Orem, UT, United States

Utah Valley University

Orem, UT, United States

Utah Valley University, or UVU, is a publicly funded university located in Orem, Utah, United States with a 2011 enrollment of 33,395 students. Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the State of Utah. The university offers approximately 58 bachelor degrees, 66 associate degrees, 21 certificate/diploma programs, and 3 high-demand master degrees in education, business, and nursing.The university’s Wasatch Campus in Heber City, Utah, also offers bachelor degrees in business management and secondary education, as well as associate degrees in accounting, behavioral science, business management, elementary education, and general education.Previously called Utah Valley State College , the school attained university status in July 2008, changing to Utah Valley University. Matthew S. Holland, appointed as the first president of UVU, officially began his duties on June 1, 2009. Wikipedia.

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Utah Valley University | Date: 2016-09-06

Apparatuses, methods, and systems are disclosed for power generation using compressed air. One apparatus includes a wind turbine and an air compressor coupled to the wind turbine. The air compressor compresses air in response to rotation of blades of the wind turbine. The apparatus also includes a balloon that lifts the wind turbine and the air compressor off the ground. The apparatus includes a tube that directs the air compressed by the air compressor from the balloon to a receiving unit on the ground.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Campus Cyberinfrastrc (CC-NIE) | Award Amount: 498.33K | Year: 2015

Utah Valley University (UVU) is implementing a high speed network connection in conjunction with the Utah Educational Network (UEN) that connects the university to other state and national research networks using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) across existing fiber optic cable. Additionally, an on-campus research and science network is being created, separate from the regular campus network, to facilitate current and future research. The project is headed by UVUs CIO and implemented by UVU/UEN engineers; a Research Advisory Committee will help maximize the benefits of the new technology.

Network upgrades provide the UVU community with cyberinfrastructure for scientific and education projects requiring high bandwidth capabilities. The project increases capacity for undergraduate research and experiential learning. As UVU is a major hub on the UEN network (one of the nations premier education networks), the enhanced connectivity will improve STEM education in all Utah schools and many public education services; access to STEM education will be strengthened for rural, remote, and underserved populations in this vast state. Additionally, high bandwidth, high speed capabilities facilitate UVUs partnership in the US Ignite community.

Through this project, UVU is installing networking hardware that will connect to the 4x10GE equipment previously installed by UEN. The networking equipment consists of switches capable of supporting 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports with more than 83 terabits per second of overall switching capability. The switches support layer-2 routing, and IPv4 and IPv6 routing. A perfSONAR host is being deployed for network performance monitoring.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 292.41K | Year: 2014

This project creates an integrated pollution identification grid that provides detailed, real-time data on air pollution creation points. Utah Valley, like other areas of the country, experiences severe unhealthy inversion days, and localized air pollution hot spots throughout the year. These conditions cause major health problems for people living and working throughout the valley. Current air pollution monitoring utilizes a limited number of fixed sampling and data collection points with little opportunity to create control methods to reduce pollution levels in real-time as they change throughout the day. The air quality at street level is generally unknown.

The project provides a system to collect real-time, interactive data on the location, time, direction, and amount of pollution created to support pollution control efforts underway by various public and private entities in the state. Mobile monitoring units and large-bandwidth wireless networks allow the data to be collected, processed, and reported in real time. With this information, air pollution hot spots can be identified and responses taken immediately to correct pollution causing conditions and improve overall air quality. The key technical elements of the project are the collection of continuous data from mobile monitoring units mounted on vehicles owned by government agencies, commercial fleets and private cars, then using high-speed wireless systems to backhaul the data to a central data center. With this information, air pollution hot spots are identified and responses taken immediately to correct pollution causing conditions and improve overall air quality.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: NSF INCLUDES | Award Amount: 300.00K | Year: 2016

Utah Valley University (UVU) with partners Weber State University (WSU) and American Indian Services (AIS) are implementing UTAH PREP (PREParation for STEM Careers) to address the need for early preparation in mathematics to strengthen and invigorate the secondary-to-postsecondary-to-career STEM pipeline. As the preliminary groundwork for UTAH PREP, each partner currently hosts a PREP program (UVU PREP, WSU PREP, and AIS PREP) that identifies low-income, under-represented minority, first-generation, and female students entering seventh grade who have interest and aptitude in math and science, and involves them in a seven-week, three-year summer intensive program integrating STEM courses and activities. The course content blends skill-building academics with engaging experiences that promote a clear understanding of how mathematical concepts and procedures are applied in various fields of science and engineering. Courses are enhanced through special projects, field trips, college campus visits, and the annual Sci-Tech EXPO. The purpose of the program is to motivate and prepare participants from diverse backgrounds to complete a rigorous program of mathematics in high school so that they can successfully pursue STEM studies and careers, which are vital to advancing the regional and national welfare.

