Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Daniel Paracka
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Studies
2009 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Center for African and African Diaspora Studies
Communication
English
Visual Arts
Psychology
Nichole Guillory
Associate Professor
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Raynice Jean-Sigur
Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Inclusive Education
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
Leonard Witt
Associate Professor
Communication
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Communication
Communication
Communication
Communication
Communication
Diana Gregory
Faculty Fellow for Creativity and Innovation
Visual Arts
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Theatre and Performance Studies
Theatre and Performance Studies
Visual Arts
School of Music
Marketing and Professional Sales
School of Art and Design
Wesley Riddle
University Studies
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
First Year Programs
First Year Programs
First Year Programs
First Year Programs
Mary Camann
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Early Childhood Education
Biology and Physics
Foreign Languages
Foreign Languages
Daniel Paracka
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Studies
2008 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
School of Arts and Design
Theatre and Performance Studies
History and Philosophy
Political Science and Int'l Aff.
English
Visual Arts
Visual Arts
Ginny Zhan
Professor
Psychology
2007 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
The Faculty Enhancement Leave program will allow me to devote a significant amount of focused time to completing the last phase of my research project "A survey of Asian-American immigrant parents." This project examines how Asian-American immigrants parent in the context of living in the United States. Data collection and data entry are finished. The Enhancement Leave program will give me an opportunity to complete statistical analysis and start writing scholarly articles in summer of 2007. To...
Patricia Davis
Professor
University Studies
2007 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Oxford Universitys Green College, Environmental Change Institute, and Centre for Environmental Ethics and Society offer global models for Kennesaw State Universitys emerging Environmental Studies Program and a rich array of resources for research into the interdisciplinary connections relevant to its course offerings. I propose to spend six weeks living in an Oxford college; interviewing administrators, faculty, staff, or students in Oxfords environmental centers; developing curricula for three...
Jennifer Frisch
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
Taha Mzoughi
Professor
Biology and Physics
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Simulations offer the learner an unprecedented ability to visualize phenomena under study and to sometimes predict and test outcomes. However, it is not always clear whether they are effective in inducing learning. This study will examine one of the facets of using simulations, the interactivity. The project will enable the investigators to develop six simulation based tutorials focusing on three topics and test their use on three student populations. For each topic and each population, we will...
Martina Kaledin
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Proton transport in aqueous solution is of fundamental importance in chemistry and biology. The hydrated proton shows anomalously high mobility in aqueous solutions when compared to ionic species. Previous experimental studies have raised questions about the assignment of the observed spectra. The experimental spectral range is rather limited, and the region of frequency describing the proton transfer is not easily accessible. Thus the theoretical simulations will complement experimental...
Susan Smith
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
I propose to conduct original research on a human skeletal collection from an archaeological site in Crete, Greece. In order to foster undergraduate research, I will have a student assistant working with me on the project. This international research opportunity will contribute to our knowledge of Hellenistic life. It will also provide for an intensive learning experience for a Kennesaw State University anthropology student. This project will serve as a pilot for what I hope will become a...
Laura McGrath
Associate Professor
English
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The purpose of the proposed study is to investigate, through site visits and secondary research, three digital media teaching-and-research programs. These programs model the ways in which English studies faculty might establish initiatives on their own campuses that productively combine technology, pedagogy, research, and dissemination. The proposed research project will fill a need for scholarship that identifies best practices in integrating and studying work with digital media. The research...
Jiayan Zhang
Professor
History and Philosophy
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The goal of this project is the revision of my dissertation, an interdisciplinary study on the interrelationship of environmental change, economic growth, and peasant responses in central China, 1736-1949. I have collected rich materials for this project, but need time to revise and travel to China to collect supplementary materials and to interview the locals to strengthen my argument. A trip to the Harvard-Yenjing Library at Harvard University to refer to recent publication also will be...
Eric Albrecht
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Acute inflammation resulting from snake envenoming causes serious damage to local tissue. Clinical treatments such as anti-venom suspensions limit systemic effects, but do not reduce local tissue damage. In this study, we examine the molecular defense mechanism(s) utilized by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) after exposure to Echris carinatus venom. Specifically, we are interest in metallothioneins as modulators of cytotoxic events. Understanding this relationship may lead to...
Thomas McElroy
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project addresses scholarship of discovery by proposing novel research to investigate the effects of fragmentation in the Etowah Basin on the ecology of a stream fish. The Etowah is a unique biological resource (70 native fish). The prospects for this biodiversity are uncertain because of urban expansion in the North Atlanta metropolitan area. The project will provide undergraduate students a unique opportunity to generate and synthesize information across ecological and molecular research...
Charlotte Collins
School of Art and Design
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This integrative, innovative, and interactive Artists Book will document the history of the culture and structures dating from 1789 on Bayou Liberty, located in the community of Bonfouca, Louisiana, and current preservation efforts. Photographs, prose and interviews after the hurricanes will be included. This material will be entered into exhibitions, articles, publications, presentations, and a workshop. The manuscript will be accompanied by a website with video interviews, photographs, and...
John Haseltine
Associate Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Most of the biochemical reactions in any organism are controlled by protein molecules called enzymes. Enzymes are best known as catalysts, accelerating the reactions they control by factors as high as trillions. We are interested in the detailed structure of interaction between enzymes and the molecules that the enzymes act on (their "substrates"). One of our aims is to deduce how the fine details of this interaction contribute to reaction acceleration. Another aim is to use such insight to...
James Elledge
Professor
English
2007 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Im writing a book that reevaluates gay, "outsider" painter and novelist Henry Dargers work within a cultural context that is informed by a knowledge of the gay culture codes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and by a set of personal codes that Darger created to communicate his own specific concepts and concerns. The book explores and analyzes the discourses that arise between Dargers paintings and novels based on the gay cultural codes and his personal codes; revises current...
Debra Coffey
Associate Professor
Early Childhood Education
Linda Webb
Educational Leadership

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