Ryberg Receives National Science Foundation Research Grant
Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
, has been awarded a $168,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, the first NSF grant received by a Park University faculty member since 1993, will establish a paleobotanical research program at Park with a focus on Antarctic fossil plants. Students will study the critical role plants play in the Earth's environment and changing ecosystem. The NSF grant will fund new microscopes with high-resolution magnification, and it will enable up to 12 Park undergraduate students to participate in stipend research. The students will have access to thousands of Antarctic fossil plants housed at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where Ryberg maintains a research partnership following her post-doctoral fellowship.
Barnes elected as a fellow of public administration organization
Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and founding director of Park's Center for Leadership, was recently elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Barnes was formally inducted on Nov. 15 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Chartered by Congress to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future, NAPA is a nonprofit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.