Homeland Security Award Columbus Scholar
Field of Biological, Radiological, Nuclear
Sponsored by The A.J. and Lynda Scribante Charitable
Frances S. Ligler, D.Phil., D.Sc.
USN Senior Scientist for Biosensors and Biomaterials
Naval Research Laboratory
Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering
Washington , D.C.
Dr. Ligler is currently the Navy's Senior Scientist for Biosensors and
Biomaterials and a member of the Center of Bio/Molecular Science and
Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory. She has pioneered the development
of ultra-sensitive antibody-based detection systems for biological agents
and other hazardous materials. Her team is well-recognized for the ability
to develop a biological sensor from concept to commercial product.
This work has had a profound impact on the development of biosensor-based
detection of biological warfare agents over the past 17 years, leading
to significant improvements in the nation's capability for early and
William Berger, J.D. - Team Leader, National Self-Defense
Institute, Be 'S.A.F.E.R' Program, and Chief of Police, North Miami
Beach , FL. Awarded the 2003 $2,500 Homeland Security Award in
the Information Sharing field. The Be 'S.A.F.E.R.'
program (acronym for Strategic Actions For Emergency Response) is a unique,
proven, community-based training tool that humanizes clinical Disaster/Emergency
preparedness information. Be 'S.A.F.E.R.' works primarily with local
law enforcement agencies to promote community policies for disaster
prevention through being vigilant, informed, and communicating with
law enforcement, and training officers to facilitate classes for citizens
based on the needs of the community.
B. Cantor, Ph.D. - President, WayPoint Research, Inc., Atlanta
, GA. Awarded the 2003 $2,500 Homeland Security Award in
the Border/Transportation Security field.
Dr. Cantor has developed WayPoint, a four-minute, non-verbal test which
assesses a person's ability to operate a man/machine system such as
driving, pipeline control, piloting aircraft, filling drug prescriptions,
law enforcement and baggage handling, among others.
Joany Jackman, Ph.D. - Senior Scientist, The Johns
Hopkins University , Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD. Awarded
the 2003 $2,500 Homeland Security Award in
the Emergency Response field. Dr. Jackman
is developing methods to analyze breath for novel markers of infection.
This technology uses proteins and lipids secreted by the host in response
to pathogens in the lungs to detect signs of infection prior to the appearance
of symptoms. This technology will allow rapid triage of individuals at
the scene of a potential bioterrorist attack. It will allow emergency
medical personnel to focus their resources on the most seriously ill
individuals and permit rapid and early treatment. This technology, once
fully developed, will reduce the impact of bioterrorism, by improving
the outcome and treatment of exposed populations.