Section Menu

 

 Faculty Awards and Submissions Archive

 

April 2014 March 2014
February 2014 January 2014
December 2013 November 2013
October 2013 September 2013
 August 2013 July 2013
June 2013 May 2013
April 2013 March 2013
February 2013 January 2013
December 2012 November 2012
October 2012 September 2012
August 2012 July 2012
July 2010 - June 2011  July 2011 - June 2012

 

 

Funded Proposals (2/1/2014 – 2/28/2014)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $375,047 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington UC Foundation Professor of Education and Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation for the implementation of two teacher institutes by the Center for Reflective Citizenship and the enhancement of UTC’s annual Constitution Day Lecture. The topic for the Constitution Day Lecture 2014 is “The Constitution and the Larger Culture,” and the institutes will focus on “American Politics and Citizenship: Past, Present, and Future” and “America’s National Interests and US Foreign Policy.”

 

Dr. Yukie Kajita Research Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $349,697 from the National Science Foundation to transfer her SEES Fellow grant from the University of Kentucky to UTC. Dr. Kajita will continue a bio-economic study relating to agricultural systems, design an undergraduate/graduate seminar on sustainability, and engage in outreach activities relating to sustainability education.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of Theatre Education and Interim Director, and Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Arts Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $350 from the Public Education Foundation to conduct a workshop for the faculty of Red Bank Elementary school. The topic will be “Introduction to Arts Integration."

 

Submitted Proposals (2/1/2014 – 2/28/2014)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,276,087 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Dr. Emily Blackman, Ms. Lindsey Wendorf, and Ms. Andrea Patton (Athletics - Student Support Services Department), requested $44,866 from the NCAA to support the Literacy Enrichment Assistant Program (LEAP) for student athletes. The LEAP program is designed to increase academically at-risk student-athletes’ reading comprehension, reduce stress associated with achieving academic success, and improve athletes’ overall well-being.

 

Dr. Bryan Ennis (Civil and Chemical Engineering), in partnership with Grainflow Dynamics, Inc. requested $48,856 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The proposed research seeks to improve the accuracy of discrete element computational models that simulate the behavior of materials (such as crushed coal) for real, irregular particle shapes, as used in gasifiers and reactors.

 

Dr. Zibin Guo (Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography) requested $22,534 from Paralyzed Veterans of American to develop a website and instructional video devoted to teaching Seated/Wheelchair Tai Chi. The project will make wheelchair/seated Tai Chi Chuan exercise routines more accessible to people with spinal cord injuries or disease.

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp (Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography) requested $958 from St. Simons Land Trust to carry out archeological survey 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. Ralph Hood (Psychology) requested $43,717 from the Templeton Foundation via UT Knoxville to investigate the question, “Do different people see Jesus differently in their mind’s eye?” The study will use innovate techniques that will allow undergraduates and community members to depict their individual, visual images of Jesus.

 

Mr. Justin Pohl (Dean of Students Office) requested $5,000 from the Kappa Delta Foundation to support the “I am Enough” program at UTC. The week-long campaign will focus on the issues of healthy body images, involving students in a variety of campus activities, including a discussion from Kjerstin Gruys, renowned author and body imaging activist.

 

Mr. Brent Rollins, Drs. Bryan Ennis, Ignatius Fomunung, Joseph Owino, and Weidong Wu (Civil and Chemical Engineering) requested $504,478 from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop and offer multiple sessions of a two-week “Concrete Technology and Codes” course for top industry professionals over the next five years. The course will include hands-on experiences for participants in the department’s fundamental concrete laboratory and a site visit to a local concrete producer.

 

The SimCenter Research Team requested $295,208 from the National Science Foundation for research using computational simulations to study pulmonary airflow through the human respiratory system. Results from the study will benefit patients with chronic respiratory conditions.

 

Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, and Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $190,590 from the National Science Foundation to improve student learning and knowledge on big data analytics. The collaborative project will impact curricula, students and faculty at universities in three states: Tennessee (UTC), North Carolina (North Carolina A&T State University), and Texas (Prairie View A&M University).

 

Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, Ms. Katherine Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education), in collaboration with colleagues from North Carolina A&T State University and Old Dominion University, requested $119,880 from the National Science Foundation to build a national portal for hands-on security education. The Portal will both store Information Assurance (IA) educational outcomes and connect potential users and developers of IA hands-on labs and case studies.

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $330,652 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Susanne Burgess Director of Music Education, Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education,  Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of Theatre Education and Interim Director at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, and Dr. Kay Cowan, Professor of Education,  attracted $52,688 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to support a professional development program for 6 – 12th grade literacy and arts teachers. This project will allow 24 Hamilton County teachers to deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary instruction, strengthen content knowledge, and acquire effective teaching strategies in literacy and the arts.

 

Dr. Beth Crawford, Assistant Professor of Education, and Ms. Ginny Reese, Director of Continuing Education, secured $60,570 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers in 2014. The Governor’s School is a four-week summer program for high school students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a profession.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $72,917 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2014. 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. Ralph Hood, Professor of Psychology, and Chris Silver, IT Specialist for IPCP-AGES Program in the School of Nursing, attracted $9,000 from the Society for Scientific Study of Religion to support Dr. Hood’s appointment as Program Chair for the 2014 Annual Convention and Dr. Silver’s appointment as Graduate Student Coordinator in Psychology for 2014.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor of Education, attracted $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary grades preservice teachers. The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of Theatre Education and Interim Director at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $300 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to conduct a three-hour workshop to support the training of frontline museum staff. The workshop will focus on developing a training method that can lead to stronger guest relations and customer service.

 

Ms. Ginny Reese, Director of Continuing Education, and Dr. Vic Bumphus, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, secured $111,834 to continue hosting the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) at UTC in 2014. The SECLA is a dynamic seven-week law enforcement leadership and management program designed for progressive and innovative police managers.

 

The SimCenter Research Team attracted an additional $10,593 from SmartTruck Systems, LLC to perform flow simulations of drag reduction devices.

 

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

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $4,608,092 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Drew Bailey (Health and Human Performance) requested $3,186 from Wild Trails to research the impact of adventure tourism on the local community. Findings will serve as a basis for city and county planning, as well as a foundation for future tourism research in the region.

 

Dr. Amy Brock-Hon (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy) requested $91,342 from the National Science Foundation via Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges to investigate a new, untested method of numerically dating geologic materials. This project will enable undergraduate students to engage in meaningful research activities and will serve as their senior thesis or capstone.

 

Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis (Biological and Environmental Sciences) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to expand the taxonomic classification of Xanthopygine rove beetles and investigate questions about their evolution, diversification, and distribution. This project will increase the pool of rove beetle experts and will include resources for one postdoctoral research, a graduate student, and three undergraduate students per year.

 

Drs. Bryan Ennis, Joseph Owino, (Civil and Chemical Engineering) and Amy Brock-Hon (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy) requested $434,473 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a state-of-the-art high speed particle imager. Acquisition of the instrument will foster research collaboration between UTC and regional partners, MTSU, Grainflow Dynamics, and Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA.

 

Dr. Preston Foerder (Psychology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation in collaboration with Western Kentucky University to examine learning in captive African and Asian elephants. Dr. Foerder will examine the processes of habituation and insight learning using food cues as well as auditory (bee buzzing, banging on pots) and chemical (chili pepper extract, bee odors) stimuli.

 

Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities to investigate a statistical approach to gene expression data analysis in cancer research. Funds will also support Dr. Gao’s presentation of her findings at the 2014 Joint Statistical Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Dr. Linda Hill (School of Nursing) submitted a proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, which provides scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students. The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas.

 

Dr. Yukie Kajita (Biological and Environmental Sciences) - $349,698 from the National Science Foundation to transfer her SEES Fellow grant from the University of Kentucky to UTC. Dr. Kajita will continue a bio-economic study relating to agricultural systems, design an undergraduate/graduate course on sustainability, and engage in outreach activities relating to sustainability education.

 

Dr. Hope Klug (Biological and Environmental Sciences) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation for research on sexual selection in the field of evolutionary biology. The collaborative study will broaden understanding of the operation of sexual selection.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Mr. Joel Baxley, and Dr. Susanne Burgess (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) were invited to submit a full proposal for $19,977 to the Community Foundation in support of a professional development program for teachers. The program will enable 10 elementary school teachers to participate in a week-long summer institute, three half-day workshops in the fall, and a book study, and develop electronic portfolios through which student work will be assessed.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Mr. Joel Baxley, and Dr. Susanne Burgess (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $5,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support the 7th annual National Arts & Education Forum in May 2015 centered on the theme of “A Context for Quality: What is Quality Arts Education?” Funding will be used for honorariums for nationally known experts in arts education, arts integration, and professional development who will serve as clinicians helping plan the Form, presenting keynotes, and serving as thought leaders to facilitate participants’ discussion.

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $100,002 from the National Science Foundation to research recent advances in wireless communications, networks, and fast algorithms to fundamentally enhance the efficiency of wireless multicast networks. The proposed project will integrate research with education by developing a graduate/undergraduate course on multicast networks and mentoring high school and minority students.

 

The SimCenter Research Team requested $52,618 from Flow Modeling Simulation LLC to develop a comprehensive computational tool that can be used to simulate conditions in a turbine engine. The software tool will reduce the time and cost of developing new engine designs.

 

Dr. Christine Smith (School of Nursing) requested $677,376 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships during the 2014-15 academic year. Funds help offset the cost of tuition and fees for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program which prepares professional nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners.

 

Drs. Christine Smith (School of Nursing) and Gary Liguori (Health and Human Performance) prepared a proposal requesting $1,107,962 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support the Combating Obesity’s Multiple chronic conditions through Preparation Activities Shared among Students (COMPASS) program. The program will prepare nurses to work in collaborative, interprofessional teams to address the multiple chronic conditions associated with obesity. If funded, the project will involve numerous faculty from the School of Nursing, Health and Human Performance, and other departments.

 

Drs. Steven Symes, (Chemistry) Jennifer Boyd, Sean Richards (Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Amy Brock-Hon (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy) requested $256,825 from the National Science Foundation to acquire an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS), a scientific instrument used for quantitation and speciation of trace elements. The ICP-MS will serve as a collaborative tool for research in UTC’s Chemistry; Biological and Environmental Sciences; and Physics, Geology, and Astronomy departments.

 

Dr. Min Wang (Mathematics) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for research using stochastic differential equations to identify the key factors contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a hospital setting. Funds will also support Dr. Wang’s presentation on his findings at the 34th Southeastern-Atlantic Regional Conference on Differential Equations in 2014.

 

Drs. Gary Wilkerson, Carrie Baker, and Marisa Colston (Health and Human Performance) requested $1,499,633 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for research that will advance both the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and the quality of orthopedic clinical care provided to patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Research from this study will assist in the development of athlete-centered injury prevention programs.

 

Funded Proposals (12/1/2013 – 12/31/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $249,231 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $5,000 from South Arts to expand an evaluation of the quality of in-school arts education programs in the Southeast region. The project, which originally involved six states, will now include Georgia.

 

Ms. Catherine Kendall, Associate Professor of Interior Design, attracted $2,160 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. Yu Liang, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, in collaboration with Central State University, secured $17,500 from the National Science Foundation to support a graduate student in the 2013-2014 year. The student’s research will focus on sensor-oriented information systems.

 

Dr. John McCormack, Station Manager of WUTC-FM, attracted $124,369 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.

 

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, attracted $40,518 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in collaboration with UT Knoxville, to investigate the best potential combination of an open graded friction course (OGFC) asphalt mixture in flexible pavement design.  OGFC pavements last longer, perform better, and improve wet weather driving environments.

 

Dr. Joseph Owino Department Head and UC Foundation Associate Professor of Civil and Chemical Engineering, secured $24,347 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 attracted $18,833 from CHI Engineering to perform physics-based simulations of potential LNG spillage over dike walls. In a second proposal, the Research Team attracted $5,297 from Cormetech Inc. to perform physics-based computations on an air pollution control device.

 

Dr. Amye Warren, Patricia Obear Distinguished Teaching Professor of Psychology, secured $11,207 from United Way of Greater Chattanooga to continue services for Project Ready for School and Child Care Consortium. This grant will provide funds for a graduate student and an adjunct in 2014.

 

Submitted Proposals (12/1/2013 – 12/31/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $45,977 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Susanne Burgess, Mr. Joel Baxley, and Ms. Laurie Melnik, (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $1,000 from Hamilton County Department of Education to conduct a workshop for the faculty of Red Bank Elementary school. The topic will be “Introduction to Arts Integration."

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington (School of Education, Center for Reflective Citizenship, and UTC Asia Program) requested $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation for the implementation of two teacher institutes by the Center for Reflective Citizenship and the enhancement of UTC’s annual Constitution Day Lecture in 2014. The proposed topic for the Constitution Day Lecture 2014 is “The Constitution and the Larger Culture,” and the proposed institutes will focus on “American Politics and Citizenship: Past, Present, and Future” and “America’s National Interests and US Foreign Policy.”

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $19,977 from the Community Foundation to support a professional development program for K-5th grade arts specialists and literacy teachers. The program will enable 12 elementary school teachers to participate in a week-long summer institute, three half-day workshops in the fall, and a book study, and develop electronic portfolios through which student work will be assessed.

 

 

Funded Proposals (11/1/2013 – 11/30/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $220,000 in external grant and contract awards:

The SimCenter Research Team attracted $220,000 from the Office of Naval Research to develop a computational procedure to evaluate various drag reduction strategies for hydrodynamic marine vehicles. The research will lead to improved hydrodynamic performance of naval vehicles.

 

Submitted Proposals (11/1/2013 – 11/30/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,017,178 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) requested $81,129 from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and California State University at Fresno. Collaborators will build a high-performance cloud computing infrastructure for education and biomedical informatics research.

 

Dr. John Lee (Chemistry) requested $55,000 from the American Chemical Society for a project focused on exploring the chemistry of a certain class of compounds. The proposed project will give undergraduate chemistry students the opportunity to learn new synthetic and characterization techniques.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC) requested $124,369 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.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $300 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to conduct a three-hour workshop to support the training of frontline museum staff. The workshop will focus on developing a training method that can lead to stronger guest relations and customer service.

 

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences), in collaboration with multiple universities in the Southeastern U.S., requested $494,151 from the National Science Foundation to build a regional-scale dataset of native Southeastern plant biota. The completed dataset can be used in exploring the effects of climate change on plants, speed the discovery of vulnerable plant populations, and improve the ability of land managers to conserve regional biodiversity.

 

The SimCenter Research Team requested $5,297 from Cormetech Inc. to perform physics-based computations on an air pollution control device.

 

The SimCenter Research Team and Ms. Lindsey Frost Cleary (SimCenter) requested $20,000 from the National Science Foundation to enable two local, science teachers to participate in a wind-energy research project and translate their research experience into lessons in their classrooms. The selected teachers, both from East Ridge High School, will develop exciting, hands-on lesson plans and share their experiences with colleagues in their school and the broader district.

 

Dr. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $196,207 from the National Institutes of Health via Boston University Medical Center for Learning Together About Mammograms (LTM), a trial of a DVD-based educational intervention targeting women with intellectual disabilities and their direct support workers. Research results will help address important disparities in the early detection of breast cancer.

 

Dr. John Swanson (History) was invited to submit a full proposal for $19,990 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.

 

Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) requested $11,207 from United Way of Greater Chattanooga to continue services for Project Ready for School and Child Care Consortium. This grant will provide funds for a graduate student and an adjunct in 2014.

 

Dr. Kristin Whitson (Physics) requested $9,528 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists to establish a student volunteer service organization committed to bringing hands-on science lessons to middle-school students. As they work to enhance STEM education in Chattanooga schools, UTC students will be exposed to the importance of volunteering within their communities.

 

 

Funded Proposals (10/1/2013 – 10/31/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $131,363 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $40,000 from South Arts to evaluate the quality of in-school arts education programs in six 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.

 

Dr. Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, attracted $5,812 from environmental engineering firm S&ME, Inc. to transplant 85 endangered large-flowered skullcap plants to a protected habitat in the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Hamilton County. The plants must be moved from their current location to avoid being affected by upcoming TDOT construction.

 

Dr. Lauren Ingraham, Professor of English, secured $74,958 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a teacher professional development program titled “Building “Friendly Conspiracies”: Using Reading and Writing to Reinforce the Common Core State Standards in 9-12 Math and English Classes. ”The program will serve both math and English teachers from six counties: Blount, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Rhea, and White.

 

The SimCenter Research Team attracted $10,593 from SmartTruck Systems, LLC to perform flow simulations of drag reduction devices.

 

Submitted Proposals (10/1/2013 – 10/30/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $612,530 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Susanne Burgess (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $52,688 from Tennessee Higher Education Commission to support a professional development program for 6 – 12th grade literacy and arts teachers. This project will allow 40 Hamilton County teachers to deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary instruction, strengthen content knowledge, and acquire effective teaching strategies in literacy and the arts.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington (School of Education and Director of the UTC Asia Program) requested $72,917 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2014. 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. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) submitted a Letter of Inquiry for $486,925 to the Hartford Foundation to support an Adult/ Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Coordinator as part of a larger initiative related to interprofessional geriatric health care. The initiative will enhance experiential and clinical learning opportunities available to students in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, nutrition, health and human performance, psychology, medicine, and medical anthropology.

 

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS!

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 Biological 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)

GOOD LUCK!

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.

 

Funded Proposals (8/1/2013 – 8/31/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,252,327 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Ms. Twyler Boykin, Project Director of Upward Bound Math and Science, attracted $236,925 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Upward Bound Math & Science program (PRISM) during the 2013-14 academic year.  The goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program is to strengthen the math and science skills of local high school students from low-income communities and to encourage these students to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

 

Dr. Loren Hayes, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with Dr. Peggy Kovach, Co-Director of the STEM Education program, and Dr. Cecelia Wigal, UC Foundation Professor of Industrial Engineering, attracted $249,801 from the National Science Foundation to engage teams of undergraduate and graduate students in field and lab work to determine some of the behavioral, geographical, and genetic factors underlying direct fitness variation in the degu, a Chilean rodent. A major goal of the program is to develop the professional skills and cultural understanding of students, increasing their international competitiveness and the likelihood for success of their team projects.

 

Dr. Jonathan McNair, UC Foundation Professor of Music, attracted $2,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to bring the Marian Anderson String Quartet, an acclaimed African American Chamber Ensemble, to Chattanooga. During their four-day residency, the artists will participate in a panel discussion, teach a master class, and hold a public performance.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of Theatre Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $2,000 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a professional development workshop at Barger Academy. The workshop will focus on the subject of literacy and the arts. In a second proposal, Ms. Melnik attracted $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a program called CommuniCreate, which aims to increase parental involvement in children’s academic careers. The program will facilitate experiential learning opportunities in the arts for K-12 students and families and develop an educational resource kit that will be accessible at no cost via the web.

 

Drs. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, and Joseph Owino, Department Head and UC Foundation Associate Professor of Civil and Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with Tennessee State University, secured $219,632 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to evaluate the performance of pavement markings in Tennessee.   The study will determine the impact that factors such as traffic intensity, weather conditions, geographic location, and pavement types have on the reflectivity of pavement markings. .

 

Dr. Jeff Rector, Assistant Director Client Services/Training and Outreach of Financial Aid, and Mr. Bill Parker, Financial Literacy Coordinator, attracted $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the UTC Financial Literacy Education Program. Utilizing peer financial counselors, the program will work with campus offices, local organizations, and the community to promote financial wellness among current and prospective students through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions.

 

Ms. Ginny Reese, Director of Continuing Education, and Dr. Vic Bumphus, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, secured $91,223 to host the Southeastern Command and Leadership Academy (SECLA) at UTC. The SECLA is a dynamic seven-week law enforcement leadership and management program designed for progressive and innovative police managers.

