Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

HBCU Participates in National Science Foundation Global Climate Center

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

HBCU Participates in National Science Foundation Global Climate Center

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ARLINGTON, VA.

The National Science Foundation has announced that it is establishing a multimillion-dollar research center at the University of Kansas. The historically Black Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina is one of five partner institutions working with KU on the project. The new NSF Science and Technology Center will research polar ice and its potential effect on global climate change.

ECSU's share of the $26 million five-year award is $2 million and will fund the school's Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER), headed by Dr. Linda Hayden. The overall work, led by KU, will be carried out by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets - or CReSIS - and includes ECSU, Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Maine, Ohio State University and Pennsylvania State University as core partners.

By using remote sensing laboratories, the researchers will measure ice thickness, map changes and analyze and distribute data to predict future changes. The data will also be used to inspire students to pursue science careers and to educate current and future policy-makers, according to officials. …

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