Award Archive

Archive of previous awards.


November 2014 awards

11/05/2014 Dr. Alexis Janosik, Lecturer of Biology, received $29,366 from the Fish & Wildlife Service for the new project Detection of Imperiled and At-Risk Aquatic Species: Using Environmental DNA. The use of eDNA will be employed to survey at risk or imperiled species throughout aquatic habitats in the state of Alabama. The following species of specific of concern will be focused upon: Alabama shad (Alosa alabamae), Frecklebelly madtom (Noturus munitus), Mooneye (Hiodon tergisus). In addition, monitoring of the Alabama sturgeon and the Gulf sturgeon will continue. Each of these species is at immediate risk and detection is crucial. Additionally, some of these species are known for migrating great distance across their distribution and detection with traditional sampling can be difficult. The goal of conservation efforts for these species is ultimately a captive breeding program, however, this requires that specimens are collected. Detection of the species using eDNA can be used to infer priority localities to concentrate and traditional sampling effort and conservation. Detection of at risk and imperiled species listed (or other opportune species) above using eDNA will identify areas for targeted sampling and conservation. In addition, detection will allow a broader understanding of habitat use by these imperiled species. Contact Dr. Janosik at 850-857-6033 or ajanosik@uwf.edu for more information.

11/07/2014 Mr. Joseph Vincenza, Director of WUWF Public Media and WUWF-TV, received $152,411 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the new project CPB Radio Community Services Grant 2014-2016. This is the annual funding which provides support for the WUWF operations. Contact Mr. Vincenza at 850-473-7451 or jvincenza@uwf.edu for more information.

11/14/2014 Dr. Karen L. Rasmussen, Director of Programs of Applied Science, Technology and Administration, received $216,667 from the US Department of Education for the new project Florida Inclusion Network 2014-2015. The purpose of the Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) is to maintain a statewide network of facilitators working geographically within four regions to assist schools and school districts in the implementation of best practices for inclusive education. All FIN services are provided using a multi-tiered system of support aligned with data-driven problem-solving process and the BEESS Strategic Plan. Contact Dr. Rasmussen at 850-474-2301 or krasmuss@uwf.edu for more information.

11/19/2014 Dr. Jeffrey Eble, Research Associate of Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), received $20,000 from the National Park Service for the new project Gulf Islands National Seashore (Students/Internships). This project is entered into for the placement of undergraduate and graduate students of UWF who provide their services through NPS internships and/or the Federal Work-Study program for stipends, training, and educational experience in the areas of natural and physical sciences, ecology, wildlife biology, history, cultural resources, business, administration, outdoor recreation, hospitality, education, and other related academic study areas at Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS), Florida District. Contact Dr. Eble at 850-474-2060 or jeble1@uwf.edu for more information.



October 2014 awards

10/02/2014 Dr. Patrick K. Moore, Associate Professor of History, received an additional $3,560 from the Historical Research Associates, Inc. for the project HRA-UWF Next Exit History Development Collaboration. This project will provide assignment of Dr. Patrick Moore to work with the sponsor in development of intellectual property enhancements for commercialization of Next Exit History. Contact Dr. Moore at 850-474-2680 or pmoore@uwf.edu for more information.

10/02/2014 Mr. Peter Robinson, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, received $81,400 from the US Department of Homeland Security for the new project 2013-2014 Domestic Security K-20 Mass Communications. This project will continue the expansion of the internal building notification speaker system which was begun using 2009 and 2010 Domestic Security Funding. The buildings on the University of West Florida Campus (UWF) were originally built with no ability to notify occupants during crisis situations such as security threats and other types of emergency situations. The continued buildout of this system would allow the UWF Police Department to send immediate audible emergency notification messages to students and staff using the already available campus network system. Contact Mr. Robinson at 850-474-2435 or probinso@uwf.edu for more information.

10/07/2014 Dr. Ermalynn Kiehl, Associate Dean of Health and Chair & Associate Professor of Nursing, received $3,000 from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for the new project APGF-AACN White Coat Ceremony. The UWF Department of Nursing will participate as an inaugural school in the Arnold P. Gold Foundation White Coat Ceremony for Nurses in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. UWF is one of 100 schools of nursing selected to receive funding support to pilot White Coat Ceremonies, which are designed to instill a commitment to providing compassionate care among future health care professionals. This ground-breaking program was developed to promote humanistic, patient-centered care among incoming nursing students. Contact Dr. Kiehl at 850-473-7761 or ekiehl@uwf.edu for more information.

10/08/2014 Dr. Matthew C. Schwartz, Chair and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, received an additional $19,960 from the National Park Service for the project CESU Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Multi-Parameter Datasondes and Collection of Water Quality Samples at Gulf Islands National Seashore Yr 2. This project will include two components: (1) the installation, operation, and maintenance of a continuous recording multi-parameter datasonde located within GUIS waters, and (2) the collection of in situ water quality data coupled with grab samples during routine, monthly site visits. Dr. Schwartz will work with one or more of his graduate students to calibrate the sonde sensors (temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity) on both sonde units and then field test the sonde and associated mooring. Both sonde units will be field tested by the end of September 2009 to facilitate deployment by the planned deployment date. Upon deployment of the sonde unit, Dr. Schwartz will coordinate monthly site visits to the data sonde to (1) characterize in situ water column chemistry, (2) collect water column grab samples, and (3) provide the samples to an NPS contracted analytical laboratory. Contact Dr. Schwartz at 850-474-3469 or mschwartz@uwf.edu for more information.

10/13/2014 Mr. Benjamin Stubbs, Associate Director of Student Involvement in University Commons and Student Activities, received $1,000 from Florida Campus Compact for the new project Non-Partisan Issue Based Civic Dialogues. Florida Campus Compact's 2014 Campus Democracy Project is a non-partisan initiative that seeks to promote civil and issue based dialogue, while inspiring leadership and civic responsibility for conscientious citizenship in a participatory democracy, through increased civic education and participation at Florida's institutions of higher education. This initiative does not endorse, promote or support any candidate, issue, platform, or political party. UWF will offer a series of dialogue sessions highlighting political engagement, poverty in Pensacola, and higher education and the 2014 Election Cycle. Contact Mr. Stubbs at 850-474-2402 or bstubbs@uwf.edu for more information.

