Grants & Contracts

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The Research Foundation announces the following grants and contracts for January and February. Award amounts are totals expected for the entire funding period. The list does not include supplements, modifications or other changes to existing grants or contracts. For awards that have more than one investigator, the first faculty member listed is the principal investigator.

MKIMBERLY ADAMS-TUFTS, associate professor of nursing, “Educational Theater Program Evaluation Research”; Kaiser Permanente, $13,549.

KORRIE ALLEN, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling, “Second Step to Success”; Virginia Department of Education, $21,074.

ROBERT L. ASH, eminent scholar of aerospace engineering, “Subcontract for Wireless Spacecraft Bus Development”; Mid-Atlantic Institute for Space and Technology, $345,000.

LARRY P. ATKINSON, associate professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Asymmetric Circulation in Wind-driven Bays”; University of Florida, $35,385. Also, “On the Hydrodynamics of the Subtidal Exchange Between Estuaries and Their Adjacent Waters”; University of Florida, $3,566.

LEE A. BELFORE II, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Engineering, Business Process, Modeling and Analysis Support”; General Dynamics, $49,952.

ALEXANDER BOCHDANSKY, assistant professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Construction and Deployment of a High-pressure Chemostat System for the Culture of Deep-sea Bacteria and Nanoplankton Protists”; National Science Foundation, $50,000. Also, “Grazing Impacts of Diverse Zooplankton Taxa on Thin Layers”; Office of Naval Research, $112,704.

COLIN P. BRITCHER, professor of aerospace engineering, “Small-aircraft Transportation System Technology Working Group”; National Institute of Aerospace Associates, $3,554.

MARK J. BUTLER, professor of biological sciences, “Collaborative Research: Disease Dynamics in Degraded Nurseries: A Viral Disease in Spiny Lobster”; National Science Foundation, $10,685.

MARGARET CAMARENA, director, and TANCY VANDECAR-BURDIN, associate director, Social Science Research Center, “Central Virginia Community College Nuclear Technologies Education Evaluation”; Central Virginia Community College, $14,997.

JIE CHEN, professor of political science and geography, “Collaborative Research: Private Entrepreneurs as Agents of Political Change in China”; National Science Foundation, $128,359.

DANIEL M. DAUER, eminent scholar of biological sciences, “2006 Update of Status and Trends in Water Quality and Living Resources of the Chesapeake Bay” and “Benthic Biological Monitoring of the Lower Chesapeake Bay”; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, $16,468 and $195,260.

AYODEJI O. DEMUREN, professor of mechanical engineering, “Cat Machine Dust Minimization Project”; Caterpillar Inc., $85,361.

JOHN R. DONAT, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “Water Quality Monitoring Component of the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program”; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality”; $488,551.

ROBERT A. GABLE, eminent scholar of early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education, “Training and Technical Assistance Center ODU Continuation”; Virginia Department of Education, $765,378. Co-PIs are KERRY LAMBERT, director of the Training and Technical Assistance Center, and STEPHEN W. TONELSON, professor of early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education.

RYLAND GASKINS, senior research scientist, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Joint Non-lethal Weapons Training Education Capability”; U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command, $496,636.

EILEEN E. HOFMANN and JOHN M. KLINCK, professors of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms”; State University of New Jersey, $45,920.

WALT HOOKS, operations manager, physics, “Southeastern Universities Research Association - Jefferson Lab Support”; Old Dominion University $200,694.

WAYNE L. HYNES, associate professor of biological sciences, “Megafungal Mammal Genetics and Extinction Dynamics in the Pleistocene: Testing the Hyperdisease Hypothesis”; American Museum of Natural History, $138,119.

MOUNIR LAROUSSI, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and FREDERICK C. DOBBS, associate professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Effects of Non-equilibrium Plasmas on Eukaryotic Cells”; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $240,000.

ROBERT A. LUCKING, professor of educational curriculum and instruction, “Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty II”; Virginia Department of Education, 45,000. Co-PIs are STEPHEN W. TONELSON, professor of early childhood education, speech-language pathology and special education, and LEIGH L. BUTLER, director of teacher education services.

