News Article | May 9, 2017
WALLOPS ISLAND, VA, May 09, 2017-- Linda May has been included in Marquis Who Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Linda May knew from the age of 6 (in 1949) that she wanted to be a mathematician. In 1957, the Space Age was ushered in with the launch of Sputnik I by the Soviet Union. In response, United States students were urged to go into math and science. As part of this effort, Ms. May was selected for a course of study called "Introduction to High-Speed Digital Computation" presented at her high school by the Association for Computing Machinery in 1960-1961. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1965 and a Master of Arts in Mathematics in 1966 from Wake Forest University.From 1966 to 1971, Ms. May taught mathematics at Kennesaw University, where she was an early user of computers to teach calculus. In the 1970s, she advanced from assistant to associate professor of math at Salisbury University. While her husband, Lee, was a visiting professor of mathematics at Wake Forest University in 1980, she served as the academic programmer in the computer center there. At that time, before many people had degrees in computer science, there was a need for educators like Ms. May to teach computer programming. Thus, in 1981, she began teaching both math and computer science at Salisbury University, and from 1983 to 1985, she served as academic coordinator for the school's Department of Computer Services.Advanced degree programs in computer science were then beginning to appear, but enrollment would have meant being away from her husband and children. Besides, her interests had been taking her into the field of software engineering. She spent 17 years with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Horn Point Laboratory, where she worked with physical and biological oceanographers as a senior faculty research assistant for 13 years and director of information and electronic services for four years. Next, Ms. May brought her experience and skills to NASA, where she has held various positions such as computer scientist, software engineer IV, and software engineer senior professional.Ms. May has had many amazing experiences over the course of her career, including being out to sea on research vessels in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico while working with at Horn Point Laboratory. With NASA, she has had the opportunity to work on and be part of rocket launches in Alaska, where she experienced temperatures as low as 62 degrees below zero. Ms. May particularly enjoyed traveling to Norway and Kwajalein (Marshall Islands) to support rocket launches at those places.Ms. May, who is a recipient of NASA's Krieger Group Safety Award, is affiliated with the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, and American Mensa. She and her husband met in high school choir class and have been married since 1965. They have two daughters. Ms. May's various accomplishments have been featured in the 66th through 70th editions of Who's Who in America and the 30th through 33rd editions of Who's Who in the World.Information about photographs:1. From the Washington, D.C. Sunday Star, January 19612. With an oceanographic instrument in the Pacific, 19903. In Range Control Center, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, 2008; photo credit: ShoreWoman Magazine4. With C-band radar antenna, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, 2008; photo credit: ShoreWoman MagazineAbout Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com
News Article | May 10, 2017
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Standard Solar, a leading solar energy company, is partnering with Salisbury University (SU) to construct, operate, own and maintain a 543.9 kilowatt (kW) solar system featuring three solar canopies and five electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The canopies will cover a parking lot to provide shade for the University’s Parking Lot H, as well power to the adjacent educational buildings. Click to Tweet The 543.9 kW DC system is comprised of 1,554 modules that will produce 765,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. That’s enough electricity to power 51 percent of the electricity used by Holloway Hall, 34 percent of the consumption in Fulton Hall or 32 percent of Conway Hall. Another feature of the system will be the installation of five EV charging stations, more than doubling the number on campus. SU’s inaugural EV charging stations, unveiled with the opening of Perdue Hall in 2011, were the first to be publicly available on the Eastern Shore. “Standard Solar’s extensive experience constructing solar parking canopies, as well as its excellent reputation for partnering with institutions of higher learning, reinforced our comfort level when we decided to move forward with this project,” said Wayne Shelton, SU director of campus sustainability and environmental safety. “The environmental, educational and sustainability value of the project was the driving factor in the decision to install.” Standard Solar will