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Office of Research Announces Support for Summer Projects

The Old Dominion University Office of Research will fund an eclectic grouping of summer 2010 research projects ranging from a scholarly look at how the music industry is changing to statistical modeling for DNA sequencing.

A total of 16 ODU faculty members will split $113,000 awarded via the office's Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) and Summer Experience Enhancing Collaborative Research (SEECR) program. The researchers are from five ODU colleges, and to be eligible had to be full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

These programs are sponsored by the Office of Research in collaboration with the Faculty Senate.

Mohammad Karim, the ODU vice president for research, said the awards are made to promote scholarly endeavors and creative activities that will ultimately attract outside funding or result in important publications. Each award recipient will be expected to devote full time to his/her research for a continuous eight-week period during the summer.

SRFP focuses on new, inexperienced investigators, and more experienced investigators doing exploratory studies for which they have received no external funding to date.

SEECR is an intramural program that funds pilot projects involving collaboration of two faculty members from different colleges. The goal of the program is to inspire greater numbers of collaborations among faculty and to assist pairs of faculty in obtaining pilot data as background for submission of proposals to federal funding agencies.

SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (total funded, $96,000)

- Tim Anderson - Communication and Theatre Arts, College of Arts and Letters, "Imminent Flexibility: New Music Industry Practices in the Age of the End User."

- Robyn Bluhm - Philosophy and Religious Studies, College of Arts and Letters, "The Influence of Social and Methodological Values on Functional Neuroimaging Research on Sex Differences."

- Jackie Filla - Political Science and Geography, College of Arts and Letters, "Citizen Efficacy and Local Initiative Use."

- Nak-Kyeong Kim - Mathematics and Statistics, College of Sciences, "Statistical Modeling for Peak Finding in ChIP-seq Data."

- Richard Landers - Psychology, College of Sciences, "Using Social Networking and Learner-Centered Measurement in Automated Social Mentoring."

- Jiang Li - Electrical and Computer Engineering, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, "Characterization of Brain Tissue and Predicting Brain Tumor Recurrence Using Multisequence."

- Anthony Lichi - Art, College of Arts and Letters, "The Medical Culture of Death in Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy: Documents and Sources."

- Hua Liu - Political Science and Geography, College of Arts and Letters, "Examining the Spatial-Temporal Effects of Urban Heat Islands on West Nile Virus Dissemination: A Study of Orleans Parish, La., and Mobile County, Ala."

- Michael McShane - Finance, College of Business and Public Administration, "Enterprise Risk Management and Firm Value."

- Miguel Padilla - Psychology, College of Sciences, "Multiple Imputation for Measurement Error Correction in Statistical Models."

- Dimitrie Popescu - Electrical and Computer Engineering, Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology, "Investigating Performance of Feedback-Based Transmitter Adaptation Schemes in Dynamic Wireless Networks."

- David Roh - English, College of Arts and Letters, "Extralegal Texts: Amateur Writers Shaping Canonicity."

- Alla Zareva - English, College of Arts and Letters, "Lexical Profile and Lexical Diversity of Students' Academic Discourse: A Comparison Between Oral and Written Academic Genres Across English Native-Speaking and International Graduate Students."

- Xihe Zhu - Human Movement Sciences, Darden College of Education, "The Effect of Task Cognitive Demand on Situational Interest and Performance."

SUMMER EXPERIENCE ENHANCING COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH (total funded, $17,000)

- Poornima Madhavan - Psychology, College of Sciences; and Michael Seiler - Finance, College of Business and Public Administration, "Using Ocular Tracking Technology to Examine the Cognitive Dimensions of Residential Real Estate Sales."

This article was posted on: February 5, 2010

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