Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Lynn Boettler
Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement
First Year Programs
Christy Price
Psychology
2006 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
English and Interdisciplinary Studies
First Year Programs
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Psychology
Sociology and Criminal Justice
English
Daniel Paracka
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Studies
2006 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
History and Philosophy
First Year Programs
Management and Entrepreneurship
Theatre and Performance Studies
Geography and Anthropology
Elsa Nystrom
Professor
History and Philosophy
2005 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I am applying for the Faculty Enhancement Leave Program to enhance my professional scholarship through concentrated research and creative activity on a special project. My project is a contextual biography of Bill Elliott, working title, Sixteen Times Most Popular Driver; Bill Elliott, his life, his fans and NASCAR. This will not only be a biography of one of Georgias most famous sports heroes. It will also contain an analysis of the changes in the South and the nation which made it possible...
Al Panu
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2005 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
Malaria is one of the most serious health problems in the world, exacting heavy tolls of illness and death on the 41% of the worlds population exposed to the disease. The World Health Organization estimates that malaria causes more than 300 million episodes of acute illness and at least one million deaths every year. (http://www.cdc.gov/malaria/impact/index.htm) Malaria is caused by four species of protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium: P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, and P. malariae...
Eva Thompson
Associate Professor
English
2005 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
This proposal requests funds under the Faculty Enhancement Leave Program to support ongoing research for a work-in-progress on Mary Prince and her oral autobiography, The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself (1831). My primary objective is to contextualize that which is known and knowable about Mary Princes life. For example, to the best of our current knowledge, Mary Prince may well have been an early example of an ex-slave woman whose desire to tell her story was...
June Laval
Professor
Foreign Languages
2005 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I am requesting a Faculty Enhancement Leave for fall 2005. This leave would allow me to work on a research project that touches three of the four elements of the Boyer model of scholarship. The elements concerned are: discovery, integration and teaching. As the project narrative will show, I plan to treat an important subject that is not well known because of lack of documentation and research. This project connects several aspects of French culture and touches several fields: history, art,...
Sandra Bird
Professor
School of Arts and Design
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project is focused on a model for interdisciplinary teaching, actualized through team curriculum development, delivery and assessment for elementary schools. It is connected to an existing pilot project, taught within the context of Dr. Sandra Bird's ARED 4410 Curriculum Models and Assessment in Art course and has been hosted as a KSU partnership at Big Shanty Elementary since the Fall of 2000. The products resulting from the award of this grant will include a student production of a...
John Fowler
History and Philosophy
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The University of Tennessee Press has granted me two advanced contracts for books concerning the Civil War era. The first monograph will offer a comprehensive account of Tennessee's critical role in the war at the military, political, economic, and social levels. The second will allow the Confederate population of Southern Appalachia (defined as North Georgia, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, West Virginia, East Tennessee, and Western North Carolina) to recount their experiences during the...
Marina Koether
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Both monomeric and polymeric aluminum are effective coagulants in the production of drinking water. However, as costs rise, the use of combining polymeric aluminum, Al137+, and monomeric aluminum, Al3+ in a variety of proportions and concentrations may be advantageous to the water treatment industry. This study will utilize the Simplex Optimization Method to optimize their combined coagulative ability on simulated raw water in order to reduce cost. A Coagulant Charge Analyzer is needed to...
Xueya Hauge
Associate Professor
Biology and Physics
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The clinical features of 9p-deletion syndrome include mental retardation and dysmorphic facial features. It poses a great challenge to detect the 9p deletion using routine cytogenetic banding techniques because the missing DNA segment is very small and colorless when chromosome 9 is stained with Giemsa dye. The focus of this proposal is to develop a detailed correlation between the sizes of chromosomal deletions and clinical features for 9p-deletion syndrome. This investigation will eventually...
Premila Achar
Associate Professor
Molecular and Cellular Biology
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Very few peanut seeds in Georgia contain aflatoxin. It is known (Keith Ingram, chair of the Georgia Envirotron committee) that it does not take many seeds to cause major health problems. The major aflatoxin-producing fungi in peanuts are Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. Under favorable temperature and humidity conditions these fungi grow on stored peanuts. The toxins are particularly carcinogenic in humans and eating contaminated peanuts often results in liver cancer, amongst...
Miriam Boeri
Associate Professor
Sociology and Criminal Justice
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
In this exploratory study, I will collect life histories of 30 women who lived in a new religious movement that practiced sacred prostitution. I will include only women who engaged in the practice and who subsequently left the group. Relatively few women have had the experience of prostitution, and even fewer have considered this act sacred and sanctioned by God. The women from this group were part of a natural social experiment, which has not yet been fully explored. The findings here will add...
Nikolaos Kidonakis
Professor of Physics
Physics
2005 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The proposed research project is in the field of theoretical particle physics, which studies the most fundamental constituents of matter. The recently discovered top quark, the heaviest known elementary particle, is currently being studied at the Tevatron collider, the world's highest-energy particle accelerator. The Higgs boson, a cornerstone of the Standard Model of particle physics, has not been discovered yet. I propose to calculate cross sections, which are a measure of the number of...
Linda Noble
Professor
Psychology
Lewis VanBrackle
Professor
Mathematics and Statistics
2005 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Sociology and Criminal Justice
Interdisciplinary Studies
Psychology
WellStar School of Nursing
Geography and Anthropology
Laura McGrath
Associate Professor
English
2005 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
Sociology
Sociology and Criminal Justice
Information Systems
English
Management and Entrepreneurship
Mathematics and Statistics
Lynn Boettler
Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement
First Year Programs
Christy Price
Psychology
2005 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
English and Interdisciplinary Studies
First Year Programs
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Psychology
Sociology and Criminal Justice
English
Anne Richards
Associate Professor
English
2005 Faculty Learning Communities
Project Contributors:
English
Foreign Languages
English
English
History and Philosophy
English
Theodore LaRosa
Professor
Biology and Physics
2004 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
I am involved in several long term research projects based on the acquisition and interpretation of astronomical data. One project is studying the dynamics of interstellar clouds and the other is an investigation of magnetic filed structures in the center of our galaxy. Both investigations are related to the general topic of turbulence which is a central theme in modern astrophysics. I have been successful to the extent of publishing one or two papers a year in the most important and respected...
Christine Ziegler
Professor
Psychology
2004 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
The authors will use tow archival data sets to test aspects of a theoretical model linking parenting behavior to adolescents self-concept and subsequently to adolescents adjustment.
Hope Baker
Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
2004 Tenured Faculty Enhancement Leave Program
The three leading causes of death among teens in the U.S. are accidents, homicides and suicides, while the leading cause of death among adults are cardiovascular disease and cancer. Risky behaviors pose an obvious eminent threat to the child, but also to the childs future health in that poor health habits during youth, e.g., drug, alcohol and tobacco use, poor nutrition and lack of sufficient physical exercise, increase the likelihood of cardiovascular disease and cancer as adults. Substance...

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