Funded Proposals (01/1/2016 – 01/31/2016)
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $170,351 in external grant and contract awards:
Drs. Chris Cunningham, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Psychology, and Gary Liguori, Department Head of Health & Human Performance, received $8,500 from McKee Foods Corporation to study the correlation between the corporation’s wellness-directed fitness programming and good personal metabolic health.
Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education, attracted $74,107 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.
Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor of Education, attracted an additional $12,750 from Vanderbilt University’s Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to continue conducting workshops for elementary grades preservice teachers.
Drs. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor of Education, Kay Cowan, Associate Professor of Education, and Aniekan Ebiefung, UC Foundation Professor of Mathematics, attracted $74,994 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to conduct a professional development opportunity for Algebra I high school teachers. The program will incorporate hands-on activities and strategies for teaching and learning in compliance with Tennessee Mathematics Standards.
Submitted Proposals (01/1/2016 – 01/31/2016)
The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $4,989,137 in external funding, if awarded:
Drs. Jennifer Boyd, Henry Spratt (Biology), Andrew Bailey (Health & Human Performance), and Mr. Andy Carroll (Center for Academic and Innovative Technologies) requested $68,267 from the Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC) to support the effort of two full-time graduate assistantships during the 2016-2017 academic year. The graduate assistants will help the CTC identify potential corridor locations to connect local communities to the Cumberland Trail and assess those locations for natural resource and recreational feasibility.
Drs. Jennifer Boyd and Yukie Kajita (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to conduct a study exploring hemlock responses to climate change. The project will provide research training opportunities for students in biology and environmental science, as well as foster outreach opportunities for K-12 girls involved in Girl Scouts programs.
Dr. Jennifer Boyd (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to conduct a study on species’ rarity. The program will comprise research training opportunities for UTC students as well as an outreach program focused on recruitment of community college transfer students.
Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to study Xanthopygina, a subtribe of rove beetle species. Through this project UTC STEM Education students will have the opportunity to gain modern informatics-based research experience, participate in fieldwork, and present their work at conferences.
Dr. Hill Craddock (Biology) requested $93,107 from the TN Appalachian Regional Commission to establish a small sheep-grazing trail in an experimental chestnut and hazelnut orchard in Ooltewah, TN. The grazing trail will allow faculty to explore the effects of grazing on fully mature, nut-bearing trees as well as newly established trees.
Dr. Ahmed Eltom (Electrical Engineering) requested $75,923 from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to study oscillations seen in transient stability studies performed by TVA’s Reliability Analysis group.
Drs. Bryan Ennis, Soubantika Palchoudhury (Chemical Engineering), and Matt Matthews (Mathematics) requested $330,846 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a state-of-the-art high-speed particle imager for use by a broad range of researchers at UTC, as well as collaborators at Texas A&M University, Middle Tennessee State University, Grainflow Dynamics, and Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA.
Dr. Tim Gaudin (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the phylogenetic relationships among sloths of the family Megalonychidae. The study will involve collaborative effort from researchers in five countries, as well as opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training.
Dr. Jeannie Hacker-Cerulean (Theatre & Speech) requested $18,341 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Inc. to execute a multidisciplinary nature and art festival in the Northshore area. The festival will include nature and art participation experiences, while benefitting residents of the community and Greater Chattanooga.
Dr. Loren Hayes (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to determine the effect of predation risk, food abundance, and ectoparasitic flea intensity on sociality-direct fitness relationships and stress and immune responses of the Octodon degus. Additionally, the project aims to provide learning opportunities to graduate students, middle school, and high school students, while increasing the recruitment and retention of minority women in the STEM pipeline.
Drs. Irina Khmelko and Michelle Deardorff (Political Science) requested $19,200 from the Eurasia Foundation to host a Russian delegation for a 10-day visit in Chattanooga. During their visit, delegates will participate in round tables, library tours, and meetings with key stakeholders.
Drs. Jisook Kim, Kyle Knight, Titus Albu, John Lee, Steven Symes (Chemistry), and Ethan Carver (Biology) requested $392,735 from the National Science Foundation to acquire new equipment to support multidisciplinary research activities, research training, and education at UTC. Because the new instrument will be available to nearby faculty and institutions as well, the project will help to support the growing needs of the science community in the surrounding Chattanooga region.
Drs. David Levine and Lisa Harrison (Physical Therapy) requested $1,350,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for scholarships for disadvantaged and underrepresented students pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy.
Drs. Betty Carlton, Joanie Jackson, and Jenny Holcombe (Nursing) requested $1,970,718 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement the Clinical-Academic Network for Developing Leaders (CANDL) program. CANDL will increase clinical training opportunities within rural and underserved communities by establishing one new academic-practice partnership site in Sequatchie County and enhancing two existing sites in Bledsoe County and on Dodson Ave.
Dr. Daniel Loveless (Electrical Engineering) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities to conduct research on the radiation effects and reliability resiliency of advanced and emerging integrated circuit technologies.
Ms. Laurie Melnik and Mr. Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $10,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to fund the 10th Annual Arts & Education Forum Series. This year’s theme, “What is the Role of the Arts in an Interdisciplinary Curriculum?,” will convene teams of K-8 classroom teachers, arts specialists, and teaching artists to co-develop and co-teach concept-based arts integrated units of study that will be implemented by the 4th quarter of the 2016-2017 academic school year.
Drs. Eric O’Neill and Yukie Kajita (Biology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to conduct a study of ecogeographic evolution in an introduced species.
Dr. Chris Smith (Nursing) requested $650,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue providing scholarships for disadvantaged students pursuing Bachelors of Science in Nursing degrees at UTC.
Dr. Dalei Wu (Computer Science) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities to conduct research on the battery energy tradeoff between computation and communication in mobile multimedia computing systems.