NIHS News

Disaster seminar held in Union, Webster Counties

Date:  October 10, 2011

Union and Webster County emergency officials are learning what they need to know just in case an epidemic occurs. 

Many people responsible for keeping communities safe during disasters, sharpened their skills on Wednesday at a disaster seminar.

Dr. Lusk Presents Project to the NERC

Date:  October 3, 2011

Dr. Braden Lusk, with the University of Kentucky presented his project, "Blast Protection for Power Transformers," to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) at the Sheraton Hotel in St. Loius, MO on September 15, 2011.   

Pandemic Project Publishes Article

Date:  September 27, 2011

The University of Louisville Pandemic Project published an article, entitled, "Evaluation of the knowledge-sharing social network of hospital-based infection preventionists in Kentucky," in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Authors: Timothy L. Wiemken PhD, MPH, CIC a,b,*, Julio A. Ramirez MD, FACP a, Philip Polgreen MD, MPHc, Paula Peyrani MDa, Ruth M. Carrico PhD, RN, FSHEA, CIC b

Water Projects featured at the Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition

Date:  September 21, 2011

The NIHS Water projects were featured at the Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition (DSS) at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and and Convention Center in Nashville Tennessee on September 11-14, 2011. The topics at the DSS included:

Dr. Newman presents at the Chemical and Biological Defense Division Annual Conference

Date:  September 15, 2011

Dr. Melissa Newman with the University of Kentucky presented her project, “Natural Antimicrobials to Mitigate Biological Threat Agents,” at the Chemical and Biological Defense Division Annual Conference in Washington, DC on August 23-25, 2011. 

The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.