Spotlight on Academy Scholars, Cohort III

Geil

Mark Geil, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor, Department of Art
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

Prof. Geil recently collaborated with Prof. Chung-Fan Chang and Dr. Ivan Elezovic on the multimedia composition, Drawing Noise, which had its international debut at the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition in the United Kingdom. His photography will be featured in the upcoming Mississippi Museum of Art pop-up show Analog v. Digital and has been awarded an honorable mention in the City of Jackson's Sky Through My Eye competition. His funding proposal to the New Orleans Photographers Alliance explores Southern museum culture.

 

 

 

Gray

Lolita Gray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

With a Fulbright-Hayes award, Dr. Gray conducted extensive research on environmental health issues and public policies attempting to ameliorate those issues in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo.  Among her research interests are urban communities and politics, environmental justice and minority health disparities.  She has submitted a grant proposal, "System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Disparities," to the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

 

HuangHung-Chung "Joe" Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

Dr. Huang's drug-design related molecular dynamics simulation article was featured on the journal cover of Biopolymers. Among his other publications are two-coauthored articles in Science. Dr. Huang has worked as a bioinformatics system engineer or computational biologist at three major university medical centers in the United States. His proposal, "Discover Susceptibility Genes for Airway Diseases via Expression Quantitative Trait Loci (eQTL) Analyses" will be submitted to NSF or NIH.

 

 

 

Kim

Hyunju Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

As a member of the initial Academy Scholars cohort, Dr. Kim submitted and was funded as a PI for the Student-Centered Open Source Software Community by the National Science Foundation. She has also been a co-principal investigator or senior personnel on grants funded by the NGA, NSF and US Department of Energy. Her research interests include open source software, data mining and multimedia information systems. Her current proposal, "Visualization of Relationships among Health Determinants that Are Associated with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in African Americans," will be submitted to the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

 

Ko

Jae-Young Ko, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Management
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

Dr. Ko's research interests focus on human dimensions of natural ecosystem management, environmental and energy policy, urban management and the evolution of environmentalism. He has previously worked on projects funded by the Houston Advanced Research Center and Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Louisiana Governor's Office of Coastal Activities, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and Texas Sea Grant College Program. Ko is drafting a proposal for the US Department of Agriculture that addresses sustainable community development for the Mississippi Delta Region in the context of a globalized economy.

 

 

 

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Ranjani Kulawardhana, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

A recipient of the National Research Council of Sri Lanka's Presidential Award in Scientific Research, Dr. Kulawardhana investigates remote sensing and GIS applications for the inventory, monitoring and assessment of ecosystems and natural resources; the monitoring and assessment of carbon, biomass and vegetation productivity in natural and managed ecosystems; climate change; and wetland ecology.  She submitted two proposals: Remote Sensing Estimates for Quantifying and Mapping Carbon Sequestration Ability of the Estuarine Wetlands in Mississippi" to the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and "Development of Climate Indicators for US Rangelands" to NASA (Co-PI).

 

 

 

Kyeyune

Catherine Kyeyune, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Lifelong Learning
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

A founder and co-director of the professional development resource of JSU's School of Lifelong Learning, Dr. Kyeyune's research focuses on the impact of mentoring in academic and professional settings especially for minority and non-traditional students.  Specifically, she investigates the efficacy of peer mentoring for non-traditional students.  Her proposal; "Higher Education and Continuing African American Students: Impact on Employment, Civic and Social Outcomes;" responds to a solicitation by the Spencer Foundation.

 

 

 

Lee

Jaegoo Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Cohort III of the Academy for Scholarly Research and Engagement

A recipient of the 2013-2014 College of Public Service Dean's Faculty Research Development Award, Dr. Lee has published articles in Death Studies, Journal of Public Child Welfare, Journal of Social Work Education, Adoption Quarterly and the Journal of Korean Home Economics Education Association.  Her work addresses minority children's well-being and the role of parents therein, mental health parenting education in schools and communities and mental health training for social workers and social work students.  Dr. Lee proposes to to investigate the relationship between substance abuse and HIV prevention programs among college-age African American gays.