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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Three UW professors receive new NSF grant to study water
Dr. Anne Sylvester
Water. It is a necessity for life and it’s a resource that
is threatened in the west. Drought, fires, pine beetle infestations, emptying
reservoirs, shrinking streams, and vanishing snow pack pose the question: how
can we maintain our water supply and continue with our way of life? Wyoming EPSCoR is gearing up to help answer this question.
In July, the National Science Foundation awarded Wyoming
EPSCoR with a $20 million dollar grant. NSF offers EPSCoR jurisdictions two
types of grants: Track I and Track II. This year, Wyoming EPSCoR is the proud
recipient of both a Track I and a Track II grant.
The grant announced in July is a Track I grant. Track I
grants last 5 years and focus on improving infrastructure. The goal of the
grant is to benefit the entire state, not just the university. So, while the University
of Wyoming will receive new equipment among other resources, the state will
receive new infrastructure.
Dr. Scott Miller
Collaboration is a key element in the projects supported by
the grant. Scientists and researchers at UW will work across disciplines to
better understand the relationship between ground and surface water as well as
the interaction between water and other natural systems. The three principal
investigators (PI) for the grant are Dr. Anne Sylvester, Dr. Scott Miller and
Dr. Steve Holbrook.
The three professors are all from different departments at
UW. Dr. Sylvester is a professor in microbiology and the director of Wyoming
EPSCoR. Her research is primarily focused on plant development, specifically in
maize, in order to understand the grass system. Dr. Miller is a professor in
Ecosystem Science and Management. His research revolves around watershed
hydrology, including research into links between watershed hydrology and
landscape. Dr. Holbrook is a professor in Geology and Geophysics. His research
is based in seismology. Together, with their combined knowledge and expertise,
the professors will work together on research that will benefit the entire
Dr. Steve Holbrook
Additionally, UW and Wyoming EPSCoR will collaborate with
community colleges around the state and several private companies. As with all
of its projects, this grant provides Wyoming EPSCoR with the means for outreach
programs, including workshops for high school teachers and student projects. This
grant parallels another NSF grant Wyoming EPSCoR received last year in
collaboration with three universities in Utah. This Track II grant, called
Cyberinfrastructure Water (CI-WATER), is focused on developing computer models
to understand water systems better. Over the course of three years, the four
universities will work on improving computer modeling, computational resources
to better understand our water systems in the west and how they interact with
Diminishing water resources are a cause for concern, but
between the two NSF grants, Wyoming EPSCoR, the University of Wyoming and its
collaborative partners active steps are being taken toward increasing
understanding of water systems and finding answers to how we can protect them. For more information about the grant, please read UW's press release.