Lawrence Livermore renews pact with Georgetown University to expand research and education in science and policy

Sept. 22, 2014
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LLNL Director Bill Goldstein and Georgetown President John DeGioia sign a memorandum of understanding on Friday, renewing the LLNL-Georgetown partnership and expanding areas of collaboration. Photo courtesy of Georgetown. (Download Image)

Lawrence Livermore renews pact with Georgetown University to expand research and education in science and policy

Anne M Stark,, 925-422-9799

Director Bill Goldstein and GeorgetownPresident John DeGioia on Friday renewed their institutional commitment by signing a memorandum of understanding for an additional five years to expand the collaborative work in the areas of cyber security, biosecurity, nonproliferation and global climate, energy and environmental sciences.

This renewal represents a significant expansion of an MOU originally signed in December 2009 and is a framework to broaden LLNL collaborations university-wide, including the Georgetown University Medical Center. The new MOU expands the fields of study to include data science and data analytics; bio-security; emergency and disaster management; global climate, energy and environment; food safety and security; and biotechnology (including such fields as infectious diseases, drug discovery, regenerative medicine, and urban resilience).

The LLNL-Georgetown partnership has already achieved successful partnerships, including the creation and successful launch of a master's program in emergency and disaster management (EDM), which began in fall 2013 and is now in its second year. LLNL also worked with Georgetown to establish a bio-technology seminar series and host summer interns from the Biotechnology Masters of Science Program.

"This agreement advances and broadens the areas for cooperation between our two institutions. It helps bring together the policy, governmental and biomedical strengths of Georgetown with the science, computational and engineering strengths of Lawrence Livermore, to better meet the great challenges our nation faces in global security, health and education," Goldstein said.

The next major objective is in data analytics. Projects include a potential collaboration on a new master's degree program as well as working together to create a shared computational infrastructure leveraging LLNL's high-performance computing capabilities.

New collaborations are foreseen in biosecurity and biotechnology with Georgetown University Medical Centeras well as research projects in global climate change, energy and environment, and food safety and security.

"This is a very important next step in deepening the extraordinary partnership we've enjoyed with Livermore over the past five years," DeGioia said of the new agreement. "It will allow us to strategically collaborate on research projects and programs designed to benefit our local, national and global communities."

The two groups will seek new funding opportunities to establish or expand research or educational programs; to create centers or institutes of interdisciplinary activity; to exchange faculty, students and/or research staff; and to host events for the purpose of advancing scientific and scholarly endeavors.