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ODU Announces Winners of Summer Research Grant Awards

Old Dominion University's Office of Research has awarded 2011 summer research grants totaling $6,000 each to 15 projects by ODU faculty members.

The grants, awarded in two categories - Summer Experience Enhancing Collaborative Research (SEECR) and Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) - were announced Jan. 21.

The winners of the SEECR grants are:

  • Hongwei Zhu, assistant professor of information technology and decision sciences, and Bruce Rubin, associate professor of finance, for their study "Game-Based Financial Literacy and Computational Thinking";
  • Sheri Colberg-Ochs, professor of human movement sciences, and C. Thomas Somma, associate professor of medical laboratory and radiation sciences, for their study "The Effect of Exercise Type on Postprandial Glycemia, Heart Rate Variability, and Mood in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes";
  • Yaohang Li, associate professor of computer science, and Jiang Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, for their study "Large Scale Manifold Learning and its Application in Biomedical Research"; and
  • Dimitrie C. Popescu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Stephan Olariu, professor of computer science, for their study "TRENDS: A Cyber-Physical System for Traffic-Related Event Detection and Dissemination."

The SRFP grants have been awarded to:

  • Yuzhong Shen, assistant professor of modeling, simulation and visualization engineering, for the study "Element Tetris: Cross Platform Serious Games for Learning Chemistry";
  • John McManus, assistant professor of English, for his novel "A Mantooth Covenant";
  • Greta Pratt, assistant professor of art, for her work "The Southern Belle";
  • Anna Mirkova, assistant professor of history, for her study "Reform and Citizenship, or How did Ottoman Muslims become a Bulgarian National Minority, (ca. 1856-1939)";
  • Jinsun Lee, assistant professor of communication and theatre arts, for the book proposal "Citizen 2.0: Netizens in the Contentious Politics of South Korea";
  • Timothy Orr, assistant professor of history, for his study "Politics in the Union Army during the American Civil War";
  • Jong Chool Park, associate professor of accounting, for the study "Product Market Competition, Managerial Slack, and Cost of Capital";
  • Juita-Elena 'Wie' Yusuf, assistant professor of urban studies and public administration, for her study "Government Financial Information Needs of Citizens and Popular Financial Reporting";
  • Christianne Fowler, lecturer of nursing, for her study "Caregiver Quality of Life and Access to a Primary Care Provider";
  • Jelmer Vos, assistant professor of history, for the study "The Kingdom of Kongo, 1880-1915"; and
  • Corrin Richels, assistant professor of communication disorders and special education, for the study "Spontaneous Use of Words that Express Emotions in Children Who Do and Do Not Stutter."

SEECR is a program that funds pilot projects involving collaboration of two ODU 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.

Faculty may be in either full-time tenured or tenure-track positions. Faculty members are funded in pairs, and funding is based upon both the merit of the proposed project and cross-disciplinary breadth. The only constraints are that the project must constitute a new collaboration and that it must be multidisciplinary.

The award includes a stipend of $6,000 for the summer effort. In addition, up to $5,000 will be available to the pair for supplies, equipment or part-time assistance (such as a graduate or undergraduate student assistant).

The SRFP is for returning, full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards are designed to facilitate activities that will ultimately attract outside funding. Each award recipient will be expected to devote full time to his/her research for a continuous eight-week period during the summer. This program is sponsored by the Office of Research in collaboration with the Faculty Senate.

The award includes a stipend of $6,000 and up to $1,000 for justified expenses. These expenses may include travel to complete research during the period of the award. An additional $500 may be requested for post-award travel upon completion of the summer research.

This article was posted on: January 26, 2011

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