own, operate and maintain the system for 20 years, after which ownership will revert to SU. As with most projects for educational institutions that Standard Solar has constructed, the project also will include an educational display listing performance data and related information so students, professors and visitors can see the tangible environmental effects the installation is producing. “We applaud Salisbury University’s forward-thinking vision and ongoing commitment to sustainability, of which these solar canopies are an integral part,” said Scott Wiater, president and CEO of Standard Solar. “It’s an honor and privilege to work with an organization as committed to spreading the word about solar as they are. It’s another solar project win—good for the environment and the university community.” Construction on the project is slated to begin June 1 and continue through the summer. Standard Solar, Inc. is a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide. Dedicated to making Distributed Generation (DG) solar more accessible to businesses, institutions, governments and utilities, the company is forging the path for clean, renewable energy development through turnkey solutions. With more than 100 megawatts installed, financed or maintained, Standard Solar is one of the most trusted and respected solar companies. Owned by Gaz Métro, a leading energy provider with more than US$5.8 billion in assets, Standard Solar operates nationally and is headquartered in Rockville, Md. For more information, please visit www.standardsolar.com
News Article | May 16, 2017
Crowley Maritime Corp. awarded four State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College cadets with Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarships to help further their educational opportunities. Recipients Jacob Ennerfelt, John Szczecinski, Gabrielle McCracken and Kent Napoliello, who will each sail with Crowley this summer, were chosen based on their demonstrated leadership skills, financial need and plans to pursue a career in the marine engineering or shipping industries after graduation. Ennerfelt, from Salisbury, Md., is a third-class cadet majoring in mechanical engineering and pursuing an engine license. His scholastic achievements have earned him a position on the Admiral’s List, the highest honor for undergraduate students. Ennerfelt said funds from the Thomas B. Crowley Memorial Scholarship will allow him to advance his educational career through unique learning opportunities in the maritime industry. He also has a degree in physics and pre-engineering from Salisbury University. Szczecinski, a third-class cadet originally from Newark, Del., is studying marine operations and pursuing an engine license. He is a three-time Admiral’s List honor roll student, plays on the football and basketball teams, and is in the boxing club. He is the youngest of four siblings to graduate from Delaware Military Academy and is confident the scholarship will provide outstanding opportunities to better his career as an engineer. After graduation, he hopes to travel the world. Third-class cadet McCracken, from Sayreville, N.J., is majoring in marine environmental science with a minor in meteorology and oceanography, while also pursuing a deck license. During her time at SUNY, she has served as vice president of Maritime Activities and Programs (MAP), a club that plans events and trips on and off campus. McCracken is also a member of the Big Sister Program, the Environmental Club, the Culture Club, the Newman Club, the Sisters Taking Action for Recruitment (STAR), and the Marine Environmental Science (MES) Student Advisory Board. Napoliello, a second-class cadet from Bay Head, N.J., is studying marine transportation and pursuing a deck license. He is a member of the football and crew teams, the uniform committee, and the Small Vessel Operations Club. While at SUNY, Napoliello has also supported fellow students in the classroom assisting professors of Terrestrial Navigation courses, where cadets learn about nautical charts and plotting, buoys, tides and currents. As he prepares for his junior year, Napoliello is sure this scholarship will provide "once in a lifetime" experiences and knowledge to make him the best and most professional merchant mariner possible. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million dollars in scholarship funding for more than 1,000 students. The company has also donated more than $2 million over the years to support other educational programs. In 1994, Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. established the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program in honor of his father who led the company to extraordinary heights before passing away in 1994. The company continues to give scholarship dollars to deserving students in the U.S., Alaska and Puerto Rico. In 2006, the program was expanded to Central America, and to date has provided financial assistance to more than 20 students in that region. To learn more about the Crowley scholarship program, visit http://www.crowley.com/scholarships.
