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James Ryan: Finalist for Homeland Security Award

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Professor James Ryan. Photo by Kristi Donahue, UNH-EOS

Physics professor Jim Ryan of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space was one of only three finalists for this year's 2011 Homeland Security Award sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the helicopter company AgustaWestland North America. 

The Homeland Security Award is designed to promote innovations in the detection, prevention, and response to threats against the United States. In years past, the foundation has given out four awards but this year, due to budget constraints, there is only one winner.

The award comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

Although Ryan was not the winner, he has been invited to attend the Oct. 11 ceremony in Washington, D.C. and will be recognized for his work on developing methods and technologies to detect and measure cosmic rays, gamma rays and neutrons in space, with applications to identify various forms of radioactive material for homeland security. 
                       
The winner will be named at the event.

Nominees for the award were asked to develop new concepts that will help bring homeland security and stability to the country, whether against threats from natural or man-made disasters, terrorists or cyberspace criminals.

Read more about Ryan’s work in detecting “dirty bombs”.