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ITN sponsored Seed Assistance Grant creates ongoing collaborations at Harrisburg University.

Posted June 19th, 2014 by admin

A start-up company was in need of development services to advance their product prototype in order to attract venture funding. The company president contacted ITN in search of funding and expertise to get them to the next step of the development process. As a company they specialize in envisioning educational games to enhance class room learning. Specifically, for this project they were interested in a cardiac physiology activity which would teach how the cardiac system functions and assess students on their grasp of this knowledge. The company had illustration and physiology expertise but needed gaming, social media and pedagogy expertise.

I am Spike Moyer a faculty liaison with ITN and I travel among our network of 15 colleges and universities to acquire a 10,000 foot view of academic expertise in Central PA. No one does educational gaming better than HU and I was sure this collaboration would create a win-win situation. HU has a Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies and an undergraduate degree in Interactive Media. I met with Professor Charles Palmer, Executive Director of the Center at HU and he immediately recognized several synergies and was interested in collaborating.

One important synergy is a philosophy: “Changing perspective improves understanding.” HU has been experimenting with a virtual reality simulator called the Virtusphere. So far they have used the tool to develop a training module for an industrial plant and a prototype of an “inner space” style game called Plasma Runner. The game uses a racing mechanic to facilitate physical locomotion through a virtual body. The race cumulates with a “walk through” the heart but also quizzes players on their knowledge of the various systems in the human body. Another synergy is experiential learning. HU has a requirement for undergraduate experiential learning and this collaboration was good opportunity to engage students in a real project. http://www.harrisburgu.edu/faculty-staff/research-centers/virtusphere.php

I arranged an informal meeting with Mr. Palmer and the company president; they shared goals and interacted well. Within a few weeks, they developed a work plan and were ready to write a Seed Assistance Grant proposal. The time frame was short. It was November 2013 by now and we had a deadline of Dec 15 to submit the grant proposal. HU would provide their gaming and educational pedagogy knowledge and the company would provide an illustrator and subject matter expertise. The project would then start with the beginning of the Spring 2014 semester.

The proposal was accepted and the grant was awarded. HU hired an undergraduate student and alumnus to work on this project. The deliverable was mutually defined after the team began taking a closer look. It was completed on time and it demonstrated that a classroom process like a laboratory exercise can be converted into a game. The company is using the result to attract funding and expects an award in July. The company plans to continue this collaboration and would like to fund the HU team in the Summer and Fall semesters to carry their product development to another funding round. The next phase is including multiple players using social media so that an entire class could compete in the game environment and digitally share their achievements with the outside world. Sounds like interactive media to me.

Who wins what?
HU now has a full featured prototype that is getting polished and can be used as a teaching tool. A student and an alumnus are benefiting from experiential learning and receiving an income. The alumnus is acting as a mentor to the undergraduate student. HU’s primary mission is to educate students. ITN acted as an advocate to introduce a company to HU they would not have encountered. Aside from Professor Palmer, staff member Tony Ortega serves as the team’s project manager and lead designer managing all client and team interactions as well as designing the game’s mechanics and visual aesthetics.

This program is expected to continue generating experiential learning opportunities. The client wins by completing the demonstration phase. They have used this result to attract additional funding. They are growing a collaboration relationship with HU and at least two HU graduates may be hired.

A win-win Seed Assistance Grant is completed at Penn State Harrisburg!

