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|BSC Faculty Members Participate in NSF Grant Proposals Workshop||Monday, October 22 2012||BSC Faculty Members Participate in NSF Grant Proposals Workshop||
(Bluefield)—Utilizing the opportunity to talk directly to National Science Foundation (NSF) program directors, two Bluefield State College faculty members participated in an intensive two-day workshop, "The Mechanics of Developing Competitive Proposals." The program at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC, was facilitated by the Science & Engineering Alliance (SEA), Inc., and sponsored by NSF.
At the workshop for faculty and graduate researchers, Historically Black Colleges and Universities gathered to learn more about NSF and grant opportunities that are available. SEA was created to help ensure an adequate supply of competitive American scientists and engineers while meeting the research and development needs of the public and private sectors.
"This was my first experience at communicating directly with program directors via web access," explained Dr. Anthony Curtis, BSC Assistant Professor of Biology. "Although SEA is reaching out in a broader sense to encourage grant development and submission, the workshop participants were really involved in communications, support, and networking. We are developing an online space where we can maintain communication with our peers who attended the workshop from other institutions."
"The workshop helped to identify faculty members from complimentary disciplines with whom we could partner on cross-function research proposals," added Dr. Julie Kalk, BSC Assistant Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (RASP). "One of the continuing functions of RASP is to pair up collaborators across campus and eventually across institutions. This workshop gave us insight into how the NSF evaluates those partnerships in awarding funds."
SEA is leading an effort to develop a process and model to include HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions in the NSF's large-scale research initiative called the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). NEON is a continental‐scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land‐use change, and invasive species on ecology.
The workshop certainly provided constructive, practical insight into developing substantive grant proposals," Curtis added. "We look forward to applying the lessons learned as we develop grants for NSF consideration."
|Rising Star Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention at BSC, October 26-27||Monday, October 22 2012||Rising Star Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention at BSC, October 26-27||
The Rising Star Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention will be celebrating its 21st anniversary at the Harris-Jefferson Student Center on the campus of Bluefield State College, Friday evening, October 26 and Saturday, October 27. The event will showcase skill-building workshops in areas as diverse as art, robotics and medieval/renaissance swordsmanship. Fandoms as diverse as horror movies, Star Wars, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will find something of interest throughout the weekend.
|Kapur Excels on the Tennis Courts, in the Classroom at Bluefield State||Monday, October 22 2012||Kapur Excels on the Tennis Courts, in the Classroom at Bluefield State|
|New Display Case at BSC Honors Proud Past||Monday, October 22 2012||New Display Case at BSC Honors Proud Past|
|“Ruby’s Teapots” Add Support to Local Alzheimer’s Fundraising Effort, the Memory Walk||Monday, October 22 2012||“Ruby’s Teapots” Add Support to Local Alzheimer’s Fundraising Effort, the Memory Walk||
(Bluefield)—As a nurse and the director of Bluefield State College's Associate Degree Nursing Program, Sandy Wynn has a professional appreciation for the effects of Alzheimer's Disease. When she lost her grandmother and great aunt to Alzheimer's earlier this year, Professor Wynn saw the disease from the perspective of a family member and caregiver.
Wynn was a featured speaker at the annual Memory Walk at Mercer Mall earlier this month. The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer Association's largest fundraising and awareness effort. It supports vital programs and services the Alzheimer's Association provides for families and caregivers facing the disease, while also promoting necessary research to seek a cure.
"My grandmother, Ruby Davis, died of Alzheimer's in 2012," Wynn told an audience of more than 250 walkers at the program. "Within our family, we were looking for a way to honor my grandmother's memory. The Memory Walk became a reunion of sorts for my family to support fundraising to combat the disease."
Noting that her late grandmother was an avid teapot collector, Wynn started a team, comprised primarily of Mrs. Davis' daughters and granddaughters. "We called the team 'Ruby's Teapots,' and we wore team shirts sporting the image of teapots on the front," she said.
"The turnout on Memory Walk Saturday was great," she continued. "We raised about $16,000 and there were so many walkers that we nearly encircled the mall when the walk started."
Wynn said "Ruby's Teapots" will make a return appearance at next year's Memory Walk, and she's inviting other teams and individuals to join in the effort.
|BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program/Beckley Campus Approved to Expand, Accept 10 Additional Students||Thursday, October 18 2012||BSC Associate Degree Nursing Program/Beckley Campus Approved to Expand, Accept 10 Additional Students||
(Bluefield)—The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses formally approved expansion of the Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing program to accept ten additional students at the program's Beckley campus. The expansion of the program was approved at the October 18, 2012 meeting of the Board.