 

The SimCenter Research Team recently secured a number of awards:

  • $98,474 from the Office of Naval Research to develop an improved model of simultaneous physics processes relevant to ship and aircraft design. 
  • $20,000 from the U.S. Air Force via Flow Modeling & Simulation LLC to develop a comprehensive computational tool that can be used to simulate conditions in a turbine engine. The software tool will reduce cost in computational testing and increase efficiency in simulation development.
  • $175,000 from SimCenter Enterprises for research and development projects that will boost the SimCenter’s computational capacity and advance research in engineering simulation and modeling.

 

Dr. Will Sutton, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and The SimCenter Team attracted $134,172 from the U.S. Department of Education for year two of the Computational Engineering PhD program at UTC. Grant funds will support several PhD students and help the Graduate School of Computational Engineering extend its research from defense and space related research to real-world energy utilization and advanced manufacturing applications.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $3,100 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to fund the 7th National Arts and Education Forum in May 2014. Funding will support honoraria for nationally known experts in education, integrative learning, and professional development who will help plan the Forum, present keynotes and panel presentations, and facilitate participants' discussions.

 

Submitted Proposals (8/1/2013 – 8/31/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,221,977 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Dr. Jennifer Boyd (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $5,812 from environmental engineering firm S&ME, Inc. to transplant 85 endangered large-flowered skullcap plants to a protected habitat in the Enterprise South Industrial Park in Hamilton County. The plants must be moved from their current location to avoid being affected by upcoming TDOT construction.

 

Drs. Greg Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) and Jerald Ainsworth (Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs) requested $415,251 from the National Institutes of Health to enhance and expand biomedical and biobehavioral research on UTC’s campus. Drs. Heath and Ainsworth plan to actively engage community, regional, state, and national partnerships to foster collaborative biobehavioral research opportunities for UTC faculty and students.

 

Dr. Greg Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) in collaboration with regional partners, requested $227,154 as part of a $17.4 million request from the American College of Sports Medicine to work at the clinical and community level to increase physical activity among high-risk Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The project will focus on improving health education and creating behavioral change to improve beneficiary’s activity levels. Dr. Heath also submitted a Letter of Intent to 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.

 

Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) submitted a Letter of Intent to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation to study the relationship between curcumin (a chemical compound in the spice turmeric) and b-amyloid plaques found in the retinas of people with Alzheimer’s disease. In mice studies, curcumin has been found to block the formation of plaques and break apart plaques that have already formed.

 

Drs. Manuel Santiago and Stefanie Whitson (Chemistry) requested $7,656 from the American Heart Association via the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga to analyze samples of cardiotonic steroids. Drs. Santiago and Whitson’s work will support research on the relationship between cardiotonic steroids, hypertension, and blood pressure regulation.

 

Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry) requested $335,511 from the National Science Foundation to provide interdisciplinary research experiences for college students. Over the next three summers, undergraduates from across the region will conduct research under the direction of cross-disciplinary faculty teams. Other members of the project include Drs. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics), Jose Barbosa, David Giles (Biological and Environmental Sciences), Nicky Ozbek (Psychology), Kristen Whitson (Physics), and Stefanie Whitson (Chemistry).

 

The SimCenter Research Team requested $10,593 from SmartTruck Systems, LLC to perform flow simulations of drag reduction devices. In a second proposal, The Research Team requested $220,000 from the Office of Naval Research to develop a computational procedure to evaluate various drag reduction strategies for hydrodynamic marine vehicles.

 

Funded Proposals (7/1/2013- 7/31/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $294,075 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. David Aborn, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, attracted $3,500 from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for year two of a Saw-whet owl population research project in South Cherokee National Forest. The study provides information about the population and distribution of this poorly understood species, which is listed as threatened in Tennessee.

 

Dr. Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, attracted $18,926 from the Tennessee Army National Guard to continue long-term monitoring of the endangered large-flowered skullcap wildflowers that grow on Tennessee Army National Guard property.  Dr. Boyd and a team of students will document each plant’s location, growth and reproductive status, age, and damage caused by herbivores or fungal infection.  

 

Ms. Sandy Cole, Executive Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), secured $120,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program. In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE will focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education, recruit candidates for critical needs areas of Hamilton County’s public schools, and provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education, attracted $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to support a Constitution Day Lecture on the UTC campus in September. The Constitution Day Lecture program was founded two years ago by Professor Wilfred McClay. The 2013 lecture will be on the classical and Christian origins of the American founding.

 

Ms. Shirl Gholston, Director of Student Support Services, secured $269,854 from the U.S Department of Education to continue the work of UTC’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program in the 2013-2014 academic year. The SSS Program works to ensure retention and graduation of UTC students who come from underrepresented backgrounds by providing peer mentoring and peer tutoring.

 

Dr. Linda Hill, Associate Professor of Nursing, secured $25,146 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, which provides scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students.  The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas. 

 

Dr. Hunter Huckabay, Director of the Center for Community Career Education’s GEAR UP initiative in Hamilton County, attracted $624,066 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) in the third year of a 7-year award cycle.  GEAR UP works with sixth and seventh grade students at five local urban schools to increase students’ academic preparation for high school and participation in postsecondary education.

 

Dr. Linda Johnston, Associate Professor and Acting Director of the School of Education attracted $232,956 from Tennessee State University to continue the work of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project at UTC, which was started by Dean Valerie Rutledge. The SITES-M consortium was formed to address the issue of low performance of minority students in mathematics.

 

Drs. Barbara Ray and Carol Brand, Professor and Lecturer, respectively, in the School of Education attracted $165,345 from the Tennessee Department of Education (TN DoEd) to continue the Special Education Summer Institute and the Licensure Program through June 2014. In addition, Dr. Ray received $12,675 from TN DoEd to continue the Early Childhood Special Education Summer Institute through June 2014. These programs provide coursework for teachers of exceptional students and instructional assistants who are working toward a teaching license with an endorsement in special education.

 

Drs. Carolyn Schreeder and Dr. Chris Smith, Assistant Professor and Interim Director, respectively,in the School of Nursing acquired $475,376 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for year two of a three year program, InterProfessional Collaborative Practice Approach for Geriatric Education Strategies. The program will prepare nurses to work in collaborative, interprofessional teams to provide patient-centered, safe, and effective care to older adults.

 

Dr. Chris Smith, Interim Director of the School of Nursing, recently attracted a number of awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration:

  • $604,945 for year two of a four year project to provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged and underrepresented nursing students pursuing graduate degrees.
  • $368,015 for year two of a three year program, Providing Advanced, Culturally Competent Care through Clinical Training (PACT) for Interprofessional Geriatric Care.
  • $341,098 to continue the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant that will cover tuition and other expenses for nursing students.

 

Ms. Karen Vann, Director of the Center for Community Career Education’s Talent Search Program, secured $217,971 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Talent Search Program, which gives academic and social support to economically disadvantaged, potentially first-generation college-bound middle and high school students. Some areas of support include academic counseling, connections to tutoring services, assistance with college applications and preparation of entrance exams, understanding student aid programs and applying for financial aid.

 

Dr. Miriam Zwitter, Assistant Professor of Nursing, attracted $298,547 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for year three of the Get Healthy Project.  This project support service learning activities for School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students to provide supervised, integrated health promotion services in collaboration with community based agencies that serve individuals with severe, persistent mental illnesses (SPMI). 

 

 

Submitted Proposals (7/1/2013 – 7/31/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $523,820 in external funding, if awarded:
 Ruth Grover (Cress Gallery) and Angela Dittmar (Art) - $89,549 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish a collections management system and online searchable database system of the work of Weimer Pursell, a graphic designer and illustrator who was prominent in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. In addition, UTC will organize an exhibition of Pursell’s illustrations, sketches, and iconic war time posters.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary and middle grades preservice teachers. The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate.

 

Dr. Jonathan McNair (Music) requested $2,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to bring the Marian Anderson String Quartet, an acclaimed African American Chamber Ensemble, to Chattanooga. During their four-day residency, the artists will participate in a panel discussion, teach a master class, and hold a public performance.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $2,000 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a professional development workshop at Barger Academy. The workshop will focus on the subject of literacy and the arts.

 

Dr. Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $277,521 from the National Science Foundation to develop the Tennessee Herbarium Consortium Virtual Herbarium. The THC will ensure that statewide botanical data will be digitized, up-to-date, and easily accessible for research and educational purposes.

 

The SimCenter Research Team recently submitted a number of proposals to SimCenter Enterprises:

  • $35,000 to develop a simulation system capable of generating predictions fast enough for use by first-responders in evacuation planning.
  • $35,000 to create an efficient tool for simulating flooding events, including simulation of how contaminants would be transported by floodwaters.
  • $35,000 to simplify the SimCenter’s existing modeling software so it can operate faster yet maintain accuracy of results.
  • $35,000 for an evaluation of the current commercial tools that classify LiDAR data (a remote sensing technique similar to radar) into terrain and building data.

 

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

CONGRATULATIONS!

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)

GOOD LUCK!

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 (Biological 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.

 

Funded Proposals (5/1/2013 - 5/31/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $916,314 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Ms. Belinda Brownlee, Director of Upward Bound, secured $286,462 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of Upward Bound during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Upward Bound provides supplemental academic assistance, educational and career guidance, and cultural enrichment activities to help participating students develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.

Upward Bound

 

Dr. Ben Byard, Visiting Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, attracted $150,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to develop four new cost-effective concrete mixtures. Dr. Byard will work to ensure these mixtures meet the minimum strength and durability requirements of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Civil Engineering

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $24,497 from The Freeman Foundation for teacher professional development programs in 2013. The Tennessee office of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia conducts seminars and creates training materials for middle and high school teachers in the Chattanooga regional area. In a second proposal, Dr. Ellington also attracted support from the Laurasian Institution for UTC to serve as a two-year hosting site for a Japanese outreach coordinator. The coordinator will conduct community outreach activities to bolster a greater understanding of Japan within the Chattanooga area.

School of Education

UTC Asia Program

 

Ms. Anne Gamble, Director of Project Ready for School, Dr. Valerie Rutledge, incoming Dean for the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies, Kay Cowan, Associate Professor in the School of Education, Sarah Sandefur, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, and Dr. Amye Warren, Professor of Psychology, attracted $370,458 from U.S. Department of Education for year two of five year program, “Teachers Helping English Language Proficiency (HELP).” The program prepares 140 additional ESL-endorsed teachers and supports them as they work in classrooms serving English learners.

Project Ready for School

College of Health, Education and Professional Studies

School of Education

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, secured $600 from the St. Simons Island Land Trust to carry out archeological survey and testing at Cannon’s Point, located on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The project will include mapping and survey of a proposed educational site and visitor’s pavilion.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography

 

Dr. Brenda McDaniel, Assistant Professor of Psychology, attracted $84,297 from Wake Forest University, made possible by funding from the John Templeton Foundation, to examine the nature of character and personality. The research will study factors such as identity change, role models, and moral traits in early adolescence and emerging adulthood.

Psychology

 

Submitted Proposals (5/1/2013 - 5/31/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $143,578 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Dr. Wilfred McClay (SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities) requested $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center (JMC) to support a Constitution Day Lecture on the UTC campus in September. Bradley Birzer, the Russell Amos Kirk Professor of American Studies at Hillsdale College, will speak on “When St. Paul Met Aeneas in Philadelphia: The Classical and Christian Origins of the American Founding.”

SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts –SCEA) requested $17,906 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a program called CommuniCreate, which aims to increase parental involvement in their child’s academic career. The program will facilitate experiential learning opportunities in the arts for K-12 students and families and develop an educational resource kit that will be accessible at no cost via the web.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts


Mr. Jeff Rector and Mr. Bill Parker (Financial Aid) requested$19,963 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support the UTC Financial Literacy Education Program. Utilizing peer financial counselors, the program will work with campus offices, local organizations, and the community to promote financial wellness among current and prospective students through workshops, seminars, and one-on-one counseling sessions.

Financial Aid

 

The SimCenter Research Team requested $99,388 via 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.

SimCenter

 

Dr. Joe Wilferth (English) requested $4,320 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support outreach activities of Dr. Allen Wier, the department’s inaugural Visiting Scholar. Dr. Wier will give public readings and lectures, visit local schools, and participate in the biannual Meacham Writers Workshop to connect the community with learning in the humanities.

English

 

 

 

Funded Proposals (4/1/2013- 4/30/2013)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $294,075 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured support for two arts residencies at Battle Academy.  The first proposal requested $1,200 for a bookmaking residency with third graders, and the second requested $675 for a Sandcasting residency with fifth graders.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

 

 Drs. John Graef, Lingju Kong, Min Wang, and Andrew Ledoan, faculty members in the Department of Mathematics, attracted $290,000 from the National Science Foundation to engage undergraduate students in research in the areas of differential and difference equations, mathematical modeling in biology, number theory, and probability. The collaborating mathematics faculty will work with students for three consecutive summers with the hope of encouraging them to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences.

Mathematics

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, secured $1,000 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct an Archaeological Survey on Ossabaw, Sapelo, and St. Simons Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of research begun in 2012 and will include total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography

 

Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, attracted $1,200 from Chattanooga State in support of the 2012-13 Meacham Writers Workshops. Occurring each fall and spring, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.

English

 

Submitted Proposals (4/1/2013 - 4/30/2013)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,783,166 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education CCCE) requested $201,448 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program.   In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE will focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education, recruit candidates for HCDE critical needs areas, and provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam.

Center for Community Career Education

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long (Educational Opportunity Center) requested $40,000 from the Tennessee College Access & Success Network to continue and expand the center’s outreach efforts to adults interested in attending college.  Funds will allow Outreach Specialists to make weekly trips to surrounding rural counties to conduct career counseling with potential students.

Educational Opportunity Center

 

Drs. Mbakisya Onyango, Benjamin Byard, and Joseph Owino (Civil Engineering), in collaboration with Tennessee State University, requested $246,003 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to evaluate the performance of pavement markings in Tennessee.   The study will determine how long markings remain reflective and evaluate the correlation, if any, between pavement marking deterioration and crashes.

Civil Engineering

 

Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) submitted a preliminary proposal to the Dana Foundation to study the relationship between curcumin (a chemical compound in the spice turmeric) and b-amyloid plaques found in the retinas of people with Alzheimer’s disease.  In mice studies, curcumin has been found to block the formation of plaques and break apart plaques that have already formed.

Psychology

 

Drs. Mina Sartipi, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering), The SimCenter Research Team and Michael Ward (Center for Information Security Awareness) requested $397,729 from the National Science Foundation to upgrade UTC’s cyber infrastructure.  An increase in Gigabits will enable greater collaboration between researchers and faster transfer of large amounts of data between research facilities.

Computer Science and Engineering

 

The SimCenter Research Team submitted two proposals to the Office of Naval Research.  One proposal requested $296,727 to research three methods of simulating the approach to landing on an aircraft carrier.  Pilots face a treacherous environment when landing due to the complex flow of air over the ship’s superstructure and deck.   A second proposal requested $296,319 to develop an improved model of simultaneous physics processes relevant to ship and aircraft design.  Potentially, the model could improve flight simulators used for pilot training and aid in design of aircraft and guidance systems.

SimCenter

 

Dr. Steve Symes (Chemistry) requested $304,940 as part of a proposal submitted to NASA by the University of New Mexico.  The project will focus on understanding the early solar system. Team members involved will study timescales of events in the creation of the solar system and provide insights on the formation and evolution of terrestrial planets.

Chemistry


 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (3/1/13 - 3/31/13)

CONGRATULATIONS
The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $713,085 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Jeffery Elwell, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Jonathan Yeager, Maclellan Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, collaborated with the UTC Development Office to secure $50,000 from the Maclellan Foundation. Maclellan Foundation support will enhance UTC’s religious studies curriculum.

College of Arts and Sciences

Philosophy and Religion

 

Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), attracted $1,500 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to expand the Postsecondary Awareness With Success (PAWS) program to 4th and 5th grade students at Brown Academy during the 2013 spring semester. The students will learn the importance of academic success in elementary school and how that strong foundation will serve them well going into middle and high school.

Center for Community Career Education

 

Dr. Wilfred McClay, SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities and Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education attracted $25,000 from the Apgar Foundation to develop a weekend institute sponsored by the Center for Reflective Citizenship. The Institute will take place in the fall of 2013 where scholars and educators will address the theme of “Religion and the Making of American Citizens:  Past, Present, and Future.” 

SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities

School of Education

 

Dr. Steve Symes, Associate Professor of Chemistry, attracted $51,565 and Dr. Peggy Kovach, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, attracted $25,102 from the U.S. Army (via the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga) for research and analysis in support of the development of an innovative medical device. This is the second year of funding for the project, in which Dr. Symes will conduct pharmacological studies while Dr. Kovach will investigate cellular reactions.

Chemistry

Biological and Environmental Sciences

 

Drs. Li Yang, Associate Professor, Joseph Kizza, Department Head and Professor, Mina Sartipi, Associate Professor, Jack Thompson Professor, and Ms. Katherine Winters, Lecturer, faculty members of the Computer Science and Engineering Department, secured $585,020 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for undergraduates  majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. This program will serve as a model for a living learning community at UTC and in STEM higher educational environments and will involve the local business community in the professional development of the scholarship recipients.

Computer Science and Engineering

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (3/1/13 - 3/31/13)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $3,680,016 in external funding, if awarded:

Mr. Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested support for two arts residencies at Battle Academy.  The first proposal requested $1,200 for a bookmaking residency with third graders, and the second requested $675 for a Sandcasting residency with fifth graders.

Southeast Center for Education in the Arts

 

Dr. Ben Byard (Civil Engineering) requested $150,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to develop four new cost-effective concrete mixtures. Dr. Byard will work to insure these mixtures meet the minimum strength and durability requirements of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

 

Drs. Pam Carter and Valerie Rutledge (School of Education) requested $265,592 from the Tennessee Department of Education to build data leadership teams within Cleveland City Schools. The project will build a network of school-level data leaders that understand how to interpret and utilize students’ academic data, provide recommendations for addressing deficits, and grow data literacy among their colleagues.

School of Education

 

Dr. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education) Dr. Joseph Kizza and Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $599,614 from the National Science Foundation to enhance computer literacy and skills of preservice teachers, inservice teachers, and middle school students. Teachers will learn to integrate computing concepts into the curriculum, attend professional development courses, and create hands-on experiences for their students to apply key computing concepts.

School of Education

Computer Science and Engineering

 

Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine – Chattanooga requested $502,872 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to test a new approach to improving the quality of health care while lowering costs for patients with complex medical and social needs. Dr. Gao’s role in the project will include experimental design, data collection, and statistical analysis and interpretation of the results.

Mathematics

 

Dr. Cherry Guinn (School of Nursing) requested $235,882 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide continuing education for rural public health nurses in northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee.  Nurses within the region will attend a one or two-day conference, and nurses across the country will be able to access the information through online videos.

School of Nursing

 

Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), Drs. Nicholas Boer and Diedri White (Health and Human Performance),  Dr. Michaël Bonnal (Economics),  Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry) and Dr. Kristen Whitson (Physics), in collaboration with UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga requested $503,014 from the National Institute of Health to promote physical activity and healthy eating lifestyles in low-income Chattanooga adults who are at risk for type II diabetes.  The study will utilize both clinical and community-based intervention activities.

Health and Human Performance

UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga

Economics

Mathematics

Chemistry

Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

 

Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), Dr. Martina Harris (School of Nursing), Drs. Nicholas Boer and Diedri White (Health and Human Performance), Dr. Michaël Bonnal (Economics), Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry) and Dr. Kristen Whitson (Physics) in collaboration with UT College of Medicine Chattanooga requested $ 107,621 for a pilot study exploring intervention approaches to increasing physical activity and healthy eating among low-income children and youth. The project will include custom physical activity and dietary plans tailored to availability of neighborhood resources.

