Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Garrett Smith
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This research will document the land-use history and land-use economics of a Cistercian ("Trappist") Monastery near Conyers, Georgia. It will examine the flexibility of this ancient Order in making land-use decisions placed in a philosophy of permanence, community obligations, and commitment to the Earth. This interdisciplinary project includes archeology, cultural geography, history, and religion. Methods include archival research, interviews, map analyses, and observation. Resulting...
Liancheng Wang
Associate Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
In this proposal, I propose to study a new mathematical model that describes the interaction of the human immune system and HIV virus. The model incorporates two full logistic growth functions assuming more realistically that both healthy and infected T cells proliferate and assumes that only a portion ofT cells become actively infected after being infected by HIV virus.
Chien-Pin Li
Associate Dean and Professor
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I propose to use sabbatical leave in Fall2011 to conduct research on negotiations between China and Taiwan, since bilateral consultations and dialogues were resumed in 2008. This proposal is based on my prior research on negotiations between the two governments that showed a delicate balance between two types of conflict: conflict of interest (i.e., dispute over the distribution of benefits and payoffs) and conflict of value (i.e., debate over ideology, identity, worldview or sovereign...
Paula Jackson
Professor
Biology and Physics
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This spring 2012 professional sabbaticalleavc is perfectly timed to enhance my research, teaching, and professional service. My three year NSF CCLI grant WIKied Biology will be in its second year, and I will use the sabbatical to analyze data and information, to prepare preliminary findings for presentations at professional meetings, and to prepare for the course's next iteration the following fall. I will also complete the writing of scholarly manuscripts arising from my NSF RUI grant, thereby...
Elizabeth Gordon
Associate Professor
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
2011 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
My project focuses on women serving in the traditionally masculine role of state attorneys general. As a state's chieflegal officer, the attorney general is influential in shaping policy in the courts and beyond. While research indicates that female political leaders differ from their male counterparts in several aspects, a knowledge gap exists on the role of gender in the office of attorney general. This project, which will ultimately yield conference papers and a book, will examine female...
Robert Buresh
Assistant Professor
Exercise Science and Sport Management
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Several recent investigations have found resistance exercise to be more efficacious than moderate aerobic exercise at improving clinical status in those with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The difference between modes may be partially explained by the amount of muscle mass involved in the exercise, and it may be that a form of aerobic exercise that incorporates more muscle mass will be effective in improving glucose tolerance and control in those with T2DM. The purpose of this investigation...
Joseph DeMaio
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
Amy Hillen
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Mathematics
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The ability to reason statistically is critical to becoming an informed citizen, yet many students struggle to understand statistics. The purpose of this project is twofold: 1) to create a version of an introductory statistics course in which all motivation and examples are derived from the common theme of sports and games; and 2) to examine the efficacy of this approach in terms of students' learning. By situating statistics in contexts with which students are already familiar, we hypothesize...
Robert Simon
Associate Professor
Foreign Languages
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project, an invited article for a major journal in Hispanic Studies, will serve to elucidate the connection between the irrational in its theoretical construct, and the postmodern I mystical poetry of the Spanish poet Clara Janes. The study will focus first on theories of the irrational, then on its appearance in Spanish Letters and in Janes' poetry. It will serve to increase knowledge and applied knowledge of irrationalism and of Spanish Poetry, both in the field and in the classroom....
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Fiber-optic evanescent wave spectroscopy (FOEWS) is designed to specifically detect analytes on surfaces. Recently-developed fiber-optic capillaries (FOCaps) are optimal devices for long-pathlength evanescent sensing compared to conventional fiber-optic evanescent sensors, vvhich typically suffer from short pathlength and fragile construction. FOCaps provide a secure and protected sensing region, which allows for long optical pathlcngths, and thus greater sensitivity. The prqject described in...
Christopher Dockery
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
There is a critical and recognized need for rapid and potentially field portable forensic methodologies to alleviate casework backlogs caused by budget cuts and increased demand on forensic investigators. The goal of the proposal is to probe the feasibility of using elemental analysis of used motor oils as forensic evidence to link oil stains found at a crime scene to a suspect vehicle.