10/17/2014 Dr. Melanie Diloreto, Instructor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, received $5,000 from Academic Partnerships for the new project Student Satisfaction and Perceived Learning in Online Learning Environments: The Mediating Effect of Student Engagement. Studies have shown that course structure and organization, learner interaction, student engagement, and instructor presence accounts for considerable variance in student satisfaction and perceived learning in online learning environments through a range of pathways, although no research to date has tested the mediational relationship identified. The researchers will investigate the structural presence on student satisfaction and perceived learning. Furthermore, this study will explore the differences, if any, in student satisfaction and perceived learning based on whether or not the course is certified by Quality Matters. This study aims to expand upon the existing literature about online learning and the variables that influence student satisfaction and perceived learning. The results of this study should inform practice related to increasing retention and improving the quality of online teaching and learning. Contact Dr. Diloreto at 850-857-6496 or mdiloreto@uwf.edu for more information.

10/20/2014 Dr. Brice Harris, Director of the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, received $40,000 from the Century Area Chamber of Commerce for the new project Town of Century Economic Development Services. The University of West Florida will provide the Town of Century with one full-time equivalent staff person to provide the services of an Economic Development Resource Coordinator. UWF will work with the Century Area Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Century's Enterprise Zone Advisory Board, Town of Century Council, Office of the Mayor, and the UWF Haas Center in providing the services described herein. The employee will have primary responsibilities for coordinating the implementation of the Town of Century's Economic Development Strategic Plan. This position requires the ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with the general public, area businesses, clients, the media, State, Federal and local governments, etc. Contact Dr. Harris at 850-698-2107 or bharris@uwf.edu for more information.

10/31/2014 Dr. Debra M. Vinci, Associate Professor in Health Leisure & Exercise Science, received $199,675 from the Florida Department of Health (Escambia County) for the new project Promoting Physical Activity and Nutrition Education (PANE) in Child Care Settings. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH–Escambia) is collaborating with the University of West Florida (UWF) for the “Promote Physical Activity and Nutrition Education in Childcare Settings” (PANE-CS) intervention through this 10 month fixed price—fixed fee purchasing agreement. FDOH-Escambia shall pay UWF for deliverables in accordance with this Statement of Work in an amount not to exceed $199,675.00. Deliverable rates were determined by FDOH-Escambia as necessary to cover reasonable and necessary costs associated with the development, training, and implementation of the PANE-CS intervention. The assessment of needs and current practices in Escambia County and the pilot intervention completed in this project will lead to a sustainable program that can be expanded to additional childcare centers in Year Two. Contact Dr. Vinci at 850-474-2598 or dvinci@uwf.edu for more information.



September 2014 awards

09/09/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of SBDC State Director's Office Network, Florida, received an additional $90,000 from the US Small Business Administration for the project Veteran's Business Outreach (Option Yr. 4). These additional funds will be used for marketing and advertising, "Boots to Business" delivery, temporary staffing and training events. This additional funding will strengthen the delivery of services to our Veteran's. Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

09/09/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of SBDC State Director's Office Network, Florida, received an additional $150,000 from the Defense Logistics Agency for the project Procurement Technical Assistance 2014-2015 (additional funds). Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

09/12/2014 Dr. Erica Jordan, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received $10,479 from the Florida Department of Health (Escambia County) for the project Attack Infant Mortality (AIM) Phase III Community Stress Assessment. The overarching goal of the AIM project is to address infant mortality disparities in Escambia County. This will be accomplished through the following strategies: 1) conducting an assessment of the psychosocial and health experiences of young women (between the ages of 18 and 40) in Escambia County; 2) training 100 community peer health educators who live or work in the 32505 ZIP code of Escambia County with persistently high infant mortality rates; 3) creating awareness about the issue of infant mortality disparity by partnering with community stakeholders in the high-risk ZIP code, and 4) by implementing a targeted marketing campaign. During the assessment period, it may be necessary to adjust the specific aims of this project. However, the objectives of assessing the experiences of young adult women, training community peer educators, and creating awareness about infant mortality disparity will be achieved. Specifically, the University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-EC) would partner to provide the following: 1)Community Stress Assessment: An evaluation of psychosocial factors and a summary of physical health factors that may lead to increased risk of infant mortality; 2) AIM Training: Training sessions held in the 32505 ZIP code for young adult peer health educators who live or work in the area; and 3)AIM Campaign: A targeted marketing campaign highlighting preventable risk factors related to infant mortality disparities and marketing events with African American professional, faith-based, and community groups in the 32505 ZIP code. Contact Dr. Jordan at 850-474-2689 or ejordan@uwf.edu for more information.



August 2014 awards

08/06/2014 Dr. Michael Huggins, Professor of Chemistry, received $3,536 from Alancy LLC for the new project Alancy Master Service Agreement_003 Synthesis of Urea Derivatives. Dr. Michael Huggins will work with Dr. Alan Schrock, Alancy, LLC. to develop procedures to produce a series of polyesters from known diacids and diols. Condensation polymerization of 1kg batches of various diols and aliphatic diacids will be performed. The polyester polymers will be analyzed by NMR, DSC and other analytical methods to determine their molecular weights. Contact Dr. Huggins at 850-474-2741 or mhuggins@uwf.edu for more information.

