N.C. A&T researchers on the wintertime pollution study, left to right: Dr. Marc Fiddler, Steven G. Blanco Garcia, and Jaime Green
Members of the N.C. A&T Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Group are working with researchers from 14 other institutions this winter to investigate the little-known dynamics of wintertime air pollution.
The project is the Wintertime INvestigation of Transport, Emissions, and Reactivity (WINTER) campaign in the Mid-Atlantic Region. It will provide detailed, aircraft-based measurements to explore how chemical processes in the atmosphere vary by season.
Pollution occurs throughout the year, but the chemistry that determines the impact of pollution in the winter has been largely unexplored. Most research has focused on warmer seasons.
In winter, for example, short-lived pollutants like sulfur dioxide dissipate more slowly, so they affect wider areas downwind from the source of the pollution. Sulfur dioxide can cause respiratory problems and can turn into acid rain.
“Levels of oxidant pollution, such as ozone, are smaller in the winter due to decreased sunlight and emissions from plants,” said Dr. Marc Fiddler, an A&T research chemist working on the project. “These conditions produce a different and much more uncertain picture of what happens to sulfur dioxide in the winter.”
NSF official Sylvia James
Dr. Sylvia James, Director for the National Science Foundation’s Human Resource Development Division (HRD), will speak at an open forum on Monday, October 6, 10-11:30 a.m. in the General Classroom Building, Room 218.
Dr. James will focus on HRD’s strategies on broadening the participation of underrepresented students through institutional transformations within higher education.
As chief administrator, she has oversight over HRD, which is in the Directorate of Education and Human Resource (EHR). She manages the LS-AMP, HBCU-UP, CREST, AGEP, and ADVANCE programs, among others. EHR’s mission is to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at all levels.
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UPDATE (August 26): Registration has reached capacity and is now closed.
WHAT: A grant proposal development event, “NSF Funding Opportunities: A Few Words from the Front Lines – Highly Competitive Proposals and the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education.”
PRESENTER: Dr. Gregory Goins, Associate Professor of Biology. He just returned from a one-year appointment at NSF as the division’s program director.
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, September 10, noon to 1:30 p.m., Fort IRC, Room 410.
DETAILS: This workshop will focus on the latest news, programs and funding from NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education with special focus on the new Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, which replaced the former TUES, WIDER and STEP programs.
REGISTRATION: Registration has reached capacity and is now closed.
Principal investigators, take note: Your next NSF proposal may need considerably more detail on mentoring than you’ve provided before.
Blogger Female Science Professor spotted the trend in proposals recently rejected by NSF. From Inside Higher Ed:
“Female Science Professor wrote that it’s no longer ‘enough to have a record of success advising grad students, undergrads, and postdocs in research — you have to understand and explain your advising techniques and you have to have a plan for assessing and improving.’
“She said that even data related to student degrees, publications, conference publications and employment upon graduation weren’t ‘sufficient’ for some reviewers.
“ ‘They want something different,’ she said. ‘Apparently, unless you change something, you are not improving and therefore are not being transformative, or something.’”
Consider yourself warned. The whole piece is here. The original item from the very interesting Female Science Professor blog is here.
A nationally recognized pioneer in clean-energy development has been named Senior Researcher of the Year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Over a career of more than 25 years, Dr. Yusuf “Debo” Adewuyi has skillfully fused chemical engineering and environmental science to explore new dimensions of energy production, including the use of nanoscale materials and sound-wave technology for pollution control.
Dr. Adewuyi is one of five individual researchers and one research team selected this year for N.C. A&T’s highest research honor, the Research Excellence Awards. In addition to Dr. Adewuyi, the honorees are:
- Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science, Outstanding Junior Researcher;
- Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education, and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, co-winners of the Rookie of the Year award;
- Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Intellectual Property Award; and
- The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, Interdisciplinary Team Award.
They were chosen from a field consisting of faculty members selected as researchers of the year by their colleges and schools. The winners and nominees will be honored Friday April 11 at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.
Details on the winners follow the jump.
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