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Ohio University Foundation announces 1804 Fund awards

ATHENS, Ohio (July 18, 2006) -- The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $410,772 from the 1804 Fund to 20 new research and educational initiatives. Awards granted since the fund's inception total more than $13.7 million. Projects receiving awards during the 2006 funding cycle range from the acquisition of Near Infrared (NIR) absorption and fluorescence spectrometer to promote research and education in nanoscience and nanotechnology to the gathering of oral histories from Zuni artists represented in the Kennedy Museum's Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Native American Collection.

"The 1804 Fund grant for a Near Infrared (NIR) spectrometer will give us a boost in nanoscience research and education," said Liwei Chen, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and grant recipient. "Related projects will be incorporated into undergraduate lab courses, which is a great opportunity to bring undergraduate physical chemistry labs to the cutting-edge of current nanoscience and nanotechnology. To me personally, the award means that OU recognizes the importance of nanoscience and nanotechnology and supports education as well as faculty research in this field. I'm very encouraged and will keep devoting myself to the research and education of nanoscience at OU"

The 1804 Fund was endowed in 1979 by a visionary gift "to enhance the quality of university programs and life" through its support of faculty research and graduate studies as well as undergraduate learning. Since awarding its first grants in 1980, the fund has supported more than 550 projects and programs. 

"Making awards from The 1804 Fund is a highlight of The Ohio University Foundation Board's annual meeting," said interim Executive Director of the Ohio University Foundation Molly Mayo Tampke. "Board members look forward to reviewing faculty proposals. It becomes clear during this process that these grants have a profound impact on learning and research at the university."

This year, six proposals received a total of $205,386 in funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research supplemented the awards with an additional $23,719. Projects that promote research and scholarly activities, multidisciplinary work and innovations in graduate education were selected. In this year's 1804 competition, Ohio University faculty and staff submitted 20 proposals requesting nearly $620,000.

The 1804 Fund made $205,386 in awards to 16 projects in the undergraduate learning category, administered by University College. Four of these projects also received funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category. Faculty and staff submitted 25 proposals in the undergraduate learning category totaling more than $800,000. This category supports projects that promote curricular innovations, programs and activities that enhance the undergraduate educational experience. Collaborative projects that focus on innovations in technology for learning, teaching excellence and writing excellence receive preference.

A gift made more than 25 years ago continues to influence the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening, and enhancing a learning-centered community. Today, it is a university priority to grow the 1804 Fund endowment from $3.3 to $10 million. To make a gift in support of the fund, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 1-800-592-FUND or e-mail giving@ohio.edu.

A list of all 1804 Fund recipients for 2006 follows. Faculty and staff interested in applying for the 2007 award cycle must have a preliminary discussion with the Vice President for Research or Dean of University College by March 15. Proposals are due April 15. More information is available online at www.ohiou.edu/research/1804.html or www.ohiou.edu/univcollege/fund/

2006 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, faculty research and graduate studies AND undergraduate learning

Project: "School of Theater Lighting Equipment Upgrade"
Recipient: Michael Lincoln, School of Theater
Amount: $30,000/$15,000

Project: "Near Infrared Spectrometer for Nanoscience Research and Education"
Recipients: Liwei Chen, Peter Harrington, Michael Jensen, Jeffrey Rack, Hugh Richardson and Greg Van Patten, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Wojciech Jadwisienczak, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Eric Stinaff, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Amount: $31,040/$10,000

Project: "Art of the Zuni Oral History Project"
Recipient: Sally Delgado and Jennifer McLerran, Kennedy Museum of Art
Amount: $19,614/$10,000

Project: "Research Infrastructure for Game Research and Immersive Design Lab"
Recipient: John Bowditch, Karen Riggs and Benjamin Schneider, School of Telecommunications
Amount: $15,000/$15,000

2006 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, faculty research and graduate studies

