In a CALFED Science Program-funded project, Dr. Dietmar Kueltz and his research team compared the effects of selenium—a highly toxic material at high concentrations—on two native species of sturgeon and discovered that green sturgeon are much more sensitive to dietary selenium than white sturgeon.
Science is a way of life for Dr. Anke Mueller-Solger, the first Lead Scientist of the Interagency Ecological Program (IEP). “My husband is a scientist, too, and I love our ongoing scientific debates at the dinner table,” Mueller-Solger said in a recent interview with Science News. “Things I do and see at home also often give me ideas for my scientific work and vice versa.”
Although the revised State budget has now been adopted, the suspension of all bond-funded grants and projects remains in effect. To help the State conserve cash during its protracted budget crisis, the Pooled Money Investment Board last Dec. 17 imposed a freeze on bond-funded projects. The action halted or delayed 5,300 projects with a combined value of $18.1 billion, including $22 million funded through the CALFED Science Program.
According to the State Treasurer's office, "We should have a much clearer sense of the State’s cash situation in a few weeks. Our return to full speed will not happen overnight. We’re still faced with a tight credit market. And the State has incurred billions of dollars in unreimbursed project costs since we were last able to access the market in June 2008. We’ll have to start clearing that backlog with bond sales before our infrastructure development program can move forward."
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