Grants & Contracts

Li Schafran Milliken Wargo


The Research Foundation announces the following grants and contracts for November and December. 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.

KEVIN ADAMS, research assistant professor, and CHARLES KEATING, professor, engineering management, “System of Systems Engineering Certificate Training Program Initial Course Development for SPAWARSYSCEN Charleston”; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, $21,025.

THOMAS ALBERTS, professor of aerospace engineering, “Graduate Student Support - Brandon Cowen”; Adaptive Aerospace Group, $38,583.

SACHARIA ALBIN, professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Advanced Aerospace and Space Materials Development”; National Institute of Aerospace Associates, $136,727. Co-PIs are: SEBASTIAN BAWAB, professor of mechanical engineering; SHIRSHAK DHALI, chair of ECE; and ROLAND LAWRENCE, assistant professor of engineering technology.

MARGARET CAMARENA, director of the Social Science Research Center, “Portsmouth’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s Ross Program Evaluation”; city of Portsmouth, $6,169.

JEREMIAH CREEDON, director of transportation research, “Development of a System of Metrics and Analysis of Projected NextGen Performance Within the Terminal Area and Airport”; George Mason University, $92,500.

AYODEJI DEMUREN, professor of mechanical engineering, “Impaired Insulin Delivery During Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion”; Old Dominion University, $77,650. Co-PIs are SHIZHI QIAN, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and NORU DIAWARA,
assistant professor of mathematics and statistics.

BARRY EZELL, military and homeland security cluster leader, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Project Consulting Services”; Battell National Biodefense, $82,247.

ROBERT GABLE, eminent scholar of special education, and STEPHEN TONELSON, professor of early childhood education, “Continuation of Funding for Training and Technical Assistance Center and ESD”; Virginia Department of Education, $1,076,286, $909,296 and $436,990.

HOLLY GAFF, assistant professor of community and environmental health, “A Pilot Study to Assess the Impact of Various Infection Control Educational Techniques and Practices on the Spread of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus”; Baltimore Research and Education Foundation, $15,000. Co-PIs are: KIMBERLY CURRY-LOURENCO and LYNN WILES, senior lecturers of nursing; JAMES MARKEN, assistant professor of educational curriculum and instruction; and GINGER WATSON, associate professor of ECI.

RICHARD HELLER, director, Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, “Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery”; University of South Florida, $282,622.

EILEEN HOFMANN, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “The Third Globec Open Science Meeting: Support and Facilitation”; National Science Foundation, $20,000.

RAVINDRA JOSHI, professor, and FREDERIC MCKENZIE, associate professor, engineering management, “Physics-based Process Simulations and Models with Stochastic Variability and Visualization”; Northrop Grumman, $115,976.

JOHN KLINCK, professor, and MICHAEL DINNIMAN, research scientist, ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, “Antarctic Sea Ice: Assessing Contributions of Tides and Inertial Responses to Sea-Ice Variability Using Satellite Passive Microwave Remote Sensing and a Coupled Ocean/Sea-Ice Model”; Earth and Space Research, $78,911.

MOUNIR LAROUSSI, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Experimental Investigations of the Plasma Bullet and Its Applications”; Air Force Office of Scientific Research, $75,239. Also, “Characterization of Non-Thermal Plasma Fumes”; BOC Limited, $49,246.

ROLAND LAWRENCE, assistant professor of engineering technology, “Free Space Electromagnetic Measurements of Composite Panels”; National Institute of Aerospace Associates, $24,978. Also, “Mesh Material Characterization”; Science Systems & Applications Inc., $29,212.

JAMES LEATHRUM JR., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Algorithms in Support of Seaport Modeling”; Eastern Virginia Medical School, $29,000.

IRWIN LEVINSTEIN, associate professor of computer science, “Learning Reading Strategies for Science Texts in a Gaming Environment: ISTART vs. ITG”; University of Memphis, $97,756.

JIANG LI, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, “Dental Implant Site Preparation and Placement Using 3D Imaging and Robotics: Initial Phase”; Quality Dental Lab Inc., $41,397. Co-PIs are: FREDERIC MCKENZIE, associate professor of ECE; and JEN-KUANG HUANG, chair of mechanical engineering.

