Dr. Nick Sterling (Asst. Physics Professor) recently received $8900.72 from NASA through the Georgia Space Grant Consortium. The funds will be used to purchase a new Stectroscope, computerized telescope, solar eclipse glasses, Celestron Skyris webcam, and several other necessary pieces of equipment for the UWG Observatory. Sterling, along with his co-PIs, Ben Jenkins and Dr. Bobby Powell, will use this equipment to further their comunity outreach programs, especially targeting K-12 and STEM interest groups.
Dr. Bruce Landman (Professor of Mathematics) was awarded $23,380 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host the 7th Integers Conference. This year's conference is titled "Integers Conference 2016: Spanning the Generations," and will be held October 6 - October 9, 2016 at UWG. Approximately 100 mathematicians will gather from around the world to participate in presentations covering a broad span of topics, with a particular focus on the recruitment and support of students, both graduate and undergraduate. More than 60-70 presentations will be held over the three days and presented papers will be published in Integers, a mathematical journal.
Dr. Scott Gordon (Assoc. Dean & Math Professor) has secured a $130,444 grant from the USG Board of Regents to implement a STEM Improvement Plan. This will be a multi-faceted plan that seeks to develop year-long STEM cohorts where incoming freshman STEM majors take courses together, use a variety of interventions to improve performance in core mathematics courses, support science and mathematics faculty using evidence-based teaching pedagogies in their classes, implement an undergraduate research and mentoring program to improve student engagement in their chosen STEM field, and implement a tutoring program for students preparing for a career as P-12 STEM teachers.
Dr. JC Seong (Geospatial Technologies Professor) received $10,000 from the Korean Geographical Society to continue his work as a Guest Version Reviewer on the South Korean National Atlas. They expect to publish five volumes in total, which will primarily be used by the government. It takes one year to edit a volume of the Atlas, so he expects that the project will continue for at least three more years.
Dr. Greg Payne (Assoc. Dean and Biology Professor) was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Georgia Cotton Commission to monitor insecticide susceptibilities in tobacco budworm and bullworm populations in Georgai. Dr. Payne has received this grant for over 7 years.
Dr. Andrew Edelman (Asst. Professor of Biology) whose field research on white-nose syndrome in bats has led the USDA Forestry Service to increase his original $17,000 grant with an additional $25,000.