Atlanta, GA, United States

Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, GA, United States

Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black university in Atlanta, in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was formed in 1988 with the consolidation of Clark College and Atlanta University . Clark Atlanta University is a member of the United Negro College Fund . Wikipedia.

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The Best Friends Foundation, an organization established in 1987 to help “at risk” teens achieve personal and educational success, today announced the first two recipients of the Randy Granovetter Memorial Scholarship. Aniya Awkard of McKinley Tech High School (who plans to use the scholarship to attend Clark Atlanta University) and Olu Fagbemi of Roosevelt High School (who plans to use the scholarship to attend Trinity University) were the first two recipients awarded scholarships on April 25th. This new scholarship was established to honor Randy Granovetter, a pioneer in the wireless communications and technology industries, the founder of Jabra, and the first female Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Exchange. During her life, Randy was a huge supporter of the Best Friends Foundation and the principles it represented. As the CEO of Jabra, she ensured that scholarships were given to deserving students for many years. As such, the scholarship(s) will be awarded each semester to selected students who show enthusiasm and overall commitment to Best Friends and its messages, demonstrate leadership, and show academic aptitude, performance, and courage in overcoming personal adversity. “I had great affection and regard for Randy through our years of working together in the Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project. Randy was an exceptional teacher for children, especially those with special needs,” said Elayne Bennett, President of the Best Friends Foundation. “After Randy’s untimely passing in January, I thought her life could be remembered and honored by establishing the Randy Granovetter Memorial Scholarship to continue her passion and belief in mentoring young women. She truly was one that bridged the generation gap with millennials and influenced many other business professionals to become involved in mentoring the younger generation. I think Randy would be happy to know that young women are being helped by a scholarship in her name and that her daughter Joanna will take part in the scholarship awards.” Each Randy Granovetter Memorial Scholarship recipient will receive up to $1,000 per semester and will continue to receive funds up to 8 semesters, if a minimum of 2.7 GPA and scholarship funding is maintained. To be eligible to apply students will: To make a donation towards this scholarship, please visit: The Best Friends Foundation was established in 1987 by Elayne Bennett. Since then, the Best Friends model has been implemented in over 150 schools in Washington, DC and across the nation. Research on the Best Friends/Best Men High School Student program has demonstrated significant reduction in risk behavior and increased positive peer relationships. In response to the current issue of adolescent violence and abusive behavior, the Best Friends Foundation has developed the Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention Seminar: Stop the Silence, Prevent the Violence. The Best Friends Foundation was a recipient of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Healthy Marriage/Healthy Relationships grant for middle and high school students. An important component of the grant was the focus on teen violence and abuse in intimate relationships. For more information, please contact: Joselyn Heltzer at 301-758-7204 or h.joselyn(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Astrophysical Journal, Supplement Series | Year: 2011

Collision strengths for the astrophysically important lines in N II have been calculated in the close-coupling approximation using the B-spline Breit-Pauli R-matrix method. The multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with term-dependent non-orthogonal orbitals is employed for an accurate representation of the target wave functions. The close-coupling expansion includes 58 bound levels of N II. The 58 target levels belong to the terms of the ground 2s 22p 2 and singly excited 2s2p 3, 2s 22p3s, 2s 22p3p, 2s 22p3d, 2s 22p4s, 2s 22p4p, and 2s2p 23s configurations. The effective collision strengths are obtained by averaging the electron collision strengths over a Maxwellian distribution of velocities and these are tabulated for all 1653 fine-structure transitions among the 58 levels at electron temperatures in the range from 500 to 100,000 K. The line strengths, oscillator strengths, and transition probabilities for all E1 transitions are tabulated. The present results are compared with a variety of other close-coupling calculations. There is an overall good agreement with the 23-state calculation by Hudson & Bell in most part, but some significant differences are also noted for some transitions. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Clark Atlanta University | Date: 2015-09-10

Muscadine Grape Skin Extract (MSKE) derived from muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia) decreases Snail expression and CatL expression and activity and pSTAT-3. MSKE inhibits migration and invasion and osteoclastogenesis of cancer cells.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 295.91K | Year: 2013

Clark Atlanta Universitys (CAUs) Robert Noyce Capacity Building project is supporting CAUs effort to build a K-12 science educator preparation program based on partnerships between CAU STEM departments, the School of Education, and the Atlanta and Clayton County Public Schools. New curriculum is being developed for undergraduate STEM majors and STEM graduates wishing to earn certification for high school teaching with a particular emphasis on developing highly qualified, culturally competent science educators for high need school districts. The curriculum under development is responsive to state, district, and national professional associations science education standards. This teacher certification program is based on a strong STEM subject matter curriculum, leading to a B.S. degree in a STEM field, such that the developing educators are fully prepared to teach the subject matter without trepidation and to keep up with advances in their chosen science field. The new curriculum provides opportunities to test hypotheses about science achievement in urban 7-12 classrooms and translate these findings into a district specific set of best practices for teaching and learning science. Broader impacts of this project include enhanced STEM teaching at the secondary level where STEM majors and non-majors alike benefit from STEM classes taught by faculty with knowledge, skills, and cultural competence.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: ALLIANCES-MINORITY PARTICIPAT. | Award Amount: 2.77M | Year: 2013

