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"The idea of the University Consortium is to create a virtual federal lab that connects all of our institutions of higher learning electronically to pursue homeland defense research. By pooling our resources, I believe we can compete with America's best colleges for research dollars and projects."
-- Hal Rogers,
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2004) -- The University of Kentucky and several other Kentucky universities and technical colleges will perform research into homeland security issues, supported by $4 million in federal Department of Homeland Security grants.
Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced Thursday that the universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will establish a consortium for research and development on homeland security projects. Eleven projects were funded initially.
"It is critical that we take every opportunity to create jobs and build on Kentucky's tremendous economic development potential by expanding our opportunities in homeland security," Fletcher said. " A federal lab will complement the tremendous work in the biomedical field currently being conducted at the state's major universities.”
"The idea of the University Consortium is to create a virtual federal lab that connects all of our institutions of higher learning electronically to pursue homeland defense research," said Rogers. "By pooling our resources, I believe we can compete with America's best colleges for research dollars and projects."
The grants to UK include:
- $894,923 to UK, Eastern Kentucky University and Murray State University to develop a testing and tracking system to provide early warnings of disease in beef cattle.
- $654,668 to UK, Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville to develop a high-tech surveillance and face-recognition system.
- $835,556 to UK, Murray State and Morehead State University to simulate catastrophic events related to dam breaches. This project also will evaluate potential damage and the ability of emergency responders to react.
- $318,048 to UK and WKU to develop portable command systems to use in emergency situations.
- $250,000 to UK and EKU to develop a community risk and vulnerability assessment tool.
- $285,000 to UK to demonstrate a three-dimensional simulation and training system for disaster scenarios.
- $95,751 to UK to determine the best way to manage and disseminate information in time-critical situations.
Other projects by U of L, Murray State, EKU, Northern Kentucky University, and KCTCS received a total of $1.166 million.