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Ohio University Foundation announces 1804 Fund awards

July 26, 2007
By Jennifer Bowie

The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $247,147 from the 1804 Fund to 14 new research and educational initiatives. Awards granted since the fund's inception total nearly $14 million.

2007 recipients of 1804 Fund awards in the categories of faculty research and graduate studies and undergraduate learning

Project: "Next Stop, New York: A Pilot Program in Creative Activity, Teaching and Co-Production"
Recipients: Ursula Belden, Shelley Delaney, Charles Smith and Robert St. Lawrence, School of Theater
Amount: $12,000/$12,700

Project: "Enriching Undergraduate Learning and Faculty/Graduate Research through Initiation of a State-wide Botanical Database Network and Digital Ohio Flora"
Recipients: Harvey Ballard Jr., Department of Environmental & Plant Biology
Amount: $23,085/$13,123

Projects receiving awards during the 2007 funding cycle will range from the purchase of a solid state laser pumped tunable dye laser system -- an essential tool in the study of nanomaterials -- to a collaboration between the School of Theater and the Theater for the New City that will culminate in productions of the new play "Knock Me a Kiss."

"The production of 'Knock Me a Kiss' in Athens and its subsequent production off-Broadway in collaboration with a major off-Broadway theater will provide our students -- both graduate and undergraduate -- the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the highest-caliber theater artists in the country in one of the most dynamic and exciting theatrical and cultural centers in the country, New York," said Robert St. Lawrence, director of the School of Theater. "I was thrilled to learn that Ohio University, through this 1804 grant, was willing to take advantage of the great potential that the School of Theater has to contribute to the national prominence of this institution."

2007 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, faculty research and graduate studies

Project: "Perspectives on African Decolonization"
Recipient: Nicholas Creary, Department of History
Amount: $25,000

Project: "Solid State Laser Pumped Tunable Dye Laser System with Frequency Doubling Module for Nanophotonics Research and Education"
: Wojciech Jadwisienczak, Savas Kaya and Ralph Whaley, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Marty Kordesch, Department of Physics and Astronomy; and Liwei Chen, Aurangzeb Khan and Greg Van Patten, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Amount: $24,646

Project: "High Definition Digital Cinema Initiative"
Recipient: D. Thomas Hayes, School of Film
: $22,749

Project: "Computer Controlled Mechanical Testing for Materials Research and Education"
: Khairul Alam and Frank Kraft, Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Pete Klein, Department of Industrial Technology Amount: $22,500

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 job that trustees of The Ohio University Foundation take very seriously and thoroughly enjoy," says Howard Lipman, president and CEO of the foundation. "It becomes clear during the review process that these grants have a profound impact on learning and research at the university."

This year, six proposals received a total of $115,709 in funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. In addition, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost supplemented the awards with an additional $14,271. 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 14 proposals requesting nearly $350,000.

2007 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, undergraduate learning

Project: "Global Awareness Program"
: Haley Duschinski, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Arthur Hughes, Department of Modern Languages; and Amritjit Singh, Department of English
: $17,429

Project: "Dataloggers, Sensors and Autopipettors for Entry-Level Chemistry Labs"
: Kenneth Brown, Karen Eichstadt and Frazier Nyasulu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Amount: $17,000

Project: "The Kanawha Project: Integrating Environmental Issues Across the Curriculum"
: Nancy Manring, Department of Political Science; and Michele Morrone, Department of Environmental Studies
: $15,586

Project: "The FLES Program: Community Outreach, Student Growth and a Global Outlook" Recipient: Barbara Reichenbach, Department of Modern Languages
Amount: $13,200

Project: "RADIUS Risk Awareness for Disease & Infection Undergraduate Study"
Recipients: Mohannad Al-Saghir and Tarig Higazi, Ohio University-Zanesville
: $11,000

Project: "Learning Communities at the Center/Student Development to a Higher Plane: An Initiative for Undergraduate and Graduate Education in History"
Recipient: T. David Curp, Department of History
Amount: $10,800

Project: "Computers in the Classroom to Enhance Student Learning"
: Sarah Wyatt, Department of Environmental and Plant Biology
Amount: $10,600

Project: "The African American Presence in the Ohio River Valley Oral History Project"
: Vibert Cambridge, African American Studies; Casey Hayward, School of Telecommunications; Deanda Johnson, African American Research and Service Institute; Chang Liu, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Susan Sarnoff, Department of Social Work
: $10,000

The 1804 Fund made $131,438 in awards to 10 projects in the undergraduate learning category, administered by University College. Two of these projects also received funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category. Faculty and staff submitted 19 proposals in the undergraduate learning category totaling nearly $450,000. This category supports projects that promote curricular innovations, and 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.

"The 1804 Fund is an essential part of both the academic plan and President Roderick J. McDavis' charge to advance the academic mission of the university," Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl said. "The nature of the review process through which projects are selected and the quick dispersal of funding strengthen the academic and research mission of the university. These projects will have a positive impact on the educational experience, creative activity and research of our students and faculty."

A gift made more than a quarter of a century ago continues to influence the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening and enhancing a learning-centered community. To make a gift in support of the fund, contact The Ohio University Foundation at 800-592-FUND or e-mail giving@ohio.edu.

A list of all 1804 Fund recipients for 2007 follows. Faculty and staff interested in applying for the 2008 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.research.ohiou.edu (click on the "funding" link) or www.ohiou.edu/univcollege/fund/.

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Published: Jul 20, 2006 3:50:00 PM
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