OURC, post-doc programs award $124,000
Grants go to a dozen faculty in a wide range of disciplines
May 2, 2008
By Brittany Timmons
The Ohio University Research Committee and the University Post-Doctoral Fellow Program awarded 12 faculty members more than $124,000 in grants this spring. The programs provide funds for new research, scholarship and creative works in a broad range of disciplines.
"This was one of the most competitive pools that I can remember in my years on the OURC committee," said committee chair Gene Geist. "It's exciting to know that such vibrant research and creative activity is taking place here at Ohio University.
"The committee members had a very difficult job this year, and I commend and thank them for their hard work and commitment to promoting research endeavors at the university."
The Ohio University Research Committee awarded 10 grants that ranged from $4,300 to $8,000 each. The program, which provides seed money from the Vice President for Research for new projects, has awarded $1.15 million total since 1995. This fall, the program will expand to include a second cycle of funding for faculty.
"I feel really honored to be one of the OURC recipients and am excited that it will assist in my research efforts on hunger strikes. I am pleased and very grateful that the university makes funds such as the OURC award available," said Stephen Scanlan, an assistant professor of sociology and anthropology who will use the funding to study the sociopolitical significance of hunger strikes by women in the last century.
Robert Colvin, professor of biological sciences, will use the grant to study mechanisms that prevent neuronal death in stroke victims. "It is very likely that some of these compounds will be developed into treatments that, when given to humans, would prevent the damage to the brain that occurs after a stroke," he said.
Erin Murphy, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will use the OURC award to advance her research on the mechanisms of bacterial gene regulation. "I am honored to have been selected to receive an OURC award. As a new faculty member here at Ohio University, it is great to know that the university believes in me and is willing to help me reach my research goals."
Two post-doctoral fellowship positions also were awarded at $25,000 each. One of the objectives of the program is to help develop the next generation of scholars while making a contribution to the research and scholarship conducted at Ohio University. The post-doctoral fellowship committee has awarded $550,000 total since 1997.
"These funding programs help Ohio University meet its Vision OHIO goal of supporting and strengthening faculty research, scholarship and creative activity in select areas," said Kathy Krendl, executive vice president and provost.
2008 recipients of OURC awards:
- Stefan Gleissberg, assistant professor of environmental and plant biology, received $7,898 to study plant gene function in the California poppy.
- Patrick Hassett, associate professor of biological sciences, received $7,755 to study the dormancy of Calanus, a type of plankton, using molecular biology.
- Brian Clark, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, received $8,000 to determine the safety of low-intensity exercise that could promote muscle growth in patients after surgery.
- Wojciech Jadwisienczak, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, received $8,000 to build an instrument to measure magnetic and optical properties of semiconductors to be used by researchers within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and College of Arts and Sciences. This will aid in the design of new semi-magnetic conductors.
- Robert Colvin, professor of biological sciences, received $7,200 to study mechanisms that prevent neuronal death in stroke victims.
- Gerard Sasges, assistant professor of history, received $7,681 to travel to France to study and translate key works of Pham Quynh, a Vietnamese intellectual.
- Daniel Hembree, assistant professor of geological sciences, received $7,927 to study the burrowing behavior and biogenic structures of burrowing animals.
- Stephen Scanlan, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology, received $4,300 to study the comparative-historical use and sociopolitical significance of hunger strikes by women during the last century.
- Erin Murphy, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, received $8,000 to develop a new chemical that can block Shigella, a disease that causes severe diarrhea.
- Nicholas Creary, assistant professor of history, received $7,962 to travel to Belmopan, Belize, to research the interaction between Belizean literary cultural nationalists and early 20th century Belizean movements for social change.
2008 Post-Doctoral Fellowship awards:
- Paul King, research assistant professor, and Julie Roche, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, received $25,000 to hire a postdoctoral student to conduct physics experiments with an international research team at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory.
- Madappa Prakash, professor of physics and astronomy, received $25,000 to hire a postdoctoral student for theoretical studies of matter and to compare predictions to actual experimental data.
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Ohio University Research Committee: http://www.research.ohiou.edu/index.php?section=4&page=27
University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program: http://www.research.ohiou.edu/index.php?section=4&page=293
Published: May 2, 2008 10:38 AM