Professor Heather Maynard Chosen for U.S. Defense Science Study Group

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Heather Maynard, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate Director of CNSI, has been selected for the US Defense Science Study Group (DSSG).

Prof. Maynard is one of 15 U.S. academic researchers chosen for the program’s 2016-2017 class. The two-year program introduces outstanding scientists and engineers to the challenges facing national security and encourages them to apply their expertise to address these issues. 

Prof. Maynard is world renowned for her research on polymers applied to medicine. Her selection was based on academic excellence, breadth of interests, and references, among other considerations. 

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Professor Heather Maynard is world renowned for her research on polymers applied to medicine.

The DSSG is a program of education and study that introduces outstanding science and engineering professors to the United States’ security challenges and encourages them to apply their talents to these issues. The program, begun in 1986, is directed by the non-profit Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Each group of scholars meets for approximately 20 days each of the two years to focus on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations of the armed forces and the intelligence community.

Former DSSG members from the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry include Professor Paul Weiss and Professor Richard Kaner

Learn more about Prof. Maynard’s research here.