Funded Proposals (3/1/2014 – 3/31/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $12,825 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, attracted $958 from St. Simons Land Trust to carry out archeological surveying and testing at Cannon’s Point, located on St. Simons Island, Georgia. This project will build on 2013 research and will include digital mapping, archaeological testing, and surveying of specific locations on the island.


Dr. John McCormack, Station Manager of WUTC-FM secured additional funding of $6,867 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for a Radio Community Service project. The funds will be used to purchase programming for the radio station.


Mr. Justin Pohl, Assistant Dean of Students for Fraternity & Sorority Life & Leadership, attracted $5,000 from the Kappa Delta Foundation to support the “I am Enough” program at UTC. The week-long campaign focuses on the issues of healthy body images, involving students in a variety of campus activities, including a discussion from Kjerstin Gruys, author and body imaging activist.


Submitted Proposals (3/1/2014 – 3/31/2014)


The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $570,903 in external funding, if awarded:

Mr. Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a bookmaking residency with third grade students at Battle Academy.


Drs. Zibin Guo (Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography) and Gary Liguori (Health and Human Performance) submitted a Letter of Intent requesting $112,647 from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to develop a website devoted to teaching Seated/Wheelchair Tai Chi. Drs. Guo and Liguori will evaluate the effectiveness of the program on enhancing fitness program accessibility, promoting physical activity participation, and improving psychological and social outcomes among individuals with spinal cord injuries.


Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) and Mr. Phil Pugliese (Health and Human Performance) in partnership with UTK requested $29,327 from the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity to measure current physical activity levels among children, youth, and adults living in and around the proposed site of the Riverwalk west extension. The researchers’ long-term plan is to compare these baseline measures of physical activity to physical activity levels among children, youth, and adults following the completion of the trail extension.


Drs. Farah Kandah, Joseph Kizza, Yu Liang, Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) and Michael Ward(Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies) requested $397,731 from the National Science Foundation to upgrade UTC’s network infrastructure. An increase in bandwidth will enable UTC’s high performance computing resources to transfer data approximately ten times faster than the current best speed, and enable on-campus students to have faster access to high performance computing resources.


Drs. Yu Liang¸ Mina Sartipi, Claire McCullough, Farah Kandah, Craig Tanis, Joseph Kizza, and Ms. Kathy Winters(Computer Science and Engineering), in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga requested $29,998 from Mozilla to develop a real-time information system that integrates sensing technology, Gigabit speed network, and big data analytics to measure and analyze the security status of a community. The proposed project will improve the community security level and will enable law enforcement to work more efficiently.

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