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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Science Chief Named at Homeland Security
7 May 2009 10:16 am
The Obama Administration has nominated a prominent biosecurity expert to be the under secretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Tara O’Toole is a physician who currently leads the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She served in the Department of Energy from 1993 to 1997 as assistant secretary for environment, health and safety.
O’Toole has been instrumental in drawing the attention of Congress and the government to the threat of bioterrorism. If confirmed, she will manage a budget of nearly $1 billion—most of which is currently dedicated to technology development. One area to watch: how she steers BioWatch—a DHS program to develop and deploy environmental sensors in cities to get early warning of an aerosolized bioterror attack. O’Toole has been critical of DHS’s plans under the Bush Administration to continue making investments into the program to achieve quicker detection, arguing that this would not necessary translate into an effective emergency response by public health officials.