Thanks to a grant from the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, the First Annual Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Competition was held over the weekend. The competition took place at the Chandler High School Aquatics Center, featuring 25 underwater robotic teams from Maricopa County hoping to earn a spot in the SeaPerch International Competition in Boston in May. Bill Badger, the lead of the local competition, will tell us more, along with Madeline Badger, one of the competitors.
Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found a brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in 96 percent of deceased NFL players they examined. The disease comes from repeated trauma to the head and can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression. Dr. Steven Erickson of the Banner Concussion Center in Phoenix will discuss the issue.
In light of the recent bombing in Boston, we take a look at the status of homeland security in the Phoenix area. Grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have been reduced in recent years. Scott Krushak, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Phoenix, and Mesa City Councilman Scott Somers, who is also a firefighter, will talk about the status of homeland security for the Valley.