Recently Submitted Grant Proposals


Congratulations to the following faculty and staff who have recently submitted external grant proposals for research projects or program grants that are not yet funded.


Faculty/Staff NameProject Title 

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Francine Carraro

Museum of Art at MSU

Quilting Wichita Falls Together

 

Submitted to the Priddy Foundation for the purpose of funding the Quilting Wichita Falls Together: A Community Art Experience project. The project will focus on place-based art education to connect Wichitans of all ages through personal experiences in creative expression with community-wide art activities. The central focus of the project will be the inspirational fiber art of Marion Coleman with an exhibition of her artworks at the WFMA. The community will respond by creating a giant quilt made of squares individually created that interpret personal experiences in Wichita Falls.

 

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Yangmei (Emily) Wang

Accounting/Management Information Systems

The Effects of Tax Increment Financing in Health Care

 

Submitted to Texas State University/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the purpose of funding the project entitled, “The Effects of Tax Increment Financing in Health Care. The project aims to investigate the implications of and ways that tax increment financing (TIF) methods might alleviate hospitals’ financial burden in regards to the financialization of outpatient expansions and the potential for tax expense savings. In conducting this investigation, the project seeks to (1) explore whether the TIF system is a feasible and efficient capital financing approach in health care projects, (2) determine if health care facilities within a TIF zone can benefit from the economic development through the TIF, and (3) determine whether the frozen property tax levies equate to realized tax savings for the hospitals, or other health care facilities, within the boundaries of TIFs.

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Dr. Rodney Cate

Chair of Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

 

Submitted to the Robert A. Welch Foundation for the purpose of providing support to conduct undergraduate research in the departments of Chemistry, Physics and Geosciences. The objective is to provide training and education to chemistry majors that is not available through the standard course and laboratory work. Students will learn techniques of experimentation and instrument based analysis which go beyond the normal training in the Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry.

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Dr. Sheldon Wang

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

GSMP STEM Robotics Summer Camp

 

Submitted to the Texas Workforce Commission for the purpose of providing scholarships to Texas middle and high school students to attend the Governor’s Summer Merit Program (GSMP) during Summer 2014. The purpose of the GSMP is to improve middle school and high school students’ familiarity and experience with post-secondary education opportunities that could lead to industry careers. The camp will involve multi-media instruction that includes fun engineering projects involving high-end robotic systems.

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Dr. Charles Watson

Biology

 

The Effects of Current Bobwhite Quial (Colinus virginianus) Management Practices on Two Threatened Species, the Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) and the Texas Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys elator) in North-Central Texas: Habitat Use, Ecology, and Physiology

 

Submitted to Texas Parks and Wildlife for the purpose of funding research on the effects of Bobwhite Quail management practices on two threatened species, the Texas Horned Lizard and the Texas Kangaroo Rat in North Central Texas. The study will evaluate their habitat use, ecology, and physiology on actively managed and unmanaged properties. The data gathered will be used to make more informed conservation decisions and establish baseline data for future assessment.

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Francine Carraro

Museum of Art at MSU

Historic Photographs of Wichita Falls by Fuhs

 

Submitted to Humanities Texas for the purpose of funding the production of an exhibit of historic Wichita Falls photographs by Charles Fuhs. In the 1980s, Charles Fuhs’ descendants donated 750 glass photographic negatives from the 1920s depicting an in-depth historic record of Wichita Falls as it experienced its oil and train industry booms. These negatives have never been seen by the public. The exhibition will be supplemented by lectures from Texas scholars Dr. Michael Collins, Professor Emeritus and Regents Professor of History and Hardin Distinguished Professor of American History at Midwestern State University, Light Cummins, Ph.D, Professor of American History at Austin College, and Joe W. Specht of the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation.”

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Dr. Patti Hamilton

College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Readying Nurses to Lead Change via Legislation: Separating Rhetoric from Reality Through Research

 

Submitted to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for support in readying nurses to lead change to advance health.  It will create a venue for Nurse Leaders to speak openly and listen to diverse views on legislation.  In this venue, leaders will inform researchers about information needed to evaluate the effectiveness of legislation intended to increase nurse leadership in staffing decisions.  The knowledge gained through this 24 month project will be instructive for others engaged in Campaign for Action priorities requiring legislative action. 

