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Unity College Professor to Share in $2.9 million NSF Grant

UNITY, Maine - A Unity College professor, and collaborators from five other colleges and universities across the country, have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation to promote and facilitate the use of mathematical biology in classrooms.

Unity College Associate Professor Carrie Diaz Eaton, who's one of the principal investigators, says as researchers reason through complex problems in sustainability science they've found mathematics to be important for testing theories on how things work in biology and ecology.

"And so this is a multifaceted grant to try to give faculty both access to the tools really easily, and also to support using them in the classroom," Diaz Eaton says.

For example, students and faculty would have access to online tools to create simulations for how diseases, such as ebola, progress through a population.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.