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Research Capabilities and Research Interests

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RESEARCH CAPABILITIES AND RESEARCH INTERESTS

Table of Contents GREETINGS AND WELCOME – VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND DEAN, GRADUATE STUDIES

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2010–2014 PARTNERS at a GLANCE

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COLLEGE of AGRICULTURE and HUMAN SCIENCES

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SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

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MARVIN D. and JUNE SAMUEL BRAILSFORD COLLEGE of ARTS and SCIENCES COLLEGE of BUSINESS

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WHITLOWE R. GREEN COLLEGE of EDUCATION

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ROY G. PERRY COLLEGE of ENGINEERING

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COLLEGE of JUVENILE JUSTICE and PSYCHOLOGY

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COLLEGE of NURSING

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Research and Graduate Studies

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Greetings & Welcome

Prof. Cajetan M. Akujuobi, M.B.A., Ph.D.E.E.

Vice President for Research and Dean, Graduate Studies As Vice President for Research and Dean, Graduate Studies I encourage you to peruse the contents of the Research Capabilities and Research Interests booklet to explore the research teaming possibilities, corporate program opportunities and service capabilities that exist at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), and how these competencies may benefit your company. Research at PVAMU provides a portal to discovering new knowledge, advancing scholarship, and propelling economic development. PVAMU’s land-grant heritage and our many years of research history position us well for today’s great research challenges – Cyber Security, radiation studies, signal/image/video and communication systems, waveletbased applications, nanotechnology and biotechnology, health & educational disparities, evolutionary biology, computational science … energy and the environment … and many more. The research work extends beyond the traditional disciplines of engineering and agriculture, into areas including biomedical research, leadership development, and the social and behavioral sciences. The scope of research activities across PVAMU influences and enriches the lives of the citizens of the state of Texas, the nation and the world. On behalf of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, I thank the planning committee and the faculty and staff whose contributions made this very first “PVAMU Research Capabilities Booklet” possible. We are proud of the quality of the education and research of Prairie View A&M University; and inspired by the capabilities, achievements and innovativeness of our students, graduates, faculty, and staff.

Yours Sincerely,

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2010-2014 Partners at a Glance PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

SAMPLING OF RESEARCH AND SPONSORED PROGRAM PARTNERS FEDERAL $112,886,486

STATE OF TEXAS $42,013,961

PUBLIC SECTOR $8,215,196

PRIVATE SECTOR $3,340,568

USDA-National Institute of Food and Agri

Texas State Legislative (Appropriations for the Agricultural Programs)

Howard University

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Texas AgriLife Extension

National 4-H Council

Travis County Extension

University of Georgia

Texas AgriLife Research

University of Houston

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Baylor College of Medicine

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Texas A&M Research Foundation

Memorial Hermann Hospital

L3 National Security Solutions

USDA - Rural Development Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Department of Defense Army Research Office Naval Undersea Warfare Center Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Health Resources and Service Administration Department of Education Title III, Part B SBGI SAFRA

Alabama A&M University

Texas Engineering Experiment Station Texas State Library and Archives Commission

University of Texas–Austin University of Texas– M.D. Anderson

Office of the Attorney General

Iowa State University

Office of GovernorCriminal Justice

Lockheed Martin Space Operations

Department of State Health Services

Science Application International Corporation

Department of Justice

Universal Tech Corporation

National Institute of HealthHBCU-UP

United Space Alliance Texas Instruments

Department of Health and Human Services

Jacobs Sverdrup Northrop Grumman

Department of Homeland Security National Endowment for the Humanities Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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United Negro College Fund Welch Foundation Bernard Harris Foundation

Thurgood Marshall McFarland and Associaties


College of Agriculture and Human Sciences The college offers a diverse curriculum to students through its Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology programs. Students are prepared to respond effectively to complex social issues relating to the food, agricultural, human and natural resource sciences.

Research Centers The Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC) is the unit within the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences that plays an important role in agriculture, natural resources and life sciences. The CARC component helps Prairie View A&M University fulfill its land-grant mission of teaching, research and service. Agricultural research in the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center is divided into the following areas: Animal Systems, Plant Systems, Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems, and Social Systems and Allied Research. The International Goat Research Center (IGRC), built in 1981, is currently the home for over 1,000 dairy and meat goats. The Center is one of the largest and longest established goat research programs in the country. The Goat Research Center specializes in research in the areas of genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition and veterinary health. Research projects currently ongoing at the Center address value-added products from goat milk to goat meat. In addition to supporting the research and academic programs at Prairie View A&M University, the International Goat Research Center is very active in the Cooperative Extension Program’s public outreach programs, hosting open houses, field days and 4-H events throughout the year.

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Addo, Kwaku, PhD

Research Interest: Human Sciences

Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology

Current Sponsored Program: Increasing Student Enrollment in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Disciplinary Field: Food Science

Current Project Outcome Expectations: Empower the 4-H and Youth Development program to engage limited-resource communities and assist the youth with appropriate life and career choices in agriculture and human sciences; Develop an academic outreach program to increase student enrollment in agriculture and human sciences; Implement strategies to retain students in the CAHS.

Ampin, Peter A. Y., PhD

Research Interest: Plant Science/Environmental Science

Cooperative Agricultural Research Center

Current Research I: Medicinal plants establishment and genomics, metabolomics, biochemical characterization of their anti-obesity and anti-diabetic dietary constituents

Disciplinary Field: Weed Science

Current Project I Outcome Expectations: Identify good agricultural practices for growing and processing Lippia dulcis and Hoodia gordonii species on a large scale; isolate and purify the natural sweetener in Lippia and the appetite suppressant in Hoddia in addition to identifying elite varieties and identifying marketing channels for these plants and their products and introducing them to limited resource farmers in Texas Current Research II: Increasing grower market potential and consumer preference for locally grown strawberries through strategic extension programming in Texas (Collaboration between AgriLife Extension and PVAMU) Current Project II Outcome Expectations: Provide information on the economics of producing strawberries in Texas Current Research III: Developing New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers using the Model Farm Concept Current Project III Outcome Expectations: Provide producers with the necessary skills in the areas of production, business management and marketing to enable them develop and maintain successful and sustainable farming and ranching operations. include book chapters (2), journal articles (3) extension articles (2), and 34 abstracts.

Awal, Ripendra, PhD

Research Interest: Civil Engineering - Watershed modeling; water related hazards (flood, landslide, debris flow, erosion); natural and artificial dam failure; climate change; GIS/RS; agricultural water management. Agricultural Engineering;

Disciplinary Field: Civil and Earth Resources Engineering

Environmental Sciences - Atmospheric

CARC

Current Research: Impact of anthropogenic and natural changes on natural resources and the environment. Project Outcome Expectations: Development of an integrated research approach at the watershed continuum by combining multi-scale field experiments with a strong numerical modeling and GIS and remotely sensed technology to enhance our understanding of watershed hydrological processes as a result of variation of different controlling parameters, i.e., land use (reforest/deforestation, brush management, agricultural use, urbanization), extreme weather conditions (drought, flooding) and climate change.

Carson, Laura E., PhD CARC

Disciplinary Field: Polymer Chemistry

Research Interest: Physical Science; Bioengineering/Biomedical Physical Science Current Research: Medicinal plant establishment and genomics, metabolomics, and biochemical characterization of their anti-obesity and anti-diabetic dietary constituents. Project Outcome Expectations: Identify components present in Lippia dulcis and Hoodia gordonii species when grown under varied conditions. Current Project II: Capacity Building in the Agricultural Sciences Project Outcome Expectations: Strengthen collaborative efforts with USDA Research Center while engaging Agriculture students in hypothesis driven research activities.

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Fares, Ali, PhD CARC

Disciplinary Field: Hydrology and Soil Science

Research Interest: Agricultural Science; Water Management; Biological Sciences; Environment and Natural Resources; Agricultural Engineering Current Research: Impact of anthropogenic and natural changes on natural resources and the environment. Project Outcome Expectations: Develop an integrated research approach at the watershed continuum by combining multi-scale field experiments with a strong numerical modeling, GIS, and remotely sensed technology to enhance our understanding of watershed hydrological processes as a result of variation of different controlling parameters, i.e., land use (reforest/ deforestation, brush management, agricultural use, urbanization), extreme weather conditions (drought, flooding) and climate change.

Foxworth, William B., PhD CARC - International Goat Research Center (IGRC)

Research Interest: Reproductive Physiology; Reproductive biology – characterize and resolve the early regression of the goat (Capra hircus) corpus luteum, enhance cryopreservation techniques for goat semen and develop a transgenic goat facility for the production of novel proteins and animal models

Disciplinary Field: Veterinary Physiology

Current Research: Sustainable Goat Production Practices for Texas and the Gulf Coast

Gao, Ming, PhD

Research Interest: Plant Genomics; Plant molecular physiology; genetics; genomics; breeding

CARC

Disciplinary Field: Plant Physiology

Current Project Outcome Expectations: To advance the science of goat production and use this information to improve the livelihoods of the people in Texas, the Gulf Coast region and developing countries abroad. Long-term goals are to: a) provide recommendations for sustainable forage based production and management systems, b) make limited resource farmers and ranchers aware of the financial benefits of proper breeding and reproductive management, and c) provide students in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences experiential learning experiences in the animal sciences and biotechnology. These goals will be facilitated by the activities outlined in this Integrated Program Project. The collaborative efforts of IGRC staff are contained within three main research focus areas: 1) Pasture based production strategies for the Texas Gulf Coast, 2) Increasing the efficiency of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, and 3) Decision support systems for goat dairy enterprises.

