[ISN] Campuses in running for security program

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Date: Mon Sep 29 2003 - 04:07:04 PDT

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    DN Staff Writer
    September 26, 2003 
    Researchers on three University of Nebraska campuses are working to
    complete a proposal that could make NU the first Department of
    Homeland Security Center of Excellence.
    Mel Bernstein, department of homeland security director of university
    programs, announced last week that NU was one of 12 universities
    selected from 72 that submitted initial proposals for a DHS Center of
    Excellence for Risk Analysis and Modeling Related to the Economic
    Consequences of Terrorism.
    The full proposal will detail how researchers at the University of
    Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the
    University of Nebraska Medical Center would create programs and plans
    that would evaluate the risks bioterrorism attacks could pose to
    Nebraska's infrastructure and transportation systems, said Steven
    Hinrichs, director of the University of Nebraska Center for
    "We're very pleased that DHS has selected the University of Nebraska
    from 72 universities to compete," he said. "This is a great
    opportunity to show the cooperation between our campuses."
    The proposal is due Oct. 6.
    After the full proposals are submitted, two panels will review them
    and select three univerisites as finalists, Hinrichs said.
    Those universities will receive on-site visits from DHS, and the first
    Center of Excellence should be announced by the end of November.
    If NU gets the center, it will be housed at UNO's Peter Kiewit
    Gerald Wagner, UNO distinguished research fellow, is the principal
    investigator for the project and director of the institute's
    International Academy for Advanced Decision Support.
    The DHS center will develop a model to simulate terrorist attacks on
    the transportation system and alternative responses to those attacks,
    he said. The goal of the model will be to evaluate the economic risks
    associated with potential attacks, he said.
    The simulation will involve multiple technologies, including
    artificial intelligence and geographic information systems, Wagner
    The center would create a model program looking at the best way to
    prepare Nebraska for a bioterroism attack, and how to protect the
    state should an attack occur.
    Such a model would then be used on a national scale, he said.
    Hinrichs said time would tell if the Department of Homeland Security
    would pick NU's proposal, but he said the university's selection for
    the second round showed Nebraska had what it took to compete.
    "We believe we will be very competitive," he said.
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