TROY - Two faculty members from Troy University's College of Arts and Sciences were awarded the Chancellor's Award of Distinction in Sponsored Programs last week for their grants to study the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.
Dr. Stephen Landers and Dr. Kewei Yu received the honor from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during the 20th annual Sponsored Programs Luncheon on the Troy Campus on Dec. 7. The award is given annually to celebrate and inspire excellence in sponsored program proposal success. The recipients receive an engraved award and a cash prize.
In June, Landers and Yu, both faculty members in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, received more than $70,000 in funding collectively from the Gulf Research Initiative allocated through the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to conduct their research on the effects of BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill.
Landers' research compares meiofauna from before and after the oil spill. He and a colleague collected data by traveling aboard National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ships.
Yu's research examines the impact of the oil spill from a different aspect, including the lasting effects of the oil in the Gulf and the process by which oil disappears from the coastal marsh sediments.
This year's luncheon honored 222 University faculty, staff and students who sought over $24.5 million in external funding through grants, fellowships or contracts for research, programs and projects.
"We have come far in sponsored programs. Each year the luncheon keeps getting bigger and better," Dr. Hawkins told luncheon participants. "Twenty years ago we had 33 grant writers and $1.2 million in funded projects. It is all about people. Today we celebrate our faculty, staff and students who are committed to raising the extramural funds that will take us from good to great."