Current Research: Development of Genomic Resources and Tools for Advancing Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) Genomics. Current Project Outcome Expectations: A joint research project aimed at extending an on-going collaborative effort in development of essential sweet-potato genomic resources and tools. Co-PI, Dr. Keithanne Mockaitis at Indiana University. The project will also establish essential research capacity in plant genomics in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, Prairie View A&M University. Specific objectives are to: 1) Establish deep-coverage EST collections that represent comprehensive transcriptomes of sweet-potato and its diploid (I. tenuissima) and tetraploid (I. littoralis) progenitors by extending an ongoing effort in deep sequencing of transcriptomes of the three species; 2) Develop a novel homoeolog-allele-specific SNP molecular marker system and a high-throughput genotyping method for future genome-wide association mapping and MAB; 3) Identify candidate genes involved in the formation of sweet-potato storage roots through comparative RNAseq transcriptome analyses; 4) Develop a rapid and efficient Agrobacterium-rhizogenes-mediated root transformation system in the sweet potato and I. littoralis for targeted root functional genomics studies; 5) Develop an efficient Agrobacteriumtumefaciens-mediated transformation system in I. littoralis for generating activation-tagged mutant populations for sweet-potato functional genomics studies; and 6) Establish a mapping population of the self-compatible I. tenuissima towards developing a reference genetic map for a diploid constituent genome in the sweet-potato. The successful execution of the project could build essential genomics research capacity, including limited capability of second-generation sequencing and bioinformatics, and a plant tissue culture and genetic transformation laboratory at the college.

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Johnson, Barbara M., DVM

Research Interest: Medical and Agricultural Sciences

CARC/IGRC

Current Research: Establishing a Novel Livestock Diagnostic Information Delivery System

Disciplinary Field: Veterinary Medicine

Project Outcome Expectations: Create a searchable web database related to livestock diseases to be accessed by extension agents on their mobile devices allowing them the opportunity to advise farmers on solving problems using a technological approach.

Griffin, Richard W., PhD

Research Interest: Environmental Science (Soils)

CARC/IGRC

Current Research: Natural Resources and Environmental Systems Research Program

Disciplinary Field: Pedology (Soil Science)

Project Outcome Expectations: Coordination of comprehensive research projects that adhere closely to the main objective to quantitatively measure, monitor, and record natural resources and environmental conditions in East Central Texas to accumulate and expand the baseline data to be used to develop local and regional models that will positively impact and benefit landowners in rural, suburban, and urban settings along the Texas Gulf Coast Prairie. Anticipated Results: Production of qualitative and quantitative results that will allow farmers and ranchers to focus on practices that allow their enterprise to manage natural resources that will in turn lead to sustainable and cost efficient operation.

James, Annette A., PhD Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology

Disciplinary Field: Crop Production/Agronomy

Research Interest: Plant and Soil Science; Agronomy Current Research I: The impacts of climate, soil moisture and management on the diversity, distribution, and primary productivity of plant species in a selected Texas Gulf Coast Prairie site. Project Outcome Expectations I: Evaluate the impacts of climate, soil moisture, and management on the diversity, distribution, and primary productivity of plant species in a selected Texas Gulf Coast Prairie site; and Develop a baseline for above ground biomass by using selected biomass cutting schedules. Current Research II: Evaluation of Three Soil Measurements, Impacts of Four Seedbed Surfaces and Corresponding Impacts On Germination Rates and Plant Growth of a Specific Corn Project Outcome Expectations II: Evaluate soil moisture, soil temperature, and soil density and their effects on four seedbed surfaces and corresponding impacts on germination rates and plant growth to the 7thleaf stage of a selected corn variety.

Johnson, Paul M., PhD

Research Interest: Environmental Science

CARC

Current Research: A Novel Livestock Information Delivery System

Disciplinary Field: Environmental Toxicology

Project Outcome Expectations: Establish a novel livestock information delivery system; create a searchable web database about livestock diseases; and develop high quality videos discussing individual livestock diseases. Anticipated Results: Establish a searchable database of livestock management issues with a primary species focus on Goats. All Management issues concerning the species will be uploaded to this database.

Jones, Wash A., PhD

Research Interest: Agricultural Education and Leadership

Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology

Current Research: Broadening Student Experiences and Expanding their Career Comps

Disciplinary Field: Agricultural Education

Anticipated Results: Broaden students’ global perspectives through study abroad.

Project Objective(s)/Outcome Expectations: Provide study abroad opportunities Experience: Selected to Editorial Board for Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, effective Jan. 2015

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Jung, Yoonsung, PhD CARC

Disciplinary Field: Agricultural Education

Research Interest: Statistics; Research design, data analysis, and developing data collection tools. Functional data analysis, directional dependency Current Research: Increasing Student Enrollment in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences Project Outcome Expectations: Increase student enrollment and devise a student retention plan in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Current Research II: Developing Value-added Caprine Products at PVAMU Project Outcome Expectations II: Develop value-added caprine products with improved sensory and nutritional qualities. Current Research III: Sustainable Goat Production Practices for Texas and the Gulf Coast Project Outcome Expectations III: Provide recommendations for sustainable forage based production and management systems; make limited resource farmers and ranchers aware of the financial benefits of proper breeding and reproductive management; and provide students in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences experiential learning experiences in animal sciences and biotechnology. Current Research IV: Medical plants establishment and genomics, metabolomics, and biochemical characterization of their anti-obesity and anti-diabetic dietary constituents Project Outcome Expectations IV: Deploy multi-disciplinary research activities to: a) establish medicinal plant garden for finding the best growth conditions for the plants; b) analytical chemistry laboratory with Fourier-Transform mass spectrometer for the metabolomics research; c) plant genomics and tissue culture laboratory to unravel the effects of genetic transformation of the plants on the anti-obesity dietary constituents; d) biochemical analyses to illuminate molecular responses of the enzymes in Lippia sesquiterpene, and Hoodia steroidal glycoside metabolism to environmental/genetic changes; e) economics evaluation of the medicinal plants and educational extension outreach to Texas limited.

Lewis, Shaye K., PhD CARC/IGRC

Disciplinary Field: Physiology of Reproduction Urology/Physiological Genomics

Mora-Gutierrez, Adela

Research Interest: Physiological and Developmental Genomics; Biomarker development and comparative genomics Current Research: Sustainable Goat Production Practices for Texas and the Gulf Coast Project Outcome Expectations: This is part of the Animal Systems CRIS Project. I contribute to objective two: Increasing the efficiency of artificial insemination and embryo transfer. My contribution is under objective 2b titled: Genetic differences that determine semen quality and freezability. Research Interest: Food Chemistry

CARC

Current Research: Goat Milk and Derived Dairy Products.

Disciplinary Field: Food Science

Project Outcome Expectations: Enhancing the commercial value of goat milk and derived dairy products. Anticipated Results: Decreasing saturated fat content of goat milk and derived dairy products and increasing the content of naturally occurring unsaturated fats i.e., conjugated isomers of linoleic acid (CLA). Language: Spanish Experiences: Publications>20; U.S. Patents: 3’ Proposal reviewer>10

Parks, Alfred L., PhD

Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology

Research Interest: Agricultural Economics Current Research: Developing Value-Added Caprine Products Project Outcome Expectation: Develop consumer acceptable Caprine meat/dairy products.

Disciplinary Field: Agricultural Economics

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Newton, Gary R., PhD CARC/IGRC

Disciplinary Field: Animal Science; Geology

Research Interest: Reproductive Physiology; Reproductive biology – pregnancy recognition in capra hircus; increasing the efficiency of AI and embryo transfer. Current Research: Sustainable Goat Production Practices for Texas and the Gulf Coast Project Outcome Expectations: The mission of the International Goat Research Center (IGRC) is to advance the science of goat production and use this information to improve the livelihoods of the people in Texas, the Gulf Coast region and developing countries abroad. Long-term goals are to: a) provide recommendations for sustainable forage based production and management systems, b) make limited resource farmers and ranchers aware of the financial benefits of proper breeding and reproductive management, and c) provide students in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences experiential learning experiences in the animal sciences and biotechnology. These goals will be facilitated by the activities outlined in this Integrated Program Project. The collaborative efforts of IGRC staff are contained within three main research focus areas: 1) Pasture based production strategies for the Texas Gulf Coast, 2) Increasing the efficiency of artificial insemination and embryo transfer, and 3) Decision support systems for goat dairy enterprises.

Nuti, Louis C., PhD

Research Interest: Reproductive Physiology; Forage development and livestock management

CARC/IGRC

Current Research: Efficacy of Sorghum Flour byproduct as a Parasite Control Substance

Disciplinary Field: Zoology/Reproductive Physiology

Project Outcome Expectations: Examine the antihelmintic properties of sorghum flour.

