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Top Educational Institutions Team Up For NASA-Funded Atmospheric Study

The study collaboration between Harvard University and Texas A&M University will get $30 Million from NASA’s program known as “Earth Venture Program.” This program is designed for collecting crucial atmospheric information from a high-altitude aircraft of NASA.

Kenneth Bowman—Professor at Texas A&M University—will conduct the project and Frank Keutsch—Professor at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences—will be the assistant team leader. The project titled as “Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere” will examine how powerfully the summertime storms in North America can transform the system of the stratosphere. Bowman stated that this is a huge and critical effort with the field arrangement scheduled for the summer of 2020 and 2021. Bowman further said that an intense cloudburst often goes deep into the subordinate stratosphere, taking pollutants and water that could change the composition of this utmost important atmospheric layer chemically and affecting stratosphere ozone potentially. The information will be composed across the central U.S. with the use of NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude aircraft, with activities based out of Salina in Kansas. The mission will also engage information from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA satellites, weather estimate models, conventional weather remarks, and meteorological radars at the ground.

Recently, Harvard University was also in news as its capital campaign raised $9.6 Billion. Harvard University is the richest school in the U.S. and has collected around $10 Billion through a whopping capital campaign. The fundraising scheme was declared publicly in 2013 with an aim of $6.5 Billion. The campaign officially finished on July 1, 2018, and final numbers were released in the last week. Lawrence Bacow—Harvard’s President—stated in a statement that the contributed funds will help Harvard’s goal to “make the world a better place with university’s teaching and scholarship.”

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