FLORENCE – Eight Francis Marion University professors have been awarded more than $26,500 in grants from the Sustainable Universities Initiative.
SUI is a joint effort by Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina to educate students about the links between the economy, the environment and society.
SUI hopes to make integrated systems thinking automatic for faculty and students, producing a more knowledgeable citizenry capable of making informed choices and solving problems creatively.
FMU applied for 10 and received seven SUI mini-grants. No other South Carolina school applied for more than two grants.
SUI projects at FMU are from a variety of departments, including biology, English and geography. Gerald Long, associate professor of biology, will use his grant to purchase computers and other equipment that will be incorporated in the freshman Biology 103 laboratory course.
Tim Shannon, assistant professor of biology, will co-direct an independent-study honors project with Lisa Pike, assistant professor of biology, and Kay Lawrimore, professor of marketing. Their SUI grant money will be combined to set up a controlled scientific study of recycling at FMU.
Pike; assistant professor of biology Travis Knowles and associate professor of economics Jeff Pompe; and Risa Gorelick, assistant professor of English, received course-development grants of $3,000 each for courses in environmental science, ecological economics, and a social practicum, respectively.
Scott Brown, assistant professor of geography, received funding to develop a geography course that will teach the ARCVIEW GIS software program, and money to purchase 10 copies of the program.
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