FUNDED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2012- 10/31/2012)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $130,868 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Ron Bailey, Guerry Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment, secured $100,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for the demonstration of an Energy Plus Building at UTC.  The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how to convert a conventional commercial building into an Energy Plus Building by installing solar panels and replacing an outdated HVAC system with a modern Geothermal HVAC system.


Ms. Catherine Kendall, Associate Professor of Interior Design, attracted $2,049 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Interior Design Department. Funds will strengthen two studio classrooms and will support instructional delivery methods in all classrooms.


Dr. Cecelia Wigal, UC Foundation Professor of Industrial Engineering, secured $28,819 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment to update the Engineering Design Courses and laboratory. The new equipment will improve the design interaction environment for students participating in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary engineering design programs.


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2012- 10/31/2012)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $728,279 in external funding, if awarded:


Drs. Jennifer Boyd and Joey Shaw (Biology, Geology and Environmental Science) requested $7,398 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research the influence of light and soil moisture availability on the growth and reproduction of the white fringeless orchid. A better understanding of these factors could lead to effective management of this rare species.


Drs. Martina Harris (School of Nursing), Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), Zibin Guo (Anthropology) and Diedri White (Health and Human Performance) collaborated with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga on a proposal to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that addresses the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity within the Chattanooga area. The project will engage local community organizations within the inner city of Chattanooga through workshops, conferences, and meetings to address the barriers to healthy eating, active living, and health-care seeking behaviors.


Dr. Lauren Ingraham (English) requested $74,958 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a teacher professional development program titled “Building “Friendly Conspiracies”: Using Reading and Writing to Reinforce the Common Core State Standards in 9-12 Math and English Classes. ”The program will serve both math and English teachers from six counties: Blount, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Rhea, and White.


Drs. Jisook Kim, Titus Albu (Chemistry) and Ethan Carver (Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences) requested $223,105 from the National Science Foundation for a cross-disciplinary collaborative research project to investigate the biological effects of PAH quinones on amyloidal proteins. The project will allow undergraduate researchers to learn essential biotechnologies and critical thinking processes that can be utilized to solve real world related issues.


Ms. Mary LaBianca, (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $3,800 from the Orange Grove Center to conduct a dance residency program at Orange Grove. The program will consist of two groups of classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.


Dr. John Lee (Chemistry) requested $50,000 from the American Chemical Society for a project focused on synthesis and characterization of several new Ru(II) complexes. The proposed project will give undergraduate chemistry students the opportunity to perform real-world research concerned with lowering the cost of petroleum.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $67,874 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to provide professional development to secondary teachers that increases content knowledge and improves instruction in Geometry topics. The program will serve teachers in four counties: Bradley, Hamilton, Rhea, and McMinn.


Dr. Barbara Medley (Sociology and Center for Applied Social Research – CASR) requested $5,500 from the City of Chattanooga to develop a comprehensive action plan based on the data findings of the Chattanooga Gang Assessment. The action plan will develop strategies that focus on gang reduction within the Hamilton County school system and Chattanooga community.


The SimCenter Research Team requested $103,215 from the Army Research Office for a preliminary proposal that addresses ways to improve computational predictions related to vortices.  The proposed project will validate an improved method for simulating vortices created by rotating machines.


Dr. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $42,672 from the National Institutes of Health via Boston University Medical Center for Project ME (Mammography Education), a multilevel intervention to improve mammography screening in women with intellectual disabilities. Project ME will support staff training, provide educational information for women and informational sheets for physicians and mammography facilities to increase success in routine screenings.


Drs. Li Yang and Katherine Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $149,757 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project that will address the shortage of highly-skilled computer security experts in the workforce. The project will increase the effectiveness of security instruction, implement interactive visualization tools that will help engage students in active learning, and build faculty expertise through summer workshops.

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