Riberio, Flavio R. B., PhD

Research Interest: Animal Science (Nutrition and Meat Science)

CARC

Disciplinary Field: Animal Science (Nutrition and Meat Science)

Current Research I: Efficacy of Sorghum flour as a feed additive for growth and potential parasite control. Project Outcome Expectations I: Determine palatability of sorghum powder, and determine the anthelmintic properties and nutritive value of sorghum flour. Current Research II: The impact of body composition in reproductive performance, milk production and offspring performance in Boer and Alpine goats Project Outcome Expectations II: Development of parameters of BCS in goats and correlate that with actual fat content; Development of a technique to assess internal fat in goats; Development of a model to predict performance of meat and dairy goats; and Investigation of the differences between goats on pasture vs. supplemented. Current Research III: Acquisition of Equipment for the Shared Nutrition Research Facility Project Outcome Expectations III: Purchase a GrowSafe individual feeding system Current Research IV: Evaluation and Comparison of Growth and Reproductive Performance in Brangus and Red Brangus Cattle Project Outcome Expectations IV: Overall: Evaluate differences in growth and reproductive performance between Brangus and Red Brangus cattle. Objectives: 1) Evaluate differences in growth and carcass performance between Brangus, Red Brangus, and crossbred calves. 2) Evaluate reproductive performance and longevity between Brangus, Red Brangus, and crossbred females; 3) Examine the relationship between reproductive performance and longevity and maternal and reproductive traits from DNA genotyping; 4) Examine the relationship between carcass traits and carcass DNA genotype; 5) Examine the relationship between temperament scores, udder quality and gestation length and performance traits in Brangus, Red Brangus, and crossbred cattle; and 6) Examine the relationship between temperament scores, udder quality and gestation length and DNA genotype results.

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

current research Henry, Jimmy, MCD

Cooperative Extension Program Disciplinary Field: Community Development

Research Interest: Community and Economic Development Current Sponsored Project: Rural Energy Efficency Training and Outreach Initiative Project Outcome Expectations: A Cooperative Agreement to encourage (University) to conduct educational programs that develop and improve upon the professional skills of rural energy auditors and to provide outreach and promote USDA-Rural Development energy programs in small rural communities with the greatest economic need. Anticipated Results: Conduct a scan of recent literature as input into energy audit training course; Develop energy audit training course; Provide 15 sessions of the energy audit training course to small, minority and socially disadvantaged groups in rural communities. Work with USDA staff to identify programs and projects in the Delta region which require energy audits, helping to connect potential program participants with these opportunities.

Weerasooriya, Aruna D., PhD CARC

Disciplinary Field: Plant Systematics

Research Interest: Plant Sciences; Medicinal Plants; Plant Systematics; Plant Ecology; Horticulture Current Research: Medicinal plants establishment and genomics, metabolomics, and biochemical characterization of their anti-obesity and anti-diabetic dietary constituents. Project Outcome Expectations: Identify good agricultural practices for growing and processing of Lippia dulcis and Hoodia gordonii species in large scale; Isolate and purify the natural sweetener in Lippia dulcis and appetite suppressant in Hoodia gordonii in additional to identify allied varieties, and identifying marketing channels for these plants and their products and introducing them to limited resource farmers in Texas. Current Research II: Development of Genomic Resources and Tools for Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam) Genomics Resource. Project Outcome Expectations: Development of better sweet potato breeds.

Williams, Carolyn J., PhD Cooperative Extension Program Disciplinary Field: Agricultural Education

Research Interest: Family and Consumer Sciences Current Project: Expanded Food Nutrition Program (EFNEP) Project Outcome Expectations: EFNEP has provided sound nutrition information to low income individuals for over 40 years. Participants must have an income of 185% of federal poverty guidelines or less and participate in WIC, Head Start Free or Reduced school lunch or receive Food Stamps. Adults and youth are enrolled in a series of 6 learning experiences and upon completion are presented a certificate of participation.

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College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Research interests Attaie, Rahmat, PhD

Research Interest: Food Technology; Agricultural Sciences

Cooperative Agricultural Research Center

Current Research: Developing value-added caprine products at Prairie View A&M University

Disciplinary Field: Food Science and Technology

Anticipated Outcomes: Functional foods such as polyunsaturated fatty acids added goat sausages, goat milk ice cream, and cheeses.

Project Outcome Expectations: Omega fatty acid added goat sausages and dairy products.

International Experience: Senior agricultural development officer in Western Afghanistan through the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. Languages: Persian, Dari, and Pashtu. These languages are spoken in Afghanistan, Iran and some parts of Pakistan. Experiences: Writing scientific papers, reviewing refereed journal articles and proposals.

Woldesenbet, Selamawit, DVM Cooperative Agricultural Research Center

Research Interest: Core Lab (Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Analytical Chemistry) International Experience: Ethiopia as a Veterinarian at State Poultry Farm Languages: Amharic

Disciplinary Field: Veterinary Medicine

Ray, Ram, PhD

Cooperative Agricultural Research Center Disciplinary Field: Civil Engineering

Research Interest: Water Resources Assessment, hydrologic modeling, Remote Sensing and GIS Database Development; Land cover/land use and climate change impact assessment on water resources quantity and quality. Primary research goal is to use the advance spatial and remote sensing technologies in natural resources, human sciences and environmental management through integrative approach at range of scales. Improving the understanding of the hydrologic and ecological processes and to reduce the impact of disastrous water cycle extremes through field experiments, instrumentations and the application of remotely-sensed data. My research spans the area of spatial hydrology, remote sensing of hydrology, water resource management, natural hazards such as landslides and floods, soil water dynamics, watershed hydrology and modeling, climate change impact on water resources and geomorphology. Postdoctoral research: Worked to quantify hydrologic states and fluxes by combining ground truth and remote sensing data (i.e., GRACE, TRMM, PERSIANN, CMORPH, MODIS, AMSR-E, ASTER, SRTM and LiDAR) and models (i.e., Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) and Hillslope River Routing Model (HRR), Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys)) and applied to many watersheds. Developed a landslide model that uses AMSR-E satellite soil moisture coupled with the VIC hydrologic model. First to research landslide hazards through remotely sensed soil moisture (e.g. AMSR-E). Experiences in estimating evapotranspiration (ET) and soil moisture that is unique for the accurate estimation of crop water and irrigation requirements. Have hands-on experience in many experimental methods including airborne LiDAR data and fiber optics distributed temperature sensing technology as well as a working knowledge of near-surface geophysics. International Experience: Civil Engineering in NEPAL for ten years on a number of water resources management, flood control and natural hazards projects. Languages: Hindi, Nepalese

Lawton, Billy C., MEd

Research Interest: Agriculture and Natural Resources

Disciplinary Field: Vocational Education

White, Jacquelyn M., Ed.D

Research Interest: Family and Consumer Sciences

Cooperative Extension Program

Disciplinary Field: Educational Leadership

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School of Architecture The School of Architecture offers programs in Architecture, Construction Science, Community Development and Art, all dedicated to preparing graduates for leadership roles in rebuilding America’s cities and improving the quality of the built environment.

Research Centers The mission of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC) - Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, study, and make available research information, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture. The Center places special emphasis on collecting, preserving, and studying the role and contributions of African Americans in Texas history and culture. This is an important mission because the documents, artifacts, and resources collected by the Center will serve as the primary source materials for research on the black experience in Texas.

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School of Architecture

current research Eguia, Rudy G.

Research Interest: Transportation Engineering

Architecture

Current Research: Mass Rapid Transit

Disciplinary Field: MBA, Management

Languages: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian

School of Architecture

Research interests Hines, Lason

Community Development Disciplinary Field: DM, Management/Organizational Leadership

Labib, Rania

Research Interest: African American History and Culture Experiences: Proposal Reviewer for U.S. Department of Education (8 years); Publication, Television, and Media/Camera (12 years); Consulting Services – Proposal Development/Strategic Planning/Board Development/Business Development/ Entrepreneurship (15 years), Nonprofit Management (15 years).

Research Interest: Using parametric design for optimized daylighting performance

Architecture

Languages: Arabic

Disciplinary Field: MSc, Ecological Design

Experience: Publications: • Improving daylighting in existing classrooms using laser cut panels. Lighting Research and Technology October 2013 vol. 45 no. 5 585-598 Conference Presentation, The 9th International ENERGY FORUM on Advanced Building Skins, Bressanone, Italy; • Trade-off Method to Assess the Interaction Between Lightshelves and Complex Ceiling Forms for Optimized Daylighting Performance. Advances in Building Energy Research DOI:10.1080/17512549.2015.1014838 Upcoming Conference presentations: • Optimized Street Design to Balance Outdoor Thermal Comfort And Indoor Daylighting Performance Within Large Scale Urban Settings in Hot Arid Climates. PLEA conference, Italy on September 2015. • Towards A Solution for the Inevitable Use of the Glazed Façades in the Arid Regions via the Parametric Design Approach. CIE conference in the UK on June 2015.

Norwood, Barry H. Architecture

Research Interest: Planning and guiding Service Learning Projects in organic gardens that document student learning of the seven main steps to problem solving.

Disciplinary Field: MARCH, Architecture

Riles, Kevin V.

Research Interest: Leadership & Student Success

Community Development Disciplinary Field: MBA, Finance

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences The college consists of eight departments and one division offering courses leading to fifteen degrees at the Bachelor’s level and six degrees at the Master’s level. We seek to develop in our students the traditional liberal arts skills of critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, and communication. Furthermore, we intend for our students to acquire some depth in a major field by understanding how knowledge is generated, organized, accessed, and given meaning.

