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Still Time to Register for Annual Meeting
There is still time to register for AASCU’s Annual Meeting scheduled for October 19-21 in Washington, D.C. Keynoters include Ted Mitchell, undersecretary of education, and Thomas L. Friedman, columnist, The New York Times; President to Presidents lecturer F. King Alexander, president and chancellor, Louisiana State University; Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Michael Marletta, president and CEO, The Scripps Research Institute, plus the presentation of AASCU’s Excellence and Innovation Awards. Program and registration information is available at

Minnesota Schools Will Look at Civic Mission
AASCU’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment will lead a civic summit at St. Cloud State University. Read more




Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Nine Geoscience students accompanied faculty members Nick Deardorff and Jon Lewis into the wilderness of Oregon to study volcanic deposits and collect samples and other data. They worked on lava flows ranging between 1,000 and 7,000 years old, dealing with daytime temperatures of about 105–110°F on the lava. All travel expenses for this three-week experience were provided by donations from alumni and friends of the Geoscience Department. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
In the traditional college classroom, the professor lectures from the front of the room, with rows of students taking notes. A new two-way approach is unfolding in Slippery Rock University's first "SCALE-UP" collaborative learning classroom, where everything from seating assignments to interaction between students and professors is part of the technology of the room. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
A team of marine researchers from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is partnering with recreational divers to assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in mapping the Robert J. Walker shipwreck, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April. Students are working alongside faculty members and staff from Stockton’s Marine Science and Environmental Field Station to help digitally preserve the historic site about 10 miles off Atlantic City, NJ. Read more

University of Alaska Southeast

  • Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Heidi Pearson conducted dusky dolphin research in New Zealand over the summer with students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Harvard. Research included observing mother-calf behaviors, long-term monitoring through photo-identification, efficacy testing through blow sampling to measure hormone levels, and deploying a short-term suction-cup tag with time depth recorder and video camera. Read more
  • A multi-disciplinary group of faculty and students from the UAS School of Arts & Sciences are researching if climate change effects on glaciers are affecting local communities as part of the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Southeast Test Case. This includes hydrology, biology & economics studying Southeast Alaska’s icefield-to-estuary ecosystems, which transition from snowcaps to ocean over the course of just a few miles. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University and Sanford Underground Research Facility received a $125,000 Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents. The grant will fund infrastructure to advance the BHSU Underground Campus at Sanford Lab – a former gold mine which is now a federally supported lab where world-renowned researchers are exploring some of the most challenging questions facing 21st Century physics. Read more

California State University, Fresno
Donors gave more than $43 million in philanthropic support to California State University, Fresno in 2013-14, making the highest amount raised since the beginning of the Great Recession and a 64 percent increase from the previous year. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
The Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation has committed up to $40,000 per year for the next three fiscal years to match gift dollars for four endowed scholarships that assist Eastern Connecticut State University students who are planning careers in the sciences. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Don Foley has long had an affinity for agriculture and Northwest Missouri State University. Now he’s giving back through a $100,000 testamentary gift to support agricultural sciences students and programming at the University. Read more

Savannah State University
Savannah State University is the recipient of a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The five-year grant will prepare STEM teachers for high-need middle and high schools. Read more

University of Alaska Southeast
The UAS Sitka Campus will receive $2.5M over four years for the growth & expansion of its Fisheries Technology degree program. The grant fosters training and job preparation of a fisheries workforce in communities from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea. The grant was awarded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program under the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Project funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) is supporting the social media research of Nitin Agarwal of the UALR Information Science Department. Agarwal will compute and analyze the sea of available data related to the Ukrainian crisis in the form of tweets, blog posts, and other social media, using tracking tools and previously published social media research methodologies. Read more

University of Houston-Downtown
With the launch of the fall 2014 semester, students in the College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) will be a step ahead, thanks to a commitment by Walmart, which donated $85,000 to help launch the UHD College of Business Career Development Center. including sponsorship of at least four events over the next year to equip students with a competitive edge needed to thrive in today's marketplace. Read more

University of North Georgia
Through a federal grant, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will "Bridge the Gap" to provide college courses to high school students in Fannin County and surrounding communities through a high-speed, cloud-based educational exchange that connects schools in rural communities with the university. The $27,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be used to purchase an RMX 2000 video-conferencing bridge to link UNG and rural Appalachian schools that are part of the North Georgia Network's new 10-gigabyte educational exchange. Read more

The University of West Alabama
The University of West Alabama was awarded a five-year grant of $609,000 by the National Science Foundation for a scholarship and mentoring program for incoming freshmen majoring in biology and environmental science through the NSF S-STEM Program. This is the first direct NSF grant received by UWA. Read more



Presidential Honors

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
If Black Hills State University students, alumni, or community members want to keep up with BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., they may want to check his Twitter updates.  Jackson, who assumed the presidency at BHSU this month, was named the top “Rising Accounts of Higher Education Presidents to Follow on Twitter” in a national blog by Josie Ahlquist ( Read more



Awards and Honors

Armstrong State University (Ga.)

