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RAND 2017 Graduate Student Summer Associate Program November 30, 2016

DHS’s new Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), the Homeland Security Operations Analysis Center (operated by Rand) sponsors a Graduate Student Summer Associate Program at RAND. All applications are due January 5, 2016.

This program provides a great opportunity for graduate students across the Centers of Excellence to explore a career serving the Homeland Security Enterprise through FFRDC research and analysis. The program is designed for full-time students who have completed at least two years of graduate work leading to a doctorate or professional degree. Further details about the program and eligibility criteria are described on our Graduate Student Summer Associate Program website.

This year’s application instructions are listed on the program website.

Call for Volunteers May 1, 2014

The Awareness and Localization of Explosives Related Threats (ALERT) program at Northeastern University employs an Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) lab in the Egan building on Campus. In this lab there are technologies used to image the surface of the human body, very similar to the systems used at airports worldwide today. We are exploring combinations of imaging techniques in order to determine optimum detection of threats capabilities. The types of technologies (Video, Radar, X-ray, thermal imaging, and passive nuclear quadrapole resonance) have all been proven to be safe for human exposure. We are now in the testing phase of this research. We are calling out now for volunteers willing to be imaged by these technologies.

Research Participant FAQ

Read more details about what volunteering requires in the Informed Consent to Participate in Research FAQ.


Please contact us if you are interested in participating:

Professor Carey Rappaport
ALERT Thrust Lead – Bulk Sensors & Sensor Systems,
Northeastern University
[email protected]

Alyssa White
ALERT Research Consultant,
Massachusetts General Hospital
[email protected]


Please note, this call for volunteers has been approved by Northeastern University’s Institutional Review Board.

ALERT is Now Active on Twitter November 17, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we are now active on Twitter! This is a new and exciting way for us to deliver information to you that is relevant to the ALERT mission. Feel free to follow us at @ALERTCOE, and tweet any information that you feel is relevant to us. We’ll be happy to look it over and re-tweet it if appropriate.

Operations Analyst Opportunity at DHS Science and Technology Directorate July 17, 2013

This position is located in the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. The mission of the S&T Directorate is to develop and deliver effective and sustainable technologies and systems to anticipate, prevent, defeat and mitigate catastrophic terrorist attacks and to enhance conventional mission capabilities of other DHS operational areas. This mission is accomplished through research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT & E) programs and timely deployments of new technologies and systems.

Selected Duties:

  • The S&T Directorate is looking for this position is to provide a program manager and senior operations analyst for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism risk assessment projects.
  • Works within an Integrated Project Team (IPT) process to engage DHS Customers and users to understand their operational needs and define requirements for new technology solutions.
  • Prepares and maintains project execution plans and documentation, including technology development and implementation plans, Gantt charts, and budget expenditure plans, for each assigned project.
  • Prepares Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and other appropriate acquisition vehicles, that provide full and open competition for R&D efforts from a wide community of performers to address DHS customer capability gaps and other requirements.

Point of Contact:

Malia Farmartino
Support Contractor
Office of University Programs
Science & Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
[email protected]



ALERT Co-Director Provides Insight on Marathon Bombing Devices April 20, 2013

ALERT Co-Director Jimmie Oxley speaks with Rhode Island News Team 10 about the type of explosive devices used in the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Pressure cooker bombs, like the ones reportedly used in the explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, are a common and simple way to make an explosive device, according to a University of Rhode Island chemistry professor.

“It only takes a small amount of black powder to ignite a powerful blast,” said Jimmie Oxley, who also is a member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Excellence for Explosives, Detection, Mitigation and Response.

She said if you put it inside a common kitchen pressure cooker, you’ll have a weapon. The steel container will make fragments which are what do the most damage.

“If you feel the sharpness of those edges, if that hits you, you can see why it takes off an arm. If it was a pressure cooker, it would create frag,” Oxley said.

Oxley said of all terrorist weapons, a homemade bomb is the most accessible…

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National Research Council seeks Applications for Research Associateships December 6, 2012

Per the National Academies:

The National Research Council of the National Academies announces the 2013 Graduate, Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs to be conducted on behalf of federal research laboratories and affiliated institutions in over 100 locations throughout the United States. These programs provide opportunities for Ph.D., Sc.D., or M.D. scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform research on problems largely of their own choosing, yet compatible with the research interests of the sponsoring laboratory. Initiated in 1954, the Associateship Programs have contributed to the career development of more than 12,000 scientists and engineers ranging from young researchers and recent Ph.D. recipients to distinguished senior scientists.

Annual Application Deadlines: Feb. 1st, May 1st, Aug. 1st, & Nov. 1st

For more details on the awards and application process, please visit the NRC website via the “Read More” link below:

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3Qs: Train safety on track, but at what cost? May 9, 2011

news@Northeastern interviews Prof. Carey Rappaport on the fea­si­bility and effec­tive­ness of a nation­wide rail secu­rity system and dis­cusses poten­tial public reaction.

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Open Call for Proposals has Concluded March 9, 2011

CT Segmentation Project has ended the open call for proposals.