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Dr. Michael Shipley

Biology

Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR)

 

Submitted to the National Science Foundation for the purpose of funding the SOAR (Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition) program at Midwestern State University. The program awards scholarships to academically talented and financially needy students majoring in STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Program scholars will be offered a host of strong support systems as well as opportunities for student internships and research. The goals of the SOAR program are to increase the number of students in the STEM disciplines, to instill a cohesive bond among STEM students in the College of Science and Math, to provide STEM students with sufficient support to improve retention and to increase the numbers of local and national STEM degrees as well as individuals gainfully employed in STEM careers.

 

 Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

Dr. Sheldon Wang

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

Project Based/Flipped Classroom Retention Improvement

 

Submitted to NASA in response to the Nasa Cooperative Agreement Notice for the purpose of improving education within science departments. Dr. Sheldon Wang is a collaborator in a project headed by Dr. Louis Everett of the University of Texas at El Paso called, “Project Based and Flipped Classroom Retention Improvement Proposal.” The project proposes research and creative efforts as productive endeavors in learning. It encourages project based coursework, as well as pre-professional training as the most effective ways of delivering a higher quality education experience.

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Francine Carraro

Museum of Art at MSU

Presenting History: Photographs of Wichita Falls by Charles Fuhs

 

Submitted to the Union Pacific Foundation for the purpose of supporting the curation and presentation of an exhibition of historic photographs important to Texas history and to understanding the cultural heritage of the city. Within the Museum’s permanent collection are more than 650 photographic glass plate negatives, dating from the 1920s. The photographs document an important time in the history of the region. To preserve this important history, the plates need to be professionally printed, archivally framed, exhibited to the public and toured to other museums. Though donated to the Museum in 1980, the images have never been printed or viewed by the public; the archival prints of the glass plates will preserve the photographs for generations to come.

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Dr. Sheldon Wang

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering 

Immersed Methods for Flexible Plates and Shells

 

Submitted to the National Science Foundation for the purpose of funding research in the area of immersed methods for continua with heat/mass transfer. The grant would be used to support a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science of the College of Science and Mathematics at Midwestern State University. The student will develop a computer code to serve as a tutorial for students and researchers interested in immersed methods. Additionally, the proposed research would contribute to the course development in multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of complex systems.

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Dr. Jonathan Price
Geosciences

 

Geological Mapping of the Silver King Canyon 7.5’ Quadrangle, Trans-Pecos, Texas

 

Submitted to the U. S. Geological Survey to fund a mapping project covering the Silver King Canyon - west of Sierra Blanca, Texas – as part of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.  It will provide high-resolution mapping data, further illuminating the significant geologic processes at work in the region and producing a robust base for future work relevant to mineral resource assessment.  A new geologic map will build upon existing data and supply missing details about the distribution of lithologic units, structures, and mineral deposits.  This area provides an excellent view of the processes that shaped the Trans-Pecos province of a scope that is well-suited for two undergraduate projects.   It will provide an exciting opportunity to foster mapping skills in two undergraduate students, increasing their exposure to field geology.  Mapping will be completed through initial reconnaissance, evaluation of previous mapping efforts, incorporation of geospatial data, and detailed field work.  The results will also inform future investigations about magmatism and mineralization in the immediate vicinity and will contribute to the evolving understanding of this dynamic region.    

