WV Stimuli

WV Stimuli is a summary collection of college and university basic research and technology development reports impacting NASA’s earth science, aviation, and human and robotic deep space exploration programs.

Lightweight Authentication Protocol for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cong Pu Assistant Professor Marshall University Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering Marshall University, Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor, Dr. Cong Pu, received an EPSCoR Research Seed grant for his work entitled “Lightweight Authentication Protocol for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” With the continuous miniaturization of electronic devices and […]

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Genomics of high altitude adaptation in Andean horses

Principal Investigator: Dr. Sher Hendrickson Shepherd University Department of Biology EPSCoR research entitled “Genomics of high altitude adaptation in Andean horses”. Most animals are well adapted to living in lowland environments with high oxygen levels, however several organisms, including populations of humans and other resident mountain species have undergone genetic changes that enable them to […]

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Ultra-Wideband Ranging and Communications to Augment GPS Relative Navigation of UAVs

Principal Investigator Jason Gross Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering West Virginia University Dr. Jason Gross, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, will receive a two-year, $200,000 grant — with optional funding for a third year —as part of the New Investigator Program. […]

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Designing countermeasures to relieve low back pain among astronauts during space flight

Principal Investigator Xiaopeng Ning Assistant Professor Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering West Virginia University Dr. Xiaopeng Ning (left), West Virginia University, Industrial and Management Systems Engineer, helping a human subject perform a simulated fetal-tuck posture; this posture is commonly used by astronauts in space to relieve lower back pain. This research was sponsored […]

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Catalytic Hydrogenation with Earth-Abundant Metal Systems

Principal Investigator: Dr. Joanna Webb West Virginia Wesleyan College Department of Chemistry Hydrogenation reactions have diverse applications in the petrochemical, food, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries. In addition, the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to produce liquid fuels has the potential to directly impact the energy sector. A famous homogeneous hydrogenation catalyst, Wilkinson’s catalyst, was reported in […]

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Acid Deposition and Tree Water Use Efficiency: Comparing Northern Hemisphere Tree-ring Isotope Data with New Measurements from Unpolluted South American Forests

Principal Investigator Brenden E. Mcneil Associate Professor Department of Geology West Virginia Univeristy Dr. Brenden E. McNeil, West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography, was awarded a Research Seed grant entitled “Acid deposition and tree water use efficiency: comparing northern hemisphere tree-ring isotope data with new measurements from unpolluted South American forests”.  The focus […]

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Chemistry Education and Outreach by Dr. Michael Fultz

Principal Investigator Michael Fultz Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry West Virginia State University By certain accounts Fultz, an associate professor of chemistry at West Virginia State University (WVSU), personally spearheaded more outreach projects during his short six years at WVSU than many do during an entire career – and it shows. The students who write […]

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Transpiration and water use of several hardwood species in Appalachian forest

Principal Investigator Dr. Rico M. Gazal Professor and Chair Department of Land Resources Glenville State College The Appalachian forest is one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the northeastern United States. It has been the subject of numerous research studies on watershed management, biodiversity conservation, logging and other silvicultural practices. However, only a […]

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