Basic Research

The Science, Technology, Innovation Exchange (STIx) is meant to communicate the big ideas, positive social impacts, and disruptive capabilities that have resulted from DoD S&T investments. This series of short videos features talks in fields of science, technology, and STEM, are presented by DoD and DoD sponsored participants, from across the Department and that span careers from graduate students to senior researchers.

 

These in-depth stories were developed to raise awareness about the importance of Defense laboratories, engineering centers, and warfare centers as unique catalysts for innovation as well as showcase the critical work they perform. By sharing stories about the people and institutions behind science and technology, DoD STEM aims to increase interest in STEM careers.

 

Dr. William Rivera, "How does the decision to develop and deploy resources affect the resiliency of a strategic actor?"

The fundamental question our research seeks to answer is how does the decision to develop and deploy resources affect the resiliency of a strategic actor? You may notice that this question has a few key elements: decisionmaking, resources, and resiliency.

Subject Area: 
Engineering, Mathematics, Technology

Ms. Grace Gu, "Building Nature's Armor"

Each year, millions of people are diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), which is caused by impact to the head or body, potentially leading to loss of consciousness, persistent headaches, memory loss, and even death. However, despite ongoing technological innovation, contemporary helmet designs are still not energy-absorbent enough to prevent TBI.

Military Branch: 
DoD Supported
Subject Area: 
Engineering, Mathematics, Technology

Ms. Krystina Hess, "A nanotechnology-based approach to engineer immunological tolerance in multiple sclerosis"

Autoimmune diseases occur when cells of the immune system incorrectly recognize and attack naturally occurring molecules in the body. In multiple sclerosis (MS), the myelin sheath that insulates and protects nerves is recognized as a foreign antigen. The immune system’s attack on nerves leads to neurodegeneration (i.e. impaired speech and motor function).

Military Branch: 
DoD Supported
Subject Area: 
Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Technology

STIx Introduction--Dr. Robin Staffin, Director of DoD Basic Research

The Science, Technology, and Innovation exchange – STIx – is a two-day event that will showcase the extensive S&T investments, outcomes, and innovations from across the Defense enterprise. STIx takes its cues from TED series of talks and seeks to showcase and connect our brightest minds, communicate new ideas, and share novel approaches to confronting challenges facing the Defense community.

Military Branch: 
DoD Supported
Subject Area: 
Applied Science, Engineering, Formal Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Science, Technology

Ashley Keiser, "Could different molecular pathways in men and women contribute to sex differences in PTSD?"

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects 8 million people each year, with women being more than twice as likely to be affected. What could be contributing to this alarming gap in prevalence? A common feature of PTSD is the failure to recall the specific details of the traumatic event and thus, fear can generalize from traumatic to safe contexts.

Military Branch: 
DoD Supported
Subject Area: 
Functional Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology