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07-20-2004

Clarkson's External Research Funding Exceeds $16.5 Million For Academic Year

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Clarkson University Vice Provost for Research S.V. Babu has announced that the total external research funding for the 2003-04 academic year has exceeded $16.5 million.mercuryresearch

This is an enormous accomplishment and one that supports Clarkson in its pursuit of academic excellence in all aspects, said Babu. "It was also achieved while undergraduate education and training remained central to Clarkson's mission."

During our recently completed academic year, Clarkson faculty raised over $16.17 million in external research funding, Babu explained. "The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) has received an additional $380,000 in membership fees and unrestricted research grants, bringing the total to over $16.5 million. This is, by any measure, an unparalleled and superlative performance and our faculty deserves enormous credit for this achievement."

Excellent support and guidance from several units at the University, in particular, the Division of Research, were crucial for achieving this success.

Many faculty members contributed to the high funding figure by writing successful proposals. Among the grants received this year was a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Army for ongoing obscurant smoke research conducted by Babu and CAMP researchers and Professors of Chemistry Richard Partch and Dan Goia; $1 million and $375,000 grants both to Babu for CAMP administration and research and faculty development, respectively, from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research; a $500,000 grant to Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Stephanie C. Schuckers that represents her part in a $3.1 million multiuniversity biometrics research project funded by the Office of Homeland Security through the National Science Foundation (NSF); and $545,000 in grants from NSF to Civil and Environmental Engineering Professors Stefan Grimberg and Thomas Holsen and Professor of Biology Michael Twiss on a joint research project with investigators from Syracuse University, Rutgers University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, on the transport, fate and bioavailability of mercury in atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments.

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Clarkson University honors student Chase Gerbig, graduate student Matthew Fox, and their advisor Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Stefan Grimberg collect water and soil samples at the wetland area of Sunday Lake. Their sample gathering is part of a multiuniversity research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the transport, fate and bioavailability of mercury in atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic environments. The NSF grant contributed to external research funding at Clarkson exceeding $16.5 million for the 2003-04 academic year.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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