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Four pairs of Old Dominion University researchers have been awarded up to $17,000 per pair for the university's 2006 Summer Experience Enhancing Collaborative Research (SEECR) program.

The program, which is run by the ODU Office of Research and the Research Foundation, provides funds to pilot projects involving faculty from different colleges. The goal is to support the start-up of collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that can qualify later for funding from outside the university.

"This is the second year of the program through which we are trying to cultivate unique research partnerships," said Mohammad Karim, vice president for research. "This program should allow these faculty teams to solidify collaborations in preparation for follow-up, externally funded research."

Old Dominion's 2005-09 Strategic Plan includes a research initiative promoting interdisciplinary research and a goal of ODU becoming one of the nation's top 100 research universities.

Each SEECR researcher receives a $6,000 stipend and each team is eligible for an additional $5,000 for supplies, equipment or part-time assistance during eight weeks next summer. Upon completing the research, the collaborators are expected to seek external funding to further their multidisciplinary research efforts. The faculty will also be required to present their research findings at the university research exposition.

The 2006 recipients and their project titles are:

* Rita DeBate, associate professor of community and environmental health, College of Health Sciences, and Thomas Cash, professor of psychology, College of Sciences: "Computer-Assisted Assessment of the Intra-Individual Variability and Level of Body Image Experiences."
* Jie Chen, professor of political science and geography, College of Arts and Letters, and Shaomin Li, professor of business administration, College of Business and Public Administration: "The Role of Foreign Direct Investment in the Democratization Process: A Cross-Country Study."
* H. Anna Jeng, assistant professor of community and environmental health, College of Health Sciences, and James Swanson, professor of biological sciences, College of Sciences: "Teratogenic Responses to Nanoparticles in Mouse Embryos."

* Yuping Liu, assistant professor of marketing, College of Business and Public Administration, and Yvette Pearson, assistant professor of philosophy, College of Arts and Letters: "Direct to Consumer Marketing of Genetic Tests and Services: Moral Perils and Practical Solutions."

This article was posted on: December 20, 2005

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