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January 31, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU funds $48,138 in research grants

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Philip Way, Slippery Rock University provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced 11 Faculty/Student Research Grants at a cost of $48,138 will be funded for 2014..

The purpose of the initiative, which offers up to $5,000 for individual research projects, is to provide support for faculty research proposals that directly involve undergraduate or graduate students in scholarly research, or creative activity directed toward a joint presentation, publication, demonstration and/or performance.

The program requires one or more undergraduate or graduate students to participate in the proposed project. Students are not permitted to serve as the project director or principal investigator, but must work in partnership with the faculty member. Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2014.

Recipients and their research projects include:

Paul Falso, assistant professor of biology, working with Michael Westhead, a biology major from Pittsburgh, on "An Investigation of the Effects of the Insecticide Imidacloprid on Amphibian Health," $4,990;

Rizwan Mahmood, professor of physics and pre-engineering, working with Jon Foust, a physics major from Slippery Rock, on "Optical Investigation of Two-Dimensional Graphene Colloids in Liquid Crystals," $4,982;

Sam Thangiah, professor of computer science, working with computer science majors Stephen Bierly from Apollo, and Jordan Schiller from Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada, on "A Brain-Computer Interface to Control a Remote Mobile Robot," $4,956;

Beth Larouere, Jeffrey Lynn and Joyan Urda, all faculty in the exercise and rehabilitative sciences department, working with Nicholas Wilhelm a physical therapy major from Schuylkill Haven, and five students yet to be selected, on "A Novel Approach for Assessing Health Behaviors," $4,805;

David Kershaw, assistant professor of political science, working with Bethany Ratkovich, a political science major from Wilkinsburg, on "Property Rights: The Key to Political Stability and Economic Growth," $4,803;

Mitchell Church, assistant professor of computer science, working with Samantha Passarello, an information technology major from North Huntingdon, on "Mandatory Endorsement Solicitation in Online Social Networks," $4,734;

Jeremy Lynch, assistant professor of special education, working with early childhood development majors Adelaide Aukamp from Pequea and Danielle Dulick from New Kensington, on "I THINK: A Framework for Improving Mathematical Problem Skills," $4,567;

Kimberly Smith, associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, and Barbara Billek-Sawhney, associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy, working with two yet to be determined undergraduates, on "The Pact of a 10,000 Step Program on School-Aged Children and Their Families at the Butler YMCA," $4,146;

Deborah Hutchins, assistant professor, and Elizabeth Kemeny, instructor, both in the parks and recreation department, working with therapeutic recreation majors Hollie Compton from Leechburg, Samantha Lengfelder from Monroeville, Rachel Kerr from Harmony, and Shannon Russell from Shippensburg, on "Comparative Effectiveness of Recreational Therapy and Activity-based Programs as Non-pharmacological Interventions for Adolescents with Autism," $4,000;

Jennifer Willford, assistant professor of psychology, working with Conner Smith, a psychology major from Grove City, on "Attitudes Toward Individuals with Disabilities," $3,655; and

George Brown, professor of political science, working with Patrick Baker, a Spanish/business administration major from Avella, on "China, ASEAN and Maritime Territorial Disputes in the South China Seas," $2,500.

Additional information is available from the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research.

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