Zevia Beats Beverage Majors to National Distribution of First Stevia Diet Soda Alternative

Zevia LLC (http://www.zevia.com)] announced today that its carbonated Zevia® product containing the natural herb stevia has reached nationwide distribution. With four flavors in stores now, Zevia beat the major beverage brands to grocery store shelves across the nation, offering the first all-natural zero-calorie alternative to artificially sweetened diet sodas.

Citing the Coca-Cola Company’s partnership with food giant Cargill to develop Truvia, a stevia derived sweetener intended for use in beverages and food, the mainstream beverage industry has awakened to consumer anxiety about artificial sweeteners targeting stevia as the answer. But as Truvia announcements ring out hailing the sweetener’s eventual release, Zevia is ahead of the game with a finished product readily available nationwide offering consumers what they have been craving in the way of a thirst quenching, carbonated product utilizing the well known benefits of pure stevia.

“Because Zevia is the first and only zero-calorie brand that can claim to be truly all-natural, the company has been able to rapidly expand onto the shelves of high profile retailers,” says Jeff Taylor, Zevia’s national sales manager. “Fortunately for us, attaining shelf space hasn’t been an issue as much as getting Zevia there fast enough to meet demand.”

Some of the current retailers include Los Angeles’ Bristol Farms, Washington state’s QFC (a Kroger division), PCC and Metropolitan Markets, San Francisco’s Mollie Stone’s Markets and Dallas’s Central Markets to name a few. Retail doors carrying Zevia will increase to well over 1500 in June when committed retailer accounts come online, especially on the East Coast.

About Zevia

Zevia is an all-natural zero-calorie alternative to diet sodas available in four flavors (Natural Cola, Natural Lemon-Lime Twist, Natural Orange, and new Natural Ginger Root Beer) and packaged in 100% recycled aluminum cans. Zevia is sold in health food and specialty grocery stores nationwide with new stores added daily.

Zevia contains stevia, an herb native to South America rain forests that is many times sweeter than sugar. For centuries, tribes there used stevia as a sweetener in native foods and medicinal teas. Now poised to have an important impact on the U.S. food industry, stevia is widely accepted as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners and readily available in health food and major grocery stores.

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council

Mental Health Parity House Bill Passage Applauded by National Council











Washington DC (PRWEB) March 13, 2008

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing HR 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act.

“The House passage of parity marks a historic day in the lives of millions of individuals and families across the country affected by mental and addiction disorders” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council. “It is time to recognize that these illnesses must be treated on par with other health conditions.”

HR 1424 takes the necessary first step towards ending discriminatory health insurance policies that deny or restrict access to treatment for people who are suffering from mental illnesses and addiction disorders. If it becomes law, the bill will require health insurers to offer mental health benefits equal in cost and scope to medical and surgical benefits. It will prevent insurers from requiring larger co-payments or imposing lower reimbursement ceilings for mental health and addiction conditions.

Rosenberg added, “The National Council promotes a provider-focused public policy and legislative agenda that urges government leaders to improve and strengthen mental health and addictions treatment by acting to promote access to high-quality, cost-effective community-based treatment and supports while assuring adequate resources to meet mental health and addictions treatment needs through necessary increases in Medicaid and Medicare, SCHIP, and federal appropriations and grants.”

The bill passed by a vote of 268-148. This is the first time the parity bill has made it through the House, although the Senate has passed various versions for a decade now. The National Council looks forward to working with Congress towards final passage and enactment of this landmark bill into law.

To speak to national policy experts on the impact of parity, contact Meena Dayak at 301.984.6200, ext. 228 or MeenaD @ thenationalcouncil.org.

About The National Council

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,400 behavioral healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addictions disorders to nearly six million adults, children and families in communities across the country. The National Council and its members bear testimony to the fact that medical, social, psychological and rehabilitation services offered in community settings help people with mental illnesses and addiction disorders recover and lead productive lives.

