Tuesday, June 29, 2021



ENVISION NCITE 2021 Annual Meeting

We are excited to welcome you to the ENVISION NCITE 2021 Annual Meeting. Hosted by the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center, this meeting provides a unique opportunity to connect and innovate. Come collaborate with other NCITE researchers, staff and students. We hope to see you!


Registration is free and includes access to all sessions.

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NCITE's Vision

Be the premier U.S. academic provider of counterterrorism research, technology, and workforce development.

NCITE's Mission

Produce actionable research through a user-inspired approach, which combines social science, business, and technology for the security of the homeland.

NCITE's Values

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Growth Mindset 

Stakeholder Focus

Student Development

Excellence with Integrity

Grounding in Data and Science

NCITE Partners

  • Chapman University
  • George Washington University
  • John Jay College 
  • King’s College London
  • Michigan State University
  • National Strategic Research Institute

NCITE Partners

  • Penn State University
  • Research Triangle Institute
  • San Diego State University
  • Stanford University 
  • Temple University 
  • University of Central Florida

NCITE Partners

  • University of Maine
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University at Albany – State University of New York


We planned an exciting agenda!

Attendees will get an exclusive look into specific challenges faced by DHS in breakout sessions to seed future research. They will also hear from NCITE leaders and have a chance to catch up on other projects in the NCITE portfolio.

3:15 PM - 3:25 PM CDT


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John Cohen
John Cohen
DHS Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention


John Cohen has more than three decades of experience in law enforcement, counterintelligence, and homeland security. He has studied mass casualty attacks and is currently studying the impact of internet-based communications technologies on crime and homeland security. Previously, Mr. Cohen served as DHS Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Counterterrorism Coordinator under President Obama. He oversaw the implementation of department-wide initiatives including those in crime prevention, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and border and transportation security. He has been an on-air expert for ABC News and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. See full bio in resources.

Dana Saft
Dana Saft
DHS S&T OUP Program Manager


Dana Saft has over a decade of combined experience in both the private and public sectors managing research and development efforts. Currently she serves as a Program Manager at the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. In this role, Saft helps to inform the overall development and execution of investments in the early stages of university-based research. She manages two DHS Centers of Excellence, advises OUP leadership on strategic and multi-year planning, analyzes current research and development portfolios to determine potential commercialization pathways, and identifies projects ripe for advanced development and joint collaboration between the DHS Centers of Excellence. See full bio in resources.

Gina Ligon
Gina Ligon
NCITE Director


NCITE is led by Gina Ligon, who has a distinguished career as a researcher and educator. She is an industrial/organizational psychologist with proven terrorism expertise and serves as the point of contact for all critical center functions. She has worked with DHS Centers of Excellence since 2010, as part of three different consortia.  She briefs to the National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, National Media Exploitation Center and other federal agencies on international and domestic terrorist organizations. Ligon received her PhD in industrial and organizational psychology and minor in quantitative psychology from the University of Oklahoma. See full bio in resources.

Doug Derrick
Doug Derrick
NCITE Director of Innovation and Transition


Doug Derrick serves as co-PI with Ligon at NCITE. His primary role is to transition research projects to knowledge and tech products to give the Homeland Security Enterprise more tools. He also serves as director of the Center for Collaboration Science, an independent center at UNO that can receive F&A indirect costs through UNO’s Office of Research and Creativity. Derrick is an associate professor of information science and technology. Derrick is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds a PhD in Management Information Systems. He is internationally known for his research on human-agent interactions and collaborative technologies. See full bio in resources.

Lindsay Odvody
Lindsay Odvody
NCITE Director of Operations


Lindsay Odvody is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and the District of Columbia. She formerly served as a Director of Human Resources at First National Bank of Omaha, where she helped implement high-impact employee-facing programs and corporate change initiatives. She also worked in Washington, D.C., in federal government relations and on the staffs of two former U.S. senators who later became cabinet secretaries: Secretary Chuck Hagel (Defense, under President Obama), and Secretary Mike Johanns (Agriculture, under President George W. Bush).

Erin Grace
Erin Grace
NCITE Strategic Communications Manager


Erin Grace is a former newspaper reporter and columnist. During her two decades-plus at the Omaha World-Herald, she covered a number of issues, winning awards for her work on juvenile justice, mental health and poverty. Prior to journalism, she taught high school English in Louisiana through Teach for America. She holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University in Writing-Intensive English. She is a passionate storyteller who is eager to amplify the important work of NCITE and translate that to a broader audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Deadline to register is June 28, 2021
Please register individually. One name per email address.
This meeting is for NCITE researchers, students, and partners.
After you complete your registration, you will receive an email from registration@sonburst.com with your registration code. Based on your selections, you will be assigned a breakout session and this will populate on your customized agenda.
Materials will be available for download, or if you don’t see something you want on this site, please contact NCITE at ncite@unomaha.edu.
After you submitted your registration, you received an email from registration@sonburst.com with your registration code. Click on "Watch Live" and enter code.
Please edit your registration and click on "Forgot Registration Code" and an email will be sent to you, with your registration code. If you do not receive an email, please contact ncite@unomaha.edu.

Windows PC:

  • Try refreshing your browser by pressing the “F5” key on the top of your keyboard or "FN and F5" on your laptop keyboard.


  • Hold down "Command" key and then, while still holding it, press the "R" key on the computer's keyboard.

You may need to work with your internal network security to disable any blockers (e.g. Circle, Vimeo, etc) from your network.

For the breakouts, it is recommended to have a webcam. However, it is not required. 

  • The quality of these feeds will be as good as the internet access in the office or home of the user.
  • Consider hard wiring your computer instead of using wireless internet.
  • Close all other programs you have running on your computer. 
  • Refrain from using your cell phone to watch the presentations (if you are experiencing problems).