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Eight new tenure-track faculty at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have been awarded a total of $79,622 in 2019-20 New Faculty Research (NFR) awards from UAH's Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR).

The program was originally funded at $60,000. Additional money for the NFR program was provided by the OVPR on the strength of the proposals received, says Dr. Robert Lindquist, interim vice president for research and economic development.

"The proposals submitted this year from UAH’s new faculty were outstanding," Dr. Lindquist says. "We’re delighted to be able to make these awards and we hope that the seed funding provided will result in more external funding opportunities for the faculty who are supported."

The NFR program is intended to assist UAH's new tenure-track faculty in securing external funds in support of their scholarly interests. The NFR funds are competitively awarded and require that the faculty write full proposals, which are then assessed by a committee comprised of senior faculty and research staff.

The innovative ideas brought forward by our excellent young faculty members impressed our review committee," Dr. Lindquist says.

Tenure-track professors who had been at UAH less than three years at the time of proposal submission were eligible. The funds must be spent within one year of the award, and the maximum award is $10,000. Awards were limited to one award per faculty member.

Award winners, their college, center or department and their proposal title:

  • Aubrey Beal, Electrical and Computer Engineering, "Naturally Compressive Noise Sonar using Solvable Chaos for Multi-user Applications"
  • Jennifer Bruzek, Education, "Teaching Young Children How to Approach Dogs Safely Using Behavioral Skills Training"
  • Zachary Culumber, Biological Science, "Conserving Biodiversity by Understanding Animal Personality"
  • Ahmed Lawan, Biological Science, "Regulation of Hepatic Cholesterol Metabolism by MAP Kinase Phosphatases"
  • Rui Ma, Civil & Environmental Engineering, "Leveraging Shared Rides to Relieve Commuting Traffic Congestion by Applying a Guidance Strategy to the Ridesharing Travelers"
  • Nathan Tenhundfeld, Psychology, "Robot Design Impacts on High Risk Environment Use"
  • Isaac Torres Diaz, Chemicals & Materials Engineering, "Magnetic Assembly of Anisotropic Binary Colloidal Superstructures"
  • Ying Zou, Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research, "Heating of Terrestrial Ionospheric Ions by Auroral Borealis"


Dr. Robert Lindquist

Jim Steele