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Kays Foundation Awards Six New Grants for A-State Faculty Research Projects – NEA Report

JONESBORO — Six Arkansas State University faculty members have been recognized as recipients of Kays Foundation grants totaling $103,502 to support their projects this year. The Kays Foundation Board reviews and approves proposals from A-State faculty and staff.

Dr. Amanda Mohler, assistant professor of occupational therapy, received $21,653 in funding to purchase assistive technology for use in a clinical skills lab. Assistive technology is the first step in lab development to promote interprofessional education and student learning, including skills and clinical reasoning.

A proposal from Dr. Sarah Davidson, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean, has been approved for $16,550 to purchase a Gaumard HAL S1020 simulation manikin and monitor. This equipment offers new options for hands-on learning in simulation labs and in the classroom, as well as instant feedback. Faculty will use the monitor in didactic and clinical courses in disaster preparedness, graduate nursing, and undergraduate nursing programs.

Jody Nutt, assistant professor of medical imaging and radiation science, received $16,631 to acquire a 3D scanner for medical imaging. The images will be used in medical 3D printing applications, such as building organ and anatomical models to enhance students’ educational experience.

A $16,168 grant proposal from Dr. Asela Wijeratne, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics, has been approved. Wijeratne is trying to find a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), which is a highly destructive soybean disease caused by the fungal pathogen Fusarium virguliforme.

Kelli Listenbee, Director of Learning Support Services and First Year Experience Coordinator, and Tabatha Simpson-Farrow, Director of the Writing Center, have asked the foundation for $22,500 for a project to complete the University Hub, a library and faculty resource center, as well as three student tutoring centers, on the third floor of the Ellis Library.

The Kays Board of Trustees awarded a $10,000 grant to the Bradbury Art Museum in response to a proposal from BAM Education Coordinator Haley Voges. The grant will serve as matching funds for a project in which BAM will develop a mobile extension of the museum. The BAM van will allow staff to share the art collection across a wider region, benefiting those who may not otherwise have access to it.

According to Terry Carty, executive vice president of the Kays Foundation, the grants are part of the foundation’s ongoing commitment to assist the university through grants that help advance its academic, service and research missions.

The Arkansas State College Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education, which operates as the Kays Foundation, traces its beginnings to 1911 and the administration of VC Kays, the founding director and president of the institution that became the Arkansas State University.

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