Project: "Large Animal Research and Housing Facility"
Recipients: Audrone Biknevicius, Patrick O'Connor, Nancy Stevens, Susan Williams and Lawrence Witmer, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Steve Reilly, Department of Biological Sciences; and Betty Sindelar, School of Physical Therapy
Amount: $50,000

Project: "A Multi-User Bioreactor for Life Sciences"
Recipients: Donald Holzschu, Department of Biological Sciences
Amount: $32,261

Project: "Biodiesel Production from Algal Biomass Feedstocks"
Recipient: David Bayless and Gregory Kremer, Department of Mechanical Engineering; R. Guy Riefler and Ben Stuart, Department of Civil Engineering; and Morgan Vis, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology
Amount: $26,281 (plus $23,719 from the Vice President for Research)

Project: "Enhancement of Campus-wide Facility for Transmission Electron Microscopy"
Recipient: Robert Hikida, Department of Biomedical Sciences; and Iain Miller and Ellengene Peterson, Department of Biological Sciences
Amount: $10,804

2006 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, undergraduate learning

Project: "Stereo Microscopy for Biological Sciences Laboratory Courses"
Recipients: Ralph A. DiCaprio, Department of Biological Sciences
Amount: $18,000

Project: "Developing an Appalachian Studies Center at Ohio University"
Recipients: Sharon Denham, School of Nursing; Merle Graybill, University Outreach & Regional Campuses; and Richard Greenlee, Department of Social Work
Amount: $17,000

Project: "Technology, Arts, and Communication: An Interdisciplinary Education, Service and Research Pilot Project to Benefit Individuals with and without Disabilities"
Recipients: John McCarthy, School of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences; Kamile O'Donnell, School of Music; and Cathleen Waller, Child Development Center
Amount: $15,332

Project: "Enhancement of the Core Music Theory Experience: Remediation, Fluency, and Retention"
Recipients: Allyn D. Reilly and Elizabeth Sayrs, School of Music
Amount: $15,000

Project: "First Year Experience at Ohio University Research Initiative"
Recipients: Jennifer Hinton, Robin Mittelstaedt and Danny Twilley, School of Recreation and Sport Sciences; Wendy Merb-Brown, Learning Community Programs; Amy Six, University Experience Courses; and Scott Titsworth, School of Communication Studies
Amount: $15,000

Project: "Anywhere, Anytime Active Learning and Assessment for Introductory Computer Science"
Recipients: David Chelberg, David Juedes and Cynthia Marling, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Amount: $14,000

Project: "Realizing Potential: Further Learning Enhancement in Biological Anthropology"
Recipients: Nancy E. Tatarek, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Amount: $11,000

Project: "Engineering & Technology Public Policy Curriculum Development"
Recipients: Todd D. Myers, Department of Industrial Technology
Amount: $10,000

Project: "Enhancing Undergraduate Experience Using a Critical Analysis Tool"
Recipients: Tim Sharp, WOUB Center for Public Media
Amount: $10,000

Project: "A Shared Learning Program in Mathematics at Ohio University Eastern Campus"
Recipients: Zijian Diao and John Prather, Mathematics, Ohio University Eastern Campus
Amount: $8,000

Project: "Sophomore Research Seminar"
Recipients: Eddith A. Dashiell, Graduate Studies, Multicultural Graduate Affairs
Amount: $7,000

Project: "Strengthening Journalism Education: Investigative Reporting and Computer-Assisted Reporting"
Recipients: Bernhard Debatin, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism
Amount: $5,440

Chartered in 1804, Ohio University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Students come from every state in the union and 100 different countries. Presently enrolling more than 29,000 students on the Athens campus and five regional campuses, Ohio University offers 285 undergraduate majors through 10 academic colleges and the Center for International Studies. The university also offers master's degrees in nearly all areas, 20 doctoral degrees and a doctoral degree in osteopathic medicine. 

The Ohio University Foundation is the repository for all private gifts through annual giving programs, capital, and special campaigns and planned or deferred gifts. The Foundation is an institutionally related, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501c(3) organization.

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