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Dr. Sandy Magnus, former NASA astronaut, STEM Symposium speaker

Dr. Sandy Magnus, former NASA astronaut, STEM Symposium speaker

This week’s WashingtonExec E-Magazine brings you the latest information about a K-12 STEM Symposium for the National Capital Region on March 8. The all-day, free event will bring more than 500 people — members of the industry, students, teachers and parents — together for an informative look at science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) opportunities in the region. The event will be held at Nysmith School in Herndon.

Also in this week’s e-magazine, readers will hear from Charles Sowell, senior vice president of the system and software engineering solutions business unit at Salient Federal Solutions. He discusses federal market security, cyber security and more in this informative interview he completed with WashingtonExec. In the interview, Sowell mentions the Washington Navy Yard shooting with respect to security and government clearance priorities.

“Overall I think we are going to see progress made in initiatives combating insider threats,” he said, “and when we talk about insider threats we’re talking about a combination of counter intelligence, information assurance and personnel security actions…”

Sowell, the former deputy assistant director for special security with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), also discussed the role of monitoring social media during a clearance process, with respect to security.

Also in this week’s e-magazine, readers will learn about Nazzic Keene of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), who has been elected to the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Board. Keene serves as sector president at SAIC.

And they’ll find out more about Stephanie C. Hill, interviewed about her role as the gala chair for “A Night for the Children.” Hill said that AFCEA Bethesda’s gala, in its 16th year, seeks to help children and their families going through difficult times including homelessness, health scares and abuse. The March 22 event will support The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the House of Ruth, and will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

Readers will also want to check out a featured story on PhRMA CEO and President John Castellani in this week’s e-magazine. In it, he talks about the upcoming Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Leukemia Ball, and blood cancer research. PhRMA is the presenting sponsor for the black-tie, March 22 event.

Readers will also find information on the latest federal contract awards. A few to note: MacB recently partnered with X-eeto on a contract with the United States Southern Command; Salient Federal Solutions, Inc. won a prime contract to support the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Program; and CNSI was selected to continue supporting the Los Alamos National Laboratory with telecommunications and related services.

Readers can also find out more in its Executive Transitions section on Pamela Drew, who was recently promoted to executive vice president of Exelis, Inc. Drew joined the company in January 2013 and will also retain her role as president of the company’s Information Systems business.

In its Executive Board Appointments section, the e-magazine will bring readers information on four new board of directors members for SDL Government. They include Vice Admiral (Ret.) Thomas Wilson, John Gannon, Barbara McNamara and Daniel Marcu.

Wilson served for nearly 34 years in the U.S. Navy and last served as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Gannon has served in the most senior analytical positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and in the intelligence community. McNamara reached the highest civilian position at the National Security Agency (NSA) when she was named the agency’s deputy director, becoming the second woman to attain the position. And, Marcu is the chief science officer of SDL plc, and has more than 30 patents awarded or pending in the field of Natural Language Processing.

In the same section, readers will find news on Citizant, which added four members to its board of directors to include Ann John, president of RAI, LLC and former president of SpecTal; James Ballard, president of Global Services & Solutions, Inc. and former president of Perot Systems Government Services; Peter Schulte, managing partner of CM Equity Partners; and Daniel Mendez, general manager of Unwired Planet’s Intellectual Property Division and former chief technology officer for American Management Systems.

Readers should also check out WashingtonExec emagazine’s “In Case You Missed It” section. This week, they’ll find news on a Gartner Inc. report that gave MicroPact Inc. an “excellent” rating for product viability; news on Leidos, which became the official jersey sponsor for D.C. United soccer; and a DMI, Inc. announcement about its partnership with Mobile Active Defense. They’ll also learn about A-T Solutions and The Mayvin Consulting Group, which will unite to participate in a GSA Mentor Protégé Program. They’ll find out more about SAIC too, which recently got the good news that its Security System Integration Services Certification was renewed.

Also, check out upcoming awards and black-tie dinners in the e-magazine’s awards and dinners guide. They include a lifetime achievement award to former NFL player Bobby Mitchell from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the 30th annual INSA William Oliver Baker Award to former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; the 6th annual SECAF Awards Gala in May; a Tribute to Military Families at the Mellon Auditorium, also in May; “An Evening for Hope” to benefit NIH’s Children’s Inn in April; and The Northern Virginia Family Service’s presentation of the 2014 Road to Independence Gala in May.

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