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CSET Good News Report August 2022

CSET Good News Report

August 2022

Center for Materials Research

Mr. Samuel Danquah, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, successfully published his research titled "Effects of calcination temperature on the electrochemical performance of LFMO cathode for all-solid-state energy storage", in Solid State Ionics, Volume 383, Page 115988, Publisher Elsevier,

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Students Visit MCAR

On August 18, 2022, a group of 40 community college students participating in the NCAS program from all over the nation visited the MCAR research labs, including the nanotechnology labs, the cleanroom, and the cyber security facility. This program is funded by the Minority University Research Education Program (MUREP), at NASA Langley Research Center. The students were greeted by Dr. M. Keeve, the CSET Dean. The visit allowed the students to interact with NSU researchers and ask questions about summer research opportunities and transfer options. 


Chantel Johnson, freshman student at Norfolk State University completed her Naval Student Orientation in Great Lakes, Illinois. She successfully passed her physical readiness test and other naval topics to enter the rigorous Hampton Roads Consortium NROTC Unit. 

Department of Computer Science

Cheryl Hinds, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Program Coordinator of the BS Information Technology Program received an NSF HBCU-UP Grant titled: "Infusing Data Science into the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum" in the amount of $400,000 for 3 years. Co-PIs are Dr. Jonathan Graham and Dr. Isaac Osunmakinde.

Mary Ann Hoppa, Ph.D., Associate Professor with Norfolk State University’s Department of Computer Science, was an invited speaker at the Fifth Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference hosted at Old Dominion University on July 20-22, 2022. Her talk, titled “Better Practices for Successful Virtual Cybersecurity Apprenticeships / Internships,” highlighted lessons learned for optimizing student outcomes during these experiences.

Department of Biology

Drs Joseph D'Silva, Jose Ferrandiz, Angela Goodloe, Terry Marsh. Aylin Marz, and Leroy Salary  attended Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, Virtual Facilitator Training conducted by the University of Michigan ISTP Team.

Dr. Ashley N. Haines (Biology), Dr. Sharon Alston (Social Work) and Dr. Renny Fernandez (Engineering) have received funding under the NSF Coastlines and People Hubs for Research and Broadening Participation (CoPe).  The award for $5M is a collaboration with the University of Virginia and the Elizabeth River Project and is entitled “Enhancing Resilience and Equity in Urban Coastal Communities through the Co-Generation of Community Capitals.”  The overarching goal of the project is to create transferable methods for enhancing resilience and equity in urban coastal communities. While the goal is to produce transferable methods, the project focuses on communities in Hampton Roads region of Virginia — one of the most vulnerable populations to sea level rise in the United States — as community partners.