Grants and Publications

Updated Dec. 20, 2013


Dr. Jenny Vu, assistant professor of chemistry, received an award from the American Chemical Society in the amount of $50,000. The award  provides students the opportunity to conduct research and present their findings.

Dr. Mark Blackmore, professor of biology, received a continued award to conduct research associated with the West Nile Monitoring project.  The  $44,290 award from the City of Valdosta and $44,290 award from Lowndes County monitors the species of mosquitoes and results of virus testing throughout the city and county.

Dr. Rebecca Green, College of Nursing, on receipt of a $50,000 award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for student scholarships under the “New Careers in Nursing Scholarship” Program (NCIN).  NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  It focuses on development of a nursing workforce that reflects characteristics of the population and improving the ability of nurses to meet needs of patients from more diverse backgrounds.  Five VSU students from traditionally underrepresented populations in nursing will each receive a $10,000 scholarship upon entry to the Accelerated BSN program in May 2014.  As a first-time NCIN awardee, VSU received an additional $5,500 from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing that will be used to develop mentoring and leadership programs for the students.   

Frank Barnas, Department of Communication Arts, received continued funding of $4,200 for operation of the City of Valdosta’s Channel 17 government access channel for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.  VSU provides studio space and production services for this important community resource, and the project provides valuable experience for student workers. 

Dr. Emily Cantonwine, Department of Biology, received an $8,000 subaward from the University of Georgia for a National Peanut Board project titled “Integrated Management of Tomato Spotted Wilt, Leaf Spot, Rust, White Mold, and CBR in Peanut.  Cantonwine will work with collaborators from UGA and other organizations to determine the best combinations of new peanut cultivars, cultural practices, available pesticides, and optimal application methods to more efficiently and economically sustain peanut production in the southeastern U.S.  

Dr. Gretchen Bielmyer, Department of Biology, received continued funding for participation in development of the Sixth, Seventh, and Eight State of the Lower St. Johns River Basin Reports.  This three year $16,875 sub-award was made by the University of North Florida; the project is funded by the City of Jacksonville, Florida. Bielmyer will work with colleagues at UNF to assess water quality in the mainstem and tributaries of the St. Johns River, with emphasis on prevalence and aquatic toxicology of metals and organic contaminants in the sediments and water column of the Lower St. Johns River. 

Dr. Michael Savoie, interim dean of the Honors College and professor of mass media, received a $1,500 award from the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).  This grant provides funding for an external site visit by a seasoned NCHC professional to assist with honors program development.  Specifically, the consultant will assist VSU in creating a viable Honors College that showcases undergraduate scholarship, creative activity, civic responsibility, and social engagement.  

Dr. Charles Backes, Department of Adult & Career Education, received an award from the CTAE Resource Network, Inc. for fiscal year 2013-2014 for coordination and delivery of New Teacher Institutes.  These institutes equip new trade and industrial and healthcare science technology education teachers with basic instructional skills, including organizing curriculum, delivery methods, managing the occupational classroom and laboratory, and integration of technology, to assist them in transitioning from industry to the classroom.  This award provides up to $52,500, depending on the number or institutes presented and participants served. 

Dr. Richard Carter, professor of Biology, received a $20,000 contract from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (funded by the U.S. Department of Interior) for the project titled “Status Survey and Search Efforts for American Chaffseed (Schwalbea americana) in Georgia - 2013-2014.  Schwalbea Americana is an endangered species whose presence may be enhanced significantly by prescribed burns in, and restoration of, longleaf pine/wiregrass plant communities. Carter will search for and monitor Schwalbea Americana populations in Southwest Georgia, repeating a similar inventory he completed in 2007-2008, and will recommend populations suitable for protection efforts.  

Dr. Krishnendu Roy, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science, received a $12,500 award from Google for the project titled “Valdosta Computes v2.0.” This program will involve 10 area high school teachers in a four-day summer workshop that will help prepare them to teach introductory computer science and programming topics in their classrooms.  Additionally, a loan program will be established so that teachers can borrow Lego Mindstorms kits for student use. 

