Grant: $31,036 - National Science Foundation - Jul. 30, 2009
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Award Description: This proposal supports the acquisition of a UIC, Inc. Carbon Analyzer system for determination of concentrations of total carbon, total inorganic carbon, and total organic carbon in sedimentary materials. The instrument will support the work of the PI, her lab group, and nine other faculty in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose research and teaching activities emphasize paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental studies of marine, terrestrial, and lacustrine systems. Despite the high concentration of researchers involved in sedimentary geology, facilities for the basic geochemical characterization of sedimentary materials are inadequate. The PI is currently involved in several funded projects that will utilize the requested equipment, including a programmatic study funded by the NSF CAREER program. To support access to all faculty and students in the Department of Geosciences, the department will provide in-kind support by covering costs for necessary modifications to the laboratory that will house the instrument and costs of repair in perpetuity subsequent to the end of the warranty period. In addition, costsharing by the department will be 15% of the total quoted instrument cost. Ready access to basic tools for sediment characterization will (1) expand the scope and increase the efficiency of research carried out by the PI, her lab group, and other users at UNL, (2) foster the integration of research and education for undergraduate and graduate students, and (3) facilitate exploratory research by providing an efficient means of obtaining preliminary data to test hypotheses and support proposals for outside funding.
Project Description: Vendor has been identified and a purchase order has been created for the Carbon Analyzer. The instrument arrived on Friday Oct. 2. The UIC technician will arrive on Tuesday Oct. 13 to install it.
Jobs Summary: As an educational institution, jobs created or retained fall into broad categories of faculty salaries, administrative salaries, managerial professional salaries and clerical or technical salaries. They may also include some academic salaries for student workers. Salaries are used in support of research or other sponsored projects being performed at UNL. Faculty post-docs and graduate students are the primary recipients of salary dollars; however, some managerial or professional, clerical and technical or students may benefit as well. Faculty personnel usually include the titles professor, assistant professor, associate professor, instructor, assistant instructor and post-doctoral assistant. Administrative and clerical salaries are charged if they meet the criteria detailed in OMB Circular A-21. Keeping post-docs, graduate students and undergraduate students employed has an additional impact of allowing them to pursue additional education, preparing them for future employment. As a broader impact, results of some projects may result in additional jobs in the public sector as technology is expanded to that market. For this project and quarter, full-time equivalent positions were created and/or retained either by UNL or by sub-awards made from this grant, if applicable. Calculations were made in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-09-21 and subsequent guidance as provided by the OMB. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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