9 faculty members receive awards, grants at WSU Tri-Cities

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 24, 2013 

Nine faculty members at Washington State University Tri-Cities have received $100,000 in year-end awards and summer research grants.

The awards are the most received by faculty on the Richland campus, said a release from the university. They will go to projects in three different schools and cover salaries and other research costs.

-- Associate professor of teaching and learning Amy Roth McDuffie received the Faculty Excellence in Research Award from the WSU College of Education for her work in math education.

-- Judy Morrison, another associate professor of teaching and learning in the College of Education, will receive $20,000 toward her research after winning the Berry Family Faculty Fellowship for her work in science education.

-- Assistant English professor Andrea D. Davis won two awards, a $20,000 WSU New Faculty Seed Grant for a project using archival records to study interactions between American settlers and native inhabitants, and another $4,000 for the Buchanan Summer Research Fellowship.

-- Andrea Aebersold, clinical assistant English professor, will receive a $3,000 Summer Research Fellowship to work on a Hanford oral history project.

-- Nikolaos Voulgarakis, assistant mathematics professor, won a $29,000 new faculty seed grant for his work in "hybrid molecular and continuous mechanics for nanoscale modeling of gene delivery."

-- Four faculty members in the College of Business were awarded summer research grants: assistant marketing professor Jesse Catlin, assistant finance professor Sheen Liu, assistant management professor Paul Skilton and assistant accounting professor Li Xu.

-- Additionally, Melanie Casciato, principal assistant in the office of Professional Programs on the Richland campus, was named staff member of the year by the business college.

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