Tennessee State University is one of six universities that will participate in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-sponsored event.
The projects for the Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge will begin in the fall and conclude in summer 2015.
The challenge involves the six universities collaborating in an effort to create innovative educational methods, using EPA data, to increase public understanding and awareness of toxic chemicals found in their respective communities.
“For more than 25 years, EPA has gathered critical environmental data to provide communities with information that empowers them to protect their air, water, and land,” Renee P. Wynn, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information, said in a release. “Through the 2014 TRI University Challenge, we hope to raise student awareness of environmental data and programs while improving research on our environmental challenges to further our work to protect human health and the environment.”
While there is no financial award for the challenge, the participating universities will receive support from TRI Program staff and, according to the EPA release, national recognition.
Tennessee State University this fall will introduce an online master’s degree in applied geospatial information systems.
To be a master of professional science degree (PSM) targeting students who wish to advance their careers but do not plan to seek additional education at the doctoral level, it will combine the scientific and technical elements of an advance degree in GIS with business applications and themes.
The PSM is being coordinated between the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences; the College of Business; and the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs. Professors within the three colleges will teach courses in the degree program. GIS is a computer system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present geographical data.
At an event held Monday to launch the PSM degree program in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, TSU officials cited a U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training and Administration report that shows that an additional 150,000 positions requiring geospatial-based skills will be created by the year 2020.
“This program is a marriage between science, business and technology, which makes it a highly sought-after area for opportunities in many disciplines and areas of industry,” Dr. Chandra Reddy, dean of CAHNS, said in a release. “People completing this program are highly skilled in modern technology and are equipped to analyze data, answer questions and solve problems in a cutting-edge scientific environment.”
The PSM degree is offered entirely online and does not include a thesis project. It requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours and at least 300 internship hours under the supervision of an applied GIS practitioner.
Tennessee State University has received a $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The grant, the announcement for which was made Thursday, comes as TSU prepares to open a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art biotechnology center.
The grant is part of 76 grants totaling $35 million awarded to 21 historically black colleges and universities and to support research, teaching and extension activities through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture program.
“We are quite pleased with the success of our faculty in garnering these USDA funds to build our Ag program,” said Dr. Chandra Reddy (pictured), dean of the TSU College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences. “These funds help to build capacity in new areas of agricultural research, teaching and outreach, as well as help in remodeling and building research facilities.”
Faculty members (or project directors) who led the proposal submissions that resulted in the research, teaching and extension grant awards (and their research focus) are as follows:
* Dr. Karla Addesso, assistant professor of chemical ecology, sustainable agriculture, $299,751 (research);
* Dr. Dafeng Hui, assistant professor of biological sciences, bio-energy/biofuel and natural resources, global climate change, $299,874 (research);
* Dr. Fur-Chi Chen, associate professor of food science, food Safety – $299,999 (research)
* Dr. George Smith, assistant professor of landscape architecture, water quality, $249,797 (extension)
* Janice Emerson, associate professor and director of the Center for Prevention Research, childhood obesity – $248,886 (extension)
* Dr. Ahmad Aziz, associate professor of agricultural and environmental sciences, bio-energy/biofuel and natural resources, $150,000 (teaching)
Vanderbilt University has received an approximately $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a new faculty development partnership with Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College and Berea College.
The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education initiative will support specialized training for new Vanderbilt Ph.D.s in preparing students for teaching at liberal arts colleges and historically black colleges and universities, as well as provide education regarding public and digital humanities.
In addition, grant will fund a postdoctoral and faculty exchange among the four schools that will support faculty development and undergraduate education at the partner schools.
“This program not only expands our understanding of humanities scholarship, but it invests in the faculty and students of the future,” Carolyn Dever (pictured), dean of the VU College of Arts and Science, said in a story (read here) on the vanderbilt.edu site. “Our Ph.D. alumni will benefit from focused training and teaching in diverse environments. Our partner schools will gain teaching resources, and all four schools will profit from transinstitutional exchanges of ideas and faculty. We are most grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its vision and support.”
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The rematch is on between the conference’s best defense in Tennessee State and the nation’s best offense in Eastern Illinois. Yes these two teams have battled before, but things have changed in the six weeks since they last met up. The conference’s short two-game winning streak is going to come to an end, but the OVC is guaranteed at spot in the quarterfinals. A position the conference hasn’t been in since Western Kentucky in 2000.
In case you forgot about the original matchup between these two, here is a quick refresher: The Panthers faced their first test on the road in conference at the end of October, heading to LP Field to take on the Tigers. The Panthers used the deep ball early and often to jump out to an early 21-3 lead at the half. With the Tigers struggling to get a passing attack with freshman quarterback Ronald Butler at the helm, the Panthers defense stuffed the Tigers ground game and cruised. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have his best game completion wise, going 24 of 41, but threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. To add to the misery for the Tigers’ homecoming crowd, running back Shepard Little ran for 138 yards on 22 carries in the Panthers 34-10 victory.
Normally I don’t open a preview with a weather report but it has to be mentioned. The game time temperature is projected to be in the twenties with wind gusts up to 20 mph. Both head coach’s during this week’s teleconference had concern’s about the weather.
“Unless these guys are totally wrong it is going to feel like between 22 and 28 and I will be bundled up like the Michelin man,” Eastern Illinois Head Coach Dino Babers said. “We have about 20 guys from Florida so you tell me how it is going to affect us, but if you are going to win a national championship you have to win in cold weather,” TSU head coach Rod Reed said.
What makes things different from the last time these two played is seen on offense for the Tigers. The last time Eastern Illinois took on TSU, they knew Butler wasn’t going to stretch the field and loaded up the box to stop the run. The result was 126 yards on 32 carries by TSU.
Last weekend, Pioneer League champions Butler did that same thing but there was a different quarterback. The return of junior quarterback Michael German is a huge boost to the TSU offense and EIU knows that. The ground game was ok against the Bulldogs but German’s ability to create the big play or extend plays with his 6-foot-2, 215-pound body made the difference. “I think they are a different football team than what we faced the first time,” Babers said.
On the other side of the field, we all know about the Eastern Illinois offense. The passing attack of Walter Payton finalist Garoppolo with his weapons of Erik Lora, Adam Drake, Jeff LePak and the possible return of Keiondre Gober who has missed the last three games with an injury. While the passing attack won’t be shut down, in the cold weather it could be the ground game of Little that could be the x-factor for the Panther’s offense. The Panthers will need to shake off the rust(I’m going to say ice) after not playing last week. The Tigers should be well rested as the majority of the starters were done halfway through the third quarter.
In the history of the OVC, only twice has there been a rematch in the FCS Playoffs. In both instances, the winner of the first game was able to pull off the second victory. Babers mentioned over and over in the press conference that it is not the ideal circumstance to play a team twice. The Tigers have the revenge factor on their minds, the Panthers are the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Regardless, this weekend’s game should be another classic and guarantees us another week writing football.
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