08/11/2014 Dr. Jane M. Caffrey, Professor in Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), received $4,118 from the University of Southern Mississippi for the new project Water Quality in Bang's Lake: Effects of Recurrent Phosphate Spills to a Coastal Estuary. Two large phosphate spills have occurred from Mississippi Phosphate Corporation (a fertilizer production facility) to the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's (GBNERR) Bangs Lake since 2005. Following these spills, phosphate concentrations in surface waters rose from near zero to as high as 7mg L-1 and pH dropped dramatically from an average of -7.5 to near 3.7. Less dramatic changes in phosphate concentrations and pH were measured at other regularly sampled stations nearby, and large fish kills also occurred throughout the Reserve. There is also evidence of potential continuous input of phosphate to Bangs Lake from smaller ongoing spills or dry deposition. These events and the obvious biological impacts to the waters of a protected NERR warrant further investigation. This proposal addresses four basic questions developed by the Phosphate Working Group to assess the water quality impacts of repeated phosphate spills on an otherwise relatively undisturbed estuarine ecosystem. (1) What is the fate of phosphorus after a spill (Where does it go)? (2) Is there a detectable preserved sedimentary record of past phosphorus spills? (3) Is there a biological fertilizer effect on microalgal production? (4) Is dry deposition of gypsum particles from the fertilizer plant a source of phosphorus to the Reserve? The proposed research project addresses the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute's Water Quality research priority area. This project will train six undergraduate students to collect and analyze environmental samples and conduct pertinent experiments using established methods to learn about chemical and biological processes that occur in coastal ecosystems. A graduate student from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab with field and laboratory experience using these methods will be trained to coordinate and oversee much of the work conducted by the summer interns. Contact Dr. Caffrey at 850-857-6089 or jcaffrey@uwf.edu for more information.

08/15/2014 Dr. Douglas Trelfa, Director of Japan Center, received $30,000 from the Japan Foundation New York for the new project UWF Japanese Language Salary Assistance Program. This project will fund salary assistance for a Japanese Language instructor to assist in promoting instruction in the Japanese language and culture. Contact Dr. Trelfa at 850-474-3108 or dtrelfa@uwf.edu for more information.

08/19/2014 Dr. Richard K. Harper, Assistant Vice President of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement, received $300,000 from the Studer Institute, LLC for the new project Research and Community Engagement Project. OEDE will work with SI to design, deliver and update a dashboard of proposed economic and social measurements. It will highlight initial levels, and changes in those levels, of indicators of our community relative to other communities, and of indicators of the relative status and attainment of groups within our community. Among the most important of these indicators are those describing income inequality, family structure, public safety, and education and training. It is anticipated that the set of dashboard indicators could number as many as 60, although it will be appropriate to focus relatively more attention on a limited subset of these. Dashboard indicator data series will be constructed from existing secondary data sources and presented at either the county or the MSA level as desired by SI. As a part of the work of this project, Dr. Rick Harper will by appointed by SI to serve as director of the Studer Institute’s community indicators project, participating broadly in staff oversight and Studer-branded print, digital and cable content. This will include identification of benchmarks, creation of assessment tools, and highlighting best practices as identified in available scholarly and practitioner literature, along with any other research or economic development issues. Dr. Harper will have joint editorial control over substantive content/opinions publications. It is specifically agreed by the parties that Dr. Harper will make decisions in the exercise of his independent scholarly judgment. In the event of disagreement between the parties, publications will disclaim the University’s involvement in such publication in form acceptable to Dr. Harper. Other OEDE staff will also be available for consultation and provision of custom research (e.g., real estate analysis on a neighborhood specific basis, or analysis of retail sales tax data trends by type of store, etc.). Contact Dr. Harper at 850-474-2657 or rharper@uwf.edu for more information.

08/20/2014 Dr. Steven J. Kass, Professor of Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) in Psychology, received an additional $290,215 from the US Department of Education for the existing project Race to the Top FLDOE developed Student Growth Models for Hard-to-Measure Course Content Areas (Physical Education, Art, Music). In 2010, Florida's State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) developed by educators and sponsored by the National Governors Association to establish national standards for academic performance in a number of core content areas, including English Language Arts, History/Social Studies, Science, and other Technical Subjects. Since that time, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has begun both implementing and assessing academic performance in a number of content areas that have universally accepted methods of assessment. However, for other "hard-to-measure" content areas, including Physical Education, Music, and Art, no universally accepted methods of assessment are available. Consequently, the purpose of the proposed investigation will be to 1) provide the FDOE with a description of the assessment methods and models currently being used throughout the United States to assess student growth in Physical Education, Music, and Art, 2) identify and summarize relevant literature regarding which assessment strategies are best at measuring student growth in these disciplines, and 3) provide recommendations regarding which assessment models should be examined psychometrically. Contact Dr. Kass at 850-474-2107 or skass@uwf.edu for more information.

08/20/2014 Dr. Phyllis K. Pooley, Co-Director of Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, received $10,000 from the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners for the project 2014 Military Transitioning Study. The Haas Center will collect and analyze data from a particular subset of skilled labor inside Santa Rosa County and the five-county Northwest Florida Region (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay). Specifically, the occupational specialties of Santa Rosa County’s population of separated Department of Defense personnel, to include both the commissioned officer, warrant and enlisted rank categories. These data, available from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), in response to an outstanding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, apply to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard for the NWFL region. A variety of data sources will be utilized with the separation data described above. These data sets include (but not limited to) commuter patterns from the Census, Department of Defense occupation to Standard Occupation Classification Code crosswalk tables available from the National Crosswalk Service Center, and O*Net crosswalks and definitions. The Haas Center will estimate by rough order of magnitude current and projected future labor force expertise, and the geographic location of those skill-sets, inside Santa Rosa County and the NWFL region. The final report will include an Executive Summary of the major findings and recommendations. A cohesive presentation of the principal findings will be provided in the main report. Contact Dr. Pooley at 850-474-3388 or pkpooley@uwf.edu for more information.