UTAH PREP is based on the TexPREP program that originated at the University of Texas at San Antonio and which was named as one of the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in 2015. TexPREP was adapted by UVU for use in Utah for non-minority serving institutions and in regions with lower minority populations, but with great academic and college participation disparity. With NSF funding for a two-year pilot program, the project partners are building UTAH PREP through a networked improvement community, collective impact approach that, if demonstrably successful, has the ability to scale to a national level. This pilot programs objectives include: 1) creating a UTAH PREP collaboration with commitments to a common set of objectives and common set of plans to achieve them; 2) strengthening existing PREP programs and initiating UTAH PREP at two or three other institutions of higher education in Utah, each building a sustainable local support network; 3) developing a shared measurement system to assess the impact of UTAH PREP programs, adaptations, and mutually reinforcing activities on students, including those from groups that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines; and 4) initiating a backbone organization that will support future scaling of the programs impact.

Utah Valley University | Date: 2016-04-18

An apparatus is disclosed for a biofunctional molecular imprint apparatus comprising a supportive structure that cuts, punctures, retains, repairs, protects, interrogates, and/or supports the function of a body tissue or other substance; a surface material that receives and retains a molecular imprint and that is positioned to contact the body tissue or other substance during use; and a molecular imprint of a bioactive molecule that influences blood coagulation, tissue damage, pain, immune response, inflammation, infection, healing, tissue regeneration, cell adhesion, the formation of extracellular matrix, tumorigenesis, angiogenesis, bacterial growth, and/or side effects.

An system, and method are disclosed for harmonic modulation of standing wavefields for spatial focusing, manipulation, and patterning of particles, cells, powders, aerosols, colloids, and solids using a multifrequency wave source, a chamber a control module and an analysis module to generate standard wavefields useful for tissue engineering, micro fabrication, therapeutic treatment, and diagnostic tests.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Systematics & Biodiversity Sci | Award Amount: 162.50K | Year: 2015

Mayflies represent more than 3000 species that occupy freshwater habitats on all continents except Antarctica and are an integral part of aquatic ecosystems, including serving as a major component of the diet of freshwater fish. Despite the roles they play in aquatic systems, and their popularity as a lure for fishing, many important biological aspects of this insect group remain unanswered. It is not known how the different branches on the mayfly tree of life fit together, and therefore the implications of their phylogenetic history are unclear. For example, it is uncertain if the first mayflies had movable or immobile gills running along their backs. Deciphering these patterns could provide insights into the evolution of insect wings and whether they came from ancient movable gill-like structures or not. This project will improve our knowledge of this important insect group by creating a diverse collection of species located around the world, from different aquatic habitats and environments. The morphology and genomics of these insects will be studied in greater detail than before, to understand their evolutionary history and adaptations. Outcomes of this project will further research in stream ecology, and water pollution, as mayflies are a key indicator of the health of aquatic environment.

The lack of a robust mayfly phylogeny has limited the ability of researchers to test hypotheses concerning evolutionary adaptations. This project will enhance the understanding of mayfly phylogeny and evolution using novel and transformative methods to elucidate relationships and morphological during the history of the group. This project will reconstruct a robust mayfly phylogeny, using next generation sequencing methods and phylogenomic analyses, to better understand morphological and genetic trends within mayflies and gain insights regarding evolutionary adaptations. This project will provide excellent research opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in meaningful scholarly and creative activities. This will be accomplished by carrying out smaller research projects on a subset of mayfly taxa (e.g., a family or superfamily), which will ultimately contribute to the comprehensive phylogeny for the order. Students will be mentored in all phases of phylogenetic research, from collecting, generating data, analyzing data, and communicating results at scientific meetings, in publications, and in outreach efforts to the community. Thus, the main outcomes of the project will be: 1) increase in knowledge of mayfly evolution and phylogenetics; 2) opportunities for undergraduate evolutionary research; 3) development of state-of-the-art curriculum for the primarily undergraduate institution Utah Valley University; 4) partnerships with local public schools; 5) establishment of a strong international collaborative network in mayfly research; including coordinating efforts to contribute to efforts such as the online database Encyclopedia of Life, which provides species-level information to serve the scientific community, educators, and the general public; and 6) significant positive impact on the institution and the researchers career.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ROBERT NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PGM | Award Amount: 1.05M | Year: 2016

With funding from the National Science Foundations Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, Utah Valley University (UVU), in partnership with two-year institution Snow College, will implement a Phase 2 project to assist high-need school districts in Utah schools with addressing a critical shortage in mathematics and science teachers. During the 5-year period, UVU will award 65 scholarships of $10,000 to approximately 45 talented juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics, biology, or earth science. Recruitment efforts will include high school students in concurrent enrollment programs and members of groups typically underrepresented as mathematics and science educators. Through a strong pre-service training and in-service support program focused on professional engagement, recipients will be well-prepared to teach in high-need school districts and inspire a new generation of students in mathematics and science disciplines.

