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A 1981 Watertown High school graduate and his team have received the largest grant ever awarded to faculty at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Graduate School of Education.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.2 million grant to the team of researchers at the graduate school who will study howinformal learning affects the public’s understanding of climate change science.

David S. Lustick, son of Dr. Bernard R. and Renee Lustick, 1337 Sunset Ridge, is a principal investigator on the project.

Dubbed the Science Express, the project aims to assess whether advertising on subway platforms and trains is an effective means to engage commuters in learning about climate science. “If this is effective we could use this model to improve the public’s understanding about other issues,” Mr. Lustick said in a university press release. “If we can engage people while they are commuting, we can change the way we think about informal science learning.”

Mr. Lustick teaches master’s and doctoral level courses in science education, field instruction and research.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority is donating $180,000 in advertising space on subway cars and platforms where posters or placards with information related to climate science will appear.

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