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GLIN==> News Release - Graduate Students Supported by Sea Grant
- Subject: GLIN==> News Release - Graduate Students Supported by Sea Grant
- From: "Marie E. Zhuikov" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 08:59:49 -0600
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Note - image of Allison Gamble is attached.
MN SEA GRANT
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, email@example.com or (218) 726-7677
SEA GRANT BOOSTS FUTURE OF AQUATIC SCIENCE
By awarding over $507,000 for graduate student research project
support, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program is extending the
country's commitment to aquatic science.
"Engaging top-notch graduates in water-related research, policy, and
education is critical to solving the world's looming water issues,"
said Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant acting director.
Minnesota Sea Grant is supporting the equivalent of nine graduate
students for two years, exposing them to the latest techniques used to
address questions about Lake Superior and Minnesota's inland lakes
under the supervision of University of Minnesota faculty. The graduate
funding augments $566,650 that Sea Grant awarded University faculty for
research projects last March.
This year's flock of Sea Grant graduates is pursuing research on topics
such as the sources of beach bacteria, endocrine disruption, carbon
cycling, and interactions between Lake Superior's physical and
Allison Gamble, a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota
Duluth (UMD), spent most of last summer on the deck of a research
vessel collecting data from Lake Superior.
"I've been gaining invaluable experience in the field and in the lab by
working with university faculty, and also through coursework offered at
UMD," said Gamble, a doctoral candidate in Water Resources Science.
Gamble's advisor is Thomas Hrabik, an assistant professor with UMD's
Department of Biology. Hrabik says graduate assistants like Gamble are
critical to advances in science.
"Allison's help has been essential to the progress we've made," said
Hrabik. "The quality and quantity of the data we were able to obtain on
how energy moves through the food web of the lake has put us in a
position to compete successfully for additional grant money. There is
no way I could have collected, processed, and analyzed the amount of
data we did without graduate assistance."
In addition to research, Sea Grant-supported graduates are expected to
make their results relevant and accessible to the public. Many will be
presenting papers at conferences or producing publications in the
Minnesota Sea Grant is part of a network of 30 Sea Grant College
Programs spanning coastal states throughout the United States and
Puerto Rico. To learn more about Sea Grant, access www.seagrant.umn.edu
or call (218) 726-8106.
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