Health and Human Performance

School of Nursing

UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga

Economics

Mathematics

Chemistry

Physics, Geology, and Astronomy

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp (Anthropology) requested $1,000 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct an Archaeological Survey on Ossabaw, Sapelo, and St. Simons Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of research begun in 2012 and will include total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.

Sociology, Anthropology, and Geography

 

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango (Civil Engineering) requested $59,500 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in collaboration with UT Knoxville, to investigate the best potential combination of an open graded friction course (OGFC) asphalt mixture in flexible pavement design.  OGFC pavements last longer, perform better, and improve wet weather driving environments.

Civil Engineering

 

Dr. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $1,048,469 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to increase the diversity of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in the southeast region through the CRNAs in 3D program. The program will provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to earn CRNA credentials.

School of Nursing

 

Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, and Ms. Katherine Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $204,577 from the National Science Foundation for a multi-institution collaborative project to broaden participation of women and minority students in computer science.  The project will impact teachers at three high schools in three states: Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.

Computer Science and Engineering

 

 

 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (1/1/13 - 2/28/13)

CONGRATULATIONS

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $448,339 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Dr. David Aborn, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, attracted $7,000 from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to research the Saw-whet owl population in South Cherokee National Forest. The study will provide information about the population and distribution of this poorly understood species, which is listed as threatened in Tennessee.

 

Drs. Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor, and Joey Shaw, Associate Professor, both faculty members in the Department of Biological and Environmental Science, attracted $7,398 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research the influence of light and soil moisture availability on the growth and reproduction of the white fringeless orchid. A better understanding of these factors could lead to effective management of this rare species.

 

Ms. Susanne Burgess, Director of Music Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, attracted $600 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a kindergarten music residency at Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Burgess will meet with all kindergarten teachers in March and will teach lessons to kindergarten students in April.

 

Ms. Dianne Cox, Director of Financial Aid, secured $8,350 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation to continue the Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Scholarships. The scholarships provide support for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing who agree to practice in a rural health shortage area after graduation.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Co-Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $70,728 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2013. 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. Frank Jones, UC Foundation Professor and Program Coordinator of Chemical Engineering, secured $19,018 from the NSF-funded TN-SCORE program to continue his research on the abilities of nano and micro scale structures to increase the efficiency of biofuel production. The desired outcome of this research is the production of biofuels with lower processing times, lower energy use, and higher product purity than biofuels created using other industrial techniques.

 

Drs. David Levine and Robert Dale (Physical Therapy) secured $3,270 from LiteCure for research on the effects of laser therapy on muscle endurance. The study will investigate if lasers can improve the exercise capacity and performance on the rotator cuff, an important muscle for shoulder stability.

 

Drs. Wilfred McClay , SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, and Lucien Ellington (School of Education) attracted $25,000 from the Earhart Foundation for a weekend institute centered on the theme of “Citizenship, Economic Literacy, and the History Classroom.” The institute is an offering of the UTC Center for Reflective Citizenship, which was co-founded by Drs. McClay and Ellington to foster regional and national improvement of the quality of instruction provided to K-12 students in both public and private schools in matters relating to civic education.


Dr. Barbara Medley (Sociology and Center for Applied Social Research - CASR) attracted $5,500 from the City of Chattanooga to develop a comprehensive action plan based on the data findings of the Chattanooga Gang Assessment. The action plan will develop strategies that focus on gang reduction within the Hamilton County school system and Chattanooga community.


Dr. Nicky Ozbek, Professor of Psychology, attracted $ 50,319 from Dialysis Clinic Inc. via UT College of Medicine Chattanooga to investigate whether melatonin deficiency correlates with the onset of depression among dialysis patients. The study will measure depression, quality of life, and olfactory sensitivity before and after treatment of sleep disorders with melatonin.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge (School of Education) attracted $232,956 from Tennessee State University to continue the work of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project at UTC. The SITES-M consortium was formed to address the issue of low performance of minority students in mathematics. Project activities for in-service teachers include weekend math workshops and a two-week summer math institute.


Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts - SCEA) attracted $18,200 from Syracuse Arts Academy, a charter school in Syracuse, Utah, to review and analyze the school’s arts integration program. The SCEA will then recommend a professional development program to strengthen the school’s arts education program.

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (1/1/13 - 2/28/13)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $7,272,651 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Jennifer Boyd, Stylianos Chatzimanolis, Hope Klug, Henry Spratt, Joey Shaw, Thomas P. Wilson (Biological and Environmental Science) and Dr. Gretchen Potts (Chemistry) requested $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.


Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $1,500 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to expand the Postsecondary Awareness With Success (PAWS) program to 4th and 5th grade students at Brown Academy during the 2013 spring semester. The students will have the opportunity to learn the importance of their academic success in elementary school and how that strong foundation will serve them well going into middle and high school.

 

Ms. Lisa Darger (Facilities Planning and Management) requested $275 from RecycleMania to provide stipends to student coordinators of UTC’s second annual RecyleMania Tournament. This year’s tournament will also include the “TechnoTrash” campaign, which will expand recycling efforts to include electronic waste.

 

Drs. Martina Harris, Chris Smith and Robin Pearlstein (School of Nursing) - $1,379,748 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the InterProfessional Collaborative for Homeless Healthcare Education, Learning, and Practice (IPC-HHELP) program. IPC-HHELP is a collaboration project that will advance interprofessional preparation in the tremendously medically underserved region of southeast TN while addressing the health care needs of the homeless.

 

Drs. Linda Hill and Chris Smith (School of Nursing) submitted a proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, which provides scholarships for students in the MSN Nurse Anesthesia program. The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas.


Dr. Robin McWilliam (School of Education), in partnership with the Siskin Children’s Institute, requested 392,353 from The National Institutes of Health for a project aimed to improve families’ quality of life and the quality of interventions that infants and toddlers with disabilities receive. The study will investigate whether Routines-based surveys are effective in providing family-centered intervention strategies.

 

Dr. Roger Nichols (Mathematics) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for mathematical and physical related research on the Schrödinger equation. Funds will also support a collaborative aspect of the project as well as a presentation of work at an American Mathematical Society meeting in Kentucky.

 

Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) submitted a Letter of Intent to the Alzheimer's Association for a pilot study on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and b-amyloid plaques found in retinas. The research aims to find a human biomarker that is a specific and cost effective measure for early detection of Alzheimer’s.

 

Ms. Sara Peters (Women’s Center) requested $5,000 from the Avon Foundation for development and implementation of an online training module and peer education curriculum that addresses issues of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The program will serve approximately 4,000 students, domestic violence victims, and young women.

 

Dr. Irven Resnick (Chair of Excellence in Judaic Studies) requested $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.

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $384,747 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a wearable, smart system monitor for post-stroke patients. A mobile health stroke management system proactively provides patients, caregivers, and health professionals with real-time data where patient progress and rehabilitation can be monitored.

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi and the SimCenter Research Team (College of Engineering and Computer Science), in partnership with SimCenter Enterprises, UT Knoxville, and Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories requested $518,924 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research on smart grid networks. The ultimate goal of this research is to provide thermal prediction of the street level Chattanooga area to enable a critical element for predicting Electrical Power Demand Response.


Dr. Michael Sherr (Social Work) requested $447,684 from the Templeton Foundation for a collaborative project with the On Point youth development organization. The project will study the replication of a youth character education program, emphasizing the role of implementation instead of simply measuring outcomes. The aim is to bridge the gap between scientifically-proven evidence based programs that have limited scalability and grass roots organizations that lack the capacity, abilities, and community context to scale these programs with fidelity.


The SimCenter Research Team submitted a number of proposals recently:

    • A letter of intent requesting $24,000 Intent from Optimal LLC to assist with a Small Business Innovation Research proposal to the Army. The SimCenter’s role will be to test Optimal LLC’s simulation software on UTC’s high performance computer cluster.
    • In collaboration with SimCenter Enterprises, a preliminary proposal to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to reduce vehicle pollution and increase fuel efficiency by improving traffic flow.
    • in collaboration with SimCenter Enterprises, Johns Hopkins University, and UT Knoxville, a proposal requesting $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop/enhance capabilities of powerful computational systems for use in managing hazardous events such as floods or toxic gas leaks.
    • a proposal requesting $268,881 from the National Science Foundation for a computational investigation of the physics of engines embedded in the airframes of wide-bodied jets.
    • in collaboration with MIT, a proposal requesting $2,500,000 from the Air Force Research Lab to establish a Collaborative Center for Aeronautical Sciences. Research would focus on simulation of fluid dynamics and electromagnetics to address practical applications of interest to the Air Force.

 

Dr. Min Wang (Mathematics) requested $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities for research on fractional boundary problems and differential equation theory. Funds will also support Dr. Wang’s presentation on his findings at the 2014 American Mathematical Society meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts - SCEA) requested $5,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to fund the 7th National Arts and Education Forum in May 2014. Funding will support honoraria for nationally known experts in education, integrative learning, and professional development who will help plan, present keynotes and panel presentations, and facilitate participants' discussions.

 

 


 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (12/1/12 - 12/31/12)

CONGRATULATIONS

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $27,750 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Loren Hayes, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $15,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a collaborative educational program that integrates biological research with STEM education, community outreach, and international projects. The project also will involve the UTC College of Engineering, UTeaChattanooga, the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Zoo, and WTCI TV.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, attracted $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary grades preservice teachers. The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate.

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (12/1/12 - 12/31/12)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,605,904 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Bob Marlowe (Physics), Manuel Santiago (Chemistry), and Ethan Carver (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $1,053,833 from the National Science Foundation for a state-wide implementation plan to improve science learning in high schools. UTC applied as a member of a team of Tennessee universities seeking funding to improve student achievement in mathematics and science. The project proposes an inverted curriculum from the traditional progression of Biology-Chemistry- Physics to Physics-Chemistry-Biology.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education), Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung (Mathematics) and Ms. Lindsey Frost Cleary (SimCenter) requested $432,204 from NASA for preservice teacher professional development for university juniors and seniors in all STEM areas. Prospective teachers will attend Saturday and summer workshops, participate in online discussions, and focus on hands-on STEM tasks to improve content knowledge and skills.


The SimCenter Research Team submitted a letter of intent to Optimal LLC to assist with a proposal for NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program. The SimCenter’s role will be to test Optimal LLC’s computer software on UTC’s in-house, high performance computer cluster.

 

Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) and Jennifer Ellis (School of Education) requested $119,867 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.

 


 


 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (11/1/2012- 11/30/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $231,794 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a Visual Arts Residency at Battle Academy. Mr. Baxley will lead second grade students in developing mini-installations.

 

Dr. Beth Crawford, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, attracted $60,570 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers in 2013. The Governor’s School is a five-week summer program for high school students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a profession. Participating students will receive three hours of college credit upon completion of the program.

 

Ms. Mary LaBianca, Director of Dance Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $3,800 from the Orange Grove Center to conduct a dance residency program at Orange Grove. The program will consist of two groups of classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC-FM) secured $120,229 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to continue the Radio Community Service Grant for 2012-2014. McCormack and the WUTC staff strive to keep the community updated on local and national news and events.

 

Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) received $45,995 from United Way of Greater Chattanooga to continue services for Project Ready for School and Child Care Consortium. This grant will provide funds for two graduate students and an adjunct in 2013.


 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (11/1/2012- 11/30/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,294,979 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Sergei Avdonin (Mathematics) requested $228,302 from the National Science Foundation to develop effective numerical algorithms for solving inverse problems on quantum graphs. The proposed project will deepen connections between mathematics, science, and engineering, and help bridge the gap between mathematical theory and practice for students.

 

Mr. Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $29,518 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.

 

Dr. Yu Cao (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $496,450 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project on sensory applications and wireless body area networks (WBAN) for human health monitoring. The proposed project can be used in a wide range of medical applications, sports, and entertainment.

Computer Science and Engineering

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp (Anthropology) requested $4,999 from Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon for archaeological monitoring of the proposed Tennessee Riverpark St. Elmo extension. The project will identify and evaluate the archaeological resources encountered in the St. Elmo extension and make recommendations concerning their eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Dr. Ed McMahon (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $24,500 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to further develop and implement an open innovation design community aimed at improving the lives of the elderly population and persons with disabilities.The design community, comprised of professionals that serve the aging populations and persons with disabilities, students, and UTC faculty, will develop design concepts, prototypes of products, and business plans.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge (School of Education) requested $232,956 from Tennessee State University to continue the work of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project at UTC. The SITES-M consortium was formed to address the issue of low performance of minority students in mathematics. Project activities for in-service teachers include weekend math workshops and a two-week summer math institute.


The SimCenter Team requested $256,861 from the National Science Foundation for a program called “Engineering Math and Science in the GigCity.” The program will engage teachers and business partners in the design of real-world STEM experiences for K-12 students. Activities will equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for success in our region’s STEM-focused academic and professional environment. Students will be exposed to the wide range of opportunities available in STEM fields through workshops, job shadowing, and internships.

 

The SimCenter Research Team submitted 9 white papers to the U.S. Office of Naval Research relating to sea-based aircraft science and technology research in response to several problems identified by the Navy.

 

Ms. Kathy Winters, Dr. Joseph Kizza, and Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $21,393 from Google for a collaborative program between the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UTC and the STEM School in Chattanooga. The program will consist of a summer camp where students will be introduced to the field of computer science and teachers will learn how to integrate “app” development into the curriculum.


 


 

 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2012- 10/31/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $130,868 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Ron Bailey, Guerry Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment, secured $100,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for the demonstration of an Energy Plus Building at UTC.  The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how to convert a conventional commercial building into an Energy Plus Building by installing solar panels and replacing an outdated HVAC system with a modern Geothermal HVAC system.


Ms. Catherine Kendall, Associate Professor of Interior Design, attracted $2,049 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Interior Design Department. Funds will strengthen two studio classrooms and will support instructional delivery methods in all classrooms.

 

Dr. Cecelia Wigal, UC Foundation Professor of Industrial Engineering, secured $28,819 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment to update the Engineering Design Courses and laboratory. The new equipment will improve the design interaction environment for students participating in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary engineering design programs.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2012- 10/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $728,279 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Drs. Jennifer Boyd and Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Science) requested $7,398 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research the influence of light and soil moisture availability on the growth and reproduction of the white fringeless orchid. A better understanding of these factors could lead to effective management of this rare species.

 

Drs. Martina Harris (School of Nursing), Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), Zibin Guo (Anthropology) and Diedri White (Health and Human Performance) collaborated with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga on a proposal to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that addresses the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity within the Chattanooga area. The project will engage local community organizations within the inner city of Chattanooga through workshops, conferences, and meetings to address the barriers to healthy eating, active living, and health-care seeking behaviors.


Dr. Lauren Ingraham (English) requested $74,958 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a teacher professional development program titled “Building “Friendly Conspiracies”: Using Reading and Writing to Reinforce the Common Core State Standards in 9-12 Math and English Classes. ”The program will serve both math and English teachers from six counties: Blount, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Rhea, and White.

 

Drs. Jisook Kim, Titus Albu (Chemistry) and Ethan Carver (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $223,105 from the National Science Foundation for a cross-disciplinary collaborative research project to investigate the biological effects of PAH quinones on amyloidal proteins. The project will allow undergraduate researchers to learn essential biotechnologies and critical thinking processes that can be utilized to solve real world related issues.

 

Ms. Mary LaBianca, (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $3,800 from the Orange Grove Center to conduct a dance residency program at Orange Grove. The program will consist of two groups of classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Dr. John Lee (Chemistry) requested $50,000 from the American Chemical Society for a project focused on synthesis and characterization of several new Ru(II) complexes. The proposed project will give undergraduate chemistry students the opportunity to perform real-world research concerned with lowering the cost of petroleum.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $67,874 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to provide professional development to secondary teachers that increases content knowledge and improves instruction in Geometry topics. The program will serve teachers in four counties: Bradley, Hamilton, Rhea, and McMinn.

 

Dr. Barbara Medley (Sociology and Center for Applied Social Research - CASR) requested $5,500 from the City of Chattanooga to develop a comprehensive action plan based on the data findings of the Chattanooga Gang Assessment. The action plan will develop strategies that focus on gang reduction within the Hamilton County school system and Chattanooga community.


The SimCenter Research Team requested $103,215 from the Army Research Office for a preliminary proposal that addresses ways to improve computational predictions related to vortices.  The proposed project will validate an improved method for simulating vortices created by rotating machines. 

 

Dr. Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $42,672 from the National Institutes of Health via Boston University Medical Center for Project ME (Mammography Education), a multilevel intervention to improve mammography screening in women with intellectual disabilities. Project ME will support staff training, provide educational information for women and informational sheets for physicians and mammography facilities to increase success in routine screenings.

 

Drs. Li Yang and Katherine Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $149,757 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project that will address the shortage of highly-skilled computer security experts in the workforce. The project will increase the effectiveness of security instruction, implement interactive visualization tools that will help engage students in active learning, and build faculty expertise through summer workshops.

 

 

 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (9/1/12 - 9/30/12)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $2,628,437 in external grant and contract awards:

Drs. Jennifer Boyd, assistant professor, and Joey Shaw, associate professor, both faculty members of Biological and Environmental Science, attracted $89,000 from the Tennessee Department of Military to provide a detailed survey of invasive plant species at the Tennessee Army National Guard Volunteer Training Sites. The survey will identify the invasive species present and map and characterize the extent of these populations.

 

Mr. Bob Boyer, Patten Series Manager for the Fine Arts Center, secured $4,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to support an upcoming Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Performance and two master classes - one on UTC’s campus, and the other at the Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga’s Arts magnet high school.

 

Ms. Twyler Boykin, Project Director of Upward Bound Math and Science, attracted $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) program at UTC. The UBMS program is designed to serve low-income, potential first-generation college attendees. Ms. Boykin and her team work in partnership with local high schools to strengthen students’ capacity to succeed in college and encourage them to pursue degrees and careers in math and science. This is year one of a five-year project.

 

Ms. Shirl Gholston, Director of Student Support Services, secured $284,746 from the U.S Department of Education to continue the work of UTC’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program in the 2012-2013 academic year. The SSS Program works to ensure retention and graduation of UTC students who come from underrepresented backgrounds by providing peer mentoring and peer tutoring.

 

Dr. Jisook Kim, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, attracted $400 from the American Chemistry Society to present hands-on chemistry experiments to fifth grade students at Brown Academy and to children at the Creative Discovery Museum. The project aims to spark a scientific interest in students at a young age, especially those who may not have had much exposure to fun, scientific demonstrations.

 

Ms. Mary LaBianca, Director of Dance Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $2,400 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to conduct a dance residency with first grade students at Battle Academy.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the School of Nursing, attracted $645,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for year one of a four year project to provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged and underrepresented nursing students pursuing graduate degrees. The funds will increase recruitment, scholarship funding, knowledge, and skills of disadvantaged and underrepresented students and will increase UTC’s capacity to recruit, retain, and graduate these students.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren, Chris Smith, and Carolyn Schreeder, Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing acquired $470,243 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for year one of a three year program, InterProfessional Collaborative Practice Approach for Geriatric Education Strategies. The program will prepare nurses to work in collaborative, interprofessional teams to provide patient-centered, safe, and effective care to older adults.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren, Chris Smith, and Joanie Jackson, Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, acquired $343,410 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for year one of a three year program, Providing Advanced, Culturally Competent Care through Clinical Training (PACT) for Interprofessional Geriatric Care. The program will enhance advanced nursing education and practice to improve health care for older residents of southeast Tennessee and north Georgia.