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Dr. SuHua Huang
West College of Education

Perspective on the MacroSystem on Taiwanese Culture and Educational Environment on Middle School Students' Motivation to Read

 

Submitted to the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to fund activities on research on Reading Motivation in Taiwan Middle Schools. The goal of this research will be to examine multi-level educational factors that influence students’ motivation to read, including individual differences, various stakeholder perspectives, and perceived effects of social change and systematic educational reform effort. This study will set out to identify the issues that have potential implications for Taiwan’s educational development utilizing the integrated systemic perspective of its middle school students, teachers, and administrators.  The findings will also provide new insights into the motivation of Chinese students and offer better understanding of the factors or problems related to the development of active and engaged readers.  Potentially, it could add not only to the understanding of how classroom contexts and teaching practices contribute to learners’ motivation to read, but also to our understanding of how culture and language contribute. This study will also offer reading researchers and educators across the globe better cross-cultural understanding about Chinese students’ reading motivation.

Dr. Frank Wyatt

Dr. Frank Wyatt
Professor Dept of Athletic Training & Exercise Physiology

Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES)

Submitted to the National Science Foundation (NSF) by MWSU and BSU (Boise State University) to fund the lecture based curriculum collaboration between both Universities. Both Universities will develop three common unit tests to be administered throughout the semester. The basic concept test and the three unit tests will be administered to students in both the Boise State and MWSU exercise physiology courses. Student outcomes on the basic concept test and overall test performance from the unit tests will be compared using a pre-test/post-test design.


Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

Dr.Sheldon Wang
Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

The Collaborative Alliance for Education Program Service

Submitted to NASA to fund efficient management and operational support of STEM programs capable of reigniting the nation’s innovation and exploration interests through a more diverse, industry-ready aerospace workforce. This is a collaborative grant to NASA with UTEP.




Dr. Karen Polvado 

Dr. Karen Polvado
Chair, Wilson School of Nursing



 Improving Access to Primary Health Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

Submitted to HRSA to fund Midwestern State University Wilson School of Nursing graduate nursing students from August 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014. The Wilson School of Nursing Graduate program established in 1994, currently has 87 student enrolled in two primary care advanced education tracks: family nurse practitioner and family psychiatric mental health  nurse practitioner. Ninety four percent of those enrolled reside in rural counties or in counties with designated Health Professions Shortage Areas. The Wilson School of Nursing Graduate Program supplies advanced practice nurses to a large rural and underserved area between Dallas, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The scholarship funds awarded through the traineeship program will provide tuition and fees for nurse practitioner students who will practice in rural and underserved primary care settings through the region.

 

Dr. SuHua Huang
West College of Education

 Collaborative Partnerships Reading Intervention for Students' Efficacy

Submitted to The Spencer Foundation to fund an effective reading
intervention program between Midwestern State University and the Wichita Falls Independent School District in Wichita Falls. This project is a three tier collaborative relationship (university, school, and parents) that fosters inter-related learning environments and builds knowledge about effective practices for teachers, students, and parents.  The study will provide a replicable model of instruction that promotes students’ self-efficacy, supports deeper learning within the educational system, overcomes impediments to learning, and offers opportunities for participation and influence by parents and the broader public educational community. The study will train classroom teachers to continue collaborative relationships among parents and fellow teachers even after the project is completed.

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

Dr. Sheldon Wang
McCoy School of Engineering


Pororelastic Development of Annular Porous Disk Saturated with Fluid

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund the development of general analytical and computational models that address many of the assumptions involved in the deformation of unconfined compression of porous annular disk saturated with fluid under different types of loading. The developed solutions will be extended to real applications in biomechanics where the actual models will be compared to the analytical and computational models. The research will be conducted by McCoy School of Engineering, College of Science and Mathematics at Midwestern State University (MSU) and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the City University of New York (CUNY). Both institutions will be providing students  involved in this research the opportunity to strengthen their research and analytical skills.

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering


 Dr. Sheldon Wang
McCoy School of Engineering

 FAA Retractable Air Traffic Control Tower System

Submitted to Arrow Manufactured Products to fund a new mobile airport traffic control tower (ATCT) system. This new retractable system will be able to fit in a regular C130 military cargo plane and fulfill the minimum Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Fire Life Safety requirements. This type of mobile ATCT unit will be useful in time of natural disasters, war, forestry and other environmental monitoring.

 Furthermore, students involved in this project will have opportunities of employing what they learned in the classroom to actual engineering research and design projects.

