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EPA and Department of Energy to Sign Agreement for Research and Computing Cooperation

Release Date: 02/17/2004
Contact Information:

Suzanne Ackerman, 202-564-7819 /
Corry Schiermeyer, 202-586-5806 /

02/17/2004 - On Wednesday, Feb. 18, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael O. Levitt and Department of Energy Secretary (DOE) Spencer Abraham will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand research and computing collaboration by the two agencies. This MOU will promote and conduct research that results in high quality products that strengthen environmental health. As part of this agreement, EPA and DOE will create a high performance computing network and share scientific resources in important evolving research areas including: computational toxicology, genomics, nanotechnology, remote sensing, bioinformatics and sustainable energy use. The MOU will further promote a “collaboratory” or virtual science laboratory without walls, in which researchers can share scientific products regardless of geographical location. EPA will also benefit from increased access to DOE’s Joint Genome Institute and Sandia National Laboratory.

Who: EPA Administrator Michael O. Leavitt
Department of Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham

What: Signing of MOU and Brief Remarks
      When: Wednesday, Feb. 18
3:30 p.m. EST
      Where: Ariel Rios North Building,
Third floor, “Rachel Carson Room”
Metro: Take Orange/Blue lines to Federal Triangle Exit
Turn left at top of escalators
Enter Ariel Rios Building’s South entrance.