Senator Judd Gregg announced he has secured $1.3 million in federal dollars from the FY06 budget for Plymouth State University programs. The funds were included in the omnibus spending bill passed by both houses of Congress before Thanksgiving.
Programs funded include $500,000 for the new PSU Center for the Environment, $550,000 for the New England Weather Technology Initiative and $250,000 for the Pakistani Teachers’ Institute.
“We are very grateful for the support of Senator Judd Gregg, and for his efforts in obtaining funding for these Plymouth State University programs,” PSU President Donald P. Wharton said. “The awarding of these grants demonstrates Senator Gregg’s outstanding leadership in many areas. New Hampshire is extremely fortunate to have Senator Gregg representing our interests in Washington.”
Funding for the Center for the Environment is the first major funding for this new program which is located in Boyd Science Center. The center expands the University’s role in environmental sciences and is expected to provide critical information about pollution’s effects on the area’s natural resources.
“The funding should help us extend the resources and expertise of the PSU science faculty to individuals, organizations and communities working on fresh waster issues and to support resource conservation in the northern and lakes regions of New Hampshire,” says President Wharton.
The meteorology funds will cover the purchase of equipment, graduate student support and faculty support for the New England Weather Technology Initiative which involves a partnership between several state and federal agencies. The PSU Weather Center is named for Senator Gregg.
“This funding will allow us to expand our nationally recognized and nationally competitive meteorology program and offer even greater opportunities for students who are interested in the field of meteorology,” according to President Wharton.
The funding for the Pakistani Teachers’ Institute expands the opportunities for this international partnership. For five weeks last summer, 25 Pakistani teachers studied pedagogy and best practices in education in addition to subject-based courses in English, mathematics, science and heritage studies.
“We are pleased to have the resources to extend the educational opportunity for teachers and administrators in Pakistan. Because education is such a powerful force for the benefit of society, this program will give Plymouth State University the opportunity to impact the future of the Pakistani people,” says President Wharton.