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Six faculty members receive Baker Fund support during spring 2017 cycle

From staff reports | Apr 14, 2017

The John C. Baker Fund awarded $67,163 total to six faculty proposals for research, scholarship and creative work during spring semester 2017.

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.

The Baker Fund committee received 13 proposals requesting $153,334 total.


1. Shiyong Wu, Edison Biotechnology Institute
The Role of Carnosol in Preventing Skin Cancer Development
Amount Funded: $12,000

2. Rebecca Sell, School of Visual Communication
Abandoning the Cut
Amount Funded: $11,458

3. Allan Showalter, Environmental and Plant Biology
Glucuronosyltransferase Genes Involved in the Biosynthesis and Function of Arabinogalactan-Proteins in Arabidopsis: A Genetic Mutant Analysis
Amount Funded: $12,000

4. Alison Brown Sincoff, Michele Fiala and Matthew Morris, School of Music
Disseminating Contemporary Works for Wind Trio
Amount Funded: $8,150

5. Jennifer Hines, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biogenic Amine Modulation of Regulatory RNA Function
Amount Funded: $12,000

6. Alireza Sarvestani, Mechanical Engineering
Cellular Compass: How Cells Choose the “Right” Direction
Amount Funded: $11,555                  

For more information about guidelines, forms and requirements for the program, as well as sample funded proposals, please visit: http://www.ohio.edu/research/Funding.cfm.

For questions, please contact Carma West, grant development coordinator in the Research Division, at westc@ohio.edu; 740.593.0929.