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Great Lakes Research Consortium Announces Don Rennie Student Awards


4/26/98

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -Seven students were presented a Don Rennie Memorial Award for outstanding scientific research during the eighth annual Great Lakes Research Consortium Student/Faculty Conference at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

The award honors the late Don Rennie, who was a founding member of the board of governors of the Great Lakes Research Consortium. Rennie was also vice president for research at the University of Buffalo, and at the time of his death, he chaired the board of New York Sea Grant.

Student recipients and their projects are:

  • Michael J. Connerton, was honored in the ecology and limnology category for his presentation, "Developing Spatially-Explicit Models of Stream Ecosystems: Starting from the Bottom Up."
  • Darran Crabtree, a graduate student at ESF, was honored in the ecology and limnology category for his presentation, "Estimating Rates and Exploring Potential Causes of Larval Fish Drift Between Adjacent Ecosystems."
  • Ashutosh Khandelwal, a SUNY-Buffalo, was honored for a project involving environmental engineering.
  • Janick Lalonde, a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, was honored in the chemistry and toxicology catetory for her presentation, "Spatial and Temporal Trends of Mercury Levels in Different Fish Species of the St. Lawrence River." Lalonde's work is being done in collaboration with the St. Lawrence River Institute in Cornwall, Ontario.
  • Gideon Oenga, a student in the School of Public Health at SUNY-Albany, was honored for his poster presentation focusing on PCBs and cancer cells.
  • Dena Owens, a graduate student at ESF, was honored in the Great Lakes Policy category for her presentation, "Adaptive Management and Remedial Action Planning in the Great Lakes.
  • Ravikumar B. Pragada, a graduate student at SUNY-Buffalo, was honored for a project involving environmental engineering.

The GLRC was formed in 1986 as a coalition of State University campuses. Its membership comprises 12 colleges and universities in New York and eight educational institutions in Canada.

The consortium's aim is to improve understanding of the problems facing the Great Lakes. The GLRC brings together academic institutions to focus and coordinate research on the lakes, the Niagara and St. Lawrence rivers and the Great Lakes Basin ecosystem.


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