Dr. Leiqui Hu and three other new tenure-track faculty members at UAH will share $39,701 in 2016-17 New Faculty Research awards from UAH’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
“We are delighted to be able to support these new faculty research grants and hope that the seed funding provided will result in more external funding opportunities for the faculty supported,” said Dr. Ray Vaughn, vice president for research and economic development.
Hu joined the Atmospheric Science Department faculty this fall as an assistant professor. Her research looks at the anisotrophy of urban surface temperature data gathered by satellite infrared sensors.
“We are excited for Dr. Hu to begin her research in GIS & Remote Sensing at UAH with this new award,” said Larry Carey, chairman of UAH’s Atmospheric Science Department. “Her research into the Urban Heat Island (UHI), heat waves, urbanization and population dynamics is an excellent example of science informing urban planning and public health decision making. Ultimately, the outcomes can be used to reduce urban vulnerability to extreme heat and thereby save lives.”
The NFR program is intended to assist UAH’s new tenure-track faculty in securing external funds in support of their scholarly interests. Tenure-track professors who had been at UAH less than three years at the time of proposal submission were eligible. The funds must be spent within one year of the award, and the maximum award is $10,000. Awards were limited to one per faculty member.
Other award winners were Dr. Maria Pour, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Dr. Kyung-Ho Roh, Chemical & Materials Engineering; and Dr. Sarah Roller, Department of Curriculum & Instruction.