Funded Proposals(6/1/2013 – 6/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $299,398 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for a case study to answer the research question, “What are the traits of quality in-school arts education programs in nine Southeastern states?” The SCEA will develop and implement a qualitative study in order to provide knowledge and insight for advocacy and policy development in the region.


The SimCenter Research Team attracted $99,388 from SimCenter Enterprises to conduct plume research in the D.C. area. The project, which will simulate how a gas would move through the terrain and buildings of Washington, DC, complements other SimCenter research with emergency response implications.


Dr. Christine Smith, Interim Director of the School of Nursing, attracted $185,010 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.


Submitted Proposals(6/1/2013) – (6/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,817,520 in external funding, if awarded:


Dr. Stephanie Bellar (Political Science) requested $99,490 from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a best-practices model of successful festival organization in three rural communities. The project will include a range of practical skills development and checklists pertaining to organization, marketing, and leadership for long term sustainability in nearby Bledsoe, Meigs, and Rhea counties.


Dr. Yu Cao (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $248,824 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project to investigate innovative approaches to increase the data reliability and operational speed of networks that receive data from wearable body sensors. Dr. Cao will work with colleagues from California State University at Fresno, the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M, and the University of Texas at Arlington.


Dr. Pam Carter (School of Education) submitted two letters of intent for research on UTC’s Degree+3 Program: one to the U.S. Department of Education for $913,284 and a second letter to the Spencer Foundation for $293,889. Dr. Carter’s proposal to the Spencer Foundation is for a three-year investigation into how graduates of the Degree+3 Program are utilizing data to make decisions for improved instruction. The Department of Education study, also for three years, will determine whether Degree+3 program graduates are more effective than similar new teachers from other institutions within the State.


Dr. John Lee (Chemistry) requested $35,000 from The Research Corporation to engage two undergraduate students in summer research activities. One of the students will be a current UTC chemistry student, and the other will be a Chattanooga State student who is planning to pursue a degree in chemistry.


Drs. Gretchen Potts, Jisook Kim, and Titus Albu (Chemistry) and Ethan Carver (Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences) requested $261,033 from the National Institutes of Health to research the potential adverse effects of e-cigarette filling solutions. The study will determine if filling solutions are mislabeled and contain unintended alkaloids and nicotine.

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