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Grants support research at ONU

 

Dr. Christopher Spiese, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is the recipient of a $10,000 from the Ohio Sea Grant to develop a new, inexpensive test for rapid analysis of dissolved phosphate in freshwater systems.  The presence of increased phosphorus levels is a critical issue for many of the Great Lakes watersheds. Elevated levels of phosphorus, particularly dissolved phosphorus, can lead to algal blooms, and eventually the formation of “dead zones” where dissolved oxygen levels drop below what is required to support aquatic life.  To test the procedure, samples will be collected from the entire Blanchard River watershed by volunteers and local high school students.  The method will be then used to analyze those samples and compared to the colorimetric technique which is currently used.

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Dr. Phillip Zoladz, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is the recipient of a $2,000 research grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology for the project titled “Temporal Dynamics of Stress Effects on False Memory Production.” The study will test the hypothesis that stress administered immediately prior to learning could enhance long-term memory accuracy rather than facilitate the production of false recall.  This is the third Psi Chi grant in which Dr. Zoladz has been involved.