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Multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams that were given seed funding grants last year by the Old Dominion University Office of Research will present reports on their work Wednesday, August 16, 9 a.m. to noon, in the Koch Hall boardroom.

Five research teams made up predominantly of ODU and Eastern Virginia Medical School faculty members received grants totaling nearly $500,000. The six-month projects funded by the grants have been completed, and four of the teams will present their results and future research plans, as well as answer questions about their work.

The Office of Research has invited faculty and administrators from EVMS to join colleagues from ODU at the report session. Those interested in attending are asked to notify Tawana Hardy, executive assistant to Mohammad Karim, the ODU vice president for research, at thardy@odu.edu.

A continental breakfast will be provided.

Karim said the five successful applications came from a pool of 28 proposals involving 113 ODU faculty investigators. "Our faculty researchers have responded to our solicitation of white papers by presenting us with many fine ideas. I wish we could have funded more of these projects," Karim said in December.

This seed funding initiative reflects a major effort to cultivate research programs at ODU. The goal is to support projects that are relevant to instructional research priorities, are multidisciplinary and multi-institutional, can produce immediate impact, and can build thematic teams with prospects to attract additional and new research dollars.

"We hope that the teams will now gather enough momentum, collect enough seed data, and then aggressively go after federal agencies to bring in additional research support," Karim said.

The funded teams include 18 ODU faculty members, seven from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), and one Navy researcher.

The schedule of presentations on Aug. 16 is as follows:
9 a.m.-breakfast and welcome
9:20 a.m.-"Virtual Operating Room" by investigators Mark W. Scerbo, professor of psychology; Lee A. Belfore, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hector M. Garcia, visualization lab manager, Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center East; Michael Jackson, director, nurse anesthesia program, School of Nursing; and Leonard, J. Weireter, Jr. (EVMS).
9:50 a.m.-"A Prototype of the Human Virus Interactome Resource (HVIR)" by investigators Alex Pothen and Mohammad Zubair, professors of computer science, and Kurt Maly, chair, professor and eminent scholar of computer science; Chris Osgood, associate professor of biological sciences; and Oliver John Semmes (EVMS).
10:30 a.m.-"Health Matters: Determinants of Health Disparities in Hampton Roads" by investigators Joshua G. Behr, assistant professor of political science and geography; Cmdr. John B. Baccus (Navy); Aaron I. Vinik (EVMS); Margaret Camarena, director, Social Science Research Center; Stacey Plichta, associate professor of community and environmental health; James Alan Neff, associate dean of research and professor, College of Health Sciences; and Harry J. Tillman, assistant professor of nursing.
11 a.m.-"Effective Sensor Technology and Development for Biodefense" by investigators Ariel Pinto, assistant professor of engineering management and systems engineering; and Gavin Welch, Richard Drake and Michael Bono (EVMS).

A report from the fifth team will be given later. That team's project is "Establishment of Environmental Public Health Tracking System in Virginia" and its members are H. Anna Jeng, assistant professor of community and environmental health; Tom Allen, associate professor of political science and geography; Ling Li, associate professor of information technology and decision sciences; Dayanand Naik, professor of mathematics and statistics; and Maria Frontini (EVMS).
Karim said the selection of teams was based on the qualifications of the principal investigators, problem uniqueness, multidisciplinary breadth, infrastructure availability, funding homework, budget reasonability and future funding prospects.

This article was posted on: August 7, 2006

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