CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky., November 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Duke Energy Foundation has named the Thomas More University Biology Station as one of 14 organizations in Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio to receive a Powerful Communities Nature grant. The Biology Field Station, located in California, Kentucky, and the only such facility on the entire 981-mile stretch of the Ohio River will use the grant to continue its crucial research into the biology and quality of the water that monitor potential threats to the local population. watershed, including, but not limited to pollution, algal blooms and habitat destruction. Duke Energy has an ongoing relationship with the field station that spans 50 years of financial support.

The field biology station was established in 1967 when the old lock and dam were leased to the University by the federal government. Current facilities include state-of-the-art labs and classrooms in the renovated lock, a separate STEM awareness center, outdoor classroom, educational trails, and a LEED certified lodge with overnight accommodation. Professors and students conduct ongoing research on the river and its tributaries, which helps to monitor and protect the ecosystem and ensure the safety of those who use the river’s resources. This research not only advances scientific knowledge, but also improves the quality of life in the region.

“For more than 50 years, Duke Energy has partnered with us to advance our understanding of the natural world, train students in STEM fields, and improve the quality of life in our region through education, protection of the environment. ‘environment and ecological research,’ said the director. from the Biology Field Station and Thomas More Professor Chris Lorentz, Ph.D. “This grant allows us to maintain our long-term studies on the Ohio River which are essential for assessing, monitoring and tracking changes in water quality. and the health of the environment. “

Thomas More honored Duke Energy for supporting the University with a Saints Salute, a special recognition from the University’s community partners, during the November 30 home football game against Cumberland University at Republic Bank Field / Griffin Plaza. The salute was presented at halftime of the game to Amy Spiller, President of the State of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, by University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. Other Duke Energy representatives in attendance included: Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt, Vice President of Community Relations and Economic Development for Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky, Cara Brooks, Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy Kentucky, and Kim Vogelsang, MK Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

“With this recent grant, we will be able to continue our long-term studies of the water quality of the Ohio River and neighboring tributaries, while developing our students to become the next generation of biologists, environmentalists and environmental scientists, ”Lorentz said. “The Foundation’s support is essential to our mission of education, research and conservation. “

For more information on the Field Biology Station, visit thomasmore.edu.


About Thomas More University

For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to be more, do more, seek more, earn more, achieve more and create more. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided mission-oriented liberal arts education based on the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and uncover the truth, which allows them to begin the journey to become the person they were created for. As we enter the second century, it is time for More. Serving over 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area, to build on the # 1 ranking for long-term gain in Kentucky (Georgetown Study 2019 ) and share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To learn more, visit thomasmore.edu.

  • Thomas More pays tribute to Duke Energy with Saints Salute

  • Thomas More students at the biology station