Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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.
Be the premier U.S. academic provider of counterterrorism research, technology, and workforce development.
Produce actionable research through a user-inspired approach, which combines social science, business, and technology for the security of the homeland.
Excellence with Integrity
Grounding in Data and Science
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.
10:30 AM Welcome - Gina Ligon, NCITE Director, and Dana Saft, DHS S&T OUP Program Manager
10:45 AM Keynote - John Cohen, DHS Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention Policy
Take a look at NCITE projects during your break.
12:30 PM NCITE Vision and Mission - Gina Ligon, NCITE Director
12:45 PM NCITEr Information: How to get the most impact out of your research
1:45 PM Reverse Pitch - Doug Derrick, NCITE Director of Innovation and Transition
Take a look at NCITE projects during your break.
3:15 PM - 3:25 PM CDT
3:15 PM ENVISION the Future - Doug Derrick, NCITE Director of Innovation and Transition
3:45 PM Closing Remarks
4:00 PM Adjourn
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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