 

Dr. Joey Shaw, Associate Professor, and Dr. Jennifer Boyd, Assistant Professor of the Biological and Environmental Science department, secured $680 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research the influence of light and soil moisture availability on the flowering of the white fringeless orchid. This species of orchid is native to North America and is a candidate for protection under the United States Endangered Species Act.

 

The SimCenter Research Team secured $200,000 from the National Science Foundation via SimCenter Enterprises to improve access to information needed to plan for and respond to catastrophic events. The goal is to significantly improve disaster response and potentially benefit thousands of lives in the event of a large contaminant spill or terrorist attack in an urban area. The proposal was submitted in response to the federal US Ignite initiative, which seeks to promote development of applications and services for ultra-fast computing networks.

 

Dr. Chris Smith, Associate Director of the School of Nursing, attracted $338,558 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide traineeship support to students in primary care nurse practitioner programs. This support will help increase the number of nurse practitioners adequately prepared to work in rural and/or undeserved areas.

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (9/1/12 - 9/30/12)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,410,445 in external funding, if awarded:

Ms. Lisa Darger (Facilities Planning and Management) requested $15,000 from the Benwood Foundation to improve lighting efficiency in the Benwood Auditorium. This upgrade will further UTC’s efforts in pursuing LEED: Existing Building-Operations and Maintenance certification in the EMCS building, potentially making it the first of its kind on campus.

 

Dr. Cuilan Gao (Mathematics) in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine – Chattanooga requested $504,008 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to test a new approach to improving the quality of health care while lowering costs for patients with complex medical and social needs. Dr. Gao’s role in the project will include experimental design, data collection, and statistical analysis and interpretation of the results.


Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $19,827 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a collaborative educational program that integrates biological research with STEM education, community outreach, and international projects. The project also will involve the UTC College of Engineering, UTeaChattanooga, the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Zoo, and WTCI TV.

 

Ms. Catherine Kendall (Interior Design) requested $4,997 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Interior Design Department. Funds will strengthen two studio classrooms and will support instructional delivery methods in all classrooms.

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long (Educational Opportunity Center) requested $18,740 in a Letter of Intent to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support workshops to raise students’ awareness of college funding opportunities. The Educational Opportunity Center provides college access services to low income, first generation students, youth in foster care, homeless youth, and military connected families.

 

Dr. Ed McMahon (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $70,689 from the National Science Foundation to incorporate design and construction of custom devices into capstone courses. The project will provide engineering students with real work design experience and will serve the needs of the aging population and persons with disabilities.

 

Drs. Manuel Santiago, Stephanie Whitson, (Chemistry) Kristin Whitson (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy), David Giles, Jose Barbosa (Biological and Environmental Sciences) Tricia Thomas (Engineering), and Irene Ozbeck (Psychology) requested $358,559 from the National Science Foundation to provide interdisciplinary research experiences for college students. Over the next three summers, undergraduates from across the region will conduct research under the direction of cross-disciplinary faculty teams.


Dr. Cathy Scott (Social Work) requested $24,417 from the Louisville Institute for a collaborative demonstration project that seeks to examine how focused church support can positively affect the attitudes and abilities of grandparents caring for their grandchildren. This project will also investigate resources that can enhance the overall well-being and social functioning of vulnerable populations in the target community of East Chattanooga.

 

The SimCenter Research Team submitted a white paper to the U.S. Department of the Navy. The white paper proposes computational research in response to several problems identified by the Navy.

 

Dr. Cecelia Wigal (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $34,500 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment to update the Engineering Design Courses and laboratory. The new equipment will improve the design interaction environment for students participating in the interdisciplinary and disciplinary engineering design programs.

 

Drs. Raziq Yaqub and Yu Cao (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $359,708 from the National Science Foundation to provide undergraduate students with an intensive and meaningful interdisciplinary research experience based on Smart Grid technology. Professionals from industry and faculty from other universities will collaborate with UTC to engage students in a ten-week program offered each summer for the next three years.

 

 


 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (8/1/12 - 8/31/12)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,226,234 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Dr. Yu Cao, Assistant Professor, Dr. Joseph Kizza, Professor and Department Head, and Mr. Craig Tanis, Lecturer, all faculty members of Computer Science and Engineering, attracted $305,494 from the National Science Foundation for a high performance computing infrastructure to support biomedical informatics research. Their efforts will seek to improve the quality of healthcare while reducing healthcare costs by developing new computer-aided techniques for analyzing large amounts of clinical data. Research teams from UTC and five other universities will use the new instrumentation in their studies.

 

Mr. Matt Greenwell, UC Foundation Professor acquired $45,345 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to engage a faculty member to serve as the Museum’s Contemporary Curator during the 2012-2013 year. As the Contemporary Curator, Nandini Makrandi, Clinical Associate Professor of Art History at UTC, will organize exhibitions and manage the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art.

 

Dr. Cherry Guinn, Associate Professor of Nursing, secured $29,201 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Applying Knowledge to Practice for Rural Public Health Nurses program for the 2012-13 year. The program funds an annual three-day conference that provides continuing education opportunities for regional public health nurses.

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long, Director of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center, attracted $263,047 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. Wilfred McClay, SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, secured $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center (JMC) to support a Constitution Day Lecture on the UTC campus in September. This lecture will serve as a kick-off function for the Center for Reflective Citizenship at UTC. James Ceaser, author, Chairman of the JMC Academic Council, and distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia, will speak on “Gratitude and Patriotism.”

 

Dr. Barbara Medley, Associate Professor of Sociology, attracted $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to fund a component of the Chattanooga Youth Gang Violence Prevention Assessment. The project examines gang influence and student vulnerability to gangs within the Hamilton County school system. The results from the assessment will assist in forming a comprehensive plan in addressing gang issues within schools and within the community.

 

Dr. Will Sutton, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the SimCenter Team acquired $133,266 from the U.S. Department of Education to grow the Computational Engineering PhD program at UTC. Grant funds will support several PhD students and help the Graduate School of Computational Engineering extend its research from defense and space related research to real-world energy utilization and advanced manufacturing applications. The award funds the first year of what is expected to be a three-year grant.

 

Ms. Karen Vann, Director of the Center for Community Career Education’s Talent Search Program, secured $230,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Talent Search Program, which gives academic and social support to economically disadvantaged, potentially first-generation college-bound middle and high school students. Some areas of support include academic counseling, connections to tutoring services, assistance with college applications and preparation of entrance exams, understanding student aid programs and applying for financial aid.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $2,900 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to fund the 6th National Arts and Education Forum in May 2013. Funding will support honorariums for nationally known experts in education, integrative learning, and professional development who will help plan, present keynotes and panel presentations, and facilitate participants' discussions.

 

Drs. Li Yang, Associate Professor, and Joseph Kizza, Professor and Department Head, both faculty members of Computer Science and Engineering, attracted $209,981 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research focused on curriculum and faculty development on mobile security. Project leaders will develop effective, engaging, and investigative teaching approaches/materials to mobile security courseware in computer science and information assurance education. Tuskegee University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Cincinnati will participate in the project as collaborating institutions.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (8/1/2012 - 8/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $2,237,976 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. John Graef and Lingju Kong along with Drs. Min Wang and Andrew Ledoan (Mathematics) requested $296,543 from the National Science Foundation to engage undergraduate students in research in the areas of differential and difference equations, mathematical modeling in biology, number theory, and probability. The collaborating mathematics faculty will work with students for three consecutive summers with the hope of encouraging them to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences.

 

Ms. Katherine Harrell (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $19,742 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. Ms. Harrell applied for funds to improve the learning experience of the anatomy lab by purchasing new anatomical models, specifically of human musculature.

 

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $479,283 from the National Science Foundation to conduct a three-year study of reproductive success and stress responses in the degu (Octodon degus), a plurally breeding Chilean rodent that communally cares for offspring. Undergraduate and graduate students from UTC will be involved in the proposed study by designing experiments, analyzing data, learning genetics and neuroendocrine (hormonal) methods, and developing educational and research activities to be conducted at the Chattanooga Zoo with faculty and students in UTeaChattanooga

 

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Sandy Watson (UTeaChattanooga), and Dr. Cecelia Wigal (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $249,801 from the National Science Foundation to engage students in field and lab work to determine some of the behavioral, geographical, and genetic factors underlying direct fitness variation in the degu, a Chilean rodent. A major goal of the program is to develop the professional skills and cultural understanding of students, increasing the likelihood for success of projects and the international competitiveness of students.


Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) and Mr. Phil Pugliese (Health and Human Performance) requested $27,304 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.

 

Dr. Gary Liguori (Health and Human Performance) requested $562,339 from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association to support the relocation of the Journal of Athletic Training editorial offices to UTC.

 

Dr. Wilfred McClay (SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities) and Dr. Lucien Ellington (School of Education) requested $25,000 in a preliminary proposal to the Earhart Foundation for a weekend institute centered on the theme of “Citizenship, Economic Literacy, and the History Classroom.”


Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, Jack Thompson, and Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $577,964 from the National Science Foundation to fund scholarships for academically excellent and financially needy undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. This program will serve as a model for a living learning community at UTC and in STEM higher educational environments and will involve the local business community in the professional development of the scholarship recipients.

 

 


 

 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (7/1/2012 - 7/31/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,757,183 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Loren Hayes, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $50,280 from the National Science Foundation via the University of Louisiana at Monroe to continue his current study of Chilean rodents.  Dr. Hayes and a team of students from UTC and other universities will travel to Chile to investigate the social behavior of the degu, a rodent that lives in communal burrows.

 

Dr. Hunter Huckabay (GEAR UP), attracted $624,281 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) in the second year of a 7-year award cycle.  GEAR UP works with sixth and seventh grade students at five local urban schools to increase students’ academic preparation for high school and participation in postsecondary education.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the School of Nursing (SON), secured $21,010 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship program, which provides scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students.  The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas. 

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the SON, and Dr. Susan Davidson, Director of the School of Nursing RN-BSN Gateway Program, acquired $291,365 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the BSN Gateway program in the coming academic year. 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. 

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and Martina Harris, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, secured $380,857 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Diversity Recruitment & Education to Advance Minorities in the Nursing Workforce (DREAMWork) program in the coming academic year. The goal of this program is to build capacity along the educational pipeline from middle school to enrollment in the UTC School of Nursing to increase the number of individuals from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll in and complete a nursing degree. 

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren and Professor Karen Sarnosky, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, attracted $371,490 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Baccalaureate Enrollment Expansion Activities for Nursing (BEE A Nurse) program in the coming academic year.   This program is designed to meet growing nursing workforce needs in a 21-county region in southeast Tennessee and north Georgia by preparing students to use evidence-based practice and provide culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective care. 

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, attracted $17,900 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium for a project titled “Robotics for Middle Grades (4-8),” which will serve pre-service and in-service teachers of middle grades.  The goal of the project is to improve and maintain student skills in mathematics and science and to encourage students to take an active role in planning for math and science experiences in school.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (7/1/2012 - 7/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $2,258,546 in external funding, if awarded:

Ms. Twyler Boykin (Upward Bound) requested $1,250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Upward Bound Math and Science program at UTC for the next five years.  Upward Bound provides supplemental academic assistance, educational and career guidance, and cultural enrichment activities to help participating students develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.

 

Dr. Ben Byard (Civil Engineering) requested $40,007 from TN-SCORE to develop concrete mixtures that maximize solar thermal storage and minimize heating and cooling energy demands of buildings in the Tennessee climate.  The concrete mixtures will contain lightweight aggregate which decreases the thermal diffusivity, density, and thermal mass of concrete.

 

Dr. Stylianos Chatzimanolis (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $772,517 from the National Science Foundation to study and produce monographs and databases on Xanthopygine rove beetles.  Xanthopygina is a megadiverse, understudied group of insects in danger of extinction, for which there are very few experts. This project will increase the pool of rove beetle experts by training additional taxonomists in the U.S. as well as local biologists in Latin America.

 

Ms. Lisa Darger (Facilities Planning and Management) requested $146,022 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to replace a chiller necessary to cool the Administrative Services Building at UTC.  A primary concern of the University is to find and purchase an energy-efficient unit that will replace the 20-year old unit that recently failed.  

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington (Education; Asia Program) and Dr. Wilfred McClay (Humanities) requested $50,000 from The Bradley Foundation to fund the planning and implementation of two teacher institutes by the Center for Reflective Citizenship.  Participants in the two-day institutes will consist of specially recruited local and regional teachers as well as accomplished and promising UTC students who intend to become teachers and who demonstrate a commitment to civic education. 

 

 


 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (6/1/2012 - 6/30/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $323,800 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Andy Carroll, Geographic Information Systems Manager of Academic and Research Computing Services, secured $25,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation to purchase and deploy Decision Support Software.  The software will be used on UTC’s Geographic Information System (GIS) infrastructure as a means to enhance scenario modeling for the regional growth planning process and other related applications.

 

Dr. Jonathan Mies, Professor of Geology, acquired $2,500 from Chattem Chemicals, Inc. to continue Chemical Analyses using X-Ray Diffraction.  This partnership brings UTC’s research capacity to bear on research and development activities for Chattem, one of Chattanooga’s flagship businesses. 

   

Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, attracted $5,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to offer Hamilton County Schools the opportunity to participate in a one-day intensive institute focusing on “Positive Strategies for Classroom Management: Mentoring for Success.”  This event will provide teachers with strategies, examples, and practice in developing and then using effective techniques for dealing with a range of behaviors in the classroom.

 

Dr. Miriam Zwitter, Assistant Professor of Nursing, acquired $291,300 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Get Healthy Project.  This project will support service learning activities for School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students to provide supervised, integrated health promotion services in collaboration with community based agencies that serve individuals with severe, persistent mental illnesses (SPMI).

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (6/1/2012 - 6/30/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $5,242,894 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Ron Bailey (Mechanical Engineering; Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment) requested $200,000 from the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) to apply energy saving technology to 30-foot shuttle buses. With support from the Federal Transit Administration, UTC and CARTA have already demonstrated the efficacy of wayside inductive power transfer as a means of extending the useful range of 22-foot electric shuttle buses through wireless charging. 


Drs. Jose Barbosa and Ethan Carver (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $137,012 from the National Science Foundation to change the laboratory curriculum and format to increase opportunities for students to engage in active experiential learning.  If funded, this project will acquire instrumentation to improve the Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biosciences curriculum.  The project will also create capstone teaching and research experiences for biology majors to reinforce UTC’s goal of preparing students to face difficult challenges and requirements imposed by industries, many professional programs, or other advanced degree programs.

 

Dr. Amy Casey (School of Education) requested $387,853 from the National Institutes of Health to research the efficacy of the Routines-Based Interview (RBI) for children with disabilities and their families.  The RBI is a semi-structured, clinical interview designed to elicit a description of family and child functioning in daily routines.  The goal of this study is to improve the families’ quality of life and the quality of interventions that infants and toddlers with disabilities receive. 

 

Dr. Barry Dale (Physical Therapy) requested $60,954 from Chattem, Inc. to test Icy Hot and low-frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) as effective post-surgical interventions for Arthrogenic Muscular Inhibition (AMI).  The study will test quadriceps muscle activation (AMI measurement) after knee surgery with subsequent Icy Hot or TENS application.

 

Mr. Matt Greenwell (Art) requested $44,345 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to engage a faculty member to serve as the Museum’s Contemporary Curator during the 2012-2013 academic year.  As the Contemporary Curator, Nandini Makrandi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art History at UTC, will manage the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art and organize exhibitions.

 

Dr. Zibin Guo (Anthropology) requested $38,508 from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life grant program.   The proposed project will make wheelchair/seated Tai Chi Chuan exercise routines more accessible to people living with spinal cord injury or disease. 

 

Dr. David Levine (Physical Therapy) requested $1,320,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in the UTC Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provides financial assistance for full-time students enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren (Nursing) requested $2,580,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to provide scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in the nursing program at UTC.  These funds allow UTC to recruit and retain gifted nursing students who might not otherwise have the financial means to complete the baccalaureate and graduate programs. 

 

Drs. Mbakisya Onyango and Joseph Owino (Civil Engineering) requested $123,813 from the National Science Foundation to develop an undergraduate upper level civil engineering course on “green roads.”  Some of the technologies used in flexible pavements will be incorporated in the course which will train undergraduate students to respond to technological changes as well as industry and societal needs. 

 

Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry), Dr. Kristin Whitson (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy), Dr. Stefanie Whitson (Chemistry), and Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) requested $150,000 from Dialysis Clinics, Inc. for an interdisciplinary project that will correlate the neuropsychology of odor detection in end-stage renal disease patients with interference in normal functions of odorant binding proteins by specific uremic toxins such as p-cresol. 


Drs. Joey Shaw and Jennifer Boyd (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $680 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study the influence of light and soil moisture availability on the flowering of Platanthera integrilabia (white fringeless orchid).  This species of flower is native to North American and is currently listed as a candidate for protection under the United States Endangered Species Act.

 

Dr. Kristin Whitson (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy), Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry), and Dr. Stefanie Whitson (Chemistry) requested $199,729 from the National Science Foundation to create an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in biophysics.  The new curriculum will engage student populations who have drifted away from study in traditional physics programs, offering flexibility and versatility for student interests and training.   



FUNDED PROPOSALS: (5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,097,499 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Belinda Brownlee, Director of Upward Bound, secured $302,271 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of Upward Bound during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Upward Bound provides supplemental academic assistance, educational and career guidance, and cultural enrichment activities to help participating students develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.

 

Dr. Lauren Ingraham, Professor of English, Dr. Jennifer Ellis, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Ethan Carver, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $197,109 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project that seeks to improve the science proficiency of Tennessee students.  This project will focus on using “Writing to Learn” strategies to enhance science teachers’ content knowledge and develop their ability to teach scientific vocabulary, synthesize scientific data in writing, and compose scientific arguments.


Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, attracted $1,200 from Chattanooga State in support of the 2011-12 Meacham Writers Workshops. Occurring each fall and spring, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.


Dr. Bryon Kluesner, Adaptive Technology Coordinator in the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSD), acquired $15,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education to better prepare preservice teachers to support the needs of children who utilize assistive technologies.   New assistive technology materials purchased with the grant funds will be incorporated into teacher preparation classes and made available to UTC students served by the OSD.

 

Dr. Brendon McDermott, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, secured $27,209 from Core Cooler Company, LLC to conduct a field study of the core temperature response when humans exercise in the heat using the Core Cooler cold air inhalation device.

 

Ms. Kristina Montague, Assistant Dean of External Affairs for the College of Business, and Ms. Caroline von Kessler, Director of Development for the College of Business, secured $15,000 from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust to support the establishment of a Veterans Entrepreneurial Program (VEP) within UTC’s College of Business.  The mission of the VEP is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures and to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of local and regional veteran-owned small business enterprises through education and services.

 

Dr. Barbara Ray, Professor of Education, attracted $458,442 from the Tennessee Department of Education to offer a special education institute and an early childhood special education institute yearly over the next three summers.  The Institutes target teachers of exceptional students who are currently teaching on a waiver, permit, or alternate license, as well as instructional assistants who are working toward licensure in special education. 

 

Dr. Joey Shaw, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, acquired $16,810 from the URS Corporation to fund additional plant survey work in the Ocoee River Gorge.  Following the pattern established in the first phase of this long-term project, Dr. Shaw and his team will map locations of plant ecological systems, rare plant species, and non-native plant species in the gorge.

 

Dr. Cecelia Wigal, Professor of Industrial Engineering, secured $64,458 from the Tennessee Department of Education to develop or improve existing adaptive and assistive technology to benefit children with disabilities.  Freshman, junior, and senior level students enrolled in engineering design courses at UTC will help design these assistive technologies. 


