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Wheeling Jesuit Faculty Members Receive Funding From the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Two Wheeling Jesuit University faculty members recently received Faculty Research Enhancement Awards from the West Virginia Space Grant Consortium to support various research projects. Two other faculty members received mini-grants.

Dr. Joseph Busche, assistant professor of physics, received a $1,000 faculty research enhancement award for his project "Empirical Investigation of Quiescent Quasar Variability."

Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, assistant professor of psychology, received a $2,000 faculty research enhancement award for his project “The Effects of Odorant Administration on Driving Fatigue, Alertness, Safety, and Performance.”

Dr. Kimberly Roth, assistant professor of mathematics, received a $750 mini-grant. She will use the funding to attend the Mathematics Association of America conference in Phoenix, Ariz. to promote her research and also to serve as guest speaker.

Dr. John Lynch, assistant professor of physics, received a $500 mini-grant. He will use the funding to travel to Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA) in Greenbelt, Md. and establish ties with them regarding his research in modeling clouds in the atmospheres of the Jovian planets.

The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) was established in August 1991 and includes five West Virginia universities and six West Virginia colleges. The mission of the NASA WVSGC is to develop a statewide infrastructure that will enhance the state's competitiveness in aerospace research, education and industrial activities. The Consortium aims to capture, channel and enhance the interests and activities of current and potential scientists and engineers in its member institutions.

U.S.News & World Report ranks Wheeling Jesuit University 16th in the "Best Master’s Universities in the South," making it the highest ranked institution in West Virginia for the seventh consecutive year. The 65-acre campus located in Wheeling, W.Va., offers more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and six graduate degrees to about 1,500 students each year. Wheeling Jesuit -- the only Catholic institution of higher education in West Virginia -- has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and has 15 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams. The University's outstanding facilities include 15 modern buildings and residence halls, a 100,000 square-foot recreation center and a new $1.5 million soccer/track and field complex. The campus is home to the Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies, a Challenger Learning Center and the Clifford M. Lewis Appalachian Institute.

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