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Major National Occupational Health & Medicine Conference Invites General Public to Attend and Learn of an Unfolding Crisis

Major National Occupational Health & Medicine Conference Invites General Public to Attend and Learn of an Unfolding Crisis











Toronto, ON (PRWEB) June 6, 2006

Asked the nature of the crisis to be addressed at the OEMAC conference, conference chair Dr. Noel Kerin stated that it is both a human crisis and a looming economic crisis for industry. “Currently, one third of manufacturing costs are devoted to human capital” said Dr. Kerin, “and mismanagement of human capital can drive that figure to 40+% of total costs. At that point, trying to manage a profitable business in the global market is a downhill slope. From the human aspect, the impact of chronic diseases on workers, families and employers is a legacy which modern industry must address effectively.”

Dr. Kerin noted that this conference is of particular importance to all parties involved in Human Capital Management. “By opening the conference to non-medical people and industry” Kerin said, “we can bring all the workplace stakeholders together—unions, management, insurance, and WSIB—with a forum where they’ll be heard on issues.”

Topics on the conference agenda, to be delivered by an international who’s who of occupational medicine, include Occupational Asthma, Beryllium—the ‘new’ chronic lung disease, and Mental Health in the workplace. “Economics of Occupational Health” will look at Benefits for the Workplace, The Cost of human Capital, and Examples of Best Practices in Industry.

Dr. Kerin said that the overarching purpose of the Conference was to build answers to three key questions and bring them to the front of mind of business. “How can we help our employees stay at work and be healthy? How can we help our employees return to work in a timely manner? How are we doing in this regard?” Dr. Kerin said. “If we can start to share and understand the different perspectives, Canadian Industry will be in a better position to make sound human capital management decisions—particularly in relation to chronic diseases’ huge toll on employees and industry.”

OEMAC sees the Conference as a unique opportunity to develop consensus. “We—all parties—need to learn how human capital can be better managed.” said Dr. Kerin. “And we need to learn quickly, if Canadian industry wants to continue as global competitors. The statistics are grim, and they don’t lie.”

Contacts:

Dr. Noel Kerin

Chair, Conference Planning Committee

The Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

Cell: 416-618-7716

Office: 416-488-2900

Dr. Howard Hamer

Conference Planning Committee

Phone: 416-248-5539

The Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada

1-866-513-9925

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National Survey Reports Nine Percent Decline in Illicit Drug Use Among Youth

National Survey Reports Nine Percent Decline in Illicit Drug Use Among Youth










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) September 12, 2005

The Secretary of Health and Human Services just announced that illicit drug use among teenagers ages 12-17 declined by 9 percent in the last two years. The information is a result of the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which was released as part of National Alcohol Addiction and Recovery Month activities.

In a release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Administrator Charles Curie said, “The news today is an indication that our partnerships and the work of prevention professionals, schools, parents, teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and local community anti-drug coalitions are paying off.”

Despite the good news, a growing area of concern is the continued increase of non-medical use of prescription drugs. Approximately 6 percent of young adults have abused these drugs within the last month and 29 percent in the last year. Narcotic pain relievers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone remain the most abused drugs in this area.

The drug category with the largest number of new users last year was non medical use of pain relievers (2.4 million new users), followed by marijuana (2.1 million new users), non medical use of tranquilizers (1.2 million new users) and cocaine (1.0 million new users).

The SAMHSA release also stated that the number of Americans aged 12 and older who need alcohol or drug addiction treatment is 23.5 million, yet less than ten percent actually received any type of rehabilitation services at a specialty facility.

Helping to meet the demand of those seeking addiction treatment, specifically non-traditional drug rehabilitation, the international network of Narconon® centers continues to grow. Narconon Arrowhead is the premier facility in the network and is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in the nation. Its 70% success rate is due to the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free rehabilitation methodology.

To find out more information about drugs and addiction or to get help for a loved one in need contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is completed annually by collecting information from nearly 70,000 individuals around the country. The full SAMHSA release and the complete survey findings can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov.

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Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1

Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center and 2010 NAMI Convention are important hubs for multicultural concerns, building on the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

“Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education, support and advocacy,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “One in four Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Diverse communities are no exception.”

