Sponsored Programs and Applied Research's Mission
While SPAR's primary function is to assist other faculty and staff members with projects and programs, the following projects are administered by the Director of SPAR.
SIDS is an acronym for Sudden-Infant-Death-Syndrome. In minority communities, thousands of babies die within their first year of life due to SIDS. However, by simply changing the position in which a baby is placed to sleep reduces the problem. Awareness of the issues associated with SIDS is an imperative and the first step towards prevention. Initial funding for the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) project came from the C. J. Foundation to support training residents and day-care providers in the proper position to place a sleeping baby. The program has evolved into an Annual Health Fair that focuses on other health disparities that disproportionably affect the African American community.
Kids College In Atmospheric Science
In 2003, with support from the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS), Sojourner-Douglass College (S-DC) established a K-12 Kids College in Atmospheric Science (KCAS) program. The Kids College in Atmospheric Science (KCAS) program is designed to attract and engage under-represented students at an early age to become enthusiastic regarding science and to ultimately pursue the profession of atmospheric science. It captures the interest of students early in the educational experience, prepares them to engage in postsecondary programs in the atmospheric and related sciences, and inspires them toward career fields in math and science.
In 2005, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) expanded the program to increase the knowledge of K-12 Educators, Teaching Earth Science and Geography programs. Since its inception, 10 Baltimore City Public Schools have participated in the program, including the College's charter school, the Inner Harbor East Academy for Young Scholars. Each school in the program has received a Weather Station, weather software and hardware, life-time subscription to Weatherbug Achieve and the school part of on-air TV, a dedicated computer to monitor weather, and other resources for teacher support.
The KCAS ultimate goal is to inspire these young people to improve their interests and grades in science and math so that they can take advantage of careers in meteorology, climatology, hydrology and other fields of science. The more sustaining impact is to show students how they can go from "good to great." Additionally, the program will show students how their curiosity can make a difference in their lives and the environments in which they live. Participating students will:
- Develop an interest in science and math and develop the skills/knowledge to pursue undergraduate degrees in atmospheric science
- Improve their computer usage and computer skills
- Work on innovative science projects
- Get involved in year-round science opportunities
- Gain knowledge of varied careers in the math and science fields
- Increase their understanding of the relationship between weather water, climate, space and the environment
- Enjoy exciting relationships with community mentors and professionals in the field of atmospheric sciences
- Experience science in action through established internships
- Get a chance to participate in exciting field trips
The program takes advantage of existing information and approved curricula that has been developed by, but not limited to, organizations such as NOAA, American Weather Service, American Meteorology Society, NASA, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and National Science Teachers Association. The College's ultimate goal is to expand the K-12 Atmospheric Science Program into an undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science and/or a career in meteorology, climatology, aviation forecasting, hydrology, environmental, broadcast, tropical, and satellite meteorology.
Telemedicine Project In South Africa
Sojourner-Douglass College in collaboration with the International Medical Exchange in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the Medical Research Council in South Africa developed a 12-month pilot study to assess how Telemedicine Technology can be used to combat HIV/AIDS in the South African Military. The project was funded by the Department of Defense, Research Material Command for the grantees to create a learning environment that utilizes telemedicine instructional technology as the delivery system. This delivery system has the capacity to instruct medical personnel at remote and distant sites in the acquisition of specialized clinical skill sets and knowledge. At a minimum, the clinical skill sets will emphasize the interaction of training and education, and will focus on learning, risk assessment, and prevention strategies associated with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The pilot sites for this study will be the Phisdia Military Hospital in Pretoria and a remote site in Matubatuba (Kwazulu-Natal) and Bloemfontein (Orange Free State), South Africa. The technical objectives of the study will focus on the effectiveness of telemedicine instructional equipment, quality of instruction, cost effectiveness, and skill and knowledge acquisition.