BenBlack_small.jpgDr. Ben Black, Assistant Professor in EPS, received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award. In the words of NSF, CAREER awards are NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” Ben was awarded more than $500,000 across five years to pursue research into the mantle origins of carbon release during some of Earth’s largest volcanic events. The award also supports innovative activities to integrate research into a classroom setting. From collecting samples in the field to gathering and analyzing their own data, EPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to directly participate in research into gas release from volcanic eruptions in the tri-state area 200 million years ago, and implications for the mass extinction at the close of the Triassic.