Grants & Contracts

Behr Beskok Payne Rahman


The Research Foundation announces the following grants and contracts for March and April.
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.

TAMI AL-HAZZA, assistant professor, and CHARLENE FLEENER and ABHA GUPTA, associate professors, educational curriculum and instruction, “Reading First: Teacher Reading Academies”; Virginia Department of Education, $80,000.

JOSHUA BEHR, assistant professor of political science and geography, and CLAIRE HOUSEMAN, chair of community and environmental health, “Sentara Emergency Department Utilization”; Sentara Hospitals, $135,126.

ALI BESKOK, professor of aerospace engineering, “National Center for Food Protection and Disease”; Texas A&M University, $55,086. Also, “Toyon Research Corp. - Microfluidic Systems for Reconfigurable RF Surfaces and Systems”; Texas Engineering Experiment Station, $28,707.

DAVE BLACKBURN, director, Program for Research and Evaluation in Public Schools, “Development of National Center for Teaching and Learning”; An Achievable Dream Inc., $55,000.

MARK BUTLER, professor of biological sciences, “State Wildlife Grant - Sessile Faunal Surveys - First 2007 Budget Period”; Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, $7,500. Also, “Population Replenishment and Connectivity of Reef Fishes and Lobsters”; University of Miami, $39,961. Also, with TAREK ABDEL-FATLAH, graduate teaching assistant, electrical and computer engineering, “Modeling Lobsters Larval Dispersal”; Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, $38,650.

MICHAEL CORY and STEPHEN DEMOS, principal consulting engineers, Virginia Applied Technology and Professional Development Center, “Lean Training and Implementation and Enterprise Certification”; Bauer Compressors Inc., $26,250. Also, “Lean Training Implementation”; Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., $34,150.

GREGORY CUTTER, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Collaborative Research: U.S. Geotraces Sampling Systems and Intercalibration”; National Science Foundation, $414,052.

DANIEL DAUER, eminent scholar of biological sciences, “Data Management and Data Analysis in Support of the Chesapeake Bay Program 2007”; Virginia Department of Environmental Health, $1,015,303. Co-PIs are RAO CHAGANTY, professor of mathematics and statistics, and MOHAMMAD ZUBAIR, professor of computer science.

AYODEJI DEMUREN, professor of mechanical engineering, “Cat Machine Dust Minimization Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis: Phase III, $117,961.

SUZANNE DOVIAK, lecturer of mathematics and statistics, and SUEANNE MCKINNEY, assistant professor of educational curriculum and instruction, “Mathematics and Science Partnership”; College of William and Mary, $5,600.

THOMAS EIDSON, research professor of aerospace engineering, “Riverine Assault Support System, Topic Number N06-128”; Seeman Composites, $7,700. Co-PIs are AYODEJI DEMUREN and GENE HOU, professors of mechanical engineering.

ABDELMAGEED ELMUSTAFA, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and HANI ELSAYED-ALI, eminent scholar of electrical and computer engineering, “Deposition of Wireless Thin-film Sensor”; National Institute of Aerospace Associates, $69,471.

BETTY ROSE FACER, director of the Foreign Languages Laboratory, “The Impact of Academic Podcasting: Emerging Technologies in the Foreign Language Classroom”; National Endowment for the Humanities, $30,000. Co-PIs are: FREDERICK LUBICH, chair of foreign languages and literatures; TANCY VANDECAR-BURDIN, associate director of the Social Science Research Center; M’HAMMAED ABDOUS, director of the Center for Learning Technologies; MARTHA DAAS, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures; and MARGARET CAMARENA, director of the Social Science Research Center.

HAROLD FAMILANT, senior research scientist, Applied Research Center, “Development of Dripless Spinnert”; Shaw Industries Group Inc., $2,133.

ANN GARGETT, professor of oceanography, “Collaborative Research: A Two-body Towing System for Swath-mapping Ocean Turbulence”; National Science Foundation, $38,045.

