Springfield, MO, United States

Missouri State University

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Springfield, MO, United States

Missouri State University is a public university located in Springfield, Missouri, United States and was founded in 1906. It is the state's second largest university, with an official enrollment of 22,385 in the fall 2014 semester. In 2011 students represented 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and 83 countries. The Springfield campus is one of two degree granting institutions within the Missouri State University System, the other being a two-year campus in West Plains, Missouri. A bachelor of science in business from MSU is offered at the Missouri State University Branch Campus Dalian in the People's Republic of China. In addition to its main campus, MSU maintains a fruit research station in Mountain Grove and the Department of Defense and Strategic Studies program housed in Fairfax, Virginia. The school is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of six master's colleges and universities in Missouri. In the 2014 U.S. News and World Report the school was ranked 68th in the category Midwestern regional universities. Wikipedia.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 628.16K | Year: 2015

Growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are critical to the advancement of Missouri State University (MSU), the State of Missouri, and the United States of America. This Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) project aims to significantly increase the quality and number of graduates in the STEM fields of computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics at MSU. This will be achieved with the use of scholarships that attract and retain students interested in STEM fields, seminar classes, volunteer opportunities, and tutoring in Calculus II and III and Physics I and II. The core of student support services will be a one credit a semester seminar course. Topics will emphasize other student support opportunities, student success strategies, internships, undergraduate research, employment, and graduate school. Scholarships will be provided to 15 sophomore and 6 transfer students each year based on academic talent and financial need. These scholarships will last two years, provided progression toward graduation. More than 84 computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics students will be directly impacted by these scholarships.

This project will enhance student retention, performance, breadth of understanding, and student peer support networks as well as enhance the understanding of cohort seminars, course specific tutoring, mentoring, and group building among STEM disciplines on the MSU campus. Each of these areas will be evaluated by an external evaluator associated with this proposed S-STEM project. The evaluation will be conducted using surveys and performance in specific courses to gather both quantitative and qualitative information about all aspects of the project. The results will be used to improve all aspects of the project, many of which will continue beyond the projects duration.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE SYSTEMS | Award Amount: 275.00K | Year: 2016

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2015, the U.S. construction industry will surpass $1 Trillion Dollars in spending. Construction and infrastructure projects consist of interconnected networks of people, equipment, and materials. Most often, finding optimal work strategies, and making timely operational decisions that lead to maximum productivity while minimizing project completion cost and time is not trivial. Unlike manufacturing and industrial systems, construction projects involve dynamic (constantly evolving) layouts, complex resource interactions, uncertainties in workflows and processes, and unforeseen conditions that can result in deviations from plans and unwanted delays. Figures show that only 30 percent of construction projects finish on time and within budget. Therefore, the accuracy and timeliness of operational-level decision-making in construction projects is of utmost importance. This award supports fundamental research to enhance construction decision-making accuracy by reducing uncertainties through the seamless integration of process-level data into decision-making. This will be achieved by building the theoretical foundation and significantly advancing the current state of construction simulation modeling through enabling real-time interaction with a simulation model as the real project evolves, and communicating the simulation output through a feedback loop to steer the events in the real project. Therefore, results from this research will benefit the U.S. economy and the society since it leads to better decision-making which results in reducing waste, rework, cost, time, and ensures safety. The multi-disciplinary nature of this project will help broaden participation of underrepresented and diverse student groups in integrated research and pedagogical activities, and positively impact engineering education.

The knowledge-based simulation modeling framework in this project enables process-level models to autonomously learn from and adapt to ever-changing and evolving construction systems. Process-level knowledge that serves as the input of such simulation models is obtained from ubiquitous sensory data that describe relationships, interactions, and uncertainty attributes of field processes, and enable the generation and maintenance of more accurate simulation models. In doing so, some scientific barriers are yet to be overcome to realize the full accreditation and application of this framework. The research team will design and test methods that draw from data mining, machine learning, forecasting, and control to fill the existing knowledge gaps in capturing and mining complex data and meta-data from equipment and human crew interactions. The resulting process-level knowledge will be rich enough to describe, model, analyze, and project the uncertainties of construction systems at any point in time and consequently help adjust resource allocations and operational scenarios on the job site.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: WORKFORCE IN THE MATHEMAT SCI | Award Amount: 293.66K | Year: 2016

The REU program at the Department of Mathematics, Missouri State University will consist of three eight week long research training projects in the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018. Each year, it will provide research opportunities in mathematics for twelve undergraduate students from across the nation, especially targeting students from Missouri and neighboring states. Missouri State University believes a rich diversity of people and points of view enhances the quality of learning; as in our previous REUs, special consideration will be given to students coming from traditionally underrepresented groups. The target population consists of talented students from institutions where opportunities for undergraduate research in mathematics are limited. The main goals of this program are to help the students develop their full potential to do research in mathematics, to expose them to the intellectual excitement involved in research, to enable them to be creative and to think independently, and to encourage them to pursue graduate studies.

