Mar. 31: Academy Culminating Presentations

March 30th, 2017 by Kenya Hudson

Participants in the Academy for Research & Scholarly Engagement will present their grant proposals.  The entire university community is invited to attend.

Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Auditorium, Engineering Building

(Names are listed in presentation order.)

Shanna Smith, Ph.D.
Department of English & Modern Foreign Languages

Qilin Dai, Ph.D.
Department of Physics, Atmospheric Science & Geoscience

Abdelnasser Eldek, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Sravanthi Joginipelli, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Science

M. Ashraf Khan, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Maricica Pacurari, Ph.D.
Department of Biology

Brent Thoma, Ph.D.
Department of Biology

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Academy Closing Presentations and Closing Ceremony

April 8th, 2015 by Kenya Hudson

Day One of Closing Presentations:  Friday, April 10, 2015 in the Theater of the JSU Student Center

Day Two of Closing Presentations:  Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Auditorium of the Engineering Building

The Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement implements a year-long program of workshops, coaching and engagement with funding agencies in order to broaden the community of JSU faculty and staff who submit competitive proposals for external funding.  The Academy culminates in presentations and a closing ceremony and reception that recognizes perseverance, talent and potential of Academy Scholars.  

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Auditorium (Room 100), Engineering Building


XSEDE Flyer Supercomputers, big data sets and new technological tools are used by scientists, engineers, social scientists and humanists every day. The NSF-funded Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) integrates these advanced digital resources and services and facilitates collaboration and sharing of computing resources, data and expertise. In order to broaden participation and increase accessibility of these resources, XSEDE representatives will introduce the program and conduct workshops on how people can participate. Faculty and research staff from the arts, humanities and social sciences are particularly encouraged to participate. There will be a session dedicated to how humanities scholars can use XSEDE resources.

Download the agenda for the Apr. 14 Workshop

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"Drawing Noise," an innovative multimedia piece, made its world premiere at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (IFIMPaC) at Leeds College of Music in Leeds, England, United Kingdom.  IFIMPaC attracts innovative musical compositions and performances from composers throughout Europe and North America.  Its paper presentations and performances explore the latest innovations in production techniques, electronic music composition, image sonification, multichannel soundscape compositions, impulse responses in an audio-visual live performance, electronic and digital instrument-building practices and expressive diffusion.  

Photo of Geil, Elezovic and Chang at Nov. 18 BBRTDr. Ivan Elezovic, assistant professor in the Department of Music, represented the collaborative team that created "Drawing Noise" at IFIMPaC 2015.  Elezovic served as the composer and sound engineer for the project.  Visual artist and assistant professor in the Department of Art, Prof. Chung-Fan Chang served as its art director and principal performer.  Prof. Mark Geil, photographer and assistant professor in the Department of Art, served as the director of photography.  The ideas inspiring "Drawing Noise" developed from the talks given by Dr. Elezovic and Prof. Chang in the 2012-2013 year of the Brown Bag Research Talks Series.  Subsequently, they presented the completed work during this academic year's Brown Bag Research Talks Series.

View "Drawing Noise" on YouTube:

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The deadline for application to the Academy has been extended to Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Participants who successfully submit will receive an iPad and $3,000 in summer support to pursue their scholarly agendas. (Please note that the application cannot be saved in-progress, but needs to be completed in one session.)

Apply Now!

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The Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement will host a working session for faculty interested in securing external funding for their research agendas and creative endeavors.  This session offers the opportunity for them to discuss their research ideas with faculty from throughout the campus, to explore potential funding sources and to learn more about the Academy.  The session will convene on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the H.T. Sampson Library.  

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Safiya Omari, Ph.D. has been selected as the third director of the JSU Center for University Scholars. An associate professor of social work, Omari is also the director of the Southern Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Research and Training. Recently, she served as chief of staff to Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Dr. Omari earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Louisiana Tech University, a master's of clinical psychology at California State University-Los Angeles and a doctorate in psychology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Omari will focus on expanding the visibility of the Center for University Scholars and its activities and supporting the research interests and teaching performance of JSU faculty.

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Dr. Victor Ifedayo Ogungbe, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received three grants worth nearly $400,000 to expand his research in chemical biology, drug discovery and structural biology. The awarding entities are the National Institutes of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Science Foundation Mississippi ESPCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Institutional Development Award) and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. After joining the faculty at Jackson State in January 2013, Ogungbe participated in the second cohort of the Academy for Research and Scholarly Engagement.

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Academy Scholars Presentations and Closing Ceremony

April 1st, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

This event has already occurred.


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Interim Vice President Loretta Moore Honored by IHL

February 24th, 2014 by Kenya Hudson

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning recognized the accomplishments of Dr. Loretta Moore in contributing to the advancement of diversity and making a difference in the lives of Mississippi citizens.  Dr. Moore is the interim Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Principal Investigator for JSU ADVANCE and Professor of Computer Science at Jackson State University.

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