Dean Shari Veil has been named a research fellow at the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska. NSRI Fellows will contribute their expertise, talent and foresight to build multidisciplinary teams that develop solutions for complex problems across the spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) threats.
Veil previously served on a Food and Drug Administration Expert Working Group that developed a casebook for Medical Countermeasure Emergency Communication Strategies and on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Expert Working Group that developed and updated the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Manual.
While at the University of Kentucky, Veil was on the communications team in the emergency operations center during the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program’s full scale exercises with the Bluegrass Army Depot and led the case analysis for developing and testing risk communication strategies during and after the decontamination of an intentional biological release, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. While serving as Director of the Center for Risk and Crisis Management at the University of Oklahoma, Veil spearheaded the development of the State Continuity Implementation Plan for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.
Veil’s research in risk and crisis communication has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense and National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. She will be part of the inaugural interdisciplinary cohort that includes 74 researchers from across the NU system, 31 from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.