DOE Grant Provides Conservation Biology Program

Posted: October 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

New Century College professor Thomas Wood and Steven Monfort of the Conservation and Research Center at the Smithsonian Institution have received a $109,015 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a conservation biology program for George Mason and the Smithsonian.

Wood and Monfort sought the one-year grant after perceiving a need for innovative approaches to teaching conservation biology at the college level. Because of constraints within traditional curriculum programs, universities had struggled with meeting the needs of the discipline and implementing effective programs. The project is designed to remove these restrictions and meet the needs of conservation biology as a discipline.

This grant represents a new working relationship between the university and the Smithsonian Institution. The scope of the grant includes development of national and international interdisciplinary conservation biology programs and the creation of innovative, effective learning environments for university and non-university institutions.

For more information, contact Wood at x33167.

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