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April 5, 2006

CCNY RECEIVES $500G NOAA GRANT TO INCREASE UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITY PARTICPATION IN SCIENCES

NEW YORK, April 5, 2006 -- The City College of New York (CCNY) has received a $499,314 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to introduce undergraduate students to applied research applications. The grant, one of five awarded by the federal agency for an “Environmental Demonstration Project,” is part of an initiative to develop and enhance educational opportunities at minority-serving institutions.

CCNY will partner with the NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST), which is based at the college, to introduce students to applied research applications and the mechanics of constructing business model ideas in oceans, satellites, fisheries or research.

NOAA-CREST was established in 2001 to, among other things, conduct research consistent with the agency’s missions and to create a framework to recruit and train students from underrepresented minorities for professional opportunities with NOAA and related industries. Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi, NOAA Chair Professor of Civil Engineering, serves as its Director.

“As the home of NOAA-CREST and an institution with a long tradition of providing quality education and opportunity to the underprivileged and underrepresented, City College will benefit enormously from this support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” said Dr. Khanbilvardi.

“These grants will help students pursue careers, advanced degrees, or environmental entrepreneurship opportunities in the sciences directly related to NOAA’s mission,” said Jacqueline Rousseau, director of NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program (EPP).

The other institutions that received grants were Clark Atlanta University, Savannah State University, the Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Wash., and Oxnard College in Oxnard, Calif.

The EPP program, in its fourth year, provides funding to cooperative science centers and undergraduate scholarship and graduate sciences programs to support educational and research opportunities. A new “high school pipeline” project was added this year. 

“This educational initiative is a special partnership between NOAA, several academic institutions and the public-private sector aimed at preparing the next generation of students to pursue careers, advanced academic studies, and new opportunities in the NOAA sciences,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.

About NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

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