National Science Foundation awards $1.6 million to UC

By a Press release from the office of Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, UC will receive the lion’s share of grants (more than $1.5 million) to fund critical scientific research projects and to increase participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Scientific research is essential to creating jobs and improving our economy. We unleash more American innovation when everyone can participate, and we nurture all of Ohio’s talent,” Brown said in the release, adding, “The University of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton are just a few from major institutions of higher learning in Ohio. This award will help them advance our knowledge and maintain Ohio’s leadership in innovation.

NSF funds will be applied to the following areas of study at UC:

  • $800,366 grant to the UC Department of Physics to explain how the universe passes through the observation of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica.
  • $249,303 grant to UC College of Engineering to explore and address negative mental health experiences of minorities in engineering and to promote racial equity in the discipline.
  • Grant of $499,999 to CUs Center for Public Engagement with Science (PEWS)within the Department of Philosophy, to fund higher education to improve public engagement with science.

CPU Angela Potochnikassociate professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC, says the PEWS grant will support the development of cutting-edge educational opportunities for graduate students at UC in a wide range of programs and research the value of these educational opportunities for students.

“We have a top-notch group of collaborators from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, geology and biology, and we have laid the groundwork for collaboration with a number of partner organizations communities, such as the Cincinnati Museum Center, to provide hands-on training for students,” says Potochnik.

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Philosophers among recent NSF grant recipients

The University of Dayton receives a federal grant from the National Science Foundation

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