TAMIU College of Science and Technology Reaches for Sky with NOAA Grant

Texas A&M International University's College of Science and Technology will soon be able to help more students decide what they want out of life, thanks to a three-year, $268,350 grant from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to establish the South Texas Borderlands Center for Hydrometeorology.

The Center, to be directed by Dr. Kenneth Tobin, assistant professor in the College of Science and Technology, will study hydrology and earth science with an emphasis on precipitation.

Dr. Tobin said the Center will enhance opportunities for students in South Texas.

"Despite the compelling relationship between regional climate and water resource availability, there are very few opportunities to study geosciences in this region. The Center will promote research that will ultimately benefit the residents of this region. Students will learn about the critical water resources planning and management problems facing South Texas," said Tobin.

He said classes in geoscience would be available in Fall 2003.

"Getting this grant is the first step in building a geosciences undergraduate program at TAMIU. Once you have one grant in place, it is easier to demonstrate the need for future funds, which will allow the program to expand," said Tobin.

Tobin said the preliminary findings of this research dealing with the impact of El Nino on rainfall in south Texas will be presented in Florida at a Minority Serving Institutions conference hosted by NOAA at the end of March. He also explained that as part of the grant, two students minoring in earth science were hired who will be involved in a wide range of activities including undergraduate courses.

For more information about the NOAA grant, the new Center or the College of Science and Technology, please contact Dr. Kenneth Tobin at 326.2417, visit offices in Dr. F.M. Canseco Hall, room 302E or e-mail ktobin@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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