UMass Dartmouth receives $5.8 million in federal funds for marine and textile sciences

Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry and Congressman Barney Frank have announced that the omnibus spending bill passed recently by Congress includes more than $5.8 million in federal funds for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth programs that will benefit southeastern Massachusetts.

Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry and Congressman Barney Frank have announced that the omnibus spending bill passed recently by Congress includes more than $5.8 million in federal funds for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth programs that will benefit southeastern Massachusetts. 

Specifically, the bill includes funding the members of Congress had sought for three UMass Dartmouth projects: 

• $2.95 million for groundfish research to be conducted by the School of Marine Science and Technology; 

• $1.87 million for research on scallops to be conducted by the Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (a collaboration between SMAST and t he Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries); 

• $860,000 for the National Textile Center program at UMass Dartmouth (which receives money from the national program based on a formula dividing the funds among eight participating schools from around the nation). 

The legislation also included $151,000 for cranberry research, conducted primarily at the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham. 

"I am pleased that we have maintained a strong level of federal support for these programs, which are so important to the economy of our area," Frank said. "UMass Dartmouth plays a key role in working to improve the regional economy, and these programs are great examples of that. All of the industries covered by these funds face economic challenges that are partly a result of federal policies, so I think it makes a lot of sense for the federal government to help out with this funding." 

"With this funding we move one step closer to making the SouthCoast an internationally renowned center for fisheries research, and continue to build on our successes in the areas of textiles and agriculture research," Senator Kennedy said. "There is so much work to be done, but this critical funding support from our congressional colleagues is a strong endorsement of our local efforts." 

"UMass Dartmouth is conducting exciting research on fisheries, cranberries and textiles, which will help contribute to the future economic growth and security of critical Massachusetts industries. I am pleased to have worked with Senator Kennedy and Congressman Frank to obtain these important funds," Senator Kerry said. 

"Our University is fortunate to have advocates such as Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Congressman Frank, working every day in support of our mission to enhance educational and economic opportunity for our citizens," UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. "These funds are a critical investment in the future of our Commonwealth." 

"The support given by Senators Kennedy and Kerry and Congressman Frank to 
our fishery research is important to our economy and the conservation and 
management of our ocean ecosystems." 

"Textiles were a crucial component in the growth of southern Massachusetts 
and we are grateful that we can continue to help in the transition to a new focus on advanced fiber materials in this area,’’ said Dr. Paul Calvert, chair of the Textile Science Department . 

Media Contacts: 
Peter Kovar (Rep. Frank), (202) 225-5931 
David Smith (Sen. Kennedy), (202) 224-2633 
April Boyd (Sen. Kerry), (202) 224-4159 
John Hoey (UMass), (508) 999-8027 


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