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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has announced the recipients of this year’s Presidential Research Grants, funding awarded annually to professors who partner with and engage students in ground-breaking research projects.

Harrisburg University President Dr. Eric Darr awarded a total of $114,000 to help continue, or launch new projects in 2018. The funded projects/recipients are as follows:

  • Predicting Decision-Making Discussions Using Eye-Tracking: Professors Nathaniel Ashby and Stephen Penn.
  • Development of the Center for Applied Regenerative Medicine: Professors Glenn Mitchell and M V Pattarkine.
  • Novel Methods to Assess the Population Status of a Federally Threatened Reptile, the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: Professors Albert Sarvis, Christine Proctor and Rachel Fogel.
  • Digital Humanities (Sustaining): Professor Albert Sarvis.
  • Mapping the Composition and Characteristics of Acid Mine Drainage in Swatara Creek Watershed: Professor Albert Sarvis, Christine Proctor and Catherine Santai.
  • Development of Technology and Teaching Partnership between Harrisburg University and a local high school: Ryan Korn and Professor Richard Kordel.
  • ScrumSim Simulation: Professors Tom Sheives and Joe Malak.
  • SimGlobal (Phase Two): Professor John Carter McKnight.
  • Predicting analytical knowledge acquisition using an attentional distribution metric: Professors N. Ashby & S Penn and Kevin Purcell

Since founded in 2001, Harrisburg University has emerged as a hub of education, training, industry partnerships and research. And with resources like the Presidential Research Grant program, the University engages students in innovative projects aimed at changing the world, Dr. Darr said.

“Research is a cornerstone of Harrisburg University’s mission,” Dr. Darr said. “And the Presidential Research Program allows professors and students to collaborate on projects that truly can change lives. I want to congratulate all of our grant winners for their creativity, collaboration and energy!  I am excited about the possibilities as we continue to build HU.”

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