TAMUG Announces Summer Research Internship
Texas A&M University at Galveston will be hosting its first Summer Internship Program from May 26-July 31, 2009, TAMUG-NSF-REU. The program will host 10 undergraduates from across the United States for a ten week program. Each intern will be matched with a faculty member for the duration of the program, where the intern and the faculty member will jointly develop a research project which will be conducted in the faculty member’s research lab. Internships are available in many areas of marine science including marine biology, marine and coastal geology, biological, physical, and chemical oceanography, wetlands management, marine fisheries management, and marine resource management.
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MARS Announces New Scholarship Program
The Department of Marine Sciences has begun a new scholarship program beginning in the fall semester, 2004. In its first year, $3500 scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen Marine Sciences students and three sophomore students with who are Texas residents with financial need. The scholarships may be renewed yearly (up to a total of 4 years) by application. All renewals will be based on academic performance in previous semesters at TAMUG and continued financial need.
Freshman applicants to Marine Sciences will be reviewed by the financial aid office for award. Sophomore (and continuing scholars) applicants, will be reviewed by a Marine Sciences Scholarship Committee appointed by the Department Head.
The scholarship program will grow over the next several years until 5 students in each class are supported (for a total of 20 students overall).
Merrell Named George P. Mitchell Professor
Dr. William J. Merrell, Professor of Marine Sciences has been named the first George P. Mitchell Professor. This professorship was endowed by a gift of $150,000 from Mr. Mitchell as a challenge match to ultimately obtain funds for an endowed chair in sustainable marine resources. Dr. Merrell is a former President of TAMUG, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Programs of the A&M System, and President of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment in Washington, DC. He currently splits his time between the Marine Resources Management Program and continued work in Washington.
Gill Receives Large Mercury Study Grant
Dr. Gary Gill, Professor of Marine Sciences has obtained a large ($1+ million) grant to study Mercury in the San Francisco area.
Primary Project Goal. Develop an understanding of the transport, cycling, and fate of mercury (Hg) and monomethyl mercury (MMHg) in the San Francisco Delta and tributary watersheds on both a temporal and spatial basis using a biogeochemical mass-balance framework as an integrating tool to assess sources, sinks and biogeochemical processes. These results will be incorporated into a working hydrological transport model that will facilitate the prediction of Hg cycling and transport across the Delta and exported to San Francisco Bay or to Southern California.
Current Program Objectives. This current proposal represents a continued effort to understand environmental Hg issues that were initiated in our currently on-going CALFED Mercury Research Project. This currently proposed research program seeks to expand upon our current findings by: (1) Filling in data gaps in our current conceptual understanding of Hg and MMHg sources, sinks, and cycling in the Bay-Delta and its watershed; (2) Verifying and quantifying seasonal variations of MMHg in sediments and in the water column with respect to habitat type; (3) Accurately characterizing the spatial distribution of total Hg and MMHg in the Delta; (4) Estimate the loadings of MMHg from wetlands and evaluate them as to their importance relative to other sources; and (5) Providing a foundation and framework for long term monitoring of Hg contamination issues in the Delta
Specific tasks to be conducted include:
July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007. Transport, Cycling and Fate of Mercury and Monomethyl Mercury in the San Francisco Delta and Tributaries – An Integrated Mass Balance Assessment Approach. Funded by the CALFED Bay-Delta Program (State of California). Co-Principal Investigators: Mark Stephenson (California Department of Fish and Game), Kenneth Coale (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University, Moss Landing, CA), Chris Foe (California Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board), Gary A. Gill (Texas A&M University at Galveston), Max Puckett (California Department of Fish and Game), Total Project Budget: $3,881,215. TAMUG Budget: $ 1,216,239.
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