Research Communications

OURC, Baker awards offer more than $95,000 in funding to 10 faculty members 

Jan. 13, 2015

The John C. Baker Fund and the Ohio University Research Committee awarded $95,175 total to 10 faculty proposals for research, scholarship and creative work during fall semester.

Both internal awards programs now are accepting proposals for the spring cycle of funding in January and February. 

Baker Fund

During the fall cycle of the Baker Fund awards, the university received 15 proposals requesting $160,662.

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 selected five proposals and awarded $58,567 total.

The fall recipients are:

Fuh-Cherng Jeng and Brandie Nance, Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
Computer Modeling of Brainstem Responses to Voice Pitch in American and Chinese Neonates
Funding:  $10,580

Xia Jing, Social and Public Health
Development of an Online Data Filtering, Analysis and Visualization Tool for Large Hierarchical Data Sets
Funding:  $12,000

Melissa Haviland, Art and Design
Anti-gravity: A Large Format Polaroid Photography Project
Funding:  $12,000

Molly Morris, Biological Sciences
Intralocus Tactical Conflict: Constraint on the Evolution of Alternative Reproductive Tactics?
Funding:  $12,000

Vincent Caranchini, Art and Design
Architectural Residue(s)
Funding:  $11,987

Ohio University Research Committee

The Ohio University Research Committee received 14 proposals requesting $106,384. This fund supports early-stage research, scholarship and creative projects by staff, new faculty or established faculty seeking new directions in their work. Up to $8,000 is available for each award.

The committee selected five proposals and awarded $36,608 total.

The fall recipients are:

Alycia Stigall, Geological Sciences
Constraining the timing of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE) in North American brachiopods
Funding:  $7,980

Youmee Kim, Music
Recording "American Contemporary Piano Music" by Centaur Records
Funding:  $5,000

Todd Fredricks and Brian Plow, HCOM- Family Medicine & Media Arts and Studies
The Veterans' Project: A Documentary for Health Care Providers (Phase 1)
Funding:  $7,629

Kelly Williams, Biological Sciences
Maternal Resource Acquisition and Allocation: How is Offspring Growth and Survival Related to Individual Behavioral and Environmental Variation?
Funding:  $7,999

Josh Birnbaum, Visual Communication
Banks of the Ohio: A Visual Survey of Bluegrass Music Culture in the Ohio River Valley   
Funding:  $8,000

Spring proposals now accepted

The Ohio University Research Committee is accepting proposals for its spring cycle through 4 p.m., Jan. 29, and the Baker Fund is accepting proposals through 4 p.m., Feb. 12.

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; 740.593.0929.