The research topics will include higher codimension bifurcations in models of neuronal systems, dynamics of networked connectivity models of waterborne disease epidemics, properties of graphs associated to groups, finite point configurations, additive combinatorics, convergence of polygons and polyhedrons, and image processing on hexagonal and triangular domains. Students will work in small groups, and will meet daily with their mentor. Regular progress reports and a final presentation will be given to the entire body of participants. Support will be provided for students to present their results at regional and national conferences. It is expected that some of the research will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals. Students will leave the program with a deeper understanding of mathematics and mathematical research, improved oral and written skills, and a new network of friends and colleagues.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: MAJOR RESEARCH INSTRUMENTATION | Award Amount: 82.80K | Year: 2015

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Funding from this Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant will support acquisition of a relative gravimeter to support research and research training in geology and geophysics at Missouri State University, a non-Ph.D. granting institution. The gravimeter would complement other geophysical imaging equipment (e.g. resistivity) at Missouri State and support experiential learning in techniques in exploration geophysics for studies of regional interest thereby fostering their future employability in fields that routinely engage in water, hydrocarbon and mineral deposit studies, an aspect of the proposal that is congruent with NSFs mission of promoting the national welfare.

The investigator will employ the relative gravimeter for studies that attempt to define the subsurface location of magmas in both hot spot volcanic settings and on continental volcanoes, definition of the geometry and location rare earth ore deposits in Missouri, and location and study of the subsurface karst features and basinal structures.

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The invention includes a method for enhancing insecticide efficacy against phytophagous insects with an acidic amino acid feeding stimulator. The acidic amino acid, L-aspartate, stimulates feeding in codling moth neonates at much lower concentrations than known feeding stimulators and acts as an effective tank-mixed additive for increasing efficacy of insecticides, reducing fruit damage, and increasing yield of the fruit.


Patent
Missouri State University | Date: 2016-01-19

A system and method for producing a near-infrared sensitive luminescent materials beyond 1000 nm is disclosed. The method includes reacting K_(2)[PtCl_(4)] and cyanoxime ligands in an aqueous solution to achieve dark-green one-dimensional coordination-polymeric materials having a molecular formula of PtL_(2), wherein L are the cyanoxime ligands having a molecular formula of NCC(NOH)R with R being an electron withdrawing group such as: NN-diethylacetamide, N-piperidine, N-morpholyl, 2-pyridine, benzoyl, or N-pyrrolidine.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2015

Continued growth of the U.S. grape growing and wine production industry (GWI) is challenged by its need for a knowledgeable and skilled technical workforce. The Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA), a collaborative, multi-institution national consortium, is expanding its capabilities to ensure that this technical workforce has the strong STEM-based knowledge and skills to take advantage of the latest advances in scientific practices and emerging technologies. The Alliance works closely with the GWI and subject matter experts to provide readily accessible learning experiences for students many of whom live in rural communities. VESTA provides (a) educational and learning experiences so that students, wine business entrepreneurs and industry members are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in scientifically based practices and technologies making the US GWI globally competitive; (b) experiences that enable students to apply scientific, mathematical, enological and viticultural knowledge to resolve real-world challenges in vineyard and winery operations; and (c) well-defined career paths based on nationally validated occupational competencies.

The Alliance uses its distance learning format coupled with field experiences in commercial vineyards and wineries throughout the country. The latter has a dual purpose of hands-on skill development for the two-year college student and a risk-free opportunity for the commercial owner/operator to assess the potential of a future employee. Through an industry-driven curriculum process and nationally validated occupational competencies, scientific advances and emerging technologies will be identified and incorporated into VESTA courses and professional development programs. VESTA will provide just-in-time experiences wherein students address real world challenges in vineyard and winery operations through the use of Simulation Instructional Technologies. This virtual reality learning experiences will enhance all instruction while filling a critical need when courses are out-of-sync with the seasonal nature of this industry. In addition, VESTA will continue to demonstrate the impact that distance learning methodology coupled with hands-on industry-mentored field experiences can have on meeting the technical workforce needs of 21st century industries.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 24.94K | Year: 2015

August 11, 2015 is the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Watts Riots. The commemoration will include a series of media, educational and community-based programs that highlight issues relating to social justice, community policing, and group relations. With the heightened sense of group identity through the community focus on the Watts commemoration as well as other incidents, one can survey the population of Los Angeles to examine attitudes to race, ethnicity, and in-group vs. out-group. The questions along with survey experiments will provide us with a better understanding of the lasting impact of the riots as well as impact of other incidents that have occurred throughout the past year. The finidngs can be used to develop policy and programming recommendations for the L.A. Human Relations Commission, community partners, city council, and the majors office. They findings could also be relevant for other communities with heightened intergroup tensions. This includes areas where community and law enforcement controversies have raged, such as Baltimore, Ferguson, and Charleston.

