Funded Proposals (9/1/2013 – 9/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $933,696 in external grant and contract awards:


Dr. Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor, Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis, Associate Professor, Dr. Hope Klug, Assistant Professor, Dr. Henry Spratt, Professor, Dr. Joey Shaw, Associate Professor, Dr. Thomas P. Wilson, Associate Professor, all faculty members in the Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Chemistry, attracted $342,945 from the National Science Foundation for controlled-environment growth chambers to be used for research and research training through inquiry-based experimental learning. The growth chambers will allow opportunities for faculty and both undergraduate and graduate students to research topics related to global change biology.


Mr. Andy Carroll, Geographic Information Systems Manager at the Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies (CAIT), attracted $15,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation and $15,000 from the Benwood Foundation to provide GIS (geographic information system) services through UTC’s CAIT. Funds will help build the capacity and capability of GIS resources at UTC.


Dr. Irven Resnick, Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies, attracted $191,592 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a five week summer institute in 2014. Participants will learn about changes in the legal status, economic conditions, cultural stereotypes and depictions of Jews as “the Other” -the most visible and problematic minority group in medieval Christendom.


Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long, Director of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center, attracted $249,290 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of the Educational Opportunity Center. The EOC assists adult residents in the region as they enroll in GED programs and complete the college admissions process.


Dr. Li Yang, Associate Professor, Dr. Joseph Kizza, Department Head and Professor, both faculty members of Computer Science and Engineering, and Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Assistant Professor of Education, secured $119,869 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.

Submitted Proposals (9/1/2013 – 9/30/2013)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $460,883 in external funding, if awarded:


Dr. Richard Apgar (Modern and Classical Language and Literature) requested $5,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research German travelers’ accounts of the French revolution and its aftereffects. All research activities will be conducted in Germany.


Dr. Stephanie Bellar (Political Science) requested $5,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to research the relationship between self-identity and geographic place. The end result of this research will be a published, scholarly article.


Dr. Zibin Guo (Anthropology) requested $17,617 from the Reeve Foundation to develop a website devoted to teaching Seated/Wheelchair Tai Chi. The website will include streaming instructional videos that will be used by regional medical and community organizations.


Dr. Joshua Hamblen (Physics) submitted a preliminary proposal and was invited to submit a full proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to perform a series of measurements on nuclear matter. These experiments will be conducted at the Spallation Neutron Sources (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Dr. Greg Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) requested $29,998 from the John Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity to repeat an analysis of existing data on policies and environmental changes designed to increase physical activity levels in children and youth. The assessment will focus on youth in both the East and South Chattanooga communities.


Ms. Catherine Kendall (Interior Design) requested $2,000 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Interior Design Department. Funds will be used to develop a design studio for senior courses and capstone projects.


Dr. Gary Maynard (Sociology) requested $21,989 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a UTC course focused on answering the question, “What makes human beings unique?” The course will explore what makes humans unique from a philosophical, religious, cultural, sociological, psychological and evolutionary biological perspective.


Dr. Brenda McDaniel (Psychology) requested $249,473 from the John Templeton Foundation, to examine the nature of virtues within individuals’ personalities. The project will shed insight into the measurement and development of virtues not only within individuals but also across time, at different ages, and within different cultures.


Dr. Joseph Owino (Civil Engineering) requested $22,500 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Civil Engineering Department. Funds will be used to purchase electronic devices, software, and equipment to enhance active student learning at the junior and senior levels.


The SimCenter Research Team requested $102,306 from the Army Research Office to investigate in-house modifications to an existing computational model for the purpose of more accurately simulating vortex-dominated flows. The ultimate goal is to apply this methodology to the study of the phenomenon known as ‘dynamic stall’, which is a common occurrence for helicopter rotors in forward flight.


Dr. John Swanson (History) submitted a Letter of Intent to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to produce a documentary focused on the efforts to preserve Engel Stadium. The film will also explore the multi-faceted stories of people in the neighboring communities.


Ms. Christina Vogel (Art) requested $5,000 from the Clark Hulings Foundation to establish an independent work space in Chattanooga. The space will allow Vogel to sustain her studio painting practice.

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