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month officially honors Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, who died in 2006. She was a NAMI national spokesperson, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and an instructor in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program.

The Surgeon General has warned that minorities:


are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness
have less availability and access to mental health services
often receive poorer quality health care
are underrepresented in mental health research.

The 2010 NAMI Convention offers symposia and workshops that energize participants for action in their home communities:

Friday, July 2

Integrating Mental Health in Primary Care (10:45 a.m.)

People with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. For minority communities, shortages of mental health professionals and limited access to quality mental health care makes integration of mental health in primary care especially urgent.

Multicultural Mental Health Research (2:00 p.m.)

Research must include cultural competence, disparities and ethnopsychopharmacology.

Taking It to the Streets: Advocacy in Minority Communities (3:45 p.m.)

NAMI will review Minority Mental Health Awareness Month accomplishments during the past two years and brainstorm new activities.

Saturday, July 3

Spiritual Practice and Recovery (8:45 a.m.)

Spirituality is often a component recovery, including roles for African American congregations, zazen, centering prayer and Native American spirituality.

Approaches to Recovery in Underserved Urban Areas (8:45 a.m.)

Outreach and support to underserved populations in urban areas are critical during the severe economic hardship, uncertainty and increased need of current times.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

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Genesis Fertility Centre First IVF Clinic in British Columbia to Receive National Accreditation

Genesis Fertility Centre First IVF Clinic in British Columbia to Receive National Accreditation











Dr. Beth Taylor


(PRWEB) March 9, 2011

The plight of the Ohio couple that was implanted with the wrong embryos during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, and the case of a Canadian fertility doctor that allegedly used the wrong sperm samples have experts in the field calling for tighter regulations regarding assisted reproductive technology policies and procedures.

However, the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision stating that fertility regulation is under provincial jurisdiction has put the development of national standards for reproductive technology in limbo. This leaves it up to the consumer to determine if the IVF clinic they are considering has adequate procedures in place to prevent mix-ups.

Genesis Fertility Centre, BC’s largest IVF clinic (http://www.genesis-fertility.com) is not waiting for legislation to ensure that it meets standards of excellence. Genesis was the first Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinic in Canada to receive accreditation by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, now known as Accreditation Canada (AC). Genesis is the only ART clinic in British Columbia and one of a handful of clinics in Canada that have undergone this rigorous, voluntary accreditation process. AC accredits over 1500 hospitals, mental health/chronic care and, most recently, Assisted Reproductive Technology facilities across Canada.

In our current health-care environment, patient safety is paramount. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that best practices for patient safety are followed.” says Dr. Beth Taylor, Co-director at Genesis Fertility Center, “In 2010 we underwent our third extensive accreditation inspection through AC, which involves everything from ensuring the clinic is properly sterilizing equipment, to measures for maintaining patient confidentiality, to rigorous checks and balances around the preservation and identification of embryos, and numerous other patient safety issues. We have recently been notified that we have received full accreditation for another 3 years.

According to the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) website, “The Accreditation Canada survey is a remarkably thorough and in-depth process which takes three days to complete.” (IAAC)

It is a rigorous and expensive procedure, but one that we found invaluable for the clinic.” states Dr. Taylor. “We would recommend it for every IVF clinic. It is a very effective way for clinics to assess their services and initiate a program of continuous quality improvement. Most importantly, for patients, once a clinic is accredited, they can feel confident that it has both met and exceeded stringent standards.”

Doctor Ellen Greenblatt, former National Director — and a current member — of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, recommends that couples seeking IVF should ask prospective IVF clinics these questions:


    How long has the clinic been in operation?
    What is the volume of services they do?
    Do they have accreditation as a fertility clinic?

In BC all IVF clinics are licenced by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, “…but this licensing only ensures that minimum standards of patient care and practice are met,” says Dr. Taylor. “The AC designation demonstrates that the IVF clinic is following best practices across numerous domains.” Licensure of IVF clinics in Quebec falls under provincial jurisdiction, but a requirement for licensure in that province also requires accreditation by an organization such as AC. Genesis would like to see similar requirements in BC.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides health organizations with an external peer review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of excellence.