The program will build on UVUs previous successful Noyce Scholarship program to increase the number of 7th-12th grade STEM teachers in Utah by: (1) providing scholarship support to additional cohorts of talented science and mathematics majors; (2) conducting longitudinal evaluation and research activities on previous and new cohorts of scholarship recipients; and (3) expanding outreach efforts to Snow College and to UVUs Community College Division. Program activities will focus around cultivating a community of teachers and scholars, including participation in state and national professional organizations through which novice teachers work with practicing educators to energize their efforts and help them succeed in their early years of teaching and beyond.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: FIELD STATIONS | Award Amount: 24.99K | Year: 2015

Utah Valley University (UVU) is awarded a grant to conduct comprehensive planning for Capitol Reef Field Station (CRFS) to better support the facilitys mission of research, education, and conservation (www.uvu.edu/crfs/). CRFS is located within Capitol Reef National Park, an area preserved because of its exposed geologic strata and associated variety of habitats that are home to a rich diversity of living organisms. Established in 2008 under a cooperative agreement between UVU and the National Park Service, CRFS embodies a unique partnership between a university and a national park. A strategic plan for CRFS will enhance the utilization of this station for undergraduates who are learning and conducting faculty-mentored research in a variety of STEM disciplines. The majority of students who visit CRFS are from UVU, an open-enrollment institution committed to inclusivity and access. The university serves a dual mission as both a regional, comprehensive university and as a community college. UVU is in the uncommon position of having the field station resources of a comprehensive university while serving a high proportion of community-college-going students who are underrepresented at field stations across the nation. Over 40% of UVU students are either first-generation college students or ethnic minorities. Strategic planning will enhance this field stations ability to provide meaningful experiences to a diverse group of individuals. Further, in addition to benefiting UVU undergraduates, the proposed planning process will lead to a better understanding of field stations, like CRFS, that are located in U.S. national parks and run through university partnerships.

As part of the planning effort, UVU will conduct a survey among other similar field stations to determine how they maximize opportunities and minimize challenges associated with university-national park partnerships. Selected survey participants will be invited to a conference at CRFS to meet with UVU faculty and Capitol Reef National Park personnel. CRFS staff will then visit the field stations of key conference participants, some of whom will be hired as consultants. The consultants will assist in the development of CRFSs strategic plan. The products of the strategic planning process will include: 1) a written 5-year plan for research, education, and conservation activities at the station; 2) a document detailing what additional facilities and infrastructure are needed and a 5-year plan for seeking funding for these needs; 3) a data-informed presentation on field stations in U.S. national parks with university partnerships at the Organization of Biological Field Stations meeting; and 4) a peer-reviewed manuscript submitted for publication.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 617.39K | Year: 2014

The LEAP (Leadership, Engagement, Academic Mentoring and Preparation) scholarship program aims to increase the graduation rate of students in Computer Science and Engineering at Utah Valley University (UVU) in order to better prepare them for continued education and success in the STEM workforce. The program is designed to meet the needs of talented students with financial need in a comprehensive, open-enrollment university. The student population pool includes high school students who starting their college education, college students who are just declaring majors, first-generation college students, and nontraditional students who may be returning after an absence from education. Twenty-one scholarships per year will be awarded to academically talented but financially needy students, including women and minorities.

LEAP will be providing leadership training and opportunities for students within a student chapter of IEEE through multidisciplinary projects and peer-to-peer mentoring. The program will provide additional engaged learning opportunities through course projects at the freshman level and a required capstone project. Faculty mentors will receive training in effective student mentoring, and will be assigned to two or three scholarship recipients. Students will gain a sense of community, especially important in a commuter school, through LEAP monthly meetings, peer-to-peer mentoring, and team projects. The program will increase the graduation rates of participating students in Computer Science and Engineering (or the transfer rate of students in the 2-year Pre-Engineering program to accredited 4-year programs). LEAP has potential to increase the enrollment and completion of underrepresented populations, especially women who are greatly underrepresented in UVUs Computer Science and Engineering programs.

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