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15 APSU faculty chosen as Summer Research Fellows

4/11/2013

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Fifteen faculty members at Austin Peay State University have been chosen as awardees in the Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP), an initiative to encourage the development of research/creative activity projects at the University. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer) 

Fifteen faculty members at Austin Peay State University have been chosen as awardees in the Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP), an initiative to encourage the development of research/creative activity projects at the University. 

The SRFP awards up to $5,000 for selected proposals by tenured or tenure-track faculty to develop a research or creative activity project that should place them in a better position to seek external funding.

“By increasing the number of external grants, APSU will have more money to operate and reward faculty who continue engagement in scholarly activity,” said Dr. Dixie Dennis, associate provost of Grants and Sponsored Programs. “Specific to the teaching focus at APSU, results from research studies indicate that faculty who engage in research and creative activities are better teachers.”

Also hoped through the SRFP is that some of these faculty research and creative activity projects will involve undergraduate and graduate students.

“The benefit of more faculty being engaged in research attracts faculty to APSU who also enjoy being engaged in research,” Dennis said.

The names of the awardees were announced during a congratulatory dinner April 3. Faculty members selected as SRFP participants and the titles of their research are the following:

Carrie Brennan, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry, “Synthesis and Characterization of low Tg tin Fluorophosphate Glass”

Chad Brooks, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “Lyme Disease Vaccine Discovery for Dogs”

Susan Bryant, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Photo Alchemy: Continued Exploration of the Collodion Wet-Plate Process in the Digital Age”

Mark DeYoung, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Electron Cultural Foundation Participatory Design”

Osvaldo Di Paolo, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Languages and Literature, “The Beast Novel and Negrotico: Metamorphosis of Hardboiled”

Kallina Dunkle, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Geosciences, “Preferential Flow Paths in Complex Hydrogeologic Settings”

Dwayne Estes, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “Do the Leafcups (Polymnia: Asteraceae) Harbor Hidden Species? Using Genomic Data to Resolve Biodiversity in a Complex Plant Genus”

Christopher Gentry, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Geosciences, “Growth Response of Douglas-fir to Coseismic Subsidence in the Red Canyon Fault Block, Hebgen Lake, Montana”

Rebecca Johansen, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “Crayfish Systematics: Documenting and Describing Species Diversity and Evolutionary Relationships of Tennessee’s Crayfish Fauna”

Justin Oelgoetz, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Electronic Structure and Spectroscopy of Doped Tin Fluorophosphate Glasses”

Robin Reed, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry, “Cyclic Nucleotide-Dependent Protein Kinase-Binding Proteins in Bovine Cardiac Tissues”

Daniel Shea, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Languages and Literature, “Rural Rides: Cycling and Sightseeing after the Agricultural Depression”

Tamara Smithers, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “The Cult of Raphael”

Stefan Woltmann, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “Population Assessment of Local Grassland Birds of Conservation Concern”

Na Zhu, School of Technology and Public Management, Department of Engineering and Technology, “Acoustic Modeled Audio Extraction”

For more information about APSU’s Summer Research Program, call Dennis at (931) 221-7415 or email her at dennisdi@apsu.edu. - Dr. Melony Shemberger