Research Centers Prairie View Solar Observatory (PVSO) The primary instrument at PVSO is a 35-cm Gregorian vacuum telescope, equipped with a Daystar H-alpha filter (0.5Å FWHM) and a SBIG ST-7 CCD camera. We use this configuration for our routine observations and the resulting images are 6 arcminutes by 8 arcminutes (high resolution mode). Currently the observatory undergoes a modernization, including H-alpha filter and CCD camera replacement. We are also about to bring online the Full Disk Solar Telescope and the upgraded Magneto Optical Filter. The research interest of the solar group include solar active regions, erupting prominences and small solar magnetic fields. Apart from images acquired at our observatory, we also use the satellite data (SOHO, Hinode) and data from other ground-based observatories.

The Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering (RaISE) will utilize research expertise in both sciences and engineering disciplines to establish unique research opportunities with world renowned scientific personnel. Radiation biology includes experimental studies and theoretical modeling of space radiation biology studies for NASA conducted on the International Space Station, on the surface of Mars (Curiosity), at the Brookhaven National Labs, at Loma Linda University Medical Center, at Los Alamos National Labs, and at International Facilities (Japan, Germany, and Italy).

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research Greer, Kimberly A., PhD

Research Interest: Genetics; Biogerontology; Cancer genetics

Biology

Current Research: Eukaryotic Mechanisms of Aging

Disciplinary Field: Genetics

Current Research Outcome Expectations: Utilize the canine as a model of human aging, identifying oxidative stress mechanisms of cellular damage and senescence in correlation with weight, breed, and longevity. Cellular oxidative stress will correlate positively with size and breed (due to size parameters) of the dog populations. I anticipate shorter lived dogs will be more susceptible to oxidative stress damage and longer lived dogs will be more resistant to oxidative stress and damage. We will identify the genes mitigating these differences.

Keaton, Alphonso, PhD

Research Interest: Cardiovascular Physiology; Exercise Physiology

Biology

Disciplinary Fields: Physiology; Cardiovascular Physiology

Moore, Quincy C., PhD Biology

Disciplinary Field: Microbiology

Regisford, Gloria C., PhD Biology

Disciplinary Field: Reproductive Biology

Current Research: The Combined Effects of Captopril Treatment (and its Withdrawal) and Exercise on Blood Pressure in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat. Current Research Outcome Expectation: The prolonged antihypertensive effects of captopril, following withdrawal of treatment in the spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) with the combined effects of exercise training and captopril treatment on blood pressure and vascular responses in the SHR are the primary focus. Preliminary laboratory data indicates that captopril treatment and its withdrawal prevents alterations in vascular morphology associated with hypertension in the SHR. The hypothesis is that the prolonged blood pressure lowering effects of captopril, is related to a sustained protective effect on endothelial cell function and vessel structure and that the beneficial effects of captopril on vascular function will be augmented by exercise training in the SHR. Research Interest: Bacterial Ocular Infections Current Research: The Integrated Undergraduate Research Experience in Biology and Mathematical Sciences (UBM) project was funded by NSF (Award No. DBI-1029401 and Subaward No. S110005) Current Research Outcome Expectations: Enhancement of the Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics (UBM) experience to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and mathematical sciences and to better prepare undergraduate biology or mathematics students to pursue graduate study and careers in fields that integrate the mathematical and biological sciences. Research Interest: Cancer Biology/Bioinformatics Education Current Sponsored Program I: Integrating Bioinformatics Learning Modules into the Biology Curriculum Current Sponsored Program I Outcome Expectations: Creation and infusion of Bioinformatics learning modules into Biology courses. Current Sponsored Program II: Bioinformatics Research for Agriculture INnovative Students (BRAINS) Current Sponsored Program II Outcome Expectations: Infusion of Bioinformatics into Agriculture courses and engages one student each from Agriculture, Biology and Computer Science annually in Bioinformatics research.

Vaden, Deirdre, PhD Biology

Disciplinary Fields: Biology, Genetics

Lane, Jr., Cleveland, PhD

Research Interest: Biology-Gene expression/Expression Therapeutics Current Research: Bringing Next-generation Sequence (NGS) Analysis Into Undergraduate Education: Gene Expression Profiling of Peripheral Blood from Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats Current Research Outcome Expectation: Develop a new RNA-Seq dataset of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHR). Research Interest: Evaluation of Curricular and Student Teaching in Science Education

Biology

Disciplinary Fields: Science Education

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research Youngblood, Yolander R., PhD Botany

Disciplinary Field: Genetics

Ciftja, Orion, PhD

Research Interest: Botany/Ecology Current Research: Palms and the Texas Gulf Coast Ecosystem Current Research Outcome Expectations: Current distribution map of native Texas palms with Kierra Jones and comparison of epicuticular wax structures and patterns in Texas palms.

Research Interest: Condensed Matter Physics

Physics

Current Research: Strongly Correlate Electronics; Spintronic Systems

Disciplinary Field: Condensed Matter Physics

Project Outcome Expectations: Theoretical study of novel properties

Fan, Hua-Jun, PhD

Research Interest: Modeling and Computational Chemistry

Chemistry

Current Research I: Consortium of Energy and Materials

Disciplinary Field: Computational Chemistry

Current Research I Outcome Expectations: Develop structures for a functional and sustainable consortium that is engaged in education (facilitated by research) in materials and energy. Current Research II: Modeling the Biofunctionalized Materials Systems on AF Environments Current Research II Outcome Expectations: Delivery of multiscale modeling approaches and protocols in investigating the effect of biofunctionalized materials systems on AF environments by providing modeling support for the design of better and functionally integrated biomaterials; studying the structure-property relationship, and predict and characterize biomaterial performance. PVAMU will study the different binding mode and binding energies of various biofunctionalized nanostructures and nanocomposite materials; aid in design and optimization a computational model of new biofunctionalized nanostructures and nanocomposite materials that possess the better energy harvesting capabilities; provide understanding of the structure-property relationship in order to identify the key structural factors that improve the energy collection of the biofunctionalized nanostructures and nanocomposite materials; and eventually to predict and characterize the energy performance based on structure-property relationship and aid the future design of the biofunctionalized nanostructures and nanocomposite materials. Current Research III: Mechanistic Investigations of Photocatalysis of Colloidal Semiconductor足 Metal Heterostructures Current Research III Outcome Expectations: The proposed research activities will focus on computational modeling the kinetics and mechanisms of photocatalytic activities of various hybrid semiconductor-metal heterostructures such as CdS-M where M is Pd, Pt and Au metal nanodots, and CdSexS1-x-M where M is Mo, Pd, Pt and Au metal nanodots through computational modeling methods. The modeling study can provide understanding of charge separation and redox photocatalysis process with these semiconductor-metal heterostructures. This study can supply the atomic level understandings such as the geometric, electronic structural and band gap influence on the photocatalysis process. The novelty of this proposal is important in terms of engineering science because it could help to engineer the more efficient sunlight harness device, alleviate the current energy crisis, and protect environment. Current Research IV: Molecular Programming: Bottom-up fabrication of multi-element compounds with Precisely-Defined Structure and Composition Current Research IV Outcome Expectations: A focus on the current research efforts on the computational modeling of bond strength, stability and reactivity in molecular precursors to colloidal nanocrystals. One of the target systems is a phosphine足chalcogenide precursor, which would provide molecular control of nanoscale composition, alloying, and morphology (aspect ratio) in CdS-CdSe nanocrystal dots and rods. Mainly the modeling efforts will focus on comparing the effect of para - and meta足position substitutions to investigate the degree of impact (sigma-induction and pi足resonance) on P=S and P=Se bond strength. The other target system is to investigate the S-S or Se-Se bond strength in R-E-E-R series compounds. Combined with experimental studies, this computational study can provide better understanding of various electronic influences on designing suitable nanodots/rods that can yield desired nanoscale composition, morphology and reactivity.

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research Fontus, Winshell A., PhD Undergraduate Medical Academy Disciplinary Field: Physical Chemistry

Soboyejo, Nathaniel, PhD Chemistry

Disciplinary Field: Color Chemistry

Chiarella, Gina M., PhD

Research Interest: Theoretical Chemistry Current Research: Quantum computations of Boron Nitride Mechanical properties Current Research Outcome Expectations: Ability of determining the mechanical properties of BN using quantum calculations.

Research Interest: Chemistry; Environmental studies of chemical effluents; Bacterial activities/ biology. Current Research: Water Repellent and Anti-Bacterial Properties of Surface Modified Cotton Fabrics with di-ions Current Research Outcome Expectations: Protective Clothing and Moisture Management Research Interest: Bioinorganic chemistry and material science

Chemistry

Current Research: Synthesis of transition metal complexes.

Disciplinary Field: Chemistry

Current Research Outcome Expectations: Synthesis transition metal complexes analogous to biological catalysts (enzymes) to support alternative technologies environmentally friendly, cheaper and cleaner than the ones currently sued in industry and pharmaceutical processes.

Oki, Aderemi, PhD

Research Interest: Material Science

Chemistry

Current Research: Inorganic Materials for Bone Repairs

Disciplinary Field: Inorganic Chemistry

Current Research Expected Outcomes: Fabrication of inorganic composite materials with potential applications in bone repair.

Li, YinQchun, PhD

Research Interest:

Chemistry

Current Research: New organic reactions and materials

Disciplinary Field: Bioorganic Chemistry

Current Research Outcome Expectations: Training undergraduates and graduates for chemical research and exploring new organic reactions and materials based reaction mechanisms and predicted properties of materials.

