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Ohio University Research Committee selects eight proposals for spring funding 

April 22, 2013

The Ohio University Research Committee has selected eight faculty proposals for funding during its spring 2013 cycle. In total, the committee awarded $62,832 to projects on topics such as identifying the genetic traits of individuals with social anxiety disorder and studying the historic journals of European nuns.

The program, which is funded by the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, provides seed money for new faculty members or senior faculty members seeking to start a new direction in their research. Applicants may request up to $8,000 per proposal.

The committee received a total of 17 proposals requesting $120,987 in funding. The spring 2013 funding recipients are:

•    Marina Peterson, an associate professor of interdisciplinary arts in the College of Fine Arts, received $7,942 for a study on the ethnography of wetlands restoration in Los Angeles.

•    Sonsoles de Lacalle, an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, received $8,000 for a study on how myostatin, a therapeutical candidate for the treatment of muscle wasting in adults, impacts the nervous system.

•    Justin Weeks, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received $8,000 to work with Ohio University’s Genomics Facility to identify genetic traits in people who have social anxiety disorder.

•    Ping-Yuan Wang, an assistant professor of history at the Lancaster campus, received $7,710 to examine the writings of nuns in convents in 17th century Spanish Netherlands, for use in a book project.

•    Molly Morris, a professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, received $8,000 for a study on whether asymmetry in fingerprints can be used to diagnose patients with Type 2 diabetes.

•    Frances Wymbs, an assistant professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received $7,200 for research on parents’ preferences for school- and community-based services for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

•    Mawadda Al-Naeeli, an assistant professor of biological sciences at the Zanesville campus, received $8,000 to examine how the hormone erythropoietin may regulate inflammation in the body.

•    Jared DeForest and Morgan Vis, associate professor and professor, respectively, in environmental and plant biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received $6,980 to develop and test a new method to quickly and inexpensively assess the impact of acid mine drainage on regional watersheds.

The Ohio University Research Committee will offer two cycles of funding, in fall and spring, during the 2013-14 school year. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.