FUNDED PROPOSALS: (7/1/11 – 7/31/11)
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,940,154 in external grant and contract awards:
Dr. Amy Brock-Hon, Assistant Professor of Geology, secured $3,250 from the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct geologic and geomorphic mapping of Late Neogene and younger sediments in the eastern portion of the Overton, NE 7.5 minute quadrangle, Nevada. This award will support an undergraduate student assistant and travel costs associated with the project.
Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), acquired $95,784 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program. In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE plans to focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education as well as provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam.
Dr. Cherry Guinn, Associate Professor of Nursing, was awarded $29,998 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Applying Knowledge to Practice for Rural Public Health Nurses program for the 2011-12 academic year. The program funds an annual three-day conference that provides continuing education opportunities for regional public health nurses.
Dr. David Levine, Professor and Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy, and the UTC Physical Therapy Department were awarded $1,066 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in the physical therapy program during the 2011-2012 academic year. The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provides financial assistance for full-time students enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.
Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the School of Nursing, acquired $165,062 from Erlanger to renew the UTC/Erlanger RN to BSN Gateway Partnership. The BSN Gateway Program targets working RNs from Tennessee and Georgia who hold a diploma or associate degree and want to pursue a BSN degree. The program provides a flexible, self-paced, and accelerated curriculum that builds upon the students’ previous nursing knowledge and experience.
Dr. Lindgren and the School of Nursing also secured $12,822 from two separate awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The awards will fund scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in nursing baccalaureate and graduate programs. These funds allow UTC to recruit and retain gifted nursing students who might not otherwise have the financial means to complete the baccalaureate and graduate programs.
Dr. Kay Lindgren and Dr. Susan Davidson, Coordinator of the School of Nursing RN-BSN Gateway Program, acquired $284,890 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue and expand the BSN Gateway program over the next three years. Expansion will include increasing students enrolled in the hybrid (online and traditional classroom) model and adding an online-only model. The three-year project will serve 195 students.
Drs. Kay Lindgren and Martina Harris, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, secured $376,536 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Diversity Recruitment & Education to Advance Minorities in the Nursing Workforce (DREAMWork) program in the coming academic year. The goal of this program is to build capacity along the educational pipeline from middle school to enrollment in the UTC School of Nursing to increase the number of individuals from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll in and complete a nursing degree.
Drs. Kay Lindgren and Karen Sarnosky, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, secured $303,883 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Baccalaureate Enrollment Expansion Activities for Nursing (BEE A Nurse) Program. This program is designed to meet growing nursing workforce needs in a 21-county region in southeast Tennessee and north Georgia. At the end of the three-year project period, BEE A Nurse will be a self-sufficient program that prepares students to use evidence-based practice and provide culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective care.
Dr. Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Katherine Thurman, president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Students Affiliates at UTC, were awarded $250 from ACS for a project titled “Chemistry Concepts for Elementary Students.” The proposal was developed by Ms. Thurman and will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Potts. In this project, UTC students will demonstrate acid-base chemistry at an elementary school and assist children in conducting a related experiment. In addition, the project will provide teachers with a kit containing experiments, materials, and directions which can be integrated into future classroom activities.
Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, secured $133,396 from Tennessee State University to provide additional activities under the recently-funded SITES-M grant. Funding in this request will cover a two-week Summer Math Institute at TSU and five weekend math workshops to build the mathematics skills of in-service and pre-service teachers.
Ms. Karen Vann, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE)’s Talent Search Program, was awarded $226,599 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Talent Search Program in the coming academic year. This program provides academic and social support to prepare economically disadvantaged, potentially first-generation college-bound middle and high school students to enroll and succeed in postsecondary programs.
Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $14,750 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County to conduct a five day arts integration workshop in July for the faculty of the Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Dr. Miriam Zwitter, Assistant Professor of Nursing, acquired $291,868 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Get Healthy Project. This project will support service learning activities for School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students to provide supervised, integrated health promotion services in collaboration with community based agencies that serve individuals with severe, persistent mental illnesses (SPMI).
SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (7/1/11 – 7/31/11)
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $4,849,556 in external funding, if awarded:
Dr. Loren Hayes (Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences) requested $496,207 from the National Science Foundation to conduct a three year study on a native Chilean rodent in order to examine neuroendocrine mechanisms associated with mating and rearing behaviors among females.
Dr. Hunter Huckabay (GEAR UP) requested $4,353,349 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) college-preparation program to serve students at Dalewood Middle, East Lake Academy, Orchard Knob Middle, and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. The program will work with a cohort of students beginning in seventh grade and provide services for this cohort as they progress to high school and prepare for postsecondary programs.