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Faculty Grant Recipients

2014

  • Evert Brown, Department of Environment & Natural Sciences, Casper College (Education Enhancement)
  • Kristen Kapp, Department of Health & Sciences, Central Wyoming College (Education Enhancement)
  • Arulsamy Navamoney, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Janet Dewey, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Jaquelyn Klancher, Department of Environment Health & Safety, Central Wyoming College (Faculty Research)
  • Jonathan Prather, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)

2013

  • Paul Marquard, Department of Physics & Engineering, Casper College (Education Enhancement)
  • Brian Uzpen, Department of Natural & Social Sciences, Laramie County Community College (Education Enhancement)
  • Andrew Young, Department of Physics & Engineering, Casper College (Education Enhancement)
  • Carrick Eggleston, Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Ray Fertig, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Brian Leonard, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Naomi Ward, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)

 

2012

  • Paul Escoto, Department of Physical Science, Northwest Wyoming College (Education Enhancement)
  • Jonathan Prather, Carly Jordan, Liz Flaherty, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Carl Legleiter, Department of Geography, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Michael Pierce, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Michael Brotherton, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Michael Dillon, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Shane Murphy, Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)

2011

  • Rocky Barney, Department of Chemistry, Western Wyoming Community College (Education Enhancement)
  • Carl Frick, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming (EPSCoR Faculty Research)
  • Valerie Harris, Department of Mathematics, Central Wyoming College (Education Enhancement)
  • Mark Mehn, Department of Chemistry, Univerisity of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Melanie Murphy, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Jinke Tang, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Craig Thompson, Department of Engineering & Earth Sciences, Western Wyoming Community College (Faculty Research)
  • Krisztina Varga, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)

2010

  • Carl Frick, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Mark Garnich, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Jeffery Hamerlinck, WYGISC, University of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Mark Mehn, Department of Chemistry, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Scott Shaw, Department of Renewable Resources, Univeristy of Wyoming (Education Enhancement)
  • Qian-Quan Sun, Department of Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • Daniel Tinker, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)
  • David Williams, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming (Faculty Research)

2009

  • Kevin Chamberlain, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Res)
  • Debashis Dutta, Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Res)
  • Brent Ewers, Dept. of Botany, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Res)
  • Mark Garnich, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Ed)
  • Scott Miller, Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Ed)
  • Lorna Stickel, Dept. of Chemistry, Eastern Wyoming College (Fac Ed)
  • Craig Thompson, Dept. of Engineering and Earth Science, Western Wyoming Community College (Fac Res)
  • Peter Thorsness, Dept. of Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wyoming (Fac Ed)

2008

  • Jarrett Barber
    Understanding Forest Responses to Climate Change: Integration of Large Datasets and Mechanistic Models of Carbon Dynamics
    Dept. of Statistics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Mark Clementz
    Reconstructing the Impact of Holocene Climate Change on the Abundance and Diversity of Kelp Forests in Coastal Ecosystems
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Daniel Dale & Rudy Michalak
    Advanced Optics and Electronics Laboratory – preparatory stage II (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Ami Erickson
    Certificate in Biotechnology: A Multidisciplinary Program to Augment STEM Education (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Natural Sciences, Sheridan College
  • Henry Harlow
    Hibernation: A Model for Studying Microgravity-Induced Bone Loss and Kidney Stones in Astronauts
    Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Kiona Ogle
    Understanding Forest Responses to Climate Change: Developing a Mechanistic Framework of Tree and Forest Carbon Dynamics
    Depts. of Botany and Statistics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Ye Zhang
    Subsurface Flow and Transport Modeling: A Quantitative Approach (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Jing Zhou
    Ceria-supported Metal Catalysts for Water-gas Shift Reaction in Fuel Cell Applications
    Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of Wyoming