Scott Manley, Director of the Center for Business & Economic Research (CBER), College of Business Administration, on receipt of a $8,375 contract from First State Bank & Trust Company to conduct the “Annual Business and Real Estate Market Analysis.”  The analysis will provide a real estate industry overview at national, state, and county-levels based on data from 2012 and short-term projections of certain key real estate market indicators.  

Dr. Karla Hull, Academic Affairs, recieved a one-year $91,800 award from Georgia Tech, acting on behalf of the USG Board of Regents, for the project titled “eMajor Administration and Academic Coordination.”  This funding, which originates with the U.S. Department of Education under the College Access Challenge Grant Program, will support an administrative structure for development of additional online undergraduate collaborative programs and degree offerings across the USG that will target adult and military students.

Dr. Leslie S. Jones, Department of Biology, and co-project director Dr. Mark Groszos, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences, on receipt of an award of $24,960 from the University of Georgia for the project titled “Enhancing Teacher Content Knowledge through Inquiry Based Field Activities – Phase II.”  This U.S. Department of Education funded project extends opportunities for local teachers to participate in field studies and laboratory activities to learn about Georgia’s geologic history and to apply this new knowledge in the K-12 curriculum. 

Dr. Kathleen Lowney, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, received continued funding in the amount of $19,950 for 2013 for the editorial office for Teaching Sociology, a refereed journal of the American Sociological Association.  

Mark Williams, Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Education, received continued funding from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for 2012-2013. This $7,370 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will support activities to educate students and faculty about alcohol and highway safety and to increase seat belt use by campus drivers. Programs are offered through a peer educator model. 

Dr. Brian Gerber, Dewar College of Education, Dr. Thomas Manning, Department of Chemistry, received a $1,154,295 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the “Valdosta State University Noyce Scholarship Program.  Through this five-year project, 20 academically talented but financially needy undergraduate science majors who might not have otherwise considered a career in K-12 education will be recruited into the teaching profession.  The Noyce scholars will enter the program through a two-part summer science internship experience, which begins after their sophomore year, with the scholarship phase of the program beginning in their junior year.  Program participants, will receive up to $12,000 per year in scholarships while earning a bachelor’s degree with a science major and will obtain teaching certification through a post-baccalaureate program. It is expected that program graduates will teach at high-need middle grades and secondary education schools and that they will be retained in the teaching profession beyond the service repayment period. 

Dr. Mark Blackmore, Department of Biology, received continued funding for the West Nile Virus research during 2012-13 in the amount of $79,684 from the Lowndes County Board of Health. The research team will continue to sample adult mosquito populations in Valdosta and Lowndes County to determine genus and species, and coordinate testing of the samples for the presence of West Nile Virus.

Jacque Wheeler, Department of Theatre,received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Education in American Communities (AEAC) program, for the Valdosta State University College of the Arts Youth Outreach project. This grant will assist VSU in expanding its outreach activities for youth to increase understanding of the arts. Activities will include a touring Theatre for Youth production and a series of Youth Symphonies and a Family Concert performed by the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, for which Dr. Doug Farwell, Department of Music, serves as Executive Director. These performances will be complemented with pre- and post-performance educational materials for the classroom and learning activities involving interaction with actors and musicians. An estimated 8,500 youth in South Georgia/North Florida are expected to be exposed to the performing arts during the 2102-2013 academic year.

Dr. Dorothy Dye, Division of Social Work, received additional funding from the South Georgia Regional Commission for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 for continued operation of My Friend’s House Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Program. The $72,802 award, originating from federal and state sources, will allow continued provision of services to adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias to help them function at the highest degree possible and prevent or delay their institutionalization. The program also provides respite for caregivers, allowing them, in some cases, to continue working.

