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Vice President for Research Bill Farland a participant in prestigious international summit in China

November 28, 2011

Vice President for Research Bill Farland has traveled the world for a variety of purposes in his career, but his most recent trip to China could open new opportunities for CSU and its China initiatives.

Farland recently returned from a prestigious four-day symposium and study tour hosted by the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was invited because of his role as former deputy assistant administrator for science of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

High-profile guest list

Also attending were representatives of China’s Counsellors’ Office of the State Council and the U.S. Embassy in China; J. Stapleton Roy, director of Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and former ambassador to China; Jami Miscik, vice chairman of Kissinger Associates Inc. and former deputy director for Intelligence, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the Agency's senior most analytic post; Christopher Painter, current coordinator for Cyber Issues of the U.S. Department of State; Kent Hughes, director, Program on America and the Global Economy at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Douglas Spelman, deputy director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.

According to the Kissinger Institute website, “the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of issues in the U.S.-China relationship and its impact on both countries and the world. It does so by exploring the political, economic, historical, and cultural factors that underlie the respective behavior patterns and world views of China and the United States.

"Inspired by and dedicated to Henry A. Kissinger’s vision of the importance of the relationship between these two nations, the Kissinger Institute brings together the most expert thinkers and the most promising policymakers and public officials to promote cross-cultural dialogue and enhanced understanding on a variety of issues.”

Focus on risk management

The Beijing symposium focused on how the USA and China handle four aspects of risk management:

  1. understanding and recognizing new international risks;
  2. avoiding economic and financial risks;
  3. handling environmental risks and natural disasters; and
  4. handling newly emerged scientific and technological risks.

Farland spoke about U.S. approaches to managing natural disasters and environmental risk. The study tour focused on briefings and site visits to explore these issues in the Fujian Province of China. Delegates from China were particularly interested in CSU’s research and educational relationships with China and its expertise in environment, energy and sustainability.

When Farland joined CSU in September 2006, he was the highest ranking career scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition to serving as deputy assistant administrator for science in the EPA's Office of Research and Development, he also directed the EPA's Office of the Science Advisor, which serves as the authority on integrating sound science in regulatory decisions. He served as Acting Agency Science Advisor throughout 2005. He was named a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis in 2005 and the Academy of Toxicological Sciences named him a Fellow in 2008.

Since he has been at Colorado State, Farland has managed record-breaking annual research expenditures, which reached $330 million for Fiscal Year 2011.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336