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Congrats to the Fall 2015 UWF Florida Research Fellows

Thomas Asmuth (CASSH)
Title: Turbidity Paintings
Abstract: Communication of environmental science research presents a problem of abstraction by where 'one cannot see the forest for the data'. One can see the results of this complex problem in the considerable amount of controversy about human impact on the environment/climate filling news headlines. Commentary from international figures from religion to presidential candidates publicly taking positions on crucial environmental data has become increasingly politicized. In the project with the working title "Turbidity Paintings", principal investigators Thomas Asmuth (UWF) and Sara Gevurtz (VCU) are artists who propose a new visualization methodology to record images and collect data on water quality. The core of this system are submersible remote operated vehicles (ROVs) equipped with specialty tools for data collection. These ROVs will capture images mapping the turbidity or clarity of the water. Collected information will be used to construct a library of time specific images encoded with data metrics from a variety of locations domestically and internationally.

Susan James (CEPS)

Title: The University of West Florida’s National Writing Project Site: A Collaboration with Escambia County School District
Abstract: In alignment with the UWF’s Strategic Plan (Priorities 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3) centered around Valued Partnerships: Community Engagement and Service, The Department of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership (TEEL) is collaborating with Escambia Coun
ty District Schools (ECSD) to address key academic issues of students and professional development needs of the teachers. A primary issue/are of need is evidenced by students’ low performance in writing and lack of oral communication skills. UWF and ECSD share the same vision of providing an education that will close achievement gaps and produce highly-skilled-work-place-ready students. Partnering with ECSD allows for a response to the changing needs of our schools by investing strategically to support innovative instruction and high-quality, relevant, and distinctive academic programs (UWF’s “QEP 2.1” & ECSD’s “Vision 2020”). As stated in ECSD’s Vision 2020 (“Vision 2020,” 2015), master teachers must be master learners and empowered to lead and this must be a community effort that includes the district, university, and community stakeholders. 

Kristina Killgrove (CASSH)

Title: Brewers, Fishwives, and Pancake Bakers: How Women’s Occupations in Medieval Berlin Affected the Weaning Diets of Their Offspring
Abstract: The economic ramifications of the Black Death in the 14th century were considerable throughout Europe, but women’s roles in the diversity of responses to the plague have not been thoroughly examined historically or bioarchaeologically. After the Black Death, when the male workforce of Europe was decimated, women’s work transitioned from that of a secondary economy to an integral part of the primary economy. They moved particularly into food-related occupations such as brewers, fishwives, and pancake bakers. Intensification of food production by women likely led to a change in diet post-plague, with more fish and fewer cereals consumed, and women’s primary role in the economy likely led to changes in the diets of their children as well, as infants of working mothers were likely weaned earlier onto cereals. This dietary transition hypothesized based on historical information about Medieval Europe is testable using isotopic analysis of the carbon and nitrogen ratios in human bones. Skeletal remains are therefore a key and largely untapped data source for identifying the dietary correlates of a socioeconomic system in flux in Medieval Europe.

Johan Liebens (COSE)

Title: Soil Pollution under Various Types of Land Use in Cuba
Abstract: Soil pollution is a major environmental problem in many parts of the world due to increasing human population pressures. As a result, soil pollution has been studied thoroughly in urban and industrial areas in many countries. In the Caribbean, however, data on soil pollution are still very limited. Urban soils in Cuba have been studied to some extent but studies of soils under other land use in Cuba have not been reported in the international peer-reviewed literature. To remedy this lack of data, this study will assess heavy metal, PAH and DDT pollution of soils in agricultural, mining and oil producing areas in Cuba. By applying sequential extraction methods, this study will be one of the first in Cuba to show if any pollution detected is stable or readily available to living organisms. This study will also compare pollution levels with international environmental quality standards and local background concentrations. By engaging undergraduate and graduate students, this study will serve both the teaching and research missions of UWF. Because of the improving political relations between Cuba and the US this study has the potential to open new avenues for international cooperation for UWF.

External Funding Opportunities

Please note that the list provided is not a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.  To find more opportunities please contact Research and Sponsored Programs.


NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants (Deadlines:  February 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016)

NEA Foundation:  Next Big Read Competition (Deadline:  January 27, 2016)

American Educational Research Association AERA Grants Program (Deadline:  January 1, 2016)

American Honda Foundation: Youth Education Grants (Deadlines: Various)



NIH:  AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

American Heart Association:  National and Affiliates Research Program (Deadline:  January 12, 2016)

NIH:  Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

Allen Foundation, Inc., for Human Nutrition (Deadline: December 31, 2015)

NIH/NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention (Deadline: December 16, 2015)

NIH:  Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) (Deadline:  February 25, 2016)

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Grants-in-Aid (Deadline: May 15, 2016)

Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy Research Grants (Deadlines:  February 5, 2016, June 5, 2016)

List of all NIH Funding Opportunities


Harvard, Environmental Fellows Program (Deadline: January 13, 2016)

Gulf Research Program:  
Early-Career Research Fellowship or Science Policy (Deadline: February 17, 2016)

NSF 15-609, Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) (Preliminary Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2016)

PD 98-1321, Decision, Risk and Management Sciences (DRMS) (Deadline:  January 18, 2016)

NSF 15-527,  Research Coordination Networks (Deadline: January 6, 2016)

NSF-15-528, Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM)  (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

NSF-15-504,  Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)  (Deadline: January 13, 2016)

NSF-15-542,  National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program (Deadline: February 22, 2016)

W.M. Keck Foundation Research Program (Deadline: May 2, 2016)

American Statistical Association: ASA/NSF/Census Bureau Research Fellow Program (Deadline: December 10, 2015)

National Physical Science Consortium:  Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences (Deadline: December 5, 2015)

NSF PD-98-1650:  Biological Oceanography (Deadline:  February 16, 2016)

NSF PD 98-1670:  Chemical Oceanography (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

NSF PD 98-1610:  Physical Oceanography (Deadline:  February 15, 2016)

NSF Ocean Technology and Interdisciplinary Coordination (Deadline: February 15, 2016)

NSF CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) (Deadline: December 18, 2015) 

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service:  Marine Turtle Conservation Fund (Deadline: April 1, 2016)

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program (Deadlines:  January 6, 2016 and January 21, 2016)

Environmental Research and Education Foundation:  Sustainable Solid Waste Management (Deadline:  January 6, 2016) 

Coastal Management Fellowship Program (Deadline: January 22, 2016)

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Gulf Research Program (Deadlines: various)

DOD: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Exploratory Development (SEED) program and Core Program (Deadlines: March 8, 2016 and January 7, 2016)


List of all NSF Funding Opportunities


NSF:  Science of Organizations (Deadline:  February 2, 2016)

IBM Center for The Business of Government (Deadlines:  April 1, 2016 and October 3, 2016)

Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation (Deadlines: May 15, 2016 or November 15, 2016)

Open Meadows Foundation Grants (Deadline: February 16, 2016)

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants (Deadline:  February 28, 2016)

Wabash Center Small and Large Project Grants (Deadlines: March 1, 2016 and October 1, 2016)

NSF PD 98-1391, Archaeology and Archaeometry (Deadlines: December 20, 2015, July 1, 2016)

NEH:  Next Generation Humanities PhD Implementation Grants (Deadline: February 17, 2016)

ArtsLink Exchange Programs (Deadlines: January 14, 2016 and January 16, 2017)

Economic History Association Grants and Fellowships (Deadlines: various)

American Council of Learned Societies:  Digital Extension Grants (Deadline: February 2, 2016)

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research:  Early Career Research Awards (Deadline: February 1, 2016)

State Justice Institute: Project Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, Curriculum Adaptation and Training Grants, and Strategic Initiatives Grants (Deadlines: Various)

SBA:  InnovateHER Challenge (Deadline:  December 2, 2015) 

National Archives:  Institutes for Historical Editing Grant (Deadline: January 29, 2016)

Boeing: Community Engagement Grants (LOI Deadline:  May 31, 2016)

Request a Personalized Funding Search with UWF RSP

Internal Funding Opportunities

Interested in internal funding opportunities? Look no further than the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. We are here to provide both faculty and students with the necessary funding resources to support research across all disciplines. Please review the upcoming internal funding opportunities and navigate to the associated applications below to apply.

UWF Florida Research Fellowship
Winter 2015
Call for Proposals:                   October 1, 2015
Submission Deadline:             December 31, 2015
Spring 2016
Call for Proposals:                   January 1, 2016
Submission Deadline:             March 31, 2016
Summer 2016
Call for Proposals:                   April 1, 2016
Submission Deadline:             June 30, 2016
Graduate Student Research Awards

Spring 2016
Call for Proposals:                   December 4, 2015
Submission Deadline:             January 29, 2016

Distinguished Research & Creative Activities Award
Call for Proposals:                   September 11, 2015
Submission Deadline:             January 15, 2016
Faculty SCAC Awards
Call for Proposals:                   January 22, 2016
Submission Deadline:             March 4, 2016

