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Bethune-Cookman University Associate Provost Joins Board of Army Science and Technology (Bast) Standing Committee of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicines (National Academies)

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Dr. Adrienne Cooper is Appointed to the BAST Standing Committee on Chemical Demilitarization

Associate Provost and Professor of Integrated Environmental Science, Dr. Adrienne T. Cooper, has been designated to serve a three-year term on the Board of Army Science and Technology’s standing committee on Chemical Demilitarization. The Board of Army Science and Technology is a part of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Twenty (20) specialists from academia and industry gathered with the leadership of the Army’s Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives in Aberdeen, Maryland, for a technical program briefing and to review program progress. “I am honored to have the opportunity to use my scientific knowledge to serve my country,” said Dr. Cooper.

Dr. Cooper first became involved in the area of chemical demilitarization in 1999 when she served as a member of a technology evaluation panel for Stone and Webster Engineering. Since that time she has served on several panels and National Academies' study committees for different aspects of chemical demilitarization. “Although I couldn’t bring my own child into a world without chemical weapons, it is important for me to work toward a chemical weapons free world for his children,” she said. Dr. Cooper’s work with the National Academies committee combines her background in chemical and environmental engineering and allows her to share more about this important area with students at Bethune-Cookman University.

The National Academies committee will meet twice a year to discuss progress at the two remaining chemical weapons destruction facilities in the United States. For more information on Chemical Demilitarization or this National Academies Committee, please contact: Dr. Adrienne Cooper, coopera@cookman.edu or (386) 481-2062.

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