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20 APSU faculty chosen as Summer Research Fellows

5/14/2012

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

Twenty faculty members at Austin Peay State University have been chosen as awardees in the 2012 Summer Faculty Research Program (SRFP), which encourages the development of research/creative activity projects at the University. 

The SFRP 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 SFRP 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.

Faculty members selected as SRFP participants and the titles of their research are the following:

            Foloshade Agusto, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, “Theoretical Assessment of the Impact of Socioeconomic Conditions on Tuberculosis Transmission.”

            Ayman Alzaatreh, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, “Generalized Cauchy Distribution and Its Applications.”

            Chris Burawa, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Democracy and Arts.”

            Mercy Cannon, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Languages and Literature, “Civilization and Scandal: Takin’ Tea in the Early Eighteenth Century.”

            Paul Collins, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Exhibition Development Through the Independent Curators International Curatorial Intensive Program.”

            C.M. Gienger, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “Thermal and Metabolic Responses to Climate Change in Vertebrate Ectotherms.”

            Tatsushi Hirono, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Department of Social Work, “The Role of Religious Leaders in Natural Disaster Relief: A Comparative Analysis Between the Clergy of American Christian Churches and Japanese Buddhist Temples.”

            Alex King, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Tomagraphic Image Reconstruction Using Random Polygons.”

            Andriy Kovalskyy, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Structure and Photoinduced Effects in Spin-Coated Chalcogenide Glass Thin Films.”

            Leong Lee, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, “Protein Secondary Structure Prediction Using BLAST and Exhaustive RT-RICO.”

            Suta Lee, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Peripheral Vision.”

            Sergei Markov, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Biology, “The Novel Photobioreactor for Efficient Biodiesel Generation and CO2 Mitigation by Algae.”

            Rodney Mills, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Agriculture, “Development of a Sustainable Beef Cattle Production System.”

            Kristofer Ray, College of Arts and Letters, Department of History and Philosophy, “Before the Volunteer State: New Thoughts on Early Tennessee History.”

            Billy Renkl, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, “Approaching Thoreau, as He Returns From a Walk.”

            Jordy Rocheleau, College of Arts and Letters, Department of History and Philosophy, “Justifying War in the 21st Century: Principle and Pragmatics.”

            Ann Silverberg, College of Arts and Letters, Department of Music, “The Guzheng in Contemporary China.”

            Lindsay Szramek, College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Geosciences, “3-D and 2-D Vesicle Texture Ananysis of Mafic Pumice from the 1999 sub-Plinian Eruption of Shishaldin Volcano, Alaska.”

            Antonio Thompson, College of Arts and Letters, Department of History and Philosophy, “Axis Prisoners of War Held in the United States and the Interpretations and Implications of the Geneva Convention.”

            Jason Verber, College of Arts and Letters, Department of History and Philosophy, “Germans in the (Post)-Colonial World After 1945.”

The awardees will showcase their work to the community and University during the 2012-13 Provost Lecture Series, beginning this fall on campus.

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