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Center for Coastal, Watershed Studies receives grant

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies recently received a grant from the Dominion Foundation's Higher Education Partnership to expand the use of geographic information systems in the environmental sciences.

The $35,000 grant will allow about 55 students to participate in formal classroom instruction on watershed hydrology, geographic information system technology and the use of related field instrumentation; and in two field and research opportunities that will assist in efforts to improve the quality of water in Frederick.

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

The Higher Education Partnership program awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to 39 accredited colleges, universities and other post-secondary schools in Connecticut, Ohio, Maryland,North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The grants underwrite projects in energy, environmental studies, engineering and workforce development.

The Dominion Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion and the foundation annually award more than $20 million to causes that protect the environment, promote education and help meet basic human needs.

For more information, contact Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., professor of biology and director of the center for coastal and watershed studies, at ferrier@hood.edu.