Posted June 10th, 2014 by admin

Everyone wins! This is how an ITN Seed Assistance Grant, SAG, program should work. A company and a professor communicate. They generate an idea, want to collaborate to accomplish a goal and need some funding to get started. A grant proposal is written, with the help of ITN. The funds are awarded, about two months late. The project time line is accelerated, three students are engaged and the project deliverable is completed on time. The company is happy, the students and the professor are happy. But that’s only the beginning of a fruitful collaboration.
So who wins what? To name but a few, the company wins with the project delivered on time. They are building a relationship with Penn State Harrisburg and collaborating to outsource and improve their product development. The students gain experiential learning, course credits and of course a paycheck. Penn State wins by engaging with a local company who hires graduates, provides continued funding for capstone projects and engages in curriculum development dialog. And of course the professor wins by attracting additional funding, performing research and generating publications.
How did this get started? I am Spike Moyer and I work as a faculty liaison with ITN. Dr. Ma’moun Abu-Ayyad, maa21@psu.edu, sent me an email asking about the ITN SAG. He had been communicating with a local company that wanted to begin working with Penn State Harrisburg to improve their product. I met with Dr. Abu-Ayyad to better understand what he was up to. The company builds cranes and wanted to develop their equipment control systems from manual to automated using a joy-stick type of human interface. More importantly, the company wanted to begin a relationship. They wanted to donate a bench top size crane to Penn State and begin interfacing with faculty and students.
Dr. Abu-Ayyad had a list of tasks that he wanted to include in the project. I encouraged him to think about a win-win proposal and define a project scope that would fit into the budget and timeline. Think about whom the players are, who is the “project team”? Define deliverables that all of the players want and can be accomplished with high confidence within the schedule and budget. This was the first engagement with the company and it was critical to succeed. Take baby steps, first impressions are lasting.
The budget was small and the schedule was tight. It got even tighter when the funds were released two months after the anticipated project start date. The deliverable was sufficiently defined and could not be reduced, so the resources had to be increased. Two undergraduate students and one graduate student were hired. Training had to be done quickly so the company engineer also increased his hours to work with the students. The team pulled together and the deliverable was completed on time and within budget!
The company has hired one of Dr. Abu-Ayyad’s students: a great opportunity for communication about curriculum and company training needs. The student graduated on a Friday and started working at the company the following Monday. The student is de facto ambassador who can communicate with both Penn State and the company. The undergraduate students are entering their senior year and will work on the next phase as a Capstone project. The company will work with the faculty/student team to define planning details during the Fall Semester. The work begins in Spring Semester with the help of additional company funding.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE!

Posted May 7th, 2014 by admin

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE!

I am Spike Moyer, faculty liaison for the Innovation Transfer Network, ITN. I visit our 15 member schools and acquire a 10,000 foot view. There are two programs at Franklin & Marshall College that I want to share with you. Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster has a new Office of College Grants (OCG) aimed at supporting faculty members and the institution as a whole with grant and fellowship-seeking endeavors. Another is benefiting the Plain Community. It is an example of the many student-faculty research efforts producing outstanding undergraduate research and outreach. This research addresses inherited disorders specific to the Plain Community.

The concept behind the OCG and, particularly, its emphasis on promoting faculty development, originated due to the insight of Associate Dean Dr. Michael Billig, http://www.fandm.edu/michael-billig. Established in 2012, the OCG works hand-in-hand with F&M’s new Faculty Center to support faculty members throughout all stages of their careers. http://www.fandm.edu/faculty-center

The OCG is helmed by Ryan Sauder, http://www.fandm.edu/ryan-sauder. It employs 5 staff members, including director of faculty grants Amy Cuhel-Schuckers, http://www.fandm.edu/amy-cuhel-schuckers. One of their core goals is to support sponsored projects at F&M by helping faculty leverage internal financial resources and seek external grants and fellowships to support their scholarship. The office is on campus in Buchanan House, a cozy red brick residence that used to be the house of the Campus Caretaker, from bygone days. Ryan targets sources of institutional support. Amy works with faculty members to capture grant and fellowship funding to promote faculty members’ scholarship. In each of its first two years of existence, the OCG’s staff has had meaningful interactions with 100% of tenure and tenure-track faculty members on campus. External pressure is reducing the amount of available grant dollars while this office is working to increase the awards to Franklin & Marshall College. As the OCG anticipates its third year of operation, Amy and the rest of the staff are beginning to see new volume and improved quality in submitted proposals and they will be tracking the progress. http://www.fandm.edu/grants

