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December 17, 2009

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UT Tyler Faculty Awarded 2009-10 Internal Research Grants

Eight faculty members at The University of Texas at Tyler were awarded internal research grants for the 2009-10 academic year, Dr. Arlene Horne, vice president for research and federal relations, announced.

  • Dr. Mary LuAnne Lilly, assistant professor of nursing, received $7,500 to examine the association between care giving for individuals with Alzheimer’s, depression systems and triallelic serotonin transporter polymorphism.
  • Dr. Scott Marzilli, professor of health and kinesiology, received $7,500 to study feedback and monetary influences on smoking behavior.
  • Dr. Abu Muhammad Shajatt Ali, professor of geography, received $7,500 to decipher mapping famine vulnerable areas in Bangladesh.
  • Dr. Y.J. Lin, professor of mechanical engineering, received $7,500 to investigate structural properties and mechanical applications of carbon nanotube sheets.
  • Dr. Suzanne Thomas, assistant professor of education, received $7,468 to compare touch point math and conventional math instruction to adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Dr. Suneeti Jog, assistant professor of biology, received $6,000 to study biodiversity distribution and soil composition in managed grasslands of East Texas.
  • Dr. Naomi Kagawa, assistant professor of communication, received $3,407 to study the influence of parental messages on adolescents’ emotional self-disclosure.
  • Dr. Henry Schreiber, associate professor of psychology, received $2,450 to examine autonomic responses of creationists to two kinds of evidence for evolution.

These research awards are intended to provide faculty members with the necessary funds to complete preliminary research needed for external funding competition.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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