The GALSAMP is comprised of nine institutions. The program plans to significantly increase the number or underrepresented minorities in STEM receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. An important element of the plan is an early and sustained exposure of undergraduates to research training throughout the undergraduate experience. The alliance expects to significantly contribute to GALSAMP schools of increasing the quantity and quality of minority students in STEM disciplines and to ensuring their entry into graduate programs. The program also seeks to improved recruitment, retention, community college student transfer, and graduation for underrepresented students in STEM. The project has the following goals:
- Increase the number of students recruited into STEM majors by 50% over five-years.
- Increase persistence and progression of STEM students in the expanded alliance to 85% over five-years.
- Increase the number of STEM students transferring from alliance two-year community colleges to four-year baccalaureate alliance institutions from 31% to 50% over five years.
- Increase the number of STEM baccalaureate graduates from the 2012 baseline total by 100% from 380 to 760 over five years.
- Increase the number of STEM Baccalaureate graduates who compete successfully for entry into graduate degree programs from 40% to 80% over five-years.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: NSF INCLUDES | Award Amount: 60.62K | Year: 2016

The University of Georgia, Florida International University, Savannah State University, Clark Atlanta University and Fort Valley State University will lead this Design and Development Launch Pilot to address enhancing recruitment, retention, productivity and satisfaction of historically underrepresented minority (URM) undergraduate students who enroll in STEM graduate programs at primarily white (PWI) and research intensive (RI) universities. This project was created in response to the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) program solicitation (NSF 16-544). The INCLUDES program is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations focused on NSFs commitment to diversity, inclusion, and broadening participation in these fields. The INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots represent bold, innovative ways for solving a broadening participation challenge in STEM.

The full participation of all of Americas STEM talent is critical to the advancement of science and engineering for national security, health and prosperity. Our nation is advancing knowledge and practices to address the STEM education practices for retaining and educating URM undergraduate STEM students at our nations research intensive universities (RIs). This project, NSF INCLUDES: An Integrated Approach to Retain Underrepresented Minority Students in STEM Disciplines, has the potential to advance a collaborative approach by a group of organizations to improve the success of URM undergraduates in STEM disciplines.

The collaborating universities will work together for the purposes of empowering URM students to more effectively navigate STEM undergraduate and graduate education at minority serving institutions (MSIs) and PWIs, and for transforming the culture of PWIs and RIs. The team plans to use evidence-based approaches to gain insights into cultural differences that impact the success of URM STEM students. Three interventions will be included in the pilot study: (1) undergraduate URM student exchanges between MSIs and PWIs, (2) collaborative inquiry to engage URM students in social science research about issues and experiences of under-representation in STEM, and (3) the adaptation of resources from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) to train STEM faculty to embrace diversity and improve teaching in diverse classroom settings. The project team plans to develop strategies to scale approaches and develop an alliance of institutions to maximize potential project outcomes.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 299.99K | Year: 2016

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Research Initiation Awards (RIAs) provide support to STEM junior faculty at HBCUs who are starting to build a research program, as well as for mid-career faculty who may have returned to the faculty ranks after holding an administrative post or who needs to redirect and rebuild a research program. Faculty members may pursue research at their home institution, at an NSF-funded Center, at a research intensive institution or at a national laboratory. The RIA projects are expected to help further the faculty members research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and teaching at his or her home institution, and to involve undergraduate students in research experiences. With support from the National Science Foundation, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will conduct research aimed at understanding the binding properties of graphene and nitrogen-doped (N-doped) graphene with amino acids that may be useful for the development of biosensors. This project will be used to enhance teaching and learning at CAU and thus, help to prepare the next-generation of underrepresented African American undergraduate students by training them in the research area of Bionanoscience at CAU. The research and educational efforts will contribute to the Universitys goal to increase research related to computational sciences and to increase student engagement with faculty outside of the classroom through undergraduate research. In addition, the combined research training and education for the CAU students will result in graduates that are well-prepared to manage graduate school and well-qualified to compete in a diverse workforce.

