Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory (UEBL) receives $1.4 million renovation and expansion grant

Towson, Md. (October 20, 2010): With funds provided by the National Science Foundationís ďAcademic Research Infrastructure: Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2)Ē program, the Urban Environmental Biogeochemistry Laboratory (UEBL) will be receiving a much needed makeover. The nearly $1.4 million grant will combine existing space located in the basement of Smith Hall into a modern laboratory space that will support ongoing multidisciplinary research conducted by faculty and students in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy and geosciences, and in the Environmental Science and Studies program.

The current space will be converted into a 2,500 square foot laboratory housing sample intake, sample preparation, culture and organismal experimentation, and instrumental analysis facilities.† By combining underutilized existing space to create a suite of laboratories, the renovated area will allow for multiple research activities to occur simultaneously in one centralized location. One welcomed feature will be the replacement of opaque, block walls with glass ones, creating a more open and safe environment for faculty and students.

According to the grantís principal investigators, the renovations will likely impact both their productivity and ability to undertake more diverse and complex investigations. Ongoing research undertaken within the UEBL focuses on the impacts of rapid urbanization on the Chesapeake Watershed. Research outcomes inform federal, state and local agencies on environmental policies and best management practices. It is the hope of the ARI-R2 team that the new UEBL laboratory will increase TUís ability to apply for and win external funding, retain and recruit faculty, and train its students in a multidisciplinary research environment.†

Principal Investigators: David Vanko, David Ownby, Joel Snodgrass, Ryan Casey, Steven Lev.

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