Dr. Paul Vincent, Department of Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences, received a $1,265 task order award under a master agreement with South Georgia Regional Commission for additional Global Positioning System (GPS) survey work. This task order requires the capture of the location of each identifiable above-ground utility feature within the VSU campus to be completed within the next month.

Dr. Bob Gannon, Department of Biology, received a grant from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. This $850 competitive award will support a seminar on Promoting Involvement in Engaged Service Learning/Civic Engagement Among Students from STEM Disciplines. Traditionally, service-learning and civic engagement have not been as much a part of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) culture as they have been in other disciplines. Faculty and administrators from STEM disciplines, staff from other campus offices, and community representatives will meet for a day in September to identify opportunities and mechanisms for STEM students to regularly participate in service-learning and civic engagement and to begin acculturating these practices into the STEM curriculum.

Dr. Jerry Merwin, Director of the Office of Adult Degree Completion & Military Programs (AMP), and Dr. Mary Ellen Dallman, Department of Early Childhood & Special Education, received renewal funding for the Adult Learning Consortium project for 2012-2013. This $156,329 grant from the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant program through Georgia Tech, acting as fiscal agent for the Board of Regents, focuses on improving implementing consortial courses, certificates, programs, and degrees which promote college completion by adult and military personnel; implementing a range of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA choices); and expanding, strengthening, and disseminating the work of the USG Adult Learning Consortium.

Dr. Jerry Merwin, Director of the Office of Adult Degree Completion & Military Programs (AMP), received renewal funding for operation of VSU’s Military Outreach Center. This $10,000 award from Georgia Tech acting as fiscal agent for the Board of Regents, provides funds to staff the center to provide services to active military and veterans who wish to complete degree programs. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant program.

Deborah Davis, VSU Archives and Special Collections, received a $1,250 from the Georgia Humanities Council for the project Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War. Funds will be used to digitize a hand-written Civil War diary from the Frank Roberson Reade archives collection, “In the Saddle with Stuart,” by Frank S. Robertson for Frank Robertson Reade, who was the third president of VSU. This manuscript will be one primary source introduced for discussion at one of five public programs offered between August and November, 2012. Dr. Chris Meyers, Department of History, is serving as the project scholar and will receive an honorarium directly from the Georgia Humanities Council for his contribution

Dr. Julie Lee, Dewar College of Education, received renewed funding ($50,000) for the Babies Can’t Wait project for 2012-2013. Through this project, funded by the Georgia Department of Community Health with the U.S. Department of Education, VSU faculty provide technical assistance and training to personnel who provide services to Georgia’s infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Babies Can’t Wait is one of VSU’s longest running grant programs.

Dr. Bob Gannon, Department of Biology, received funding for FY2013 for the project titled "Evaluation of Servier Compounds for Efficacy in Modulating Hamster Circadian Activity Rhythms" in the amount of $77,785. This project, funded by Institut de Recherches Servier of Suresnes, France, is now in its sixth year and continues to providing valuable data for drug development.

Frank Barnas, Department of Communication Arts on receipt of additional funding ($4,200) from the City of Valdosta for continued programming of the government access channel, Metro Valdosta 17, for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Channel 17 provides valuable information to area residents about upcoming public events and activities.

Dr. Donna Sewell, Department of English, received a $20,000 award from the U.S. Department of Education through the University of California Berkeley for the Blackwater Writing Project., The National Writing Project: 2012-2013 Teacher Leadership Development Seed Grant will support teacher participants from Valdosta City Schools in the 2013 Summer Institute where they enhance their knowledge, understanding, and teaching of English language arts to increase quality of student literacy and writing.



Dr. Ron Stunda, assistant professor of accounting and graduate student Lindsey Wisenbaker, had a paper titled "Have Financial Institutions Benefited From TARP?"  published in the fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Business and Accounting.

Dr. Len Weld, Dr. Ray Elson, and graduate student Casey Kennedy published an article in the September 2013 issue of Taxes--the Tax Magazine. The article is titled "NOt -for-Profit Organizations and Unrelated Business Taxable Income."