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Research grants fund summer studies

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Several students will spend their summer doing research, thanks to grants received by their professors. Two students will work with Dr. Doug Allen under a grant from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The project involves using satellite data, meteorological fields, and computer models to study theátransport ofávarious trace gases ináthe stratosphere, the layer of air from about 10-50 km above the Earthĺs surface. Theásubcontract willáprovide stipends for Allen and students Justin Krosschell and Jon Trueblood. It also funds computer software and travel required for the research.

Dr. Edwin Geels received a second renewal of a grant from the National Science FoundationáNorthern Plains Undergraduate Research Center. Geels and sophomore Mike Olthoff will continue to study the use of small cell bees as a method for controlling the parasites and diseases of honeybees.áFor the project, Geels and Olthoff will manage hives and monitor parasites as well as conduct laboratory chemical analysis of wax, honey, and bees.

Dr. Carl Fictorie also received the second renewal of a grant from the National Science FoundationáNorthern Plains Undergraduate Research Center. He and two students, Rachel Antvelink and David Christensen, will continue to look for a catalyst from the byproducts of cellulytic biomass used to produce biodiesel fuel. Their goal is to minimize the need for external feedstocks or expensive custom catalysts.