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Tech’s Johnson Wins National Science Foundation Grant

Blake Johnson, associate professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, received a Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation for developing biosensors with improved reliability and measurement speed.

Johnson’s research suggests that using biosensor time-series data and supervised physics-based machine learning — a form of artificial intelligence that makes predictions from data — can reduce the likelihood of erroneous results.

The CAREER award will provide Johnson and his team with the opportunity to integrate physiochemical process modeling and supervised machine learning and chemical engineering and apply his methodology to different sensor types, sizes, form factors and data structures.

The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty, encouraging them to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advancements in the mission of their organizations. To meet the award requirements, CAREER recipients must find ways to integrate education and research into their projects as well as conduct outreach activities.

Planned activities related to the award include game-based simulations in biosensing for high school students; a virtual lecture and workshop on data archiving for sensor machine learning for undergraduate students; and virtual lectures on emerging applications of machine learning in bioanalytical, life, and materials sciences for high school and undergraduate students.

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Emory & Henry Women’s Football Wins Academic Recognition

For the fourth time in five years, the Emory & Henry College women’s soccer team has been recognized for their performance in the classroom by United Soccer Coaches.

E&H, which achieved a team GPA of 3.42 in the 2021-22 college year, was one of 12 NCAA Division II Southeast Region women’s soccer programs to receive this honor.

The Team Academic Awards are presented by United Soccer Coaches to college and university football teams that have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher. A total of 382 teams from all levels of college football have earned the designation.

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Heather Lowe. Courtesy of Wytheville Community College.

Wytheville Community College recognizes Lowe

Wytheville Community College awarded Heather Lowe the 2022 WCC Teaching Enhancement Award. Lowe joined the WCC faculty in 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics. She was nominated for this year’s award in recognition of her commitment to helping WCC’s instructional technology staff implement hy-flex teaching to increase opportunities for WCC students to benefit from instruction. live. She was also nominated for her drive to lead the math department through the implementation of direct enrollment which is expected to begin in fall 2022.

Lowe, an alumnus of Wytheville Community College, earned her AAS in Education and an AAS in Science from WCC. She also earned a BS and MS in Mathematics Education from Radford University. Prior to teaching at WCC, Lowe taught dual enrollment math at Grayson County High School, George Wythe High School, and Southwest Virginia Governor’s School. She was also Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Radford University.

The Teaching Enhancement Award was created to recognize notable contributions to the enhancement of teaching at WCC by full-time employees who hold the rank of professor or who work as teaching assistants. An endowment created by Dr. and Mrs. Len O’Hara funds the award. Len O’Hara was dean of education at the WCC in the 1980s.