Fall 2009 Issue

RISE to the occasion

Barry University’s College of Arts and Sciences was recently awarded two grants totaling more than $1.1 million. The grant revenue comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation.

Barry’s RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program received a four-year grant totaling $1,125,258 with $292,251 being dispersed the first year. The RISE grant is designed to provide research opportunities for biology and chemistry majors who are sophomores or juniors. Some of the activities include carrying out research at Barry and off-campus sites; attending and presenting research at scientific meetings; and participating in graduate school activities. The RISE Program was created by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to enhance the research environment at minority-serving institutions. Dr. Flona Redway in Barry’s biology department is overseeing the program.

The second grant, from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $43,753, was awarded to Barry’s Dr. James Haralambides, professor of math and computer science. The two-year grant allows Haralambides and undergraduate students working with him to research multimedia processing curriculum, disseminate the findings, test the curriculum and then implement it. Thanks to the grant, Haralambides and his students began developing curriculum this past summer and plan on implementing it during this academic year. The grant is in partnership with the University of New Orleans.