Traffic-related emissions are a significant fraction of air pollutants in urban areas. Populations living or attending school in close proximity to roadways experience long-term exposures to increased pollution. Commuters encounter short-term exposures as drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians. Christine Kendrick, an ESM doctoral student advised by Dr. Linda George, has been awarded a 2012 EPA STAR fellowship grant to monitor the change in air quality and traffic in response to altering traffic policy and use these data to develop models to assess impacts of traffic modifications on roadside air quality.
The STAR Graduate Fellowship Program is “a nationally competitive environmental fellowship program, the purpose is to ensure that the United States has a stellar roster of academic environmental specialists to populate this country’s future educational and business communities”. The awardee can get a maximum of $42,000 per year of support for 3 years. For more details on The STAR Graduate Fellowship Program, please go to http://www.scgcorp.com/fellowship/index.aspx.
Congratulations to ESM masters student Holly Neill who was awarded a 2013-2013 American Chemical Society-Hach High School Chemistry Grant for $1500 for her project "The impact of nitrogen pollution on air and water quality." The project utilizes a process that was developed by Dr. Linda George.
Congratulations to ESM doctoral student Amy Truitt who received the Bushby Graduate Travel Award for her travel to present at the 7th International Wolbachia Conference in France.
Congratulations to ESM doctoral student Sarah Freed who received the Dunnette Graduate Travel Award in December for her travel to the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology in New Zealand in 2011.
ESM is pleased to introduce our newest faculty member, Dr. Angela Strecker. Angela is an aquatic ecologist who is broadly interested in understanding patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in freshwater systems, particularly as they relate to anthropogenic stressors and how landscape connectivity can influence these patterns.