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2011 Awards

EPP/MSI currently supports cooperative agreement awards for four Cooperative Science Centers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to advance collaborative research in the NOAA-mission sciences. The Center Director and Distinguished Scientist at each Center develop and lead key education and research activities.


Climate

NOAA Center for Atmospheric Science

Howard University

Center Director: Vernon Morris, Ph.D.
Deputy Director: Everette Joseph, Ph.D.
Center Coordinator: Kimberly Smith, M.S.
Distinguished Scientist: Demetrius Venable, Ph.D. (Acting)


Ocean & Coasts

NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center

City College of the City University of New York

Center Director: Reza Khanbilvardi, Ph.D.
Deputy Director: Fred Moshary, Ph.D.
Center Coordinator: Shakila Merchant, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor: William Rossow, Ph.D.


Climate

NOAA Environmental Science Center

Florida A&M University

Center Director: Michael Abazinge, Ph.D.
Deputy Director: Bernadette Kelly, Ph.D.
Center Coordinator: LaVerne Thomas, MPA
Distinguished Scientist: Charles Jagoe, Ph.D.


Ocean & Coasts

NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Center Director: Paulinus Chigbu, Ph.D.
Deputy Director: Maurice Crawford, Ph.D.
Center Coordinator: Judy Rose
Distinguished Scientist: Bradley Stevens, Ph.D.


About CSCs

EPP/MSI currently supports cooperative agreement awards for four Cooperative Science Centers at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to advance collaborative research in the NOAA-mission sciences. The Center Director and Distinguished Scientist at each Center develop and lead key education and research activities.

Goals

NOAA cooperative agreement awards support CSCs on a competitive basis, to educate, train and graduate students in NOAA mission fields, particularly atmospheric, oceanic, environmental, marine science and remote sensing technology. The lead institution of the CSC consortium of academic institutions, is the award recipient, and an eligible MSI.  The CSC goals are to:

  • Educate, train and graduate students, particularly from underrepresented communities, in NOAA mission fields;
  • Increase graduation rates of students from underrepresented minority communities in NOAA mission-aligned sciences, management, and policy fields;
  • Impact NOAA and national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce statistics by increasing the number of graduates from underrepresented communities in NOAA mission sciences, management, and policy fields;
  • Contribute to NOAA’s mission by strengthening and building capacity in NOAA scientific, management and policy areas at MSIs as well as building research experience in NOAA mission-aligned areas; and,
  • Leverage NOAA funds to build the education, training and research capacity at MSIs to develop a diverse candidate pool for the future workforce.