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Henry Diaz-Alvarez, a research civil engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, was selected to receive the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Conference’s (HENAAC) Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Dr. Edith Martinez-Guerra, a research environmental engineer with the ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory, will receive the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Military Hero award from the Department of Defense. Both awards will be presented at the 2019 Great Minds in STEM HENAAC, September 25-28, in Orlando, Fla.
Participants pose for a group photo during the Multi-Domain Operations Joint Technology Demonstration held at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss., August 7, 2019. The event emphasized how multi-laboratory, multi-disciplinary teams can engineer the solutions needed to succeed within a single domain or the more difficult option of crossing domain boundaries such as sea-to-land or land-to-air.
Dr. David Pittman, director, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and Col. Ivan Beckman, ERDC Commander, stand with Johnny Kisner, command security officer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD); Maj. Frank DuVerger, Deputy Commander, USACE Vicksburg District (MVK), Warren County Sherriff Martin Pace and Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk after signing the Anti-Terrorism Awareness Proclamation. The event was held by ERDC as an expression of unity with MVD and MVK, law enforcement leaders and the Vicksburg and Warren County communities. August is anti-terrorism awareness month in the Department of Defense. (Photo by Jared Eastman, ACE-IT)
In one Engineering With Nature® project located on Washington’s Skagit River, USACE Seattle District incorporated salmon habitat features into levee repairs made from 2007 to 2011. Woody debris is an essential component for salmon rearing and refuge habitat complexity. Large logs with rootwads were laid on the riverbed bench of the levee as a mitigation feature that delivers benefits to the fish during high river flows. Skagit River has been designated as a critical habitat for three salmonid species listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Dr. Brian McFall, a research civil engineer with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, stands outside the Deltares building in Delft, Netherlands. McFall spent a year in the Netherlands working at the Dutch company as part of the U.S. Army’s Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program.
This figure is an Adverse Outcome Pathway, or an overview of one way chemicals may cause pulmonary (lung) fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is the development of scar tissue (similar to a scab on the skin) within the lung. This makes it difficult for people to breathe by preventing the lungs from expanding to fill with air. As a result, people can die from a lack of oxygen in their blood. Ordinarily, if chemicals caused some type of mild lung injury, PPAR-gamma would prevent the development of pulmonary fibrosis. Here, we show that it is possible for chemicals to drive the development of pulmonary fibrosis by inactivating the PPAR-gamma receptor. This allows TGF-beta to stimulate pulmonary fibrosis, as a result of lung injury either by the chemical or some other cause (e.g., inhaled sand, smoke, or other chemicals) that may irritate the lung. Unfortunately, once pulmonary fibrosis has developed, it is not reversible ⸺ the scar tissue remains forever.

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Two great minds earn recognition for achievements
8/20/2019
Vicksburg, Miss. – (Aug. 16, 2019) When Dr. Edith Martinez-Guerra, a research environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Environmental Laboratory, attended...
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center holds Multi-Domain Operations Joint Technology Demonstration
8/19/2019
VICKSBURG, Miss. -- The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center held a Multi-Domain Operations Joint Technology Demonstration, August 7, 2019, at the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory in...
Anti-Terrorism Awareness Proclamation Signing expresses unity with community
8/14/2019
Vicksburg, Miss. (Aug. 9, 2019) – Col. Ivan Beckman conducted an Anti-Terrorism Awareness Proclamation Signing event August 5, 2019, to kick off Anti-Terrorism Awareness Month at the U.S. Army...

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Dr. Craig Fischenich: a Corps career celebrated
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