Fayetteville State University is a historically black, regional university in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. FSU is part of the University of North Carolina System and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Wikipedia.
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PloS one | Year: 2012
The Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Early Cretaceous, Barremian?--Aptian) of Utah has yielded a rich theropod fauna, including the coelurosaur Nedcolbertia justinhofmanni, the therizinosauroid Falcarius utahensis, the troodontid Geminiraptor suarezarum, and the dromaeosaurid Utahraptor ostrommaysorum. Recent excavation has uncovered three new dromaeosaurid specimens. One specimen, which we designate the holotype of the new genus and species Yurgovuchia doellingi, is represented by a partial axial skeleton and a partial left pubis. A second specimen consists of a right pubis and a possibly associated radius. The third specimen consists of a tail skeleton that is unique among known Cedar Mountain dromaeosaurids. Y. doellingi resembles Utahraptor ostrommaysorum in that its caudal prezygapophyses are elongated but not to the degree present in most dromaeosaurids. The specimen represented by the right pubis exhibits a pronounced pubic tubercle, a velociraptorine trait that is absent in Y. doellingi. The specimen represented by the tail skeleton exhibits the extreme elongation of the caudal prezygapophyses that is typical of most dromaeosaurids. Here we perform a phylogenetic analysis to determine the phylogenetic position of Y. doellingi. Using the resulting phylogeny as a framework, we trace changes in character states of the tail across Coelurosauria to elucidate the evolution of the dromaeosaurid tail. The new specimens add to the known diversity of Dromaeosauridae and to the known diversity within the Yellow Cat paleofauna. Phylogenetic analysis places Y. doellingi in a clade with Utahraptor, Achillobator, and Dromaeosaurus. Character state distribution indicates that the presence of intermediate-length caudal prezygapophyses in that clade is not an evolutionarily precursor to extreme prezygapophyseal elongation but represents a secondary shortening of caudal prezygapophyses. It appears to represent part of a trend within Dromaeosauridae that couples an increase in tail flexibility with increasing size.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 399.99K | Year: 2014
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 Fayetteville State University (FSU) seeks to adapt a Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP) and establish a Hi-Tech Studio classroom as an active and collaborative learning environment to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education and to stimulate students learning in STEM fields. The goals of the project are to: (1) implement SCALE-UP and Flipped Education in a technology-rich, highly collaborative, hands-on, interactive learning environment; (2) reduce students failure rate and increase student interest in STEM courses; and(3) build a community of STEM educators at FSU to replicate Hi-Tech Studio Classrooms in other STEM disciplines.
SCALE-UP will be implemented in the Hi-Tech Studio Classroom at FSU where about 90% of class time is spent in student-led and hands-on activities. Through a partnership with Norh Carolina State University and the Vernier Company, faculty will be trained in implementing this learning approach during the three-year project. Numerous research studies have shown that if students are more engaged in the learning process, their problem-solving ability and understanding of material are improved. Through this project, technology and hands-on activities in the classroom will engage students and enhance their learning in STEM fields. Additionally, the inquiry-led approach will increase their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. One of the project outcomes is that students will obtain a sense of discovery that motivates them to remain in STEM disciplines.
FSU is an HBCU with a student body that is 66% African American. Females make up 70% of the student population. By summer 2017, more than 1000 students (50 class sections) will be impacted by the project. Even more students will benefit from the project by further implementation of the Hi-Tech Studio classroom in other STEM and non-STEM courses on campus in the near future. In addition, one Postdoctoral Teaching Associate and at least 50 Learning Assistants will be mentored. The project will be evaluated both formatively and summatively to assess the effectiveness of the implementation at FSU. Evaluation results and lessons learned will be disseminated through published papers, presentations, and seminars through linkages to other STEM institutions, including area K-12 schools. Potentially, the results of the evaluation and dissemination activities will further contribute to the current body of literature on the SCALE-UP/Flipped Classroom pedagogy, particularly at minority-serving institutions, in addition to producing highly engaged undergraduate STEM students in chemistry and physics classes.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: HIST BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIV | Award Amount: 400.00K | Year: 2014
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. Fayetteville State University will implement a project entitled: Development of an Interdisciplinary Materials Research and Education Laboratory. Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field, studying materials synthesis and fabrication, processing, structures, properties and applications. The project seeks to have an impact on over 500 undergraduate students through curricular improvements, improvements to the research and education infrastructure, faculty engagement, and opportunities for students to participate in research.
