Nick Carr, DO, a 2005 Honors Tutorial College graduate and a 2009 graduate from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, works in the biochemistry lab.

Nick Carr, DO, a 2005 Honors Tutorial College graduate and a 2009 graduate from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, works in the biochemistry lab.

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OHIO’s 1804 Fund awards 15 new research and community outreach initiatives

The Ohio University Foundation Board’s 1804 Fund committee has awarded $265,475 for faculty research and graduate student research projects and $215,475 to 11 projects for undergraduate learning for the 2013 academic year. The 1804 Fund fosters innovation and collaboration across disciplines. The fund supports projects that focus on excellence in undergraduate education, faculty research and graduate studies and supports the University's core mission of "maintaining, strengthening, and enhancing a learning-centered community."

Faculty Research and Graduate Studies Awards Pool: 

Project: Enhancing 3D Imaging Research at Ohio University: Acquisition of a MicroCT Scanner to Replace and Upgrade Current Capabilities 
Recipients: Lawrence Witmer, Biomedical Sciences; Jundong Liu, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Scott Hooper, Biological Sciences
Amount funded: $75,000
Description: The new scanner, which replaces a decommissioned one, is a major research tool for OHIO faculty and students in biomedicine, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, paleontology, and engineering. 

Project: Development of a Cellular Metabolism Core Facility: Acquisition of the Seahorse Bioscience XF Analyzer 
Recipients: Darlene Berryman, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness and Biomedical Sciences; Brian Clark, Biomedical Sciences; Shiyong Wu, Edison Biotechnology Institute 
Amount Funded: $75,000
Description: This unique instrument and its software will help to develop a core facility dedicated to research in cellular metabolism—the process by which cells produce and consume energy—for three Ohio University institutes. 

Project: Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe) 
Recipients: Jeff Russell, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; Craig Chappell, Family Medicine; Chad Starkey, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; Jennifer Yoder, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; Marina Walchli, Dance; Gail Berenson, Piano Performance; and Katherine Rohrer, Voice. 
Amount Funded: $63,083
Description: The injury rate for performing artists is higher than for traditional athletes. The SHAPe program will provide a clinic—the program’s hub—that will offer healthcare services to performing arts students; a lab for conducting research; and a curricula to educate performing arts and healthcare students. This project also received $18,000 in funding from the Undergraduate Learning Awards pool. 

Project: Creating the Stage Automation Technology Lab 
Recipient(s): Daniel Denhart, Theater Production, Design, and Technology 
Amount funded: $52,392
Description: The award provides for cutting edge stage automation equipment and establishes a student technology lab in OHIO’s School of Theater for Production, Design and Technology students and performance students. Students will learn how to use the technology to produce an enhanced performance experience. This project also received $15,077 in funding from the Undergraduate Learning Awards pool.

Undergraduate Learning Awards

Project: Office of Student Community Engagement 
Recipient(s): Kevin Davis, Community Engagement 
Amount: $40,000 
Description: This award helps in the development of the Office of Student Community Engagement which will facilitate community service, service learning and volunteerism among students and provide support for faculty, staff, students and community-based organizations. 

Project: Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Equipment for CHEM 4760L
Recipient(s): Michael P. Jensen, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Amount: $18,678
Description: The equipment supports the theories and curriculum taught in advanced inorganic chemistry.  

Project: From Classroom to Community: Building Capacity for Service Learning into the First Year Experience
Recipient(s): Lisa R. Kamody, Learning Community Programs; Kris Kumfer, Learning Community Programs; Barbara A. Harrison, Campus Involvement Center; Patricia Riley, Campus Involvement Center
Amount: $32,561
Description: Creates opportunities for faculty/instructors and first-year students to engage in service learning during the 2013 fall semester. Service learning teaches students about civic responsibility and offers them volunteer opportunities that benefit community-based organizations in the Athens community. 

Project: Advancing Carbon Neutrality: Using the Kanawha Model to Facilitate Climate Change Literacy
Recipient(s): Dr. Nancy Manring, Political Science; Loraine McCosker, Environmental Studies
Amount: $19,968
Description: This project uses the successful Kanawha Project to advance the implementation of the University’s Climate Action Plan, build awareness of climate change issues, and enhances the undergraduate curriculum through a climate change-themed Learning Community.  

Project: Global Health Certificate Online Course Creation for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Recipient(s): Deborah Meyer, Department of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology; Sally Marinellie, Rehabilitation & Communication Sciences; Terri Hood-Brown, Nursing; Solveig Spjeldnes, Social & Public Health; Gillian Ice, Social Medicine
Amount: $13,000
Description: The award supports 15 faculty from five OHIO colleges who will collaborate to create the online certificate that also requires a field experience course completed overseas or in an underserved area in the U.S. 

Project: The Garden as a Classroom: Cultivating Sustainability Awareness at the West State Street Research Site
Recipient(s): Sarah Minkin, Environmental Studies; Arthur Trese, Environmental & Plant Biology
Amount: $20,000
Description: The award supports the construction of a pavilion and greenhouse at the West State Street site where students will gain an enriched understanding of sustainability and expanded opportunities for place-based learning. 

Project: Upward Bound Art Program
Recipient(s): Kwabena Owusu-Kwarteng, Upward Bound (The Patton College); Rachel Clark, School of Art
Amount: $6,331
Description: Upward Bound provides participants the skills and motivation needed to earn a secondary education as well as succeed in a program of postsecondary education. The award provides arts education presented by art faculty and undergraduate art majors, who in turn gain a deeper understanding of Upward Bound participants and their culture. 

Project: Peer Led Team Learning in Biological Anthropology
Recipient(s): Nancy E. Tatarek, Sociology/ Anthropology
Amount: $14,208
Description: This proposal seeks funding for a pilot study of the efficacy of the model of peer-led team learning (PLTL) for Anthropology 2010. The PLTL model uses small, team-led sessions to enhance student learning and has been proven effective over time. 

Project: Strengthening War and Peace Studies at Ohio University
Recipient(s): Patricia Weitsman, Political Science; Haley Duschinski, Sociology/ Anthropology
Amount: $17,652
Description: This proposal seeks funding to enhance The War and Peace Studies program, providing this fast-growing and in-demand program with the support it needs to better manage its curricular infrastructure. 

The 1804 Fund awards are part of Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which will raise $450 million by June, 2015 to support students, faculty, research and creative activity, community outreach and select facilities. To date, the Campaign has raised more than $427 million in support of these priorities. To make a gift, visit