FUNDED PROPOSALS: (4/1/2012 – 4/30/2012)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $657,440 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Carol Brand, Lecturer for the School of Education, secured $225,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue UTC’s Become a Special Educator in Tennessee (BASE-TN) Program for the next three years.  BASE-TN will recruit and provide financial support for students pursuing special education licensure.  Upon completion of the program, participants must commit to teach in a Tennessee public school serving children with disabilities or pay back the financial support that they received.


Ms. Anne Gamble and Drs. Valerie Rutledge, Kay Cowan, Sarah Sandefur, (School of Education) and Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) secured $362,545 from the U.S. Department of Education for a five year professional development program titled “Teachers Helping English Language Proficiency (HELP).”  The funds – totaling $1,572,299 over the next five years – will enable UTC to prepare 140 additional ESL-endorsed teachers and support them as they work in classrooms serving English learners.


Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Co-Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $24,497 from The Freeman Foundation for teacher professional development programs in 2013.  The Tennessee office of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia conducts seminars and creates training materials for middle and high school teachers in the Chattanooga regional area.


Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, acquired $2,000 from Georgia Department of Natural Resources to engage in an archaeological survey of sites on Ossabaw and Sapelo Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of services performed in 2011 that included total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.


Dr. Barbara Medley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Applied Social Research, attracted $23,418 from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies to engage in a collaborative effort to respond to the City of Chattanooga’s need for a comprehensive gang assessment.  The study will focus on the climate of local schools, disciplinary characteristics of students involved in and/or at risk of involvement in gangs, and perceptions of school staff members.


Ms. Kristina Montague, Assistant Dean of External Affairs for the College of Business, and Ms. Caroline von Kessler, Director of Development for the College of Business, secured $19,980 from the Community Foundation for the Veterans Entrepreneurial Program (VEP) within UTC’s College of Business.  The mission of the VEP is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures and to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of local and regional veteran-owned small business enterprises through education and services.


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (4/1/2012 – 4/30/2012)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $318,283 in external funding, if awarded:


Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $35,578 from the Tennessee College Access & Success Network for a Model Program Grant to continue the work of PAWS – Post-Secondary Awareness with Success.  During the 2012-13 school year, the CCCE will partner with the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department to work with 4th and 5th grade students from local schools to help them gain life skills, improve their academic success, and enhance their awareness of college.


Dr. Zibin Guo (Anthropology) submitted a letter of intent outlining a $32,765 request to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life grant program.  The proposed project will make wheelchair/seated Tai Chi Chuan exercise routines more accessible to people living with spinal cord injury or disease.


Dr. Frank Jones (Chemical Engineering) submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy grant.  Dr. Jones proposes the development of early-stage technology that produces biodiesel fuels more quickly and at a lower cost than current industry methods.


Dr. Kay Lindgren (Nursing) submitted a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration requesting funds to provide scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students.  The NAT award will be used to offset the cost of tuition and fees for students who have completed the first 12 months of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia program.  The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary grades preservice teachers.  The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate.


Dr. Brendon McDermott (Health and Human Performance) requested $27,209 from Core Cooler Company to conduct research to determine the core temperature response when humans exercise in the heat using Core Cooler, a cold-air inhalation device.


Dr. Will Sutton (Engineering and Computer Science) submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) program focused on methane opportunities for vehicular energy.  The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that, if developed, will create the foundation for new industries.


Drs. Li Yang and Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $209,981 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research focused on curriculum and faculty development on mobile security.  Project leaders will develop effective, engaging, and investigative teaching approaches/materials to mobile security courseware in computer science and information assurance education.  Tuskegee University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Cincinnati will participate in the project as collaborating institutions.

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