Research and Scholarship

Collaborative Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

Faculty Scholarship

Kurt Smith Kurt Smith, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, is on sabbatical this semester. As part of his research project, he is a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University. Princeton's philosophy department has consistently been ranked one of the top few in the country, and counts many scholars of international reputation among its faculty. The department covers logic and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics and epistemology, value theory, and the history of philosophy, including both early modern and ancient.


Mark Tapsak

The National Science Foundation has awarded Zzyzx Polymers a $737,000 SBIR grant to support research and development efforts on the firm’s novel plastic polymers manufacturing process. Mark Tapsak, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of the company’s cofounders. This SBIR Phase II project will demonstrate the first commercial-scale processing of post-consumer plastic materials for high-value applications using continuous mechanochemical compatibilization.

Student Research

Learning beyond the classroom

More than 150 student researchers capped the spring semester, and the 2013-14 academic year, by showcasing their work during scholarship celebrations hosted by the College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology across campus.

Student Research

Among the variety of science and technology research topics included the using remote sensing techniques to analyze vegetation, sampling residential water outside the Marcellus Shale region and using Google mapping to measure the effectiveness of sand dune stabilization.

Among the variety of education research topics included the effects of touch math, effectiveness of homework and impact of school-wide positive behavior interventions.

Among the variety of liberal arts presentation topics included the philosophical effects of disgust on morality, the influence of Catalonian and Parisian Culture in art, and American-Chinese relations during the Robert Nixon administration. Among the topics of posters included an ethnographic approach to the availability of autism support and services, personalized email communication between students and professors and gender perceptions in family life.