Dr. Cerrato Receives the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER AWARD

February 2, 2017

jose cerratoDr. Cerrato received the NSF CAREER AWARD for his project, “Understanding Reactivity in American Native Impacted Uranium Mines (URANIUM): Research, Education and Outreach.” The CAREER is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award 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. 

Dr. Cerrato’s project integrates research, education, and outreach activities to identify governing biogeochemical mechanisms affecting the contamination and remediation of metals in organic-rich sediments in abandoned uranium (U) mine wastes in northwest and central New Mexico. The knowledge from this project will help inform reclamation strategies, investigating resources that could be recovered from these wastes to potentially benefit affected communities. Partnership with Native American communities in New Mexico will facilitate information exchange, access to sites, and collaborative training opportunities for students.

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