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FIVE TEAMS RECEIVE GRANTS FROM ODU OFFICE OF RESEARCH

Five research teams involving 26 faculty members at Old Dominion University and five collaborators from other institutions will share the nearly $400,000 in 2006 multidisciplinary seed funding from the ODU Office of Research.

The grants were announced Thursday, Nov. 16, by Mohammad Karim, vice president for research.

He said the 2006 competition attracted 22 proposals involving 70 ODU faculty members and 24 researchers from other institutions and agencies. Researchers who won seed grants in the first round of competition last year were ineligible for round two.

The goal of the initiative is to provide seed funding for research that is multi-disciplinary and multi-researcher; that complies with research priorities at ODU; that can produce immediate impact; and that builds thematic teams with serious prospects to attract additional and new research dollars.

"It was extremely difficult to make choices from so many great ideas," Karim said. Projects selected by the research office's team of experts are (unless otherwise noted, the investigators are from ODU):

* "Biological and Chemical Deployable Nanosensors for Homeland Security Applications Based on Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) Technology Platform" -- $75,000 to Shirshak Dhali, principal investigator and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Sacharia Albin, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Helmut Baumgart, Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor of Electrical Engineering; John Cooper, associate professor of chemistry; and Zhili Hao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

* "Modeling and Testing Complex Interactions of Chromatin-associated Proteins in Cancer Cells" -- $78,000 to Patricia Hentosh and Dennis Peffley, co-principal investigators and professors of medical laboratory and radiation sciences; Patrick Hatcher, Batten Endowed Chair in Physical Sciences; Sophie K. Thompson, associate professor of medical laboratory and radiation sciences; and Danail Bonchev, biologist from Virginia Commonwealth University.

* "Novel Approach to Wound Healing: Platelet Activation Using Nanosecond Pulse Electric Fields" -- $80,000 to Barbara Hargrave, principal investigator and associate professor of biological sciences; Peter Blackmore, professor of physiological sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School; Richard Nuccitelli, researcher at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and research associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Stephen Beebe, associate professor of physiological sciences at EVMS; Ravi Joshi, professor of electrical and computer engineering and researcher at the Reidy Center; and Jue Zhang, researcher at the Reidy Center.

* "Quality of Life Indicators Among Elderly Persons: Measuring and Mapping the Interrelationships Between Health, Transportation Needs, Happiness, Economics and Mistreatment" -- $74,998 to Brian K. Payne, principal investigator and professor of sociology and criminal justice; Richardean Benjamin, associate professor of nursing; Charlie Turner, associate professor of economics; Randy Gainey, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice; Carryl Baldwin, assistant professor of psychology; Elizabeth Monk-Turner, professor of sociology and criminal justice; Stefan Gravenstein, director of EVMS's Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology; and Ruth Triplett, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice.

* "Virtual Reality in Gait Rehabilitation" -- $75,000 to Martha Walker, principal investigator and associate professor of physical therapy; Gianluca De Leo, assistant professor of medical laboratory and radiation sciences; Jessica Crouch, assistant professor of computer science; Stacie Ringleb, research scientist at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; Bonnie Van Lunen, assistant professor of exercise science, sport, physical education and recreation; George Maihafer, associate professor of physical therapy; and Jean Shelton, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at EVMS.

The funds made available to the teams must be expended by June 30, 2007. Each team is expected to provide a written report, make an oral presentation to a research audience at ODU and follow up with an aggressive plan to attract external grants.

This article was posted on: November 20, 2006

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