Chair, McCoy School of Engineering

Dr. Sheldon Wang
McCoy School of Engineering

Wichita Tank Project

Submitted to Wichita Tank to fund development of new Holding Tanks. The funds are needed to research and design a new reinforced tank system that will hold 500 bbl liquid with large density. The design and research work will be carried out in the McCoy School of Engineering of the College of Science and Mathematics at Midwestern State University. Students involved in this project will have the opportunity to apply what they learned in the classroom to actual engineering projects. 








Dr. Patti Hamilton
College of Health Science and Human Services

 Readying Nurses to lead change via Staffing Legislation

Submitted to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund activities on readying nurses to lead change via staffing legislation. The goal of this research is to learn how and why differences exist in staffing committees influencing staffing levels. Knowledge from this study will yield actionable information for nurses and policy makers in the 20 states where nurse staffing legislation has not yet been enacted, in the 6 states with nurse staffing laws similar to Texas’, and nationally where far reaching nurse staffing legislation is currently being debated.








 

 


 Eugene Zhang
Economics

Teaching and Learning Public Finance


Submitted to the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation to fund activities for the Public Finance course during Fall 2011. The focus of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of public finance, to the choice between markets and governments, and to maximize the learning efficiency. Proposed class activities will include the following:

 

 • Two guest lecturers: 

 One will introduce the practice of local public finance to students.
 The other speaker will introduce the spirit of classic liberalism and free-market economics.

 

 • Undergraduate Fellowship Program:

 

 This program will offer a student essay contest to those students who are interested in free market economics. 

 

 • Reading Groups:

 

 The purchase of reading materials written by classic authors will be stored and reserved at the University library and/or the instructor’s office.

 

 

 

 
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Richard Ash
Professor Emeritus - Art
 
Mary Maskill
Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU 
 

Exhibitions 2011 – 2012

Funded by the Wichita Falls Art Commission to support costs associated with exhibits that will be displayed at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art (WFMA) at Midwestern State University during 2011-2012. WFMA will continue to present exhibitions of international, national, and regional artists and expand educational opportunities providing lifelong learning to its patrons. Exhibits for the coming academic year include:

 

  • 2011 Regional Ceramic Competition
  • Contemporary Watercolor Painting Exhibition from the collection at the Springfield Museum of Art
  • Midwestern State University Campus art collection
  • Art in Public Places '11, whereby the museum's collection is shared with 14 county and city libraries in the North Texas region
  • Santa's Express, which is a model railroad covering 1300 square feet of table area featuring 19 trains, 300 railroad cars, 1400 hand-painted people, and took 1100 hours to construct.

 

 


Dr. Jane Owen
Education

 Secondary Certification Program

Submitted to the McCoy Foundation to fund development of a certification program for students who have graduated in a content area (math, science, etc.) and desire to become secondary teachers. The certification program will strive to provide Midwestern State University graduate students with an excellent teaching foundation that competes in time commitment with alternative certification programs. The new Secondary Certification Program will consist of six courses designed by MSU Faculty and Wichita Falls ISD teachers alike to prepare graduate students to teach core content at the high school level. Ten graduate student scholarships are requested as part of the funding to offset the cost of tuition, fees, books, and to serve as an incentive to enter the more rigorous MSU Secondary Certification Program. Stipends are also requested to support the university supervisors, faculty, and Wichita Falls ISD teachers that were instrumental in the certification program’s design and execution.

 
Randal Hallford
Chemistry

 

MRI: Acquisition of a Bruker EMXPlus EPR Spectrometer

 

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to support the purchase of a new EPR instrument for the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Baylor University. The EPR instrument will be accessible to Midwestern State University and other surrounding universities during annual Advanced Instrumentation Workshops held at Baylor University. Midwestern State faculty and student researchers alike will have access to and training on the instrument, and the use of the instrument and the interpretation of data will be described in senior level undergraduate and graduate courses. Hands-on experience with the EPR will be gained, as well as instruction on its use in modern chemical and biochemical labs.