ROBERT LUCKING, professor of educational curriculum and instruction, “Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty III”; Virginia Department of Education, $24,339. Co-PIs are: LEIGH BUTLER, director of Teacher Education Services, and STEPHEN TONELSON, professor of early childhood education.

LI-SHI LUO, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, and ALI BESKOK, professor of aerospace engineering, “A Unified Modeling Approach for Micro- and Nano-Scale Gas Flows”; National Science Foundation, $132,500.

GAYLE MCCOMBS, associate professor of dental hygiene, “Comparison of Handpiece Design on Forearm Muscle Activity During Dental Polishing”; Dentsply International Inc., $29,986. Co-PIs are: MARTHA WALKER, associate professor of physical therapy, and LYNN TOLLE, professor of dental hygiene.

MICHAEL MCGINNIS, executive director, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “IPA for Robert Harry Halayko”; U.S. Department of Defense, $378,810. Also, “IPA Renewal for Pamela Ross”; U.S. Joint Forces Command, $265,013. Also, “IPA for Robert Stiegler”; Naval Surface Weapons Center, $194,729.

TAMMI MILLIKEN, assistant professor of educational leadership and counseling, “Character First Subcontract for 2009”; Eastern Virginia Medical School, $10,322.

YIANNIS PAPELIS, research associate professor, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, and GINGER WATSON, associate professor of educational curriculum and instruction, “Technical Evaluation of Synthetic Texture Generation Algorithms”; Diamond Visionics, $149,007.

SHIZHI QIAN, assistant professor, and ALI BESKOK and HELMUT BAUMGART, professors, aerospace engineering, “Novel Nano-Porous Electroosmotic Micropump: Basic Technology Development and Its Lab-on-a-Chip Application”; Old Dominion University, $70,000.

GHAITH RABADI and SHANNON BOWLING, assistant professors, engineering management, “Process Scheduling: Modeling and Optimization”; Northrop Grumman, $86,520.

MARY SANDY, director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, “The Governor’s Academy for Innovation, Technology and Engineering”; New Horizons Regional Education Centers, $33,723.

MARK SCERBO, professor of psychology, “Craniotomy Burr Hole Drilling Simulator Evaluation”; Simquest LLC, $25,320.

GARY SCHAFRAN, professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Sandy River Reservoir Coagulation and Mn Removal Studies”; Draper Aden Associates, $38,400. Also, “Operation and Optimization of the Ostara Crystallization Process at Wastewater Treatment Facilities in the Western United States”; Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., $5,390.

JOHN SOKOLOWSKI, director of research, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, “Battle Lab - Revision (Supplement) to Travel Funding on JWFC-JTTG”; Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center, $2,500.

ANDRES SOUSA-POZA, associate professor, and CHARLES KEATING, professor, engineering management, “Secure Border Initiative: System of Systems Engineering Capability Development”; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, $4,282,886.

ROBERT SPINA, professor of exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation, and DAVID BRANCH, associate dean, Darden College of Education, “ODU Ready”; Virginia Department of Education, $25,000.

MICHAEL STACEY, research assistant professor, Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, “Shared Genetic Vulnerability Among Depression, Cholinergic-Autonomic Function and Coronary Artery Disease Study”; Eastern Virginia Medical School, $4,000. Also, “Genetics of Pectus Excavatum Study”; Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, $74,825.

JAMES SWANSON, professor of biological sciences, “Mitichondria and Oocyte Failure: Seed Grant for Future Funding”; Eastern Virginia Medical School, $115,849.

ANDREAS TOLK, associate professor of engineering management, “PMESII (Community of Excellence)”; General Dynamics, $66,196. Also, “Configurable Aggregation Layers”; Referentia Systems Inc., $21,000. Co-PIs are: CHARLES TURNISTA, project scientist, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center, and PATRICK HESTER, assistant professor of engineering management.

JOSEPH WARGO, director, Troops to Teachers, “Spouses to Teachers”; U.S. Department of Defense, $16,500.