Congratulations to faculty & staff with current external funding:


Dr. Elizabeth Holbrook, Health & Human Performance, awarded a contract by Voice of the Blue Ridge to conduct a needs assessment of people who are blind or vision impaired in the Voice service area.

Dr. Alice Kassens, Business Administration & Economics, awarded a grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish reading groups in Economics.

Dr. Matt Fleenor, Physics, appointed to the Visiting Professor Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Dr. Paul Hinlicky, Religion & Philosophy, awarded a Mednick Memorial Fellowship to pursue his research project, "Samuel Štefan Osuský: Modern Martyr under Fascism and Communism."

Dr. Gary Whitt, Education, awarded a Verizon Foundation grant for his project, "LATTICE:Leveraging appropriate teaching technologies in classroom environments." 

Dr. Kelly Anderson, Chemistry, awarded a one-year renewal of her research grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to support her study "Using molecular simulation to explore the solid-liquid interface."

Dr. Alice Kassens, Business Administration & Economics, awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Association to support her research study, "The Effect of Clinical Depression on the Labor Market Outcomes of Young Adults."

Dr. Stella Xu, History, awarded a grant from the Freeman Foundation and ASIANetwork for her students to conduct research in China, "Reinvented Tradition in the Age of Globalization: the Silk Road and its Legacy in Contemporary China."

Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, Biology, received a National Science Foundation grant as a co-Principle Investigator for a collaborative project, "Support of graduate students to attend joint international conferences on molecular systematics of bryophytes and bryophyte genomics, and for professional development for 4-12 science teachers."

Dr. Catherine Sarisky, Chemistry, received a funded renewal of her research study, "Purine Biosynthesis in Archaea," from the Jeffress Memorial Trust.

Dr. Timothy Johann, Chemistry, received a funded renewal of his research study, "Characterization of the Active Site of MTHFS," from the Jeffress Memorial Trust.

Dr. DoorothyBelle Poli, Biology, awarded a research grant from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to support her collaborative project, "Bryological Respiration & Photosynthetic Comparisons: A Case to Connect Virginia High School Students to Active Research."

Dr. Dar Jorgensen, Biology, awarded a research grant from Brooks Whitehurst Associates, Inc. for his study, "The Application of Quantitative/ Real-time Polymerase Chain."

Dr. Katherine O'Neill, Biology, awarded a research contract with Weyerhaeuser NR Company, for her study, "Evaluating bio indicators for soil quality in Loblolly pine stands."

Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, Biology, received a supplemental grant from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial trust to support her research project: "Evolution of polar auxin transport: Examining gametophytes to shed further light on sporophytes."

Dr. Kelly Anderson, Chemistry, received a three-year National Science Foundation sub award in collaboration with the University of Minnesota.  The project is titled, "Collaborative Research: Development of computational algorithms and analysis tools for molecular-level understanding of complex atmospheric nucleation processes."

Dr. Kelly Anderson, Chemistry, awarded a two-year grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her study: "Exploring lubricants: Investigating the solid-liquid interface using molecular simulation."

Dr. Caterine Sarisky, Chemistry, received a Single Investigator Cottrell Science Award from the Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science that provides funding for a three-year study: "Purine Biosynthesis in Archaea: Variations on a Theme".