Please join me in commending UTC faculty and staff who have received awards or submitted proposals for sponsored programs in October 2016. These projects are also listed on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs’ blog.
Funded Proposals (10/1/2016 – 10/31/16)
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $643,649 in external grant and contract awards:
Ms. Cynthia Long (Center for Community Career Education) has received $270,938 from the US Department of Education. These funds will support year 1 of a new award cycle for “the Southern Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center,” which connects adults with educational opportunities.
Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) has received $11,000 from the Hunter Museum of American Art for training to develop medical students’ empathy and resiliency in the workplace.
Dr. Daniel Pack (Engineering and Computer Science) has received $88,912 from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) to investigate the intersections of cognition and neuroergonomics.
Ms. Anne Gamble (School of Education) has received $272,799 from the US Department of Education to fund another year of the Teachers Helping English Language Proficiency (HELP) initiative. The program bolsters teacher preparation to serve English Language Learners.
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals the potential to generate over $13,753,721 in external funding, if awarded:
Dr. Raga Ahmed (Electrical Engineering) has requested $29,645 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for laboratory equipment to enhance undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering instruction at UTC.
Drs. Neslihan Alp (Engineering Management) and Li Yang (Computer Science) have requested $9,640 from the UT Alliance of Women Philanthropists for their project “Project-Based Learning (PBL) STEAM Immersion.” This project will engage 10 undergraduate students to offer learning opportunities for at least 80 underserved 9th to 11th grade girls.
Drs. Neslihan Alp (Engineering Management) and Dana Moody (Interior Design), in partnership with the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, have requested $20,000 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for their project “Low-Income Community Design Studio.” This project seeks to establish a Community Design Studio for low-income residents in an underserved community in Chattanooga.
Professor Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) has requested $13,940 from the National Endowment for the Arts for his project “Chattanooga Area Arts Education Needs Assessment.” This project will examine the value and impact of arts education in the Chattanooga area.
Dr. Stuart Benkert (Tracking and Assessment) has requested $8,150,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for his project “Maclellan Student Success Center: A Major Renovation of Maclellan Gymnasium.” The concept for this project is to create an augmented “one-stop-shop” that better serves the diverse needs of all students.
Professor Catherine Kendall (Interior Design) has requested $3,000 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for interior design instructional equipment and professional licensing exam fees to better meet the needs of students.
Dr. John Lee (Chemistry) has requested $70,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his project “Using Earth Abundant Cobalt to Explore Precious Metal Homogenous Catalysis Involving Inert Chemical Bonds.” Dr. Lee plans to engage 2 UTC undergraduate students and 1 Chattanooga State student in immersive summer research experiences through the project.
Dr. Hong Qin (Computer Science), in partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine, has requested $3,362,336 from the National Institute on Aging for his project “Connecting the emergent aspects of gene network to cellular aging.” Dr. Qin and the research team will investigate changes influencing cellular aging.
Drs. Donald Reising and Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering), in partnership with the Air Force Institute of Technology, have requested $127,249 from the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute for a project entitled “Critical Infrastructure Resiliency Through RF-DNA Fingerprints.” This project seeks to identify strategies to counteract threats to today’s cyber universe.
Dr. Donald Reising (Electrical Engineering), in partnership with the Electric Power Board, has requested $336,321 from the National Science Foundation for his project “GOALI – Making the Smart Grid ‘Smarter’ Through Real-Time Electrical Disturbance.” The overarching goal of the proposed effort is the development and assessment of a set of techniques to automate electrical disturbance detection.
Drs. Jin Wang (Mathematics), Gregory Heath (Health and Human Performance), David Giles (Biology), and Bradley Harris (Chemical Engineering) have requested $1,165,172 from the National Institutes of Health for the project “Mathematical and Computation Modeling of Waterborne Diseases.” The overall objective of this project is to establish a new mathematical and computational framework for multi-scale modeling of waterborne infections.
Drs. Gary Wilkerson, Marisa Colston, Carrie Baker, and Shellie Acocello (Health and Human Performance), in collaboration with Auburn University, have requested $391,418 from the National Institutes of Health for his project “A New Paradigm for Sport Injury Prevention and Reduction of Risk for Disability.” The long-term goal of this project is to refine an electronic system that will provide an efficient mechanism to identify individual athletes who possess elevated risk of injury.
Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science) has requested $75,000 from the National Science Foundation via a collaboration with Prairie View A&M University. Through the project initiative “Developing Innovative Privacy Learning Modules to Engage Students in Cybersecurity Education,” Dr. Yang and the project team will develop effective and engaging learning modules on privacy protection.