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Programs

Arkansas State University
Six Arkansas State University students are pursuing their interest in science this summer through the Biotechnology Research Internship Program at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI) facility on campus. The program is for undergraduate science majors who want research experience in life sciences during the summer of their sophomore or junior years. Each student is matched with a faculty mentor who is conducting research related to biotechnology or biology. Read more 

California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania has formed an educational alliance with the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Kennedy Township, Pa., to provide online coursework for nursing students who represent the future of healthcare in the region. Nursing students will complete their science and general education requirements through Cal U’s online learning management system, while continuing their hands-on training in practical nursing skills at Ohio Valley Hospital. Read more 

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University invites Army Reservists and National Guard members to register for a free one-day Cybersecurity Training program. Funded by the National Security Agency, the Cyber Warriors Workshop supports a top-tier Army Reserve Cyber Private Public Partnership Program (Cyber P3i) with a free one-day training event for Army Reservists and members of the National Guard. Read more 

Northern Arizona University
To help combat a teacher shortage, each of the three Arizona institutions of higher education began a Teachers Academy at the request of Gov. Doug Ducey. The mission of the Teachers Academy was clear: produce more qualified teachers who are prepared for the challenges of teaching in the 21st century and do so without teachers graduating from college with a lot of debt. Northern Arizona University opted to focus on its Grow Your Own programs, which take the teacher education degree programs to different areas of the state, partnering with community colleges and K-12 districts to offer programs for students to become certified teachers. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University broke ground August 1 on a new farm manger’s house at its R.T. Wright Farm, advancing a collaborative project with the Maryville R-II School District and setting the stage for other enhancements on the farm property to fuel the advancement of the University’s ag programming. Read more 

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
In an effort to support sustainability, Slippery Rock University's (SRU) contract food vendor, AVI Fresh, and Pepsi have teamed up to install a hydroponic garden in SRU's Boozel Dining Hall. The indoor garden was installed July 16 so that dining hall chefs could begin growing their own vegetables and herbs including lettuce, kale and basil for use in preparing the daily menu. Read more 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Saline Health System and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have joined forces to address the nursing shortage in Saline County by creating scholarship opportunities for more students who want to enter the field of nursing. Read more 

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Grants and Gifts

California State University, Stanislaus
Stan State received a $745,997 award from the National Science Foundation to provide educational opportunities for math and science majors (especially from minority/underserved communities) pursuing a K-12 teaching credential. Read more 

Cleveland State University (Ohio)
Cleveland State University has received a $300,000 grant from the George Gund Foundation to conduct a comprehensive two-year analysis of Northeast Ohio with the goal of improving measurement of regional performance and developing better economic indicators for assessing regional strengths, challenges and areas for future growth. Read more 

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Western Maryland is even more literary thanks to Poetry Underfoot. With a Creative Placemaking grant from the Allegany Arts Council, Frostburg’s Center for Literary Arts installed artworks across the county featuring excerpts from regional poets. Stencils designed by fine arts students and a water-blocking spray combined to create nominally invisible art installations that appear magically on rainy days. Read more 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania will receive $578,038 as part of a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education designed to reverse the decline in new teacher graduation rates and to retain new teachers in the field. Read more 

Salisbury University (Md.)

  • Dr. Andrew Sharma, professor of communication arts at Salisbury University (SU), has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the United States-India Educational Foundation for his proposal “Interactive Design Documentary as a Method for Civic Engagement.” As part of the proposal, SU, the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in India and the American Geosciences Institute will collaborate to develop interactive documentary filmmaking. Read more 
  • Working at NASA—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—isn’t just for “scientists.” Salisbury University communication arts major Haley Weisgerber is spending her summer on the front lines of public relations for the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The paid summer internship was made possible by a gift from the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to the SU Foundation, Inc. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Two high school students are spending 40 hours a week this summer in the Slippery Rock University (SRU) chemistry lab conducting undergraduate-level research thanks to a Project SEED grant secured by SRU from the American Chemical Society. Program organizers hope that the experience will increase the students’ knowledge and enhance their opportunities for admission to one of the top research institutions in the country. Read more 
  • A faculty-student research team at SRU took questionnaires and video cameras to Southwest China, May 16 to June 6, to conduct a sustainability study that will benchmark outcomes from rapid modernization initiatives in that country by accounting for economic, environmental and social influences. Two professors received a $29,000 grant from the ASIANetwork’s Student-Faculty Fellows Program to conduct the research. Read more 
  • Slippery Rock Pro Bono Physical Therapy (SRPBPT), a student-run organization at SRU, is establishing a free physical therapy clinic for the public with graduate students from SRU’s Doctor of Physical program volunteering as therapists. SRPBPT received a $3,155 grant from Move Together, Inc., a nonprofit organization that increases access to quality rehabilitation medicine for people all over the world. Read more 

