Awards, grant recipients announced at Faculty Scholarship Celebration

The 2018 Faculty Scholarship Celebration at Western Carolina University was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, to recognize creative and academic works by faculty and staff, and featured announcements of award and grant recipients.

An exhibit of selected works will be on display through Saturday, March 31, at WCU’s Hunter Library for the campus community and the public to learn more about the contributions that faculty members make beyond the classroom. Examples of art, literature, musical performances, posters, installations and other endeavors will be shown and a bibliography of all works and a slideshow will be posted on the library’s website. For consideration, the works must have been subject to professional peer review and produced with an expectation of dissemination.

Hunter Scholar Award

This award is jointly presented by Hunter Library, Graduate School and Research, and the Office of the Provost and provides release time, a graduate assistant, $400 in funding and other support to promote research that makes extensive use of library resources and services.

Andrew Denson accepts the Hunter Scholar Award from Farzaneh Razzaghi, dean of WCU Library Services.

The recipient is Andrew Denson, associate professor of history, for a project examining the longstanding relationship between WCU and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The project will use university records and archival materials housed in Hunter Library’s Special Collections, as well as the National Archives southeast regional holdings.

The project coincides with this academic year’s campus learning theme of “Cherokee: Community. Culture. Connections.”

Faculty Research and Creative Activities Awards

These awards provide up to $5,000 each for support of research and creative projects. Funding also may be used for activities that contribute to a current research agenda or for seed money for proposals seeking external funding. Recipients are:

Sean O’Connell works with students in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Lily Balloffet, assistant professor of history, for “Negotiating Exclusion: Immigration Policy in 20th-Century Central America.”

Sean O’Connell, associate professor of biology, for “Diversity of Bacteria: From a Single Gene to Whole Genomes and Beyond.”

Eleanor Petrone, associate professor of English, for “Education in the Era of Deportation.”

Yanjun Yan, assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Technology, for “Efficiency Optimization in Swarm Robotics.”

Brian Byrd, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences, for “Predation Risk for Native and Invasive Rock Pool Mosquitoes: Some Like it Hot, but Does Predation Also Matter… a Lot?”


Provost Internal Grant Recipients

These grants provide monetary support to faculty and staff for the pursuit of external funding or expand the scope of a currently funded project. The recipients and projects are:

Terri Armfield, associate professor of music, and Michael Shallock, associate professor of tuba and music education, “Right Note.”

Risto Atanasov, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, “Partitions of Powerful p-Groups.”

Peter Bates (center) goes over research data with students studying areas burned by forest fires in Jackson County last year.

Peter Bates and Diane Styers, associate professors of geosciences and natural resources, “A Fire Severity Index for Eastern Hardwood Forests.”

Derek Becker, assistant professor in the College of Education and Allied Professions, “Movement, Play and Academic Achievement Throughout the Pre-Kindergarten Year.”

Resa Chandler, Amy Stringer and Nicole Kaysing in the College of Education and Allied Professions, “Catamount High Intensity Interval Training.”

Bora Karayaka and Yanjun Yan in the College of Engineering and Technology, “Real Time Control and Grid Integration for a Slider Crank Wave Energy Converter Power Take-Off System.”

Trip Krenz, Jerry Miller, Aimee Rockhill and Carmen Huffman in the College of Arts and Sciences, “Influence of Historic Land-Use Changes on Depositional Processes, Biological Function and Selected Wildlife Assemblages, Big Harris Creek, North Carolina.”

Phyllis Robertson and Russ Curtis in the College of Education and Allied Professions, “Effects of Counseling and Neurofeedback with Older People on Anxiety, Depression and Sleep.”

Erin Tapley, professor and director of the School of Art and Design, “Conceptual Garden ‘Groundwork.’”

Sarah Workman, associate director of the Highlands Biological Station, and Beverly Collins, biology professor, “Out of the Ashes: Researching Post-Fire Phenology.”