2007

  • Erin Campbell-Stone
    Seismic Versus Aseismic Slip on Low-Angle Normal Faults
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Daniel Dale & Rudy Michalak
    Advanced Optics and Electronics Laboratory (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Patrick Johnson
    Enzymatic Nanoparticles for Biofuel Cell Applications
    Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Jeffrey Lockwood
    Interstellar Communication: A Creative Writing Workshop (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Philosophy & English, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Paul Marquard
    Aligning Internet Survey of Astronomy (ASTR 1050-41) with Quality Matters Guidelines (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Casper College
  • Steven Prager
    Network Approaches for Understanding the Structure and Dynamics of the Next Generation Air Transportation System
    Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Jacqueline Shinker
    Mechanisms of precipitation variability associated with ENSO: 3D-Process analysis approach
    Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Kent Sundell
    Pursuing Climate Change From the High Plains of Wyoming to the Frozen Poles of Mars II
    Dept. of Geology, Casper College
  • Liqiang Wang
    Combined Static and Dynamic Analysis of Concurrency Errors for Critical Software
    Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Wyoming

2006

  • Erin Campbell-Stone
    Digital Geologic Mapping in Wyoming: Undergraduate Involvement in Wyoming State Geologic Survey Research into Landslide and Earthquake Hazards (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Geology & Geophysics, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Min Du
    Leucine supplement on mTOR signaling and atrophy of non-weight-bearing skeletal muscle
    Dept. of Animal Science, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Mark Gomelsky
    Ferrous iron oxidation by anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria and biosignatures of extraterrestrial life
    Dept. of Molecular Biology, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Jacqueline Shinker
    Visualizing Earth System Processes in 3-D (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Suzanne Smaglik & Valerie Harris
    Interdisciplinary Navigation Unit for Mathematics and Earth Science Using Geospatial Technology (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Central Wyoming College
  • Suzanne Smaglik
    Preliminary Assessment of Microbial Diversity in Big Horn Hot Springs, Thermopolis, Wyoming
    Central Wyoming College
  • Kent Sundell
    Pursuing Climate Change From the High Plains of Wyoming to the Frozen Poles of Mars
    Casper College
  • Glenn Tootle
    Atmospheric-Oceanic Variability and Western U.S. Snowfall
    Dept. Civil/Arch Engineering, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Walter Goedecke
    Proposal to Initiate a Small-Satellite Project: The Active Deorbiting of a Nano-Satellite
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

2005

  • Ruben Gamboa
    Grid computing for scientific applications (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Wyoming
  • W. Geodecke & J. Savard
    GPS Course (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Hank Harlow
    Kidney and bladder function during severe hypotension as a model for understanding dehydration & muscle loss during dietary & activity constraints of astronauts
    Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Scott Miller
    Spatial analysis of watershed in a rapidly developing changing landscape inside and outside the fence at Kruger National Park, South Africa
    Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Scott Shaw
    Cosmology of Life: A new course development proposal (Ed. Enhancement Grant)
    Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming
  • Nair Sreejayan
    Insulin resistance and muscle wasting in spaceflight: role of insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 signaling
    School of Pharmacy, Univ. of Wyoming

2004

  • David Williams
    Net Carbon Exchange and Evapotranspiration in Sagebrush Steppe: Response to Extreme Summer Rainfall Events
    Dept. of Renewable Resources, Univ. of Wyoming

2003

  • Evert Brown
    Fundamentals of GPS and GIS for the Biological Sciences
    Dept. of Biology, Casper College
    The purpose of this project is to develop a course: Fundamentals of GPS and GIS for the Biological Sciences. This course will be for second year students studying natural sciences – biology, Geology and Environmental Science majors. The course will cover topics of using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to produce data that will be used in a Geographical Information System (GIS) and analysis of those data. This will be a semester long course with numerous exercises and hands-on labs.
  • Dr. Yuri Dahnovsky
    Undergraduate Course in Biophysics
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    In accordance with NASA needs, the UW Physics and Astronomy department plans to institute a formal program in biophysics. As an initial step, we will to create a new undergraduate course in Biophysics with emphasis on computational Biophysics. This course will be oriented to physics, chemistry, and biology majors. Students will participate through lectures, homework and small research projects.
  • Dr. Elise Pendall
    Effects of Land-Use Change on Carbon Cycling and Trace Gas Fluxes in Panama
    Dept. of Botany, University of Wyoming
    Uncertainties in estimating the effects of land-use change (deforestation and reforestation) on the global carbon cycle stem to a large degree from a lack of data on belowground processes such as soil respiration and microbial decomposition. These process-level data need to be combined with remote sensing estimates of change in land cover and models for more precise evolution of carbon sources and sinks. Through this research I will evaluate the land-use change on belowground carbon cycling and trace gas fluxes in three land-use types in Panama: pasture, plantation and rainforest.

