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UC Riverside's department of biology receives $953,000 GAANN grant

RIVERSIDE, Calif.-- May 13, 2003 -- UC Riverside biologists Rich Cardullo and Kim Hammond have received a $953,000 'Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need' (GAANN) grant from the Department of Education for three years beginning this fall. This is the second time the department of biology at UC Riverside has received the grant. While Cardullo and Hammond are the PI (principle investigator) and Co-PI, respectively, the department of biology and graduate students in the programs of biology, cell molecular and developmental biology, and genetics will receive the benefits of the grant.

"We are delighted to receive the grant again," said Hammond, associate professor of biology. "It will support about 30 graduate students. The students will participate in two quarters of a seminar on current and controversial topics and issues in biology. Thanks to this grant, they will be given time off their teaching responsibilities as teaching assistants in order to help them focus more on their research. In addition, they will have the opportunity to participate in outreach to local K-12 schools."

The department of biology at UC Riverside first received a GAANN grant in 1998, also for three years. "This program of study was very successful in the past," said Hammond. "Students left the GAANN training feeling as if they were simultaneously allowed to pursue their research while also becoming more well educated about important issues in biology that span many different disciplines. We found that the students also left with a much greater awareness of the importance of educational outreach to K-12 schools."

Because of the grant, students in the biology, cell molecular and developmental biology, and genetics programs are able to focus on their research leading to the Ph.D. degree. "Students are chosen based on their potential to be excellent researchers, scholars, and teachers," said Cardullo, professor of biology at UC Riverside. "Receiving th
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@citrus.ucr.edu
909-787-2645
University of California - Riverside
13-May-2003


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