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Jaisi wins ORAU Powe Award

Deb Jaisi, an assistant professor of plant and soil sciences, was one of 30 scientists selected nationwide to receive ORAU’s Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.

The award is intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.

Jaisi will use the seed funding associated with the award to seek out the sources of a key nutrient so excessive that it has become a pollutant in the Chesapeake Bay — phosphorus (P).

Jaisi wants to literally get to the bottom of this nutrient’s influx by analyzing the phosphorus present in a set of sediment cores extracted from the seafloor of the upper bay, middle bay and lower bay. The cores offer a glimpse into the geological and environmental record of approximately the past 75 years.

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