The goal of the proposed study is to investigate the binding of all twenty naturally occurring amino acids (AAs) with graphene at gas phase and aqueous medium using quantum chemical calculations. The computations will be extended to examine the binding of AAs with nitrogen doped (N-doped) graphene to gain insight on the effect and the type of N-doping in graphene. The specific aims of this project are to: (1) obtain a fundamental understanding of the binding of amino acids (AAs) with graphene and N-doped graphene through computational investigations in gas phase and aqueous medium; (2) compare the computed results with the experimental data; and (3) prepare the next-generation of underrepresented African American undergraduate students by training them in the research area of Bionanoscience at CAU. The findings from this study will provide significant knowledge that will be useful for the development of biosensors and drug delivery applications using graphene-based nanomaterials. In addition, the proposed research will enhance our current knowledge on how to engineer graphene for biological applications. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Jackson State University.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 693.85K | Year: 2016

Clark Atlanta University (CAU) proposes to the National Science Foundations MRI program to acquire a modern secondary ion mass spectrometer for multidisciplinary research and training of next generation scientists, i. e., undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students in physics, materials science, and chemistry. The new instrument will replace a single investigator, custom built system that is over 30 years old. The tool will significantly enhance the research infrastructure of CAU and it will provide a high level of research and training opportunities for local materials research community. This will augment a suite of existing characterization tools that are oriented to impact research lines in various areas of materials research. This multi-user tool will be configured to serve the multidisciplinary needs of a diverse faculty representing 6 STEM departments, 3 Historically Black College or Universities, and 2 Minority Serving Institutions.

This acquisition will provide depth profile, chemical species identification, stoichiometry, and expanded imaging analysis capability. This will augment a suite of existing characterization tools that are oriented to impact research lines in solid state lighting, polymer synthesis and functionalization, semiconductors, two-dimensional topological materials and device processing. The shared access of this tool will broadly impact and foster interdisciplinary collaborations across departments and institutions and provide a major training resource for the next generation of materials scientists. This community effort has already had a significant impact on the number of under-represented minorities and women in the STEM disciplines. The tool will enhance students with readily marketable skills in materials analysis and characterization to compete globally. This acquisition in conjunction with the existing instrumentation will establish a suite of state-of-the art materials characterization tools that are unique to the geographical area.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 96.58K | Year: 2014

This REU Site award to the University of Georgia (UGA) located in Athens, GA, and Clark Atlanta University (CAU), in Atlanta, GA, will support the training of 10 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2014- 2018. This 14-year old program, begun as a partnership between UGA and CAU, focuses on genomics, computational biology, and epigenetics -- and their integration in the new area of systems biology. Participants are expected to do full-time lab research as well as participate in seminars and various workshops, such as the responsible conduct of science, systems biology, molecular genetics research, career opportunities in industry and academia, and the graduate school application process. REU participants have access to a rich array of individual mentors facilities as well as many interdepartmental laboratories and centers with core facilities for mass spectrometry, microarray analysis, next generation sequencing, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc. Mentors are drawn from a variety of departments including Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, and Plant Pathology. The programs recruitment effort is through and visits to the Atlanta University Center of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spellman College as well as Fort Valley State University. Participants are selected based on academic record, research performance, and potential for outstanding research in genomics, computational biology, and epigenetics by a committee of faculty mentors from UGA and CAU. Student participants are tracked to determine their continued interest in their academic field of study, their career paths, and the lasting influences of the research experience. Success of the program will be assessed by various means, including use of the REU common assessment (SALG URSSA).

This site is designed to increase participation of under-represented groups in graduate study in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences. It is expected that at least 50 students, many from underrepresented groups and from colleges with limited opportunities for research, will be trained over the 5 years of the program.

Students are required to be tracked after the program and must respond to an automatic email sent via the NSF reporting system. More information is available by visiting , or by contacting the PI (Dr. Jonathan Arnold at or the co-PI (Dr. David Logan at

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 399.70K | Year: 2016

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) through Targeted Infusion Projects supports the development, implementation, and study of evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. The project at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving undergraduate degrees in STEM through the targeted infusion of curriculum improvements and faculty engagement of undergraduate research. The development and implementation of two new courses in Computational Chemistry and Computational Biology through an interdisciplinary teaching and learning approach will be a model for other schools to enhance their curriculum in STEM education. CAUs undergraduate students, who will enroll in these courses, will work with supercomputers through the NSF supported Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). These courses will be essential for underrepresented minority students at CAU to graduate with Interdisciplinary Computational Chemistry and Biology Certification and compete nationally with contemporary skill sets.

The overall goals of the project are to update the chemistry and biology curriculums and to educate undergraduate students in both computational chemistry and computational biology. To achieve these goals, the PIs plan to: 1) Develop, pilot-test, and implement two new undergraduate courses in the Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences and to educate twenty eight students with interdisciplinary computational skills; and 2) Enhance the academic cyberinfrastructure for computational chemistry and biology education integrated with research for undergraduate students. Achieving the goals will benefit CAU in moving to the next level to initiate a Computational Science Minor program for STEM undergraduates.

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