Biological and Chemical Interactions of Cadmium in the Hudson River



Funded by a grant from the Merck Company Foundation, in association with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the School of Science will start an Undergraduate Science Research Program (USRP) in late Spring 2003. The goal of the program is to encourage students to pursue graduate education in biology and chemistry through involvement in undergraduate research experiences that emphasize the relationship between these two fields. In addition to faculty-directed research in Summer 2003-2005, student participants will also be involved in ancillary activities, such as workshops, special lectures, field trips, and social activities, that support the research, enhance learning, and build a sense of community among Science students and faculty.

Research activities will focus on how cadmium (a heavy metal) in the Hudson River, its sediments, and its shoreline affects plants, animals, and microorganisms that live in these habitats. Researchers will also seek to understand how the presence of living things may alter the amount of cadmium (Cd) in the water and sediments. Each student thus will be exposed to both biological and chemical aspects of Cd research within the context of the Hudson River, and both field and lab work will be integrated into the experience. Students will work with a variety of faculty members to help understand the interrela-tionships between the biological and chemical aspects of the research.

For additional information about Marist’s Merck/AAAS USRP, please contact Dr. Mike Tannenbaum, Dean, School of Science, Marist College (845-575-3228 or

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