publication P-8335, On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft, of which she was a coauthor. Also, Dr. Lal will brief the IC Space Board on small satellite technologies on July 18.




STPI Director Celebrates NASA’s 100th Anniversary

Mark LewisSTPI Director Mark Lewis served on a panel at the NASA Langley Research Center’s 100th anniversary celebration; the subject of the panel was NASA’s interactions with other agencies. Dr. Lewis’s focus was on high-speed flight. (NASA isn’t that old; Langley began as a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) center).


IDA Researcher Presents at AIAA

Al PiccirilloOED’s Al Piccirillo gave an invited presentation on “The F-16XL and its Role in NASA Flight Research” to a combined session of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP), and the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) held at the Petroleum Club in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3. The session, attended by 90 aerospace engineers and university staff members, was held to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first flight of the F-16XL, which took place on July 3, 1982, in Fort Worth. Dr. Piccirillo’s presentation was based on his book Elegance in Flight : a Comprehensive History of the F-16XL Experimental Prototype and Its Role in NASA Flight Research, which was published by the NASA Aeronautics book program in 2015. His book in electronic form is available in the IDA library.


STPI Researcher Author of Book Chapter

Jason GalloSTPI’s Jason Gallo wrote Chapter 26, “Translating Science into Policy and Legislation: Evidence-Informed Policymaking,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication (2017). The chapter was prepared as NSD-8132. The book is on order by the IDA library.





STPI Researcher To Speak at Tech Summit

Defense One Tech SummitSTPI Researcher Bhavya Lal will be a speaker at the 2nd Annual Defense One Tech Summit at the Newseum on July 13. Dr. Lal will be featured among top technical thinkers in government, academia, Silicon Valley and beyond.


IDA Researcher Elected to Society of Women Engineers Board of Directors

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute's researcher Dr. Alexis McKittrick has been elected to the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Board of Directors effective July 1, 2017. She will serve a two-year term as the Society Secretary for SWE. In this role, she will work with other SWE leaders to promote increased diversity in engineering and STEM fields.



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