Researchers at the University of Memphis have received impressive grants recently.
Dr. Lan Wang of the Computer Science Department has received a National Science Foundation grant
to create new and innovative ways to build a more reliable and robust Internet. The
project, known as Named Data Networking, could redesign the Internet to offer better
support for security, mobility and new applications. Read more at www.memphis.edu/releases/sep10/nsfgrant.htm.
The Center for Research in Educational Policy, an independent research unit within the College of Education, has been selected
to conduct an evaluation of a large, multi-site initiative aimed at helping state,
district and school leadership teams implement and sustain high-quality science education
for elementary and middle school students. Read more at www.memphis.edu/releases/sep10/crepgrant.htm.
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded the Loewenberg School of Nursing and the School of Public Health a $1.4 million grant to streamline medical evacuation procedures during a catastrophe.
The two-year study will develop and test a training program to ensure effective interaction
between civilian and military operations in the event of a crisis requiring aeromedical
evacuation. Read more at www.memphis.edu/releases/sep10/lson_sphgrant.htm.
Sanjay Mishra, professor of physics, received a National Science Foundation-Division of Civil,
Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Grant for research on permanent magnets. The
$298,481 award is for "Grain Refined Nanocomposites: A Study on the Effect of Additives
on Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Permanent Magnets." Permanent magnets
have wide industrial applications from motors and generators to space equipment.
Dr. Peter Brand, professor of history, received a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for
the Humanities to continue efforts to publish hieroglyphic texts and pictorial wall
carvings from the ancient Great Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.
The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project has been recording Egyptian inscriptions at the
Temple of Karnak since 1992. Read more at www.memphis.edu/releases/aug10/peterbrand.htm.
Dr. Joan Thomas, associate professor in the Loewenberg School of Nursing, received a grant of $787,696
from the Health Resources and Services Administration to prepare future nurse executives
through the innovative Executive Master of Science in Nursing program. Among the program's
goals are to educate a diverse nursing leadership workforce from minority, educationally
disadvantaged and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Read more at www.memphis.edu/releases/aug10/nursing.htm.