Jeremy Gulley
Assistant Professor
Biology and Physics
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
High power lasers are increasingly being used as tools to precisely modify materials on length scales as small as one ten-thousandths of an inch. However, our understanding of how ultrashort laser pulses modify materials is handicapped by out-of-date models of laser-induced damage that assume the laser light is monochromatic (i.e. a single color). This proposed project is the first stage of a larger collaborative effort to establish updated models oflaser-induced damage that are compatible with...
Xuelei Ni
Associate Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Time series forecasting, Which is the use of models to furecast future events based on known past events, is a core research topic in statistics. So far, the majority of the forecasting methodologies are parametric or semi-parametric. Nonparameuic methodologies are relatively underdeveloped. This study aims to investigate the potentia! of applying manifold-based models. a nonparametric approach. on time series forecasting. The novel research includes. problem formulation, theoretical analysis....
Leena Her
Assistant Professor
Inclusive Education
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project is an analysis of verbal interactions between teachers and minority students explaining, and making sense of, academic failure in two high schools in the United States. I argue that in these contexts explanations of academic failure are: 1) consequential in shaping the daily experiences of teachers and students; and 2) culturally specific, taught and learned, and inherently ideological. These ideas will be formulated into a book project using data from an 18- month study conducted...
Patricia Hart
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Nicole Mareno
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Individuals seek healthcare with varying needs, beliefs, behaviors, and family dynamics unique to their culture. Culturally competent nursing care is essential for providing holistic patient-centered nursing care for diverse groups of individuals. In this proposed research, we will investigate the level of cultural competence through the collection of survey data from a random sample of registered nurses in Georgia. We will examine the level of cultural awareness, knowledge, skills, and comfort...
Chenaz Seelarbokus
Assistant Professor
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This proposal seeks support for the writing of an annotated book outline (and at least one journal article) whose main objective will be to promote understanding of the culture, traditions, and principles of giving within Islam- a field which is in need of further scholarship. While the recent literature in the field of philanthropy has witnessed increased endeavors towards crosscultural inclusiveness and the consideration of other religions, still lacking are comprehensive studies related to...
Tavishi Bhasin
Assistant Professor
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
2011 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
For two long decades through the 1970s and 80s, Mizoram, a province in North East India was the stage for a violent rebellion led by the Mizo National Front (MNF) until the national government signed the Mizo Accord in 1986, granting Mizoram representation at the regional and national levels of government. The lasting peace that followed makes Mizoram an excellent case to study an area that has received little scholarly attention -- the transition of rebel groups into political parties and...
Jane Barnette
Associate Professor
Theatre and Performance Studies
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
As acknowledged by the Cognitive-Affective Learning (CAL) group established here at KSU, research suggests vital links between the mind, heart/spirit, and body in teaching and learning. Konstantin Stanislavski, the father of modern acting, believed effective performers must achieve a "creative state of mind and body." Stanislavski found that by stretching the body and quieting the mind through practicing Yoga his actors developed strength, flexibility, self-awareness, and the ability to respond...
Jillian Ford
Assistant Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
The purpose of this proposed Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is to provide a space where faculty can learn more about issues facing K-16 students who indentify as members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTQIQ) community or who are part of LGBTQIQ families. Although diversity is a crucial element of both the BCOE and KSU strategic plans, issues of diversity related to sexual orientation and gender expression are often not a part of the discussion...
Charlease Kelly-Jackson
Associate Professor Science Education
Elementary and Early Childhood Education
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
The United States is currently experiencing a shortage in the number of students, teachers, and practitioners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) (National Science Board, 2006; Parsons, 2008). One factor that contributes to this shortage is the historical underrepresentation of women and minorities in the sciences (Margolis...
Debra Coffey
Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education
2011 Faculty Learning Communities
Reading and language arts form the basis for successful achievement in virtually all subjects. The Exploring Multiple Literacies (EML) Faculty Learning Community will give faculty in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department opportunities for in-depth collaboration to enhance the quality of instruction and student learning. Faculty will consider ways to use multiple literacies to explore global learning, diversity, effective writing strategies, and technology enhanced learning....

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