More External Grants Activity And Successes!

Congratulations yet again to Patricia Reynolds who was recently awarded a NINTH grant from the Virginia Department of Education for delivering the TESL 532 course.  Also, David Toth – a first year faculty member – received notification of two separate awards for super computing time by XSEDE, inc.  Norah Hooper earned a second special education grant from the Virginia Department of Education. And Lynn Lewis learned that her student Ryan Green will be receiving an undergraduate research award from the Virginia Academy of Science. Brief details about these projects, and a list of the applications made since August, follows on the next page.

Patricia Reynolds (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations) received $174,787.20 from the Virginia Department of Education to deliver graduate level courses in differentiated instruction across the curriculum for English language learners.  The grant provides tuition support for teachers who enroll in the courses, covers the costs of textbooks, and also covers all costs related to offering the classes at two off-campus locations (in Norfolk and Stafford County).  The award covers both the fall and spring semester offerings of the course in 2012-13.  This is now nine times that UMW has received a grant from the VDOE to provide the differentiated instruction courses – quite a distinction!

David Toth (Department of Computer Science) wasted little time in submitting external grant proposals.  In fact, his first submission occurred in July – before the start of his contract.  In September, he learned that XSEDE (an online distributed virtual organization) had made two separate awards for the use of time on their supercomputer – the 40th fastest computer on the planet.  David is collaborating with faculty at Merrimack College on two separate projects: “Identifying Inhibitors that Prevent the Complexation of  HIV-1 Tat•P-TEFb thus Blocking HIV Replication” and “Identifying Inhibitors of the Fungal Virulence Factor Cbp1.”   The projected value of the computing time for the first project is $34,500, and the value for the second project is $114,278.

Norah Hooper (Department of Foundations, Leadership, and Special Populations) received $30,858 from the Virginia Department of Education to develop a “Traineeship for Education of Special Education Personnel for Regions 3 and 4.”  This is the third such grant award for her.  The grant provides support for a minimum of 12 teachers who hold provisional licenses in Special Education: General Curriculum to complete all or part of the coursework and field experiences required for full licensure. Participants will receive tuition support and will be connected with fully licensed mentors in their schools. The mentors will receive stipends and training in effective mentoring techniques.

Lynn Lewis (Department of Biological Sciences) is supervising her student Ryan Green’s research on “A Study of Chloroquine’s Antiretroviral Characteristics.”  The Virginia Academy of Science made a $500 award in support of this undergraduate research project.

Thus far in 2012, UMW faculty and staff have submitted 43 external funding proposals for grants, contracts, or fellowships.  While this total is a bit behind the number of applications from 2011 (when 55 applications were submitted), activity has picked up substantially in recent weeks.  Since the end of August and the report in the last newsletter, 17 new applications have been submitted by a range of faculty and staff members.  Hopefully, we’ll see some success from this activity.

Each application is quite time consuming, and these faculty and staff members are to be congratulated for taking the initiative to pursue their research and program improvement efforts.

In addition to persons mentioned above who have already been notified of awards, I’d like to recognize these persons who have also made external funding applications since the time of the last newsletter in August.

* Ben LaBreche (Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication) submitted five different fellowship proposals in support of his project on Liberty Agonistes – a study of 17th Century theories on liberty (particularly the writings of John Milton).  He submitted applications to the American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Wisconsin), the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, the Folger Research Fellowship, and the Autrey Visiting Scholars Program (Rice University).

* Steve Harris (Department of History and American Studies) submitted a summer stipend proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities to support his research on Aeroflot and Pan Am Airways.

* Mary Kayler and Christina Eggenberger (Center for Teaching Excellence and Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service) submitted a proposal to the Association of American Colleges and Universities to support a service learning seminar.

* Chris Garcia (College of Business) developed a sub-award proposal to join in a collaborative National Science Foundation grant proposal being led by Old Dominion University that will involve an investigation of mathematical models for planning, scheduling, and re-scheduling volunteer labor.

* David Toth (Department of Computer Science) collaborated with colleagues at Merrimack College to submit a proposal to the National Institutes for Health in support of research on drug discovery for histoplasmosis.

* Adria Hoffman (College of Education) applied to the National Education Association for a grant to develop a summer reading program for 4 – 8 year olds.

* George Meadows (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) developed a collaborative National Science Foundation grant proposal with colleagues at Old Dominion University and Germanna Community College to develop a meta-maker space collaboration.

* Yuan-Jen Chiang (Department of Mathematics) applied for a National Science Foundation grant to support her research on conformally biharmonic immersed surfaces and biharmonic maps.

* Theresa Grana, Andrew Dolby, and Lynn Lewis (Department of Biological Sciences) collaborated with five students to submit four undergraduate research grant proposals to the Virginia Academy of Sciences (in addition to the one project that was funded).  Student projects proposed research on free-living soil nematodes, nematology as a vehicle for undergraduate research, stress indicators in the Tufted Titmouse, and bacteriophage mediated antibiotic resistance.

If you have an interest in applying for external funding of any kind (grants, contracts, and so forth), please make sure you submit your proposal for the required UMW internal review before you make an application to the funding agency.  All proposals by UMW faculty or staff for any external funding (regardless of the funding source) follow the same internal review procedures.  Associate Provost John Morello continues to serve as the point of contact for persons interested in submitting external grant proposals.

The location of the materials relevant to applying for external grants is available:  Or from the main page at the Provost’s web site, just look for the large heading titled “Grants and Research.”

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