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Dr. T. Scott Little earned his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) in 1983. Dr. Little came through the ranks from Associate to Full Research Professor during 1983-1988, and served as a NATO sponsored scholar to the International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) in 1989. In 1991 he served on the Organizing Committee for ICORS. In 1988 Dr. Little was appointed as the Program Coordinator for the South Carolina Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (SC-EPSCoR) Program and was promoted to the State Director in 1994 where he served until 2016. During his tenure as Director, Dr. Little participated in the hire of more than 190 tenure-track faculty in science, mathematics and engineering across 8 colleges and universities in South Carolina; established a network of South Carolina Department of Defense researchers that garnered more than $14 million in research funding; and established a network of more than 100 small businesses with the federal Department of Commerce. He has published more than 100 refereed journal articles; two book chapters; and edited one book. Dr. Little has served as Principal Investigator (PI) and/or Co-PI on more than $45 million of federally funded science, mathematics and engineering, research and education projects. He has received numerous awards and honors for his research in infrared, Raman, and microwave spectroscopies; and for bringing access to science, mathematics, and engineering resources to underrepresented minorities living and being educated in rural America. Dr. Little currently (2017) serves as Co-PI on the National Science Foundation sponsored South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation program.
Dr. Little has served extensively as a reviewer of manuscripts for many academic journals, as both an internal and external reviewer of many research proposals, and as a panel member and site visitor in the reviewing and rating of grant applications for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense, etc. He currently serves as an external reviewer of departmental, school, and collage programs, including three of South Carolina’s eight Historically Black Universities and Colleges.
Key Associate, Dr. R. Bruce Dunlap, earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) in 1968. He was hired in 1971 at the University of South Carolina (USC) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was promoted to Full Professor in 1978, and served as Chair from 1995-2001. He participated as a Founding Faculty Member of the USC School of Medicine in 1974, published over 150 refereed journal articles, and received over $12 million in support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. He has served as advisor for 44 Ph.D. recipients and trained 17 postdoctoral research fellows. He has received numerous university, state, and national recognitions for his research work, including a 1993 R&D 100 Award for Innovations in Science and Technology. Professor Dunlap served as the Weissman Chair of Chemical Ecology from 1990 to 2003. He has served as a member of over 150 Ph.D. Advisory Committees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Marine Science, Biological Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mathematics, and Chemical Engineering. Professor Dunlap participated in numerous search committees for tenure-track faculty members across multiple STEM disciplines, and was a member of selection committees for the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing (Chair), and the Provost of the University of South Carolina. He also served on the Endowed Chairs and Distinguished Professor Evaluation Committee (1998-2001) which he chaired for three years (1999-2001).
As Chair of the department Dr. Dunlap was responsible for an annual state budget of $3.5 million complemented by management of $7-8 million in funds from outside agencies. He provided leadership that led to the design and funding for a new 150,000 square foot Graduate Science Research Center in 1997, where the Department is now located. Dr. Dunlap has expertise in the building of networks of researchers, other scientists, and education professionals. For example, he helped establish: a Center for Cancer Treatment and Research; a Nanoscience Center; and an NIH supported Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network for South Carolina. Dr. Dunlap served as a volunteer National Trainer (1983-1994) for the American Cancer Society (ACS) in its innovative Volunteer Development and Staff Enrichment Programs. In recognition of this work and over 250 presentations featuring cancer education, cancer research, and volunteer and staff training, he was recognized as the recipient of the 1994 South Carolina Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Awareness.
Dr. Dunlap has served extensively as a reviewer of manuscripts for many academic journals, as both an internal and external reviewer of many research proposals, and as a panel member and site visitor in the reviewing and rating of grant applications for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, etc. In the course of serving as a reviewer for both graduate and undergraduate programs for the University of South Florida and Florida International University, a major Hispanic Serving Institution (MSI), he assisted them in strategic planning for guiding future development.
In August 2003 Professor Dunlap began serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at FIU. In this role he was responsible for 22 academic departments and managing an annual budget of $55 million and an additional $25 million in research funding. Dean Dunlap led the development of annual and five year strategic plans for the college. Dean Dunlap assisted in the development of the newly established College of Public Health and served on the crucial planning committee leading to the establishment of the Wertheim School of Medicine. Perhaps his signature accomplishment as Dean was in formulating the strategic planning to reorganize the College of Arts and Sciences and its administrative structure to its present configuration, namely a college with an Executive Dean, consisting of three separate schools, each with its own dean, consisting of departments organized around common educational and research themes. He retired from FIU in 2009.
During his last several years at FIU Dr. Dunlap began serving as a Consultant in research and development activities, primarily with the South Carolina EPSCoR Program. These activities, which intensified after May 2009, included reviewing of numerous grant applications, serving as a board member for the SC INBRE Program as well as a member of numerous external program and grant review committees, assisting with the writing and revision of major grant applications, and as an informal advisor to the State Director of the SC EPSCoR Office. During a period of unusually intense activity, Professor Dunlap worked closely, on virtually a daily basis, with State Director Scott Little from January through September 2013 on numerous projects including initiating three new funding grant programs to support undergraduate research, collaborative research between faculty at SC research universities and their counterparts at the predominantly undergraduate institutions, and the support of technology development in the academic community.
The founder of Logical Inquiry, LLC, Dr. T. Scott Little, and all Key Associates hold the terminal (Ph.D.) degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, mathematics and/or engineering. The company affiliates with a network of more than 300 Ph.D. scientists, mathematicians and engineers nationwide to conduct its business activities. Key Associates hold Certification in Advanced, Quantitative, and Qualitative Evaluation Practice; and are formally trained in Policy Analysis, Reporting, Ethics, and Peer Review. These Certifications and training are from the Center for Evaluation Effectiveness at George Washington University (now Private as The Evaluators’ Institute), The Performance Institute (Washington, DC), and/or personal experience.
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