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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 22 items )  

26 Recognized at Tactical Engineer Development Program Graduation Ceremony
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release on Jan. 15: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division recognized the 26 members of the fifth graduating class of the Tactical Engineer Development Program during a Jan. 7 ceremony at China Lake. The program, originated at NAWCWD, gives engineers an overall stronger connection to the warfighter by showing the context in which naval combat operations occur. For the Weapons Division, this mea  more

AFDW Around the World: Meet Senior Airman Ana Jovanovic
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Air Force District of Washington issued the following news: The Air Force District of Washington encompasses more than 30,000 Airmen in 1,758 units stationed at 500 locations in 108 countries. AFDW Airmen execute varied missions around the world alongside service members and civilians from different Air Force major commands, joint units and international organizations. AFDW will highlight Airmen in these unique missions in an "AFDW Around the Wo  more

Army Environmental Command: Hunter Army Airfield, Chatham County Sign Animal Control Support Agreement
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army Environmental Command issued the following news: A group of county and military leaders gathered at the Hunter Club Jan. 9 to formally enter into Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's first intergovernmental support agreement. Garrison Commander Col. Bryan Logan welcomed Chatham County officials, including County Commission Chairman Al Scott and Animal Services Director Dr. Jake Harper, to Hunter Army Airfield as the installation partne  more

Army Scientist Enhances Future Combat, Wearable Technology
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command issued the following news on Jan. 10: A group of Army scientists are working to map out the cognitive mechanisms of the human system to seamlessly integrate future military technology into the daily lives of Soldiers. These scientists, from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, are not only trying to make life easier in the combat arena -- they are working to sa  more

Cell Division Rates and Cancer Risk Decelerate in Very Old People, But Not in Very Old Mice
FREDERICK, Maryland, Jan. 15 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: While advancing age is the most important risk factor for cancer, the incidence of the disease decreases in very elderly people. A study led by Johns Hopkins University provided a potential explanation for this puzzling drop in new cancer diagnoses among the oldest and most rapidly growing segment of western population: that cell division rates - and   more

Commander's Readiness and Resilient Councils Launch Effectiveness Survey
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Army Public Health Command issued the following story on Jan. 14: The Commander's Readiness and Resilient Council Effectiveness Survey is being administered from Jan. 1 through March 31. The purpose of the survey is to document Army-wide CR2C member perceptions and provide actionable recommendations for CR2C process improvement at the Army command, Army service component command, direct reporting unit, and Army installation levels. The CR2  more

Defense Contract Management Agency: Ravens Host CMO, Discuss Contracting Parallels
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The Defense Contract Management Agency issued the following news on Jan. 15: First-line supervisors and senior leaders from the Defense Contract Management Agency's office here recently visited the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium for a unique leadership training opportunity. During the visit, the multifunctional acquisition team was allowed an all-access look into the complex machine responsible for making sure the Ravens' NFL games go off without a hitch. "T  more

Defense Information Systems Agency Hosts Successful Workshop to Improve JRSS Capabilities
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency issued the following news: The Defense Information Systems Agency Joint Regional Security Stack Portfolio Management Office hosted a JRSS Tools Rationalization Workshop Dec. 10-12. Attendees spent the time assessing current JRSS tools, exploring opportunities to improve training and knowledge management and sharing ideas among the joint community. Throughout the three-day workshop held in Annapolis Junc  more

FIRST Lego League Will Make Ninth Annual Appearance at Aberdeen Proving Ground
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command issued the following news: Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) will host its ninth annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League (FLL) qualifier at the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) Headquarters Jan. 25. FLL is designed to excite fourth-to-eighth-grade children about science and technology, to build their foundation in teamwork and to teach them the art of fri  more

Frederick National Laboratory: RAS Initiative Has Replaced Mystery With Momentum
FREDERICK, Maryland, Jan. 18 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: It started as an ambitious shot in the dark, a plunge into the scientific unknown. But the National Cancer Institute RAS Initiative has quickly helped to reverse the field's perspective on a problem long considered unsolvable. When the RAS Initiative was founded in 2013, researchers studying mutated RAS proteins (cancer-causing variants of the three c  more

