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$15 million in stimulus funds go to NSU for Coral Reef Ecoscience facility

On Monday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20) and Rep. Ron Klein (FL-22) officially announced $15 million in federal stimulus

Congressman Ron Klein and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz present Nova Southeastern University $15 million in federal stimulus to build the new Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Science research facility. Pictured from left to right: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Rep. Ron Klein; Bernhard Riegel, professor Nova Southeastern University and assistant director of the National Coral Reef Institute; Nova Southeastern Chancellor Ray Ferrero, Jr.; Nova Southeastern President George Hanbury II.

funds for Nova Southeastern University.  The funding is designated to build the new Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Science (CoE CRES) research facility, and will invest in critical research while supporting the South Florida economy by creating 372 jobs and sustaining a $6 billion industry.

The new facility will support five main research focus areas including the impact of climate, fish and pollution on coral reef ecosystems; marine planning, analysis and mapping; deep sea coral reefs and biodiversity; molecular biology and conservation genetics as applied to coral reefs; and the impact of ocean and coastal hydrodynamics on coral reefs. The grant was among the largest of the twelve total grants awarded by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz and Congressman Klein have been longtime advocates of the National Coral Reef Institute, located at Nova Southeastern’s campus in Dania Beach, and fought hard to ensure that they received strong federal support.

Congressman Ron Klein spoke about the impact of the federal stimulus, which will create 372 jobs locally and invest in critical research that will protect and preserve our coral reefs. Coral reefs contribute over $6 billion and 71,000 jobs annually to South Florida alone. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is next to him.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Jan 12 2010. Filed under Broward County, College, Federal Government, Fort Lauderdale, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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