Genesis Fertility Centre was founded in 1995 and is now one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada, offering a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, sperm and oocyte (egg) cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation, gestational surrogacy.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade

Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes to Join the Lions Clubs at the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade











Dominique Dawes


Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 22, 2009

Three-time U.S. Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes will appear on the Lions Clubs float in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade. She is an honorary member of the Washington DC (Special Olympics) Lions Club.

Dawes is the first African-American to win an individual gymnastics Olympic medal. Graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Maryland, Dawes is a renowned public speaker on health issues, sports participation, equality for women and African-Americans, and self-esteem. She has also made her mark as an actress on Broadway and in television broadcasting with CBS, CNN and TNT networks, notably as an analyst for the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Yahoo! Sports.

She will be sharing the float with reality TV star and Navy Lieutenant Dr. Andy Baldwin, Lions Clubs military veterans and a representation of the 2008 Lions International Peace Poster Contest grand prize winner.

The Lions will also be collecting unwanted glasses in their Recycle for Sight boxes around the float in an attempt to set the largest collection of recycled glasses in one day.

“We are thrilled to have Dominique on the float with the Lions,” said Paul Hawkins, District Governor of the Lions Clubs of Washington DC and metro Maryland area. “Her determination and dedication to women’s issues, health and fitness, especially her work with Special Olympics, is an inspiration to us all.”

Dominique Dawes joins other celebrities, Ernest Borgnine, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna and Dr. Andy Baldwin at the National Memorial Day Parade. In its third year, it expects to attract over a quarter of a million spectators and be viewed by over sixteen million homes on WJLA and the Pentagon Channel.

This is the first time the Lions Clubs have appeared in the National Memorial Day Parade. The Parade is on Monday, May 25, 2009, along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets in Washington DC and free to the public.

Lions Clubs of Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia include over 500 clubs and almost 17,000 men and women. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions Clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.

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WhiteHat Inc. Establishes Cyber Security Presence in the National Capital Region;

WhiteHat Inc. Establishes Cyber Security Presence in the National Capital Region;










(PRWEB) September 29, 2002

September 26, 2002: Ottawa, ON: WhiteHat Inc., a leading Information Technology Security Provider (ITSP) today announced the opening of their Ottawa office located at 255 Albert Street in downtown Ottawa.

Rosaleen Citron, WhiteHat Inc. CEO stated, “We are pleased to establish a physical presence in the National Capital Region, with the opening of our new office. In January, WhiteHat began an ongoing venture bringing cyber security to the Ottawa classroom in partnership with Acerra. The Enhanced Reliability corporate status awarded to us by the Canadian Federal Government allows us to work effectively and meet government security requirements for sensitive projects. Ottawa businesses and all levels of Government require immediate access to certified Security Professionals, security services and education and we have assembled a superior team to serve the Ottawa business market.”

Michael Dagenais, a seasoned bilingual sales professional has been appointed to lead the Ottawa team. Michael’s background as a true “team-player” started on ice when he was drafted to the National Hockey League and played six seasons of professional hockey. In 1996 he launched his sales career with the front office of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Michael has been in technology sales for five years working for companies including Canon and Open Text.

“Part of the WhiteHat Inc. mandate is to increase awareness amongst our clients on the process of IT Security. To fulfill that mandate it is essential to have local professionals available in the National Capital Region,” Citron added.

About WhiteHat Inc.:

WhiteHat Inc. is a leading Information Technology Security Provider (ITSP) to global Fortune 500 companies. WhiteHat employs CISSP certified, industry leading security practitioners and offers best of breed and market-leader security software and hardware products. The portfolio of security offerings includes professional security consulting services, security software and hardware products, security education and product training.

For more information on IT Security, Security Consulting Services, Security Products, Computer Forensics and Incident Response, Training and Education and Industry Trends, please call 800-561-3270 or visit the website at http://www.whitehatinc.com. For information on IT Security issues, trends and solutions please visit http://www.whitehatadvisory.com.

