A Virginia congressman is calling for stricter security protocols for foreign scientists working at NASA after claims of security breaches at the agency's facilities in Hampton and the Silicon Valley.
a serious crackdown could mean for U.S. scientists working with
colleagues from other countries in rocket science, space exploration or
less sensitive fields is unclear, local experts say. But they agree
there's a need to keep sensitive scientific advances out of the wrong
"While there is great benefit from international
collaboration, there is also a need to protect scientific and
technological advances that place the United States in a favorable
position in the global economy, as well as to protect advances that help
assure the safety of U.S. citizens and property," said Rob Wyman,
spokesman at NASA Langley Research Center.
Wolf wants NASA to
spend even more. He's also calling for NASA to audit security protocols
for foreign access, review all foreign nationals with current agency
credentials and halt all new credentialing of foreign nationals of
designated "countries of concern" until stronger background checks are
Wolf is chairman of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee, which funds NASA.
the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point,
some research has commercial or even military applications, but none is
proprietary or subject to federal restrictions, said spokesman David
"Until the outcome of any investigation is known,
it's not possible for us to gauge how restrictive any new policies or
laws might become," Malmquist said.
"We think this will be a
non-issue for VIMS," he added, "unless universities face significant new
prohibitions on hiring Chinese scientists or accepting Chinese graduate
China is of particular interest to Wolf, concerned
over the growing number of high-tech thieves and cyber criminals
stealing and dealing in U.S. trade secrets and technology. According to
the U.S. Department of Justice, of 19 convictions for economic espionage
and theft of trade secrets since 2009, 16 involved China.
Jefferson National Laboratory in Newport News, which operates an
underground particle accelerator, nearly all research is fundamental
open science. Fundamental science isn't subject to federal export
regulations, which typically protect technologies with military
potential, said Robert McKeown, deputy director for science. One
restricted technology is the lab's free electron laser.
late 1990s, he relocated his company, AMAC International, to Newport
News, telling the Daily Press at the time he was lured by the reputation
of Jefferson Lab which uses cryogenics to supercool its accelerator and
state financial incentives. AMAC was based in a facility adjacent to
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to news reports, within a few years Shu had accrued millions of dollars
in contracts with the U.S. Army and Coast Guard, and millions more in
federal grants from NASA to the Department of Energy. He had engaged in
three collaborative research projects at Jefferson Lab.
Shu began to shift his company from research and development to
marketing American high-tech products in China and Europe.
2008, he was arrested and charged with illegally turning over rocket
technology to the Chinese government and bribing key Chinese officials.
An investigation showed he'd been helping Chinese officials since 2003
to illegally acquire new technologies used in the design and development
of the Hainan space launch facility, a violation of the federal Arms
Export Control Act.
For Thomas Reins, technical work on Regis
Jesuit High School's burgeoning online broadcasts fueled a desire to
work in an on-air role for RJ Live, one of the school's strongest
extracurricular clubs. This year, he found his voice as primary color
"What I wanted to get out of broadcasting early on
was free tickets to the game, hanging out and watching my classmates
play," the 18-year-old senior said. "But it slowly developed into my
passion. I love high school basketball, and broadcasting really gave me
an opportunity to channel my love."
Across Colorado and the
nation, schools have seized on relatively cheap technology, a growing
array of private partners and a tech-savvy student body to stream more
and more events live through webcasts.
Sports dominate the video
offerings, but other events such as assemblies, drama productions and
daily announcements add opportunities for schools to access a wider
audience, cultivate valuable skills among their students and, perhaps,
create a new stream of revenue.
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there's still a Wild West feel to the evolving landscape of live online
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often in collaboration with a growing number of companies that offer
Web software and services.
CHSAA also has sold rights to playoff
games to Play On Sports, which is experimenting here with a
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recently extended for another five years, has restored revenue to CHSAA
that had fallen off from broadcast-television contracts.
trying to provide a logical and organized avenue for (schools) to
follow through," said Bert Borgmann, assistant commissioner at CHSAA. "I
think we're getting close, but it's still a little bit of a
Advertisers are still slow to recognize streaming
video as a vehicle, though schools can keep whatever revenue they
muster on regular-season events. And the pay-per-view model relies on
viewership that's still unpredictable.
"The person who figures out how to make money on this," Borgmann said, "is going to be the winner in the end."
the exception of the contracted playoff games, CHSAA takes a mostly
hands-off approach to schools that want to produce live webcasts either
on their own or in concert with private vendors, so long as it's cleared
through the state office. But with the deal for playoff rights, money
already has begun to complicate matters.
Some of the schools
that have embraced the live online feeds happen to be strong basketball
schools, which means the students who have produced the programming all
season now find themselves cut out of the most exciting and most watched
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instance, the Regis Raiders' playoff matchup against Eaglecrest High
School in boys basketball resides now on the "RJ Live" website as a
free, on-demand, archived version with an explanation of why it couldn't
be streamed live on the school's site.
Although students can
still produce a taped broadcast for the Web archive, that diminishes the
"cool factor," said Mark Newton, journalism adviser at Mountain Vista
High School in Douglas County and president of the Journalism Education
Association, a national consortium of 2,200 advisers.