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Release: March 31, 2000
UI's Grassian, Carmichael receive NSF award for undergraduate research
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Vicki Grassian, associate professor in the department
of chemistry in the UI College of Liberal Arts and the department of chemical
and biochemical engineering in the UI College of Engineering, and Gregory
Carmichael, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering in the UI College
of Engineering, have received a $183,000 National Science Foundation (NSF)
award to provide enhanced research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Out of fifty grant proposals submitted, the UI award was one of ten new awards
funded through the NSF Engineering Centers Division.
The program, which will be hosted by the UI Center for Global and Regional
Environmental Research (CGRER), will provide research positions for 12 students
during summer 2000 and again during the summers of 2001 and 2002. Grassian,
the principal investigator on the grant, and Carmichael, a co-principal investigator,
say that the program is focused on environmental systems and will offer research
positions for students interested in interdisciplinary research. Projects
will be available for students majoring in chemistry, geology, geography,
chemical engineering, and environmental engineering.
Carmichael says that global change and environmental protection are critical
issues facing society today and it is important to involve science and engineering
students in UI environmental systems work.
Grassian says that without this award, students would not have the opportunity
to participate in these interdisciplinary research projects. The award allows
students to work directly with faculty for an eight-week time period.
Grassian is an expert in the field of environmental catalysis and heterogeneous
atmospheric chemistry. Her work has focused on investigations of chemical
reactions on oxide particle surfaces and their role in environmental remediation
and the chemical balance of the atmosphere.
Carmichael is an internationally recognized researcher, in part, for his
studies on the environmental impacts of Asian development. His studies have
shown that sulfur dioxide and other pollutants formed by burning coal affect
not only urban environments in Asia, but also the United States because pollution
is transported across the Pacific Ocean.
Environmental science at the University of Iowa includes 41 courses related
directly to the subject and 14 different centers with a significant environmental
emphasis. Much of the multidisciplinary research related to environmental
science is coordinated through CGRER.
Carmichael serves as co-director of CGRER, which fosters interdisciplinary
research and training in the field of environmental change and is concerned
with both the scientific and human dimensions of global change. CGRER currently
consists of 65 faculty, 75 graduate students, 15 postdoctoral and visiting
scientists from 17 departments -- ranging from economics and law to physics
and astronomy -- and six colleges at the UI and Iowa State University.
Interested students can learn more about the program by viewing the web
site at http://www.cgrer.uiowa.edu/REU/index.html
or by contacting CGRER Administrative Assistant Jane Frank at 319-335-3333
or at email@example.com.