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September 27, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU scores grants worth $891,699

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University faculty, staff and students brought in $891,699 in external grant funding during fiscal year 2013, $279,101 of which was secured from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013, according to a Grant Forum report published by the University's Office of Grants and Sponsored Research.

Leading the grant recipients for the Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013 reporting period was Robert Arnhold, professor of physical and heath education, who received more than $135,000 in three approved grants.

He received $60,000 from the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust for the second year of his two-year project titled "Transitioning Together: A Community-based Pre-Employment Skill Building Mentoring Program." He received $40,000 from the DSF Charitable Trust and $35,208 from the FISA Foundation to investigate a unique campus-community collaboration on improving critical skills thinking among college students to improve service delivery in community-based programs of physical activity to person with disability.

John Lisco, associate professor of parks and recreation, received a $39,711 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to provide training in forestry and park law enforcement to new state park and forestry managers.

Joyan Urda, instructor, and Jeffrey Lynn, associate professor, both in the exercise and rehabilitative sciences department, shared a $25,000 grant from Highmark Inc. to provide health/wellness programs to Highmark insurance holders.

Stacy Hrizo, assistant professor of biology, received a grant for $17,410 from the National Institutes of Health to test the hypothesis that TPIsugarkill is recognized by molecular chaperons and components of the ubiquitin proteasome pathway, resulting in the proteasomal degradation of the mutant protein.

Jennifer Willford, assistant professor of psychology, received $13,195 as a sub-award from the University of Pittsburgh related to a National Institutes of Health program titled "Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Use: 21-Year Follow-up." She also received $2,029 in similar funding for her project titled "Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Use."

Genevieve Bordogna, associate director for international student admissions in the International Services Office, received $12,686 in support from the International Research and Exchanges Board to sponsor a student in spring 2013 as part of its Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Lisa Ringer, director of the Student Government Association Child Care Center, secured $11,347 in funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education through Northwest Regional Key as part of the Keystone STARS Quality Improvement Grant program to assist with child care at the center.

Courtney Gramlich, manager of the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center, and Elizabeth Kemeny, instructor in parks and recreation, received $10,723 from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Trust to develop the Growing Green: Lifelong Education and Health Program to assist people with disabilities and their families to grow in knowledge and skills for independence in healthy lifestyles through the addition of a wheelchair accessible greenhouse at the center.

Kemeny and Wendy Fagan, instructor in physical and health education, scored a $4,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association to develop the Tennis Services Lifelong Education and Health Program that provides accessible opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages.

Jacqueline Jensen-Vallin, mathematics instructor, received $5,000 from the Educational Advancement Foundation to examine videos to use in training future inquiry-based learning teachers.

Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theater, received a $2,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts for SRU's annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, and Brian Mortimer, coordinator of wellness at the Russell Wright Fitness Center, received a $1,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Faculty Health and Wellness Fund to support "HealthFest 2013."

The Grants Office will host a series of grant-writing workshop for faculty and staff interesting in learning how to apply for special funding. "Finding Funding Sources" will be offered Oct. 3; "Analyzing Application Guidelines," Oct. 10; "Developing a Proposal," Oct. 15; "Preparing a Budget," Oct. 22; and "Completing and Submitting the Proposal," Oct. 31. All sessions are at 12:30 p.m. in Bailey Library. Call 724.738.2045 for reservations.

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