JOHN HOLSINGER, eminent scholar of biological sciences, “Upgrading and Expanding the Database for the Subterranean Amphipod Genus Stygobromus”; Cave Conservancy of the Virginias, $10,000.

STEVE HSIUNG, associate professor of engineering technology, “Collaborative Development of a Microcontroller Training System for Two- and Four-year Distance Learning Engineering Students”; National Science Foundation, $197,908. Co-PIs are: JOHN HACKWORTH, associate professor of engineering technology; CHENG LIN, associate professor of engineering technology; and JOHN RITZ, chair of occupational and technical studies.

ASAAD KHATTAK, professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Economic Impact of Traffic Accidents on North Carolina’s Interstate Facilities”; University of North Carolina, $34,896.

JUERGEN KOLB, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Electrical and Optical Diagnostic of a Discharge Plasma in Air”; Marley Engineered Products, $3,400.

MOUNIR LAROUSSI, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Defense University Research Instrumentation”; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $91,870.

ROLAND LAWRENCE, assistant professor of engineering technology, and LINDA VAHALA, associate dean, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, “An Investigation of the Performance of Microwave Radar Instrument Concepts for Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Pressure”; NASA, $116,467.

KURT MALY, eminent scholar of computer science, “Security and UNIX System Architecture”; Dominion Enterprises, $20,200. Also, “Support for General Dynamics-AIS Development for the Virginia Department of Emergency Planning”; General Dynamics, $10,000. Also, “Educational Partnership Program”; Prentice Hall Business Publishing, $16,171.

JINGDONG MAO, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “New Insights into Molecular Changes of Kerogen During Thermal Evolution Investigated by Advanced Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy”; American Chemical Society, $40,000.

HAROLD MARSHALL, professor emeritus of biological sciences, “The Detection and Study of Harmful Algae, Including Pfiesteria SPP and Pfiesteria-like Dinoflagellates in the Shellfish Harvesting Regions of Virginia Estuaries”; Virginia Department of Health, $124,000.

GAYLE MCCOMBS, associate professor of dental hygiene, “Ultrasonic Probe Pilot Study”; Dentsply International Inc., $10,050.

MICHAEL MCGINNIS, executive director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “IPA of Cecil C. Hill”; U.S. Joint Forces Command, $224,094. Also, “MODISM World Conference 2007”; Hampton Roads Technology Council, $142,670.

ROLAND MIELKE, professor of electrical and computer engineering, “University of Alabama-Huntsville M&S Degree Program Consulting”; University of Alabama, $25,000.

BRYAN PORTER, associate professor of psychology, “Click It or Ticket Targeting”; Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, $100,000.

ZIA-UR RAHMAN, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Smart Sensor Processing for Automatic Runway Hazard Detection”; NASA Langley Research Center, $565,000.

STACIE RINGLEB, research scientist, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Development of a Method to Quantify Subtalar Joint Instability”; American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society, $10,000. Also, “Rajesh Paranjape Dissertation Grant”; International Society of Biomechanics, $2,000.

MARY SANDY, director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, “NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program, Summer 2007”; Ames Research Labs, $17,400. Also, “Undergraduate Research Program, Summer 2007”; Los Alamos National Laboratories, $50,000. Also, “Undergraduate Student Researchers Program”; NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, $68,000.

KARL SCHOENBACH, Batten Endowed Chair in Bioelectrics Engineering, and RICHARD NUCCITELLI andANDREI PAKHOMOV, research associate professors of electrical and computer engineering, “Comprehensive Study of Neuromuscular Effects of Nanosecond Electrical Pulses”; Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, $1,967,101.

JOHN SOKOLOWSKI, director of research, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “J2 Nontraditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance”; Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center (Philadelphia), $16,524.

MICHAEL STACEY, research associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Chrondrocyte Differentiation in the Pathophysiology of Chest Wall Deformities”; Jeffress Research Grants Program, $24,600.

ALOK VERMA, professor, and CAROL CONSIDINE, associate professor, engineering technology, “Shipbuilding and Repair Career Day Events”; National Shipbuilding Research Program; $213,431.