Troy University (Ala.)
Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create two traveling exhibits highlighting women who played key roles within the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The more than $119,000 grant will be used to create “The Legacy of Rosa Parks” and “Women of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” traveling exhibits. Read more 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Bank of America has given $20,000 to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Charles W. Donaldson Summer Bridge Academy, which has been helping incoming freshmen prepare for college-level work since 2013. Read more 

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
In an ongoing research effort to develop strategies to improve patient-centered care in veterans hospitals, University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Arney has been awarded a research grant by the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. The center is academically affiliated with Baylor University, where Arney is also an adjunct assistant professor of medicine and conducts health services-related research. Read more 

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s support program for students with autism spectrum disorder is the beneficiary of an educational investment from Enel Green Power, the largest wind power operator in Oklahoma. Read more 

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas Tech University

  • Aubrey Holt, director of campus life at Arkansas Tech University, has been selected to participate in a 2018-19 regional cohort of the SERVE (Supporting, Expanding and Recruiting Volunteer Excellence) Academy conducted by NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. Read more 
  • Dr. Alaric Williams, interim head of the Arkansas Tech University Department of College Personnel and associate professor of college student personnel, was among 19 individuals from around the United States selected to participate in the 2018 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Leadership and Mentoring Institute. Read more 

California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles President William A. Covino was named to the executive committee of the Coalition of Metropolitan and Urban Universities (CUMU). Cal State LA is one of only 30 universities in the nation designated as an anchor institution by CUMU as part of a new effort to uplift and transform the economies and social well-being of communities across the nation. Read more 

Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana Tech University Trenchless Technology Center (TTC) research has earned three awards at the Silicon Valley International Inventions Festival in Santa Clara, Calif. TTC team members Dr. M. Azimi (Louisiana Tech), Dr. John Matthews (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Fariborz Tehrani (California State University–Fresno), Asma Bagher Pour Hamedani (Louisiana Tech) and Chris Morgan (Louisiana Tech) earned the gold medal from the festival, the “Best American Inventor” award from the United Inventors Association and the Special Prize from the Korean Invention Promotion Association for their LOCKBLOCK product. Read more 

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Jordan Vinyard, assistant professor of art at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, was recently awarded a fellowship through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.  Read more 

University of Southern Indiana
Dr. Ann H. White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana, was elected to the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Board of Commissioners, representing chief nursing administrators from across the United States. Read more 

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Evelyn Burch, a senior at Angelo State University, will spend the upcoming fall semester working as an intern for U.S. Congressman Michael Conaway. Read more 

Arkansas State University
Bryston Hickman of Mountain Home became Arkansas State University’s sixth national Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) champion, and 15 additional students placed in the PBL’s 2018 national conference and competition recently in Baltimore, Md. Hickman, a senior psychology major, won the award in “Organizational Behavior and Leadership.” He also won that category during competition at the state leadership conference held in April at Little Rock. Read more 

Arkansas Tech University

  • Dr. Efosa C. Idemudia, associate professor of business data analytics at Arkansas Tech University, has published a textbook entitled Handbook of Research on Technology Integration in the Global World. Read more 
  • Dr. Keegan Nichols, Arkansas Tech University vice president for student affairs, will be among the featured speakers at the 2018 NASPA Region IV-West Conference in Wichita, Kan. Read more 
  • Joe Donnell, a member of the Arkansas Tech University Class of 2018, has been recognized by Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Commissioner Johnny Key of the Arkansas Department of Education for his academic performance in the realm of computer science education. Read more 

California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Long Beach professor Christine Whitcraft, Ph.D., is researching how human activities and climate change impact the structure and functioning of wetlands. Read more 

