University of Southern Mississippi professors will share nearly
$60,000 for academic projects as recipients of 2003-2004 grants
channeled through an endowment established by Southern Miss President
Emeritus Aubrey Lucas and his wife.
grants provided by the Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment
for Faculty Excellence range from $950 to $5,000, and fund a wide
variety of projects from digital video technology to archaeology
on Deer Island.
the grants are used by faculty recipients for equipment, travel,
sabbatical leaves and other expenses designed to support research,
publication and special projects.
of the latest grants totaling $58,602, their academic disciplines
and projects include:
* Muriel Azria-Evans,
School of Family and Consumer Sciences, $950 to use video in the
preparation of early childhood teachers;
* Mary Jane
Butts, College of Nursing, $4,659 for a project titled "HIV/STDs
Prevention and Teens: Focus Groups and a Behavioral Intervention;"
* Douglas B.
Chambers, Department of History, $4,900 for the Nri (Nigeria) Oral
* Julie Cwikla,
Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, $4,875
for the utilization of handheld computing devices in the teaching
* Anita P.
Davis, School of Music, $4,808 for development of multimedia course
materials for instruction and research in music education;
* Jiu Ding,
Department of Mathematics, $4,920 for continuation of joint research
on Applications of Markov finite approximations to computational
molecular dynamical systems;
* Ronald K.
Evans, School of Human Performance and Recreation, $4,854 to study
the effects of congestive heart failure on circulating TNF-a levels
and the expression of apoptotic proteins in rat skeletal muscle;
Goertzen, School of Music, $1,474 for a project titled "Civil
Rights Songs: Diversity in Unity;"
* H. Edwin
Jackson, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, $3,400 for a
project titled "Late Prehistoric Chiefdoms on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast: Archaeology of the Deer Island Site, Harrison County;"
* Phyllis G.
Jestice, Department of History, $2,950 for a project titled "Humanizing
Christ: Religious Change and Social Expectations Around the Year
* Stephen G.
Judd, Department of Theatre and Dance, $1,179 for a project titled
"A Proposal for Instructional Support for Theatre 3D Design
and Rapid Prototyping Interface Software;"
* Philip C.
Kolin, Department of English, $3,160 to obtain film adaptations
of the plays of Tennessee Williams for the Southern Miss Libraries;
* Stan A. Kuczaj,
Department of Psychology, $4,749 for a project titled "Vocal
Communication in Bottlenose Dolphins;"
* Edward Nissan,
Department of Economics, Finance and International Business, $1,125
for a project titled "Socio-Economic Convergence of Aspiring
* Larry Panella,
School of Music, $4,779 for a project titled "Jazz Improvisation:
A Theme and Variations Based Approach;"
Regan, Department of Biological Sciences, $1,180 for a project titled
"Examine the Species Hybridization between Gambusia Affinis
and Gambusia Holbrooki;" and
* Steve C.
Yuen, Department of Technology Education, $5,000 to integrate digital
video into the curriculum