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Kenneth Barton was awarded the Founders Award by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America on Dec. 1, 2007 in Atlanta. Barton, a sophomore political science major, was honored for his work as the national chairman for the Order of the Arrow Scoutreach Mentoring program, a program that focuses on assisting urban and rural scout troops. Barton is currently the only member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout's national honor society, to receive the Founders Award under the age of 21. Barton is also a member of the Honors College program.
School of Business
Center for Entrepreneurial Study
On Dec. 6, Marlana McCants, a freshman entrepreneurship major from California, received a $5,000 scholarship from the United Insurance Scholarship Program, administered through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF.) McCants was one of only six individuals throughout the United States to receive the scholarship, which will be credited towards the 2007-08 academic year. This is the seventh year of the United Insurance Scholarship Program.
School of Science
Department of Computer Science
Hampton University recently received a $92,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the robotics programs for undergraduate students and to create outreach events for local K-12 students. The grant is a part of a $2 million grant awarded to the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance, a collaboration of institutions including eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and seven Carnegie Mellon Research I Institutions. Students in CSC-129, a sophomore intro to robotics course, are learning to build their own robots. Students have also participated in the Olympiads and have done very well in the robotics portion of the competition.
Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Dr. James Russell discussed the initial results from The Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission. HU is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to have complete mission responsibility of a NASA satellite mission. AIM investigates noctilucent "night shining" clouds, which are also known as Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMC). Measurements showed bright, extremely variable clouds at a broader altitude layer than expected.