"We are excited about the opportunity to expand our program in Raleigh County," noted Angela Lambert, Dean of the BSC School of Nursing and Allied Health. "The Board's action will permit us to address the shortage of qualified nursing education opportunities in the greater Raleigh County region. Lambert noted that BSC's 2012 Associate Degree Nursing graduates from the Raleigh county campus achieved a 96.8% passage rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses.
Due to the current and projected shortage of RN's into 2020 BSC intends to be a driving force in filling this need," according to Lambert. "The ability to educate future nurses will assist in providing qualified professionals to meet the healthcare needs of southern WV. BSC is proud of their current clinical affiliations in Raleigh County and looks forward to expansion of these relationships," she stated.
BSC is currently in the process of taking applications for the associate degree nursing program on both the Beckley and Bluefield campuses. The application deadline for students seeking to enter the 2013 BSC Associate Degree Nursing program is December 15, 2012. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the college admission office.
The Bluefield State College Associate Degree Nursing Program, Beckley & Bluefield Campuses, is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and West Virginia Board of Professional Registered Nurses.
|Dr. Blevins Reflects on 41 Years at BSC||Tuesday, October 16 2012||Dr. Blevins Reflects on 41 Years at BSC|
|BSC Engineering and Computer Science Students Receiving a Short Course in Solar Panel Training in the Future Energy Electronics Center at Virginia Tech||Friday, October 12 2012||BSC Engineering and Computer Science Students Receiving a Short Course in Solar Panel Training in the Future Energy Electronics Center at Virginia Tech||
(Bluefield)--Collaboration between Bluefield State College and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech is underway to provide hands-on training for 15 BSC students. The students will learn how to install solar panels and grid systems in Dr. Jih-Sheng (Jason) Lai's lab at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Professor Lai is an internationally recognized expert in energy-efficient electronic technologies for transportation and industrial automation. All course instruction will take place for three hours per day for five days over the course of the semester.
In return, a five-member team of solar and alternative energy scholars, led by Professor Lai, presented a lecture to more than 30 students and faculty at BSC on October 1. In their lectures, the Virginia Tech visitors emphasized that solar panel utilization has enormous potential as a natural energy source in this region. On October 5, BSC Professors Bob Riggins and Roy Pruett took Bluefield State students to Virginia Tech for the first of five classes to be offered over a two month period. The classes will provide hands-on training involving solar energy. At the end of the training, BSC students will receive solar panel installation demonstrations and supplies that they can then utilize while practicing solar panel installation at BSC.
"Virginia Tech will teach the basic switching amplifier principle and provide each participating student with a Class-D audio amplifier kit that can play MP3 music with solar power," Dr. Tesfaye Belay, BSC Professor, noted. "A primary benefit of this project will be the involvement of undergraduate students and high school students throughout the entire process of the solar project, thereby enhancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education at BSC." The solar panel research project is supported by a $100,000 awarded to Dr. Belay from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Department of Energy.
|BSC Faculty Member Authors Chapter in Hospital Textbook||Friday, October 12 2012||BSC Faculty Member Authors Chapter in Hospital Textbook||
(Bluefield)—Dr. Peggy Johnson, who joined the faculty at Bluefield State College this semester, authored a chapter in the just-released textbook, "Hospitals: What They Are and How They Work," Fourth Edition.
|Center for Applied Research and Technology Receives $50K USDA Grant to Assist Technology-based Business Development in WV||Thursday, October 11 2012||Center for Applied Research and Technology Receives $50K USDA Grant to Assist Technology-based Business Development in WV||
(Bluefield)—The Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) at Bluefield State College has been awarded a $50,000 Rural Business Opportunity Grant to provide technical assistance for improving the success rate of technology-based entrepreneurial business development in West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding was announced by WV State Director Bobby Lewis and U.S. Representative Nick Rahall.
"The grant will provide technical assistance that helps technology-based small businesses and entrepreneurs to turn their product and service ideas or research into an actual working prototype." CART CEO Bruce Mutter said. Rapid prototyping leads to business development, resulting in greater access to capital and increased, quality employment opportunities for West Virginia citizens, he observed.
Approximately 90% of West Virginia businesses have 20 or fewer employees, and federal statistics indicate that small business owners are essential to the state's economy. "Although West Virginia is making strides in utilizing technology in business and industry, it continues to face challenges in growing its technology industries and transitioning its economy to one that is based on innovation," Mutter explained.
"This CART project will benefit the economic development of rural southern West Virginia on several fronts that include: substantively increasing salaries for a small number of technology-based jobs, providing new employment opportunities arising from new technology-based businesses, and strengthening the diversification of several regional businesses," he summarized.
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