Psychology Professor Receives Grant to Study Predictors of Alcohol Abuse in Young Adults
July 10, 2017 - A University of Memphis professor has received a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. James Murphy, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, will examine behavioral economic predictors of the development of alcohol misuse in individuals from age 21-24.
The five-year study is in collaboration with Dr. James MacKillop, director of the Peter Boris Center for Addictions Research at McMaster University in Canada. Murphy and his team will recruit 700 young adults from the Memphis area for "Applying Behavioral Economics to Predict Alcohol Trajectories During the Transition to Adulthood." More Information
UofM Receives $3.2 Million Award to Increase Disaster Resilience in West Tennessee
July 5, 2017 - A multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers led by the University of Memphis has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the 2015 HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition to map and assess damage from future floods and earthquakes in Lake, Dyer, Lauderdale, Madison and Tipton counties in West Tennessee. The effort will also include focused public education and community outreach activities. The UofM grant is part of the $44 million Rural by Nature award to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) to address areas of the state that were heavily impacted by the historic 2011 floods and are also at risk from damage by earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. Most Rural by Nature funds will address major infrastructure upgrades in these communities, including the rehabilitation of aging waste water treatment plants.
The UofM work will provide a toolkit for these communities to plan and prioritize infrastructure upgrades, prepare and respond to future disasters, and submit data-driven funding requests for disaster mitigation. The UofM team includes Vanderbilt University, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium.
"This important work will assist the state in increasing disaster resilience in some of West Tennessee's most vulnerable rural communities through applied research and education," said UofM President M. David Rudd.
"We look forward to working with the University and various state agencies to understand the magnitude and distribution of potential losses from extreme weather events and damaging earthquakes, especially for vulnerable rural communities along the Mississippi River," said Ted Townsend, chief operating officer for the TNECD.
FedEx Institute of Technology Builds on Commitment to Biologistics Research
In the second year since establishing the Biologistics Research Cluster, the FedEx Institute of Technology remains committed to funding research projects in this emerging field and has awarded five grants for 2017. Biologistics can be defined as the management of the safe flow of high-value, temperature-sensitive and time-critical biological materials as they are delivered for patient care, analyzed for diagnostic purposes, processed to higher value products, or stored to meet physical and data archival needs. Research scholars from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Herff College of Engineering will lead the projects. Read the full Press Release.
Professor Pursues Ground-Breaking Military PTSD Research at University of Memphis
Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, director of the Trauma and Coping Research Group at the University of Memphis, has received a grant of more than $925,000 from the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD (CAP) for a study to help better understand the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on the lives of combat veterans. Dr. James Murphy, a UofM faculty member, will be a co-investigator on the project. Learn more about Dr. McDevitt-Murphy's research here.
DOD offers scholarships in information assurance
The Department of Defense is seeking rising junior and senior undergraduate (third and fourth year) and graduate/doctoral students who are interested in full scholarships for concentrated studies in information assurance. Students selected for the program will receive full scholarships and a stipend to cover room and board expenses. Undergraduate students will receive a stipend of $22,500; graduate students will receive a stipend of $30,000 per academic year. During breaks in their academic studies, Information Assurance Scholars will receive progressive, hands-on experience in information security internships. For more information about the scholarship and how to apply, view the CfIA announcement here.
UofM Students and Faculty Participate in Social Work Day on the Hill
The UofM Department of Social Work recently participated in the annual Social Work Day on the Hill. More than 50 students and six faculty members in the bachelor's and master's programs traveled to Nashville to gain practical experience in speaking to legislators, building interdisciplinary professional relationships, and advocating for policies primarily related to mental health and child welfare. Read the Full Press Release
Benjamin L. Hooks Newly Digitized Archive of Critical Material From Life of Civil Rights Leader
Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change makes available an extensive digital archive, created from 397 boxes of documents, photographs, audio recordings and other material from the personal collection of Benjamin L. Hooks, has been painstakingly read, analyzed, scanned and catalogued in a joint collaboration between the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change and the University of Memphis Libraries. Most of the collection focuses on Hooks' tenure as leader of the NAACP from 1977-1992. It represents the largest collection on a single topic at the University. Visit the Hooks Papers website.
World Languages and Literatures: a change overdue
At post-secondary institutions where languages other than English are all grouped within one department, such departments have historically had the word "foreign" in their name. Although this denomination has served a practical purpose, in that it designated languages other than English, and languages that represented countries other than the United States of America, it has also conveyed a sense of otherness, of estrangement, that is difficult to justify in a global society.
Also, the reality of American society in the 21st century is that many languages are no longer "foreign" to the United States (many of them never have been, really). This factor is most striking when one considers that in the United States there are an estimated 45 million Hispanophones (speakers of Spanish as a first or second language), representing approximately 15% of the American public, and making the United States the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world after Mexico.