PULLMAN, Wash. — A Washington State University-sponsored workshop focusing on current research needs in support of homeland security begins this morning (March 24) at the University Inn in Moscow, Idaho.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with welcoming remarks by WSU President V. Lane Rawlins and Jim Petersen, WSU vice provost for research. Kei Koizumi, director of the Research and Development Budget and Policy Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will then deliver the keynote address on the national research agenda and federal funding for homeland security research.

Other featured speakers this morning will include Elizabeth George, Department of Homeland Security, discussing DHS research priorities, programs and funding and Andy Avel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will give an overview of EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center priorities.

In the afternoon, R. James Cook, interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will discuss research priorities for food and agricultural security, followed by Steven Becker, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who will review lessons from the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

The workshop will continue Thursday, March 25, with working group discussions on suggested topics, including food safety and zoonotic diseases, information technology and security, emergency preparedness and public policy, environmental effects and integrated devices and sensors.