News Pulse - State University of New York at New Paltz

Hinchey secures $750,000 for environmental programs


Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology) said that the $750,000 will help to enhance faculty and student research projects and will also help to draw more state-wide attention to the new Environmental Geochemical Science program.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey '68, '70g (D-NY) has secured $750,000 in the Energy and Water Bill for the modernization and development of an environmental sciences laboratories at SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster.

The money, which is the first ever federal funding awarded to New Paltz, will be used by the schools to offer a full range of environmental educational and training opportunities that address biological, geological, and chemical water issues and problems, including growing concerns about bioterrorism threats to the region's water supply.

"I am delighted that Congressman Hinchey's vision and leadership have resulted in a significant infusion of resources for his alma mater,"said Steven Poskanzer, president of New Paltz.

"This project will help us protect and preserve water -- the lifeblood of the Hudson Valley."

John Harrington, dean of the School of Science and Engineering, said that New Paltz will share the requested funds to refurbish and modernize existing laboratories, create new laboratories, equip a mobile monitoring unit and strengthen Ulster's existing health, safety and environmental training center with the specific focus on the study of water availability, storage, transport and protection.

"This is of paramount importance for the faculty and students working in our developing Environmental Geochemical program," he said.

One unique component of this award will be the acquisition of a mobile monitoring unit equipped with modular analytical instruments, that will provide direct sampling, data acquisition, and on-site Hinchey secures $750,000 for environmental programs analysis of physical, chemical, and/or biological concerns.

Shafiul Chowdhury (Geology), who heads the college's new major in Environmental Geochemical Science, said that this mobile monitoring unit is a critical part of his program.

"This was huge news for me," said Chowdhury. "That piece of equipment will allow us to integrate research into classes. Right now we very seldom reach that goal and this will give students the data collection, analysis and the thinking involved in the process -- a comprehensive package."

Chowdhury also said that this federal money will give the program the boost it needs to continue to grow.

"This is a seed," he said. "It will give us the infrastructure to be able to go for more federal funding through grants we otherwise would not have been able to secure."

NOVEMBER 21, 2005
Volume 3, Issue 23

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