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research McWhinney, Hylton G. Chemistry

Research Interest: Sustainable water treatment process for non-point source agricultural water waste; Reduction of sulfur in fuels by way of tailored adsorptive/catalytic thin films;

Disciplinary Field: Analytical Chemistry

Determination of speciation and quantification of toxic metal ions in aqueous systems using surface analytical tools- Example Cr(III) and Cr(VI); Understanding the behavior of emerging pollutants in the environment. Current Research: Environmental Chemistry – Surface phenomena and surface Application to environmental mitigation and remediation. Materials Chemistry- Surface modification Expert in X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) Current Research: Prairie View A&M University Surface science facility and STEM Outreach Program Current Research Outcome Expectations: Minority and non-traditional students are highly underrepresented in the STEM fields and they often require special recruitment strategies, “eye catching demonstrations” and hands on experience to peak their interests in these areas. The Traveling PVAMU STEM Mobile Road Show, equipped with cutting edge scientific equipment, including a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and the MicroLab Experimental system will be the main demonstration/presentation technology employed for school site visits. Director, PVAMU Surface Science Characterization Facility Comprised of a Physical Electronics (PHI) 5600 chemical imaging X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer (XPS) and an electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) will offer core analytical support to the University community. This facility will expand the University research capability and provide training for advanced students in practical surface and interfacial characterization. Experience: Over 20 published peer reviewed papers. Numerous technical presentations, nationally and internationally. Multiple peer reviews resulting in publications. Four invited international guest lectureships. International (1) Consulted with the Texas International Education Consortium to reform the Universidad Autonomo de Nuevo Leon Science and Engineering programs (2) Collaboration with Professor Guillon at the University of Reims-France on the interaction, transport and life cycle of emerging pollutants with anthropogenic materials in the environment. Submitted a draft MOU between both institutions through the Dean of Arts and sciences for possible action by PVAMU Administrators. Languages: Semi-fluent in Spanish and French

Hritonenko, Natali, PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Field: Differential Equations

Research Interest: Applied Mathematics; Mathematical modeling and investigation of various processes and phenomena Current Research I: Optimal management of timber production and carbon sequestration under climate change and natural disturbances Current Research I Outcome Expectations: Suggest and analyze a mathematical model that depicts management of a size-structured forest with intra-specific competition and carbon sequestration benefits under climate change and natural disturbances. The model also includes the revenues from the timber production, operational expenses, and the net benefits from carbon sequestration. Current Research II: Long-term investment into the environmental protection Current Research II Outcome Expectations: Suggest optimal long-term investment in the environmental adaptation & abatement. A model is proposed in collaboration with environmentalist from Belgium which combines the production, pollution and adaptation, and abatement investments at the first time in economic literature.

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research Haghighi, Aliakbar M., PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Field: Probability and Statistics

Research Interest: Queueing Theory, Stochastic Processes, Probability, Statistical Inference, Mathematical Statistics Current Research: The Integrated Undergraduate Research Experience in Biology and Mathematical Sciences (UBM) Current Research Outcome Expectations: Creation of two, new tracks to the B.S. degree at TAMU: (a) A quantitative biology track to the B.S. degree in Biology, and (b) A mathematical biology track to the M.S. degree in Mathematics. Creation of a cohort (learning community) of UBM undergraduate fellows drawn equally from the biological sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics) and the mathematical sciences (Mathematics, Statistics). Promotion of undergraduate research experiences for UBM undergraduate fellows. Promotion of graduate study and subsequent scientific careers at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences. Current Research II: Establish an Intelligent Equipment Lab for Precision Agriculture at Prairie View A&M University Current Research II Outcome Expectations: To establish an intelligent equipment lab for precision agriculture on PVAMU campus to provide students the opportunity to improve their hands-on experiences with the cutting-edge agriculture in information and communication technology (ICT) and decision making techniques. The intelligent equipment refers to a computerized system integrated with multiple sensors from the analyzed data models for drought prediction and irrigation control. A smart phone based ICT will be built. Language: Chinese Experiences: Journal editor; journal editorial board member

Michev, Dimitar P., PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Fields: Mathematics, Differential Equations

Shayib, Mohammed A., PhD Mathematics

Research Interest: Differential and Difference Equations, Queueing Theory Current Research: Book, Delayed and Network Queues. Contract with Wiley, February 2016. Co-Authors: A.M.Haghghi and D. Michev

Research Interest: Statistics Current Research: Statistics For Six Sigma Quality Current Research Outcome Expectations: A Book

Disciplinary Fields: Mathematics/Statistics

Valles, Jr., James R., PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Field: Mathematics

Research Interest: Mathematics Education Current Sponsored Program: Developing Elementary School Problem Solvers thru Math and Science Circles Current Sponsored Program Outcome Expectations: Assessing the development of problem based elementary math and science students through the use of Math Circles. Students will see the significance and relevance of math and science working together. The success will be shared with other schools in the school district, and the lasting impact of the program on the initial group of students will be tracked. Current Research: Student-Driven Content and Learning Current Research Outcome Expectations: Examination of student performance based on the creation of short video lessons; the topics of the aforementioned videos will have been selected by the students. Seek to determine if the creation and delivery of content specifically requested by the students makes a measurable impact in their performance on problems related to these videos.

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Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences

current research Misaghian, Manouchehr, PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Field: Algebraic Number Theory

Lian, Jian-Ao, PhD Mathematics

Disciplinary Field: Mathematics

Research Interest: p-adic representation theory Current Research: Undergraduate Biology and Mathematics program Current Research Outcome Expectations: Papers/presentations by Mathematics and Biology students

Current Research II: Establish an Intelligent Equipment Lab for Precision Agriculture at Prairie View A&M University Current Research II Outcome Expectations: To establish an intelligent equipment lab for precision agriculture on PVAMU campus to provide students the opportunity to improve their hands-on experiences with the cutting-edge agriculture in information and communication technology (ICT) and decision making techniques. The intelligent equipment refers to a computerized system integrated with multiple sensors from the analyzed data models for drought prediction and irrigation control. A smart phone based ICT will be built. Language: Chinese Experiences: Journal editor; journal editorial board member

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College of Business The College provides a diverse student body with an education that creates highly productive professionals who are ethical, entrepreneurial, and prepared to succeed in the global economy. The College offers an undergraduate degree program in business administration – Bachelor of Business Administration – and graduate degree programs -Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration and Executive MBA. All programs are fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Research Center The Prairie View A&M University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free business consulting and affordable training seminars for small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The PVAMU SBDC is a business consulting and training center of the SBDC Network. The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) was created to enhance the College’s international business program. It provides quality education and assistance to businesses, the local community, faculty and students on international trade and global competitiveness. The CIBE works closely with the PVAMU Small Business Development Center in assisting the local economic development agencies in the preparation of grant proposals and providing assistance to the local governments in their efforts to attract foreign plants to the region. The CIBE began operation in December 2004, after receiving the highly prestigious Business and International Education (BIE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (the grant was renewed in 2006). Since this time, the Center has employed students to assist local firms in identifying business opportunities in overseas markets, established a study abroad program for students through a partnership with the Universidad de las Américas (UDLA) in Puebla, Mexico and offered student field trips and summer workshops for local high school teachers and the local business community to increase their awareness of international business opportunities.

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College of Business

current research Bell, Reginald L., PhD

Research Interest: International Business, Taxation

Accounting, Finance and MIS

International Experience: Kazakhstan-2 years; Fulbright Lecturer;

Disciplinary Field: Business Education; Management; General Business; English Literature

Membership: National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel; Tax Consulting; Appeal Memoranda (general)

Chong, H. Jin, PhD

Research Interest: Business Ethics, Compliance, Audits

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Field: Accounting; Auditing

Khan, M. Moosa, PhD

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Economics

Lee, B. Brian, PhD

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Accounting

Mahfouz, Ahmed Y., PhD

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Management Information Systems (MIS)

Research Interest: Treasury Inflation Protection Securities (TIPS) and Inflation Protection Experience: Peer Reviewer

Research Interest: Management of Income Statement Variables to Report Small Positive Earnings Numbers Languages: Korean

Research Interest: Social Media, Learning Style, and Cognitive Recall in a Pedagogical Context International Travel: Lived in Egypt and Kuwait Languages: Arabic Experience: Peer Reviewer Membership: National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel; Tax Consulting; Appeal Memoranda (general)

Ngamassi, Louis, PhD Disciplinary Fields: Information Science and Technology

Research Interest: MIS, Social Media, Cloud Computing, and Business Intelligence International Travel: ABABA – United Nations Fulbright Fellow Languages: French Experience: Ad hoc reviewer for conference presentations

Opara, Emmanuel U., PhD

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Management Science

Ramakrishnan, Thiagarajan, PhD

Research Interest: Network and Cyber Security Platforms Experience: Extensive publication experience; Currently an associate journal editor, journal editorial board member; proposal reviewer; academic/research/public service program evaluation; learning outcome assessment; consulting services. Research Interest: Social Media and Disaster Management; Cloud Computing; Business Intelligence

Accounting, Finance and MIS

Language: Hindi

Disciplinary Fields: Business Computing Information Systems

Experience: Ad hoc reviewer for scholarly journals an MIS and Decision Science conferences

Vemuri, Vijaya K., PhD

Research Interest: Supply Chain Capabilities and Foreign Direct Investment: A Granger Causal Analysis;

Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Decision Information Sciences; Accounting

Business Method Patents. International Experience: University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain Experience: Book Review Editor, Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications.

