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Recent grants

Among recent grants to ONU are three to the T.J. Smull College of Engineering for Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project, Engineering Projects in Community Service, and a Faculty Initiation Grant. Additional awards include an Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Ohio Board of Regents; a grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society of Psychology; a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation award; a Community Pharmacy Foundation grant; and a National Institute of Mental Health award

T .J. Smull College of Engineering

  • Dr. Jed Marquart, professor of mechanical engineering, has been notified of two awards from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium’s Student-Innovative-Creative-Hands-on Project (SICHOP) opportunity. A grant of $6,000 will support student participation in the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition. For this competition, students design, build and fly a radio-controlled model airplane within given flight perimeters that can lift the maximum payload weight. The student proposer is Rebekah Douglass, a senior in mechanical engineering from Ashland, Ohio. Thirteen students are involved in the project under the direction of Dr. Marquart. 
  • A grant of $5,000 will help EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) design and build a full-scale, functional, lunar rover model after the design from the 1970 Apollo mission for display at the Neil Armstrong Museum. The student proposer for this project is Alec Flemming, a senior in mechanical engineering from Powell, Ohio. Seven students are working with Dean Eric Baumgartner and Professor Tom Zechman on this project.
  • Dr. Ahmed Abdel Mohti, assistant professor of civil engineering, is the recipient of a $8,454 Faculty Initiation Grant from the Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) to support an experimental and analytical study of reinforced concrete members which have experienced different levels of corrosion in the reinforcement. The structural members will be repaired using fiber-reinforced plastic and will be tested.  Also, analytical models of the deficient and repaired members will be created using ANSYS, an engineering simulation software. The results will be compared and an appropriate method of strengthening will be recommended.

For the second consecutive year, ONU has received an Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR).  The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will use the $51,656.44 from the grant to support the outreach workshop titled “Enhanced Chemistry Learning through Instrument Access and Personalized Secondary Educator Training.”  The workshop is for 16 high school chemistry teachers and involves a mixture of professional development activities including training on the use of probeware, lab exercise testing and development, discussion of lab safety, the challenges of teaching chemistry and the use of chemical demonstrations in the classroom. Dr. Christopher Bowers, department chair and associate professor of chemistry, is the project director.  Support for this program was provided under the federally-funded Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program, administered by the OBR. 

A $1,500 grant from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will support the research project of pharmacy student Eric Eisenmann, a senior from Broadview Heights, Ohio, who is working with Dr. Phillip Zoladz, assistant professor of psychology. The project examines the effect of caffeine withdrawal on spatial memory in rodents using a conditioned flavor model.

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF) has awarded a $26,300 grant to support the 11th annual Summer Academic and Honors Institute to be held on campus in June. Dr. Dennis De Luca, associate professor of biological sciences, is the project director working with Dr. Kim Broekemeier, associate professor of biochemistry.  The institute expects to attract at least 155 gifted and talented students with 13 in-depth, one-week courses held over two weeks, June 14-19 and June 21-26.  STEM-based courses include such as astronomy/physics, biochemistry/biotechnology pharmacy, chemistry, engineering, cryptography, technological studies and basic and advanced forensic science. Humanities courses are art and design, mock trial, and multi-media.  Part of the MHJ grant will support expanded efforts to attract underserved students in high need school districts.  Additional support by Husky Energy in Lima will make it possible to provide full or partial scholarships to qualifying underrepresented student in Allen and Hardin County.

Dr. Natalie DiPietro Mager, associate professor of biological sciences in the Raabe College of Pharmacy, is the principal investigator on a $32,500 Community Pharmacy Foundation grant to support a study titled “Pharmacist Provision of Preconception Care Through Medication Therapy Management (MTM).” The goals of the research are to raise awareness and educate community pharmacists about preconception care and providing preconception care through medication therapy management, and to pilot a proof-of-concept model demonstrating the impact pharmacists can have in providing elements of preconception care through a potentially sustainable reimbursement model. David Bright, an assistant professor at Ferris State University, is collaborating on the study. The Community Pharmacy Foundation was established in 2000 by an act of a federal court order emanating out of a settlement on behalf of community pharmacies across the United States through class action litigation against discriminatory pricing issues. Its primary purpose is to assist community pharmacy by providing resources for research and development to encourage new capabilities and continuous improvements in the delivery of patient care.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) awarded Dr. Phillip Zoladz, associate professor of psychology in ONU’s Getty College of Arts and Sciences, a research grant of $423,776 to conduct studies on the time-dependent effects of stress on learning and their physiological and genetic correlations. The research team of Dr. Zoladz and co-investigator, Dr. Boyd Rorabaugh, associate professor of pharmacology and cell biology, will conduct studies on how stress interacts with genetic and physiological characteristics of an individual to uncover possible explanations. Special focus will be given to how stress time-dependently alters emotional learning, which could lend insight into the mechanisms responsible for traumatic memory formation, a cardinal symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The team will also leverage the addition of new lab equipment to empower cutting-edge studies in their facilities. Students from Dr. Zoladz's behavioral neuroscience laboratory will be involved in the study.