2002

  • Dr. Harold Nations
    The Design and Construction of a Fiber Coupled, VPH Grating Based Spectrograph for the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO)
    Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    The goal of this project is to construct a modern, efficient and economical optical spectrograph for WIRO. The spectrograph will be fiber optically coupled and make use of a highly efficient volume phase holographic grating. The spectrograph will be fed, interchangeably, from either the Cassegrain or the prime focus of the telescope. It will be housed on a vibration isolation bench within a temperature-controlled enclosure that will allow future observations to be made in the 1-2 micron region. This will be the first such instrument to be completed for an observatory in the continental U.S.
  • Dr. Donal Skinner
    Hibernation and the Role of the Biological Clock in White-tailed Prairie Dogs
    Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
    Daily (circadian) rhythms are displayed in all organisms, in mammals there is evidence that dysfunction in these rhythms exert severe deleterious effects on physiological functions. It has been established that the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) is the primary generator of circadian rhythms in mammals. This research aims to provide preliminary data on whether the SCN becomes quiescent during hibernation in the white-tailed prairie dog. Using immunocytochemical means, three markers of circadian neuronal activation will be visualized and compared during extremes of the circadian phase.

2001

  • Paul Marquard
    Introduction to Engineering Computing – Online
    Dept. of Physics, Casper College
    ES 1060, Introduction to Engineering Computing, is the first three credit engineering course taken by students at Casper College wishing to be engineering majors. This project will modify this course to allow students that may be isolated by geography or scheduling to take this course by distance methods while keeping the course suitable for traditional lecture and laboratory settings.
  • Dr. Allyn Smith
    Photometry of Southern Hemisphere Open Star Clusters in the u’g’r’i’z’ Filter System
    Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
    The Sloan Digitial Sky Survey (SDSS) will systematically map one quarter of the sky using a new system of five wide band filters (u’g’r’i’z’). In March and August 2000, observational data were obtained for several open star clusters in the southern hemisphere using this filter system. Most of these observed clusters have previously known ages and metallicities; two fundamental astrophysical properties which affect stellar evolution and set constraints on galactic chemical evolution. This research will enlarge the data reduction effort to include most of the remaining clusters with an emphasis on expanding the span of metallicities and the age range.

2000

  • Dr. Ron Canterna
    Interactive Astronomy Laboratory Modules: A Virtual Detection and Search for Life on Extra Solar Planetary Systems
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Cheryl Jaworowski
    GIS and Southwest Wyoming’s Quaternary Tectonic History
    Spatial Data & Visualization Center, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Marquard
    Planetarium Software Workbook
    Department of Physics & Engineering, Casper College

1999

  • Dr. Rex Gantenbein
    A Security Model for Collaborative Science Environments
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Marquard
    Internet Astronomy Laboratory Development
    Department of Physics & Engineering, Casper College
  • Dr. Gerald Nelson
    Internet Based “Weather & Climate” G&R 3450
    Department of Geology and Geography, Casper College

1998

  • Dr. Robert Howell
    Modeling Infrared Emission from Terrestrial Lava Flows
    Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Wyoming
  • Paul Marquard
    Internet Astronomy
    Department of Physics & Engineering, Casper College
  • Dr. Shivakant Mishra
    A Dependable Agent-Based Computing System for the Internet
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming

1997

  • J.K. Chu
    Sonic Thermometer
    Department of Mathematics, Sheridan College
  • Dr. Lydia Dambekalns
    Research and Course Development of Remote Sensing Data and GIS Systems: Interdisciplinary Education
    College of Education, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Rex Gantenbein
    Internet-based Instruction in Telemedical Technology
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Alfred Rodi
    Sonic Thermometer
    Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming

1996

  • Dr. Matthew Haines
    Spatial Data Management
    Department of Computer Science, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Raymond Hunt
    Enhancement of the Remote Sensing Curriculum at the University of Wyoming
    Department. of Botany, University of Wyoming