Out of 3,800 FIRST Robotics Competition teams at district and regional competitions worldwide this season, 15 DoD-sponsored FRC teams received the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes teams that best represent a model for other teams to emulate and embody the purpose and goals of FIRST. For more information, a blog post is located at https://dodstem.us/blog-posts/2020/celebrating-first-robotics-2019-2020-season-achievements.

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NSWC has developed rapidly deployable technology called the Sensor Agnostic Febrile Detection System. This new software can be used with any emissive source detection sensor to accurately detect people in a crowd with a body temperature above a certain norm. More information can be found at: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/SavedNewsModule/Article/2276500/nswc-crane-engineers-develop-rapidly-deployable-tech-for-detecting-fever.

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The new DoDI 5000.83, Technology and Program Protection to Maintain Technological Advantage, was released on July 20. This new DoDI contributes to increasing the lethality of our forces through implementation of enhanced technology protection across the DoD enterprise. The document is available on the WHS website at: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/500083p.pdf?ver=2020-07-20-150345-930.

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Scientists and engineers at NSWC Carderock used 3D printers to create facemasks, visors, and a flattened, hook-shaped door opener that allows doors to be opened without touching them. Learn more at: https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/ SavedNewsModule/Article/2267377/carderock-team-uses-talents-to-manufacture-covid-fighting-tools/.

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Ms. Leslie Flocken of AFRL earned first place in the COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon. Ms. Flocken led the virus modelling effort to evaluate workplace layouts and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at: https://www.robins.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2270011/afrl-engineer-earns-first-place-in-covid-19-virtual-hackathon/.

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The Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 cohort of the Minerva-USIP, Peace and Security Dissertation Fellows. In partnership with the USIP’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program, more than 110 applicants from 80 U.S. universities applied for this prestigious award. The dissertations chosen for the Peace and Security…

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The Department of Defense has selected eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers and provided $24 million in fellowship funds as part of the 2020 Class of the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows. Click here for a complete list of this year’s winners. For the fiscal year 2020 competition, the Department received more than 200 white papers,…

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