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Vol 57 No. 12 : June 15, 2005
Vol 57 No. 12 | June 15, 2005

Criminal Justice Prof Leads Students to BIO Convention in Philadelphia

Criminal Justice's Harvey Morley will lead 18 CSULB Criminal Justice students to Philadelphia this month to join the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s 2005 Annual International Convention.

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) represents more than 1,000 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, biotechnology centers and related organizations in all 50 states and 33 additional nations. An expected 20,000 biotechnology and life sciences professionals and top leaders from organizations from around the world will attend the convention June 19-22.

Morley, a Canoga Park resident who joined the university in 1989, praises BIO for its fifth year of serving as a “partner in education” with CSULB’s Department of Criminal Justice. “Thanks to BIO leadership, the department of Criminal Justice has been able to expose to a service-learning environment 85 young women and men,” he said. “Students deal with an international conference and the security issues that surround it as well as meeting with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.”

"BIO’s continued support has made it possible for students to travel everywhere from San Diego, San Francisco, Ontario, Canada to Washington, D.C.,” he added.

BIO gets a sophisticated group of young men and women familiar with their operation as well as concepts and principles surrounding the security of large events.

“BIO has a great deal of confidence in the fact that, when CSULB comes in, they exhibit a level of professionalism not often seen in other groups,” he said. “I’m not aware of any other university that does this. We are, as far as I know, the only one in the United States that has this type of relationship and for that, we thank BIO.”

Aside from preparing a security plan for the convention, the students divided into three six-member teams that participated in a daylong tabletop exercise prior to leaving. The exercise allowed them to test their ideas and concepts prior to arriving at the convention site. This year, evaluators included the director of security for Amgen Corp., the largest biotechnical research facility in the world; the director of security for the Los Angeles Convention Center; and personnel from the Long Beach fire and police departments as well as the Los Angeles Airport Police Bureau. 

While the team is at the conference, Morley indicated that on any given day, students are given the responsibility of not only planning but also ensuring that the rest of the security team does its job.

“It is a team effort, not an individual effort,” he said. “Members of the team evaluate security issues and also deal with administrative issues that may impact security concerns.”

Morley's primary goal is to assist his students in integrating classroom theory into a real-world experience. “I want them in an environment where they can see the interplay between sworn law enforcement agencies and the private sector,” he said.   


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