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2012

LSU Shreveport Faculty Awarded Board of Regents Support Funds

May 14, 2012

Several LSU Shreveport faculty members have been awarded Board of Regents Support Fund grants totaling $401,746. The LSUS Office of Sponsored Research assisted in the writing and filing of each proposal. LSUS received the most dollars awarded to any university in the state.

Dr. Stephen Banks, professor of biological sciences and principal investigator and co-investigator Dawn Williams of Parkway High School were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Establishment of a Dual Enrollment Biology (BIOS 120L) Teaching Laboratory at Parkway High School. The objectives of this proposal are to equip a traditional secondary science lab with the equipment needed to provide college-level experiments and confer college-level credit to qualified students.

Dr. Cran Lucas, professor of biological sciences and principal investigator, and co-investigators John Miralles of the Animation and Visual Effects program and Dr. Stephen Banks, professor of biological sciences, were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Enhancement of Multimedia Technology in Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics. The general goal of this proposal is to purchase a state-of-the-art computer/projection system for the Science Lecture Auditorium on the LSUS campus.

Dr. Amy Erickson, assistant professor of biological sciences and principal investigator, and co-investigators Dr. Stephen Banks, professor of biological sciences; Dr. Dalton Gossett, associate dean and chair of biological sciences; Dr. Cran Lucas, professor of biological sciences, were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Enhancement of Analytical Skills in Chemical Ecology. The primary goal of this proposal is to secure funding to enhance student analytical skills in chemical ecology. Funds are being requested to develop a hands-on undergraduate laboratory course in chemical ecology that will complement a lecture course in the same subject that is currently being developed.

Dr. Tara Williams-Hart, associate professor of biological sciences and principal investigator, and co-investigators Dr. Stephanie Aamodt, professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Cran Lucas, professor of biological sciences, were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Enhancement of Genetic Studies at LSUS. As part of a long-term effort by LSUS to improve the curricula and hands-on training of students entering medical and research-based professions, the proposed project will enhance and maintain the high quality of instruction in the undergraduate genetics and genetics-related laboratory experiences at LSUS.

Dr. Laura McLemore, associate curator and archivist at LSUS and principal investigator, and co-investigators Dr. Gary Joiner, associate professor of history and social sciences; Dr. Robert Leitz, professor and curator; Dr. Charles Pellegrin of Northwestern State University; and Dr. David Anderson of Louisiana Tech University, and were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Enhancing Education and Outreach Opportunities through The Handbook of Northwest Louisiana Online. This grant proposes to make the LSUS Archives and Special Collections resources more widely accessible to scholars, researchers, students, educators and citizens who are interested in the history and society of the region by creating and maintaining an online ready reference.

Dr. Gary Boucher, professor of chemistry and physics at LSUS and principal investigator, was awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: LSUS Machining Capability Enhancement. This grant will enhance the engineering offerings on the LSUS campus.

Robert Alford, associate professor of communications and principal investigator, and co-investigator Mary Jarzabek, instructor of communications, were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: Black Box Theatre Enhancement. This proposal will provide the technology, environment and expertise essential to increase student proficiency through performance opportunities not available in the traditional classroom and lecture environment.

Dr. Linda Webster, professor and chair of communications and principal investigator, and co-investigator Del Johnson, program manager in information and technology services, were awarded a grant for the proposal entitled: SmartRoom Enhancement for Mass Communication Studies. The overall goal of this project is to enhance instruction, learning, and technological skills for faculty and students in the LSUS Communications Department by upgrading to SmartRooms.

Urska Cvek and Amy Erickson would also each receive an Enhancement Proposal upon the availability of additional funds.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Steadman, 318.797.5108 (jennifer.steadman@lsus.edu)