IDA in the Research Community Archives, 2021-Q3

IDA Research Staff participate actively in various professional activities – both within their disciplines and ancillary to them – including publishing in the open literature. Below are some recent citations of IDA Researchers and their work.

Around the Table with Metin Toksoz-Exley
photo, Metin Toksoz-Exley Metin Toksoz-Exley was interviewed for Around the Table, an interview series that is part of the Center for New American Security’s Three Questions with the Make Room email newsletter. In it, Metin discusses his expertise and experience in the national security community.
IDA Researchers Spoke at Spotlight Chat
STPI’s Vanessa Peña, Talla Babou and Tom Olszewski presented at a Spotlight Chat: Insights from Running the Lab-to-Market (L2M) Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). A recent article on provides a recap of the June 8 event. Their remarks were based on work published internally as NS D-22680.
Sixt, Sbragia and Carlson Address Biological Defense in War on the Rocks
Kate Sixt, Chad Sbragia and Rob Carlson highlight the need for the government to expand its approach to biotechnology beyond biodefense in War on the Rocks.
Bishai Spoke at Strategic Leaders International Course
Linda Bishai spoke about her experiences and insights on Women, Peace and Security as part of a Strategic Leaders International Course (SLIC) given by the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) on August 26. The SLIC is a four-week residential professional development curriculum for senior military leaders, diplomats and government officials from U.S. partner nations.
Cox Presented Program Evaluation of Cancer Systems Biology Consortium
Carly Cox presented her work to facilitate the program evaluation of the Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) with Program Director Hannah Dueck at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Evaluation Forum on August 19. The program evaluation involved hosting a panel of cancer and systems biology experts who assessed CSBC’s impact on the scientific community and made recommendations for future program implementation.
Colvin and Han Interviewed on ‘ChinaTalk’ Podcast
Tom Colvin and Shirley Han were interviewed, along with former STPI fellow Irina Liu, on “ChinaTalk,” a podcast that explores China's technology scene, economy and politics. The interview addressed the emergence of China’s commercial space industry.
Sbragia Spoke as Panelist on Chinese Aggression
Chad Sbragia spoke on a webinar panel for the National Institute for Public Policy on Deterring Potential Chinese Aggression Against Taiwan. The webinar occurred on August 31, 2021.
Wong Reviews ‘Our Biggest Experiment’
Gifford Wong reviewed Alice Bell’s new book, “Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis” in Science’s collection of fall book reviews. The curated history of the current climate crisis ensures readers appreciate both the intellectual achievements that have punctuated this story and the thorny threads of racism, sexism and colonialism that are intertwined with them.
Simon Spoke on AIRI Panel

Ian Simon spoke on a panel at the 60th Association of Independent Research Institutes (AIRI) Annual Meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021. Ian discussed ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the biomedical research and innovation landscape.

Bekoe, Bishai and Pera Participated in NIU Seminar Series
Dorina Bekoe, Linda Bishai and Dick Pera recently participated in the Virtual Seminar Series of the National Intelligence University, the intelligence community’s sole, accredited, federal degree-granting institution, which is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Dorina and Dick spoke about the recent change in Chadian leadership and observations on military and intelligence services, and Dorina and Linda addressed the impact of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region and its potential to destabilize the Horn of Africa region.
Wong Spoke on “Revisionist History” Podcast
Yuna Wong discussed wargaming (approximately 1:00) on the “Revisionist History” podcast, hosted by Malcolm Gladwell, journalist and president and co-founder of Pushkin Industries. The episode, “A Serious Game,” aired on August 19, 2021.
Shapiro Presents at Conference
Brandon Shapiro presented a paper entitled “Kinetic Action and Radicalization: A Case Study of Pakistan” at the International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation. The paper, which he co-authored with his student advisor Andrew Crooks, won the Best Student Paper Award.
Balakrishnan Spoke on Alum Panel
Asha Balakrishnan spoke on a “Career Pathways for Quantum Scientists” panel hosted by her alma mater, University of Illinois Ubana-Champaign, on August 19, 2021.
Simon Spoke at Rosenthal Fellowship Event
Ian Simon spoke at the “Global Health” roundtable on July 28 for the Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. The Rosenthal Fellowship is a program of the Partnership for Public Service that offers outstanding, civic-minded graduate students in international affairs the opportunity to spend a summer working to solve some of our biggest national and global challenges.
Simon Speaks at Two Science Policy Career Events

Ian Simon was a keynote speaker at the National Science Policy Network’s Southern Hub Retreat, an online event that occurred on June 26. Ian is also scheduled to speak on the July 28 roundtable on global health for the Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations. Both events focus on science policy careers and career options in and around the government for scientists and engineers.

Numrich Featured by University of Cambridge
photo, Sue Numrich Sue Numrich was described as “the national security researcher and champion for women in leadership” in an alumni story for the University of Cambridge, where she did post-graduate work.