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College of Business

current research Vetter, William V., JD, LL. M. Accounting, Finance and MIS Disciplinary Fields: Tax Law

Zhang, Yi, PhD

Research Interest: Tax specialization-compliance; Multi-jurisdiction, Jurisdiction (Gen.) International Experience: Kazakhstan – 2 years, Fulbright Lecturer, International Business, Taxation Membership: National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, tax consulting, appeal memoranda (general) Research Interest: Investments; Corporate Finance

Accounting, Finance and MIS

Language: Chinese

Disciplinary Fields: Finance

Membership: National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, tax consulting, appeal memoranda (general) Experience: Academic Journal Reviewer, Textbook reviewer.

Alam, Arshad, PhD

Research Interest: Supply Chain

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Fields: Logistics and Supply Chain Management; International Business

Baldwin, Rick, DBA

Research Interest: Community Economic Development Management and Marketing

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Field: Management

Debnath, Sukumar, DBA

Research Interest: Student Development, Success; Human Resources

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Field: Management

Fei, Qiang, PhD

Research Interest: Human Resources; Business Compliance; Student Development

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Field: Marketing

Joonas, Kishwar, DBA

Management and Marketing

Research Interest: Customer Relations; International Service; Business Environments; Business Compliance

Disciplinary Fields: Marketing; Management

Langley, Sonja B., PhD

Management and Marketing

Research Interest: Business Ethics’ Ethnic and Gender Differences; Business in Religion

Disciplinary Field: Economics

McNeil, Lawrence R., PhD Management and Marketing

Research Interest: Technology, Innovation and Economic Development; International Trade and Finance; Political Economics and Foreign Policy

Disciplinary Field: Economics

Sutanto, Peter Wibana, PhD Management and Marketing

Research Interest: Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Simulation Optimization; Spreadsheet and Inventory Modeling

Disciplinary Field: Management

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College of Business

current research Quazi, Rahim, PhD

Management and Marketing

Research Interest: International Economics; Development Economics; Business Education

Disciplinary Field: Economics

Quddus, Munir, PhD

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Field: Economics

Research Interest: Small Business Development and Management; Tax specialization, Multi-jurisdiction, Jurisdiction (Gen.); Economics, Third World development; Exports, benefit-cost analysis (economic impact) of an institution of higher learning on local economy; global higher education issues International Experience: Kazakhstan – 2 years, Fulbright Lecturer, International Business, Taxation Memberships: National Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, tax consulting, appeal memoranda (general)

Tandon, Sudhir, PhD

Management and Marketing

Research Interest: Strategic and International Marketing; Product and Marketing Management Research

Disciplinary Field: Marketing

Versey, Jermaine, PhD

Research Interest: Human Behavior; Mentoring; Business Ethics

Management and Marketing Disciplinary Fields: Management; Organizational Behavior and Ethics in Business

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Whitlowe R. Green College of Education The College has a legacy of producing some of the nation’s most distinguished teachers, counselors, principals, diagnosticians and superintendents. The College offers diverse research-based instruction through comprehensive programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including doctoral programs and a teacher certification program. The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Research Center Pending: The tripartite focus of the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center (MACH-3) is on the critical populations in the P-20 setting: administration, faculty, and students. Unique to this focus is the Center’s goal of producing cutting-edge best-practices and scholarship that will speak to the contemporary issues impacting these cohorts across the P-20 spectrum and into critical workplace contexts. The MACH-3 Center will serve as a crucible to facilitate combinations of key elements from multiple disciplines and fields required to understand minority achievement, creativity and high ability. Additionally, the Center will expand on and redefine the term “minority” in an effort to set the stage for engaged scholarship that speaks to the assets and potential inherent among populations of color (African American, Latina/o, Native American) and other marginalized groups (women) who are by no measure ‘minor’ in their intellectual capacities, but potentially minor in their presence and representation in certain fields of endeavor, particularly in certain education and professional enclaves. - 25 -


Whitlowe R. Green College of Education

Research interests Brown, Kelly, Ed. D

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Field: Educational Administration and Supervision

Coleman, Lee

Research Interest: Teacher Professional Development; Urban School Leadership; Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Research Interest: Technology in Counseling

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Field: Counseling

Gardiner, Carl L., Ed. D

Research Interest: Online Education in Counseling

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Counselor Education; Counseling

Hoffman-Miller, Patricia, PhD

Research Interest: Charter School Administration; Teacher Professional Development; Assessment in Education; STAAR Preparation; Student Discipline

Educational Leadership and Counseling Doctoral Program Coordinator Disciplinary Fields: Educational Policy; Educational Administration

Laws, Leslie Stalcup, PhD

Research Interest: Academic Rigor in Low Performing Schools; Student Achievement

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Family Studies; Counseling

Petterway, Arthur L., PhD

Research Interest: Assessment and Testing in Texas Education

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Educational Administration/Leadership

Pitre, Abul, PhD

Research Interest: The Africana Experience and Critical Leadership Studies; Multicultural Education

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Educational Leadership; Teacher Education

Rodney, Laxley W. PhD

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Educational Administration/Leadership; Research

Ross, William, Ed. D

Research Interest: Family and Community Violence Prevention; Teacher Perception of Leadership Styles of the Principal

Research Interest: Counseling/Mentoring African American Males Pre-Service Teachers

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Educational Policy; Educational Administration; Counseling

Thompson, Jill M., Ed. D

Research Interest: School Counseling; Educational Assessment; Student Discipline

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Counseling; Student Personnel

Thompson, Lisa K.

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Fields: Educational Leadership; Educational Administration

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Research Interest: Cultural Proficiency; Human Resource Practices and Teacher Retention; Dropout Prevention; Women in Higher Education Administration


Whitlowe R. Green College of Education

Research interests Smith, Patricia A., Ed.D

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Field: Administrative and Policy Studies; Educational Administration

Yates, III, Lucian, PhD

Research Interest: Leadership Development for Cooperating Teachers: Perceptions of Teacher Dispositions using the Teacher Disposition Index Experience: Journal Reviewer (AERA); Editorial Board, Journal of African American Males in Education and Journal of the Alliance of Black School Educators; Coordinator, PVAMU-NCATE; Member, PVAMU-IRB Research Interest: African American Male PreService Teachers

Educational Leadership and Counseling Disciplinary Field: Curriculum, Instruction, Supervision; Leadership

Hobson, Lisa D, PhD

Research Interest: Mentoring and Engagement; Leader Preparation and Mentoring; Retention; Organizational Development

Curriculum and Instruction Disciplinary Field: Educational Administration

International Experience: Ongwediva College, Namibia Experiences: Journal editor, Journal editorial board member; grant/proposal reviewer; academic and public service program evaluation; consultation

Booker, Clarissa, Ed. D

Curriculum and Instruction Disciplinary Field: Curriculum and Instruction-Reading Education

Research Interest: Model instructional reading strategies from the writings of Dr. Maya Angelou Think-Pair-Share Strategy, K-W-L Strategy and I Do, We Do, and You Do Strategy. International Experiences: Budapest, Hungary, Russia—Moscow, St. Petersburg, Finland, Munich, Germany, Berlin, Germany, London, England, Paris, France, Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti. Advisory Board member to The Liberia-Cuttington Group, Inc. The organization is focused on collaborations with Prairie View A&M University in areas to include: education, library, nursing, and technology.

Boone, Sonia K., PhD

Research Interest: Mentoring and Student Research

Curriculum and Instruction

Languages: Spanish (Texas Teacher CertificateBilingual/ESL Education Gr. 1-8)

Disciplinary Fields: Curriculum and Instruction; Multicultural, Urban and International Studies

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Roy G. Perry College of Engineering The College is made up of six departments: chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, engineering technology and mechanical engineering. The Prairie View Roy G. Perry College of Engineering maintains the perfect balance between classroom theory and research application. While students concentrate on basic science, mathematics and engineering courses, they are also exposed to a broad range of humanities and social sciences classes, keeping them in touch with the world around them. We offer a total of nine bachelor’s degrees, four masters’ and one doctorate. Our master of science in engineering degree program provides the option for concentrated study in either chemical, civil, environmental or mechanical engineering.

Research Centers The Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE) focuses primarily on supporting the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Its research is concentrated on science and technology related to radiation protection and the effects of space radiation on electronics and biosystems. CARR’s goal is to significantly contribute to NASA’s vast technology base, providing enabling technologies—such as new materials, electronics, shielding and radio-protectorates for humans—that will make major NASA missions even more successful, safer and less costly. CARR is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Center for Digital Battlefield Communications (CEBCOM) works to achieve national excellence in telecommunication, research, and technology. It transfers and focuses education by collaborating with US DOD, Texas state and industry. On education, it helps evolve graduate programs to achieve national preeminence; encourages high standing students to work in the center, and enables the department to recruit well qualified faculty and provide opportunities for pursuing research in the center. It will also further its research and development focus and to achieve self-sustenance.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) supports rigorous and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded PVAMU a five-year grant to establish the CEES under the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CEES promotes research in the areas of biofuels, energy & environment and wind energy and will focus on innovative technical solutions in the energy arena. - 28 -


The Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) conducts comprehensive research in the selected aspects of communication systems, Wavelets and Wavelet Transforms, Compressed Sensing/ Compressive Sampling Systems, DSP Solutions, Signal/Image/Video Processing, Mixed Signal Systems, Communication Control Systems and High Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems. Among other emerging areas of research, it also seeks solutions to the problems that plague both military and commercial satellite and radar-based communication systems. The CECSTR is the only academic center of its kind in Texas, filling a gap in educating the state’s future leaders in emerging high-technology areas. It supports specially undergraduate and graduate students of electrical and engineering technology Departments. CECSTR is funded by various industries and government agencies.

Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has announced in January 2015 the 5-year award to Prairie View A&M University to establish the Center. The Center of Excellence will include researchers from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science in big data research. The Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Lab builds strong capabilities in the exciting emerging research area of computational biology and bioengineering, which is a national priority. By utilizing funds from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative, renowned researchers and leaders are brought to PVAMU to leverage existing research by faculties from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Agriculture and Biology. The facility will provide the infrastructure for commercialization of products, training and research space for faculty and students. Computational Fluid Dynamics Institute (CFDI) is involved in two ongoing projects with NASA Marshall and the Rocketdyne division of Boeing North America. The Marshall grant focuses on developing computational fluid dynamics technology for supersonic ramjet/scramjet combustion. The Rocketdyne project involves performing detailed analysis of an air augmented rocket. The CFDI was established in partnership with the Rocketdyne division of Boeing North America.

Pending: Information Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Research and Education (ICCS) is perhaps the most important area of information and communications technology (ICT) in this decade. It is used in everything from consumer electronics to industrial equipment, military systems and communications networks. It is influencing almost every aspect of our lives and bringing about changes in our businesses, defense, society and the way we live, work and entertain ourselves. This research will change ways in which we defend our homeland and fight wars. It will create new markets, moving us from the information age to the knowledge age where we are able to obtain useful information. In that age our world will converge to form a single universe of experience.

The Future Aerospace, Science and Technology (FAST) Center on Lightweight Structural Materials and Processing conducts research in line with the needs of the Air Force, industry and the government. Researchers thus use the center to process and characterize composites for both military and civilian uses. The FAST center strives to place Prairie View as a national leader in the development of lightweight, high-temperature polymer matrix composites. The FAST Center is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

The Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center is a key player in supplying researchers and decision-makers with the information they need to plan and assess environmental problems along the U.S. Gulf Coast’s southern region. The TEXGED Center collects data from space through TRW Space and Technology and transfers it to a database system. This information serves as a tool for predicting environmental changes in the region and for producing methodology for risk assessment of the ecosystems. Pending: The Prairie View A&M University Center for Advancing Innovations in Smart Microgrid will expand the research capacity of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and to increase the production of doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. The research goal is to make the future power grid reliable, sustainable and secure by solving the technical challenges involved in the use of Microgrids that have distributed energy sources and loads. The education goal is to train MS and PhD students to do cutting-edge research in smart grid, specifically microgrids. This research will help create a multitude of smart microgrids in the world that are reliable, sustainable, secure and more environmentally-safe. The energy sources in the microgrid will be either renewable or non-renewable sources. The microgrids will be integrated together to form the future smart grid. This project will provide educational training to students through research and hands-on experience. Furthermore, it will help increase the production of qualified doctoral graduates to enter the workforce for future smart grid which is of national priority.

The Thermal Science Research Center (TSRC) allows researchers to conduct both basic and applied research, development and design in the broad engineering area of thermal science. Much of the work in the TSRC includes both experimentation and engineering modeling and simulation. Project collaboration links center researchers with their counterparts in such places as the European Community, Japan and the former Soviet Union. The TSRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Space Power. - 29 -


Roy G. Perry College of Engineering

current research Ali, Warsame H., PhD

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current Research: Sensing Heat Stress Kit

Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Current Research II: Smart Grid Simulator Development for Research and Teaching

Cofie, Penrose, PhD

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current Research Outcome Expectations: Development of Heat Stress Kit

Current Research: Sensor and Gamma Rays Detector Applications Current Research Outcome Expectations: Design a detector for gamma rays

Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Cui, Suxia, PhD

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current Research: Targeted Infusion Project: Enriching Computing Curriculum Through HPC Teaching and Research

Disciplinary Field: Computer Engineering

Current Research Outcome Expectation: Enhance high performance computing research and teaching at a minority serving institution Current Research II: Acquisition of a High Performance Computer Cluster for Multidisciplinary Computational Research at Prairie View A&M University Current Research Outcome Expectation II: Purchase a high performing computer cluster to support research from the College of Engineering at Prairie View A&M University Current Research III: Establish an Intelligent Equipment Lab for Precision Agriculture at Prairie View A&M University Current Research Outcome Expectation III: Utilize current electrical and computing technologies to develop agriculture equipment

Attia, John O., PhD

Electrical and Computer Engineering Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering Current Research: Experimental Centric Based Engineering Curriculum for HBCUs Current Research Outcome Expectations: Create a sustainable “HBCU Engineering Network” that will focus on the development, implementation, and expansion of an Experimental Centric based instructional pedagogy in engineering curricula used in these HBCUs. A larger number of better prepared African American engineers and other students will have a better public understanding of technology and its role in STEM education and policy.

Akujuobi, Cajetan M., M.B.A., Ph.D.E.E.

Research Interest: Cyber & Information Systems Security, Communication systems, Wavelets and Wavelet Transforms Applications, Compressed Sensing/Compressive Sampling Systems, DSP Solutions, Signal/Image/Video Processing, Mixed Signal Systems, Communication Control Systems, High Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems, Health Monitoring of Aerodynamic Systems – Vibration Study and Compressive Sensing Systems.

Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Current Research: Recently, there are many threats to obtain secure data. Working on an approach to help securing information data.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current Research Outcome Expectations: This research will result in a cryptographic outcome that will secure data information. The steganography idea using wavelet transforms hides an image in a cover image and it is transmitted so that the information is undetectable. There are various steganography techniques like: substitution technique, transform domain technique, spread spectrum technique, statistical technique, and distortion technique that may be used. The end result is a transmitted secured informational data. International Experience: Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) for six consecutive years. Invited Speaker at many Universities in China, Hong Kong and Nigeria; short courses in Digital Signal Processing, Broadband Communications Systems; Wavelets and Wavelet Transforms and Digital Communication Systems – Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO); Mixed Signal Systems at University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Other Experiences: Senior Member of IEEE, Senior Member of Instrument Society of America, Book and Journal manuscript reviewer, Board Member of many organizations.

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Roy G. Perry College of Engineering

current research Fuller, John H., PhD, PE Electrical and Computer Engineering Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering Current Research I: Sensor Detector Application to Nuclear Materials Current Research Outcome Expectations I: Nuclear material characterization and the design of a portable nuclear detection device; Completion of the design of the Field PC sensor/detector system in conjunction with an operational bench evaluation system; and research in nuclear concentration systems. Current Research II: Nationwide Consortium of Universities to Revitalize Electrical Power Engineering Education by State of the Art Laboratories Current Research Outcome Expectations II: Acquisition of two of the power electronics laboratory stations or one station of the electric drives laboratory and become familiar with the hardware and experiments; use the hardware and UMN-developed experiments in courses deemed appropriate; modify the UMN experiments as needed for local needs and possibly develop new experiments; disseminate the UMN laboratories and any modified experiments to other regional universities, technical and community colleges. Ultimately, upgrade of power and energy instruction in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and upgrade laboratory facilities and the use of software packages. Current Research III: Enhancing the Electrical Engineering PhD Program Current Research Outcome Expectations III: Support for PhD laboratory Development in the power/energy laboratory and support PhD scholarships. Current Research IV: NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) Current Research Outcome Expectations IV: Acquisition of two of the power electronics laboratory stations or one station of the electric drives laboratory and become familiar with the hardware and experiments; use the hardware and UMN-developed experiments in courses deemed appropriate; disseminate the UMN laboratories and any modified experiments to other regional universities, technical and community colleges. Ultimately, increase the number of minority STEM graduates.

Obiomon, Pamela H., PhD

Research Interest: Microelectronics and Digital Systems

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Current Research: AGEP-T: Collaborative Research Advancing Interdisciplinary STEM Graduate Education in Energy and Sustainability Disciplines

Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Current Research Outcome Expectations: Growth of the PhD program Current Research: FPGA Based Smart Sensors Current Research Outcome Expectations: Development of an FPGA-based CZT Nuclear Radiation Detector and engage in collaborative research with Civil Engineering, Agriculture, and Chemical Engineering/Biology. All research is being conducted in the FPGA laboratory at PV. Current Research: Integrated Microsystems for Environmental Sensing Powered by Energy Scavenging Current Research Outcome Expectations: Development of miniature, low-cost integrated Microsystems capable of gathering information from their environment, interpret the data received and communicate with a host system over a bi-directional wireless link. International Experience: Collaborating with faculty at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) in Nigeria.

