L. And Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation Grants $400,000 For U.Va.
Eastern Shore Research And Education Project
April 30, 2002-- The
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation has made a four-year
$400,000 challenge grant to the University of Virginia Department
of Environmental Sciences to establish an endowment for an educational
outreach program on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
income from this endowment eventually will be used to hire an educational
specialist to work as liaison between Northampton County schools
and the U.Va. scientists who conduct coastal research at the department's
Long Term Ecological Research project. Matching endowment funds,
which must total an additional $400,000 over four years, also will
be used to support the educator and for support of the educational
are providing the grant because of a combination of the enthusiasm
of the project leaders and the innovative ways they merge education
and environmental research," said Walter R. Brown, president of
the New York-based Doherty Charitable Foundation. "This work closely
matches the charitable interests of the foundation."
program, which will expand an existing U.Va. education initiative
on the Eastern Shore, is designed to help county students build
knowledge of their local environment through classroom studies and
field experience. The program brings students directly into the
are already providing instructional support and equipment to the
county schools, and with this generous grant we can expand and improve
the program," said Dave Smith, associate chair of U.Va.'s department
of environmental sciences. "We are working with the science teachers
to develop educational activities that fit into the school curriculum.
This program is helping the local students understand the natural
environment in which they live and helping to increase their environmental
department of environmental sciences studies barrier island geology
and coastal ecology on the Eastern Shore through the National Science
Foundation-funded long-term research project. It is one of 24 such
projects around the nation conducting long-term environmental studies.
U.Va. scientists are monitoring sea level rise, groundwater flow
rates, marsh growth and erosion, bay water chemistry, fish and shellfish
populations, vegetation and mammal and bird populations.
faculty members also teach a graduate course in environmental sciences
field methods for science teachers at Northampton High School. The
teachers are able to apply those credits toward a graduate degree
and are better prepared to instruct their students in practical
field science methods.
Doherty Charitable Foundation is a historical giver to the University,
particularly the Law School," Smith said. "They share a real interest
in the coastal environment and education. We give our thanks to
the Foundation for all they have done and continue to do for the
University, and we are aggressively pursuing matching funds."
Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778