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Dr. Rebecca Smith - National Science Foundation (S-STEM Scholarships) 

Faculty in Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Computing Sciences, and Physics along with colleagues in the Research Foundation, Scholars and Grants Development, Financial Aid, and Admissions were successful in re-establishing S-STEM Scholars funding

Dr. Rebecca Smith and her co-PI's Dr. Carol Wade, Dr. Gabriel Prajitura, Dr. Eric Monier, Dr. Ruhan Zhao, Dr. Mehruz Kamal, Dr. Tasneem Zaihra, Dr. Zachary Robinson, Mr. Daniel Rogers, Ms. Tonia Risse, and Mr. Robert Wyant will be implementing the new S-STEM program for students in the STEM field.

The S-STEM award brings back scholarships that the campus has not had for several years. Dr. Smith, Dr. Wade, and the team were able to re-establish the scholarship funding, formally called BPMACS, now known as Community Scholars, through a successful proposal to NSF with significant assistance from Ms. Justine Briggs and Ms. Laura Merkl, as well as evaluator Dr. Jim Witnauer in Psychology. The program will receive 1M in funding over the next five years to assist students in STEM fields.

The team is dedicated to providing learning and development opportunities for students in the S-STEM program, including programs such as mathematics that have traditionally had fewer opportunities for experiences in the field.


Dr. Takashi Nishiyama - National Science Foundation 

Dr. Nishiyama, Department of History, has been awarded the research grant in Science and Technology Studies from NSF to complete his Suicide and Technology for War project (currently under book contract with Johns Hopkins University Press)..

The NSF federal funding will allow Dr. Takashi Nishiyama to continue work on his book project that examines the ethics of engineering and suicide warfare during the twentieth century. He asks, suicide runs contrary to the human instinct of self-preservation around the world, but under what conditions was that instinct overruled at times of war? This project aims to highlight ethics, gender, and technology policy issues about life and death across time and space (mainly in Japan and the United States, with references to Germany and the Soviet Union).

Dr. Matthew Altenritter & Dr. Jacques Rinchard - BuroHappold Engineering for a Creel Survey 

Dr. Altenritter and Dr. Rinchard, Environmental Science and Ecology have been awarded $100,728 from BuroHappold Engineering to complete a Creel Survey.

Dr. Matthew Altenritter and his co-PI Dr. Jacques Rinchard, in conjunction with a Research Assistant and several SUNY Brockport student researchers, will be completing a Creel Survey for BuroHappold Engineering as part of the NYS Reimagine the Canals Fishery Pilot Project. The Creel Survey seeks to characterize angler effort and success during planned high flow discharge periods in Oak Orchard Creek and Sandy Creek to determine the impact on the angling experience as part of the initiative to improve and enhance fisheries in Lake Ontario tributaries.

Dr. Markus Hoffman - National Science Foundation 

Dr. Markus Hoffmann, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received funds to study Solvation in Bulk and Confined Polyethylene Glycol while also supporting undergraduate students to conduct summer research and be training in the research process.

Dr. Markus Hoffmann, Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded $116,201 for a three-year period (May 15, 2020 – April 30, 2023) by NSF to conduct research on the Solvation in Bulk and Confined Polyethylene Glycol. Aside from supporting the purchase of laboratory instrumentation, the award will support undergraduate students conducting summer research under the guidance of the principal investigator Dr. Hoffmann. The undergraduate students will not only conduct the research at SUNY Brockport but also at the laboratories of professors Buntkowsky and Vogel at Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, with whom professor Hoffmann has been collaborating as “Mercator fellow”, a visiting scientist program sponsored by the German funding agency Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. The project will provide valuable hands-on training and experiences to the participating undergraduate students and prepare them for today's global work environment.

The project will generate new knowledge about PEG as a solvent in bulk and under confinement in mesoporous materials that are needed to advance chemical synthesis in PEG. The new knowledge will be derived from a number of experimental and theoretical studies in two main stages. In the first stage, these studies will provide insights as to how solutes interact with the solvent PEG, and in the second stage how these interactions are modified when the PEG solution is confined in small pores of mesoporous materials. Mesoporous materials have large surface areas and are therefore used to support catalysts that are immobilized onto these surfaces. The surfaces themselves may interact with the PEG solvent and any solutes dissolved in the PEG solvent. The project seeks to disentangle this complex competition of interactions between solute, solvent and pore surface.

Last Updated 10/27/20

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