08/21/2014 Dr. Samuel R. Mathews II, Research Professor/PI of Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) in the Psychology, received $56,716 from the National Institutes of Health to continue the project Health Impact of Deepwater Horizon Spill in Eastern Gulf Coast Communities: Developing Effective Strategies for Community-Based Outreach and Dissemination Year 4. The goals and core tasks of the CODC outreach core are focused on (1) identifying through research and then matching critical resources with needs of individuals, families, communities, and small businesses in the western Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coastline impacted by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) disaster; (2 synthesizing the research findings of consortium PIs and translating these through open public channels of communication that foster two-way dialogue and consensus building; and (3) extending the CODC outreach framework model as a social learning platform designed to mitigate losses and increase the needs and characteristics of the target population; coordinating the translation of relevant information into knowledge suitable to enhancing the preparedness and resiliency of the target population; and strengthening and developing societal structures that empower communities to mitigate losses and increase resiliency to both natural and human initiated disasters. The project team plans to leverage already existing resources and community based resiliency efforts that stem from local responses to the hurricanes that hit Florida, Alabama and Mississippi in 2004. Project efforts will begin with existing and longstanding relationships with NGOs, state and local agencies, faith-based organizations, and other community groups. As partners in the CODC, and members of the Community Advisory Committee and local community Task Forces, individuals from these agencies and organizations will assist in identifying resource needs and gaps; participate in a year one regional forum to share research findings and provide input to developing a strategic plan of action for the outreach core; work with core staff to develop collaborative approaches to materials dissemination and professional training and development and partner on developing a quick response identification and referral network. Contact Dr. Mathews at 850-474-2033 or smathews@uwf.edu for more information.

08/29/2014 Dr. Kim Leduff, Chief Diversity Officer/AVP of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and International Affairs, received an additional $292,193 from the US Department of Education for the project Student Support Services TRIO 2010-2015. This project provides supplemental instruction, mentorship, and enhancement to eligible students under the US ED Student Support Services TRIO program. Contact Dr. Leduff at 850-474-2600 or kleduff@uwf.edu for more information.



July 2014 awards

07/01/2014 Dr. Carla J. Thompson, Director of the Community Outreach Research and Learning (CORAL) Center and Associate Professor of Research & Advanced Studies, received $56,622 from the US Department of Education for the new project Early Intervention Evaluation 2014-2015. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of Santa Rosa County School Title I Elementary Reading Intervention Program. Contact Dr. Thompson at 850-473-7327 or cthompson1@uwf.edu for more information.

07/01/2014 Ms. Patricia Barrington, Instructor of Exercise Science and Community Health, received $12,000 from the Centers for Disease Control for the new project UWF Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative. The purpose of this project is to support and promote a tobacco-free campus policy and systems change that impact tobacco related social norms among students, faculty, and staff at the University of West Florida. Students, faculty and staff will be educated on tobacco prevention, cessation, and the dangers of secondhand smoke (addressing cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and hookah), as well as the importance of adopting a tobacco free university campus policy. The University will build or sustain organizational capacity through the development or maintenance of a campus tobacco-free task force to address tobacco related policies and activities throughout its campus. This initiative will also increase use of Florida's 3 Ways to Quit. Contact Ms. Barrington at 850-474-2194 or pbarrington@uwf.edu for more information.

07/03/2014 Dr. Philip C. Darby, Professor in Biology, received $24,999 from the National Park Service for the new project GC-CESU: Development of Natural Resource Condition Assessment Reports for Five Intermountain Region Parks. This project coordinates a resource inventory of natural history and ecological functions in regard to monitoring and managing natural resources. This project focuses on resources of the Learning Center of the American Southwest. Contact Dr. Darby at 850-474-2647 or pdarby@uwf.edu for more information.

07/14/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received $482,472 from the Defense Logistics Agency for the new project Procurement Technical Assistance 2014-2015 (Base Year). Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

07/14/2014 Mr. Kelly Massey, Director of Small Business Development Center - UWF, received $117,528 from the Defense Logistics Agency for the new project Procurement Technical Assistance Program 2014-2015 (UWF). Contact Mr. Massey at 850-474-2567 or kmassey@uwf.edu for more information.

07/15/2014 Dr. Pat J. Wentz, Director of SACS CASI Florida Council, received $83,338 from the Florida Committee on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Secondary and Middle Schools to renew the project FCSACS Secondary and Middle Schools Support Services. The University of West Florida operates the administrative office of the Florida Secondary and Middle School Committee to provide the services of a statewide director for the Committee and to provide administrative support for the director and the Committee's activities. Contact Dr. Wentz at 850-474-2801 or pwentz@uwf.edu for more information.

07/15/2014 Dr. Joanne Curtin, Associate Professor of Archaeology Institute, received $1,100 from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for the new project Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Consulting/Analysis. This project will provide services of trained personnel in forensic archaeological recovery techniques to assist in the recovery and analysis of human skeletal remains from forensic contexts. A full-scale forensic anthropological report, including the biological profile of the decedent (sex, age, ancestry, and stature), trauma and pathology interpretation, and positive identification (if applicable) will be provided. Contact Dr. Curtin at 850-474-2795 or jcurtin@uwf.edu for more information.

07/18/2014 Mr. Pat Crawford, Executive Director of WUWF Public Media, received $100,000 from the Florida Department of Education for the new project Florida Public Radio Stations 2014-2015. The purpose of this project is to continue to expand our local news coverage and production of local program content for both traditional broadcast and multiple digital platforms. Expansion will include establishing an Emerald Coast News Bureau to provide local coverage of issues affecting Okaloosa and Walton counties. Additionally, we will continue to partner with the 13 radio station members of the association of Public Media in Florida in operating the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, successfully launched in FY2013-2014. Contact Mr. Crawford at 850-474-2426 or pcrawfor@uwf.edu for more information.

07/25/2014 Dr. Kathleen M. Heubach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Institute for Innovative Community Learning (ICL), received $320,000 from the US Department of Education for the new project Santa Rosa Title I Mentoring 2014-2015. UWF will provide student research assistants to conduct early reading intervention tutoring, mentoring, and research activities in Title 1 schools in Santa Rosa County School District. Contact Dr. Heubach at 850-474-2858 or kheubach@uwf.edu for more information.



