Kennesaw State University

Faculty Funding Recipients

Linda Niemann
Professor
English
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
"Learning Spanish" is a creative non-fiction work, part travel narrative, part investigation of Mexican folk art, part social commentary through a focus on Linda's coming to awareness of the bicultural nature of the place she was born. It is a story about continuing education, about pushing back the boundaries of how Linda has defined her nationality to include Central America, first with literal crossing of the borders, then by a linguistic border crossing, and finally by the ability to see...
John Dyer
Mathematics and Statistics
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project proposes the integration of video/audio presentation and Internet technologies to facilitate delivery of an existing advanced statistics course, MA 3332, Probability and Statistics, using the Internet as a supporting technology. The course will be redesigned utilizing technology resources currently available at and supported by KSU, such as WebCT and Excel StatApps. As a result of the proposed technology integration, MA 3332 will be completely Internet based and supported, will...
Linda Damico
History and Philosophy
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Since 1987 when Mary Ellen Waithe edited the first volume of her monumental work on the history of women philosophers, there has been a substantial rise of interest in the discovery of lost women philosophers. The goal of this project is to add to the growing scholarship in this field by researching the work of Mary Austin, an American writer of the early twentieth century, and presenting, in an organized and interesting way, her philosophically relevant ideas. While Mary Austin is noted for...
Marina Koether
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Matthew Laposata
Professor
Biology and Physics
John Pratte
Biology and Physics
Gail Schiffer
Biology and Physics
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This collaborating team will develop a set of computer-based, Internet-linked, real-world exercises for use in a distance learning version of the first course in the General Education Science sequence. These exercises will facilitate the accomplishment of three course objectives and will serve as the laboratory component of the course. The exercises will be placed on a CD that is distributed to the students. During each exercise, students will collect and analyze data and other information from...
Beverly Farnsworth
Professor Emeritus
School of Nursing
Janice Flynn
Associate Professor
School of Nursing
Christina Horne
WellStar School of Nursing
2000 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This collaborating team plans to complete the final phase of a three-year plan to develop, deliver and evaluate online courses in the Department of Baccalaureate Degree Nursing at KSU. This final phase of the project will involve analysis and evaluation of data collected to examine and compare the differences in student characteristics, satisfaction and success between online and on-ground students enrolled in seven academic credit courses which comprise the required nursing curriculum for...
Heather Hermanson
Professor
School of Accountancy
Mary Angela Hill
Professor
School of Accountancy
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This collaborating team plans to investigate job satisfaction and turnover of staff accountants at large public accounting firms. The public accounting profession experiences tremendous turnover rates relative to other professions, especially among women and minorities. Previous research has examined job satisfaction and turnover; however, these studies are conducted at one point in time. Heather and Mary plan to use a longitudinal approach that will allow them to track entry-level accountants...
Mary Williams
Associate Professor
English
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will result in an interdisciplinary essay exploring representations of race and gender in Rudyard Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). Drawing on recent work in Colonial studies and historical accounts of the racial anxieties unleashed by the 1857 Indian Army Rebellion and revived in the controversy over the proposed 1883 Ilbert Bill (a bill that would have made it possible for Indian judges to try white Europeans), the essay will show how Kipling's short story...
Penelope Prime
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The purpose of this project is to research and write a chapter of a book dealing with the impact of international and regional trade and investment on economic development in the People's Republic of China. The ultimate goal is completion of a book entitled China Diverges: Economic Development Across the Provinces. This particular chapter will survey the theoretical economics literature on trade and development to motivate the study, and will also trace the theoretical and policy debates within...
Nancy Pullen
Associate Professor
Geography and Anthropology
Sarah Robbins
English
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This collaborating team will develop, pilot, and evaluate an interdisciplinary, technology-focused course on ethnic American women's work. By providing multiple opportunities for students to experiment with technologies such as Powerpoint, LISTSERVs or MOOS, and web site construction programs, the course will invite students' active participation in the building of knowledge about women's work from 1780-1920. After planning a syllabus in the summer of 1999, these colleagues will team-teach a...
