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Diaz-Balart to Present $1.5 Million to Florida Gulf Coast University for Dual-Use Technologies Project Tomorrow

FORT MYERS, FL - Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) will present a check for $1.5 million to Florida Gulf Coast University tomorrow, 1 p.m., Friday, April 11 in the Academic V, Room 309, for the "Dual Use Technologies for Bio-defense project." This is the third time that Diaz-Balart has secured federal funds for this worthwhile project.

"I am proud to continue supporting Florida Gulf Coast University in their vital research for the safety of our troops abroad and Americans here at home," said Diaz-Balart. "I look forward to joining President Bradshaw at Florida Gulf Coast University to recognize the efforts of the team of experts that lead this research project."

Diaz-Balart will be joined by Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president of Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Thomas Roberts, associate vice president of research, and Drs. Sharon Isern, Scott Michael and Jose Barreto, professors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The "Dual Use Technologies for Bio-defense project" focuses on state-of-the-art research on technologies to treat bio-threat agents and develop methods of bio-defense for combat and civilian use.

Academic Building V is adjacent to Parking Lot 2. From Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, take FGCU Boulevard, which is the main entrance to the campus. Turn left at the stop sign, and right onto the first parking lot. For further directions, a campus map is available for viewing at

For more information, media representatives should contact associate vice president for Community Relations Audrea Anderson at (239) 590-1083, or press secretary to Congressman Diaz-Balart Adriana Pereira at (202) 225-2778.

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