Among the 32 winners of the Knight Foundation’s latest grant competition, are some unusual ones: like a 120-foot barge to be repurposed into a floating science lab. And sustainable farm.
The W.M. Keck Foundation is not what you’d consider an environmental funder, but Portland State University’s green architecture and design program is right in the foundation’s wheelhouse of hands-on undergrad research.
The oil drilling boom in North Dakota has been transformative for the state, for good and ill. One side effect has been a corresponding rise in students pursuing petroleum engineering at the University of North Dakota. The school's College of Engineering and Mines recently landed $7.5 million from an oil company grant and and matching state funds to build up the program.