Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Jennifer Powers
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This proposal is to enhance my teaching and research projects. Time will be spent at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) under the direction of Dr. Hubert Vesper, an expert in biomarkers and mass spectrometry techniques. At the CDC I would be trained in protein biomarker research with the goal of continuing this at KSU. Afterwards, I will develop guest lectures and submit a grant proposal with Dr. Chris Dockery to obtain equipment to continue this research. I will present the results of the...
Lewis VanBrackle
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
During the sabbatical leave, I will work with the Director of Research at WellStar Center for Nursing Excellence (CNE). We will work on ongoing research projects, develop and teach statistics, quality control and process improvement courses to nurses, the quality department, and leaders at WellStar, and collaborate on grant proposals. The research projects will lead to presentations at nursing research and statistical meetings and publications in nursing research journals. The courses will be...
M. Louise Lawson
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Recently, the Wellstar Research Institute and the Department of Cardiology asked me to collaborate with them in developing student supported research into clinical outcomes in their adult cardiology patients. While I have been a practicing epidemiologist since 1994 and specifically focused on clinical outcomes since 1998, the vast majority of my clinical experience is in pediatrics. Thus, the goal of this sabbatical will be to allow me the time needed to become competent in the field of adult...
Nita Paris
Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
The sabbatical funding will support the final writing phases of my book entitled Metaphors We Teach By: Inside Embodied Pedagogy, which explores the theoretical grounding, historical context, and implications for metaphors of teaching in teacher education. After serving as Associate Dean for 4 years I returned to teaching in July 2011. The sabbatical will provide time for writing and will assist me in reconnecting with my earlier research agenda relating to analog ical and metaphorical thou...
Terry Powis
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2012 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This research will document whether the invention of chocolate, dating back more than 39 centuries, was consumed as either a seed product or a fermented beer by indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica and South America. It involvestesting methods that would permit chemical signatures of the two different types of cacao beverages to be distinguished. I will then use these methods to analyze samples from two of the earliest sets of ceramic drinking vessels in the New World. Resulting scholarship...
Barbara Blake
Professor
School of Nursing
Gloria Taylor
Professor
School of Nursing
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Advances in HIV treatment have transitioned the disease from a death sentence to a chronic illness. Persons aging with HIV must be prepared to address co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which often occur with growing older. Historically, nurses have been at the forefront in developing programs to educate people about managing chronic illness and aging successfully. The goal of this incentive funding application is to obtain financial support for piloting and evaluating...
Jun Tu
Assistant Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will assess the impact of urban form on residential CO2 emission on a neighborhood scale in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area by integrating Geographic Information System, and spatial and statistical analyses. It will develop fresh approaches to calculate residential CO2 emission based on socio-economic factors and housing characteristics, and to analyze the relationship between CO2 emission and urban form. It will improve the scientific understanding of the impact of urban form on...
Ming Chen
Professor
Theatre and Performance Studies
Sandra Parks
Assistant Professor
Dance
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Sandra Parks and Ming Chen propose a 60-minute documentary film that introduces the heritage of Chinese dance in its contemporary cultural context.
Jillian Ford
Assistant Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project seeks to address one of the major shortcomings in K-12 social studies education today: the failure to include lessons that empower marginalized youth to engage in their local, national, and global communities. By implementing a newly developed curriculum about land restitution in post-Apartheid South Africa, Black youth in Atlanta, Chicago, and Johannesburg, South Africa will learn to learn about the history of African colonialism, struggles for liberation, and contemporary...
Aniruddha Bagchi
Associate Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project analyzes the impact of Certificate of Need (CON) laws on the allocation of new technology in the healthcare industry. Under the CON regulations, any hospital wanting to expand capacity or acquire new expensive technology is required to obtain approval from the state government. The project focuses on the variation of the CON law across states and uses such variation to examine the welfare implication of the law. I have completed a theoretical model that can serve as a foundation...
Xueya Hauge
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Terminal deletions of the short arm of human chromosome 9 are associated with severe mental retardation, certain skull and facial malformations, and cardiac anomalies. Cerberus 1 gene (CERl) is a strong candidate for causing skull malformation. But, its function is still unknown. This proposal seeks to establish the CERl gene expression profiles in early stages of bone morphogenesis and brain development in humans by using the NIH approved human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines. The knowledge...
