Four Texas A&M University faculty members have been selected as 2013 SEC Faculty Travel Grant recipients. A program of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, the SEC Faculty Travel Grant Program is intended to enhance collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. The program offers faculty from each SEC university the opportunity to travel to other SEC universities to develop grant proposals and conduct research.
Selected faculty and their intended collaborations include:
Michael Criscitiello, assistant professor of veterinary pathobiology. Dr. Criscitiello will travel to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to establish collaboration with Dr. Louise Rollins Smith in the area of comparative immunology. Recently both professors have had their independent study of vertebrate humoral immunity published nationally.
Amy Glass, associate professor of economics. Dr. Glass will also travel to Vanderbilt University to work with Dr. Kamal Saggi on a new co-authored project examining how parallel imports affect the rate of product innovation in the global economy. Dr. Glass and Dr. Saggi have previously co-authored well regarded scholarship in the fields of exports and foreign direct investment.
Clyde Munster, professor of biological and agricultural engineering. Dr. Munster will travel to the University of Arkansas to develop a joint study abroad experience for students in biological and agricultural engineering at both universities. Dr. Munster has led a study abroad experience for Texas A&M students to Belgium the last 9 years and looks forward to setting up curriculum and processes with his faculty colleagues to intermix students from the University of Arkansas into this high impact learning experience.
Justin Yates, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering. Dr. Yates will travel to Auburn University to collaborate with Dr. Chase Murray on research for passive and active civil violence monitoring and response systems. The research of both faculty members has impacts for national defense and homeland security, where each have completed funded projects and published scholarship in the past.
“Collaboration among our faculty and those of our peer universities in the SEC exists across a number of disciplines already, “ noted Dr. Michael Benedik, associate provost and dean of faculties. “These travel grants provide a new resource that will support faculty in building more and better partnerships.”
“This academic initiative provides an opportunity for our schools to work together to enhance and share academic resources,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. Through SECU, the Southeastern Conference supports a diverse set of programs and events for students, faculty and administrators from across the conference.