Undergraduate Travel Awards

Call for Proposals:     Open
*Travel Award applications can be submitted at any time at least two months prior to the date of travel

If you are interested in applying to the internal funding opportunities, please use the links below for direct access to the applications (you must be signed on to MyUWF to access the applications). Please note: do not submit an application until all documents, including required signatures are complete.  If you have questions or would like to request a 10 minute presentation for your graduate class, contact Katy Hendry, Senior Grant Specialist and SCAC/Internal Grants Coordinator, 850-474-2943. 
SCAC Application Guidelines
UWF Florida Research Fellowship Application
SCAC – Graduate Student Research Application
SCAC – Faculty Scholarly & Creative Activity Application
Undergraduate Project and Travel Awards

 Research and Sponsored Programs News 


Please RSVP to attend a Welcoming Meet & Greet with

Dr. Mark Roltsch, 

Assistant VP for Research and Director of RSP


Date: Wednesday, 12/09/2015 

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm CST

Location: Argonaut Athletic Club (54/164)

UWF Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) News

The Office of Undergraduate Research is debuting a new program, the OUR Explorers. The OUR Explorers program is geared for first and second year students who want to get involved with research but are unsure of how to start. This mentoring program will pair students with four faculty mentors to shadow throughout the spring semester while also participating in professional development workshops. Any lower-level student, regardless of discipline, is highly encouraged to apply!
Information: Katie Greene,

OUR Workshops  
December 2nd, 10-11 a.m., in Room 272 Commons, Travel Awards & Conference Travel 101, Scholars Workshop

UWF Proposal Writing Workshop

Date:  January 8, 2016

Time:   8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where:  On campus, TBD

This workshop will be an introduction into grant writing and is designed to assist faculty, chairs, and deans who are new to grant writing or are looking to sharpen their skills. During the workshop you will be introduced to both internal and external grant options, ways to locate external funding using Pivot and will have the opportunity to work with your colleagues as you begin to write a proposal. Refreshments will be served throughout the workshop.


Postdoctoral Associate Updates
All postdoctoral associate requests are due no later than Monday, November 30 at 5:00 PM . All funded requests are required to fill their postdoc positions no later than August 2016 or the provided funding for that appointment will be unencumbered and the requester will need to reapply during the next open submission period. Continue to follow our website for more information but at any time if you have any questions about the postdoctoral process please contact Katy Hendry, ext. 2943.

CITI:  Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative


Complete FREE research compliance training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI is used by more than 1,400 institutions to provide high-quality research compliance training.  

Please follow the steps outlined below to complete your free training:

1)  Log-in at (or register if you are a first-time user)                

2)  Select University of West Florida as your institution 

3)  Click on “Add a course or update your learner groups”

4)  Select the curriculum which you would like to complete:

Responsible Conduct of Research: (The course is available in five disciplines: biomedical research, social and behavioral research, physical science, humanities, and engineering)
Human Subjects Protection Basic Course: (satisfies IRB mandated training, expires after 3-years)
Human Subjects Research Refresher Course:  (If the Human Subjects certification is more than 3 years old, the researcher will be required to the take the Refresher Course)
Animal Care and Use:  (Content is designed to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.)
Conflict of Interest: (resources pertaining to financial conflict of interest including instructions for accessing financial disclosure and conflict of interest education) 
Export Compliance:  (for key personnel across departments, and others who work with or may be responsible for federally controlled devices, materials, or technologies)
Good Clinical Practice: Industry sponsors frequently require study personnel involved in the conduct of FDA regulated clinical research to complete training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines 

A personalized certificate is generated for completion of training courses.  


Dr. Huth on the Economic Importance of Artificial Reefs

Earlier this year, (Dr. William Huth) and his colleagues determined that, statewide, artificial reefs contribute roughly $3.8 billion to the economy each year and create nearly 40,000 jobs.

“That’s about what Disney employs,” he said. 

In Northwest Florida alone, reefs contribute half a billion dollars to the economy and created more than 8,000 jobs, most of them related to recreational diving, the researchers found.

Huth thinks that impact could be even bigger if a second ship were sunk. He coauthored a paper in 2009 that sought to measure that additional impact, in terms of something called “consumer surplus.” Read more about Dr. William Huth's article in a recent 
WUWF News Story.  


Fall 2015 Graduate Student Research Awards Announced

Please visit the UWF SCAC Website to view the list of Graduate Students who received the Fall 2015 Scholarly and Creative Activities Graduate Research award.

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