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Dr. Thomas Beamish receives National Science Foundation Grant

Dr. Thomas D. Beamish has been awarded a two year National Science Foundation Grant for his latest project, "'Bio-Safety' or 'Bio-Hazard'? Organizational Pursuit and Community Response to a Safety and Preparedness Initiative"

Dr. Thomas D. Beamish has been awarded a two year National Science
Foundation Grant (200k) for his latest project, "'Bio-Safety' or
'Bio-Hazard'? Organizational Pursuit and Community Response to a Safety and Preparedness Initiative" in which he is investigating community response to the proposed installation of federally funded National Bioncontainment Laboratories (NBL) in three U.S. communities. The NBL have been billed by the federal government as the frontline in providing local, regional, and national protection from the world's most virulent pathogens. In each case, reputable Universities with mature medical facilities and strong reputations in related fields of study responded to a National Institutes of Health RFP to sponsor and manage the NBL for the federal government. Yet, a remarkable range of reactions to the NBL's ostensibly safety enhancing initiative-strong opposition (Davis, CA), growing opposition (Boston, MA), no significant opposition (Galveston, TX)-highlights the importance of understanding variable response to programs ostensibly intended to minimize risk and increase public security and preparedness.

Currently, Dr. Beamish is also the Program Chair for Economic SociologySection for the 2005 ASA Annual Meetings in Philadelphia and has been invited to present on a panel regarding, "Economic Sociology in the Next Decade and Beyond." Additionally, Dr. Beamish was invited and presented a paper in June titled, "Grounding Innovation in Social Process" at the European Group on Organizations Summer Workshop in Santorini, Greece 2005.