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February 5, 2010

ULM professor receives National Science Foundation grant

Dr. Anne Case Hanks, assistant professor of geosciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, recently received a $56,365 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant establishes collaboration between ULM and the Georgia Institute of Technology that seeks to find a new way to measure concentrations of certain chemical compounds, like nitrous acid, in the atmosphere.

“Gas-phase nitrous acid, called HONO, is a critical species in the atmosphere’s chemistry,” Case Hanks said.

“This project brings research groups from around the world together to gain a deeper understanding of the behavior of HONO in the atmosphere. This is an excellent opportunity for ULM and the Atmospheric Science program because of the ability to highlight our expertise on an international level.”

Once the instruments are developed, Case Hanks and her colleagues are scheduled to begin collecting data at the EUPHORE lab in Valencia, Spain, through the Formal Intercomparison of Observations of Nitrous Acid (known as FIONA) field campaign.

The atmospheric science project is titled “Collaborative Research: EAGER deployment of a new photofragmentation LIF HONO measurement on FIONA.”

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