Nicholls receives nearly $475,000 in grants

THIBODAUX – The Louisiana Board of Regents has awarded seven enhancement grants to faculty members at Nicholls State University.

Pictured from left are Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president; Cibelli; Eymard; Lillie; Donegan; Kilgen; Corbin; Debi Benoit, director of research and sponsored programs; Ramachandran; and Zou.

Dr. Balaji Ramachandran, assistant professor of geomatics, received $121,130 for his project titled “Acquisition of Terrestrial Laser Scanning Systems for Multi-Institutional Teaching and Research Enhancement.” The new equipment will help prepare students for careers and/or graduate school – as well as help faculty foster their professional and intellectual development.

A $115,728 grant was presented to Amanda Eymard, assistant professor of nursing, for an initiative titled “Enhancement of BSN Nursing Curriculum with SIC Project.” The grant will fund simulation equipment specific to intravenous therapy throughout the curriculum.

Dr. Enmin Zou, associate professor of biological sciences, received $87,505 for a project titled “Enhancing Heavy Metal Analytical Capability for Marine and Environmental Science Education and Research.”

Dr. Marilyn Kilgen, Alcee Fortier Professor and distinguished service professor of biological sciences, received $75,000 for a project titled “Enhancing Molecular Technologies for Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Research.” The funds will be used to acquire a 96-well plate Real-Time PCR System for the environmental and public health microbiology research laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences.

A $38,954 grant was awarded to Dr. Deborah Cibelli, professor of art, for a project titled “Enhancement of Digital Learning Resources for the BFA, the BA in Art Education and General Education.” Grant funds will improve two lecture classrooms with state of the art computers and digital projectors.

Angela Corbin, instructor of biological sciences, received $20,063 for her project titled “Seeing is Believing – Observing the Microscopic World.” The funds will secure the purchase of microscopes for students studying pathogenic microbiology, histology and immunology labs, as well as a teaching scope to increase the success of students in the examination of tissues and cultures.

Finally, Deborah Lillie, assistant professor of art, received $15,110 for a project titled “Beginning Photography Curriculum Enhancement.” The funds will introduce digital technology and methods to the photography curriculum. Jean Nunez Donegan, interim department head and professor of art, served as co-principal investigator for this grant.