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Thursday, December 14, 2006

UNCP wins grant to study carbon dioxide in earth’s atmosphere

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has funded a research project to be conducted at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke that aims to develop new techniques for measuring carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
 
The project was awarded $263,880 over five years and is led by Dr. Paul Flowers, chair of UNCP’s Chemistry and Physics Department.

Paul Flowers

Paul Flowers

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The University’s grant is part of a larger $12.5 million program, directed by Dr. Solomon Bililign, Chair of the Physics Department at North Carolina A&T University, and involves a consortium of universities and other institutions across the country including North Carolina State University, the University of Minnesota, the City University of New York, the University of Alaska-Southeast, California State University-Fresno, Fisk University, and several industrial, state, and federal government partners. 

UNCP and the partnering institutions will pursue various research programs that promise to yield new technologies for monitoring and predicting global climate change, Dr. Flowers said.

“I am an analytical chemist, which means I develop tools to measure things,” Dr. Flowers said. “We will seek new methods for measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

“Scientists must track CO2 levels in order to understand the earth’s carbon cycle, which many theorize is driving global climate change,” he said. “I’m excited about this opportunity, both for our students and myself, to conduct research in such an important area of science.”

Dr. Flowers returned recently from a meeting with the grant team and NOAA scientists in Boulder, Co., and he is currently preparing a final project description and beginning the process of recruiting three students to receive paid research assistantships for the coming summer.

UNCP’s Center for Sponsored Research and Programs assisted in the grant application. For more information about the grant program, please contact the Chemistry and Physics Department at 910.521.6247 or chem_phy@uncp.edu.

For information about grants at UNCP, please contact the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs at 910.521.6494 or csrp@uncp.edu. For more information about undergraduate research at UNCP, please contact 910.521.6195 or honors@uncp.edu.

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