June 2014 awards

06/02/2014 Dr. Jeffrey Eble, Research Associate of Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), received $11,321 from the National Park Service for the new project GC-CESU: Reptile and Amphibian Monitoring at Gulf Islands National SeashoreFlorida Unit – Naval Live Oaks area (GUIS-NLO). The tasks in this proposal represent a continuation of reptile and amphibian monitoring at Gulf Islands National Seashore – Florida Unit- Naval Live Oaks Area (GUIS-NLO), to be conducted by Dr. Jeff Eble of the University of West Florida (UWF) with substantial NPS involvement. Dr. Eble will be the field implementation PI and field crew leader. One NPS member will be present to assist with each sampling event. Reptiles and Amphibians of GUIS-NLO will be sampled monthly with a combination of (1) funnel-traps, (2) cover-boards, (3) PVC-pipes, and (4) incidental observations. Trap deployment/assessment will occur at sites previously established by Dr. Robert Woodward, NPS Inventory and Monitoring – Gulf Coast Network (Appendix 1, Project Site Map) following established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP; Appendices 2-13).Copies of field service data sheets, photos, field trip reports, and HoBo data file will be provided to the NPS Gulf Coast Network Science Information Specialist within one week after completion of each monthly survey. Contact Dr. Eble at 850-474-2060 or jeble1@uwf.edu for more information.

06/03/2014 Dr. Erica Jordan, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Center for Applied Psychology, received $22,897 from the Florida Department of Health (Escambia County) for the project Attack Infant Mortality (AIM) Phase II Community Awareness Campaign. The overarching goal of the AIM project is to address infant mortality disparities in Escambia County. This will be accomplished through the following strategies: 1) conducting an assessment of the psychosocial and health experiences of young women (between the ages of 18 and 40) in Escambia County; 2) training 100 community peer health educators who live or work in the 32505 ZIP code of Escambia County with persistently high infant mortality rates; 3) creating awareness about the issue of infant mortality disparity by partnering with community stakeholders in the high-risk ZIP code, and 4) by implementing a targeted marketing campaign. During the assessment period, it may be necessary to adjust the specific aims of this project. However, the objectives of assessing the experiences of young adult women, training community peer educators, and creating awareness about infant mortality disparity will be achieved. Specifically, the University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-EC) would partner to provide the following: 1)Community Stress Assessment: An evaluation of psychosocial factors and a summary of physical health factors that may lead to increased risk of infant mortality; 2) AIM Training: Training sessions held in the 32505 ZIP code for young adult peer health educators who live or work in the area; and 3)AIM Campaign: A targeted marketing campaign highlighting preventable risk factors related to infant mortality disparities and marketing events with African American professional, faith-based, and community groups in the 32505 ZIP code. Contact Dr. Jordan at 850-474-2689 or ejordan@uwf.edu for more information.

06/04/2014 Dr. Jane M. Caffrey, Associate Professor in Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), received $3,814 from Geological Survey for the new project Water Quality in Bang’s Lake: Effects of Recurrent Phosphate Spills to a Coastal Estuary. Two large phosphate spills have occurred from Mississippi Phosphate Corporation (a fertilizer production facility) to the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's (GBNERR) Bangs Lake since 2005. Following these spills, phosphate concentrations in surface waters rose from near zero to as high as 7mg L-1 and pH dropped dramatically from an average of -7.5 to near 3.7. Less dramatic changes in phosphate concentrations and pH were measured at other regularly sampled stations nearby, and large fish kills also occurred throughout the Reserve. There is also evidence of potential continuous input of phosphate to Bangs Lake from smaller ongoing spills or dry deposition. These events and the obvious biological impacts to the waters of a protected NERR warrant further investigation. This proposal addresses four basic questions developed by the Phosphate Working Group to assess the water quality impacts of repeated phosphate spills on an otherwise relatively undisturbed estuarine ecosystem. (1) What is the fate of phosphorus after a spill (Where does it go)? (2) Is there a detectable preserved sedimentary record of past phosphorus spills? (3) Is there a biological fertilizer effect on microalgal production? (4) Is dry deposition of gypsum particles from the fertilizer plant a source of phosphorus to the Reserve? The proposed research project addresses the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute's Water Quality research priority area. This project will train six undergraduate students to collect and analyze environmental samples and conduct pertinent experiments using established methods to learn about chemical and biological processes that occur in coastal ecosystems. A graduate student from the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab with field and laboratory experience using these methods will be trained to coordinate and oversee much of the work conducted by the summer interns. Contact Dr. Caffrey at 850-857-6089 or jcaffrey@uwf.edu for more information.

06/12/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received $180,000 from the US Small Business Administration to continue the project Veteran's Business Outreach 2014-2015 (Option Yr. 4). Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

06/16/2014 Dr. Philip C. Darby, Professor in Biology, received $24,999 from the National Park Service for the new project GC-CESU: Development of Natural Resource Condition Assessment Reports for Five Intermountain Region Parks. This project coordinates a resource inventory of natural history and ecological functions in regard to monitoring and managing natural resources. This project focuses on resources of the Learning Center of the American Southwest. Contact Dr. Darby at 850-474-2647 or pdarby@uwf.edu for more information.

06/17/2014 Mr. Ron Northrup Jr., Professional Engineer of Facilities Planning & Construction, received $577,500 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the new project Florida 2014 April Panhandle Storm - Emergency Watershed Protection Exigency. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is authorized to assist in relieving hazards created by natural disasters that cause a sudden impairment of a watershed. UWF will install emergency watershed protection measures to relieve hazards and damages created by the Florida 2014 April Panhandle Storm. Contact Mr. Northrup at 850-474-2040 or rnorthru@uwf.edu for more information.

06/26/2014 Dr. Raid Amin, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, received an additional $24,180 from Sacred Heart Hospital for the project SHHS Statistical Consulting Services. The University will provide statistical consultation services for Dr. Raid W. Amin to work on site with Sacred Heart Health System personnel in statistical methodology and analysis. Contact Dr. Amin at 850-474-3014 or ramin@uwf.edu for more information.



May 2014 awards

05/02/2014 Dr. Wanda Wade, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, received $5,000 from the University of Louisville Research Foundation for the new project Virtual Coaching Modeling. The scope of work for the Virtual Coaching Model includes all planning, execution, implementation, and training for integrating the Virtual Coaching Model as a means for completing virtual observations of student teachers located in remote locations in conjunction with the University of Louisville. The PI will be responsible for the development of the new model based on feedback to be provided by University of Louisville faculty, staff and remote locations on-site administrators. The PI must ensure it has adequate resources for developing, testing and implementing the Virtual Coaching Model and training of University of Louisville personnel. Contact Dr. Wade at 850-474-2893 or wwade@uwf.edu for more information.

