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February 2020

Dr. Michelle Dovil (left) of Florida A&M University discusses survey results with student Tenesha Washington in summer 2019. Photo by Chris A. Johns.

Summer research partners receive funding to expand work


Two faculty members involved in a CRC-facilitated summer research program in 2019 have been awarded follow-on funding to continue their work.
 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced that eight faculty members from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across the United States were recently selected to receive funding awards to continue the research they conducted last year through the Summer Research Team (SRT) Program for Minority Serving Institutions at several DHS S&T Centers of Excellence (COE).
 
Among the faculty selected were Dr. Michelle Dovil of Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Dr. Kulwinder Kaur of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Last summer, Dr. Dovil worked with CRC partners at North Carolina State University on a project titled “The Place We Call Home: A Critical Analysis of the Risk Perceptions and Place Attachments of Coastal Communities at Risk for Sea Level Rise in North Carolina.” Dr. Kaur worked with partners at Old Dominion University on a project titled “An Examination of Mental Health Effects of Hurricanes in Coastal North Carolina to Strengthen the Efforts of Resilience.”

Learn more about their plans for the additional funding on our website.
 

From left: CRC students Alex Halloway of UNC-Chapel Hill and Sarah Lipuma of Duke University discuss presentations with Cecilio Ortiz García, Senior RISE Fellow with the National Council for Science and the Environment. Photo By Brian Busher, University of Albany.
From left: CRC students Alex Halloway of UNC-Chapel Hill and Sarah Lipuma of Duke University discuss presentations with Cecilio Ortiz García, Senior RISE Fellow with the National Council for Science and the Environment. Photo By Brian Busher, University of Albany.

Students share perspectives on CRC blog


This year, we have opened up our Center blog to contributions from students in CRC- supported programs, including posts about what they are learning, but also about how they are using their experiences to shape their future careers. So far, we have heard from the students who attended the University at Albany’s 2019 RISE conference (with CRC support) to learn about the continuing challenges faced by Puerto Rico’s rebuilding efforts following Hurricane María. The students also learned about a new student group at North Carolina State University that brings together students interested in hazards from across the university.
 
Read these stories and more on the Coastal Resilience Blog.

 

NCSU student, CRC faculty's paper featured in international news


Rowshon JadidRoshown Jadid, a doctoral student at North Carolina State University (NCSU), was first author on a paper that made international news last month, appearing in a news item from The Guardian. His paper, based on work performed under a CRC-funded project led by Dr. Victoria Bennett of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Dr. Mo Gabr of NCSU, focuses on the impacts of successive storms on earthen levees and how they are being degraded even while not appearing so to external observers.
 
Elsewhere at NCSU, CRC researcher Dr. Gavin Smith was the guest on a FEMA Higher Education webinar that focused on disaster-resilient design curricula.
 
You can see more news appearances from CRC partners on our In the News page.

 

Attendees of the 2019 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting discuss computer models in between presentations. Photo by Chris A. Johns.
Attendees of the 2019 ADCIRC Users Group Meeting discuss computer models in between presentations. Photo by Chris A. Johns.

ADCIRC Week 2020 to be held
in Baton Rouge, La.

Coastal modelers and decision-makers will gather next month to share experiences with each other and discuss the latest developments on work with the ADCIRC model, and will have a chance to learn about the model and its uses.

The 2020 ADCIRC Week will be held from March 30-April 3, 2020, at The Water Campus's Center for Coastal and Deltaic Studies in Baton Rouge, La. The Week includes a three-day Boot Camp training event, followed by a two-day Users Group Meeting. Learn more on our website.


CRC impacts: Educating the next generation


Dr. John CooperIn our latest video, CRC Advisory Board member Dr. John Cooper, who is Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach and the Director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University, discusses the role the CRC plays in helping provide educational opportunities for the next generation of graduates.
 
The video is the latest in our CRC Impacts series, which focuses on how our work creates more resilient communities. You can see all of the videos on our website and on YouTube.

 


Send us funding and job listings


We continue to add new job, internship and funding announcements to our Opportunities page. This month we have added information about open positions and funding from several partner institutions.

Send your funding/job/internship information coastalresiliencecenter@unc.edu for us to post!

 
The Coastal Resilience Center is funded by a grant from the
Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate.
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