How does one good idea evolve into many? At the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, the Plain Community is benefiting from undergraduate research efforts and outreach, thanks to the efforts of Dr. Rob Jinks. http://www.fandm.edu/robert-jinks. This is one of myriad examples of top-quality student-faculty research underway at F&M. In 2010 Rob Jinks challenged his neurochemistry students with field experience at the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA, a nonprofit medical and diagnostic service for Lancaster County children who have inherited (genetic) disorders. http://www.fandm.edu/for-news-media/press-releases/article/f-m-clinic-for-special-children-collaborate-on-life-changing-research

One year later, he and 13 students published a paper in collaboration with the Clinic for Special Children in the journal, Plos One, “Genetic Mapping and Exome Sequencing Identify Variants Associated with Five Novel Diseases”. This research, one example of how F&M faculty work hand-in-hand with students to conduct life-changing studies, was funded in large part by a 2008 grant to F&M through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Science Education Program, the Eyler Endowment for Biochemistry, ConnectCare3, and a grant from the Center for Research on Women and Newborn Health, Lancaster, PA.

Four years later, student-led investigation of thirteen genetic disorders is underway, and several large grants have been awarded to F&M, including a $1.4M HHMI Undergraduate Science Education award in 2012. In addition to funding genetics research, they have been applied to enhance curriculum. The HHMI-funded program is aimed at retaining students of diverse backgrounds by providing them with transformative opportunities to engage in hands-on research and community engagement. Using HHMI funds, Ellie Rice, http://www.fandm.edu/elizabeth-rice, adjunct assistant professor of biology, has developed a course, Public Health Outreach that connects the sciences and the humanities. Her students research and write genetic disease guidebooks for families of individuals with various disorders. A senior in the Public Health Program is developing a hand-book for lay mid wives who serve the Plain community.

The Plain Community has been successfully farming the same soil for over 200 years and they know the importance of plowing today’s efforts back into the ground to sustain tomorrow’s farmers. Collaborations with the Clinic for Special Children and Lancaster General Health are growing to allow a bedside-to bench-to bedside model at the clinic. This ultimately benefits the community. That learned by treating patients today will help tomorrow’s patients.

What’s Happening at Shippensburg University!

Posted February 25th, 2014 by admin

What’s Happening at Shippensburg University!

My name is Spike Moyer, faculty liaison for the Innovation Transfer Network.  As I travel among our schools, I am always searching for new happenings to share with you.   Shippensburg University is buzzing with new activity.  Dr. Scott Drzyzga in the Department of Geography/Earth Science has put Shippensburg University on the map.  Dr. Carol Wellington, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is happy to have Aliens in the classroom.

Putting SHIP on the Map

Geography/Earth Science Professor, Dr. Scott Drzyzga, http://webspace.ship.edu/sadrzy/, put SHIP on the map, literally speaking.  Have you ever tried to use one of those web based map sites to find a building on your campus?  What you’ll usually find is a shaded outline of the campus property and maybe a few streets with names.  Before 2014, all of the buildings on Shippensburg University campus shared a common mailing and situs address, 1871 Old Main Drive. That was fine when all we had to do was deliver the mail.  So, until recently, new web maps and navigation apps always led folks to the fountain at Old Main.  People trying to attend an event at the Performing Arts Center, piled up in front of Old Main.  Truck deliveries would end up there too, eventually having to back up and find the right loading dock.  Hopefully, you are not a first responder looking for an address in an emergency.

Scott worked with undergraduate students to create an accurate map of the campus.   Now, buildings have addresses and there are street signs at intersections.   But what street address is used for a building, is it where the main entrance is located, or the door that is most used?  Scott’s team made those decisions and is working with Google Maps to complete the project.  Buildings are shown, all of the roads and streets are named and the perhaps most importantly, the coffee shop is located.

While the project was a technical challenge, Scott explains that political issues were equally challenging.  The new addresses had to be approved by the university, local governing authorities and of course the US Post Office.  This was to make sure that new addresses on campus were not used somewhere else in the area.

Take a look at the Google Map for SHIP by clicking on this link. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Shippensburg,+PA+17257/@40.0580154,-77.5221649,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0×89c90c6814002de1:0xfa0c5da50aff3005?hl=en

This is a great project for a Geography/ Earth Science/CS faculty and can provide undergraduate students with a valuable hands-on application.  If your school would like to get on the map, Scott can provide some guidance.