05/05/2014 Dr. Raid Amin, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, received $1,600 from West Florida Hospital for the new project West Florida Hospital Statistical Consulting Services. The University will provide statistical consultation services for Dr. Amin to work on site with West Florida Hospital personnel in statistical methodology and analysis. Contact Dr. Amin at 850-474-3014 or ramin@uwf.edu for more information.

05/10/2014 Dr. Glenn E. Rohrer, Professor in Social Work and Executive Director, Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project for Florida, received $1,040,508 from BP Exploration & Production, Inc to continue the project Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project (Year 3). The Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project (MBHCP) of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program will provide much needed mental and behavioral health treatment and longer-term supportive services to improve the overall well-being of individuals, families and communities affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Alabama, the Florida panhandle, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Based on data gathered by the Directors of the Project from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work and the University of South Alabama Department of Psychology, there are significant mental and behavioral health needs directly attributable to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This project will address these immediate needs and help build mental and behavioral health treatment capacity and literacy to help the communities along the Gulf Coast prepare for future man-made and natural disasters. The UWF target population includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton and Bay counties. Contact Dr. Rohrer at 850-474-2154 or grohrer@uwf.edu for more information.

05/12/2014 Dr. Brice Harris, Associate Director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE), received $20,000 from the City of Pensacola for the new project Pensacola Community Survey. The Haas Center will conduct a live telephone survey, designed to measure the attitudes and opinions of Pensacola residents regarding their satisfaction with city services, as well as their perceptions of city safety, governance, appearance, mobility, housing, quality of life, and civic participation. Furthermore, the Haas Center will present the findings in such a manner that they can easily be incorporated into the Pensacola City Scorecard. Working closely with city officials, Haas Center researchers will develop an instrument designed to measure resident perceptions of the above listed variables. The final document will provide analysis of the survey results on citywide and council district. Contact Dr. Harris at 850-474-2708 or bharris@uwf.edu for more information.

05/12/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received an additional $581,666 from the Small Business Administration for the current project Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2014. Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

05/19/2014 Dr. Karen Molek, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, received $137,668 from the National Institutes of Health for the new project Expanding a Model Program Which Has Increased the Number of Underrepresented Students in Biomedical-Relevant Graduate Programs. The proposed MARC Scholars Program seeks to dramatically increase retention, academic performance, degree attainment, and graduate school matriculation rates among underrepresented STEM minority students at the University of West Florida (UWF). The program is modeled after UWF’s “Chemistry Scholars Program,” an inclusion program modeled after the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at UMBC that is designed to support high-potential UR students who start college with an interest in STEM. After two short years Chem Scholars has already made a profound impact, with 4 UR students matriculating to PhD and MD-PhD programs. Known at UWF as a model department, the Chemistry Department has a 95%acceptance rate among all students applying for graduate programs. With NIH support, we now propose to evolve Chem Scholars into a broader “Science Scholars Program” that encompasses the Chemistry, Biology and Physics departments. Currently, 64 MARC eligible UR students majoring in one of these three programs are enrolled at UWF. The proposed program has four major components: 1) integration both academically and socially through the Science Scholars Program, which will also serve as a means for recruitment; 2) a rigorous academic preparedness program with the addition of a Research-Intensive Honors Degree piloted by Chemistry and research experiences both at UWF and R-1 institutions; 3) a support system implemented through Science Scholars, MARC Scholars, “intrusive advising” and regulated advising for both academic coursework, research and MARC Scholars, and 4) the creation of a formal tracking system through Institutional Research. With 76% of the UWF undergraduate population qualifying for federal financial aid, 30% classified as underrepresented according to the NIH guidelines, and 60% of all UR STEM majors having declared a major in one of these three departments, the proposed UWF MARC Scholars Program will uniquely serve a large population of UR students and should have a significant positive impact on institutional and regional climate. Contact Dr. Molek at 850-474-2799 or ksinclair@uwf.edu for more information.



April 2014 awards

04/03/2014 Dr. Brice Harris, Associate Director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE), received $9,500 from Atkins North America, Inc. for the new project Santa Rosa County RESTORE Services. Contact Dr. Harris at 850-474-2708 or bharris@uwf.edu for more information.

04/07/2014 Dr. Kathleen M. Heubach, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of the Institute for Innovative Community Learning (ICL), received an additional $16,000 from the US Department of Education for the project Santa Rosa Title I Mentoring 2013-2014. Contact Dr. Heubach at 850-474-2858 or kheubach@uwf.edu for more information.

04/09/2014 Mr. Joseph Vincenza, Director of WUWF Public Media and WUWF-TV, received an additional $8,696 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the project CPB Radio Community Services Grant 2013-2015. This is the annual funding which provides support for the WUWF operations. Contact Mr. Vincenza at 850-473-7451 or jvincenza@uwf.edu for more information.

04/21/2014 Dr. Erica Jordan, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Center for Applied Psychology, received $132,766 from the Florida Department of Health (Escambia County) for the new project Attack Infant Mortality (AIM) Phase I Community Peer Health Educator Program. The overarching goal of the AIM project is to address infant mortality disparities in Escambia County. This will be accomplished through the following strategies: 1) conducting an assessment of the psychosocial and health experiences of young women (between the ages of 18 and 40) in Escambia County; 2) training 100 community peer health educators who live or work in the 32505 ZIP code of Escambia County with persistently high infant mortality rates; 3) creating awareness about the issue of infant mortality disparity by partnering with community stakeholders in the high-risk ZIP code, and 4) by implementing a targeted marketing campaign. During the assessment period, it may be necessary to adjust the specific aims of this project. However, the objectives of assessing the experiences of young adult women, training community peer educators, and creating awareness about infant mortality disparity will be achieved. Specifically, the University of West Florida (UWF) and the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-EC) would partner to provide the following: 1)Community Stress Assessment: An evaluation of psychosocial factors and a summary of physical health factors that may lead to increased risk of infant mortality; 2) AIM Training: Training sessions held in the 32505 ZIP code for young adult peer health educators who live or work in the area; and 3)AIM Campaign: A targeted marketing campaign highlighting preventable risk factors related to infant mortality disparities and marketing events with African American professional, faith-based, and community groups in the 32505 ZIP code. Contact Dr. Jordan at 850-474-2689 or ejordan@uwf.edu for more information.