  • Armstrong State University was recently named a Yellow Ribbon Program school in recognition of its support for veterans and active duty military students. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows approved institutions to partner with Veterans Affairs to help cover expenses that exceed the thresholds established under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Read more
  • The Armstrong State University Police Department won the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Motorola/Dr. Curtis McClung Award of Excellence Award at a special reception held at the Westin Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga. on July 29. The Armstrong Police Department was honored for the Cyber Forensics Division’s innovation, lasting impact on the community and cooperation among multiple agencies. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University, which has been a state leader in sustainable efforts, recently earned a national recognition from the 2014 Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Sustainability Award. The APPA Sustainability Award recognizes and advances sustainability excellence in educational facilities. BHSU was selected based on several criteria, including curriculum and research, leadership and administration, maintenance and operations, energy and utility, and planning and construction. Read more

Stony Brook University (N.Y.)
SUNY Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Stony Brook University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Fu-Pen Chiang, PhD was selected to receive the 2015 P.S. Theocaris Award for outstanding research by the Society of Experimental Mechanics. The award, which includes a $5,000 prize, is to be presented at the SEM 2015 Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, CA. Read more

University of Central Florida
UCF has been selected by the National Science Foundation to implement in Florida the foundation's program of fostering innovation between faculty and students. The NSF Innovation Corps is the agency’s signature effort to assist teams of university scientists and post-doctoral or graduate students to go outside of their laboratories and into the marketplace where they can learn first-hand about entrepreneurship. Read more




Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Three Black Hills State University students were among more than 100 undergraduates from universities across the nation to present their summer research projects at the South Dakota Undergraduate Research Symposium in the state capitol. Read more

California State University, Fresno

  • Community service by California State University, Fresno students, faculty, staff and administrators during the 2013-14 academic year exceeded 1 million hours for the fifth consecutive year. A total of 11,253 volunteers contributed 1,160,064 hours of service to community benefit organizations and community events. Read more
  • Two professors in California State University, Fresno’s Craig School of Business released new research revealing that over-parenting can make children less successful when they enter the workforce. Professors Jill C. Bradley-Geist and Julie B. Olson-Buchanan co-wrote “Helicopter parents: An Examination of the Correlates of Over-parenting of College Students,” which was published in the recent issue of “Education + Training.” It is one of the first studies to assess the impact of the over-parenting of young adults on future workplace behavior. Read more

California State University, Northridge
The sexual revolution has seen women progress from the secretarial pool to being presidents of corporations and universities. Women are making inroads in fields never thought possible just decades ago, except in a few areas — including the building trades. A recent study by California State University, Northridge sociology professor Amy Denissen and her colleague Abigail Saguy, a sociology professor at UCLA, found that a combination of gendered homophobia and sexist stereotypes have kept the numbers of women to less than 2 percent of those working in the construction industry. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
IU Southeast nursing students, in partnership with the New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA), received a national award for their work with NAHA residents. Eight students from IU Southeast’s public health course spent a semester bringing health care solutions to public housing residents. The partnership allowed students the opportunity to gain real-world experience before graduation, while residents received access to valuable care and resources. Read more

San Diego State University
Scientists overcame equipment failure, space constraints and shark-infested waters to do real-time DNA sequencing in a remote field location. All shared a single goal: Be the first research group to bring a DNA sequencer out into the field to do remote sequencing in real time. This three-week, five-island expedition aboard the MY Hanse Explorer took place last year with a research crew including San Diego State University computer scientist Rob Edwards, biologist Forest Rohwer, postdoctoral scholar Andreas Haas and graduate student Yan Wei Lim. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Slippery Rock University's new Medal of Honor Room in the North Hall Welcome Center pays tribute to those with SRU connections who made the ultimate sacrifice as members of the armed forces and all SRU militarveterans. The display includes the Congressional Medal of Honor, Purple Heart and Vietnam Service Medal awarded to 1954 SRU graduate and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Estocin. The fighter pilot died when his jet was shot down over Vietnam in 1967. Read more
  • Slippery Rock University athletic training majors, showing knowledge and ambition for their field, have been awarded national scholarships valued at $2,300 from the National Athletic Trainers' Association Foundation. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
While most students spent the summer swimming, barbequing, and enjoying a break from school, seven students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith were immersed in the language and culture of Spain, an experience that taught the students important life lessons. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • UCF professors, graduate students and undergrads are conducting pioneering work in storm water research and have developed several pollutant-control and plant-growth variations of a soil media that keeps grasses and plants firmly rooted and thriving on roofs. The soil media, Bold & Gold, is deployed on numerous green roof-related projects throughout Florida, including several buildings on the UCF campus. Read more
  • UCF's Cyber Defense Team, which claimed the 2014 Raytheon National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, earned an exclusive visit with Vice President Joe Biden and other federal personnel Aug. 20 in Washington, D.C. Biden praised the team’s achievement and spoke about the importance of global cybersecurity systems that adapt to evolving threats. Director of the Secret Service and UCF alumna Julia Pierson also attended and spoke to the group about her pride in being a UCF graduate and the importance of cyber defense education. Read more

Western Illinois University
Five visiting scholars from Shanghai Donghai Vocational Technical College in China are joining the ranks of faculty in the colleges of Fine Arts and Communication and Business and Technology at Western Illinois University for fall 2014 as part of a partnership between the two schools. Yuan Xuefei, Wang Hui, Wu Xieling, Hou Dan and Zhang Yunyun arrived in Macomb Aug. 17, and will conduct research, visit courses and observe faculty beginning Aug. 25. In addition to the five visiting faculty, eight other administrators and faculty from Shanghai Donghai are also in Macomb this week to tour the school for possible future programs. Read more