Adams S.B.,Salisbury University
Research Policy | Year: 2011
What are the respective roles of indigenous and exogenous factors in the development of high-tech regions? Entrepreneurs and their start-ups have dominated Silicon Valley's economy in recent decades, but a different dynamic was at work from 1940 to 1965, when the Valley emerged as a formidable high-tech region. In key industries (electronics, semiconductors, computers, and aerospace) that defined Silicon Valley as a high-tech cluster during that period, companies based elsewhere played critical roles in planting the organizations that would - through the innovations they made, the technical talent they attracted, and the start-ups they spun off - help make the Valley the world's most admired and emulated high-tech region. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Fellowship | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 90.00K | Year: 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a highly competitive, federal fellowship program. GRFP helps ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States by recognizing and supporting outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in fields within NSFs mission. GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The award to this GRFP institution supports NSF Graduate Fellows pursuing graduate education at the institution.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 359.98K | Year: 2015
This award renews the EXERCISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site at Salisbury University, Maryland. The intellectual focus of the site is research on emerging paradigms in parallel computing. The Principal Investigator, together with mentors, will supervise a 10-week REU program that gives a diverse cohort of students a taste of computational thinking in the domain of parallel computing and also an understanding of the graduate school experience. The projects cover a breadth of areas in parallel computing and the students will gain experience in all aspects of research. The emphasis on parallel computing is important particularly at a time when multicore and multiprocessor architectures are becoming ubiquitous and more and more applications are utilizing parallelism. To ensure diversity, students will be selected from within Salisbury University as well as from regional community colleges, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Because of the ubiquity of multicore and multiprocessor architectures, parallel computing has become an important area of research in computing science. However, parallel computing brings with it several challenges. There are fundamental difficulties in program semantics related to process interleaving: a parallel program can yield inconsistent answers, or even crash, due to unpredictable interactions between simultaneous tasks. Secondly, communication, memory access, and I/O overhead may result in run-time delays. Finally, it is difficult to ensure that programs consume resources in a manner that simultaneously achieves efficiency and meets performance goals. Based on the above challenges, the REU Site will focus on four aspects of parallel computing, namely, algorithms, software, architecture and applications. Students will work with faculty mentors in completing cutting-edge research projects to tackle data and compute intensive applications that emphasize the above four aspects. By the end of program, students will acquire valuable skills, gain a broader and deeper understanding of research, and develop greater confidence in their abilities. In particular, they will be exposed to emerging paradigms in parallel computing such as MapReduce and GPU computing, and will have opportunities to explore concurrent software and multiprocessor architectures, and design efficient parallel algorithms, and to tackle data and compute intensive problems in computer and social networks, image and signal processing, and geographic information systems.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: DISCOVERY RESEARCH K-12 | Award Amount: 260.61K | Year: 2014
PATHWAYS has two primary objectives: (1) To develop mathematics teachers who approach classrooms with a researchers mindset, making instructional decisions based on empirical data; (2) To engage aspiring mathematics teachers in systematic formal mathematics education research, thereby providing foundations for participation in mathematics education graduate programs. This REU site involves undergraduates in the design and testing of instructional sessions for K-12 students where each summer, eight undergraduates from Salisbury University (SU), University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Wor-Wic Community College work in pairs under the guidance of SU faculty mentors. Each pair meets with a group of four K-12 students once per week to give summer mathematics instructional sessions. SU faculty mentors help undergraduates analyze the instructional effectiveness of each session. Each weeks analysis sets the mathematical learning goals and instructional methods for the next week. Undergraduates submit weekly reports describing K-12 students learning and a cumulative report describing the trajectory of K-12 students learning under the instructional interventions they designed. The cumulative reports help test, extend, and refine current mathematics education research on learning trajectories.
Various qualitative data sources used during this projects duration include transcripts of participants conversations about assigned readings and their scores on online training modules content assessments, video recordings of diagnostic interviews with K-12 students as well as all teaching sessions, and undergraduates weekly and final summary reports on the progress of the K-12 students. The Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA) is used at the end of the intensive summer experience to quantitatively analyze the impact of PATHWAYS on undergraduates development as researchers. Opinion surveys are administered to PATHWAYS undergraduates, the K-12 students they instruct, and the parents of K-12 students to ascertain perceived strengths and weaknesses of the program. The long-term impact of the project is assessed through follow-up surveys inquiring about the graduation status and career goals of those who have completed the PATHWAYS experience.