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (5/1/2012 - 5/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $3,765,445 in external funding, if awarded:

Drs. Jennifer Boyd and Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $135,984 from the Tennessee Army National Guard (TNARNG) to conduct a biological survey of invasive plant species at Volunteer Training Sites in Tennessee and Georgia.   This survey of invasive exotic species, which are a threat to ecosystems throughout the eastern U.S., is part of an effort to keep up-to-date baseline information on flora, fauna, and abiotic characteristics of TNARNG properties. 

 

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $50,280 from the National Science Foundation via the University of Louisiana at Monroe to continue his current study of Chilean rodents.  Dr. Hayes and a team of students from UTC and other universities will travel to Chile to investigate the social behavior of the degu, a rodent that lives in communal burrows.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren (School of Nursing) requested $1,088,064 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement the PACT 4 Interprofessional Geriatric Care program at UTC.  This program will prepare family nurse practitioner students to (1) safely and effectively deliver primary, acute, and emergent care and (2) effectively work within interprofessional teams of health and other care providers to maximize geriatric patient safety and quality of care.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and Chris Smith (School of Nursing) requested $679,656 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for an Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant that will cover tuition and other expenses for nursing students. This program will substantially benefit rural and underserved areas by increasing the number of family nurse practitioners interested in working with populations in these areas. 

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren, Chris Smith, and Carolyn Schreeder (School of Nursing) requested $1,438,680 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Approach for Geriatric Education Strategies (IPCP-AGES).  The program has been designed to advance interprofessional preparation in the medically underserved region of southeast Tennessee and north Georgia.  The program will yield both immediate results and long-term benefits in meeting the health care needs of older adults, a particularly vulnerable population.

 

Dr. Ed McMahon (Engineering Technology Management) requested $24,500 from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance to develop and implement an open innovation design community aimed at improving the lives of the elderly population and persons with disabilities.  UTC will work with end-users to identify their needs; develop design concepts that will improve the life experience of these customers; develop prototypes of products, processes, or systems; develop business plans for bringing the products to market; and develop key partnerships that will help to implement the concepts.

 

Dr. Barbara Medley (Sociology and Center for Applied Social Research - CASR) requested $10,500 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to fund a component of the Chattanooga Youth Gang Violence Prevention Assessment.  Partnering with the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in this assessment project, the CASR will conduct a four-part study of gang influence and student vulnerability to gangs in the local school system.


Dr. Shela Van Ness (Sociology) requested $337,781 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention for a two-year evaluation of the Parent-Child School Engagement Initiative.  Dr. Van Ness will use an experimental method to test whether a new model of service will correlate with reduced student absenteeism, reduced suspensions, increased academic GPA, and increased parental response to children’s attendance and grades.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (4/1/2012 - 4/30/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $657,440 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Carol Brand, Lecturer for the School of Education, secured $225,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue UTC’s Become a Special Educator in Tennessee (BASE-TN) Program for the next three years.  BASE-TN will recruit and provide financial support for students pursuing special education licensure.  Upon completion of the program, participants must commit to teach in a Tennessee public school serving children with disabilities or pay back the financial support that they received. 

 

Ms. Anne Gamble and Drs. Valerie Rutledge, Kay Cowan, Sarah Sandefur, (School of Education) and Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) secured $362,545 from the U.S. Department of Education for a five year professional development program titled “Teachers Helping English Language Proficiency (HELP).”  The funds – totaling $1,572,299 over the next five years – will enable UTC to prepare 140 additional ESL-endorsed teachers and support them as they work in classrooms serving English learners. 


Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Co-Director of the UTC Asia Program, attracted $24,497 from The Freeman Foundation for teacher professional development programs in 2013.  The Tennessee office of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia conducts seminars and creates training materials for middle and high school teachers in the Chattanooga regional area.


Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, acquired $2,000 from Georgia Department of Natural Resources to engage in an archaeological survey of sites on Ossabaw and Sapelo Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of services performed in 2011 that included total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.

 

Dr. Barbara Medley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Applied Social Research, attracted $23,418 from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies to engage in a collaborative effort to respond to the City of Chattanooga’s need for a comprehensive gang assessment.  The study will focus on the climate of local schools, disciplinary characteristics of students involved in and/or at risk of involvement in gangs, and perceptions of school staff members. 


Ms. Kristina Montague, Assistant Dean of External Affairs for the College of Business, and Ms. Caroline von Kessler, Director of Development for the College of Business, secured $19,980 from the Community Foundation for the Veterans Entrepreneurial Program (VEP) within UTC’s College of Business.  The mission of the VEP is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures and to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of local and regional veteran-owned small business enterprises through education and services.

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (4/1/2012 - 4/30/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $318,283 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $35,578 from the Tennessee College Access & Success Network for a Model Program Grant to continue the work of PAWS – Post-Secondary Awareness with Success.  During the 2012-13 school year, the CCCE will partner with the Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department to work with 4th and 5th grade students from local schools to help them gain life skills, improve their academic success, and enhance their awareness of college.

 

Dr. Zibin Guo (Anthropology) submitted a letter of intent outlining a $32,765 request to the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Quality of Life grant program.  The proposed project will make wheelchair/seated Tai Chi Chuan exercise routines more accessible to people living with spinal cord injury or disease. 

 

Dr. Frank Jones (Chemical Engineering) submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy grant.  Dr. Jones proposes the development of early-stage technology that produces biodiesel fuels more quickly and at a lower cost than current industry methods. 

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren (Nursing) submitted a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship (NAT) Program proposal to the Health Resources and Services Administration requesting funds to provide scholarships for full-time nurse anesthesia students.  The NAT award will be used to offset the cost of tuition and fees for students who have completed the first 12 months of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia program.  The goal is to increase the number and diversity of nurse anesthetists and to encourage graduates to practice in health professional shortage areas. 

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium to conduct workshops that will be an early professional development experience for elementary grades preservice teachers.  The goals of the workshops are to improve participants’ skills in mathematics and science and encourage them to plan math and science experiences and activities in which their future students will actively participate. 

 

Dr. Brendon McDermott (Health and Human Performance) requested $27,209 from Core Cooler Company to conduct research to determine the core temperature response when humans exercise in the heat using Core Cooler, a cold-air inhalation device. 

 

Dr. Will Sutton (Engineering and Computer Science) submitted a preliminary proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy for an Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) program focused on methane opportunities for vehicular energy.  The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that, if developed, will create the foundation for new industries.

 

Drs. Li Yang and Joseph Kizza (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $209,981 from the National Science Foundation for collaborative research focused on curriculum and faculty development on mobile security.  Project leaders will develop effective, engaging, and investigative teaching approaches/materials to mobile security courseware in computer science and information assurance education.  Tuskegee University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and the University of Cincinnati will participate in the project as collaborating institutions.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (3/1/2012 - 3/31/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $521,892 in external grant and contract awards:

Mr. Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $1,650 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a graphic design residency with fifth grade students as well as a bookmaking residency with third grade students at Battle Academy.

 

Ms. Susanne Burgess, Director of Music Education at UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $600 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a kindergarten music residency at Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning in 2012.  Ms. Burgess met with all kindergarten teachers in March and will teach lessons to kindergarten students in April. 

 

Dr. Yu Cao, Assistant Professor, Dr. Li Yang, Associate Professor, Dr. Joseph Kizza, Professor and Department Head, and Dr. Claire McCullough, Professor, all faculty members of Computer Science and Engineering, attracted $360,923 from the National Science Foundation for a three year research program on biomedical informatics – a collaboration between UTC, the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and Erlanger Health System. The program is designed to provide a diverse group of talented undergraduate students an intensive and meaningful research experience and to encourage them to consider a career in Computer Science.

 

Dr. Mark Schorr, Professor of Environmental Science, secured $42,079 from the City of Chattanooga to assess ecological conditions in Citico Creek and Friar Branch following stream restoration work.  Dr. Schorr and his team will perform this assessment by collecting data on stream water quality, habitat, macroinvertebrates and fishes at three sites in Friar Branch as well as analyzing historical stream data from Friar Branch and Citico Creek.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, attracted $116,640 from Tennessee State University to continue the work of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) program with a summer institute. The goal of the summer institute is to build the mathematics skills of in-service and pre-service teachers.

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (3/1/2012 - 3/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $3,191,130 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Ron Bailey (Mechanical Engineering; Center for Energy, Transportation and the Environment) requested $100,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for the demonstration of an Energy Plus Building at UTC.  The purpose of this project is to demonstrate how to convert a conventional commercial building into an Energy Plus Building by installing solar panels and replacing an outdated HVAC system with a modern Geothermal HVAC system.


Dr. Yu Cao (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) requested $213,497 from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research with colleagues from California State University-Fresno.  The project will focus on self-adaptive and reliable data collection, transmission, and analysis in body sensor networks (BSNs).  The researchers propose a break-through cyber-physical systems framework to improve BSNs, which are used in the real-time monitoring of health conditions. 


Ms. Lisa Darger (Facilities Planning and Management) requested $230,000 from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to upgrade current lighting at the 5th Street Parking Garage with a cutting edge, high-efficiency wireless fluorescent lighting system.  The goal of this initiative is to achieve the highest level of campus energy efficiency. 

 

Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), in collaboration with Purdue, Indiana, and Kent State Universities, requested $283,806 from the National Institutes of Health for a project that will evaluate the impact of trail construction on physical activity.  This project represents an opportunity to examine the effects of natural experiments on physical activity among youth and adults, with particular attention to reducing obesity.

 

Dr. Lauren Ingraham (English), Dr. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education), and Dr. Ethan Carver (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $197,109 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project that will focus on using writing to improve scientific knowledge and literacy.  Using “Writing to Learn” strategies, this project seeks to enhance science teachers’ content knowledge and develop their ability to offer direct instruction in learning scientific vocabulary, synthesizing scientific data in writing, and composing scientific arguments.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and Chris Smith (Nursing) requested $514,732 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a program that will enhance and increase the preparation of nurses and interprofessional care providers that provide safe, effective, and patient-centered geriatric care.  The program will enhance the experience, competency, and skills of nursing students, health and other care professionals, as well as community members caring for seniors.

 

Dr. Bob Marlowe (Physics) and Dr. Manuel Santiago (Chemistry) requested $1,226,048 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative redesign of high school science in Tennessee. This project is a partnership between virtually all public institutes of higher education and 31 school districts geographically distributed across Tennessee.  The goals are to improve STEM-literacy, seal the leaks in the STEM pipeline at the high school level, and train transformative teachers who will challenge and encourage high school students to succeed in STEM courses.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) and Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung (Mathematics) requested $200,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project focused on improving the mathematics skills and connections to other content areas for K-2 teachers.  The project will center on the topic of interdisciplinary learning, with a clear focus on geometry, measurement, and problem solving as related to science, engineering, and technology.


Dr. Nicky Ozbek (Psychology) in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine – Chattanooga requested $55,205 from the Dialysis Clinic, Inc. to conduct testing as part of a larger research project on the association of Melatonin deficiency in end stage renal disease patients.  The project investigators hope to address complaints of chronic depression and impaired sense of smell common among patients with advanced renal failure or end stage renal disease. 


Dr. Will Sutton (Engineering and Computer Science) submitted a letter of intent to apply for an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that, if developed, will create the foundation for new industries.

 

Dr. Raziq Yaqub (Electrical Engineering) requested $20,000 from TN-SCORE (via a National Science Foundation EPSCORE grant to the state) to conduct research on electricity generation in electric vehicles (EVs) using newly designed tires that produce an electric charge.  The new tire design will generate electricity that can be stored in a battery to run an EV for an extra 60% of the total miles.

 

Dr. Raziq Yaqub (Electrical Engineering), Dr. Hinsdale Bernard (Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program), Dr. Nurhidajat Sisworahardjo (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Tricia Thomas (Chemical Engineering) requested $150,733 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project that will increase K-12 teacher knowledge of engineering concepts, application, and pedagogy, with special focus on Physics and Chemistry of Energy.  One of the motivations of this proposed project is to introduce the new area “Chemistry of Energy” which is strongly related to renewable energies.



FUNDED PROPOSALS: (2/1/2012 - 2/29/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $180,625 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Lisa Darger, Sustainability Coordinator for the Facilities Planning and Management Department, secured $300 from RecycleMania to promote UTC’s inaugural participation in the 8-week 2012 RecyleMania Tournament.  Funds will go toward the printing of posters, banners, and signage as well as the purchase of promotional gifts.

 

Ms. Catherine Kendall, Associate Professor of Interior Design, attracted $2,113 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment for the Interior Design Department.  The equipment will strengthen critique space in two studio classrooms and will support instructional delivery methods in all classes. 

 

Dr. Brendon McDermott, Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance, secured $3,370 from Drip Drop Inc. for a project comparing beverages with various sodium concentrations during cycling in warm conditions.  The purpose of the study is to compare the effectiveness of a proposed sports drink to another commonly used beverage in terms of thermoregulation, hydration, perception, and performance. 

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik, Director of Theatre Education at the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $850 from The Arts Council, Inc. to provide three one-hour sessions during the Art of Creative Teaching Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama in February.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, was awarded $138,807 from Tennessee State University to continue the work of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project at UTC.  The SITES-M consortium was formed to address the issue of low performance of minority students in mathematics.  Project activities for in-service teachers include weekend math workshops and a two-week summer math institute.


Dr. Tricia Thomas, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, acquired $28,120 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment to upgrade the Chemical Engineering laboratory used for junior and senior level lab courses and senior thesis work.  Chemical Engineering is one of the fastest growing areas in the College, and the new equipment will aid in the preparation of a growing body of students for the modern work force.   

 

Dr. Bart Weathington, Associate Professor of Psychology, secured $7,065 from Cleveland State Community College to engage nine UTC graduate students in the design of a prototype assessment center at Cleveland State. UTC’s work is funded from an NSF grant which Cleveland State received to enhance and strengthen its Electro / Mechanical education program.  

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (2/1/2012 - 2/29/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,005,366 in external funding, if awarded:

Mr. Joel Baxley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $1,650 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a graphic design residency with fifth grade students as well as a bookmaking residency with third grade students at Battle Academy.

 

Ms. Susanne Burgess (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $600 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a music residency at Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning this spring.  Ms. Burgess will meet with all kindergarten teachers in March and then teach lessons to kindergarten students in April.

 

Ms. Tricia Henderson (Counseling & Career Planning) requested $30,000 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for an alcohol prevention program titled MOCS CHOICES: Making Our Choices Successful.  The program is a collaboration between the Athletic Department and the alcohol prevention efforts offered through the UTC counseling department.  MOCS CHOICES members will use funds to provide students and athletes with accurate information about drug and alcohol use and expand alcohol-free events on campus.

 

Dr. Barbara Medley (Sociology and Center for Applied Social Research) requested $22,500 from the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies as part of a collaborative effort to respond to the City of Chattanooga’s need for a comprehensive gang assessment.  The study will focus on the climate of local schools, disciplinary characteristics of students involved in and/or at risk of involvement in gangs, and perceptions of school staff members. 


Dr. Gretchen Potts (Chemistry) requested $22,901 from the National Institutes of Health via the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).  Dr. Potts will perform chemical analyses to assist UTHSC in developing a transdermal method of delivering trace element nutritional supplements to hospitalized children. UTHSC is developing the transdermal method as an alternative to the intravenous method, which has been faced with unprecedented product shortages in recent years.


Dr. Irv Resnick (Philosophy & Religion) requested $194,466 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a five week summer institute in 2013.  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.

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi, with Drs. Yu Cao and Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering), Dr. Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) requested $521,050 from the National Science Foundation to develop a remote, automated wearable sensor-based smart system that effectively and securely tracks and evaluates activities of post-stroke patients.  The immediate goal of the proposal is to design SmartStroke, a smart system that monitors extremity control, fall risk, gait speed, and walking activity levels. 


Dr. Mark Schorr (Biological and Environmental Science) requested $42,079 from the City of Chattanooga to assess ecological conditions in Citico Creek and Friar Branch following stream restoration work.  The assessments will include collecting data on water quality, habitat, macroinvertebrates, and fishes at three sites in Friar Branch and at two reference sites, and analyzing existing pre- and post-restoration data from Friar Branch and Citico Creek.

 

Dr. Bart Weathington (Psychology) and doctoral student, Ms. Brandy Leffler, requested $844 from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation for a research project on the perceptions of sport retirement by current students athletes.  The research is a part of Ms. Leffler’s dissertation in which she will determine if current student-athletes of Division I and Division II institutions feel they have been adequately prepared for this retirement. 

 

Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $169,275 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project that will improve the reliability of smart grid infrastructure using resilient wireless sensor networks.  This research is especially significant because of the recent rise in power outages across the United States; monitoring power grids is an issue of national interest and security.  Dr. Yang will be working with colleagues from Tennessee Technological University, the University of Mississippi, Arkansas State University, and the University of Memphis. 

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (12/1/2011 - 1/31/2012)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $577,377 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Dianne Cox, Director of Financial Aid, attracted $27,900 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation to continue the High School Peer Counseling Program in 2012.  Ms. Cox and her staff will train several UTC students to serve as peer counselors in local high schools, assisting high school students as they learn about and apply for state and federal student aid.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Co-Director of the UTC Asia Program, acquired $69,198 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2012.  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. Ellington also secured $24,497 from the Freeman Foundation for teacher professional development programs in 2012.


Dr. Leroy Fanning, UC Foundation Professor and Department Head of Health and Human Performance, secured $7,500 from the Hamilton County Government to fund a graduate student internship at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department’s Wellness Center during the spring 2012 semester.

 

Ms. Anne Gamble, Director of Project Ready for School, secured $100,187 from United Way of Chattanooga to continue the work of Project Ready for School in 2012. Project Ready for School works to ensure that children enter school with the skills necessary to be successful.  The project serves children and their families in Hamilton and Marion Counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade, and Walker Counties in Georgia.

 

Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, attracted $1,700 from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to conduct the Meacham Writers Workshops in the 2011-2012 academic year.  Occurring biannually, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.


Ms. Meg Kiessling, Lecturer for UTC’s Mathematics Department, secured $71,555 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for an Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program that will provide professional development for thirty middle school mathematics teachers.  The workshop will focus on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and will provide a pre-workshop meeting with teachers to determine their needs and expectations, a one week summer workshop, and a follow-up workshop in the fall.

 

Ms. Theresa Liedtka, Dean of Lupton Library, attracted $1,530 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to help create and catalogue digital images of the water color paintings of local artist, William Crutchfield, for the Library’s Special Collections and Archive.  Mr. Crutchfield was a Chattanooga architect and artist who began creating water color paintings of indigenous plants and wildflowers at the height of the Great Depression.

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long, Director of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center, secured $40,000 from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network (TCASN) for UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center.  The EOC serves low-income, potential first generation college attendees in Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, and Grundy counties. TCASN funding will be used to expand current services and provide targeted services to homeless youth, youth in foster care, and military connected families.

 

Dr. Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Chemistry, attracted $3,500 from the UT Research Foundation to perform analyses that will help the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) develop a method to deliver essential trace elements through the skin.  UTHSC and UTC teamed up to submit the proposal, with UTHSC serving as the lead applicant.

 

Dr. Will Sutton, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Ms. Christa Mannarino, Director of Development for Major Gifts, secured equipment valued at $229,810 from OMICRON Electronics Corporation to be used in the College of Engineering and Computer Science’s Power Lab.  This lab is a state-of-the-art learning environment used to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for the workforce.

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (12/1/2011 - 1/31/2012)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $5,107,668 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Jennifer Boyd (Biological and Environmental Sciences), with Drs. Stylianos Chatzimanolis, Joey Shaw, Henry Spratt, Hill Craddock, Tom Wilson (Biological and Environmental Sciences), and Dr. Gretchen Potts (Chemistry), requested $208,485 from the National Science Foundation to acquire growth chambers for global change biology research and teaching at UTC.  The proposed growth chambers will enable the seven research scientists and their research teams to extensively investigate the biology of global change. 


