Research Communications

Baker Fund supports six faculty research, scholarship and creative projects this spring 

April 30, 2014

During the spring cycle of the Baker Fund awards, the university received 15 proposals requesting $170,805, including a record eight resubmissions. The Baker Fund committee selected six proposals totaling $69,567.  

Endowed in 1961 by a gift of more than $612,000 from 1926 College of Arts and Sciences graduate Edwin L. Kennedy and his wife, Ruth, a 1930 graduate of the College of Education, The John C. Baker Fund was established to support faculty improvement and research efforts. Up to $12,000 is available for each award. Due to the competitive nature of the spring cycle, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity provided supplemental funding to the program this year.

The following proposals were selected in April:

1.    Anne Loucks, Professor
Biological Sciences
Validation of a New Device for Mechanical Response Tissue Analysis
Amount Awarded: $12,000

2.    Stephen Reilly, Professor
Biological Sciences
The Ecological Relevance of Jumping in Primitive Frogs
Amount Awarded: $12,000

3.    Karen Coschigano and Kelly McCall, Associate Professors
Biomedical Sciences and Specialty Medicine (OUHCOM)
Does Coxsackievirus Infection of the NOD Mouse Accelerate Diabetic Nephropathy?
Amount Awarded: $12,000

4.    Allan Showalter, Professor
Environmental and Plant Biology
Arabinogalactan-Protein and Cell Wall-Associated Receptor Kinase Interactions: Cellular Signaling of Root Growth in Arabidopsis
Amount Awarded: $11,671

5.    Jeffery Connor, Professor
How Does a STEM Background Influence Teaching? Perceptions of Teacher Candidates with STEM Oriented Backgrounds Moving into Teaching Careers
Amount Awarded: $9,896

6.    Janice Proctor, Associate Professor
Sociology, Ohio University- Eastern Campus
Exploring the Ability of Traditional Theories of Crime to Account for Female Criminality
Amount Awarded: $12,000

The Baker Fund offers two cycles of funding during fall and spring semesters. For more information about guidelines, forms and requirements for these programs, as well as sample funded proposals, please visit:

For questions, please contact Carma West, grants development coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity, at; 740.593.0929740.593.0929.