 

 
Jie Zhang
Management Information Systems
Principal Investigator

 
Grace Zhang
Management Information Systems
Co-PI

 
John Martinez
Economics
Co-PI

 
Yoshi Fukusawa
Economics
Co-PI

 

Think Globally, Act Globally

Submitted to the Business and International Education (BIE) Program of the U.S. Department of Education to improve the Business Administration curriculum offered at the Dillard College of Business Administration by developing and testing a more completely globalized business curriculum model, as well as facilitating international travel by faculty and students for exchange programs, study tours, and internships abroad. In addition, the project plans to promote increased international trade of companies in the North Texas region by developing an informational International Activity Database, as well as enhancing the outreach activities of Midwestern State University through the distribution of newsletters to the local business community and posting the project results in peer reviewed journals.


Susan Sportsman
Health Sciences and Human Services

 Improved Interdisciplinary Communication through Simulation

Submitted to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) to employ a regional simulation center as a test-bed to improve the interdisciplinary communication and thus patient safety, in a regional medical center. The study will determine whether team participation in various high-risk simulation scenarios (which emphasize interdisciplinary communication) will do the following:

1) improve staff participants’ scores on two key AHRQ safety  surveys
2) Reduce the number of patient safety threats reported to the hospital event reporting  system.

The study objectives include the development of simulation scenarios that will allow for new interdisciplinary communication processes to be implemented, evaluated, and modified. The results of the study are intended to be well documented and published to a website and blog.

 
 Sheldon Wang
Engineering

CS-Type I: Collaborative Research: Efficient Computational Modeling of Macromolecular Systems

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund research which
would contribute to education and course development in the areas of
multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of complex biological systems.

The proposed research is comprised of four specific tasks:
1) Develop a new modeling procedure based molecular dynamics (MD)
simulation and principal component analysis (PCA) to derive slow motion conformation change;
2) Employ the new procedure for the study of a relatively small T4 phage lysozyme system with and without surrounding solvent.
3) Extend the same procedure to the modeling of hemoglobin-hemoglobin and hemoglobin-solvent interactions;
4) Explore high performance computing to further improve the performance of proposed modeling methods.

The research is applicable to diverse engineering and manufacturing
problems, which encourages a multi-disciplinary educational approach for conducting the research.

  Chair, McCoy School of Engineering


 Sheldon Wang
Engineering

Immersed Methods for Compressible Fluid-Solid Interactions
 
Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund the systematic study of immersed methods for compressible fluid-solid interaction (FSI) systems, which range from acoustic fluid-solid interactions to compressible fluid interacting with deformable structures. The research seeks to expand immersed methods to compressible FSI systems and to apply reduced order modeling procedures accordingly. Micro aerial vehicle research, soft material design and manufacturing, ultrasonic therapy, and studies of complex biological systems would all benefit from the further study and development of immersed methods.
 


Rebecca Dodge
Geosciences

STEM SMART (STEM Science and Mathematics Applications in Real Time)

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund the development of sample instructional materials and methods that 4th through 8th grade teachers can use in their classrooms to provide more high-quality, real time learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The study anticipates that an increase in student involvement and academic performance in STEM related fields will be made possible through the use of enhanced teaching methods which use real time scientific data. The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system will be used as the learning environment of choice due to the many learning opportunities available from the environmental, sociocultural, and economic issues present at the site.
  


Rebecca Dodge
Geosciences

SATELLITES: Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space

Submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund the development of a coordinated, integrated, sequential set of climate science narratives for grades two through four, with supporting learning cycle lessons that link climate science and technology principles to phenology. A cohort of in-service second through fourth grade elementary teachers in eleven participating states would be trained to use the narratives and associated support materials to strengthen student understanding of climate science and technology, the language arts, and mathematics. Continual refinement of the materials would occur to sustain the viability of the project, as well as mentoring services that would be made available to the teachers who implement the materials over time.