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National Campaign Launched to Prevent Underage Drinking

National Campaign Launched to Prevent Underage Drinking










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) November 11, 2005

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Ad Council, recently launched a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to prevent underage drinking.

According to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 10.8 million underage persons ages 12 to 20 (28.7 percent) reported current alcohol use. About 7.4 million (19.6 percent) were binge drinkers who consumed five or more drinks on the same occasion, and 2.4 million (6.3 percent) were heavy drinkers who binge five or more times in a month.

“These new ads will help us create and sustain a strong national commitment to prevent and reduce underage drinking,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a release last week.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a report earlier this year demonstrating that the vast majority of youth ages 12 to 17 (more than 20 million, or 83 percent) are receiving drug and alcohol prevention messages through the media. The report also showed that those who have been exposed to such messages are less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.

The new campaign aims to encourage parents to speak to their children about alcohol in an effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking. The PSAs end with the tagline: “Start Talking before They Start Drinking.”

SAMHSA Administrator Charles Curie said, “Parents of children and teens must change their attitudes toward teen drinking from acceptance to abstinence, and recognize the importance of talking to their children early and often about alcohol, especially before they’ve started drinking.”

The survey shows that 2 million of the alcohol-dependent adults now ages 21 or older first used alcohol before age 14. Adults who had first used alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to become dependent than adults who first used after the legal drinking age.

Narconon Arrowhead has a team of dedicated staff working to educate young and old alike and reaches millions of people each week with anti-drug messages through the media.

“Many young people are told that drugs are dangerous, but not how or why,” said a supervisor for Narconon Arrowhead in charge of drug education and media relations, “To deter them from experimentation with these substances, it helps to project into the future what alcohol and drug use leads to and to explain that none of the 23 million people in need of substance abuse treatment ever thought they would become an addict.”

As one of the nation’s largest and most effective drug rehabilitation and education programs, Narconon Arrowhead uses the proven drug-free methodology developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

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Universities and Judges Set for National Security Innovation Competition 2011

Universities and Judges Set for National Security Innovation Competition 2011












Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) March 23, 2011

The fifth annual National Security Innovation Competition (NSIC) has attracted 25 entries, and a distinguished slate of judges and numerous private sector sponsors, according to the National Homeland Defense Foundation organizers for the 2011 event.

Competition entries were received from a number of prominent universities, to include: UCLA, University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech , Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Carleton University (Canada), Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, North Carolina State University, University of Tennessee, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), University of Calgary (Canada), University of Cincinnati, University of Connecticut, University of Manitoba (Canada), University of New Mexico, University of Ottawa (Canada), University of San Diego, University of Utah, USAF Academy, and Yale University.

“Innovation has always been the backbone of our success as a nation, and today more than ever, we need to find innovative ways to strengthen our national security. The annual competition is an important part of that process and we’re delighted to conduct this event,” said GEN Gene Renuart (USAF ret), Chairman of National Homeland Defense Foundation (NHDF) and former Commander of NORAD/USNORTHCOM. NHDF merged in February with the Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance (CHDA) which originated the event in 2007.

“The competition has drawn participation from U.S. and Canadian universities with undergraduate and graduate students to allow us to highlight national security related, innovative research. This year looks to be the best competition ever,” according to Mark Volcheff, NSIC Executive Director.

An impressive list of judges for the 2011 event has been assembled from the federal government and research organizations, the U.S. military, Fortune 50 defense industry and security firms.

“The level of judges at the chief scientist or national security policy leadership levels both in the federal government and private sector are extraordinary for an event that is only in its fifth year,” Volcheff said.

