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The Research Foundation announces the following grants and contracts for October 2009. 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.

MARK BUTLER, professor of biological sciences, "Restoration of Shallow Sponge Communities in the Florida Keys: Phase I"; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $82,318.

ANDY CASIELLO, interim associate vice president for distance learning, "Cross Cultural Competency: Regional and Country Studies for Naval Expeditionary Combat Command"; ITA International Inc., $45,000. Co-PIs are Nancy Cooley, former vice provost for distance learning, and CHANDRA DE SILVA, dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

MECIT CETIN, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, "Evaluation of Volume-Delay Functions and Their Implementations in VDOT Travel Demand Models"; Virginia Department of Transportation, $194,991. Co-PIs are: ASAD KHATTAK, Batten Endowed Chair in Transportation Studies, and MIKE ROBINSON, senior project scientist, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center.

KAREN CRUM, assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership, "Teaching and Leading for a Quality Mathematics Learning Environments"; State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, $150,000. Co-PIs are SUZANNE DOVIAK, senior lecturer of mathematics and statistics, and STEVE MYRAN, assistant professor of educational foundations and leadership.

GREG CUTTER, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, "Collaborative Research: A Linked Initiative for Developing Minority Doctoral Scholars in Ocean Sciences, Phase 2"; National Science Foundation, $83,632.

MICHELE DARBY, University Professor of dental hygiene, "Bactericidal Effects of Low Temperature Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Technology on Porphyromonous Gingivalis"; American Dental Hygiene Association, $5,000. Also, with LESLIE CONGDON, graduate student, "Magnification Loupes in U.S. Entry-Level Dental Hygiene Programs"; ADHA, $3,810.

SHARON DAVIS, senior lecturer of STEM education and professional studies, "Virginia Assistive Technical Support 2010"; Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, $85,000.

ABDELMAGEED ELMUSTAFA, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, "Continuation of Study of RF Electrodes Characterization Subsequent to Breakdown Using Scanning Electron Microscope/Energy Dispersive Using X-Ray Analysis"; Muons Inc., $25,000.

HANI ELSAYED-ALI, professor of electrical and computer engineering, "A Combined Compact Remote Raman, Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy and LIDAR Sensor System Utilizing an Acousto-Optic Tunable Filter"; National Institute of Aerospace Associates, $28,951. Also, "High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Analysis of Nanoparticles"; NASA, $5,000.

VICTORIA HILL, assistant research professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, "Blue Crab Bowl 2010"; Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, $7,000. Also, with RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, professor of OEAS, "Sea Surface Measurements of Ocean Optical Properties in Support of NASA Airborne LIDAR Flights Over the Chesapeake Bay Region"; NASA, $19,912.

EILEEN HOFMANN, professor, Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, "Cameo: Building the Foundation: An End-to-End Modeling Workshop"; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, $40,921.

WALT HOOKS, physics operations manager, "Southeastern Universities Research Association Graduate Research Assistant Support"; Jefferson Lab, $49,000.

CYNTHIA JONES, professor of ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, "Support of Facilities to Provide Finfish Ageing for Virginia Catches and Application of a Variety of Stock Assessment Analyses Including Adapt to Provided Management Advice"; Virginia Marine Resources Commission, $283,893.

PETROS KATSIOLOUDIS, assistant professor of STEM education and professional studies, "Visualization of Port Logistics: Visport"; Opportunity Inc., $100,000. Co-PIs are: YIANNIS PAPELIS, research associate professor, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; and GINGER WATSON and PHILIP REED, associate professors, STEM education and professional studies.

JAMES NEFF, professor of community and environmental health, "Adoption Fidelity and Effectiveness of Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment in Dental Practice"; U.S. Public Health Service, $374,730. Co-PIs are: TANCY VANDECAR-BURDIN, associate director of the Social Science Research Center; MICHELE DARBY, University Professor of dental hygiene; and MICHELLE KELLEY, professor of psychology.

MICHAEL PEASON, professor of English, and JANET PEERY, University Professor of English, "2009 ODU Literary Festival"; city of Norfolk, $4,000.

MARY SANDY, director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, "FAA Design Competition for Universities"; Federal Aviation Administration, $250,000. Also, "NASA Langley - VSGC GIS Internship Program"; NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, $112,000.

YUZHONG SHEN, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, "Cognitive Motor Therapy Application Using Console-Based Videogame Platform"; Mymic LLC, $30,000.

BONNIE VAN LUNEN, associate professor of human movement sciences, "Objective Assessment Instrumentation for Manual Therapy Techniques"; Novel Electronics Inc., $14,655.

ALOK VERMA, professor of engineering technology, "Collaborative Research - Marine Career Tech: STEM Careers in Shipbuilding and Marine Industry"; National Science Foundation, $267,431. Co-PIs are: DANIEL DICKERSON, associate professor of STEM education and professional studies; HAN BAO, professor of mechanical engineering; and SUEANNE MCKINNEY, assistant professor of STEM education and professional studies.

JOSEPH WARGO, director of Troops to Teachers, "Troops to Teachers FY 2010-11"; U.S. Department of Defense, $203,026.

NANCY XU, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, "Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team: Design of Biocompatible Nanoparticles for Probing Living Cellular Functions and Their Potential Environmental Impacts"; National Science Foundation, $40,738. Also, "Nanoassay for Real-Time Molecular Probing ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter"; National Institutes of Health, $430,387.

This highlight was posted on: December 3, 2009

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