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Recent Grants

Below is a representative, selected list of recent grants awarded to IUP IA faculty in the past few years:

  1. Waleed Farag (PI) and Sam Thangiah (Co-PI) 2012-2013 academic year. Designing and Deploying Novel Online Shared Computer Programming Modules. Funded by the State System of Higher Education (SSHE) Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) Collaborative Academic Grant. Amount $11,998.

    • This project designed and implemented a novel set of effective online computer programming modules. The design of these modules primarily relied on the obtained results of a scientific, data-driven assessment procedure. The proposed modules featured new multimedia-rich contents and were designed to maximize students’ engagement and benefits. Moreover, the project investigated the collaboration between two SSHE universities in order to effectively share these designed modules in both curricula, IUP and SRU. Various challenges facing such collaboration were identified and practical and innovative solutions were devised. This project focused in improving the delivery of programming course contents which is fundamental and required KUs.
  2. William Oblitey, Rose Shumba and Jennifer Gossett received a funding award in the amount of $231,000 (during academic year 2012-2013) from the National Science Foundation CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) award for their project, “The Cyber Catch Scholarship Program”.  The total funding for this project over a five-year period is anticipated to be $1,148,531.

    • This program provides qualified students with a scholarship to become a federal information assurance professional and address the growing need for protecting the government’s critical information infrastructures. The scholarship program supports one or two years of stipends, tuition, and allowances for undergraduate Information Assurance majors or minors at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Dennis Giever, Dan Lee, George Bieger and Claire Dandeneau. Correctional Education Clearinghouse and Educational Program.  Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), 2010-2012. Amount   $1,100,000.00.

    • This project lays out a strategy for building a voluntary, national data repository and information clearinghouse to share correctional education data across states. The proposed Repository/Clearinghouse will allow states to share information about exemplary practices and provide researchers with access to secure, high quality data to support rigorous statistical studies and track trends in educational programming and inmate participation. Project work builds on previous efforts by MPR Associates, Inc. to create a common national language for organizing and reporting state correctional data. This earlier work entailed assembling correctional education data administrators from 12 states and various federal agencies to assess the potential for standardizing data elements across states.
  4. Dennis Giever. MS Program in Strategic Studies in WMD.  Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2007-2012. $1,575,639.00.

    • The M.S. program in Strategic Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is designed to prepare researchers, practitioners, law enforcement personnel, and future leaders with the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of positions in the fields of national security and Strategic Studies in WMD.  Graduates will be equipped to meet many needs in these areas and will make valuable contributions in their chosen fields of employment.
  5. Dighton Fiddner, “Decision making Implications of Defining & Understanding Cyberspace”. Funded by IBM Center for the Business of Government, June 16, 2013: Awarded a $20,000.

    • This grant was awarded in order to find some answers to the practical implications of accurately defining cyberspace and the consequences of such definition on how decision makers can manage risks and respond to Threats in Today’s Security Environment. 
  6. David Smith. Use of Smart Phones in Higher Education. IUP Senate Research grant.

    • Supervised a team of students to develop a suite of apps for use at a university.  Functionality developed to date include an interactive campus map, access and display of schedule, access of the directory service using LDAP, display RSS feeds for campus news, and student – instructor interaction within and outside of the classroom. Apps integrate with the calendar, email, phone, and contacts apps present on the phone.