Ms. Belinda Brownlee (Upward Bound) requested $1,511,355 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of Upward Bound – a program that provides supplemental academic assistance, educational and career guidance, and cultural enrichment activities to help participating students develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.

 

Dr. Yu Cao (Engineering and Computer Science) submitted two proposals requesting a total of $617,744 from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Cao partnered with colleagues from California State University at Fresno and the University of Texas at Dallas to develop a collaborative research proposal.  The team will investigate innovative approaches to increase the data reliability and operational speed of networks that receive data from wearable body sensors.  The second proposal requested funds for a high performance computing infrastructure to support biomedical informatics research. 

 

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $19,883 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to continue and expand the Postsecondary Awareness With Success (PAWS) program in 2012 and 2013.  CCCE staff and student mentors will work with youth to improve their academic success and enhance their awareness of college.

 

Dr. Chris Cunningham (Psychology) collaborated with the UT College of Medicine – Chattanooga to request $14,933 from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for a program to address and prevent stress, fatigue, and burnout in Health Care Providers.  The program will train  medical residents in personal recovery management, cultural awareness and personal patient-centered care practice, and observation of the needs and challenges faced by patients. 

 

Dr. Jennifer Ellis (School of Education) teamed with colleagues from American and Syracuse Universities to request a total of $259,839 from the National Science Foundation for two projects, both centered on making cyberlearning more accessible to people with disabilities.  The first project will develop and disseminate a generalizable, integrated model of accessible cyberlearning.  The second project will design and model an innovative research and evaluation approach for evaluating complex cyberlearning projects. 

 

Dr. Ignatius Fomunung (Civil Engineering) collaborated with faculty from the University of Georgia to request $192,896 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  The project will analyze the use of bananas and banana stems as a feedstock for the production of alternative energy for use in transportation.

 

Dr. Cherry Guinn and Ms. Lilly Fotiadis (Nursing) requested $9,955 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a program that will assist adult Hispanic patients at high risk for Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 assume responsibility for self-management of their risk using a community health worker model. 

 

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to further his current research, which focuses on the degu – a small rodent that is endemic to central Chile.  Dr. Hayes uses the degu as a model organism to examine various aspects of plural breeding and communal care of offspring.

 

Dr. Hope Klug (Biological and Environmental Sciences) submitted a preliminary proposal to the National Science Foundation to research the operation of sexual selection – one of the central questions in current evolutionary ecology.  This research project offers unique opportunities to develop theoretical tools and apply them directly to an experimental system.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC) requested $286,000 from the Knight Foundation for the African American Broadcast Journalism Academy – a program that will train African American informational programming producers for careers in broadcast and Internet media outlets.  The radio station will partner with UTC’s academic programs, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, and other community organizations.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $850 from The Arts Council, Inc. to provide three one-hour sessions during the Art of Creative Teaching Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama in February.

 

Ms. Kristina Montague (College of Business) and Ms. Caroline von Kessler (Development) requested $25,000 from the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust to support the establishment of a Veterans Entrepreneurial Program (VEP) within UTC’s College of Business.  The mission of the VEP is to foster the creation of successful, profitable ventures and to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of local and regional veteran-owned small business enterprises through education and services.

 

Dr. Abdul Ofoli (Electrical Engineering) requested $174,753 from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative integrated solar and energy storage and management system to support solar energy.  The proposed research will impact the energy systems field and also the automotive industry because of its rapid electrification by developing advanced management and controls for new and advanced energy storage systems. 

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $416,235 from the National Science Foundation for a project that will focus on efficient data processing in wireless sensor networks (WSNs).  The objective of the proposed project is to address challenges with various WSN constraints by developing fundamentally new practical and theoretical approaches for the communication scheme in WSNs.

 

Dr. Will Sutton (Engineering and Computer Science) and UTC’s SimCenter requested $791,550 from the U.S. Department of Education for graduate student resources to support growth in computational engineering.  Grant funds will support six PhD students and help the Graduate School of Computational Engineering extend its research to a range of real-world critical energy utilization and advanced manufacturing applications.

 

Ms. Caroline von Kessler (Development) and Ms. Kristina Montague (Business) requested $19,980 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to introduce the Veterans Entrepreneurial Program in 2012.  The UTC College of Business is developing a comprehensive, progressive, experiential-based training program in entrepreneurship and small business management specifically designed for veterans. 

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $5,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) for the SCEA’s sixth National Arts and Education Forum in 2013.  TAC funding is for honorariums for nationally known experts in education, integration, and professional development who will help plan, present keynotes and panel presentations, and facilitate participants’ discussions.

 

Dr. Gary Wilkerson (Health and Human Performance) requested $353,210 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a project that will facilitate the delivery of patient-centered and high-value clinical services.  The primary objective will be an exploratory, statistical analysis of a growing dataset which will lead to the realization of an optimal treatment outcome for differing patient preferences, characteristics, and circumstances. 

 

Dr. Li Yang, Dr. Joseph Kizza, and Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project with faculty from Syracuse University and North Carolina A&T State University.  The project will focus on building a Community for Hands-on Security Education with the goal of increasing the use of hands-on labs and case studies in Information Assurance Education.  

 

Dr. Jonathan Yeager (Philosophy and Religion) submitted a proposal to the Wabash Center for funds that will enable him to participate in a Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty in Colleges in Universities.  These workshops provide insight from a variety of teaching perspectives, sharpen faculty members’ skills, and encourage participants to integrate new ideas and techniques into their classrooms. 

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (11/1/2011 - 11/30/2011)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $986,324 in external grant and contract awards:

Ms. Dianne Cox (Financial Aid) secured $96,000 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation to continue the Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Scholarships.  The scholarships provide support for students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing who agree to practice in a rural health shortage area after graduation.

 

Dr. Hunter Huckabay (GEAR UP), attracted $624,512 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) in the first year of a new 7-year award cycle.  GEAR UP works with sixth and seventh grade students at five local urban schools to increase students’ academic preparation for high school and participation in postsecondary education.

 

Dr. Frank Jones (Chemical Engineering) received $18,771 from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on the relative abilities of various nano-scale nickel oxide structures as catalysts in biodiesel fuel production.  The goal of the research is to produce biofuels with much lower processing times, lower energy use, and higher product purity than traditional industrial techniques.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC-FM) secured $124,440 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to continue the Radio Community Service Grant for 2011-2013.  McCormack and the WUTC staff strive to keep the community updated on local and national news and events.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge (School of Education) and Ms. Ginny Reese (Continuing Education) acquired $81,380 from the Tennessee Department of Education to fund the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers in 2012.  The Governor’s School encourages Tennessee’s brightest students to consider teaching as their profession. 


Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) attracted $41,221 from United Way of Greater Chattanooga to continue services for Project Ready for School and Child Care Consortium.  This grant will provide funds for two graduate students and an adjunct in 2012.

 

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (11/1/2011 - 11/30/2011)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,530,925 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Nicholas Boer, Ms. Diedri White (Health and Human Performance) and Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, requested $259,056 from the National Institutes of Health.   Their application, “Healthy Eating and Active Living Through Health Workers (HEALTH)” proposes an initiative to prevent and control type II diabetes.

 

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $7,950 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists for the Postsecondary Awareness with Success (PAWS) Social Entrepreneurship Program.  She also requested $38,732 from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network to continue the work of PAWS with 4th and 5th grade students at Orchard Knob Elementary.

 

Dr. Josh Hamblen (Physics) requested $35,000 from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement to conduct experiments that will provide benchmarks in the current understanding of weak hadronic physics and test theoretical models in the field.   Using the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source, one of the most advanced neutron science research facilities in the world, Dr. Hamblen aims to make a series of measurements at unprecedented levels of precision.

 

Dr. Bryon Kluesner (Office of Students with Disabilities) requested $14,947 from the Tennessee Department of Education for assistive technology materials to be used to train pre-service teachers about emerging technologies which support learning and inclusion of students with disabilities.  In addition, student mentors will demonstrate the technology to incoming freshmen with disabilities and train them how to use it.

 

Mrs. Cynthia Wallace Long (Center for Community Career Education) submitted two proposals requesting a total of $55,000 from the Tennessee College Access and Success Network. Funds will enhance operations of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center and extend its mission of increasing the number of college graduates from Chattanooga and surrounding areas.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $17,900 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium for a project titled “Robotics for Middle Grades (4-8),” which will serve twelve pre-service or in-service teachers of middle grades.  The goal of the project is to improve and maintain student skills in mathematics and science and to encourage students to take an active role in planning for math and science experiences in school.

 

Ms. Laurie Melnik (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) and Dr. Chris Cunningham (Psychology), in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga requested $11,211 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists. The project will examine and determine the efficacy of integrating arts into the College’s curriculum. The visual and theater arts will be used to enhance the medical students’ and residents’ observational and interpersonal skills that are necessary for optimal patient care. 


Dr. Gretchen Potts (Chemistry) requested $3,500 from the UT Research Foundation to perform analyses that will help the UT Health Science Center develop a method to deliver essential trace elements through the skin.  If successful, the new method could be an alternative to existing methods that are hampered by dangerous shortages of therapeutic drugs.  

 

Dr. Barbara Ray (School of Education) requested $458,440 from the Tennessee Department of Education for a Regular Special Education Summer Institute and an Early Childhood Special Education Summer Institute for 2012-2015.  These programs provide coursework for teachers of exceptional students and instructional assistants who are working toward a teaching license with an endorsement in special education.

 

Ms. Michelle Rigler (UTC Office for Students with Disabilities) requested $15,000 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists for an Adaptive Technology Training Program.  The Office for Students with Disabilities is committed to creating an inclusive culture on the UTC campus that is both embracing and understanding of students with disabilities.

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi, with Drs. Yu Cao and Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering), Dr. Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), and Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) requested $389,189 from the National Institutes of Health to develop a smart system which will monitor and evaluate select movement and activity levels of post-stroke patients using wearable iPod Touch/iPhone Devices.


Dr. Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $85,000 from the National Science Foundation to conduct collaborative research on endemic flora of the Southeast U.S.  The research will focus primarily on climate change, species discovery, and conservation management.

 

Dr. Kristin Whitson (Physics) requested $35,000 from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for research support for beginning faculty and undergraduate students in the field of basic molecular biophysics.  The main emphasis will be utilizing methods of fluorescence spectroscopy to characterize physical properties and investigate structural dynamics and interactions of biological molecules.

 

Dr. Cecelia Wigal (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $105,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education for a project focused on designing assistive technology for children with disabilities.  UTC students will help design these assistive technologies in engineering design courses.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2011 - 10/31/2011)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $128,996 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister, UC Foundation Professor in the School of Education, secured $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium for workshops for elementary grades pre-service teachers (UTC education majors).  The workshops will be based on mathematics concepts included in NASA educational resources and supported through hands-on problem solving activities.  

 

Dr. Steve Symes, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Peggy Kovach, Associate Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $88,246 from the U.S. Army (via the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga) to conduct research and analysis, in collaboration with the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga, to assist in the development of a medical innovation.  Dr. Symes will conduct pharmacological studies while Dr. Kovach will investigate cellular reactions. 


Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $800 from Bradley County Schools to conduct five professional development workshops in music education.  He also secured $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education for a dance residency with first grade students at Battle Academy in December as well $26,000 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County for another series of mentoring visits and workshop activities with teachers at Mt. Pleasant School this academic year.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (10/1/2011 - 10/31/2011)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $226,555 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Carol Brand (School of Education) requested $75,000 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue UTC’s Become a Special Educator in Tennessee (BASE-TN) Program.  BASE TN will recruit and provide financial support for students pursuing special education licensure.  Upon completion of the program, participants must commit to teach in a Tennessee public school serving children with disabilities or pay back the financial support that they received. 


Ms. Meg Kiessling (Mathematics) requested $71,555 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a week-long summer professional development workshop for middle grades mathematics teachers.  The workshop will focus on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and will provide a pre-workshop meeting with teachers to determine their needs and expectations as well as a follow-up workshop in the fall.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $75,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a professional development workshop for elementary grades teachers to enhance their skills in teaching mathematics.  The workshop, titled “Number and Operations: Emphasizing Fractions, Place Value, and Connections,” is aligned with State Standards and will employ hands-on activities and computer technology.

 

Dr. Jonathan Yeager (Philosophy and Religion) requested $5,000 from the Louisville Institute to conduct research for a book he is editing titled Early Evangelicalism: A Reader.  These funds will enable him to travel to various libraries in America and Britain and view rare works and manuscripts for use in the reader.

 


 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (9/1/2011 - 9/30/2011)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $2,488,455 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Mr. Bob Boyer, Patten Series Manager for the Fine Arts Center, received $4,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to host Evidence, A Dance Company as part of the Patten Arts Series.  During their three-day residency in November, the artists will hold a public performance at the UTC Fine Arts Center and teach two master classes—one for UTC students and the other for students at the Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts.


Ms. Twyler Boykin, Project Director of Upward Bound Math and Science, acquired $242,250 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Upward Bound Math & Science program (PRISM) during the 2011-12 academic year.  The goal of the Upward Bound Math and Science program is to strengthen the math and science skills of local high school students from low-income communities and to encourage these students to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.

 

Dr. Amy Doolittle, Assistant Professor of Social Work, secured $1,480,440 from the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare at Middle Tennessee State University to provide stipends for Bachelors of Social Work students and fund a Resource Parent Training Program.  This program will provide mandatory training for foster parents, adoptive parents, and other caregivers of children in the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) system, as well as in-service training for DCS staff.

 

Ms. Shirl Gholston, Director of Student Support Services, secured $284,746 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of UTC’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program in the 2011-2012 academic year.  The SSS Program works to ensure retention and graduation of UTC students who come from underrepresented backgrounds by providing peer mentoring and peer tutoring. 

 

Dr. Gregory Heath, Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement, acquired $20,000 from the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation for an acceptability and usability trial of the Exercise is Medicine health care provider and fitness & health professional toolkits. The Exercise is Medicine program is a systematic and comprehensive approach to physical activity assessment, counseling, and referral of patients to achieve and reinforce the lifestyle integration of physical activity at the health-site, worksite, and community levels.

 

Dr. Jean Howard-Hill, Director of The Many Faces of Diversity Program, acquired $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to continue the Many Faces program.  Begun in 2007, the program assists potential first generation college attendees and at-risk students in gaining access to higher education.  Academic assistance is provided to 11th and 12th grade students in Hamilton County.

 

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, in collaboration with a UTK faculty member, secured $30,022 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to research and evaluate the applicability and effectiveness of different techniques for repairing potholes.  In the future, the results of this study could improve performance levels and extend the service life of pavement in Tennessee.

 

Mr. Tim Pridemore, Emergency Management Specialist in the Safety and Risk Management Department, secured a software donation valued at $38,950 from Alertus Technologies.  The software will allow UTC emergency managers to provide critical information directly to campus computers. 

 

Dr. John Tucker, Professor and Head of Biological and Environmental Sciences, acquired $5,000 from the Benwood Foundation to support the growing Slow Food on Campus chapter by retaining the expertise of Adjunct Faculty member Tricia King as the Chapter’s faculty advisor.  This year Ms. King will guide independent study related to Slow Food on Campus as well as teach a course on sustainable food production, land conservation, and topics related to strengthening the local food economy. 

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace Long, Director of UTC’s Educational Opportunity Center, received $263,047 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 of Computer Science and Engineering, with Dr. Joseph Kizza (Professor and Head) and Ms. Kathy Winters (Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering), secured $100,000 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project that will develop college faculty expertise in Information Assurance through case studies and hands-on experiences.  This proposal represents collaboration among UTC, North Carolina A&T State University, and UNC-Charlotte.  Funding will be used to hold two summer workshops that will provide training and partnership opportunities for Information Assurance instructors.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (9/1/2011 - 9/30/2011)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,280,206 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Drs. Pam Carter and Kim Wingate, Assistant Professors of Education, requested $1,019,185 from the U.S. Department of Education for a three-year research program that will evaluate the effectiveness of UTC’s Degree+3 Program.  This program trains and mentors students starting with their involvement in UTC’s teacher education program and following them through the first three years of teaching.  

 

Ms. Anne Gamble, Director of Project Ready for School, requested $100,187 from United Way to continue Project Ready for School in 2012.  Ms. Gamble and her staff will partner with local, state, and national agencies to help children in local elementary schools prepare for success in school and life by encouraging parents’ involvement in their child’s early learning experiences.

 

Ms. Catherine Kendall, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, requested $4,945 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase a magnetic whiteboard, display monitors, a scanner, and other equipment.  This equipment will create a more effective and collaborative critique space for all types of design work by interior design students.

 

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, in collaboration with a Tennessee State University faculty member, requested $72,092 from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.   The research will center on vehicle crashes involving the transport of hazardous materials on Tennessee highways.

 

Dr. Aaron Shaheen, UC Foundation Associate Professor of English, requested $27,972 from the National Endowments for the Humanities to develop and offer a course centered on the question, “Who is Satan?”  The course will provide an in-depth examination of the various ways that Satan has been depicted and will draw upon literature, theology, history, visual art, and philosophy.

 

Dr. Tricia Thomas, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, requested $29,825 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners to purchase equipment that will upgrade the Chemical Engineering laboratory used for junior and senior level lab courses and senior thesis work.  The equipment requested will be used to emphasize the interconnections between the unit operations and the environmental impacts of alternative fuels. 

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, requested $26,000 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County to fund four mentoring visits by SCEA personnel to Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (8/1/2011 - 8/31/2011)

CONGRATULATIONS! The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,885,089 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Ms. Dianne Cox, Director of Financial Aid, secured $100,000 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation to fund the Reduction-in-Force Severance Benefit College Tuition Assistance Program for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Participants in the program are former State of Tennessee employees who lost their jobs through a reduction-in-force. 

 

Mr. Matt Greenwell, UC Foundation Professor and Head of the Art Department, was awarded $41,671 from the Hunter Museum of American Art to engage a faculty member to serve as the Museum’s Contemporary Curator during the 2011-2012 academic year.  As the Contemporary Curator, Nandini Makrandi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Art History at UTC, will manage the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary art and organize exhibitions.

 

Dr. Hunter Huckabay, Director of UTC’s GEAR UP initiative in Hamilton County, acquired $537,791 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of Hamilton County GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).  GEAR UP is a program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.  Dr. Huckabay and his staff work with economically disadvantaged students from the seventh grade through high school, striving to increase the academic improvement of the students, build their motivation and confidence, and increase parent and community involvement in the students’ college preparation.

 

Dr. Bill McClay, SunTrust Chair of Excellence in Humanities, acquired $2,000 from the Jack Miller Center to support a Constitution Day Lecture on the UTC campus in September. This lecture will serve as a kick-off function for the soon-to-be-launched Center for Reflective Citizenship (CRC) at UTC.  Lieutenant General Josiah Bunting III, an educator, military officer, college president, and distinguished author, will be speaking on “The First and Greatest Generation and Its Successor” – an examination of the men who helped to found America.

 

Drs. Sandy Watson and Steve Kuhn, Co-Directors of UTeaChattanooga, secured $1,199,727 from the National Science Foundation to establish the UTeaChattanooga Noyce Scholarship Program.  The program will provide scholarships and internship opportunities for STEM majors seeking teacher licensure.  Drs. Watson and Kuhn hope that this teacher education program will increase the number and diversity of talented UTC math, science, engineering and computer science students entering the teaching field and assuming positions of educational leadership.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, acquired $3,900 from the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) in support of the 2012 National Arts & Education Forum in May 2012.  TAC funding will provide honorariums for nationally known experts in arts education, arts integration, and professional development to help plan, present sessions, and facilitate this year’s conference. Participants from across the country will discuss how artistic concepts can be integrated into the curriculum. 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (8/1/2011 - 8/31/2011)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $939,307 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Drs. Yu Cao and Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $382,528 from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Biomedical Informatics.  The three year program is designed to provide a diverse group of talented undergraduates with intense research experience and to encourage these students to consider a career in Computer Science.  If funded, UTC will collaborate with biomedical researchers and healthcare practitioners from the UT College of Medicine-Chattanooga and Erlanger Health Systems to conduct the project.

