The American Chemistry Society has selected the U.S. Department of State’s Chemical Security Engagement Program to receive the 2009 Howard Fawcett Award, which is presented annually for outstanding contributions to the science, technology, education and communication of chemical health and safety. With funding from the U.S. Congress, the State Department implements the Chemical Security Engagement Program worldwide, with the core mission of engaging scientists in collaborative activities that improve chemical safety and security practices, reduce chemical threats, and strengthen international scientific cooperation through promoting beneficial research and development. The Department works closely with an international network of U.S. and foreign government partners, national professional chemical societies, academics, and chemical industry organizations.
In 2009, the Chemical Security Engagement Program sponsored a series of capacity-building workshops focused on chemical safety and security best practices in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The training workshops are designed to help institutionalize best practices at chemical labs in universities and industrial facilities, with the ultimate goal of strengthening international cooperation on science and chemical security. In addition, the program has cooperated with universities to develop and improve chemical safety, security, and ethics curriculum and has provided security training for chemical industry representatives. Going forward, the Chemical Security Engagement Program will work with partner nations to create nationwide networks of chemical safety and security officers at universities possessing a chemistry department through a recently developed train-the-trainer course. This activity will help create sustainable best practices in chemical security and safety and will help implement U.S. efforts to improve international security through scientific engagement and diplomacy.
The award will be presented at the annual American Chemistry Society’s Award Symposium on Monday August 17 in Washington, DC.
For more information please contact Elizabeth E. Cameron, Program Director of the Chemical Security Engagement Program. She can be reached at 202-736-4747 or at CameronEE@state.gov