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Rep. Zeldin Announces Over $1.5M in Grants for Stony Brook University

March 14, 2019
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences has been awarded $434,017 and its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been awarded $1,193,776 from the National Science Foundation.

Stony Brook University researchers are pioneering the future of our great nation - whether its helping prepare students for the 21st century workforce through STEM education or tackling the biggest environmental challenges of our time,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin. “By driving these federal tax dollars back to Long Island, these grants will go a long way in helping Stony Brook University and its world class researchers continue their important work right here in the communities it impacts most.”

"Understanding climate change requires that we understand where carbon dioxide comes from, and where it goes," said Paul Shepson, Dean of Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Marine Sciences Research Center. "While the oceans used to be in balance with the atmosphere, at the current time, the oceans uptake more CO2 than they re-emit, because of human activity.  While phytoplankton convert that oceanic CO2 into organic matter, some of it is recycled back to carbon dioxide by deep-sea microbes. Yet little is still known about these deep-sea microbes and their function. Deploying ODU’s newly-designed deep-sea incubators off the east coast of the United States and using state-of-the-art Raman microspectrometric analyses developed at Stony Brook University, this project will address this fundamental knowledge gap and help us better understand the ocean’s role in mediating the impact of human’s emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."

“This research has the potential to impact how math and science is taught in middle school years and ultimately broaden overall participation in STEM in New York state and beyond,” said Fotis Sotiropoulos, Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Our STEM outreach programs demonstrate our commitment to advancing the development of cross-cutting engineering skills among teachers and students from high-need schools. I’m immensely proud of the work being done by Monica Bugallo, faculty director of the WISE Honors program, and all of our faculty and students engaged in this important work.”     

Created by the U.S. Congress in 1950, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is an agency which promotes the progress of science, advances national health, prosperity, and welfare, and works to secure our national defense. Last Congress, Rep. Zeldin voted in favor of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 244), which the President signed into law, providing $7.5 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and $5.3 billion for the DOE Office of Science.