Research Communications

Ohio University Research Committee announces fall funding recipients 

Next funding deadline is Jan. 26

Jan. 20, 2012

The Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) awarded $23,986 during its fall cycle of funding to three faculty research, scholarship and creative activity projects.

The Vice President for Research and Creative Activity sponsors the OURC program to provide seed funding to new projects, which, in turn, may help faculty leverage additional external support.

The committee received seven proposals requesting $54,165 in funding for faculty work. It awarded funding to the following projects:

Peggy Mycek Zoccola, Department of Psychology, received $7,985 to examine whether ruminating over a past stressful experience prolongs stress-induced physiological inflammation. The study will look at risk factors for prolonged inflammation, as well as factors that may reduce it. Results will be shared through journal publications and conference presentations, and data will be used for a National Science Foundation proposal.

Shawn Chen, Department of Biological Sciences, received $7,980 for a project on global honeybee colony collapses. Scientists continue to investigate the cause of these population declines, as well as methods to combat them. Chen will use genetic sequencing technology to decipher the role of a bacterial species found in the gut of honeybees. The data will be used for a National Science Foundation proposal to fund a long-term research project in this area.

Daewoo Lee, Department of Biological Sciences, received $8,000 to characterize pre-symptomatic changes caused by Parkinson's disease toxins at the sub-cellular level. The research could aid the development of early detection methods for the disease. The data generated from this project will contribute to a National Institutes of Health proposal.

The deadline for proposals for the OURC winter cycle of funding is Thursday, Jan. 26. For more information about guidelines, requirements and forms, please visit or contact Eleni Zulia at (740) 593-0929,