U of M Research Grants make $2.7 million in news

Lately, the University of Memphis has attracted a number of notable grants.  This is great news for the school, and I wanted to keep track of these items that cross my desk.

1.  August 29, 2013 — Via bizjournals.com/memphis:  $900,000 from National Science Foundation:

“…$464,800 to acquire a new high resolution, field-emission scanning electron microscope that is expected to be installed next spring in the university’s shared research facility.

University professor Andrew Olney was awarded a $163,830 grant to develop and evaluate a conversational computer program that learns from students while teaching them to read more effectively. The program is to tutor future students.

University earth scientist Bob Smalley was awarded a $266,768 grant that will allow him to utilize GPS technology to study the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to determine how glaciers are impacted by climate change, and the potential effects of that impact…..”

2.  September 25, 2013 — Via bizjournals.com/memphis:  $1.8 million from National Science Foundation:

“…The largest grant went to Alfred Hall, who received more than $1.3 million from the NSF’s Division of Research on Learning. The money will go toward establishing the Memphis Virtual STEM Academy at East High School. The academy will help 100 students develop an interest in engineering as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum at Shelby County Schools.

Robert Kozma will use $428,744 in funding for research on brain function in mathematical studies. A grant of $34,200 was give to Judith Simon to study ways to diversify the cybersecurity workforce. Bob Smalley will use a grant worth $32,258 to fund research on Antarctic currents….”

Congratulations to the U of M and their faculty for landing these grants!  We pay a lot of attention to the athletics at the U of M, but academic and research achievements are just as deserving of attention.

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