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Clean Water Institute News

Lycoming College receives $4,500 to support the Waterdale Environmental Education Center

Lycoming College is the recipient of a $4,500 donation from C&N to support the Waterdale Environmental Education Center (WEEC), a joint effort between Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) and the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority (WMWA). The gift has been made through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), of which the WEEC is a qualifying educational program. The EITC program offers businesses a credit to lower their tax liability through donations to educational enrichments initiatives such as the WEEC. C&N is committed to investing in local educational programs to champion a strong and prosperous community by creating more opportunities for children to thrive.

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National Science Foundation grant helps to ensure diversity at international urban stream ecology symposium

Robert F. Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Lycoming College and research associate with the College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI), was awarded a $25,550 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support of the 5th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology (SUSE5), for which he is a co-organizer and a member of the advisory board.

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Sen. Gene Yaw honored for hellbender legislation

Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) formally recognized PA Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 for helping to name the Eastern Hellbender the official amphibian of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a special event on Friday, Nov. 1, in the College’s Krapf Gateway Center, Trogner Presentation Room. Thanks to Yaw’s collaborative efforts with the SLC and Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI), the Eastern Hellbender now stands as a symbol of Pennsylvania’s commitment to clean water.

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Grant dollars support student travel, presentation at Society for Freshwater Science

Two representatives of Lycoming College Clean Water Institute (CWI) recently traveled to the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, to present research and hear about the state of the science in freshwater ecology. The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is an international scientific organization that promotes further understanding of freshwater ecosystems and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats. This year’s conference carried the theme of translation ecology in freshwater science.

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PPL Foundation films at Waterdale Environmental Education Center

PPL Foundation recently filmed fourth-graders experiencing the Waterdale Environmental Education Center.

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Clean Water Institute aids hellbender in achieving celebrity status

Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute (CWI) scored a victory this week with its beloved Eastern hellbender, voted Pennsylvania’s official amphibian by the state’s House. Championed by Sen. Gene Yaw ’70 (R-23), the bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday. The news has sparked broad media coverage in outlets including ABC News and The Washington Post, among others.

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Biology faculty member chosen to participate in teaching mentoring network, chair of organization

Bob Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology at Lycoming College and Clean Water Institute research associate, was recently selected to participate in the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) for “Reducing Barriers to Teaching with R in Undergraduate Biology” and to serve as Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Freshwater Science.

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Lycoming College student, faculty member collaborate on curriculum guide for Waterdale Environmental Center

Lycoming College senior biology major, Brandan Gracia (Houston, Texas) recently completed work on a curriculum guide for the Waterdale Environmental Education Center, which was a collaboration with Amy Rogers ‘92, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Lycoming College. Gracia and Rogers presented the curriculum guide on Thursday, Jan. 24, to the IU17 Curriculum Council from schools in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties.

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