Aliens in the Classroom

There are Aliens in the classroom in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.  Dr. Carol Wellington is proud of the Alienware Auroras equipped high performance computer lab.  They are the fastest things around and when raw power is needed, this is the room they go to.  The Computer Engineering Lab has new equipment that students use to build custom printed circuit boards from design to populated board.  The lab includes testing and development stations that are dedicated to support testing boards and developing the firmware and device software.

Women in Computer Science, WiCS, group is completing the second version of the “wonderfall” which is a programmable water fall banner.  You have to see it!  This generation is designed to be portable and has twice the resolution as the original.

But that’s not all!  First impressions are lasting and in today’s world, a student’s first impressions are gained from browsing your departmental web pages.  The Computer Science and Engineering web pages are student focused, and highlighting things that students care about, like cool new toys.  A new web page is has been nearly completed.  It is user friendly and emphasizes student programs and projects.  https://web.cs.ship.edu/future-students/

NANO TECHNOLOGY FUNDING SOURCES

Posted January 15th, 2014 by admin

Two funding sources are listed for Nano Technology. One targets Nano Technology in Undergraduate Education and the other is in the area of Nano Biosensing. Both have proposal dead lines in 2014.

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE) in Engineering
Anticipated deadline for 2014 proposals is May 22 2014.
This solicitation aims at introducing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches into undergraduate engineering education. The focus of the FY 2013 competition is on nanoscale engineering education with relevance to devices and systems and/or on the societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology.
Related funding opportunities are posted on the web site for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, www.nsf.gov/nano. In addition, research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant NSF programs and divisions.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13656

Nano-Biosensing
Deadline for proposals is Sept 17, 2014
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports fundamental research in engineering areas related to:
- Novel biorecognition elements
- Multifunctional nanomaterials and interfaces for biosensing applications
- Fundamental study of bio-macromolecules confinement and orientation at the micro- and nano-interfaces for biosensing applications
- Nano-biosensors for basic biology applications (protein-protein interactions, cellular signaling and cross talk, as well as other similar topics)
- Integration of nano-biosensors into portable devices for medical applications.
The Nano-Biosensing Program supports innovative, transformative and insightful fundamental investigations of original technologies with broad long term impact and applications that require novel use of bio-inspired engineering principles and sophisticated approaches to meet the engineering and technology needs of the nation. The program is targeting research in the area of the monitoring, identification and/or quantification of biological phenomena and will support potential technological breakthroughs that exist at the intersection of engineering, life science and information technology. Proposals submitted to the Program must advance both engineering and life sciences.
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503353

Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

Posted December 19th, 2013 by admin

Crowdfunding is new at Elizabethtown College

It is a brave new world and it is time to crawl into it. Crowdfunding is new, so new that my spell checker doesn’t recognize the word yet. Elizabethtown College Office of Sponsored Research and Programs has launched crowdfunding as an innovative means to support undergraduate research projects. This is a new program and the first application is targeted to support Recharging The Gambia, a project where undergraduate students from the departments of Engineering and Business are working together to help local Gambians to establish a business that will manufacture and sell cell phone solar chargers in The Gambia. http://sponsor.etown.edu

Dr. Rick Basom leads the innovation to bring crowdfunding to Elizabethtown College. At a recent Innovation Café event sponsored by Penn State Hershey’s Office of Technology Development, Rick was networking to learn about crowdfunding websites. After diligent research and evaluation, Rick selected a website that fits the goals of the program. It creates a webpage that is branded with the Elizabethtown College logo. That is an important feature because students will be using social media to promote funding their projects. The College brand is essential when you’re telling everyone you know to tell everyone they know to participate. While the initial projects that will employ crowdfunding are not for profit, there is a potential to apply it to future commercial endeavors at Elizabethtown College.

