Faculty  Majors  Minors  Courses  Honors
Environmental Studies
 

banner

Recent Grants to Support the Environmental Studies Program

The National Science Foundation has awarded Skidmore a $550,000 grant for a two-year project to establish the new Skidmore Analytics Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL).  Cathy Gibson, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies (ES) was the PI on the grant, along with Co-PI's Kim Frederick from Chemistry, Josh Ness from Biology & ES, David Domozych from Biology and Heather Hurst from Anthropology, however SAIL will enrich and transform the diverse research of nine different faculty members from biology, environmental studies, chemistry and anthropology as well as offer a wealth of opportunities to students. This grant will allow us to acquire a suite of instruments suitable for elemental analysis (atomic absorption and x-ray fluorescence), ion analysis (ion chromatograph), molecular analysis (infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography mass spectrometry) as well as direct functional analysis (a CO2 and H20 gas analyzer). This suite of instruments will allow us to acquire diverse sets of data including temporal and spatial variation of dissolved species in aquatic and terrestrial environments, composition and spatial variation of complex polymers in cell walls, ion penetration of polyelectrolyte multilayer materials, bioavailability of heavy metals, identification of inorganic and organic synthesis products, and analysis of plaster and pigments in Maya murals. In providing shared technology to address basic and applied questions that link composition with the structure and function of biological, chemical and anthropological systems, SAIL will have a transformative effect on research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. 

The Educational Foundation of America has awarded Skidmore a $140,000 grant for a three-year pilot project designed to strengthen environmental initiatives on campus. The grant will allow Skidmore to hire a campus sustainability coordinator who will work with the College's Facilities Department and Environmental Studies Program on projects to reduce energy consumption and to increase environmental awareness among students, faculty, and staff.

Click here to read more.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Skidmore a $300,000 grant to strengthen our rapidly growing ES Program and the Water Resources Initiative (WRI), which is administered through the ES Program. The Mellon grant has allowed us to hire an ES Program Coordinator and Lecturer who will, among other things, increase the visibility of the ES program and WRI by coordinating outreach activities, materials, and environmentally-related campus events to build community and synergy within the ES program. The grant also allowed us to hire a half-time administrative assistant, a position critical to maintaining organization in our growing program. Mellon funds will also provide essential equipment and supplies for WRI research and help cover the costs associated with our national and international WRI field trips.

Click here to read more.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
 have generously supported the WRI by providing funds to hire an environmental natural scientist. This hire will make critical contributions to not only WRI but also to our growing ES Program at Skidmore College by providing interdisciplinary courses and research opportunities for our students. The Arthur Vining Davis grant has also provided much needed funds for research, including summer research stipends, room and board for students as well as research equipment and supplies. 

Click here to read more.
 
The Rathmann Family Foundation has supported the growth of the ES Program at Skidmore College through grants totaling $260,000 over the past 5 years. The Foundation's most recent contribution enabled us to hire a technologist for our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center for Interdisciplinary Research. GIS is a computer mapping technology that is critical to exploring environmental issues. Past support from the Rathmann Family Foundation helped support the expansion of the ES Program from an academic minor into the full-blown interdisciplinary academic major. Among other initiatives, Rathmann funding has supported the development of numerous environmentally related courses, student/faculty collaborative research opportunities, student/faculty travel to professional conferences, and the acquisition of field equipment needed for both courses and independent research projects in ES.

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

A A A