March 2014 awards

03/11/2014 Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $1,292 from the Florida Space Grant Consortium for the new project Team ARGONAUCKET: NASA Training Grant Hybrid Rocket Competition. This project will provide funding to a student team under the direction of Dr. Bhuvana Ramachandran to develop an entry to the Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition. The team is responsible for building everything from scratch from component parts. Contact Dr. Ramachandran at 850-474-2546 or br@uwf.edu for more information.

03/14/2014 Mr. Matthew Schwalb, Assistant Director of Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, received $55,200 from Peter Mayer Advertising for the new project Emerald Coast Tourism Study. The Haas Center will place personnel on the ground in random locations, at random times, across the Okaloosa County tourist market and conduct visitor intercept surveys. Utilizing data on bed-tax revenues, hotel/condo occupancy rates, hotel price points and retail sales from tourism related sectors as well as data from Okaloosa County, the Haas Center will conduct an assessment of the economic impact tourism on the economy. Center staff will utilize Regional Economic Modeling Incorporated's Policy Insight Plus Model to assess the economic impacts of these various activities on the Okaloosa County economy. The Haas Center will report out the overall economic impact of tourism, the impact on jobs across various critical sectors of the economy and the overall impact of tourism on economic growth in the region. We will utilize tax collections data to report on fiscal impacts for the state as well as for Okaloosa County both in terms of bed tax revenues and sales tax revenues. Contact Mr. Schwalb at 850-439-5417 or mschwalb@uwf.edu for more information.

03/18/2014 Dr. Elizabeth D. Benchley, Director of the Archaeology Institute, received $29,728 from Southeastern Archaeological Research Inc. for the new project Conservation of the VR129 Anchor. The University of West Florida Archaeology Institute (UWF) proposes to conserve an anchor designated VR129 which was recently recovered from the Gulf of Mexico. The project is expected to take daily operations for the anticipated two year duration of the work. The scope of work for this contract includes conservation of what appears to be an Admiralty anchor, constructed between 1840 and 1900. Conservation methods will include photo documentation (before and after), creation of artifact record sheets, and appropriate treatments. Contact Dr. Benchley at 850-474-3015 or ebenchle@uwf.edu for more information.

03/20/2014 Mr. Matthew Schwalb, Assistant Director of Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development, received $3,500 from ARC Gateway, Inc. for the new project Business Community Awareness of Arc Gateway, Inc. Services. This telephone survey will solicit input from county businesses as to their awareness of services provided by Arc Gateway, Inc. The client provides job placement and supported employment services for disabled individuals. Working closely with the Department of Education's Vocational Rehabilitation program and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Arc Gateway, Inc. assists individuals with disabilities with finding and keeping competitive employment. The premise of this project is to survey local businesses concerning their awareness of these types of placement services. Contact Mr. Schwalb at 850-439-5417 or mschwalb@uwf.edu for more information.

03/21/2014 Dr. Dallas Snider, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, received $26,985 from Ball State University for the new project S2ERC Data Mining for Network Performance Assessment . This proposal is to build a model to simulate the environment with the assistance of Northrop Grumman (sponsor). The method will involve collecting and simulating data from several sources. These sources could include but are not limited to network logs, latency tracking, mission control, flight control, and geospatial data. These disparate sources can be integrated to build a data model that will allow analysis through different layers of the system. Features from this data can be selected to mine frequent patterns, classify and cluster to glean knowledge about the problem and derive strategies for resolving issues. Contact Dr. Snider at 850-473-7348 or USERNAME@uwf.edu for more information.

03/26/2014 Dr. Wade H. Jeffrey, Professor of Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation, received an additional $175,511 from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) for the current project Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE). This project will extract DNA from sediments in the DeSoto Canyon Gulf of Mexico to examine samples collected in the same depth bud increasing in distance from the DWH site and in samples from a transect covering the continental slope along the east edge of DeSoto Canyon. This material will be subjected to PCR amplification with primers specific for archea, eubacteria, total eukarya, foraminfera and ciliophore rRNA genes. We will examine genes associated with bacterial degradation of hydrocarbons, for example, alkane hydroxylases and biosurfactant production. PCR products will be used for cloning and sequencing to obtain rarefaction curves of unique sequences to estimate diversity and sequence identification to the lowest possible taxa as a measure of community structure. This research was made possible by a grant from BP/The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Contact Dr. Jeffrey at 850-474-2472 or wjeffrey@uwf.edu for more information.

03/26/2014 Dr. Brice Harris, Associate Director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE), received $24,900 from the City of Destin for the new project Comprehensive Overview of City of Destin's Economy. The Haas Center proposes a replication and slight extension of the 2000 Haas Study which estimated the economic impacts of the charter fishing boat industry on the regional economy. The proposed study will capture the total impacts of the industry on the Destin and Okaloosa economy. Contact Dr. Harris at 850-474-2708 or bharris@uwf.edu for more information.



February 2014 awards

02/05/2014 Mrs. Britt McGowan, Assistant Librarian of University Libraries, received $1,200 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the new project Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle. UWF Libraries has been selected to offer a program of public presentations under the NEH Bridging Cultures program for a project titled "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle." This program will offer a public lecture and discussion forum by a distinguished scholar in the field of Civil Rights. Contact Mrs. McGowan at 850-474-2048 or bmcgowan@uwf.edu for more information.

