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RIC Professors Receive Prestigious STAC Awards

Associate Professor of Physical Science Sarah Knowlton and Assistant Professor of Biology Breea Governor.

Associate Professor of Physical Science Sarah Knowlton and Assistant Professor of Biology Breea Governor.

 

Two Rhode Island College faculty are members of two separate higher education teams working on climate change research. Recently both their teams were awarded Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) grants.

Associate Professor of Physical Science, Sarah Knowlton, and two colleagues from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography were awarded $160,402 to improve scientists’ understanding of the impact warming waters have on animal and plant life by using computer simulation designed especially for coastal waters. The team’s findings will contribute new data to Rhode Island College’s recently added environmental chemistry track and K-12 Next Generation Science Standards.

Assistant Professor of Biology Breea Governor, along with colleagues from URI, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island Costal Resources Center/Rhode Island Sea Grant, will receive a $133,057 grant to test the effectiveness of sculptural forms in coastal habitat restoration. This project intends to result in commercial investment to support development of new materials and sculptural forms for coastal habitat restoration and shore protection.

The STAC awards are funded by a state match to the multi-year Rhode Island National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) grant.

Launched in 2005, STAC is designed to increase the state’s research and development capacity, support entrepreneurship and enable innovation. Membership includes leaders from Rhode Island’s academic, business and public sectors.