Featured Awards Announcement

Please Join Montclair State University in Announcing Awards Recently Received by its Faculty.

Ken Bain, Vice Provost, University Learning and Teaching, Research Academy for University Learning, received a $10,000 grant for one year to support the "Bringing Theory to Practice" project, which engages students more deeply with community involvement and civic activities to increase their involvement in interpersonal, social, professional and political communities.

Paul Cell, University Police, Student Development and Campus Life, received $25,831 from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to purchase a Live Scan/Mugshot Photo Workstation which will provide fingerprints directly to the FBI and New Jersey State Police for immediate identification.

Eric Forgoston, Mathematical Sciences, CSAM, received a two year grant for $49,990 from the Naval Research Laboratory to continue his research in modeling and analyzing the dynamics of a swarm of mobile sensors operating in stochastic environments, such as the ocean, with and without communication between the swarm agents.  Dr. Forgoston is joining the MSU faculty this semester.

Elizabeth McPherson, Dance, CART, received $15,000 for a one year American Masterpieces grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the restaging of Paul Taylor's Company  B.  Originally choreographed to the music of the Andrew Sisters for The Houston Ballet, the work premiered in 1991.  Company B will be the centerpiece of a repertory theme of Americana for the 2010-11 academic year.  MSU's dance students and faculty are participating in the performance.

Alina Reznitskaya, Educational Foundations, CEHS, received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to design and validate a new measurement instrument, called the Dialogic Instruction Tool, which will help elementary school teachers to assess the dialogic quality of their interactions with students in language arts classes.  The one year award is for $39,725.

Teresa Rodriguez, University Art Galleries, CART, received $13,503 for General Program Support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for fiscal year 2011 to fund gallery activities. 

David Trubatch, Mathematical Sciences, CSAM, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for the “MRI-R2: Acquisition of Scientific Computing Capacity”. Funds from this grant will provide high performance computing capability for faculty who have computationally intensive extensions to their ongoing research activities. The one year grant is for $129,372.

Jedediah Wheeler, Arts and Cultural Programming, CART, received $52,119 for General Program Support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for fiscal year 2011 to fund public performing arts programs at Montclair State.

Jedediah Wheeler, Arts and Cultural Programming, CART, received $50,000 for an Access to Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will fund innovative works that open audiences to new artistic experiences.

Jacalyn Willis, PRISM, CSAM, received $592,000 for a three year grant for the project “CUSP: Creative University-School Partnerships – Mathematics & Science Partnership,” funded by the New Jersey Department of Education. CUSP will increase the academic achievement of students in math and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. MSU is partnering with 25 school districts to address multiple challenges to teaching and learning by retooling the teacher workforce. Grant-funded activities will impact 135 teachers and an estimated 9,000 students.

MeiYin Wu, Biology and Molecular Biology, CSAM, received an award for $673,530 from the U.S. Department of the Interior with funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lake Restoration Initiative program. She will be testing environmentally-sound ultrasound technology for ship ballast water treatment. The University of Vermont and the Great Ships Initiative are partners on this three year project.