02/07/2014 Dr. Bhuvaneswari Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received $92,169 from the University of Florida for the new project Introducing Specialization in Sustainable Energy Systems for Undergraduate Students in Engineering at UWF. The objective of this proposal is to introduce a specialization in "Sustainable Energy Systems" for Undergraduate Engineering students at the University of West Florida that could also be used to educate industry professionals towards workforce development. The courses have been designed from the perspective of energy system planning, a subject that has always been complex and evolving rapidly during the past 10-15 years to accommodate dramatic changes in the industry. These changes include the ongoing transformation of the nation's generation portfolio from being heavily dependent on fossil fuels to one that is heavily dependent on renewables (especially wind and solar) and the need for operating competitive electricity markets. The courses designed under this specialization will assist professionals in understanding the limits of our present energy systems and lead us to a future in which we can continue to provide reliable and secure energy resources for improved human quality of life. The proposed specialization program focuses on electrical engineering sources and systems that are nonpolluting, conserving of energy and natural resources, economically viable and safe for workers, communities and consumers. Coursework takes a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainable energy problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts. Students will be able to create study programs suited to their interests and aspirations through their choice of electives and design projects. The course is electrical engineering-based but also covers a wider range of topics including economics, sustainability and environmental studies. Contact Dr. Ramachandran at 850-474-2546 or br@uwf.edu for more information.

02/07/2014 Dr. Richard A. Snyder, Director of Center for Environmental Diagnostics and Bioremediation (CEDB), received $59,991 from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for the new project Assessment of Escambia East Large Area Artificial Reef Site Refugia Reefs: Impacts of Invasive Lionfish. The objective of this project is to document the reef fish community, trophic levels and fish species size structure at twenty-seven (27) selected refugia artificial reefs within the Escambia East Large Area Reef Site (EELAARS) located in the Gulf of Mexico off of Pensacola, Florida. Each of the 27 reefs will be surveyed three times during 2014 (spring, summer, and fall). Observations will be collected utilizing underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video sampling techniques and results will be statistically analyzed to assess the impact of the invasive lionfish on reef fish populations associated with the refugia artificial reefs in the EELAARS. Additionally, this study will provide further analysis of the stability and long-term structural integrity of the EELAARS refugia artificial reefs (constructed in 2003 utilizing funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Contact Dr. Snyder at 850-474-2806 or rsnyder@uwf.edu for more information.

02/13/2014 Mr. Michael Myhre, Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received $99,990 from Enterprise Florida Inc. for the new project Export Marketing Plans. The Export Marketing Plan program provides pre-qualified companies/applicants with a strategic plan for exporting customized to their specific needs and capabilities. The Plan(s) help companies effectively execute their export development strategies by targeting the most suitable overseas markets, developing successful country launch strategies, and providing overseas promotion campaign options. The Plans are completed by a network of Certified Global Business Professionals (CGBPs) located at Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) throughout the state. The U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Florida and Enterprise Florida field offices act as ad hoc advisors. Each applicant is pre-qualified jointly by the CGBP and EFI's local trade representative based on criteria established together by Enterprise Florida and the FSBDC Network. The program is promoted by Enterprise Florida, U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Florida, Florida Small Business Development Centers, the Manufacturer's Association of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and other trade promotion agencies. Contact Mr. Myhre at 850-473-7802 or mmyhre@uwf.edu for more information.

02/25/2014 Dr. Maria Pilar Martin, Assistant Professor of School of Allied Health & Life Sciences, received $3,000 from the March of Dimes Florida Chapter for the new project Enhancing Preconception Health Education Among Hispanics in Escambia Count: Train of Trainers (Advocates). This project will be performed in collaborations with the Escambia Florida Department of Health and the local March of Dimes Chapter. The project objectives are to 1) enhance awareness related to infant mortality, SIDS and premature birth among the leaders of Hispanic community; 2) enhance outreach and education; and 3) ultimately increase prevention and utilization of prenatal services for pregnant women with special emphasis in those with chronic diseases. Project activities will be identification of Hispanic community health workers and leaders; organize two one-day workshops to educate participants on issues and activities; and develop simple, educational culturally competent material in Spanish with the most significant information for women of child-bearing age. Contact Dr. Martin at 850-857-6029 or mmartin1@uwf.edu for more information.



January 2014 awards

01/13/2014 Dr. Pamela T. Northrup, Associate Provost, received $3,200 from TEQGames, LLC for the new project TEQ Games Master Services Agreement: Work Order 002 Central Kitsap School District (CKSD) Aviation Classroom Experience (ACE) Teacher Training. This is a work order under a Master Services Agreement to development and deliver training to educators utilizing an Aviation Classroom Experience to provide STEM education to K-12 students. Contact Dr. Northrup at 850-474-3255 or pnorthru@uwf.edu for more information.



December 2013 awards

12/03/2013 Dr. Karen L. Rasmussen, Director of Programs of Applied Science, Technology and Administration, received $260,000 from the US Department of Education for the new project Florida Inclusion Network 2013-2014.

12/05/2013 Dr. Steven J. Kass, Professor of Center for Applied Psychology (CAP) in the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, received $251,455 from the US Department of Education for the new project Race to the Top FLDOE developed Student Growth Models for Hard-to-Measure Course Content Areas (Physical Education, Art, Music).

12/10/2013 Dr. Brice Harris, Associate Director of the Office of Economic Development and Engagement (OEDE), received $23,000 from the Town of Century, FL for the new project Consulting Services for the Development of an Economic Development Strategic Plan for the Town of Century, Florida.

12/10/2013 Dr. Robert A. Markowitz, Research Associate in the School of Education, received $86,838 from the US Department of Education for the new project Technical Assistance and Training (TATS) Coordinator 2013-2014.

12/13/2013 Mr. Michael Myhre, Interim Director of Florida SBDC State Director's Office Network, received $5,575,188 from the US Small Business Administration for the new project Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2014.

12/13/2013 Mr. Daniel Cavanaugh, Manager of Small Business Development Center - UWF, received $237,081 from the US Small Business Administration for the new project Florida Small Business Development Center Network 2014 (UWF).

12/18/2013 Mr. Joseph Herzog, Interim Chairperson of Social Work, received $70,050 from the US Department of Health and Human Services to renew the project DCF Social Work Field Unit 2010-2015.

12/21/2013 Dr. Patrick K. Moore, Associate Professor of History, received $58,744 from Historical Research Associates, Inc. for the new project HRA-UWF Next Exit History Development Collaboration.



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