Crowdfunding can become a student driven program. Todays’ students embrace social media in their daily routines to communicate and network. Social media can be used to advertise their crowdfunded projects. Starting in the Spring 2014 term, some of the projects in the Summer SCARP program, http://www.etown.edu/offices/research/summer-scholarship.aspx, will be developing crowdfunding campaigns to provide the funds needed in their research projects. Down the road, a goal may be to make this part of the undergraduate research program as means for students to acquire 21st century skills in creating funding sources. It may also be means to create real world learning teams that include students in business, marketing, graphic arts and technologies. All of these disciplines are important in creating and monitoring a crowdfunding effort to attract contributors whether it be in “real world learning” or the real world!

NSF FUNDING SOURCE: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education

Posted December 16th, 2013 by admin

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
Deadline Feb 4, 2014
Each month ITN searches for funding sources that you may be able to use. This month, a NSF funding source is listed. It targets undergraduate STEM education improvements. This is applicable to all of our member schools and provides funding to all STEM disciplines including Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences.

A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation’s health and economy. Indeed, recent policy actions and reports have drawn attention to the opportunities and challenges inherent in increasing the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, including STEM teachers. Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace; both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience. In addressing these STEM challenges and priorities, the National Science Foundation invests in research-based and research-generating approaches to understanding STEM learning; to designing, testing, and studying curricular change; to wide dissemination and implementation of best practices; and to broadening participation of individuals and institutions in STEM fields. The goals of these investments include: increasing student retention in STEM, to prepare students well to participate in science for tomorrow, and to improve students’ STEM learning outcomes.
NSF accepts unsolicited proposals to support projects that address immediate challenges and opportunities facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures and functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise. In addition, NSF accepts unsolicited proposals for developing Ideas Labs in biology, engineering, and geosciences that will bring together relevant disciplinary and education research expertise to produce research agendas that address discipline-specific workforce development needs.

http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504976&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

GIS FUNDING SOURCES for 2014

Posted December 2nd, 2013 by admin

GIS FUNDING SOURCES
Each month ITN searches for funding sources for your projects. If you are looking for GIS project funding, check out these two. Both programs are new. I was not able to find good links to these opportunities, but I encourage you to go to the Funding Contacts.
Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), Sponsor ID: S14AS00005
This is a new funding opportunity with a November 2014 submission date. Eight awards of up to $200,000 are planned.
The Science and Technology Program supports three separate but related efforts:
(1) projects that develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address public safety and environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the lands affected after mining (applied science projects),
(2) projects that encourage efforts to collect, preserve and convert into digital format, maps of underground mines and other relevant geologic and hydrologic data that provide valuable information regarding: miner safety; mine pool evaluation; mine subsidence investigation, and protection of the public and the environment from adverse effects of underground coal mining (underground mine map projects); and,
(3) projects that convert into digital form, mine permit data and maps related to evaluating the impacts of coal mining so that the information may be used in a geographic information system (GIS)accessible by Federal, state, and tribal agencies for assessing impacts of coal mining and reclamation on the environment (data conversion projects). Data conversion projects may also convert existing legacy databases to modern database software, and/or provide hardware and programming assistance for states to transition to managing and using this digital data.
FUNDING CONTACT
Renata Miller
Phone: +1 (202) 208-2747
rgarris@osmre.gov

NGA Academic Research Program (NARP),
United States Department of Defense (DOD), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Sponsor ID: BAA HM0177-12-BAA-0001 White paper April 2014 submission date. Final submission in Sept 2014.
The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that has the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. The end result is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals.

NGA seeks proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). NGA welcomes any innovative research ideas, including, but not limited to, example areas such as the following:
1. Access to GEOINT data and services
2. Computational Geo-Analytics
3. GEOINT tradecraft
4. Massive data
5. New sources and sensors
6. Precision GEOINT
7. Predictive intelligence
8. Signature development & discovery
9. Strategic indications and warning
10. Surface, subsurface, and above surface GEOINT
11. Understanding human activities
12. Visual analytics for GEOINT

For this NARP competition, an institution may submit proposals in any of the following four categories for which they are eligible:
1. NGA University Research Initiatives (NURI) grants
2. NGA Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) research grants
3. NGA Outstanding New Scientific and Technical Innovative Researcher (ONSTIR) Award
4. NGA Research Collaboration Forum (NRCF) grants

Proposals for research by teams of investigators from different universities or different departments of the same university are welcome. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact and one institution as the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution.

