UH Manoa Receives $300,000 Federal Grant to Enhance Statewide Homeland Security Infrastructure

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Qing Li, (808) 956-2011
Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
Arlene Abiang, (808) 956-5637
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Oct 13, 2004

HONOLULU — The Office for Domestic Preparedness‘ Homeland Security Grant Program has awarded the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering in UH Mānoa‘s College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR) a two-year, $300,000 grant. The grant is part of a $22,286,000 federal award the state received to enhance its ability to prevent, deter, respond to and recover from threats and incidents of terrorism.

Qing Li, professor in the department and head of the Environmental Biochemistry Laboratory, will use the funds to purchase a liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer (LC-MS) to enhance his laboratory‘s capability to identify unknown and threat chemicals present in environmental samples.

"Not only will we strengthen our research, we become part of the statewide homeland security infrastructure safeguarding Hawaiʻi‘s people and environment," said Li.

The Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP) is the principal component of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for preparing the United States for acts of terrorism. In carrying out its mission, ODP is responsible for providing training, funds for the purchase of equipment, support for the planning and execution of exercises, technical assistance and other support to assist states and local jurisdictions to prevent, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.