Faculty publication: Dr. Srishti Srivastava, assistant professor of computer science, authored a chapter published in one of the first standard textbooks on topics in parallel and distributed computing for undergraduates. Her chapter titled, “Scheduling in Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems,” is published in *Topics in Parallel and Distributed Computing: Enhancing the Undergraduate Curriculum: Performance, Concurrency, and Programming on Modern Platforms*. This is the first initiative taken by National Science Foundation (NSF) and IEEE technical committee on parallel processing (TCPP) toward standardizing text for undergraduate computer science curriculum on topics in parallel and distributed computing.
Dr. Sima Fortsch, assistant professor of management, received a $45,000 grant from the Virginia Commonwealth Transfusion Foundation to fund a scientific study of “time–and–motion” to assess the sustainability of the blood value chain by targeting the horizontally–integrated community blood centers in the Tri–State area of Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The goal of the project is to increase effectiveness and efficiency of the blood value chain.