The goals of this project are to (1) develop an interdisciplinary materials research and education laboratory at to infuse materials science education into the curricula and to enhance undergraduate students participation in this field; (2) enhance the institutions research and education infrastructure through laboratory equipment modernization; (3) promote faculty engagement in research through interdisciplinary collaborations; and (4) increase student enrollment and graduation in chemistry and physics. The Materials Laboratory will allow faculty and students to engage in research including X-ray radiation detection using scintillator nanowires by a novel electron microscopy method, and ultraviolet and infrared radiation detections using composition- and size-controllable nanowires.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 349.70K | Year: 2013
Fayetteville State University will implement an HBCU-UP Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education project to examine the impact of the Advancing Interest and Motivation (AIM) model on student career interests, motivation, self-efficacy, career outcome expectations, and employment outcomes in STEM. The PIs also propose a supplemental study using structural equation modeling and path analysis to study self-regulation and its influences on STEM career interests and progression. AIM is designed for Fayetteville State seniors from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics and Computer Science in collaboration with the Office of Career Services and STEM faculty. The research framework is based on social cognitive career theory. The project will use aspects of the theory as a guide to develop a broadening participation model for HBCU STEM students designed to enhance career self-efficacy, share career expectations, advance interest and motivation to pursue STEM careers, and improve job search skills via a coordinated set of learning experiences involving STEM faculty, alumni, Office of Career Services, and STEM professionals in the workforce.
The project will inform STEM teaching and career development intervention strategies. The findings could contribute to the current body of information regarding phenomena associated with STEM majors that do not pursue STEM careers, an important aspect to understand in trying to increase the representation of minorities in the STEM workforce.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 201.90K | Year: 2016
This instrumentation project, proposed by Fayetteville State University (FSU) through the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program is to acquire a cathodoluminescence spectrometer that will be installed on a state-of-the-art field-emission Electron Probe Microanalyzer at a multi-user facility at FSU. It will be open for access and support research at academic and federal agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina and nationwide. The new instrument will be used for materials characterization, which will significantly strengthen the research capabilities at the FSU. The new instrument will be used as a centerpiece for training minority students at FSU, producing more minority and female professionals for diversified and motivated STEM workforces. In addition, the new capability will serve as an open platform for outreach to local communities.
This MRI project supports several research projects at Fayetteville State University as the fast X-ray detection using nanoscale size and composition-controllable scintillator nanowires, effects of dimensionality, size and chemical doping on luminescence of ceria nanofibers, fundamental mechanisms controlling growth and packing factor of nanocrystals in ion implantation, and magmatic and tectonic processes by analyzing zoning in igneous and detrital zircons. Through these in situ studies, the material microstructure, shape, size, composition and luminescence properties can be correlated from the same specimens.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.18M | Year: 2011
Fayetteville State Universitys Preparing Future Educators for Placement in K-12 Mathematics and Science Classrooms (PrEP) Noyce Scholarship Program involves collaboration among the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science, Chemistry and Physics, Natural Sciences, the School of Education, and the Mathematics and Science Education Center to provide scholarships to future teachers. Candidates for these scholarships are undergraduates majoring in one of the sciences or mathematics at FSU and professionals with science degrees who are returning to school to become qualified as secondary school teachers of their disciplines. To encourage undergraduates to consider this career path, the program also provides internships for freshmen and sophomores to assist summer teaching activities both at Fayetteville State University and at partner community colleges. To assist new teachers in the first two years of their induction as active teachers in high-need school districts, a program of ongoing mentoring and continuing professional development maintains the professional learning network developed during the scholarship training. From attracting young students to the teaching profession, through teacher training, to support of new mature professionals, this comprehensive program provides 66 new STEM teachers to a region in great need of STEM educators. As a Historically Black College or University, FSU serves large numbers of underrepresented minority students. The Noyce Scholars among them, 66 all told, are leaders and role models for the students they teach.
Fayetteville State University | Date: 2013-08-16
A method for growing plants is disclosed. The method includes the steps of mixing a gel precursor that is characterized by the ability to absorb water, form a viscous gel, provide water and nutrition to a plant, and remain capable of being reconstituted with a fresh supply of water, with a gel-forming nutrient composition in an amount sufficient to create a viscous gel, and adding a plant item selected from the group consisting of seeds and seedlings to the gel.
Fayetteville State University | Date: 2014-11-11
A topical dressing for wound recovery is disclosed. The dressing includes a water impermeable air side layer, a water permeable wound-side layer, and a gel based upon a silicon oxide composition positioned between the air side layer and the wound side layer.
Fayetteville State University | Date: 2015-03-31
An insect control composition and related methods of preparation and use are disclosed. The composition includes a mixture of non-Cannabaceae flour and an amount of Cannabaceae seed flour effective to mitigate a population of Insecta treated with the mixture.
Fayetteville State University | Date: 2014-09-22
A thermoelectric device and method based on creating a structure of nanoclusters in a composite metal and insulator material by co-depositing the metal and insulator material and irradiating the composite material to create nanoclusters of metal within the composite material. In one variation, the composite material may be continuously deposited and concurrently irradiated. A further variation based on a multilayer structure having alternate layers of metal/material mixture. The alternate layers have differing metal content. The layer structure is irradiated with ionizing radiation to produce nanoclusters in the layers. The differing metal content serves to quench the nanoclusters to isolate nanoclusters along the radiation track. The result is a thermoelectric device with a high figure of merit. In one embodiment, the multilayer structure is fabricated and then irradiated with high energy radiation penetrating the entire layer structure. In another embodiment, layers are irradiated sequentially during fabrication using low energy radiation.