NASA has awarded approximately $19 million to colleges and universities nationwide to conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA’s mission. The University of Vermont was among six schools to be selected for two proposals. In addition, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.The selections are part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to its economic viability and development. The program helps develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions and industry. The selected proposals support all four of NASA’s mission directorates: aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.A total of 27 proposals were selected from organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.Two proposals were selected from each of the following colleges and universities:New Mexico State UniversitySouth Dakota School of Mines & TechnologyUniversity of Alabama In HuntsvilleUniversity of Nebraska at OmahaUniversity of Puerto RicoUniversity of Vermont & State Agricultural CollegeWichita State University, KansasOne proposal was selected from each of the following organizations:College of Charleston, South CarolinaLouisiana Board of Regents FoundationMontana State UniversityUniversity of Arkansas at Little RockUniversity of Hawaii SystemsUniversity of IdahoUniversity of MississippiUniversity of North DakotaUniversity of Northern IowaUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of UtahVanderbilt UniversityWest Virginia UniversityProposals were chosen through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The maximum award is $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match of funds is required for every NASA dollar awarded.This program and the agency’s other education programs support NASA’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the nation’s future workforce.For a list of project descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Competitive Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)” or solicitation NNH09ZNE002C at:http://nspires.nasaprs.com(link is external)For additional information about NASA’s EPSCoR program, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/education/epscor(link is external)For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit:http://www.nasa.gov(link is external)
“This spruce-fir stand is used by numerous rare high elevation species including ted Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet owl, and pygmy salamander,” Marquette Crockett, SAHC’s Roan Stewardship Director told the Citizen-Times. “It is also inhabited by federally endangered species including the Carolina northern flying squirrel and the spruce-fir moss spider. We hope that our protection of this property and restoration work will help to create a safe haven for these climate-sensitive species.” Timothy Staples, 32, a 9-year veteran of the San Bernardino sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team, died Saturday while searching for a hiker that went missing on December 8. Staples was found dead on Mount Baldy after becoming separated from his search and rescue partner. A helicopter located Staples in “an area of ice and snow” where he was pronounced dead. Anglers are asked to submit their suggestions for fish attractor locations around Lake Norman to Troy Thompson or Casey Grieshaber with the Wildlife Resources Commission. Staples was one of 126 people looking for missing hiker Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati of Irving, California. Mokkapati disappeared on December 8 after becoming separated from his group while climbing Mount Baldy. Mokkapati has not been located and the search for him has been suspended. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking anglers to provide input on the locations of 100 fish attractors it will purchase with a grant received from the Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program. The $37,670 grant will be used to improve fish habitat on five Catawba watershed reservoirs, including Lake Norman. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase 100 Mossback fish attractors, which will be distributed at 20 different locations around the reservoir. Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain NC anglers asked to weigh in on fish attractor locations California search and rescue volunteer dies while looking for missing hiker on Mount Baldy The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently purchased 51 acres in the Highlands of Roan Mountain. As reported by the Citizen-Times, the land is located on a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail. The purchase will protect the vulnerable spruce-fir forest ecosystem, home to birds and other wildlife that are increasingly dependent upon the forest due to climate change.