NOAA 2006-R905
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Contact: Jana Goldman
2/8/06
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NOAA GRANTS $496,058 TO ENCOURAGE WASHINGTON STUDENTS
TO STUDY BUSINESS OF SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE

The Northwest Indian College in Bellingham received $496,058 to train students in entrepreneurial and technical skills associated designed to create shellfish acquaculture business opportunities. The grant was awarded as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s effort to develop and enhance educational opportunities at minority-serving institutions.

Also receiving grants of about $500,000 each are Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga., City College of New York, and Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.

“These grants will help students pursue careers, advanced degrees, or environmental entrepreneurship opportunities in the sciences directly related to NOAA's mission,” said Jacqueline Rousseau, director of NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program.

The EPP program, in its fourth year, provides funding to cooperative science centers, and undergraduate scholarship and graduate sciences programs to support educational and research opportunities. A new “high school pipeline” project was added this year. Five institutions received about $500,000 each to encourage high school students to study sciences that relate to NOAA’s mission.

“This educational initiative is a special partnership between NOAA, several academic institutions and the public-private sector aimed at preparing the next generation of students to pursue careers, advanced academic studies, and new opportunities in the NOAA sciences,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

The recipients are:

High School Science Pipeline Projects

  • Florida A & M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida- $500,000
    FAMU will use applied research, training, and demonstration projects to increase the knowledge and interests of high school students in the atmospheric, climate, coastal, ocean and environmental sciences.
  • Jackson State University (JSU) in Jackson, Mississippi - $499,999
    JSU will introduce high school students to marine, environmental sciences and meteorology through a combination of classroom studies and exercises, field trips and hands-on applied field research in collaboration with NOAA and partners.
  • Miami Dade College (MDC) in Miami, Florida - $499,785
    Miami Dade College will work with NOAA and other partners to provide hands-on training, field-based learning, and educational opportunities to 120 high school students.
  • Universidad del Turabo (UDT) in Puerto Rico - $496,189
    UDT and NOAA Sea Grant will provide opportunities for high school students in GIS, environmental science and research and entrepreneurship in the east central region of Puerto Rico.
  • The University of Alaska (UAF) in Fairbanks, Alaska - $494,591
    The University of Alaska-Fairbanks will provide high school students (in grades 9 – 12) a three-year education and training pipeline project. Methods include: developing 5 courses each year, 10 high school dual-credit classes, a work-study program with public-private entities, and mentoring.


Environmental Demonstration Projects

  • Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in Atlanta, Georgia - $499,995
    Clark Atlanta University’s program will focus on the business of aquaculture systems. Students will gain experience in coastal environmental restoration, management and pollution prevention, and develop additional technical and entrepreneurial skills. Summer internships and visits to the NOAA Galveston lab are part of the program.
  • The City College of New York (CUNY) - $499,314
    CUNY will partner with NOAA’s Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (CREST) to introduce students to applied research applications and the mechanics of constructing business model ideas in oceans, satellites, fisheries, or research.
  • Northwest Indian College (NIC) in Bellingham, Washington - $496,058
    Northwest Indian College will partner with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center to train students in entrepreneurial and technical skills designed to create shellfish aquaculture business opportunities.
  • Oxnard College in California - $500,000
    Oxnard College and NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (and other organizations) will conduct a training program that will instruct students on the commercialization and restoration of white abalone hatchery operations.
  • Savannah State University (SSU) in Georgia - $492,978
    Savannah State University and NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Galveston Lab will offer hands-on experiences for undergraduates and graduate Marine Science and Engineering majors in GIS-based restoration and the beneficial use of dredge material site monitoring.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA Administrator Conrad C. Lautenbacher: http://www.noaa.gov/lautenbacher.html

Educational Partnership program with Minority Serving Institutions: http://epp.noaa.gov/