 
Kim Robinson
Nursing

Assessing and Enhancing Social and Occupational Functioning in Haitian Nursing Students, Faculty and Health Professionals

Submitted to Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing to assess the prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder (MDD), and co-morbid PTSD and MDD among the nursing students and faculty at the Haitian National School of Nursing and the nurse health care promoters at the International Child Care-Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake and subsequent disasters.   Using the subjects’ social and occupational functioning levels identified by two assessments, a classroom-based cognitive behavioral intervention will be designed for use by the Haitian team leaders to provide their students, faculty and health promoters with coping skills that enhance resiliency.  


 Eugene Zhang
Economics

Teaching and Learning Public Finance

Submitted to the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation to fund activities for the Public Finance course during Fall 2010. The focus of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of public finance, to the choice between markets and governments, and to maximize the learning efficiency. Proposed class activities will include the following:

 

 • Two guest lecturers: 

 One will introduce the practice of local public finance to students.
 The other speaker will introduce the spirit of classic liberalism and free-market economics.

 

 • Undergraduate Fellowship Program:

 

 This program will offer a student essay contest to those students who are interested in free market economics. 

 

 • Reading Groups:

 

 The purchase of reading materials written by classic authors will be stored and reserved at the University library and/or the instructor’s office.
 

 

 

 


Candice Fulton
Chemistry
Great Day of Service

Submitted to the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation to fund activities for public service. The aim is to introduce students to the experience of community service. The events allow people to see the different services and the importance of volunteering. The events also allow faculty to mentor students and show the life-changing, long-term commitment and importance of service to others and the community. 

 
Rebecca Fernandez
Moffett Library

 
Dan Winslow
Moffett Library

Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women
Submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide Moffett Library with the opportunity for a more engaged approach in serving the community through partnerships with the Wichita Falls Public Library (WFPL) and other local organizations. Dr. Kristen Garrison was chosen to be the local scholar leading each of the following events because of her vast knowledge of nineteenth-century American literary scholarship. Louisa May Alcott: Through Her Eyes is an event focusing on the life, work, and times of Louisa May Alcott. The second event will consist of a reading and scholar-led discussion of Alcott’s lesser-known works. There will be a film screening of the biography Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women at MSU and a separate reading and discussion at WFPL. There will also be a presentation of Louisa May Alcott: Literary Phenomenon and Social Reformer.

 
Dale McDonald
Engineering

Efficient Hybrid Optimization and Robust Control Algorithms

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund research activities to provide a greater understanding of the boundary between optimization theory and the practice of optimal (and instantaneous optimal) control. This understanding will provide the framework for a new class of optimization and control algorithms which are efficient, robust, and explicitly consider analyst-defined cost. The goals are as follows:

1) specification of novel numerical optimization algorithms which are hybrid offshoots of traditional discrete methods and continuous-time methods;

2) analytical studies which illuminate conditions and considerations for optimization based robust control algorithms, most notably explicit relationships between cost and sliding surface placement;

3) to determine under what conditions and problem types the two previously mentioned objectives function in superior manner to that of existing algorithms.

 
Jan Brink
Engineering
 
Salim Azzouz
Engineering
 
Dale McDonald
Engineering
 
 Sheldon Wang
Engineering
 
Idir Azouz
Engineering
 One Interdisciplinary Engineering Education Model

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to fund the development of new course materials used in a new Interdisciplinary Engineering (IEGR) degree. Within the same credit hours of traditional engineering programs, undergraduate students in the IEGR program will have a solid understanding and training in at least two disciplines. Students in IEGR will be able to pursue graduate education in more focused programs or practice in diverse and multidisciplinary engineering firms and industries. Recognizing the need for inspiring students to major in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, with the help of this IEGR program, the goal is that more students will enroll and be educated in North Texas areas where petroleum and traditional manufacturing industries are strong.

 
Barbara DeBois
Dental Hygiene
Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic Technology Expansion 

Submitted to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to acquire dental, computer and digital technology for the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic in order to increase productivity and competency in dental hygiene students. Productivity is enhanced through available computer technology used to enter and store data as well as to retrieve data to plan quality dental care, to print treatment plans, to educate patients, and to facilitate consultation from and referral to other health professionals. The equipment requested includes computer set-ups, dental software and networking for each of the sixteen dental hygiene operatories and one instructor unit. It will also include dental imaging equipment, computer set-ups and networking for the four radiography rooms in the Gaines Dental Hygiene Clinic.

