Apr 28, 2010

Faculty Members Win NSF Grants

(Newport News, Va.) - Three Christopher Newport University faculty members have been awarded National Science Foundation Grants for 2010, totaling $948,000.  Dr. Yelena Prok, assistant professor of physics has been awarded $245,000; Dr. Edward Brash, associate professor of physics, has been awarded $650,000; and Dr. Tyler Sullens, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded $253,000.  The grants were awarded via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program.

The operating grant that the CNU Nuclear Physics group (principal investigator: Dr. Brash) received from the National Science Foundation ($650,000) will be used primarily to fund graduate and undergraduate students in physics, computer science and engineering the University involves in its research efforts at Jefferson Laboratory (JLab) in Newport News.

The Major Research Initiatives grant (principal investigator: Dr. Prok) from the National Science Foundation ($245,000) is a collaborative effort between teams from CNU, the University of Virginia and Old Dominion University, and will fund the development and construction of a novel new target system that will be used in a series of experiments following the upgrade to the JLab accelerator that will take place in the coming years. CNU graduate and undergraduate students will play a major role in the effort.

The three-year ($253,050) grant awarded to Dr. Tyler Sullens from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Program will fund the acquisition of a non-destructive, high-resolution, wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to support the creation of a new research Center for Coastal, Environmental and Atmospheric Studies at Christopher Newport University.    


A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small classes as well as an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor. For more information about CNU and its programs, please visit www.cnu.edu.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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