Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund
The 2017 Janke Research Fund is now accepting pre-proposals. View the 2017
In December 2015, FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies received a $1 million gift from Dr. Walter and Lalita Janke to establish the Walter and Lalita Janke Innovations in Sustainability Science Research Fund, which will support faculty research that advances knowledge and applications relevant for improving environmental sustainability. The fund will promote an annual $50,000 competitive research grant to a faculty researcher or research team at FAU. CES at FAU, which advances Florida’s sustainability by seeding collaborative research, education, and community engagement activities, has already leveraged additional resources for this competition, bringing the amount available in 2016 to $70,000.
The funded projects will provide support and training for student researchers; promote inter-disciplinary collaborations; develop momentum for additional external research funding proposals; and generate high-quality, publishable scientific papers.
The five funded projects for 2016 are:
- Myeongsub (Mike) Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor in FAU’s Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, will receive $50,000 for
“Microfluidics for Methane Production and Carbon Storage in Deep Underground Reservoirs.”
- Jessica Dell, a graduate student, and adviser Brian Benscoter, Ph.D., both in FAU’s Department of Biological Sciences, will receive $5,000 for
“Do Shrubs Compromise the Resilience of Peatland Carbon Storage in the Florida Everglades?”
- Hongbo Su, Ph.D., assistant professor in FAU’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering, will receive $5,000 for
“Monitoring soil and water salinity for South Florida by the integration of remote sensing observations and in situ measurements.”
- Matthew Sirianni, graduate student, and adviser Xavier Comas, Ph.D.,both in FAU’s Department of Geosciences will receive $5,000 for
“The effect of increased salinity in peat soils from the Everglades: Implications for biogenic gas production and release under a sea level rise scenario.”
- Tiffany Roberts Briggs, Ph.D., assistant professor in FAU’s Department of Geosciences, will receive $5,000 for
“Evaluating the relationship between beach morphodynamics and critical sea turtle nesting habitat in South Florida: Determining the potential implications of storm activity and sea-level rise.”
Please contact Dr. John Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this fund. View the 2017