FUNDING CONTACT:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, ACU
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
ACGrants@nga.mil
or
NARPPO@nga.mil

What’s Happening at Elizabethtown College!

Posted November 12th, 2013 by admin

What’s happening at Elizabethtown College?

I travel among 15 Innovation Transfer Network member schools in Central PA learning what our faculty are excited about and write this blog to share the latest happenings at our schools. Elizabethtown College has programs and projects that they are proud to share. One is an undergraduate summer program called SCARP. I didn’t know that E-town College has a Peacemaker-in-Residence, did you? Dr. Sara Atwood is achieving national recognition for helping women advance in Engineering and Dr. Kurt DeGoede is building a collaborative with the University of The Gambia including both business and engineering students.

Let me start with undergraduate student summer research. I attended the presentations from the SCARP program in July. SCARP is an acronym for the Scholarship, Creative Arts and Research Projects. It is a non-credit experiential learning program for undergraduate students. Students work with faculty researchers and scholars gaining experience in a personalized mentoring environment. For participating in the program, students also receive a training stipend and room and board for the duration (from 3 to 10 weeks) of their projects. Twenty two students completed projects in Psychology, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science and Social Work this summer. While some students are entering their senior year, one was a first year student. Enthusiasm was the underlying theme in all of the work. Want to learn more about SCARP? Follow this link http://www.etown.edu/offices/research/summer-scholarship.aspx

At Elizabethtown College, Jon Rudy is Peacemaker-in -Residence. As Jon says, “I have more than twenty five years of learning from my mistakes in more than 30 countries in Asia and Africa.” Jon is a faculty at the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking (CGUP) at Elizabethtown College, which was started in 2004. Jon has worked in places like Somaliland where they have enjoyed 10-12 years of stability in a peaceful separation from Somalia. For the past 12 years, Jon has been facilitating courses at the Mindanao Peace building Institute, MPI, in the Philippines. Being a middle child with a theological bent toward inner peace, Jon finds common ground in peoples seeking outer peace. Jon says, “The human heart is more capable than we think it is, and openheartedness is the starting point in the restorative processes of peace building”. He is seeking support from the US Institute of Peace for his work in Somaliland, where he returns this December. His schedule includes Laos in January and the Philippines in May, 2014. Meanwhile, back on campus, Jon teaches courses in the Peace and Conflict studies minor and promotes restorative practices on campus. Jon Rudy’s web pages may be accessed by clicking on these links http://peacebuildingglobal.com/ and http://facultysites.etown.edu/rudyje/ .

Helping women to advance in Engineering is one thing that Dr. Sara Atwood is passionate about. She was the national awardee for the Apprentice Educator Grant award from the Women In Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2011. Only one award is given each year. Dr. Atwood also advised an award winning woman undergraduate researcher which resulted in a publication in a top biomedical journal. The student researcher was able to travel to Puerto Rico and present at a well-recognized international conference, where she earned second place for the research. While Dr. Atwood’s formal training is in biomedical engineering, she has discovered a passion for applying scholarly inquiry to pedagogy, which directly enhances the student experience. Sara’s areas of interest include: issues of persistence for women engineering students and faculty, first year student pedagogy, retention, and motivation, K-12 programs and outreach, particularly those led by undergraduates, and creativity as a factor in the recruitment and retention of engineers. Dr. Atwood participates in OASIS as part of the STEM-UP grant funded program. She identifies with women in STEM and recalls being the only woman in her classes. A goal is to increase the percentage of women engineering students at Elizabethtown to 30%-40%, as this is considered a critical mass where women assimilate more easily.