 

 
 Sheldon Wang
Engineering

A Practical Protocol for Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Modeling of Normal and Sickle Red Blood Cell Systems

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to develop a practical protocol for multi-scale and multi-physics modeling of normal and sickle red blood cell systems. The developed simulation procedures will help identify the crucial chemical and physical factors by linking the micro- and macro-scale behaviors of other complex systems. The goals for this project are to 1) use molecular dynamics simulations to model the interactions between hemoglobin and surrounding water molecules at body temperature and 2) use these results with corresponding coarse grain models to identify the docking mechanism of sickle hemoglobin molecules in deoxygenated states, and 3) immerse quaternary structures of hemoglobin molecules in a continuum model of viscous fluid to model polymerization processes at different spatial and temporal scales.  

 
Jane Owen
Education
Academy for the Development of Visionary and Nurturing Campus Executives (ADVANCE)

Submitted to the Department of Education, ADVANCE is designed to mitigate the lack of resources, lack of collegial support, and communication gaps that are inherent in rural school districts, with the end result of improving the educational experience of school children in isolated areas of the state. ADVANCE will focus on recruiting, selecting, training, placing, and retaining highly competent principals and assistant principals for rural high-need districts in North Texas. The ADVANCE Center, will be housed at MSU and will build upon the existing MSU leadership Master’s program by including mentoring and field-based experience for ADVANCE Fellows, special summer training institutes, and technology supported communication and instruction.

 

Norman Horner
Biology

William Cook
Biology 

 Pamela Stephens
Geosciences
Development of Facilities at the Dalquest Desert Research Station (DDRS) in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas
Submitted to the National Science Foundation to develop facilities at the Dalquest Desert Research Station (DDRS) which is a pristine example of the Northern Chihuahuan Desert.  It is managed by Midwestern State University as a natural area and a year-round research station available to scientists from MSU and elsewhere.  The DDRS supports both observational and manipulative research on the biodiversity, ecology, paleontology, and geology of the Desert, while maintaining the unique geology and biology of the area.  The Station is a research link of the chain of Chihuahuan Desert stations in the U.S. and Mexico, and MSU scientists cooperate with scientists at the other sites.  Field courses are offered for graduate and undergraduate students as well as educators of all levels.

 Karen Polvado
Nursing
A Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Submitted to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to deliver an innovative and replicable online educational program in order to increase the supply of masters-prepared Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (FPMHNP). These much needed practitioners will then be able to care for seriously and persistently mentally ill (SPMI) persons in Texas and Oklahoma who are currently underserved. In addition, the project will test a model to diffuse innovative changes in care delivery for the SPMI throughout the region.
 

 Sheldon Wang
Engineering
 High Performance Immersed Methods for FSI Systems

Submitted to the National Science Foundation to study issues related to fluid and solid/structure interaction (FSI) systems which play an important role in the study of micro aerial vehicles and biological systems. In order to derive corresponding reduced order models for the coupled systems and effectively and efficiently explore the phase and parametric spaces, FSI systems must be solved simultaneously as a whole. The issues that arise when solving such systems that will be addressed in this study include the development of efficient matrix-free Newton-Krylov iterative procedures for implicit schemes, feasibility of multigrid solution procedures and the hierarchical coarsening of discretized delta function, and stability and convergence behaviors of immersed boundary/continuum methods coupled with high-speed compressible flows.


 Diane Spiller
Office of Sponsored Programs

Rising to the Challenge Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students in transition from two year institutions.
Generation Proud Scholarship Program provides scholarships to first generation students.
Submitted to the Greater Texas Foundation to provide scholarships for several target student populations at Midwestern State University.  Students who are interested in elementary education or secondary education teaching fields, and health science fields such as nursing, dental hygiene, radiologic sciences, and respiratory care qualify. Other majors targeted include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, geosciences, mathematics, manufacturing engineering technology, and physics.

