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Student Research Awards for Sustainability! The Year in Review

As 2011 draws to a close, we here at the “Getting to GREENR” blog would like to take the opportunity to share with our readers the good work our company, Gale-Cengage Learning, has been doing in championing student research and encouraging excellence in our next generation of environmental pioneers!

This year, Gale-Cengage Learning helped to establish two student research prizes for student work in environmental and sustainability studies–at Temple University and the University of Delaware. These prizes coincide with the schools’ initiatives around undergraduate research and the libraries’ support of teaching and learning.

To celebrate these students–and undergraduate research in sustainability in general–the “Getting to GREENR” blog will run a four-part series next week featuring many of our 2011 sustainability prize winners, who will share their stories of how environmental science and sustainability because a central interest in their academic and personal lives.

The prizes, and this blog, are supported by GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources), an interdisciplinary web portal and database for environmental and sustainability studies, available at participating libraries (including the University of Delaware and Temple University) worldwide. GREENR is a valuable asset for any student, researcher or instructor focused on the field of environmental and sustainability studies, offering impressive assets in academic journals, news, video, statistics, primary source documents and case studies. Check to see if GREENR is available at your library, or ask your librarian to request a free trial.

At an awards ceremony that took place on May 3, 2011, five Temple University students were honored with the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research on Sustainability and the Environment. The winners are:

Tom Gallen, Jennifer L. Huber, and Paloma Vila for “Harvesting Stormwater for Urban Farm Irrigation,” for Engineering 4296 with Professors Joseph Picone and Robert J. Ryan

Derek T. Lichtner for “Can the Global Economy Afford to Preserve Biodiversity? The Econosphere-Biosphere Connection,” for Earth and Environmental Sciences 2096 with Professor Laura Toran

An honorable mention was presented to Bonnie Evans for “Correlates of Intrinsic Extinction Risks of Lemur Species,” for Biology 4391 with Professor Brent Sewall.

For more information, visit the Temple Library Prize for Undergraduate Research on Sustainability & the Environment homepage.

Picture, from right to left: Frank Menchaca of Gale-Cengage Learning, Roger Strong of Gale-Cengage Learning, Tom Gallen, Paloma Vila, Jennifer L. Huber, Bonnie Evans, Derek T. Lichtner, and Dean of Libraries Larry Alford (via Temple University Libraries)

At the University of Delaware, Gale-Cengage Learning supported the UD Undergraduate Research Program and the University Library in establishing the inaugural Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Prize. The winners are:

Matthew Fischel, for “Kinetics of Arsenite Exodation by Manganese Oxide Minerals: Importance for Water Quality and Environmental Sustainability,” with faculty sponsor Professor Donald Sparks (first place).

Gregory Darone, for “Synthesis and Investigation of Solid Solutions as Potential Thermoelectric Materials,” with faculty sponsor Professor Svilen Bobev (second place, tie).

Anthony McGuire, for “Replace Chlorine with Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron-Coated Media for Point-of-Use Drinking Water Treatment,” with faculty sponsor Professor Pei Chiu (second place, tie)

Christine Howard, “Environmentally-Friendly Leather Tanning,” with faculty sponsor Professor Huantian Cao (third place).

Find more information on this prize visit UD Daily.

Congratulations to all of the students who were honored and those who submitted their work for the prize. It is inspiring to see the next generation grapple with and seek solutions to the great environmental issues and problems of our present and future, and Gale-Cengage Learning is honored to be part of an effort to recognize excellence in our future environmental leaders. We look forward to sharing with you next week some of their stories, and hope that you will find them as inspiring as we do.

Posted on: December 9, 2011, 11:42 am Category: GREENR News, Profiles in Sustainability Education, Sustainability and Education Tagged with: , , ,

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