Funded Proposals (11/1/2015-12/31/2015)
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $470,007 in external grant and contract awards:
Mr. Chuck Cantrell, Associate Vice Chancellor of Marketing and Communication, attracted $126,496 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to continue radio station programming for the upcoming year.
Ms. Ruth Grover, Director and Curator of Cress Gallery and Collections and member of UTC’s Art Department, received $6,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to perform a collection level assessment of the Permanent Collection of Art in the UTC Library specifically focusing on the collected works on paper.
Dr. Greg O’Dea, Associate Dean of the Honors College and UC Professor of English, along with UTC student, Joshua Freeman, received $1,000 from Falling Creek Camp for Boys to develop programs that will focus on homework help and outdoor activities at the Chattanooga Public Library. The project will expand on a previous storytelling project that involved developing a class in the art of oral storytelling for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students at Battle Academy.
Drs. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor, Joseph Owino, Department Head, Ignatius Fomunung, Associate Professor, and Louie Elliott, Assistant Professor of UTC’s Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering department, and Aldo McLean, Assistant Professor of UTC’s Engineering Management and Technology department, attracted $154,457 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to conduct research on improving rigid pavement smoothness through the use of Polylevel.
Drs. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor, Joseph Owino, Department Head, Ignatius Fomunung, Associate Professor, and Weidong Wu, Assistant Professor of UTC’s Civil, Chemical, and General Engineering department, received $172,054 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to create a mechanistic empirical pavement design guide for Tennessee by using traffic input data.
SimCenter Investigators attracted an additional $10,000 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory for continued work on a pre-existing project that involves grid consultation services for CASL.
Submitted Proposals (11/1/2015-12/31/2015)
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $3,249,372 in external funding, if awarded:
Dr. Victor Bumphus (Criminal Justice) and Pamela Ashmore (Sociology) requested $20,000 from the City of Chattanooga to conduct an evaluation study that investigates the support and outreach strategies of the City of Chattanooga’s Department of Public Safety as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods’ Grant. The research will include analysis of existing data, field interviews, focus groups, and observations of community informational sessions.
Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $15,482 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle for the College Knowledge Now! program. The program increases the number of elementary children who have access to collegiate information and collegians who are willing to share their experiences to help them understand what it takes to get to college, while providing connections to college accessibility.
Dr. Elicia Cruz (Occupational Therapy) requested $16,692 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle for a demonstration project that adds biweekly occupational therapy services to the traditional inter-professional treatment program at Scholze Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment at the Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services of Chattanooga. The project will hire a licensed occupational therapist to provide services while supervising UTC occupational therapy students in this practice area.
Drs. Susan Davidson, Christopher Pell, and Ms. Robyn Tobias (Nursing) requested $298,167 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to increase recruitment and retention for diverse students in UTC’s nursing program. The program involves online and in-person outreach to disadvantaged populations, improved access for distance-learning students to new and existing student support services, and cultural competency training for faculty and students.
Dr. Lucien Ellington (Education) requested $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation to develop an American History and Civic Teacher Fellowship Program. The program will strengthen the revitalization of history and civic instruction regionally through the development of substantive and innovative classroom units that include topics, themes, and ideological questions that have impacted American history.
Dr. Lucien Ellington (Education) requested $74,421 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2016. This journal, founded in 1996, is published three times per year and features issues in Asian studies ranging from ancient cultures and literatures to current events.
Drs. Trevor Elliott, Charles Margraves, and Abdul Ofoli (Mechanical Engineering) requested $378,950 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to add to previously funded work through the addition of two cleaner alternative energy sources, thin film solar and wind. The project will result in a facility that can demonstrate a variety of clean energy alternatives and their impact on the environment in a meaningful way for students and the general public.
Drs. Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy) and Jessica Crowe (Occupational Therapy) requested $12,457 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to create a digital stroke exercise video library and associated interprofessional and telehealth educational activities. The project will provide occupational therapy and physical therapy graduate students essential professional training and exposure to technology.
Dr. Joseph Ford (Music) requested $25,000 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle for the UTC Chamber Singers’ international concert tour. For 11 days during the summer of 2016, the chamber singers will travel through the Republic of Ireland and lower part of Scotland to perform.
Dr. Linda Hill (Nursing) submitted a proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue funding of UTC’s Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships. This program is used to offset the cost of tuition and fees for students who are enrolled full time in the MSN Nurse Anesthesia Concentration.
Ms. Allison Hughes (UTC Outdoors) requested $15,222 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to promote a women’s experiential education adventure trip where women will work together to overcome challenges individually and as a team. To implement the project, UTC Outdoors is partnering with the Women’s Center and Outward Bound Costa Rica.