California State University, Stanislaus
A service-learning program at Stan State in which students taught science at a local middle school resulted in a project that brought solar power to a school in a remote Kenyan village. Read more 

Eastern Connecticut State University 
Two Eastern Connecticut State University students have spent the summer working on National Science Foundation-sponsored research projects in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Menifee County, Ky. Psychology major Kelly Bielonko has been learning about the challenges faced by rural Native Americans in Sioux Falls, while biology major Taylor Brown has been monitoring river restoration efforts of the East Fork Indian Creek in Kentucky. Read more 

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg University’s (ESU) Sport Science program gave students from Beijing Sport University an educational and activity-packed three weeks of the cultural exchange. ESU staff members guided the Chinese group on trips to New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, as well as regional attractions. ESU faculty and staff also worked with the Chinese students on intensive instruction in English and provided seminars and demonstrations in American sports and exercise science. Read more 

Louisiana Tech University
A week-long mix of conference and summer enrichment camp in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education is preparing early childhood educators to be more effective through integrated learning exercises and ideas when teaching problem-solving skills in their classrooms. Read more 

Millersville University (Pa.)
This past semester, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at Millersville University held their annual National Organ Donation Awareness Campaign (NODAC) in an effort to promote the positive impact of being a registered organ donor and to dispel the many myths surrounding organ donation. At the conclusion of the event, the Millersville PRSSA chapter submitted a plan-book detailing their event to the Donate Life PA organization for a local NODAC competition, and on May 24 they were informed that they were selected as the grand-prize winner. The PRSSA chapter will be continuing on to the national competition. Read more 

Salisbury University (Md.)

  • Like many people, Salisbury University (SU) seniors Ashley Miller and Haley Trice have watched loved ones bravely face cancer diagnoses. This summer, the nursing majors are helping other cancer patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital as recipients of the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship. The competitive program immerses students from top undergraduate nursing schools in applied oncology training. Two positions were available at Hopkins; SU’s students were selected to fill both. Read more
  • SU student Garrett Gordy was selected for a competitive Summer Lab Science Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.—the nation’s top-ranked hospital, according to U.S. News and World Report. Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is one of the largest clinical labs in the world. He is the first SU student to be accepted, according to Dr. Diane Davis, SU’s Medical Laboratory Sciences program director. Read more 

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Barbara Billek-Sawhney, Slippery Rock University professor of physical therapy, instructed students and faculty at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, April 22 to June 2, as part of a Fulbright Specialist Program. Read more 

State University of New York at Geneseo
State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo is one of 11 campuses to take part in a two-week relief mission as part of the SUNY Stands with Puerto Rico initiative. In July, 10 Geneseo students joined other SUNY students to help clear out and repair damaged homes from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. New York State has committed to sending 500+ SUNY and City University of New York student volunteers to assist with recovery and rebuilding efforts. Geneseo students have made three trips to Puerto Rico this year to help with relief efforts. Read more 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • For those who have seen Tony Stark effortlessly controlling virtual computer screens in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, you have seen Zack Bolt’s vision for his research. Bolt, a graduate student in computer science at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has developed a virtual computer monitor system that he hopes can eventually replace its physical counterparts. Read more 
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has received a prestigious Gilman Scholarship so she can study abroad in Spain to improve her language skills to better serve her future Spanish-speaking patients. Read more 

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Pembroke hosted a group of EducationUSA international student advisers from Australia, Honduras and Hungary on July 27. The visit included time with International Programs staff, meetings with deans and key faculty, an overview and tour of notable academic programs and facilities, meetings with undergraduate and graduate admissions staff, and conversations with local and international students. Read more 

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Microorganisms—such as bacteria—are nearly all invisible to the human eye, which makes them easy to overlook. However, their value in an ecosystem is great, says University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate student Anna Hilger. Her master’s thesis work is investigating what would happen to these microscopic organisms if crude oil spilled in the marsh. Read more 

Western Washington University
Western Washington University finished tied with Stanford University for third nationally as producers of prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars for 2018. Western produced five Hollings scholars this year. These students' success really points to the strengths of our marine biology and environmental science programs, said Steven VanderStaay, Western’s vice provost for Undergraduate Education. Read more