 

 
Susan Sportsman
Health Sciences and Human Services
Health Occupations at Work (HOW) 
Submitted to the Department of Labor to train and advance unemployed, underemployed and incumbant workers in north central Texas and southern Oklahoma along a healthcare workforce continuum, through the development, implementation and testing of a replicable model.

 
Sugumaran Narayanan
Political Science

 The Employment of Personal Interviews in Research to Determine the Role of Islam in Civil Wars in Four Southeast Asian Countries

Submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities to determine the role played by Islam in civil wars in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia and assess the level at which these civil wars have caused the refugee situation in those countries. This information will be obtained in the form of personal interviews from decision makers from these four Southeast Asian countries during the summers of 2010 and 2011.

 
Elizabeth Lewandowski
Theatre

Children's Production of A Christmas Carol
Submitted to the Junior League of Wichita Falls, Inc., to assist in providing a live theatrical experience to approximately 1395 fourth through eighth graders from public schools in Wichita Falls and surrounding towns.  The theatrical experience, three matinee performances of A Christmas Carol, and a talk-back featuring a discussion of careers in theatre will be given at no charge to the students. Due to budget limitations in the last ten years, public schools nationwide have been forced to limit expenditures in the arts leading to little to no exposure to the arts, including theatre, in elementary and middle school.  Because of this and the fact that low-income families are statistically not likely to attend a live theatre production in their elementary or middle school years as part of a school or family activity, schools with a high percentage of low socio-economic students will be selected to attend.


 Nelson Passos
Computer Science


Jeffrey Hood
Mathematics
 

MRI: Development of CAESAR: Compiler And Enhanced System Architecture
Submitted to the National Science Foundation to develop the next generation of application oriented computer clusters by focusing on the implementation of wavefront processing through the use of an intelligent adaptable network. The work involves the implementation of compiler constructs, processor design, and communication interfaces based on the multidimensional retiming technique. This system will allow the future development of parallel algorithms applicable to the solution of common multidimensional scientific applications such as atmosphere and pollution models, neural networks for brain activity simulation, and structural analysis of mechanical designs. Broader impacts of this research include producing programming language constructs and new processor designs easy to utilize in the adaptation of sequential code to the parallel environment. This new system will be a successful resource in a typical undergraduate institution, becoming its first in-house-designed and developed supercomputer. Students will benefit from the possibility of using the new system as a test bed for advanced logical design or as a multidimensional application specific computer system.


 Nelson Passos
Computer Science


Jackie Dunn
Astronomy
 

MRI: Acquisition of EDGE: A Laboratory for Evaluation of Dwarf Galaxies Evolution Scenarios
Submitted to the National Science Foundation to request instrumentation based on a computer cluster able to process simultaneously a large number of numerical simulations. Such computer-capability would permit researchers to conduct in-depth empirical and theoretical investigations beyond the scope of individual studies within their long-term projects. The evaluation of these projects utilizes the access to data available through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and new information collected through the McDonald Observatory. The project will be conducted by the departments of Physics and Computer Science, in a multidisciplinary approach, as the first of nine projects waiting for a computational system with the required performance for necessary simulations. The goals of the project are to explore the differences at visible wavelengths between dwarf irregular and dwarf elliptical galaxies, determine what is required for a galaxy to evolve from irregular to elliptical (if it does prove possible), and determine the timeframe involved in such evolution.

 
Rebecca Dodge
Geosciences
SATELLITES: Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space
Submitted to NASA’s Global Climate Change Education Program (SGCCEP) to improve the knowledge of middle and high school teachers in the area of climate change. In the first year of funding, educational and support materials linking local land cover, surface temperature, and phenology will be designed, implemented, and evaluated. The second year will concentrate on training an initial cohort of 15 science teachers in three states to use the new materials. In the third year, after evaluating and refining pilot materials, around 5000 students will be exposed to the new materials. By the fourth year, after more evaluation, the project will be adopted by the AmericaView consortium.