 

Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, requested $2,000 from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to conduct the Meacham Writers Workshops in 2011.  Occurring biannually, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.


Drs. Li Yang, Joseph Kizza, Jack Thompson, and Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science) requested $554,779 from the National Science Foundation for a program that will provide scholarships to low-income and academically talented students preparing for careers in computer science and computer engineering.  The program will support these students by grouping them into freshman and upper-division transfer student cohorts, providing extensive tutoring and mentoring services, and offering them real-world business experiences.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (7/1/11 - 7/31/11)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $1,940,154 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Amy Brock-Hon, Assistant Professor of Geology, secured $3,250 from the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct geologic and geomorphic mapping of Late Neogene and younger sediments in the eastern portion of the Overton, NE 7.5 minute quadrangle, Nevada.  This award will support an undergraduate student assistant and travel costs associated with the project.

 

Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), acquired $95,784 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program.   In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE plans to focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education as well as provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam. 

 

Dr. Cherry Guinn, Associate Professor of Nursing, was awarded $29,998 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Applying Knowledge to Practice for Rural Public Health Nurses program for the 2011-12 academic year. The program funds an annual three-day conference that provides continuing education opportunities for regional public health nurses.

 

Dr. David Levine, Professor and Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy, and the UTC Physical Therapy Department were awarded $1,066 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in the physical therapy program during the 2011-2012 academic year.  The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provides financial assistance for full-time students enrolled in health professions and nursing programs.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the School of Nursing, acquired $165,062 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. 

Dr. Lindgren and the School of Nursing also secured $12,822 from two separate awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration.  The awards will fund scholarships for disadvantaged students enrolled in nursing baccalaureate and graduate programs.  These funds allow UTC to recruit and retain gifted nursing students who might not otherwise have the financial means to complete the baccalaureate and graduate programs. 

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren and Dr. Susan Davidson, Coordinator of the School of Nursing RN-BSN Gateway Program, acquired $284,890 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue and expand the BSN Gateway program over the next three years.  Expansion will include increasing students enrolled in the hybrid (online and traditional classroom) model and adding an online-only model.  The three-year project will serve 195 students.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and Martina Harris, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, secured $376,536 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Diversity Recruitment & Education to Advance Minorities in the Nursing Workforce (DREAMWork) program in the coming academic year.  The goal of this program is to build capacity along the educational pipeline from middle school to enrollment in the UTC School of Nursing to increase the number of individuals from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who enroll in and complete a nursing degree. 

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and Karen Sarnosky, Director and Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, respectively, secured $303,883 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to continue the Baccalaureate Enrollment Expansion Activities for Nursing (BEE A Nurse) Program.  This program is designed to meet growing nursing workforce needs in a 21-county region in southeast Tennessee and north Georgia.  At the end of the three-year project period, BEE A Nurse will be a self-sufficient program that prepares students to use evidence-based practice and provide culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective care.

 

Dr. Gretchen Potts, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Katherine Thurman, president of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Students Affiliates at UTC, were awarded $250 from ACS for a project titled “Chemistry Concepts for Elementary Students.”  The proposal was developed by Ms. Thurman and will be conducted under the guidance of Dr. Potts.  In this project, UTC students will demonstrate acid-base chemistry at an elementary school and assist children in conducting a related experiment.  In addition, the project will provide teachers with a kit containing experiments, materials, and directions which can be integrated into future classroom activities.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, secured $133,396 from Tennessee State University to provide additional activities under the recently-funded SITES-M grant.  Funding in this request will cover a two-week Summer Math Institute at TSU and five weekend math workshops to build the mathematics skills of in-service and pre-service teachers.


Ms. Karen Vann, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE)’s Talent Search Program, was awarded $226,599 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Talent Search Program in the coming academic year.  This program provides academic and social support to prepare economically disadvantaged, potentially first-generation college-bound middle and high school students to enroll and succeed in postsecondary programs. 

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of UTC's Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, secured $14,750 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County to conduct a five day arts integration workshop in July for the faculty of the Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts. 

 

Dr. Miriam Zwitter, Assistant Professor of Nursing, acquired $291,868 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Get Healthy Project.  This project will support service learning activities for School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students to provide supervised, integrated health promotion services in collaboration with community based agencies that serve individuals with severe, persistent mental illnesses (SPMI). 

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (7/1/11 - 7/31/11)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $4,849,556 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Loren Hayes (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $496,207 from the National Science Foundation to conduct a three year study on a native Chilean rodent in order to examine neuroendocrine mechanisms associated with mating and rearing behaviors among females.

 

Dr. Hunter Huckabay (GEAR UP) requested $4,353,349 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement a seven-year GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) college-preparation program to serve students at Dalewood Middle, East Lake Academy, Orchard Knob Middle, and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.  The program will work with a cohort of students beginning in seventh grade and provide services for this cohort as they progress to high school and prepare for postsecondary programs. 

 

 


 

 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (6/1/11 - 6/30/11)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $863,206 in external grant and contract awards:

 

Dr. Fran Bender, Assistant Provost for Student Retention and Success, secured $7,000 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists for a Peer Education Program designed to provide support for incoming freshmen at UTC.  Funds will enable UTC to pilot the addition of 10 upper class students to the “UTC Experience” course to serve as mentors and role models for freshmen in the classroom and in social settings. 

 

Ms. Belinda Brownlee, Director of Upward Bound, acquired $278,953 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue Upward Bound services in the 2011-12 academic year.  Upward Bound provides supplemental academic assistance, educational and career guidance, and cultural enrichment activities to help participating students develop the skills necessary to succeed in high school and college.


Dr. Gregory Heath, Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement, in collaboration with faculty members from UTK, received $1,250 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to analyze existing data on policies and environmental changes designed to increase physical activity levels in the general population, including both adults and schoolchildren.  The project will quantify the impact of various strategies designed to increase physical activity and rank order them in a way that will be useful to policy makers and advocates.

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren, Director of the School of Nursing, secured $37,291 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships during the 2011-12 school year.  Grant funds help offset the cost of tuition and fees for students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program which prepares professional nurses for advanced practice as family nurse practitioners.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) and Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung (Mathematics) secured $200,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project that will focus on improving numeracy, representation, and STEM connections for K-2 teachers.  Participating teachers will focus on concepts such as number and operations in base ten, take part in hands on activities with mathematics manipulatives, and create video files and lessons. 


Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Director of the School of Education, was awarded $138,807 from Tennessee State University to establish a branch of the Strengthening Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M) project at UTC.  The SITES-M consortium was formed to address the issue of low performance of minority students in mathematics.  Project activities for in-service teachers include weekend math workshops and a two-week summer math institute.


Dr. Cecelia Wigal (Engineering & Computer Science) and Dr. Kay Cowan (School of Education) in collaboration with Dr. Vince Betro (SimCenter) and Dr. Betsy Darken (Mathematics) acquired $199,905 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a STEM Professional Development project.  The project will improve the ability of middle school and ninth grade mathematics teachers to teach concepts through literacy strategies and active participation in experiments and activities.


SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (6/1/11 - 6/30/11)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $1,903,218 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Yu Cao and Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering), along with Dr. Gregory Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement), requested $37,048 from the Pleiades Foundation to develop data management software for the Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center.  This system will be able to create, upload, store, manipulate, and retrieve electronic medical records of stroke patients from diverse access points and access devices. 


Dr. Amy Doolittle (Social Work) requested $1,480,440 from the Tennessee Center for Child Welfare at Middle Tennessee State University to provide stipends for Bachelor of Social Work students and to fund a Resource Parent Training Program.  This program will provide mandatory training for foster parents, adoptive parents, and other caregivers of children in the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) system, as well as in-service training for DCS staff.

 

Dr. Frank Jones (Chemical Engineering) requested $30,000 from TN-SCORE to conduct research on the abilities of nano and micro scale structures to increase the efficiency of biofuel production.  The desired outcome of this research is the production of biofuel with lower processing times, lower energy use, and higher product purity than biofuels created using other industrial techniques. 

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren (School of Nursing) requested $165,062 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.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $10,000 from the Vernier Software and Technology Company for technology equipment that will be used in workshops for students studying Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education.  If funded, pre-service teachers will use the purchased equipment to combine mathematics, science, and technology to collect, display, and interpret real-world data that their future students will encounter. 

Dr. McAllister also requested $2,500 from NASA for a Summer of Innovation professional development workshop for pre-service teachers, most of whom are members of the Student Tennessee Education Association at UTC.  The target audience for the workshop is future middle grades teachers, and workshop activities will be selected from across the Life Science, Physical Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering units and lessons.

 

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango (Civil Engineering), in collaboration with a UTK faculty member, requested $30,022 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to research and evaluate the applicability and effectiveness of different techniques for repairing potholes.  In the future, the results of this study could improve performance levels and extend the service life of pavement in Tennessee.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge (School of Education) requested $133,396 from Tennessee State University to provide additional activities under the recently-funded SITES-M grant described above.  Funding in this request will cover a two-week Summer Math Institute at TSU and five weekend math workshops to build the mathematics skill of in-service and pre-service teachers.


Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $14,750 from the Kids on Stage Foundation of Maury County to conduct a five day arts integration workshop in July for the faculty of the Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts. 

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (4/1/11 - 5/31/11)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty and staff recently attracted $219,573 in external grant and contract awards:

Dr. Jonathan Mies, Professor of Geology, attracted $1,984 in additional funds from Chattem Chemicals, Inc. to continue Chemical Analyses using X-Ray Diffraction.  The additional funding brings Dr. Mies’s total funding for the project to $3,904.  This partnership brings UTC’s research capacity to bear on research and development activities for Chattem, one of Chattanooga’s flagship businesses.                

Dr. Lisa Cothran, Assistant Professor of Psychology, secured $7,250 from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists to conduct a UTC Women’s Studies Leadership Program during the 2011-2012 academic year.  This peer-support program will offer women’s studies majors the opportunity to work as mentors for at-risk, high-ability/low-achieving first-year female students.

 

Dr. Joseph Kizza, Associate Professor and Head of Computer Science and Engineering, received $15,000 from Variable Technologies.  The funding will support a student researcher in developing server software that will provide two way communication between an iPhone and a computer network, data storage, and an attractive web interface.

 

Dr. Debbie Ingram, Professor of Physical Therapy, was awarded $1,000 from the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Research Committee for a study titled “A Ten Year Review of Physical Therapy Disciplinary Actions.”  The study will examine the characteristics of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who were disciplined due to unprofessional behaviors from 2000-2009.

 

Dr. John McCormack, station manager of WUTC, acquired $61,841 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to purchase and install equipment that will increase WUTC’s digital power level by at least four times its current power level.

 

Dr. Josh Hamblen, Assistant Professor of Physics, secured $26,500 from the U.S. Department of Energy to participate in the Faculty and Student Team Program this summer.  Dr. Hamblen and two UTC undergraduate students will work alongside top scientists in the field on the NPDGamma experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

 

Dr. Nick Honerkamp, Professor of Anthropology, acquired $2,000 from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to continue an Archaeological Survey on Ossabaw and Sapelo Islands, Georgia.  This is a continuation of services provided in 2010 which included total station mapping, GPS, and survey excavations.

 

Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor of English, received $1,200 from Chattanooga State and $2,801 from Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga to conduct the Meacham Writers Workshops in 2011.  Occurring biannually, the workshops are free and open to the public and consist of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences.


Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of the Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), secured $36,950 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to provide out-of-school programming this spring followed by a five week summer camp for youth in participating schools.  CCCE staff and student mentors will work with youth to improve their academic success and enhance their awareness of college.

 

Dr. Barbara Medley, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Applied Social Research (CASR) and Dr. Susan Ritz, CASR Research Coordinator, attracted $6,903 from Memorial Healthcare System, Inc. to conduct preliminary work for a Catholic Health Initiatives Violence Prevention program.  In preparation for the compilation of a comprehensive catalog of local services available for victims of domestic violence, the CASR will develop interview questions and protocols, compile agency contact lists, and define the target population for a proposed upcoming research project.


Mr. Kim Wheetley, Director of the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA), secured $1,200 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to conduct a poetry residency for second grade students at Battle Academy.

 

Mr. Bob Boyer, Patten Series Manager for the Fine Arts Center, acquired $4,944 from South Arts to host the Evidence Dance Company in November as part of the Patten Arts Series.  Founded and based in Brooklyn, New York in 1985, Evidence combines African, modern, ballet, and social dance styles. 

 

Mr. Andy Carroll, Geographic Information Systems Manager of Academic and Research Computing Services, secured $50,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation for a Regional Resource Inventory Project.  As part of The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s comprehensive plan to guide the growth of the greater Chattanooga area, Mr. Carroll and a UTC research team will investigate, inventory, and publish geospatial data for targeted needs and resource categories.  These categories include natural, cultural, and recreational resources, land use, and resource threats. 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (4/1/11 - 5/31/11)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $6,977,971 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Claire McCullough (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $50,100 from Accurate Automation Corporation to assist in the development of a low cost imaging system for the U.S. armed forces.  The system will provide a three-dimensional view of the environment surrounding a moving vehicle, enabling independent mission-level adaption for an autonomous ground vehicle.   

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) partnered with Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) to request $389,425 from the U.S. Department of Education to implement “I’s on the Arts: Imagine, Innovate, Implement” at MPMS.  The goal of “I’s on the Arts” is to strengthen the curriculum and increase student learning at MPMS.  The program will focus on teacher pedagogy to build innovative research-based instructional practice by deepening arts knowledge and skills, strengthening standards-based arts instruction, developing strategies for arts integration, and fostering collaboration among colleagues, students, parents, and community partners.

 

Drs. Sandy Watson and Steve Kuhn (UTeaChattanooga) requested $95,425 from the Environmental Protection Agency for a collaborative project between UTC and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.  The goal of Project RIVER (Revolutionary Instruction Via Environmental Research) is to instill in pre-service teachers and, by extension, their future students an ethic of care for the environment that will result in stewardship of the land and waterways.

 

Dr. Jennifer Ellis (Walker Teaching Resource Center) and Dr. Ann Holmes (Geology) requested $199,503 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a two week professional development workshop.  The workshop instructors will implement the “5E” instructional model (Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration, and Evaluation) that has proven effective in teaching and learning science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content.   Activities will focus on the Tennessee Curriculum Standards that address matter, energy, and motion for grades six through twelve.


Dr. Cecelia Wigal (Engineering & Computer Science) and Dr. Kay Cowan (School of Education) in collaboration with Dr. Vince Betro (SimCenter) and Dr. Betsy Darken (Mathematics) requested $199,905 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a STEM Professional Development project.  The project will improve the ability of middle school and ninth grade mathematics teachers to teach concepts through literacy strategies and active participation in experiments and activities.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) and Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung (Mathematics) requested $200,000 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project that will focus on improving numeracy, representation, and STEM connections for K-2 teachers.  Participating teachers will focus on concepts such as number and operations in base ten, take part in hands on activities with mathematics manipulatives, and create video files and lessons. 


Dr. Raziq Yaqub (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Hinsdale Bernard (Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program) requested $197,705 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for a project to improve science teachers’ pedagogical knowledge, instructional efficiency, and content knowledge of the chemistry of energy.  Project activities will include workshops, a summer academy, and site visits to energy facilities.


Drs. Steve Kuhn and Sandy Watson (UTeaChattanooga) requested $586,538 from the Toyota Foundation for a five year project titled Project TREE: Tennessee River Environmental Education.  Project TREE will engage underserved, inner city sixth grade students in environmental research alongside practicing scientists.  Future STEM teachers enrolled in UTeaChattanooga will serve as curriculum developers, teaching assistants, and data evaluators for the project.

 

Dr. Susan Ritz (Center for Applied Social Research) requested $75,000 from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to assist a RWJF research team in the New Connections: Junior Investigator Program.  If funded, Dr. Ritz will aid with data analysis, produce at least two manuscripts for publication, and participate in the New Connections Annual Symposium.  This program seeks to increase the diversity of perspectives that inform RWJF programming. 

 

Ms. Anne Gamble and Drs. Valerie Rutledge, Kay Cowan, Sarah Sandefur, (School of Education) and Dr. Amye Warren (Psychology) requested $1,905,301 from the U.S. Department of Education for a five year program titled “Teachers Helping English Language Proficiency (HELP).”  The funds will enable UTC to prepare 140 additional ESL-endorsed teachers and support them as they work in classrooms serving English learners. 


Dr. Deborah McAllister (School of Education) requested $12,750 from the Tennessee Space Grant Consortium for workshops for elementary grades pre-service teachers (UTC education majors).  The workshops will be based on mathematics concepts included in NASA educational resources and supported through hands-on problem solving activities.  

 

Ms. Sandy Cole, Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), requested $95,784 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to continue and re-focus the successful Each One Reach One (EORO) program.   In addition to offering various avenues of support and resources, the CCCE plans to focus on clinical experiences to prepare pre-service teachers for the realities of education as well as provide early intervention and preparation for the PRAXIS exam.  

Ms. Cole also requested $45,124 from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for the mentoring and delinquency prevention program titled P.A.W.S. (Postsecondary Awareness With Success) that pairs UTC students with fourth and fifth grade students from Orchard Knob Elementary School.  By investing in the lives of the Orchard Knob students and serving as positive role models, UTC mentors hope to reduce the delinquent behavior and improve the academic performance of their Orchard Knob mentees. 

 

Drs. Jennifer Boyd and Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $18,705 in additional funds from the Tennessee Department of Military to research the endangered large-flowered skullcap wildflowers that grow on Tennessee Army National Guard property.   Drs. Boyd and Shaw will continue long-term monitoring of a group of the plants which serve as a control population for several research projects they are conducting.

 

Dr. Tom Buggey (School of Education) requested $1,221,005 from the U.S. Department of Education to fund nine postdoctoral fellowships.  The goal of the fellowship program is to increase the number of researchers in the field of early intervention who specialize in infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. 

 

Dr. Jose Barbosa (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $140,011 from the National Science Foundation to enhance laboratory space to improve the Cell and Molecular Biosciences curriculum at UTC.  This project will create capstone teaching and research experiences for biology majors and will prepare them for jobs in various industries or professional and advanced degree programs.

 

Drs. Tricia Thomas and Frank Jones (Chemical Engineering) requested $191,005 from the National Science Foundation to develop an undergraduate laboratory course that emphasizes the integration of cutting-edge scientific research.  Students participating in this course will research methods for making biofuels. 

 

Ms. Cynthia Wallace (Center for Community Career Education) requested $1,354,685 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. 

 


 

FUNDED PROPOSALS: (2/24/11 - 3/31/11)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty member recently attracted $3,000 in external grant funding:

 

Dr. Deborah Arfken, Professor of Political Science, secured $3,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for a course that will introduce first-year students to the concepts of philanthropy and civic responsibility and present them with the challenges of disbursing money.  In addition to learning from leaders of local non-profit organizations and foundations, the students will serve as a board of directors for a mock foundation and award funds to a local United Way agency that meets selection criteria developed by the students. 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (2/24/11 - 3/31/11)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate $1,037,236 in external funding, if awarded:

 

Ms. Sandy Cole (Center for Community Career Education) requested $36,950 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to offer after school programming for the remainder of the 2011 school year as well as a 5 week summer camp for youth in participating schools.  The CCCE will provide staff, student mentors, and its college awareness curriculum to enhance Hamilton County students’ awareness and skills and assist them in their academic success.

