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Released January 8, 2003


HATTIESBURG – Seventeen 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.

The latest 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.

Traditionally, the grants are used by faculty recipients for equipment, travel, sabbatical leaves and other expenses designed to support research, publication and special projects.

Recipients 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 History Project;

* Julie Cwikla, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education, $4,875 for the utilization of handheld computing devices in the teaching of mathematics;

* 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;

* Christopher 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 1000;"

* 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 Non-EU Countries;"

* Larry Panella, School of Music, $4,779 for a project titled "Jazz Improvisation: A Theme and Variations Based Approach;"

* Jennifer 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


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