Dr. Atwood recently has been named Principal Investigator for an NSF S-STEM award for $531,885 to fund a scholarship program with an engineering education research component titled: Engineering Practices with Impact Cohort (EPIC) Scholarship for High Achieving Women in Engineering at Elizabethtown College. This grant will provide tuition and support funding for four women students each year for 4 years. The Engineering Department at Elizabethtown wants to increase the number of women entering engineering and retain them by enhancing their experience. Dr. Atwood and Elizabethtown College are committed to making this happen. To learn more about this energized researcher and her scholarship program please click on these links to the following web pages http://www.etown.edu/depts/physics-engineering/epic-scholarship.aspx
and https://etown.digication.com/ENGR_atwoods/Home//%20target=

After spending a year as a visiting professor at the University of The Gambia (UTG) in 2010-11, Dr. Kurt DeGoede is working to build a student based collaborative between Elizabethtown College and the University of The Gambia. One aspect of this project is the design and assembly of low cost, ($10 US), solar chargers for cell phones. Cell phones are one of the most important advances to help lift people out of poverty and over 65% of Gambian households have one. Commercially available chargers sell for about $60 US in the Gambia, but few are able to afford one. Today, the team is assembling prototype phone charges for long term field testing in The Gambia.
Two new courses have been introduced to UTG in parallel with similar courses at E-town, Engineering Design and Solar Engineering. Dr. DeGoede enjoys learning with the students and the “Let’s figure this out together” approach. It extends to working side by side with the University of The Gambia faculty and students to find and develop solutions to problems together. Gambian students have independently applied their knowledge and confidence in the design and assembly of a solar charging system for a mosque, under the guidance of UTG faculty. They are also starting work on a project where women will assemble solar panels from damaged cells (a waste product of commercial manufacturing).
But the collaboration extends well beyond Engineering. A team of International Business and Political Science students are developing a business plan to assemble, distribute and sell the phone chargers in The Gambia. This business will most likely start as a Community Based Organization which is a not for profit recognized by the Gambian government. The sustainable business model reflects the Elizabethtown Motto “Educate for Service”. It works to move aid away from a charity model, with an economically sustainable solution that is self-propagating and fosters the development of the skills that empower local solutions. “We have achieved our goal whenever solutions develop organically, and while our involvement is culturally enriching for all participants it is not required to solve the problem.”
This link will take you to Dr. DeGoede’s web page: https://etown.digication.com/degoede/Overview

ITN Introduces Faculty Collaboration for Test Measurement and Research

Posted October 16th, 2013 by admin

Collaboration for Test, Measurement and Research

ITN is introducing a collaboration to share Test, Measurement and Research interests among our membership schools. This service is designed to facilitate networking and encourage faculty members to collaborate with one another in a colleague-to-colleague environment.

How does it work?

If you want to engage please complete the request form that is part of this blog post. There are 5 questions to be completed by the requester and then emailed to Spike Moyer (rsm17@psu.edu). ITN will apply a network of faculty in 15 schools to relay your request to locate a colleague who wants to work with you.

At each member school, our ITN Advisory Board Member will communicate your request to the appropriate Department Chair. They will share your request with a faculty who is most likely to share your interests. Participation is voluntary and faculty are not required to respond to the request. If they have a common interest and wish to participate, then they will send you an email invitation that acknowledges your request. The rest is up to you to work out collaboration arrangements, colleague-to-colleague.

We are just rolling this out and expect to find some glitches in the system. ITN will work closely with the participants to identify and address these.

ITN Collaboration for Test, Measurement and Research Form

How does it work?

If you want to collaborate…..for test, measurement or research

Complete this short request form and email it to rsm17@psu.edu

1. How do you want to collaborate?: Example..I am interested in xyz and wanted to chat with someone who is working on similar material…or I would like to talk to someone about testing my sample of abc using edf type of equipment. …or I would like to assemble a joint grant proposal that includes several schools.

2. Your Name:

3. Your Email:

4. School/Dept:

5. Dept. Chair Name:

Instructions: Provide requested information

Save the form with your information

Email your saved form to: rsm17@psu.edu

What happens next?

ITN will acknowledge receipt of your request and send it to our ITN Board Members.

They will provide it to the department chair on their campus that is most likely to share your interest. Dept. Chairs will forward this to their faculty and interested faculty may respond to your request.

You should receive an email from an interested faculty.

Terms and conditions of all collaborations are determined by the collaborators.