University of Hawaii Receives $300K Homeland Security Grant

School to use money to purchase device for detecting chemical threats


The University of Hawaii is receiving a $300,000 two-year homeland security grant to purchase equipment that identifies threat chemicals present in the environment.

The grant to the university's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources is part of a $22.3 million federal award the state received to enhance its ability to prevent, deter, respond to and recover from threats and incidents of terrorism.

Qing Li, head of the Environmental Biochemistry Laboratory, said the funds will be used to purchase a liquid chromatograph-mass spectrometer.

``Not only will we strengthen our research, we become part of the statewide homeland security infrastructure safeguarding Hawaii's people and environment,'' he said.