Faculty Grant Training and Recognition Luncheon – May 17, 2013

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Please join us on May 17th, 2013 for a faculty grant training and recognition luncheon.

The purpose of this event is to share information on how to utilize grants as a mechanism to achieve career goals, enhance student learning and engagement, and advance the work and reputation of the College. All faculty are welcome to attend; new faculty are encouraged!

For more information or to RSVP, please follow the link to the Grants and Augsburg: Tools to Enhance your Scholarly Career training announcement.

Augsburg Ranks #3 in Minnesota for NSF Funding

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Augsburg was ranked #3 in Minnesota for the total dollar amount awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012. Augsburg received three awards from NSF in 2012, totaling just over $1M. The top two spots are held by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. This positions Augsburg as the leader in NSF funding among private institutions of higher education in the state!

This achievement was recently highlighted in a list published by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Eppley Foundation Grant Supports Daphnia Research

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Two biology professors, Matt Beckman and Kevin Potts, were awarded a grant from the Eppley Foundation for Scientific Research to study the effects of environmental factors on the behavior and life histories of the water flea, Daphnia. The grant will allow the two to carry out field collection and laboratory studies of daphnids collected from lakes in Minneapolis this summer. Working with Augsburg students, the two will study how these important indicators of lake and pond water quality respond to changes in their environment. The long-range goal of this work is to develop a simple tool that uses water flea behavioral measurements as a proxy for changing water conditions. Beckman says that this work will provide students who work on the project with a unique opportunity to carry out field studies as well as laboratory investigations.

If you would like to learn more about this research, please contact Matt Beckman at or Kevin Potts at

Leakey Grant Supports Chimpanzee Research

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Dr. Kevin Potts, a faculty member in the Biology department, received a $9,315 grant from the LSB Leakey Foundation to support his research investigating the nutritional content of foods eaten by chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in southwestern Uganda. The goal of this research is to clarify the extent to which the nutritional quality of resources influences the population density and distribution of wild chimpanzees. This information will be applied to conservation initiatives focused on maintaining viable populations of this endangered species in a critical part of its geographic range. Dr. Potts has studied the population of chimpanzees in Kibale since 2002, and this grant will allow him to continue this work, which involves direct observation of wild chimpanzee feeding behavior combined with lab analysis of plant nutrient content. Dr. Potts will travel to Uganda this summer to conduct fieldwork in Kibale National Park and, in conjunction with Ugandan collaborators, will initiate a long-term plant sampling protocol during that time.

This is the second time Dr. Potts has received funding from the Leakey Foundation, which supports research on primate behavior and ecology, as well as paleoanthropology and human evolution. If you are interested in learning more about his work, you can contact him at