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Research Infrastructure Development West Virginia University, Marshall University/Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers

WV RID fosters and strengthens ties between researchers at all institutions of higher education in West Virginia; and supports a variety of projects to encourage collaboration with NASA scientists, high-tech companies in the state. The impact of WV RID at a number of smaller institutions has been significant. For instance, a representative of a 4-year college in WV writes: “NASA EPSCoR has provided the support needed to help many faculty members in our science departments keep active in research. We have seen a very positive impact that the program has had on science at our institution. It has enabled our faculty to keep abreast of the NASA space work, and has helped to keep the sciences vibrant here. We are most appreciative of this connection. This, then, becomes a significant contribution to promoting and maintaining a high standard in science throughout this state.” Dr. Brenden E. McNeil, West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography, was awarded a Research Seed grant entitled “Acid deposition and tree water use efficiency: comparing northern hemisphere tree-ring isotope data with new measurements from

unpolluted South American forests”. The focus of the research study is to analyze atmosphere-biosphere climate modeling activities and how increases in atmospheric CO2 will affect the carbon sink provided by the world’s forests. His research will provide a powerful baseline for tree-ring δ13C analyses, thereby greatly intensifying the impact of this interdisciplinary research, as well as enhancing its utility for NASA-funded climate modeling efforts. In 2013, Ms. Evelin Flamenco, a WVU undergraduate student working with Dr. McNeil, applied for and was awarded a scholarship for the Next Generation of Latino Leaders, from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI). In 2015, under Dr. McNeil mentorship, Ms. Flamenco competed for and was awarded an Undergraduate Fellowship to continue her research work on the project “Comparing Tree Species and Canopy Albedo by Measuring Leaf Angle with a UAV”. She indicated that in her current research that she expects to gain additional skills and knowledge in preparing for Graduate School.

Evelin Flamenco, WVU sophomore geography undergraduate research student, measuring widths of tree-rings for isotopic analysis for Dr. B. McNeil’s Research Seed Grant entitled “Acid deposition and tree water use efficiency: Comparing Northern Hemisphere tree-ring isotope data with new measurements from unpolluted South American forests”.

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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