Christina Emerson
Lecturer
School of Nursing
Rebecca Shabo
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Medical errors are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Nursing education is at the forefront of groups that are interested in decreasing these numbers. Having an error reporting system would allow the WeliStar School of Nursing (WSON) to have a better idea of safety problems involving nursing students and create aculture that encourages asystem approach to preventing errors. This project involves educating clinical faculty about changes in safety education and interviewing...
Chris Alexander
Assistant Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Ketophosphonates are a class of organophosphorus compounds that have shown biological activity and can be synthetic precursors to pharmaceutically and commercially relevant ?-amino and ?-hydroxy-phosphonate derivatives. As a result, this makes ketophosphonates attractive synthetic targets for medicinal chemists. The objective of this project is to design and develop new chemical methods to synthesize novel ?-ketophosphonates and to assay these compounds for their potential anti-microbial...
Sharon Pearcey
Associate Professor
Psychology
Vanda Wagner
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Stress, a combination of behavioral and physiological reactions, is a particularly important problem in education as it has the potential to impede learning, academic performance, and student well-being. When compared to students from other disciplines, student nurses have higher levels of stress and experience more psychological and physical symptoms. Many student nurses report significant stress not only during examinations but especially during observed psychomotor skills performances. Thus...
Rebecca Makus
Assistant Professor
Theatre and Performance Studies
2012 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
A re-imagining of Albert Camus' 1942 novel L'Etranger (The Stranger), The Good, the God and the Guillotine questions existence itself via an 'opera for people who cannot sing.' We will create an operatic experience that utilizes digital technology to transform the voices of non-trained singers into virtuosos and utilizes interactive light objects to reflect the voice and movement of the actor in light. Against a background of live, shifting animations, The Good, the God and the Guillotine...
Ryan Rish
Assistant Professor
English
2012 Faculty Learning Communities
The goal of this Faculty Learning Community is to implement programmatic changes that will support KSU pre- English teachers in the teaching of grammar. In response to evidence that suggests KSU?s pre-service English teachers are not adequately prepared to teach grammar in their school field placements, the English education faculty gathered evidence from local schools about the schools? expectations for the way grammar is to be taught and assessed. The English education faculty then piloted...
Project Contributors:
Jesse Benjamin
Associate Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice
2012 Faculty Learning Communities
Post-Colonial Theories have provided some of the most important developments in the academy in the past 20 years, especially in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This has concomitantly had an immense impact on both our teaching content and on our classroom processes and dynamics. Along with numerous new insights about the nexus of knowledge production and power (knowledge/power), the role of identity in ideology and epistemology, the culturally grounded nature of theory, and the relationship...
Project Contributors:
Foreign Languages
Interdisciplinary Studies
History and Philosophy
History and Philosophy/Interdisciplinary Studies
Kadian Callahan
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Mathematics
2012 Faculty Learning Communities
The Preparing Middle School Mathematics Teachers faculty learning community (FLC) will conduct an examination of the mathematics content preparation of prospective middle school teachers at Kennesaw State University (KSU). This FLC, consisting of six mathematics educators from the Bagwell College of Education and the College of Science and Mathematics, will examine national recommendations, research, and practitioner sources and document best practices for developing the knowledge and skills...
Project Contributors:
Mathematics
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics and Statistics
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Joseph Remillard
Professor
Visual Arts
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This sabbatical will be used to research and create a new body of artwork that will be showcased in the most significant exhibition of my career in September 2012. Hosted by one of Atlanta's premier nationally recognized galleries, this exhibition will enhance my reputation and bring national attention to KSU. Participation in art workshops in NY and onsite painting in San Francisco for two weeks will be integral parts of my creative process. The sabbatical experience will enhance my artistic...
William Ensign
Professor
Biology and Physics
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
The Etowah River Basin is one of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in North America and is threatened by Atlanta's urban expansion. I have amassed a dataset from streams documenting the status of the fish community in urbanized, urbanizing and minimally urbanized watersheds in the basin. I will use the sabbatical to collect environmental data from collaborators that will allow me to assess the effect of urbanization on key elements of the fish community. The peer-reviewed articles...

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