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UVU Awards Presidential Fellowships For Scholarly Projects

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July 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

The Office of the President at Utah Valley University is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Presidential Fellowship for Faculty Scholarship awards. Six fellowships have been awarded to support faculty members in research and scholarly projects that model the University’s emphasis on engaged learning and student-centered research. The program has been redesigned this year to become the premier faculty development program of the university.

This year’s recipients include: Timothy Doyle, physics, for “Rapid Molecular Profiling for Breast Cancer Surgery;” Bryan Eldredge and Janelle Legg, languages, for “Utah Deaf History Project;” Vessela Ilieva, elementary education, for “Involving Immigrant Parents in the Mathematics Education of Their Children;” Haagen Klaus, behavioral science, for “The Bioarchaeology of Peruvian Culture;” Heath Ogden, biology, for “Mayfly Phylogenetics;” and Barton Poulson, behavioral science, and Nichole Ortega, dance, for “Dance Loops.”

“We are delighted to support such exceptional work,” said Brian Birch, UVU associate vice president for engaged learning. “These projects model our commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, and we look forward to the impact of the recipients’ work in their disciplines and in our community.”

Doyle is exploring techniques in the use of high frequency ultrasound in breast cancer detection and diagnosis. Six biology and physics students will be responsible for culturing and ultrasonic testing of breast cancer cell lines, analysis of data, and presentation of results at scientific conferences.

Doyle, who used to work with ATK Thiokol, started research in 2004 by applying his knowledge of rocket propellant cells to the molecular study of human tissue. He developed technology to map a cancerous area and analyze how much tissue has been infected. With his research, doctors will be able to know within minutes instead of weeks if tissue needs to be removed. Several undergraduate students assisted Doyle with this project, as well.

Students also will be central to the “Utah Deaf History Project” with Eldredge and Legg, which aims to record and preserve life histories of deaf individuals in Utah. Students will help in filming, editing and analyzing data gathered in interviews, which will be housed in the UVU Library for use by researchers and students.

In Illieva’s elementary education project, students will assist in data gathering and analysis of immigrant parent expectations to develop effective practices for parental involvement. Students will visit schools in Utah where ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity is representative of national trends. Students also will work as co-authors of study presentations and publications.

Klaus will continue his research and study of Peruvian archaeology to reconstruct biological, cultural and genetic effects that have shaped the region. In addition to previous fieldwork in Peru, students will be involved in the analysis and publication of findings. These outcomes will appear in his forthcoming book, “Reconstructing Ritual Killing on the North Coast of Peru,” which explores ritual violence during the period of 200 B.C. through 1532.

Student researchers will be divided into teams and will utilize laboratories in UVU’s new Science Building to generate DNA sequence data from multiple genes across mayfly lineages for Ogden’s project. The student teams’ results will be combined in a comprehensive analysis of evolutionary trends of the insect order. Students will also present results at scientific meetings and co-author publications.

Poulson, a psychology researcher, and Ortega, a dance professor, will collaborate and team with students to record video and 3-D motion capture performances that they will then project and modify. Students will assist in preparing “Dance Loops” for local performances and at national arts and technology events as well as being encouraged in developing their own related projects for publication and presentation at academic conferences.

These fellowship awards underscore UVU’s efforts to provide engaged learning opportunities for students. As a result, they have valuable experience to add to their résumés and the satisfaction that comes with the advancement of learning.

Timothy Doyle

Bryan Eldredge

Janelle Legg

Vessela Ilieva

Heath Ogden

Haagen Klaus

Barton Poulson

Nichole Ortega


About UVU

Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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