 

Drs. Steve Symes (Chemistry) and Margaret Kovach (Biological and Environmental Sciences) requested $159,907 as part of a proposal submitted to the U.S. Army by the UT College of Medicine.  The proposal will address major technological barriers in the treatment of bone repair by developing a nanofiber-based device which can deliver drugs while facilitating regeneration of the bone.  Working with Dr. Currey of the UT College of Medicine, Drs. Symes and Kovach will perform chemical and biological analyses of the repair device.


Dr. Deborah McAllister (Teacher Preparation Academy) requested $749,178 from NASA for a four year project to improve the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills of area teachers and students.   The project will reach 2,500 students from grades 4-8 and 150 teachers per year through hands-on activities, technology, and constructivist strategies for teaching and learning.  Using NASA-themed materials, the project will focus primarily on mathematics in addition to four important areas identified by NASA: Earth science, robotics, aeronautics, and rockets.

 

Mr. Bob Boyer (Fine Arts Center) requested $7,500 from South Arts to bring the Evidence Dance Company to Chattanooga.  During their three-day residency, the artists would hold a public performance at the UTC Fine Arts Center and teach two master classes—one for UTC students and the other for students at the Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC) requested $12,821 from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the acquisition of equipment (a digital console, audio processor, microphones, and audio work station) needed to create digital programming.   With this equipment WUTC could begin a second broadcast service featuring local and national programming, special options for music lovers, and offerings designed for minority children. 

 

Drs. Barbara Medley and Susan Ritz (Center for Applied Social Research) requested $70,880 from Memorial Hospital to conduct research through the Catholic Health Initiatives Violence Prevention Grant.  Drs. Medley and Ritz and other researchers will create an inventory of the domestic violence services available in Hamilton County, identify needed services, and evaluate existing services for overall effectiveness. 

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (2/9/11 - 2/23/11)

CONGRATULATIONS!

The following UTC faculty member recently attracted $3,680 in an external grant award:

Dr. Susan North, Assistant Professor of English, acquired $3,680 from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.  Dr. North and her assistant will collect data on policies and curriculum and use it to create a baseline analysis of conditions that inform the writing instruction of Tennessee students. 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (2/9/11 - 2/23/11)

GOOD LUCK!

The following UTC faculty and staff members submitted proposals with the potential to generate over $2,255,591 in external funding, if awarded:

Dr. Irv Resnick (Philosophy & Religion Department) requested $177,318 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct a four-week summer institute for college and university teachers.  Participants will investigate the significance of the Holy Land and the Holy City in Classical Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in late antiquity and the middle ages. 

 

Ms. Tricia Henderson (Counseling & Career Planning) requested $30,000 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for a program titled “MOCS CHOICES: Making Our Choices Successful.”  Funding for this program will be used to enhance existing alcohol prevention efforts on campus, as well as to initiate new prevention efforts and programs.


Dr. Li Yang with Dr. Joseph Kizza and Ms. Kathy Winters (Engineering and Computer Science) requested $160,000 from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project that will develop college faculty expertise in Information Assurance through case studies and hands-on experiences.  This proposal represents collaboration among UTC, North Carolina A&T State University, and UNC-Charlotte.  Funding will be used to hold two summer workshops that will provide training and partnership opportunities for Information Assurance instructors.

 

Dr. Jean Howard-Hill (Undergraduate Admissions) requested $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga for The Many Faces of Diversity at UTC Program.  Begun in 2007, the program assists potential first generation college attendees and at-risk students in gaining access to higher education.  Academic assistance is provided to 11th and 12th grade students in Hamilton County. 

 

Dr. Claire McCullough, along with Drs. Joe Dumas and Yu Cao (Engineering and Computer Science) and Sandy Watson (UTeaChattanooga), requested $194,040 from the National Science Foundation for a project to increase interest in Computer Science among teenagers.  Dr. McCullough and her colleagues are particularly interested in increasing the number of African-American, female, and economically disadvantages students who enter the fields of computing and information technology.


Dr. Mbakisya Onyango with Drs. Joe Owino and Ignatius Fomunung (Civil Engineering Department) requested $480,945 from the National Science Foundation for a project that will attempt to predict permanent deformation in flexible pavements using finite element analysis.  This research could lead to changes in pavement and road construction that would lower the amount of taxpayers’ money used for construction and repairs of asphalt pavements. 

 

Drs. Sandy Watson and Stephen Kuhn (UTeaChattanooga) requested $1,193,288 from the National Science Foundation to fund 30 summer internships, 20 student/faculty research partnerships, and up to 30 scholarships for future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers.  The project goals are to increase the number of STEM majors from underrepresented groups, to improve the training of future STEM teachers, and to attract highly qualified STEM majors to secondary science and mathematics teaching careers in high needs schools.

 

Drs. Kay Lindgren and David Levine (Nursing and Physical Therapy, respectively) requested funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration for scholarships for disadvantaged students at UTC.  The scholarships will support undergraduate and graduate nursing students as well as graduate physical therapy students.



FUNDED PROPOSALS: (1/17/11 - 2/9/11)

 

UTeaChattanooga Co-Directors Dr. Steve Kuhn, Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Sandy Watson, Associate Professor of Science Education, acquired a $770,000 congressionally-directed grant to establish the Center for Leadership in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education.  The Center will work to enhance STEM education across the K-16 educational system to prepare and motivate current and future STEM teachers and professionals.   

 

Dr. Amye Warren, Professor of Psychology, secured $24,000 from the United Way of Greater Chattanooga to evaluate the United Way’s Project Diabetes, which promotes physical activity and healthy eating among area children.  Dr. Warren will develop data collection instruments (logs, parent and teacher surveys), oversee the collection and analysis of data, and write evaluation reports.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, Executive Director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA), secured $7,500 from the United Way of Greater Chattanooga to provide instructional support for teachers participating in Project Diabetes.  Music and dance educators from SCEA hope to promote increased physical activity through modeled teaching strategies that demonstrate active, rather than passive, approaches to early childhood education through music and dance.

 

Ms. Michelle Rigler, Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities, received $15,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to support a program titled “MoSAIC.”  MoSAIC is a yearlong course that will assist students with high functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in developing executive functioning and social skills.

 

Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of UTC’s Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), acquired $10,700 from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to expand the Life Planning Program.  Ms. Cole and her team will help women who have become the main income earners of their households develop their confidence, learn job seeking skills, and access training, education, and employment.

 

Dr. Abdul Ofoli, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, secured $20,120 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for equipment to update the Electrical Engineering laboratory that is used primarily for senior design and capstone projects.  This equipment will support the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering department’s efforts to prepare students for careers in the manufacturing and power industries.

 

Ms. Catherine Kendall, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, received $3,334 from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners for educational laboratory equipment.  Funds will be used to create a larger display area for drawings and boards and to purchase additional computer equipment that will be available to design students. 

 

Dr. Henry Spratt, Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, acquired $45,232 from the Tennessee Valley Authority to collect and analyze algae samples near a TVA fossil power plant.  This project will characterize the natural algal species found in local waters and determine algal responses to various pollutants. 

 

Dr. Joey Shaw, Assistant Professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, secured $93,719 from URS Corporation for the second phase of a research project begun last spring.  The research will provide comparable plant survey data for decision makers to evaluate the environmental impacts of possible road construction in the Cherokee National Forest.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (1/17/11 - 2/9/11)

 

Dr. Kay Lindgren (School of Nursing) requested funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for two student assistance programs -- Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships (NAT) and Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships (AENT).  The NAT program will provide funding for full-time students enrolled in the master’s of science in nurse anesthesia program at UTC.  The AENT program also provides scholarships for graduate students to cover the cost of tuition, books, and fees.   Funding is divided among all successful applicants and will be determined by HRSA at the time of the award.

 

Dr. Greg Heath (Assistant Provost for Research and Engagement) requested $149,154 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project that will evaluate the implementation of the Chattanooga Bike Share Program.  The project will determine how Bike Share impacts users, the environment, and policies for local and regional stakeholders.


Dr. Miriam Zwitter (School of Nursing) requested $881,716 from the Health Resources and Services Administration to fund the Get Healthy Project for the next three years.  School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate students will provide supervised, integrated health promotion services in collaboration with community based agencies that serve individuals with severe persistent mental illness (SPMI).

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts), requested $1,200 from Hamilton County Department of Education to fund a Poetry Residency at Battle Academy.  Joel Baxley, Director of Visual Art Education at SCEA, will teach second grade students about writing, interpreting, and illustrating poetry.  

 

Dr. Josh Hamblen (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy Department), requested $22,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to work on the NPDGamma experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  The project would provide opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in fundamental physics research at a national lab with top scientists in the field. 

 

Dr. Irina Khmelko (Department of Political Science, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management), requested $2,100 from The American Political Science Association to fund a project that will research legislative institution building in post authoritarian countries.  Dr. Khemlko’s work will investigate the importance of committee decisions to the lawmaking process of the Ukrainian legislature. 

 

Dr. Yu Cao (Computer Science and Engineering), requested $416,912 from the National Science Foundation to address the need for a more robust biomedical informatics research infrastructure.  If funded, UTC hopes to build a state-of-the-art High Performance Computational Infrastructure that will serve multiple biomedical informatics research projects.   The proposed infrastructure will be used to attract outside users such as hospitals, biomedical research institutions, and local health professionals.

 

Dr. Kristin Whitson (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy Department), requested $133,314 from the National Science Foundation to acquire a Spectrofluorometer.  Physics and Chemistry students and faculty will use the instrument for research and training purposes – such as conducting fluorescence measurements and studying the basic science of intra- and inter-molecular interactions. 

 

Dr. John Graef (Department of Mathematics), requested $35,000 from the Simons Foundation to support collaborative research activities in mathematics.  Funds will enable Dr. Graef to continue work on a research monograph that he is writing in collaboration with professors from Portugal and Algeria.

 

Dr. John McCormack (WUTC) requested $61,841 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for a Digital Radio Conversion Project.  Funds will enable WUTC to purchase and install equipment that will increase its digital power level by at least four times its current power level.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (12/6/10 - 1/7/11)

Mr. Tom Patty, Director of the Challenger STEM Learning Center, secured $55,017 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a program titled “STARS in the Classroom IIB: Science Teachers Achieving Real Success in the Classroom IIB.”  UTC will collaborate with local school systems to provide 25 teachers with intensive professional development using the ARIES curriculum, a physical science program that is closely aligned with the National Science Education Standards (NSES).  Participating science teachers will learn to integrate and deepen their knowledge of science, learning, and pedagogy through hands-on, inquiry-based learning.

 

Ms. Meg Kiessling, Lecturer for UTC’s Mathematics Department, attracted $74,988 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a program titled “EXPLORE-ing Middle School Mathematics.”  Kiessling and other mathematics instructors and professors from UTC, the UTC Teacher Preparation Academy, and Chattanooga State Community College will collaborate and provide a week long workshop for middle school mathematics teachers this summer.

 

Dr. Lauren Ingraham, Professor of English, secured $71,511 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a program titled “Developing Expert Teachers and Readers of Nonfiction Texts: Print, Visual, and Digital.”  Ingraham will hold a summer workshop that stresses strategies for using nonfiction to develop critical print and visual literacy.

 

Mr. Kim Wheetley, executive director of UTC’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA), acquired $1,800 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to conduct Visual Arts in the Library Residencies at Hardy Elementary School.  Joel Baxley, SCEA Director of Visual Art Education, will conduct these residencies in March with 4th and 5th grade students at Hardy Elementary.

 

Mr. Robert Boyer, Patten Series Manager for the Fine Arts Center, secured $4,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission for the Patten Performance Series Artists.  Funds will help pay for The Eroica Trio to perform as part of the series.

 

Dr. Jonathan Mies, Robert Lake Wilson Professor of Geology, attracted $1,920 from Chattem Chemicals, Inc. to fund Chemical Analyses using X-Ray Diffraction.  This partnership brings UTC’s research capacity to bear on research and development activities for Chattem, one of Chattanooga’s flagship businesses. 

 

Dr. Herb Burhenn, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, collaborated with the UTC Development Office to secure $275,019 from the Maclellan Foundation to support a three-year faculty appointment in Scripture and Christianity.  Maclellan Foundation support will enable UTC students to take Biblically and historically grounded courses in Christian studies, an essential component of UTC’s religious studies curriculum.

 

Dr. Lucien Ellington, UC Foundation Professor of Education and Co-Director of the UTC Asia Program, acquired $66,845 from the Association for Asian Studies to continue the publication of the Education About Asia Journal in 2011.  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. 

 

Ms. Anne Gamble, Director of Project Ready for School, acquired $98,788 from United Way of Greater Chattanooga to continue the project in 2011.  Ms. Gamble and her staff will partner with local, state, and national agencies to help children in local elementary schools prepare for success in school and life by encouraging parents’ involvement in their child’s early learning experiences.

 

Dr. Amye Warren, Professor of Psychology, secured $35,396 from United Way to continue Services for Project Ready for School and Child Care Consortium in 2011.  These funds will provide two UTC graduate students with the opportunity to assist with evaluation and data services for programs sponsored by United Way.   


 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (12/6/10 - 1/7/11)

Mr. Kim Wheetley (Southeast Center for Education in the Arts) requested $5,000 from the Tennessee Arts Commission to conduct another National Arts and Education Forum in 2012.  Participants in UTC’s 5th National Arts and Education Forum will discuss how artistic concepts and processes can be implemented for more creative, meaningful instruction throughout the curriculum.  Funds will be used for honoraria for conferences facilitators.  

 

Dr. Susan North (Department of English) requested $4,000 from the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) for a project titled “’How Do We Reach the Top if We Don’t Know Where We Started?’: Establishing a Baseline for Evaluation of Complete College and Race to the Top.”  North and her assistant will collect data on policies and curriculum in an effort to create a baseline analysis of conditions that inform the education of Tennessee students in writing instruction. 

 

Dr. Tom Wilson (Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Mr. Andy Carroll (Academic and Research Computing Sciences) requested $8,000 from The Orianne Society to research upland snakes in the Southeast.  If funded, Wilson and his team will develop detailed methodology for identifying critical and suitable habitat as well as create occupancy models using GIS and Remote Sensing technologies for the Northern Pine Snake in southeastern Tennessee. 

 

Dr. Mina Sartipi with Dr. Yu Cao and Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Nancy Fell (Physical Therapy), requested $499,916 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Smart Monitoring and Evaluation of Well-being for Post-stroke Patients Using Wearable iPod Touch and iPhone Devices.”  This project will use iPhones and iPod touch devices to track the progress and recovery of patients who have suffered an acute stroke. 


Dr. Li Yang (Computer Science and Engineering) and Mr. Tom Patty (Challenger Center) requested $40,000 from the National Science Foundation through the University of Cincinnati for a program titled “Anywhere Anytime Cyberspace for CS Programming Education.”  UTC will participate in a collaborative effort to create a novel cyberlearning platform with innovative live learning objectives.  The project aims to increase the exposure of computer science education in both formal and informal learning settings, to broaden participation of students in computer science education, and to promote students’ interest in computer science.


Dr. Joey Shaw (Biological and Environmental Sciences) and Dr. Stephanie Smullen (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $256,468 from the National Science Foundation for a program titled “SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections – All Taxa (SERNEC-AT).”  UTC, as part of a collaborative team, is requesting funding to analyze botanical specimens and document them in a virtual herbarium database.  Additionally, the team will research and implement methods to improve the quality of data that has already been entered.


Ms. Karen Vann (Center for Community Career Education) requested $1,166,980 from the U.S. Department o f Education to continue UTC’s Educational Talent Search program.  Funding will enable UTC to provide academic and social support to prepare economically disadvantaged, potential first-generation college-bound middle and high school students to enroll and succeed in postsecondary programs.

 


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (11/15/10 - 12/3/10)

 

Dianne Cox, Director of Financial Aid, acquired $60,000 from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) for the Tennessee Rural Health Loan Forgiveness Program.  This contract funds financial assistance to eligible UTC students who are pursuing a Master’s Degree in Nursing and who agree to practice in a rural health shortage area after graduation. 

Ms. Cox also secured $27,900 from TSAC to continue the High School Peer Counseling Program in 2011.  Ms. Cox and her staff will train several UTC students to serve as peer counselors in local high schools, assisting high school students as they learn about and apply for state and federal student aid.

 

Dr. Valerie Rutledge, Head of the Teacher Preparation Academy, and Dr. Beth Dodd, Director of Continuing Education, attracted $81,380.10 from the Tennessee Department of Education to continue the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers in 2011.  The Governor’s School is a five-week summer program for high school students who are interested in pursuing teaching as a profession.  Participating students will receive six hours of college credit upon completion of the program during which they will learn and implement effective teaching strategies by planning and teaching short lessons. 


 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (11/15/10 - 12/3/10)

 

Ms. Kathy Winters (Computer Science and Engineering) requested $29,999 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a program titled Fostering Introductory Computing Education with Innovative Interactive Learning Model Infused Cyberlearning Space.  Funding would enable a collaborative research effort focused on developing an innovative learning model and an integrated cyber-learning platform to promote introductory computing education, as well as evaluating their impacts on the learning of students and instructors.


FUNDED PROPOSALS: (10/25/10 - 11/14/10)

Ms. Sandy Cole, Director of UTC’s Center for Community Career Education (CCCE), acquired $3,000 from the Hamilton County Department of Education to continue a mentoring program at Brown Academy during the 2010-2011 academic year.  Ms. Cole and the CCCE team, with the assistance of UTC student mentors, will provide an after school enrichment program and classes on literacy and math skills for students at Brown Academy. 

 

 

Dr. John McCormack, Station Manager of WUTC (Chattanooga’s National Public Radio Affiliate), attracted $137,999 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to continue Radio Community Service for 2010-2012.  McCormack and the WUTC staff strive to keep the community updated on local and national news and events.

 

 

SUBMITTED PROPOSALS: (10/25/10 - 11/14/10)

Drs. Kay Cowan and Valerie Rutledge (Teacher Preparation Academy) requested $74,991 from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) for a program titled "Addressing STEM Objectives in the PreK – 3 Literacy."  Funds will support a summer professional development workshop for PreK-3rd grade teachers.

 

Tracy Hughes (Mathematics Department) requested $74,994 from THEC for a program titled “PLAN of ACTion for High School Mathematics Teachers.”  Funds will support a summer professional development workshop for high school mathematics teachers.

 

Dr. Lauren Ingraham (English Department) requested $72,717 from THEC for a program titled “Developing Expert Teachers and Readers of Nonfiction Texts: Print, Visual, and Digital.”  Ingraham and her team will conduct a professional development workshop for grade 6-12 teachers in all content areas.

 

Meg Kiessling (Mathematics Department) requested $74,988 from THEC for the EXPLORE-ing Middle School Mathematics program.  Funds will support a week-long summer professional development workshop for middle grades mathematics teachers.

 

Dr. Deborah McAllister (Teacher Preparation Academy) requested $75,000 from THEC to fund Mission Mathematics: Emphasizing Connections and Promoting Inquiry.  McAllister and her team will conduct a week-long summer professional development workshop for elementary grades teachers to enhance their skills in teaching mathematics. 

 

Tom Patty (Challenger Center) requested $55,017 from THEC for the Science Teachers Achieving Real Success (STARS – IIB) in the Classroom program.  Funds will be used to implement a summer professional development workshop for science teachers.


Dr. Amy Brock-Hon (Physics, Geology, and Astronomy) requested $9,992 from the U.S. Geological Survey for a geologic and geomorphic mapping project in Nevada.  This project will produce a map of Late Neogene and younger sediments contained in the eastern half of the Overton NE 7.5 minute quadrangle of Nevada.  This award will support an undergraduate student assistant and travel costs associated with the project.

 

©