Frederick National Laboratory: Survivor Brings Drive and Rare Personal Perspective to Ebola Virus Disease Reasearch
FREDERICK, Maryland, Jan. 14 -- The National Institutes of Health's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research issued the following news: Surviving very severe Ebola virus disease made it clear to Ian Crozier, M.D., that there was a gap to bridge between clinicians caring for patients at outbreak bedsides and the bench scientists peering into fundamental mechanisms of disease to develop prevention and treatment strategies. As a medical affairs scientist for the Frederick National Labora  more

Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital and EEOC Reach $195,000 Agreement to Conciliate EEOC Disability Discrimination Charge
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Jan. 17 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Federal Agency Determined That Employee Was Discharged After Requesting Disability-Related Leave Through Third-Party Vendor * * * The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital (MGSH) announced the successful conciliation and settlement of a charge filed with the agency under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC rea  more

National Institute of Standards and Technology to Revamp IEdison Tool for Reporting Federally Funded Inventions
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: As part of its efforts to improve the transfer of federally funded technologies from lab to market, the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public feedback on the Interagency Edison System (iEdison) -- an online platform where organizations that have received federal funding report their inventio  more

Naval Air Systems Command: Smiley Retires After Nearly 50 Years
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: After nearly 50 years of federal service - all but three served in Point Mugu, California - Dr. Ronald Smiley has called it a day. A ceremony celebrating his long career was held Jan. 16 in Camarillo, California. Smiley graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1970. He went on to complete a Master's in Business Administr  more

Navy Awards Contract for New Advanced Helicopter Training System
NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND-PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story on Jan. 13: The U.S. Navy announced on Jan. 13, 2020 that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (Leonardo) was awarded a contract for $176.5M for the production of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. "Today marks a great team effort to procure and deliver a helicopter trainer for the next generation of helicopter and tilt-rotor pilots  more

Navy Awards Contract for New Advanced Helicopter Training System
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release on Jan. 13: The U.S. Navy announced on Jan. 13, 2020 that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (Leonardo) was awarded a contract for $176.5M for the production of 32 TH-73A helicopters in support of the Advanced Helicopter Training System (AHTS) program. "Today marks a great team effort to procure and deliver a helicopter trainer for the next generation of helicopter and tilt-rotor pilo  more

New Online Course Provides Guidance on How the On-Water Community Can Help Free Entangled Whales in Hawaii Waters
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - The U.S. Whale Entanglement Response course helps fishermen, tour boat operators, and whale researchers better assist trained responders disentangle large whales. * * * Entanglement in ropes, nets, and other marine debris is a major threat to the humpbacks and other large whales of Hawai'i. But attempting to free an entangled, multi-ton whale is inherently dangerous. Du  more

NOAA Fisheries Veterans Corps Turned My Life Around
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Army veteran Ryan Shorrow was going nowhere fast--until he found his future in the salmon streams of Northern California. * * * In 2015, I was separated from the U.S. Army with a General Discharge, Under Honorable Conditions. I returned to California with no idea what I was going to do. My hopes of attending a four-year college using the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill were squashe  more

NOAA: $500,000 Available for Coral Restoration Projects in Honor of Dr. Ruth Gates
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 17 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - This is the first funding opportunity under NOAA's new Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants competition. * * * As part of our efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems, NOAA is announcing the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding for coral restoration (https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323684) in 2020. The competitio  more

NOAA: Investigating the Effects of Ocean Acidification on Atlantic Sea Scallops
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Collaborative study looks at potential risks to this valuable fishery. * * * On a gray December day, students, faculty, and NOAA scientists packed Massachusetts Maritime Academy's aquaculture lab. They worked shoulder to shoulder to answer high-stakes questions. The eight-week experiment, led by NOAA research chemist Shannon Meseck, was the first to directly measure the  more

NOAA: North Atlantic Right Whale Calf Injured by Vessel Strike
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Jan. 16 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - On January 8, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spotted the fourth right whale calf of the season off Georgia, but the young whale was already injured. * * * A North Atlantic right whale calf was spotted off Georgia on January 8 with two roughly parallel and S-shaped injuries that experts say were consistent with the propeller of a vessel. The calf's  more

Virtual Career Expo Aims to Reduce Spousal Unemployment
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Jan. 14 -- The U.S. Army News Service issued the following news on Jan. 10: The Army's Soldier for Life Program plans to host an online job fair for all military spouses this Wednesday, as part of the service's push to place more in the workforce. The inaugural Military Spouse Virtual Career Expo will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time and will allow spouses located anywhere to log in and speak with prospective employers. Representatives from over a dozen organizatio  more