Nicholas Block, Assistant Professor of Biology, received $1,248 from the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative to support his study entitled A Preliminary Inventory of the Leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) of Nantucket Island. The funds supported the purchase of equipment and travel expenses to and from Nantucket. Block, along with Stonehill students, created a preliminary inventory of leafhoppers within various habitats on the island and surrounding waters.  

Kristin Burkholder, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, 

Guiru (Ruby) Gu, Assistant Professor of Physics, and Cheryl Schnitzer, Associate Professor of Chemistry, received funding in the amount of $570,000 to work collaboratively with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Photonics Academy and Bridgewater State University on Competency, Community, Career: A Technician Apprenticeship Certificate for Advanced Manufacturing. The establishment and training program for a Certificate of Apprenticeship Training in Advanced Technologies (CATAT) will target college, community college and high school vocational students, veterans, and incumbent workers seeking to increase their competencies. Stonehill College, as one of the host sites, will oversee the implementation of a Certificate for Advanced Manufacturing including outreach and recruitment of local companies working in optics and photonics for employee enrollment and for apprenticeship opportunities; enrollment of students and employees in the certificate program; and the development and delivery of coursework for the certificate program. This Manufacturing Engineering Education Program (MEEP), was funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Martha Hauff, Assistant Professor of Biology, entered into a subcontract for $180,300 ($7,166 directly to Stonehill) with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. Hauff and her colleague at WHOI, Dr. Joel Llopiz, will use the funds to support their research project, Source-Sink Dynamics and Habitat Requirements of Northern Sand Lance in the Gulf of Maine. The northern sand lance is a crucial food source for the region’s most important marine animals, including cod, bluefin tuna and humpback whales. The project seeks to answer fundamental biological questions central to the successful management of this species and the Gulf of Maine ecosystem as a whole.   

Wanjiru Mbure, Associate Professor of Communication, 

Daniel Rogers, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, entered in to a subcontract with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts as part of a larger grant between the University of Michigan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) totaling $499,917. The funds support research on the project A Collaborative Science Program for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS): Connecting with End Users throughout the Applied Research Process. Rogers, along with his colleagues in Falmouth, will evaluate whether or not oyster aquaculture can assist in the restoration of water quality. The team is studying the remediation of nitrogen pollution resulting from three popular methods of oyster cultivation; floating bag systems, mid-water systems and bottom cage systems.