Four talented UMKC SCE women graduate students have been selected to receive UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistant Fund (GAF) Awards. These competitive awards are based on the merits of their proposed projects and/or scholarly activities. Lean more about how their efforts will be making a difference.
UMKC SCE student researchers Josh Arnold, Mike Scott and Yanan Ma have been hard at work helping Dr. Deb O’Bannon complete the field and lab work that is being used to quantitatively assess the effectiveness of urban raingardens in reducing stormwater runoff. During the spring of 2013, ending July 1, 2013, hydraulic and water quality monitoring was conducted for the raingarden installation located between 75th St, 79th St, Troost and the Paseo. Eight raingardens were monitored to measure their ability to absorb storm water. Continue reading
SCE civil engineering masters student Yanan Ma will be presenting her research poster, Watershed-level Analysis of Urban Raingarden Performance, at the ASCE Environment and Water Resources national conference in Cincinnati this May. Her research, conducted with her faculty advisor, Dr. Deb O’Bannon, examines how well raingardens can reduce urban flooding and improve water quality by reducing pollution in storm water. Yanan received two competitive awards, the Zonta Club of Kansas City, Missouri II Award and the Eleanor Brantley Schwartz Award, administered by the UMKC Women’s Council Graduate Assistance Fund (GAF). The awards will fund Yanan’s expenses to present her research at the ASCE conference.
Civil Engineering master’s student Yanan Ma has been awarded the 2012-2013 Wu Scholarship, a competitive $1000 scholarship administered by UMKC’s Center for International Academic Programs. One year the Wu Scholarship is awarded for a Chinese student to study here, the next year for an American student to study in China. The scholarship committee was particularly impressed with Yanan’s passion and clear vision for the future. Congratulations Yanan! Yanan’s research is focused on Water Resources and she is a research assistant on the Kansas City Rain Garden Project in which her advisor Dr. Deb O’Bannon is involved. Yanan is contributing to the project currently by collecting and analyzing water quantity data from rain gardens. Later, she will analyze the water quality as well. She intends to return to China to help her country with its urban flooding problems.
Regarding the significance of the rain garden project and her research Yanan advised, “Last year, many big cities in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Wuhan, etc.) suffered from urban floods and it caused a lot of economic lost for the society. What we are doing now in China is to build one pipe only for rain underground which costs a lot of money and a lot of time. The rain garden project has its own advantages on solving urban flood problems, for example it is cheaper, easy to install and repair and so on. So that is why I am so sure the rain garden project can be introduced into our China to help us solve this problem in the future. I know it will be difficult; however I am sure I can find people who are interested in this project and can help me with it. You will never know what you can do until you try, that is what I always believe.”