TIEHH Research Projects Get $2.4 Million in Federal Funding

Date: Feb. 6, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK — Representatives from The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University were presented with $2.4 million in federal funds Monday by Congressman Randy Neugebauer.

The money will allow the institute to continue research on projects contributing to national defense.

“On behalf of TIEHH’s faculty and other faculty collaborators, at both Texas Tech and Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, we appreciate this outstanding support from Congressman Neugebauer and being given the opportunity to assist the Department of Defense in maintaining mission readiness in dealing with toxic chemical threats and also assisting in homeland security,” said Dr. Ronald J. Kendall, director of TIEHH. It is rewarding to see our faculty’s patents and new science being brought to the forefront in protecting our nation’s homeland and military security. We intend to work even harder with this award to further develop new science for the future.”

From the total dollar amount, $1.39 million will go to TIEHH’s Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats. The Zumwalt Program focuses on counter-terrorism by developing methods to prevent the spread of biological and chemical agents, such as weapons of mass destruction, in both urban and rural environments, including livestock populations.

The remaining $990,000 will be administered through DOD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, and will help support the development of approaches to address the effects of military-related toxic chemicals on human health and the environment. This has been an especially successful area for TIEHH researchers who will soon publish a book on the ecological risks associated with the chemical perchlorate. Additionally, TIEHH scientists have begun to gain a greater understanding on the toxic effects of chemical munitions as they degrade after release into the environment.

“The research being completed at TIEHH is contributing to national security by protecting Americans and our military from the effects of biological and chemical threats,” Neugebauer said. “Today, as our country is dealing with rogue nations and terrorist groups that oppose our way of life, the work being done at TIEHH is more important than ever before.”

Funding for the research and development of new technology came in part as a result of allocations that Neugebauer secured in the FY06 Department of Defense Appropriations bill passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Bush Dec. 30, 2005.