FUNDED PROPOSALS: (12/1/12 – 12/31/12)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $27,750 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Loren Hayes, Assistant Professor of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, secured $15,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a collaborative educational program that integrates biological research with STEM education, community outreach, and international projects. The project also will involve the UTC College of Engineering, UTeaChattanooga, the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Zoo, and WTCI TV.


Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, attracted $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.


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (12/1/12 – 12/31/12)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,605,904 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Bob Marlowe (Physics), Manuel Santiago (Chemistry), and Ethan Carver (Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences) requested $1,053,833 from the National Science Foundation for a state-wide implementation plan to improve science learning in high schools. UTC applied as a member of a team of Tennessee universities seeking funding to improve student achievement in mathematics and science. The project proposes an inverted curriculum from the traditional progression of Biology-Chemistry- Physics to Physics-Chemistry-Biology.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education), Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung (Mathematics) and Ms. Lindsey Frost Cleary (SimCenter) requested $432,204 from NASA for preservice teacher professional development for university juniors and seniors in all STEM areas. Prospective teachers will attend Saturday and summer workshops, participate in online discussions, and focus on hands-on STEM tasks to improve content knowledge and skills.


The SimCenter Research Team submitted a letter of intent to Optimal LLC to assist with a proposal for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The SimCenter’s role will be to test Optimal LLC’s computer software on UTC’s in-house, high performance computer cluster.


Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) and Jennifer Ellis (School of Education) requested $119,867 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project aimed to bolster browser security education in colleges and universities. Objectives of this project include: incorporating research on browser security into education topics, developing transferable teaching objects (lectures, hands-on labs etc.), and developing faculty expertise through workshops.

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