Science Wednesday: Homeland Security Research: Armed with Science

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Last week, I taped my first homeland security talk radio interview!

The interview was with Dr. John Ohab, moderator of the Defense Department’s (DOD) “Armed with Science” news webcast. He focused our interview on EPA’s role in homeland security science while emphasizing our collaborative research with DOD in two critical areas:

  1. Protecting national water infrastructure, and
  2. Decontaminating buildings and outdoor areas following biological, chemical, or radiological contamination.

Dr. Ohab asked me questions designed to inform DOD’s listeners about EPA’s homeland security research.  He was interested in how our extraordinarily talented EPA scientists and engineers collaborate with the Defense Department and others in undertaking a broad range of scientific research activities that are advancing our homeland security science to support and improve our response and recovery capabilities.

In addition to my interview, I posted my first ever blog entry—on the “Armed with Science” web site
and wrote my first “tweet” on EPA’s Research Twitter site: www.twitter.com/eparesearch .

I must say, these were entirely new experiences for me, and I’m still on a steep learning curve when it comes to blogging and tweeting. I really enjoyed exploring new ways to share the story of our homeland security research, our results, and its impacts. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I decided to contribute this post to EPA’s Greenversations blog!

I want to offer special thanks to everyone at EPA, and to our colleagues at the Department of Defense, who are helping us make our way into the new world of Web 2.0 technologies. Thanks to everyone reading this blog entry! Your interest in EPA homeland security research and science makes it even more gratifying.

You can listen to my DOD interview here: Armed with Science Episode 62 where it has been archived.

About the Author: Dr. Peter Jutro is the Deputy Director for Science and Policy at EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center. EPA scientists and engineers collaborate with their partners on research and technologies that protect national water infrastructure and advance the state-of-the-art in decontaminating buildings and outdoor areas after a chemical, biological, or radiological attack.