Updates

WHO Stresses Urgent Need for R&D for Drug-Resistant TB Alongside Newly-Prioritized Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens

The World Health Organization (WHO) reaffirms the critical need for research and development (R&D) of new antibiotics to tackle the threat of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), as well as other antibiotic-resistant pathogens that have recently been prioritized as posing great risk to human health.

Open Science Prize Announces Epidemic Tracking Tool as Grand Prize Winner

A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand-prize winner of the Open Science Prize. The winning team created its prototype to pool data from researchers across the globe, perform rapid phylogenetic analysis, and post the results on the platform’s website.

WHO Publishes List of Bacteria for Which New Antibiotics Are Urgently Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) published its list of antibiotic-resistant “priority pathogens” – a catalogue of 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. The list was created in a bid to guide and promote research and development of new antibiotics, as part of WHO’s efforts to address growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.

USDA Invests $103 Million to Protect Lives, Property After Natural Disasters

Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young announced U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in fiscal year 2017 for disaster recovery efforts to help state, local and tribal units of government protect lives and property in disaster-affected areas following natural disasters.

NIH Begins Study of Vaccine to Protect Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a Phase 1 clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine intended to provide broad protection against a range of mosquito-transmitted diseases, such as Zika, malaria, West Nile fever and dengue fever, and to hinder the ability of mosquitoes to transmit such infections.

IBM and The Weather Company Unveil World’s First Mobile Weather Alerting Platform for Underserved Populations in Emerging Markets

IBM and The Weather Company introduced new Mesh Network Alerts technology that provides a mobile method of communicating with underserved populations in developing countries to notify of potential severe weather events or disasters – even in areas with limited Internet connection or when cellular networks are disrupted due to an outage.

DHS S&T Awards Nearly $1M to Five Start-Ups for Phase 2 R&D

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) announced a total of $999,780 in awards to five companies advancing to Phase 2 of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). The awards are aimed at nontraditional performers to offer solutions to some of the toughest threats facing DHS and the homeland security mission.

BYU Engineers Built a Bulletproof Origami Shield to Protect Law Enforcement

Brigham Young University (BYU) engineering professors have created an origami-inspired, lightweight bulletproof shield that can protect law enforcement from gunfire. The new barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded – which takes only five seconds – it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns.

FEMA Seeks Applicants for National Youth Preparedness Council

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their communities, and potential to expand their impact as national advocates for preparedness. Students in 8th through 11th grade are eligible to apply.

George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School Announces Creation of National Security Institute

The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University announced the creation of a National Security Institute (NSI) to bring national security experts together with policymakers to find practical answers to hard national security law and policy questions. NSI will serve as a platform for research, teaching, scholarship, and policy development.