Dr. Aniekan Ebiefung, mathematics, presented the paper, "The Vertical Linear Complementarity Problem Associated with Po-matrices" at the annual spring meeting of the Southestern Section of the Mathematical Association of America, at the College of Charleston, SC. The paper was partially supported by CECA Scholars program.

Dr. Bob Frodeman, philosophy & religion, has been awarded a $158,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support a research program for undergraduates in the summers of 1998 and 1999. The Southwest Earth Studies program is an eight-week research program for students (half from the sciences and half from the humanities). The research program combines student research regarding acid mine drainage in southwest Colorado with student research regarding relationships between science and public policy. The goal of Dr. Frodeman's program is for students to understand that scientific research operates within a social and political context that must be acknowledged if they are to be successful scientists and citizens. The program's research will be based at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Drs. Charles Knight, Jim Henry, and Virgil Thomason, College of Engineering and Computer Science, presented papers at the Southeastern American Society for Engineering Education meeting held at University of Central Florida. Their papers were entitled "A Mechanical Engineering 2000 Laboratory," "Laboratory Teaching via the World Wide Web," and "Twelve Steps of Purposeful Action for Senior Engineering Design," respectively.

Dr. Ed McMahon, engineering, has received approximately $50,000 from the National Science Foundation to continue his work in building custom devices and software for persons with disabilities. These funds support senior engineering design students in designing and constructing "real world" prototype devices to meet the needs of individuals with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. During the last five years, Dr. McMahon and his students have designed and built more than 40 devices for people with disabilities, primarily at Orange Grove Center here in Chattanooga.

Dr. Richard Rice, history, has been selected to participate in an NEH summer institute on "The Environment and World History, 1500-2000." The institute will be held at the University of California at Santa Cruz, beginning in late June. The institute will bring together the perspectives of world historians and environmental historians and will lead teachers of history and the humanities to be more aware of ways in which specific regional histories can be enriched and disciplined by global and environmental perspectives.

Dr. Mary Tanner, dean, College of Education and Applied Professional Studies, received two awards recently in support of UTC's Chattanooga Family Service Corps project. One award is a grant from the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration which provides $2,948 for professional development and technical assistance for Corps members and staff. The other is a $25,000 award from North American Royalties to support the Corps' America Reads Challenge.

Dr. Mike Whittle, Cline Chair of Rehabilitation Technology and professor of physical therapy, presented the paper "three-dimensional motion of the lumbar spine in normal gait," at the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis meeting in San Diego. Co-authors of the paper were David Levine, UC Foundation associate professor of physical therapy, and Michelle Burke, a recent graduate from the UHON and physical therapy programs.

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