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Ohio University Foundation announces 1804 Fund awards

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 17, 2004) -- The Ohio University Foundation has awarded $267,355 from the 1804 Fund to 15 new research and educational initiatives -- making the total awards granted since the fund's inception more than $13 million. Projects receiving awards during the 2004 funding cycle range from research on artificial muscle materials that will enable elderly mobility to undergraduate student production of a feature-length documentary film.

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.

"The 1804 Fund continues to have a profound impact on learning and research at Ohio University," said Executive Director of the Ohio University Foundation Leonard Raley. "Its influence is evident in the more than 500 projects and programs it's supported over the years -- including the Contemporary History Institute and the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. It's a shining example of the difference endowment dollars make in the life of the university."

This year, five proposals received a total of $137,355 in funding in the faculty research and graduate studies category, administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. 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 18 proposals requesting more than half-a-million dollars," said Vice President for Research Jack Bantle. "Those funded represent an excellent group of proposals."

The 1804 Fund made $130,000 in awards to 10 projects in the undergraduate learning category, administered by University College. Faculty and staff submitted 19 proposals in this category totaling more than $400,000. 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.

"The review committee considered the proposals in light of how the university can best invest resources to have a broad and deep impact on the quality of undergraduate learning," said University College Dean David Descutner.

A gift made a quarter of a century ago continues to influence the university's core mission of maintaining, strengthening and enhancing a learning-centered community.

A list of all 1804 Fund recipients for 2004 follows. Faculty and staff interested in applying for the 2005 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/.

2004 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, faculty research and graduate studies

Project: "Greenhouse for Research on Plan-Insect Interactions"
Recipients: Kim Cuddington and Kelly Johnson, Department of Biological Sciences
Amount: $30,000

Project: "Regenerative Supercirculation Wing for Vertical Takeoff: Experimental Concept Validation"
Recipients: J. Jim Zhu, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Robert Williams II, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Gregory Kremer, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Amount: $30,000

Project: "Enhancement of the Research Infrastructure: Forensic Anthropology and Biology & DNA Research Facility"
Recipients: Scott Moody, Department of Biological Sciences; Nancy Tatarek, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Bruce McCord, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Amount: $29,098

Project: "Enhancing Ceramic Technology"
Recipient: Brad Schwieger, School of Art
Amount: $26,057

Project: "Enabling Elderly Mobility - An Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Pilot Project in Gerontechnolgy"
Recipients: Gari Lesnoff-Caravaglia, School of Health Sciences; J. Jim Zhu, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Robert Hikida, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Amount: $22,200

2004 recipients of 1804 Fund awards, undergraduate learning

Project: "McNair Enhancement Grant"
Recipient: Raymie E. McKerrow, School of Communication Studies
Amount: $26,800

Project: "Enhancing the Music Therapy Undergraduate Curriculum through Video Conferencing"
Recipient: Anita Louise Steel, School of Music
Amount: $18,059

Project: "IGNITE (Impacting Growth in Nursing through Innovative Training Equipment"
Recipient: Sally Fusner and Sharon Staib, Zanesville Campus
Amount: $18,000

Project: "Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Observation at the Ohio University Child Development Center"
Recipients: Angela C. Baum and Eugene Geist, School of Human and Consumer Sciences; and Cathleen Waller and Terry Swank, Child Development Center
Amount: $15,000

Project: "Establishing a Human Plastination Library as a Teaching-Lab and Campus Resource"
Recipient: John M. Zook, Department of Biological Sciences
Amount: $12,120

Project: "Digital and Theoretical Approaches to Fine Art Studio Photography"
Recipients: Jim Fike and Bob Lazuka, School of Art
Amount: $10,000

Project: "Integrating Public Speaking Across the Curriculum"
Recipients: R. Sam Larson, Center for Teaching Excellence/School of Communication Studies; B. Scott Titsworth, School of Communication Studies
Amount: $10,000

Project: "Undergraduate Learning in Europe"
Recipient: Keith Newman, Telecommunications Center
Amount: $8,048

Project: "Perspectives Special Edition: Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity"
Recipient: Andrea Gibson, Research Communication
Amount: $7,673

Project: "Freshman Engagement Program"
Recipient: Michael T. Bila, College of Business
Amount: $4,300

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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