KURT J. MALY, chair, computer science, “General Dynamics Internal Research and Development Task for Integration and Engineering Support”; General Dynamics, $47,832. Also, “General Dynamics Internal Research and Development Task for Process Modeling”; General Dynamics, $9,978, $58,427 and $18,000. Also, with MOHAMMAD ZUBAIR, professor of computer science, and STEVEN J. ZEIL, associate professor of computer science, “Tools for Automatic Extraction of Metadata from Defense Technical Information Center Electronic Documents Collection - Phase II”; Defense Technical Information Center, $34,860.

HAROLD G. MARSHALL, professor emeritus of biological sciences, “Phytoplankton Monitoring Component of the Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program”; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, $115,955.

RICK MCKENZIE, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Bowen R. Loftin, former director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Augmented Standardized Patient”; Eastern Virginia Medical School, $11,341

ROLAND R. MIELKE, acting director of simulation programs, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Allied Command Transformation”; North Atlantic Treaty Organization, $4,970. Also, “Northrop Grumman Modeling and Simulation Program Support”; Northrop Grumman, $5,000. Also, “IPA for George Bowers”; U.S. Joint Forces Command, $283,414. Also, “Engineering, Business Process, Modeling and Analysis Support to U.S. Joint Forces Command”; General Dynamics, $59,228 and $29,901. Also, “2nd Generation Training Program Requirements Integration Tool”; Keybridge Technologies Inc., $62,436.

KENNETH MOPPER, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “Effects of Photodegradation on the Composition, Optical Properties and Bioavailability of DOM in Estuaries”; University of Minnesota, $40,425.

GEORGE F. OERTEL, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “The Effect of Hydro-Hypsography on Morphodynamics and Hydrodynamics in Coastal Lagoons”; University of Virginia, $10,000.

ALEX POTHEN, professor of computer science, “A Prototype of the Human Virus Interactome Resource”; Old Dominion University, $95,000. Co-PIs are: CHRISTOPHER OSGOOD, associate professor of biological sciences; MOHAMMAD ZUBAIR, professor of computer science; and KURT J. MALY, eminent scholar of computer science.

JENNIFER L. POUTSMA, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “Investigations of Dihydrofolate Reductases”; U.S. Public Health Service, $185,262.

MARY L. SANDY, director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, “Undergraduate Student Researchers Program”; NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, $427,759. Also, “Teaching Earth and Space Science the Special Way”; Virginia Department of Education, $4,000.

MARK W. SCERBO, professor of psychology, “Virtual Operating Room”; Old Dominion University, $95,000. Co-PIs are LEE A. BELFORE II, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; HECTOR GARCIA, visualization lab manager, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; and MICHAEL JACKSON, lecturer of nursing.

ELIZABETH A. SMITH, research assistant professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, “Blue Crab Bowl 2006: The Virginia Regional Competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl”; Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, $7,500.

ANDRES A. SOUSA-POZA, assistant professor, CHARLES B. KEATING, associate professor, and SAMUEL F. KOVACIC, senior research scientist, engineering management, “System of Systems Engineering Environment”; Lockheed Martin, $55,000.

HARRY TILLMAN, assistant professor of nursing, “Development of University and Industry Collaboration in Healthcare Research”; Sentara Hospitals, $40,000.

ANDREAS TOLK, senior research scientist, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “NATO Pathfinder - Year 2”; NATO, $75,000.

LINDA L. VAHALA, associate dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, “Quantum Lattice Algorithms for 2D and 3D Magnetohydrodynamics”; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $30,000.

WAYNE WOODHAMS, executive director, Mid-Atlantic Institute for Space and Technology, “Launch Vehicle Simulation Laboratory, Universal Flight Termination System, Standardized Spacecraft for Small Launch Vehicle and Doppler Radar Study”; NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, $4,043,876.

X. NANCY XU, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “Real-time Molecular Study of Bystander Effect Using Living Cell Imaging and Nanoparticle Optics”; University of Texas Health Science Center, $18,750.

GUOQING ZHOU, associate professor of engineering technology, “Extending the Use of Geobrain Technologies Via Teaching and Research of Geospatial Data”; George Mason University, $9,900.