Volume XXV No. 21 • May 25, 2001

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

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Resignations - Top

  • Barbara Harris, secretary, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Carl Bunnell, administrative assistant I, facilities services

Smith receives grant for endangered lizard study - Top

Dr. Brian Smith, professor of biology at Black Hills State University, and partner in research Sherrod James, have received a grant in the amount of $4,175 from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio to continue a study of an endangered lizard in Antigua.

The lizard, Ameiva griswoldi, is also prey for the endangered Antiguan racer snake that Smith has been studying since 1999. A study group Smith works with has found that the lizards do not occur on all offshore islands and are missing from some islands

for no apparent reason. They have also gone extinct on some offshore islands. Smith suspects that the lizards may be susceptible to extinction through predation by the introduced mongoose population on Antigua and its offshore islands.

The professor feels that developing a database on this lizard species will be critical to conservation of both the Antiguan racer (Alsophis antiguae) and the Antiguan ground lizard.

Smith joined the BH faculty in 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in quantitative biology from the University of Texas in 1996.

BHSU Student Support Services funded for another five years - Top

Black Hills State University received congressional notification this spring that its Student Support Services (SSS) program will be funded for another five years at $208,000 a year.

The SSS program is part of the TRIO program: Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services. The TRIO label was born under the 1968 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that brought the three programs under one umbrella. Today, however, TRIO is really five programs. The Higher Education Act of 1972 included Educational Opportunity Centers and the McNair program as part of the total offering.

The Student Support Services program has been at BHSU since 1971. It provides academic services and resources to increase the retention and graduation rates of students from low-income families, students whose parents have not graduated from college, and students with disabilities. The program does not provide direct financial support to students, rather it strengthens the federal financial aid 

investment by ensuring that eligible students who attend college have access to free tutoring, textbooks, basic skills instruction, study skills workshops, mentoring, and other services to increase their chances for success.

For the second time in a row, BHSU’s proposal ranked in the top percentages of the over 800 programs funded across the United States, as a result the university has received two additional years of funding to administer its program. The funding will continue through 2007. Sharon Hemmingson, SSS director and director of the BHSU student assistance center, authored the grant proposal.

According to Sen. Tim Johnson, “Studies continuously indicate that every dollar we invest in education for our children results in a tremendous profit for the future of our nation. By helping these first-generation students afford the price of college tuition and succeed scholastically, we are opening the door to a whole new world for them, and for our country as a whole.”

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received April 26-May 23 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the grants office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National Science Foundation.  Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics Program is seeking proposals for high-risk, small-scale planning or incubation activities that will likely catalyze rapid and innovative advances in the new interdisciplinary research community of biodiversity and ecosystem informatics.  Deadline July 11.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts.  Support for projects on culture, education, environment, health and human services, public policy, and religion.  Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry.  Complete guidelines available at http://www.pewtrusts.com.
  • Canadian Embassy.  Canadian Studies Grant Program to increase knowledge and appreciation of Canada and the United States through the support of teaching, research, and the program activities in a wide range of disciplines.  Priority topics include bilateral trade and economics, Canada-U.S. border issues, cultural policy and values, environmental, natural resources, and energy issues, and security cooperation.  Deadlines vary.
  • National Science Foundation.  Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program.  Full proposal deadline is July 24 for NSF 01-84A (Biological Sciences).
  • National Science Foundation.  Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences (VIGRE).  Deadline July 30.
  • U.S. Department of Energy.  Draft program solicitation for the Industries of the Future, Emerging Technology Deployment.