Zhang, Dongdong, PhD Mechanical Engineering Disciplinary Field: Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Engineering Current Research: Building a Learner-Centered Cyberlearning Environment in Computer-Aided Design Education Current Research Outcome Expectations: Enhance student learning of computer-aided design (CAD) and promote lifelong learning skills by building a learner-centered and sustainable cyberlearning environment. Ultimately, the research will provide an online electronic library of CAD software screencast tutorials created by students and infuse in the teaching of CAD software; provide students with solid hands-on skills on using CAD software; and provide motivation and interest toward engineering and lifelong learning skills in the field. Language: Chinese

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Roy G. Perry College of Engineering

Research interests Perkins, Judy H., PhD

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interest: Engineering International Experience: Military assignments in Germany, Africa, South Korea

Disciplinary Field: Civil Engineering

Shakir, Safwat H., PhD Chemical Engineering

Research Interest: Bioremediation Technology; Ecological Systems; Energy Systems; Global Climate Change; Ecological Environmental Modeling

Disciplinary Field: Environmental Science and Engineering

Toliver, Charlie L., PhD

Research Interest: Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Disciplinary Field: Electrical Engineering

Reeves, Sheena M., PhD Chemical Engineering

Research Interest: Crystallization, Particle Science and Technology; Nanomaterial; Material Science and Characterization

Disciplinary Field: Chemical Engineering

Zhou, Jianren, PhD

Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Mechanical Engineering Languages: Chinese

Disciplinary Field: Mechanical Engineering

Duan, Chang, PhD

Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: Dynamics and Control Languages: Mandarin Chinese

Disciplinary Field: Mechanical Engineering

Rayegan, Rambod, PhD

Research Interest: Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Disciplinary Field: Mechanical Engineering

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College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology The College and the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center are committed to excellence in education, training, prevention and service. We engage students in a rigorous education that includes real-world research and project-based problem solving. Our primary aim is to assist with the understanding of human behavior and the reduction of juvenile crime in the State of Texas.

Research Center The Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center is committed to the reduction of juvenile delinquency and crime in the State of Texas. Through the creation of the Center and the College, Prairie View A&M University supports this mission as it strives to attain national recognition in the areas of education, research, and service in doing the following:  conducting, coordinating, collecting, and evaluating research in all areas relating to juvenile crime and delinquency;  providing a setting for educational programs relating to juvenile delinquency and crime, including degree programs at Prairie View A & M University and other educational programs such as continuing education and in-service training for criminal justice and social service professionals;  serving as a state and national resource for information on juvenile delinquency and crime; and  in connection with its research and educational programs: • develop programs, policies, and strategies to address juvenile delinquency and crime and related social problems; and • Create partnerships, collaborative efforts, or outreach, public service, or technical assistance programs to assist communities, governmental agencies, or private entities to implement programs, policies, and strategies that address juvenile delinquency and crime and related social problems.

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College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

current research Asby, Aisha T., PhD

Research Interest: Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Psychology

Current Research: Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention: The KAPOW Project

Disciplinary Field: Psychology

Current Research Outcome Expectation: Increase the number of individuals that are aware of their HIV status; reduce risk behaviors of individual that test negative but participate in high-risk behaviors; increase the protective factors of high-risk students and same age individuals in the community in order to prevent, or reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs and the health problems associated with such use.

Brown, Tamara, PhD

Research Interest: Substance use in African Americans; cultural factors

Psychology

Current Research: Mental health functioning and use of services.

Disciplinary Field: Clinical Psychology

Buckler, Kevin G., PhD Justice Studies

Research Interest: Crime and the media; court systems; Supreme Court decisions Current Research: Media and fear of crime

Disciplinary Field: Criminal Justice

Cintron, Myrna, PhD Justice Studies

Disciplinary Field: Criminal Justice

Gibson, Camille, PhD Justice Studies

Disciplinary Field: Criminal Justice

Osho, Gbolahan S., PhD

Research Interest: Crime/delinquency theory; juvenile gangs; drug use and control. Current research: Multicultural/bilingual issues; racial and ethnic issues in criminal justice. Language: Spanish

Research Interest: Justice Studies: Juvenile Justice Current Research: Evaluation of the African American Faith-Based Mental Health Education and Awareness Initiative (A Hogg Foundation Grant) Current Research Outcome Expectation: Evaluate the impact of the initiative on improving awareness, attitudes, and perceptions of mental health recovery and wellness among congregants and others; build the evaluation capacity of the churches. Research Interest: Criminal/Justice Studies

Justice Studies

Current Research: Social Risk Factors of Juvenile delinquency and Gang Membership

Disciplinary Fields: Economics – Agricultural

Current Research Outcome Expectation: Impacts of social risk factors on juvenile gang membership.

Martin, Pamela PhD

Research Interest: Theology, religion and hip hop, spirituality, faith development, racial/ ethnic identity, and achievement outcomes, especially in STEM disciplines

Psychology

Disciplinary Fields: Community Psychology

Metofe, Peter, PhD

Current Research: Church and mental health

Research Interest: Multivariate statistics; personnel selection; survey research

Psychology

Disciplinary Fields: Psychology

Wilson, Derek, PhD Psychology

Disciplinary Fields: Community Psychology

Research Interest: African and African American mental health; positive culture and mental health; Ubuntu; consciousness, connectedness, and competency. Current Research: Youth radicalization.

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College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

current research Dickson, Joe W., PhD Psychology

Disciplinary Fields: Clinical Psychology

Research Interest: HAdolescent risky sexual behavior and substance abuse; student retention; program effectiveness. Current Research: HIV/Substance abuse (SAMHSA Grant); College students substance use and risky sexual behaviors; impact of court advocates on sex trafficking cases; treatment team alliance predicting outcomes at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention: The KAPOW Project Current Research Outcome Expectation: Increase the number of individuals that are aware of their HIV status; reduce risk behaviors of individual that test negative but participate in high-risk behaviors; increase the protective factors of high-risk students and same age individuals in the community in order to prevent, or reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs and the health problems associated with such use. Outcome - HIV testing for students and the surrounding community. Outcome - Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education and Safer Sex (VOICES/VOCES) – a 60-minute video-based culturally sensitive intervention followed by facilitated group discussion. Outcome – Community PROMISE – a community-level intervention designed to work towards HIV prevention through education, distribution of materials and risk reduction supplies. Outcome – Positive Action – a comprehensive program designed to improve academic achievement and decrease problem behaviors such as substance use, violence, suspensions, disruptive behaviors, and sexual behavior.

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College of Nursing The College, located in the Texas Medical Center, remains competitive in the quality and variety of programs offered inclusive with the advances of technology, smart classrooms, transforming laboratories, study and research rooms and mutual partnerships. Graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings and to assume leadership roles as socially responsible and accountable professionals in response to the health needs of a rapidly changing, technological complex society.

Research Centers Pending: The Prairie View Center for Nursing Research (PVCON) seeks to establish a research-intensive health equities research program. The Health Equity, Awareness, Learning and Simulation Technology (HEALST pronounced “Health�) Research Center will integrate and test the effect of virtual simulation technology pedagogy as a curricular method of lessening health disparities as well as conduct exploratory health equity research and the influence of health policy. PVCON believes that lessons learned in Houston -- the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation -- and selected rural communities can be applied to Texas as a whole and nationwide to ensure health equity for all Americans. - 36 -


College of Nursing

current research Caldwell, Mattie G., DNS, RN Nursing

Research Interest: Nursing – EBP; Nursing Practice/Clinical Care Current Research: Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention: The KAPOW Project

Disciplinary Field: Nursing

College of Nursing

Research interests Dawkins, Vivian H., PhD Nursing

Disciplinary Field: Nursing

Igbo, Immaculata N., PhD Nursing

Research Interest: Nursing Practice International Experience: Educational Consultant, Houston Methodist Hospital International Services for program development with Mubadala and the Health Services Ministries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain in the UAE. Other Experience: Nursing journal peer reviewer; academic program evaluation; consulting for educational development; experienced in qualitative research methods. Research Interest: Student Retention; Web-based education; Minority Health; Cardiovascular disease.

Disciplinary Field: Pharmacology

Jones, Debbie A., MS Nursing

Research Interest: Mammography screening among African American women; women with disabilities

Disciplinary Field: Nursing

Junious, DeMonica L., PhD Nursing

Research Interest: Nursing Administration; Nursing Leadership; Transformational Leadership.

Disciplinary Field: Nursing Science

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The Prairie View A&M University Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers programs in each of our eight colleges and schools, including Agriculture & Human Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Juvenile Justice & Psychology, Nursing, and Architecture, for a total of 32 master’s and doctoral programs with various concentrations. Prairie View A&M is home to many impressive and innovative research programs representing a wide range of academic areas. Our scholars are leaders in their disciplinary fields, and their contributions are world-renowned. The institutional imperative to Increase Applied and Basic Research gives direction to the Office of Research to focus on development, enhancement, and advancement of comprehensive research agenda. Utilizing the research-based centers and institutes to engage in a variety of critical need research areas, multiple mechanisms of inquiry are employed to identify solutions that advance the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research and service. Attending graduate school at Prairie View A&M University will open doors to inventive research projects and boundless opportunities for career development and advancement.

For more information about any of the research projects or graduate programs listed, please visit www.pvamu.edu/research

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Wilhemina F. Delco Building, Suite 120 P.O. Box 519; MS 2800 Prairie View, TX 77446 (936) 261-1587 www.pvamu.edu/graduatestudies @PVAMUresearch Research at Prairie View A&M University

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Prairie View A&M University Research Capabilities and Research Interests  

Published 2015

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