Earth & Environment PhD candidate Margaret Hendrick is one of “Seven Massachusetts graduate students award EPA grants for Environmental Research Projects,” the Environmental Protection Agency announced today via press release.
Hendrick’s now funded grant project will focus on the “Impact of fugitive methane emissions on ecosystem services across a gradient of shale gas extraction to natural gas distribution.”
In total, three Boston University graduate students were among the seven to receive funding from the EPA.
To read the full press release by the EPA, click here.
Hendrick is a PhD candidate in Geography studying global change and urban ecology. She is advised by Professor Nathan Phillips.
This past week, Earth & Environment graduate student Katie Eccles was awarded an Outstanding Mention for 2014 GSA Grant Proposals of Exceptional Merit in Conception and Presentation at the 2014 Annual Geological Society of America Conference in Vancouver, Canada.
The Exceptional Merit awards were given as part of a special ceremony held October 20th that featured Eccles and fellow recipients receiving their awards from GSA President Hap McSween.
The 10 award recipients were chosen from a pool of 401 graduate students who received 2014 GSA Research Grants. Eccles’s grant will explore a new method to date detrital garnets in modern river sediments.
Eccles is an Earth Science PhD student working with Associate Professor Ethan Baxter. Her research focuses on detrital garnet geochronology.
To learn more about Prof. Baxter’s work and his work with Eccles, check out Baxter’s profile page.
The article, “Designing an intelligent urban ecosystem,” highlights the cloud-based NSF funded project that will develop “services and products to solve urban problems ranging from traffic congestion to dirty air” (“Designing”).
Part of the article highlights Hutyra’s work on measuring and recording miles traveled by vehicles in the city in an effort to better understand and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
To read the full article, visit this link.
To read more about Hutyra’s work, check out her profile page.
To learn more about the job opportunity, check out our job postings page (job posted until position filled).
Earth & Environment Associate Professor Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler has just received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new grant.
Fulweiler is PI on the grant titled “Collaborative Research: Development of an In Situ Porewater Sampler Coupled to an Underwater Mass Spectrometer for High-Resolution Biogenic Gas Measurements in Permeable Sediment.” Fulweiler is working in collaboration with colleague at SRI and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.
To assist with the project, Fulweiler is also seeking a student researcher; to learn more about the research opportunity, contact Associate Professor Fulweiler or check out the job description on our job postings page (posted until job filled).
Earth & Environment Professor Yuri Knjazihhin was awarded a new NASA Grant titled “Earth System Data Records of Global Vegetation Index, Fraction of Absorbed PAR, Leaf Area and its Sunlit Fraction from DSCOVR data” under the NASA DSCOVR Earth Science Algorithms Program.
The objective of this three year proposal is to develop Earth System Data Records of global Fraction vegetation absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FPAR), Leaf Area Index (LAI) and its sunlit fraction (SLAI), and Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) from the Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) data.
A special emphasis will be given to achieving consistency and complementarity between DSCOVR EPIC and existing NASA land surface products.
Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni is co-investigator.
Research Assistant Professor Pontus Olofsson has been awarded a two-year research grant from the U.S. Forest Service to prototype a system for monitoring of land cover change and carbon emissions and removals for subregion in Colombia. The research will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in Colombia.
Earth & Environment Professor Ranga Myneni was awarded a new NASA Grant titled “Global LAI-FPAR Earth System Data Records from Suomi VIIRS to Extend the EOS MODIS Time Series” under the NASA Suomi VIIRS Science Team Program. The objective of this three year grant is to provide and maintain the algorithm for operational production of global LAI/FPAR science data records by the NASA Suomi NPP Land SIPS from Suomi VIIRS data and to evaluate these products to assure continuity with the EOS MODIS product time series. A list of Myneni’s grants can be found at http://sites.bu.edu/cliveg/projects/active-projects/
A new grant sponsored by members of the BU community has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation.
The goal of the project, “A Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform and Ecosystem (SCOPE),” is to “research, prototype, and evaluate novel ‘smart-city’ services for the city of Boston and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts” through the creation of the cloud-based open platform, SCOPE (“NSF“). In developing and utilizing SCOPE, the investigators hope to learn more about the functionality of smart cities and implement “specific SCOPE-enabled smart-city services” some of which include technology to improve traffic congestion and technology to monitor carbon emissions.
The grant is led by Principal Investigator Azer Bestavros, a Computer Science Professor at BU. Earth & Environment Assistant Professor Lucy Hutyra is a Co-PI on the project. Working with Hutyra on the project is Ph.D. candidate Conor Gately.
To learn more about the SCOPE project, visit the NSF award information page here.
To learn more about the work of Lucy Hutyra, visit her profile page on our website.
The highly competitive appointment, which comes with $1,000,000, is given to “accomplished research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates. … The 40 scientists who have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002 have introduced innovative approaches for teaching science in the classroom, expanded and enhanced student research opportunities, developed new educational resources, and implemented novel mentoring programs for student support” (HHMI Professors).
To view the announcement directly from HHMI, click here.
Marchant’s plans for his grant are described in the BU Today feature article that can be read here.