The list of Finalist judges includes:

Mr. Chris Doyle, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology (S&T) Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

Mr. Sean Roche, Central Intelligence Agency, Office Director, Office of S&T

Dr Steven Aoki, Department of Energy, Deputy Under Secretary Counterterrorism

Dr Susanne Wirwille, North American Aerospace and Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), Director Science and Technology

Ms. Catherine Steele, The Aerospace Corporation, VP Strategic Space Operations

Mr. Tim Worrall, Dorsey and Whitney, Intellectual Property and Patents Senior Partner

Ms. Mary Petryszyn, Raytheon Company, Mergers and Acquisitions

List of first round judges are:

Dr. Keith A. Blanks, The Aerospace Corporation

Magdalina Boogaard, The International Science Technology and Research Group–ISTAR

Dr. Joel Brand, Brand-Gaus, LLC

Dr. Jay Brasseur, Neumann Systems Group

Jeffrey L. Carson, Air Force Space Command (AFSC)

Lt Col Christopher Chew, USAF, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Lt Col Dean A. Clothier, USAF, AFSC

Danielle Curcio, Raytheon Company

Ed Doray, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Thomas Emsley, Camber Corporation

Dr. Ellen Jeanne Ferraro, Raytheon Company

Dr. Randall B. Garrett, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

Daniel Hannan, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command

Dr. Larry Hettinger, Northrop Grumman Technical Services

Dr. Peggy Brooks-Davis Hillebrandt, The Aerospace Corporation

Mitchel Hudson, Booz Allen Hamilton,

William R. Johnson, AFSC

Dr. James M. King, Battelle

James Knies, Booz Allen Hamilton

John Knutson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

David Lee, Whitney, Bradley & Brown

Don Loren, The Tauri Group

Dr. Edmund Mitchell, Wyle

Bill Montgomery, Whitney, Bradley & Brown

Hal Moore, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Dana Muchow, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Roger Neeland, Colorado Springs Technology Incubator

Dr. David Neumann, Neumann Systems Group

Vayl Oxford, The Tauri Group

Dr. Brooke Pearson, Cubic Applications Inc.

Steven Peterzén, The International Science Technology and Research Group–ISTAR

LTC Andrew C. Riter, USA, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command

Paul Ryan, Whitney, Bradley & Brown

James Schulte, Booz Allen Hamilton

Michael M. Sebring, L-3 Communications Corporation

W. Wyatt Starnes, Advanced Concepts, Harris Corporation

Tim Thompson, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Paul M. Thompson, Northrop Grumman Technical Services,

Julie Veazey, Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Raymond L. Wagner, The Boeing Company,

Lt Col Brian Young, USAF, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

The best and brightest US and Canadian undergraduate and graduate level students conducting national and homeland security-related research are drawn to this one-of-a-kind competition. “We’ve received outstanding interest and support from industry and government sponsors, they want to be a part of this venue that not only highlights innovative technologies, but can also provide brilliant engineering and program management students to serve their future workforce.”, Volcheff said.

The NSIC has also generated interest throughout the technology, homeland security, and defense industry. Sponsors and partners for the competition include: Neumann Systems Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Canadian Consulate Denver, Boeing, Raytheon; ARINC, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, 5 Star Bank, Aerospace Corp, INTECON, CENTECH Group, Homeland Security Solutions, LLC, the Colorado Springs National Defense Industrial Association; the Rocky Mountain Technology Alliance, the Global Security Challenge Competition, and the Air Force Academy Association of Graduates.

NHDF will host the competition on April 29, 2011 at Doolittle Hall on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The competition involves two rounds. The first round involves a peer-review of white papers. The review then leads to the selections of up to 10 Finalist teams for oral presentations to a panel of national level judges on April 29.

Scholarship prizes are awarded to the top three finalists selected from a national level set of judges. More than $ 35,000 dollars have been awarded with the most ever dollars planned for the 2011 competition.

Topics can cover the full scope of national security to include technology or concept solutions. Previous entrants have introduced innovations in biometrics, UAVs, cyber security, infrastructure security, border security and first responder support systems.

“The purpose of the competition is to stimulate college undergraduate and graduate student interest to address national security problem solving by exposing their university-sponsored projects to a broad audience including industry, academic, and government organizations involved in aerospace, defense, security, and first responder activities,” said Don Addy, President of NHDF.

All submissions will be included in post-event Proceedings and circulated among federally funded research centers, industry, and government offices.

About NHDF: NHDF was founded in 2004 with the mission of “Security the Future of Liberty” and conducts the annual NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM on Homeland Security and Defense™ held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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