Drs. Joseph Kizza, Li Yang, Farah Kandah, Dalei Wu, Mr. David Schwab, Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science and Engineering), Drs. Jennifer Ellis (Education), and Amanda Clark (Psychology) requested $1,387,626 from the National Science foundation to introduce and integrate new transformational ideas into the current computer science curriculum at UTC in order to address the growing demands and needs of the 21st century student. The project will transform recruitment pathways, course content delivery, faculty development, and outreach activities.
Drs. Yu Liang, Dalei Wu (Computer Science and Engineering), Zibin Guo (Sociology), Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), and Amanda Clark (Psychology) requested $15,000 from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation to develop a two-way “Avatar-like” Virtual TaiJi System. The system will generate a controllable and consistent 4D experience, making TaiJi movements accessible to individuals with mobility limitations due to diseases or injuries.
Ms. Lindsay Manning-Hyden (Campus Recreation) requested $3,363 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle for UTC’s 2017 Yogathon. UTC Recreation will partner with the American Heart Association for a fundraiser promoting increased heart health, and the entire Chattanooga community will be invited to raise money and awareness.
Mr. Michael Miller (WUTC) requested $6,567 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to create an audio documentary about the life and work of Emma Bell miles, an author, painter, and naturalist who lived on Walden’s Ridge near Chattanooga. For the documentary, a voice actress will play the part of Miles and read excerpts from her works, while interview clips from historians will be included to add more perspective to Miles’ life.
Drs. Joanne Romagni, Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Gretchen Potts (Chemistry), Ethan Carver, Hope Klug (Biology, Geology, & Environmental Science), and Jennifer Ellis (Education) submitted a pre-proposal to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop a STEM-education program at UTC called “Partnerships to Advance Science Success (PASSport).” The program will create cohorts of students who attend community college and transfer to UTC and will serve as a model of seamless transfer-student STEM success.
Ms. Carolyn Runyon (UTC Library) requested $8,726 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to digitize the Emma Bell Miles collection housed in the Special Collections division of the UTC Library. The project will provide researchers around the globe, including historians, environmental scientists, digital humanists, museum curators, musicians, and artists, unlimited access to the largest single collection of Miles’ material.
Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $119,831 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research and present a temperature-based energy dispatch solution for the power grid. The project will develop thermal models for houses that can determine the indoor temperatures based on internal and external factors, while also building algorithms that try to detect human occupancy and status of A/C units.
Drs. Mina Sartipi, Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering), and James Newman (SimCenter) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to develop new curriculum materials in order to address the challenges in cyber security education in colleges and universities. The new curriculum will be disseminated to faculty members through in-conference and summer workshops.
Mr. Perry Storey (Challenger Center) requested $10,500 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to implement the new FEM STEM girls-only summer program. The project is designed to increase the number of young women, especially minority and economically disadvantaged girls, benefitting from the Challenger Center’s scholarship-based summer camps, with the objective to improve their early access to a positive STEM education.
Drs. Takeo Suzuki (International Education), Robert Dooley (Business), Kathy Purnell (Social Work), and Beverly Brockman (Marketing) requested $192,328 from FHI 360 to implement the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe (SUSI) program. The institute will host a five-week program at UTC for 22 undergraduate European students during the Summer 2016 semesters.
SimCenter Investigators $117,615 from the Office of Naval Research to further research Large Eddy Simulations.
Dr. Jin Wang (Mathematics) requested $236,498 from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research and establish a numerical framework for sharp-interface simulation.
Mr. Joe Wiram (Student Veteran Organization) requested $5,000 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists – Giving Circle to increase UTC’s Student Veteran Organization’s (SVO) outreach to female veterans. The goal of the project is to increase the percentage of female veterans engaged with the SVO from 8% to 50%.
Drs. Li Yang, Farah Kandah (Computer Science and Engineering), and Jennifer Ellis (Education) requested $164,996 from the National Science Foundation to address the challenges and increase the capacity of universities and colleges to teach cybersecurity education. The project involves developing new curriculum materials and guidelines for using them in the classroom, as well as conducting in-conference and summer workshops for faculty.
Dr. Li Yang, Mr. David Schwab (Computer Science and Engineering), and Dr. Jennifer Ellis (Education) requested $99,931 from the National Science Foundation to integrate research results on HCI security and privacy into existing cybersecurity curricula. Research topics will be incorporated into the current curricula through lectures, hands-on labs, assessment, and case studies.