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Dela Williams and Doug Backman. UCF has received a superior rating from the federal government for its adherence to standards designed to protect national security information.

The U.S. Defense Security Service conducts an annual review of institutions, agencies and companies that contract with the Department of Defense to protect classified information and keep technological advances secure.

UCF's security office, housed in the Office of Research & Commercialization's compliance division, has received the superior ranking for each of the last two years.

In an email UCF Provost Tony Waldrop praised Dela Williams, coordinator of the security office, for the achievement. "I was very impressed to hear that for the second straight year our security audit had no findings and we received a superior rating. As you know, this is the top rating and only achieved by 4% of over 13,000 defense contractors," Waldrop wrote.

According to The National Industrial Security Program (NIST) the superior rating is reserved for facilities that do not have any serious security issues and that have documented procedures for protecting confidential information.

Kudos to Dela and her team leader, Doug Backman!

Dr. Perez. A UCF press release featuring Assistant Professor Manuel Perez is featured on a National Institutes of Health website. The story is the first link on the right top of the page "Special Sugar, Nanoparticles Combine to Detect Cholera Toxin." You can see the story at Congratulations to Dr. Perez!

Suhtling Wong, worked on the video featured on the ORC homepage, Research is a Way of Life, has won a CASE III Award of Excellence and is in the running for the grand award in February.

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