Fond du Lac Increasing Research Capacity

May 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) in Cloquet, MN, is joining hands with some of the most prestigious universities in America as part of a $19.3 million, five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation. With Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, FDLTCC is developing a new National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics and receiving $237,000.

“We’re very excited to be part of this National Science and Technology Center,” Andrew Wold, director of the Environmental Institute at FDLTCC, said. “We’ll be working together and sharing information with some major national research institutions. Students will be directly involved with research projects.”

The Earth Surface Dynamics project will study the natural processes contributing to the shape of the earth’s surface as well as how humans have influenced the earth’s surface and ecosystems.

“It’s about figuring out how things work in a large river ecosystem, the impacts made by humans, and determining what types of restoration may be necessary,” explained Wold. He said the St. Louis River Watch program at FDLTCC was one of the reasons the college was asked to join. Expanded research opportunities and equipment from the National Science Foundation grant will enhance the River Watch program and its study of large rivers and associated watersheds.

In addition to the National Science Foundation grant, the college’s Environmental Institute has also received three recent grants totaling $280,000 for projects — $50,000 from the USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CREES) for general programming efforts, $85,000 from USDA-CREES to support collaboration with local schools in research along the St. Louis River, and a Tribal College Research Grant for $150,000 to conduct a study with the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and Fond du Lac Reservation Natural Resources division to monitor changes in wild rice lakes.

For more information, contact Andrew Wold, (218) 879-0867 or Tom Urbanski (218) 879-0820.

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