Marina Koether
Professor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Endocrine disruptors mimic the natural hormones of the body and trigger developmental abnormalities or block normal development. There are more than 50 synthetic chemical compounds that the body confuses with endogenous hormones. These compounds can enter the body through the food chain. Of particular interest is their migration into foods via microwave irradiation of plastic containers containing food. The purpose of this project is to initiate research in the area of exposure to endocrine...
Al Panu
Chemistry and Biochemistry
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
The focus of this project is to develop teaching modules, including suggested exercises and projects, that would highlight the structure-property relationship of key chemicals in consumer products. These modules are designed to be flexible and adaptable to the needs of a variety of courses, ranging from the organic chemistry sequence to high school chemistry courses. The overall goal of this project is to increase students' interest and performance in chemistry and related science courses...
Grace Galliano
Psychology
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
An understanding of human diversity is clearly an important goal for the educated person in today's world. In keeping with this objective, a group of KSU faculty has proposed a multi-disciplinary Minor concentration in Gender Studies, which will include an Introduction to Gender Studies course. Because no suitable text exists to support such a course, this project involves the creation of a multi-disciplinary edited collection of original essays to serve as the text for this course offering....
Theodore LaRosa
Professor
Biology and Physics
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
Travel funds were provided to continue a program of research to obtain and interpret radio wave observations of astronomical sources, specifically interstellar clouds and the center of our galaxy. This research addresses fundamental questions relating to the formation of stars and the structure of active galactic nuclei. The travel funds enable Ted to use the observing time he was granted at the Kitt Peak 12 meter telescope and the Very Large Array telescope, both operated by the National Radio...
John Dyer
Mathematics and Statistics
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
This project will integrate video/audio presentation and Internet technologies to deliver MATH 1107, Introduction to Statistics, entirely over the Internet. The proposed technology integration will also provide a framework for taking multiple courses to the Internet, a greater classroom accessibility for physically impaired teachers/students, and course schedule convenience for non-traditional and corporate students, as well as faculty. Additionally, the course will serve as a first step toward...
Mark Patterson
Professor
Geography and Anthropology
1999 Incentive Funds for Research and Creative Activity
With the increasing number faculty proposing to conduct environmental research at KSU's Dellinger property, the need for thematic base maps has become apparent. Current maps lack the spatial resolution to be useful and are dated. This project will create a series of thematic maps that include topographic, hydrologic vegetation and cultural features of the Dellinger property, which will facilitate learning and research opportunities for faculty and students at KSU. The maps would have a finer...
Kimberly Loomis
Professor of Science Education
Secondary and Middle Grades Education
I am currently under contract with Cengage Learning to write a science education methods textbook. This contract was offered partly because my previous textbook with Cengage was successful, adopted by several institutions. Preparing a textbook requires that significant chunks of time be devoted to researching, writing, responding to reviewers, editing, and developing ancillary materials. Publication of this book will not only continue my scholarly activities, but also serve the re putation of...
Laurence Sherr
Professor
School of Music
The purpose of this project is the creation of a significant new musical composition for vocal soloist and chamber orchestra based on poetry by Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs. The composition will promote healing through poetry and music that address human loss. A national consortium of performers will present multiple performances of the composition in different regions of the country. Thousands of people will be impacted, and faculty and students in the KSU community will also benefit....
Xuepeng Liu
Associate Professor
Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis
While merchandise trade still accounts for the largest portion of international trade, many service activities are traded indirectly, embodied in traded goods. Official trade statistics likely understate the importance of services in international trade because many non-traded services are inputs for manufactured goods. I was appointed by the World Bank to work as a research consultant during year 2013 on a project to examine embodied services in manufacture. The goal of this enhancement leave...

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