This projects holds promise for political scientists and social psychologists interested in questions related to particularistic and superordinate identities. First, the Los Angeles focus regarding the Watts anniversiary allows for understanding of whether and how random exposure to particularistic and/or superordinate identity cues against a real world backdrop of increased public consideration of intergroup boundaries produces results different from what scholars have disccovered in using identity primes in the lab or survey-based studies outside of areas such as this one. Second, the survey instrument enables this project to examine the effects of identity priming on a wider array of outcome meaures than imployed in political science to date. Instead of focusing just on future political behavior such as voting, demonstrating, etc. the focus is broaden to focus on neighborhood, social network, policing, mental health-related issues, etc. This broader focus enables broader insights into identity-based effects.


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Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Macromolec/Supramolec/Nano | Award Amount: 52.38K | Year: 2016

The Macromolecular, Supramolecular and Nanochemistry Program of the NSF Division of Chemistry supports this project to design and synthesize new carbon-based molecules for potential use in flexible, high performance electronic devices. The study of these structures may lead to a better understanding of how to design desirable properties as well as how these materials function. Undergraduates responsible for synthesizing and characterizing these novel compounds gain hands-on experience in the laboratory, preparing them for careers in chemical industry or additional study in graduate programs. This project is conducted on two different campuses, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Missouri State University. The participation of professors from these campuses in meaningful research enhances the education of not only the students working directly on the research projects, but also students who benefit from the transfer of knowledge and skills in the classroom.

The scientific objective of this project is to design and prepare novel arylene ethynylene structures with features that allow molecular level control over electronic properties, crystal design, and host-guest activity. Specifically, incorporation of pyridinyl groups within conjugated systems offers an opportunity for structural control via halogen bonding, hydrogen bonding, and transition metal coordination. These interactions provide avenues for 1) the generation of novel liquid crystals, 2) the enhanced effective conjugation of unsaturated backbones, and 3) highly specific host-guest pairing.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 27.00K | Year: 2015

Strategies for Learning: Augmented Reality and Collaborative Problem Solving for Building Sciences, a collaborative project between Florida International University and Missouri State University, will integrate Augmented Reality (AR) with Building Information Modeling (BIM), visual simulations, and interactive lessons to support collaborative learning. Specifically, the research team will examine if and how Ecocon, a computer-based tool, can improve students problem-solving and collaborative learning skills leading to the design of more sustainable and better performing buildings. Students enrolled in architecture, civil/construction engineering, and mechanical engineering courses will engage in four four-week units, and after each, will complete a collaborative assignment in interdisciplinary teams. As there is little known about how people learn and collaborate using the integration of new technologies and AR, addressing the research questions of this project will potentially contribute significantly to advancing the design of learning environments using new and emerging media. The broader education of engineers and architects emphasizing collaboration, leadership, and communication skills will also potentially lead to increased innovation, enhanced sustainability, and reduced cost of training once they enter the work force. Florida International University has a proven history of providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for underrepresented minorities that comprise 80% of the student population. Therefore, activities deployed in this project including K-12 student involvement, seminars, presentations, and developed courses will impact diverse student populations and serve as a foundation for a diverse high quality building and construction workforce in the future.

The investigators will use a design-based research approach to discover: (1) How does engaging with Ecocon impact students problem-solving skills and collaborative learning interactions? (2) How does interaction with the project change students understanding of building science principles in their respective disciplines? (3) Does use of Ecocon enhance the ability of students to successfully transfer the principles they have learned to new situations? (4) What is the impact of the use and the project approach on student motivation for further collaborative learning? A design-based methodology was selected because the pedagogical experiments will be set in real-world learning environments where there are many variables that cannot be controlled, and this approach will allow the researchers to try to optimize as much of the design as possible and to observe carefully how the different elements are working. Assessment and evaluation will be conducted using mixed methods, including, but not limited to cognitive assessments such as pre- and post-tests and technical reports, and affective assessments such as pre-and post-attitude surveys and exit interviews. Project outcomes and techniques will provide guidelines to create similar multi-disciplinary learning tools for other STEM fields. All project methods and tools will be easily accessible on a dedicated open source website to allow other institutions to replicate and/or modify the learning experience for their own circumstances.

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