Science organization elects Army researcher as fellow


IMAGE: The American Association for the Advancement of Science elected Dr. Cliff Wang, an Army scientist as a 2020 fellow for his important contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The American Association for the Advancement of Science elected an Army scientist as a 2020 fellow for his important contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Cliff Wang, network sciences branch chief for the Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, now known as DEVCOM, Army Research Laboratory, contributed to the field of science of security, outstanding leadership in national research and transforming results into high impact cyber defense capabilities.

“We’re excited to see Dr. Wang’s research contributions recognized at a global level,” said Dr. Randy Zachery, chief, Information Science Division, ARO. “His efforts to lead scientific discovery in the fifth warfighting domain,

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Five nations unite to launch the Digital Cooperation Organization to Realize a Digital Future for All

Five nations unite to launch the Digital Cooperation Organization to Realize a Digital Future for All

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Senior government officials from several nations patronized the launch of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) Thursday – a global organization aimed at strengthening cooperation across all innovation driven areas and accelerating growth of the digital economy. The event was attended by H.E. Houlin Zhao ITU Secretary General and H.E. Borge Brende, President, World Economic Forum.

Founded by Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, the DCO is driven by a vision to realize a digital future for all by empowering women, youth and entrepreneurs, growing the digital economy, and leapfrogging with innovation.

“We are joining hands together towards a commitment to drive consensus on digital cooperation to make sure that we seize an opportunity for our youth, our women and our entrepreneurs with the ambition to

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Should You Really Build Leaders At Every Level Of Your Organization?

[Spoiler alert: Yes!! If you don’t you’re dead in this economy.]

I debated this question with the COO of medium-sized technology firm recently.

His take was that while leadership at every level sounded nice, in reality it was impractical and unwise. His argument surrounded five reasons:

  1. Some people don’t have the skills to lead
  2. Some people don’t want to lead
  3. If everyone thinks they’re a leader too many people are directing things and not enough people are doing things
  4. Having too many leaders creates confusion
  5. Developing leaders is a resource-intensive task and, given reasons 1-4, not a good investment except for high potentials

I understand his logic, but it has a flaw; it defines leadership too narrowly.

Too often we cleave to an antiquated notion of leadership as visionary direction-setting and fearlessly leading the troops into future with a few big strategic decisions.

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Help Your Organization ‘Sprint’ Forward Using AI Tech Sprints

Technology – and now artificial intelligence (AI) – has been one of the biggest drivers of economic growth. And, recent research now suggests that AI has also helped improve our quality of life.

But, realizing the benefits of AI requires not only access to large-scale and comprehensive data to build reliable and actionable predictive models, but also public trust and engagement.

One of the ways to promote the effective application of AI is through partnerships between the public and private sector, drawing upon the scale and infrastructure from the public sector and the agility and technical talent from the private sector.

Motivated by a prioritization of AI throughout the federal government, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started using AI to improve the health and well-being of Veterans. Championing the largest integrated health care system in the country, the VA is uniquely suited

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Challenges historical belief that the organization of the cortical circuit neurons is exclusively local — ScienceDaily

A team of researchers from UTSA’s Neurosciences Institute is challenging the historical belief that the organization of the cortical circuit of GABAergic neurons is exclusively local.

UTSA College of Sciences researchers Alice Bertero, Hector Zurita and Marc Normandin and biology associate professor Alfonso Junior Apicella collaborated on the research project.

In the past, labeling individual neurons allowed researchers to study the neurons that project from the brain’s cortex to the striatum. The results suggested that the pathways are exclusively excitatory. For this reason most people assumed that inhibition must occur when excitatory cortical neurons activate intrastriatal inhibitory.

The UTSA team contested this view by providing anatomical and physiological evidence for the existence of long-range parvalbumin-expression neurons from the cortex to the striatum in the brains of mice.

This finding is an essential step toward better understanding the neuronal mechanism of cortical long-range GABAerginc neurons in healthy and diseased brains. In

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Scientists observe GABAA receptors and their organization on synaptic membrane

Synapses are specialized devices where learning and memory occur. The efficient transmission of synaptic signals relies on the delicate structure and complex molecular composition of the synapses. However, the small size (several hundred nanometers in diameter) and heterogeneous nature of the synapses pose significant challenges in direct observation of the molecules inside synapses.

Based on the proposed processing technique for in situ cryo-electron tomography, researchers from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) became the first scientists to observe individual GABAA receptors and their organization on the synaptic membrane, endowing the brain’s ability for information processing.

“The advance of this study comes from the in situ cryo-electron microscopy, a method that preserves the cells in native states and has an order of magnitude of higher resolution compare

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AEP Names Three New Leaders To Information Technology Organization

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) has added three new leaders to its information technology group. The company named Joe Brenner vice president of Application Development & Business Solutions, effective Nov. 2. Sanjay Terakanambi has been named vice president of Technology Infrastructure, Operations & Support and Christopher D. Johnson has been named managing director of Enterprise Innovation & Technology, effective Nov. 9. All three positions report to Therace Risch, senior vice president and chief information & technology officer.

Brenner will be responsible for planning and delivery of customer technologies and will oversee Charge, AEP’s digital innovation hub. Terakanambi will be responsible for infrastructure technologies, technology operations and support. Johnson will work with AEP’s utility operating companies and business units to seek out and assess new technologies that expand or enhance business opportunities for the company.

“The addition of Joe, Sanjay

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Topic: NATO Science and Technology Organization

The STO is governed by the NATO Science and Technology Board (STB). The Board administers the STO’s scientific and technical committees and its three executive bodies: the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy; the Collaboration Support Office in Paris, France; and the Office of the Chief Scientist at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The Chief Scientist is the chairman of the STB and the senior science advisor to the North Atlantic Council.

The scientific and technical committees, composed of members from national and NATO bodies, direct and execute NATO’s collaborative science and technology activities.

The CMRE organises and conducts scientific research and technology development, centred on the maritime domain, delivering innovative solutions to address the Alliance’s defence and security needs.

The CMRE conducts hands-on scientific and engineering research for the direct benefit of both NATO and such customers as research entities and industry. The Centre

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