Research Communications

Ohio University Research Committee announces winter funding recipients 

Next funding deadline: October

April 3, 2012

The Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) awarded $73,969 during its fall cycle of funding to ten 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 17 proposals requesting $118,382 in funding for faculty work. It awarded support to the following projects:

Willem Roosenburg, Biological Sciences, “Metapopulation Structure of the Diamondback Terrapin in Chesapeake Bay,” $8,000
This study explores the genetic diversity and impacts of human activities and development on diamondback terrapins in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. Researchers will sample multiple populations in the bay and sequence microsatellite DNA as part of a long-term demographic study of the animals. Results will be published in journals and presented at conferences, and the data will contribute to larger proposals to the National Science Foundation and other funders.

Annie Howell, Film, “CLAIRE,” $8,000
Funds will support the pre-production and production of the feature-length narrative film CLAIRE. The film explores the emotional landscape of aging, identity, expectation and loss. Set in Appalachian Ohio, it will focus on the role of technology in modern life. The completed film will be entered into film festivals and distribution venues such as theaters and digital outlets.

Alexander Sergeev, Social and Public Health, “Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions in Populations with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes,” $7,975
This study will be the first to compare the effectiveness of two common interventions, artery bypass surgery and drug-eluting stents, for coronary heart disease for patients who also have diabetes. The long-term goal of this research is to improve the cardiovascular health of individuals with diabetes. Study results will be used to develop a National Institutes of Health R01 grant proposal.

Matthew Morris, Music, “Samplings: New Recordings for the Bassoon,” $7,981
Morris will record seven previously unrecorded works for bassoon for a new CD that will be distributed through a record label. The project will help to elevate the work of largely contemporary bassoon composers and will benefit professional musicians, teachers and students.

Laura Larson
, Art/Photography, “Mental Radio,” $7,733.43
Funds for this project will be used to produce Mental Radio, a multimedia project inspired by Upton Sinclair's 1930 book of the same name. The book chronicled the experiments Sinclair and his wife, Mary Craig, conducted to show her mental telepathy powers. The project continues Larson's thematic focus on vision, technology and faith, but will allow her to branch out into 16mm film and integrate her writing into the visual project. The installation of photos and film will be shown in galleries and museums.

John Kopchick, Edison Biotechnology Institute/Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, “Disruption of the Growth Hormone Receptor in Adult Mice: Effect on Health Span and Lifespan,” $8,000
Kopchick’s lab, home to the longest-lived laboratory mice, has found that reducing growth hormone in animals at conception results in an extended lifespan. The research will take a new direction by studying whether the disruption of growth hormone in adult mice also can increase longevity. The pilot study results will be used for publications and conferences, as well as for external funding proposals.

Mark Alicke, Psychology, “Frog-Pond Projection,” $6,625
The project will investigate how people estimate their prospects in moving from one environment to another, such as a different neighborhood, social group or university. This study will select college students with different GPAs and class ranks at several universities and will ask them to assess how well they could do academically at one of the other institutions under study. The data generated will be used to apply for National Science Foundation funding.

Marilyn Greenwald, Journalism, “Paying Her Dues: Pauline Frederick and Her Struggles in Television News,” $3,739
This project will continue to gather historical and biographical data about Pauline Frederick, a pioneer in what had been the exclusively male field of broadcast journalism. The data gathered will contribute to a book that examines Frederick's life, contributions, struggles and thoughts about the conflict of choosing a career or family. The book also will focus on a period in which radio and television became more influential and how that changed journalists' roles and skills.

Richard Willy, Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, “Real-time Gait Retraining to Reduce Knee Loading in Individuals at High Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis,” $7,963
This study will explore the use of a new method of gait retraining for those who have an undergone partial meniscectomy of the knee. This surgery significantly increases the risk for knee osteoarthritis. If successful, the method can be used to reduce knee problems in other populations at high risk for osteoarthritis, such as those with type 2 diabetes. Pilot data will be presented at conferences and published in journal articles, and the data will contribute to a National Institutes of Health R01 proposal.

Robert Brannan, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, “Assessment of High Pressure Processing on Shelf life, Texture and Quality of Pawpaw Pulp,” $7,953
Brannan, a food scientist, will work with an Ohio University plant cell wall expert and an Ohio State University food technology professional to assess the usefulness of high-pressure processing for pawpaws. Experiments and analysis will be conducted to determine if this technique can extend the fruit's shelf life. The results will be shared in journals and used for National Science Foundation or U.S. Department of Agriculture funding proposal.

The OURC program offers two cycles of funding in fall and winter. The next deadline for proposals will be in October. For more information about guidelines, requirements and forms, please visit or contact Eleni Zulia at (740) 593-0929,