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April 17: Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies holds open house

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies will hold an open house and dedication April 17.

Department staff will showcase completed work and lab equipment purchased with grant funds in the center’s new suite, Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 308, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Grantors from State Farm and the Dominion Foundation's Higher Education Partnership will also be in attendance.

State Farm’s $52,000 grant in 2014 funded Project Boost, a program integrating high school students in authentic scientific research in the Tuscarora Watershed. The students work with Frederick High School science teachers Shelley Miller and Joyce Tuten and career and technical education teachers Jennifer Bearce and Robin Brawner to monitor and restore Brook Trout habitats.

Dominion’s $35,000 grant in 2013 allowed approximately 55 students to participate in formal classroom instruction on watershed hydrology, geographic information system technology and the use of related field instrumentation. The money also funded two field and research opportunities that assisted efforts to improve the quality of water in Frederick.

The center, launched in March 2013, uses a multidisciplinary approach to learning and research. Faculty and student research focuses on understanding the origin and finding possible solutions to environmental and social issues that affect the coastlines and watersheds of our region.

For more information, contact Claire Hudson at hudson@hood.edu.