PATHWAYS reaches multiple communities. The structured manner in which undergraduates work with K-12 students provides experience with formal mathematics education research to encourage future graduate study. The project provides the field of mathematics education student-level data to both support and challenge existing published learning progressions. PATHWAYS serves the local community by providing summer mathematics instruction for children in grades K-12. Project findings aim to provide a more robust understanding of how teachers may help develop childrens mathematical thinking under the Common Core State Standards and their dissemination by undergraduates and their SU mentors via conferences and peer-reviewed publications reaches the community of scholars at large.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES | Award Amount: 306.41K | Year: 2012
This funding establishes a new CISE Research Experiences for Undergraduates
(REU) site at Salisbury University. The project, called Explore Emerging
Computing in Science and Engineering (EXERCISE), exposes students to
emerging parallel programming models, such as GPGPU languages and MapReduce,
applied to compute intensive problems in computer networks, image and signal
processing, and geographic information system.
The project will provide an opportunity for twenty-four undergraduate
students over a three-year period to participate in a supportive environment
that encourages them to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science. It will
expose these students to parallel programming, which is an area of growing
importance, and offer them the opportunity to present their results at
regional and national professional conferences. The site will recruit
participants from under-represented groups.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ANIMAL BEHAVIOR | Award Amount: 415.00K | Year: 2011
We receive and analyze information from our environment through multiple senses (i.e. sensory channels). When we interact socially, for example, we not only listen to someone?s words but we also read their body language to interpret their meaning. But how does information from different sensory channels interact to influence our social decisions? In this series of studies we will determine how acoustic and visual cues influence mate choice decisions in the túngara frog. As do most frogs, túngara frogs advertise for mates with loud and conspicuous mating calls. Females compare mating calls among males and use this information to choose a mate. But the female?s decision is also influenced by the presence of a visual cue, the male?s large and conspicuous vocal sac. Using robotic frogs we have shown that females prefer a calling male with a large inflating-deflating vocal sac to a male producing the same call but without a dynamic vocal sac. We build upon those results to address several fundamental questions about how acoustic and visual cues interact to influence female decision making: What is the relative value of acoustic and visual cues? Does the addition of visual cues influence a female?s memory of calls? Do visual cues aid in recognizing individual males in large choruses? Does the addition of a visual cue influence the time it takes for females to make decisions? All of these studies will provide insights into how animals, including humans, integrate information in the environment around them through different sensory channels. In the process of this work, we will be training approximate 25 students, many of them women and minorities, in the use of robotic technologies to study behavior.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 48.91K | Year: 2013
This Major Research Instrumentation award to Salisbury University for the acquisition of a BioTek Synergy H1m microplate spectrophotometer will facilitate research, training, and teaching in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry. The Synergy H1m microplate reader is a programmable, highly sensitive instrument that rapidly measures UV-visible light absorbance, fluorescence, or chemiluminescence at precisely specified wavelengths within a large number of small samples. Acquisition of this flexible, low maintenance yet high performance instrument will enable a wide range of multi-sample, temperature-controlled, kinetic bioassays and analyses that are beyond existing technology and capacity. The research projects of at least four Salisbury University faculty in cell and molecular biology, physiology, and biochemistry that will benefit from this instrument include those involving the study of gene-specific effects on oxidative stress, regulation of deubiquitinase enzyme activity, assigning biochemical functions to uncharacterized proteins with known structures, and exploring the effect of rapid temperature fluctuations on metabolic processes and cell membrane structure. This high capacity, versatile, and sensitive instrument enhances current approaches to on-going research questions, facilitates existing collaborations, and will inspire future research projects.
In addition to the significant impact that the Synergy H1m microplate reader will have on Salisbury Universitys research productivity, the instrument will also facilitate the training of students who will become the next generation of scientists and technicians. Salisbury University is a mid-sized, regionally accredited, four-year comprehensive institution with a focus on excellence in undergraduate education and a strong commitment to student research engagement. The undergraduate research and Master of Science in Applied Biology students working with faculty at Salisbury University, and their collaborator at the neighboring University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, will become adept at the instruments use and subsequent data analysis. At Salisbury University, students in both the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry will gain exposure to the instrument, its capacities, and the power of its applications through incorporation into cell biology and biochemistry laboratory course curricula. All students enrolled in biochemistry laboratory courses will benefit immensely from the expanded possibilities in protein purification, enzyme kinetics, and protein stability analyses facilitated by the H1m microplate reader. Exposure to this advanced-technology instrument and the demonstration of its real-life applications in high throughput screening techniques will increase excitement and nurture students interest in fields related to biology and chemistry.