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CFR Faculty Research Grant recipients announced

Two hands clasping each other, as though shaking in greeting, are reverse embossed on a rusty metal surface. The metal surface is painted a green-blue that seems to be wearing off in places, where the rust is taking over. The hands are encircled by a raised metal ring that has metal rivets at the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research. Proposals are due annually during fall semester, with awards typically announced during J-term.

For 2019-2020, CFR received 57 proposals and funded 25. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Elizabeth Bell (Political Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Mithun Bhowmick (Mathematical & Physical Sciences) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Eileen Bridge (Microbiology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Nathanial Bryan & Paula Saine (Teacher Education) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Qing Burke (Accountancy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Andrew Casper (Art) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Wen-Ching Chuang (Western Program) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Michael Crowder (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Kate Dannies (Global & Intercultural Studies) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Saruna Ghimire (Sociology & Gerontology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Paul James (Biology) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Joseph Johnson (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Andrew Jones (Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mahmud Khan (Physics) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Emily Legg (English) –Summer Research Appointment
  • Imran Mirza (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment, Grant to Promote Research
  • Jason Rech (Geology & Environmental Earth Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Paul Reidy (Kinesiology & Health) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Carlo Samson (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jay Shan (Information Systems & Analytics) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jinjuan She (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Haifei Shi (Biology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mark Sidebottom (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Yoshi Tomoyasu (Biology) — Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Christopher Wolfe (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment, Grant to Promote Research

Updated January 24 to include the number of proposals received by CFR in 2019-2020.

Handshake image by By Grey Geezer via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations candy image by Eduardo Sánchez via Flickr.  Both used under Creative Commons license.

A foil-wrapped Hershey's kiss sits in the spotlight on a dark woodgrain table. The "flag" sticking out of the wrapper reads "Congratulations." There are empty, crumpled-up Hershey's Kiss wrappers scattered around the still-wrapped Kiss.

CFR Faculty Research Grant recipients announced

Two hands clasping each other, as though shaking in greeting, are reverse embossed on a rusty metal surface. The metal surface is painted a green-blue that seems to be wearing off in places, where the rust is taking over. The hands are encircled by a raised metal ring that has metal rivets at the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research. Proposals are due annually during fall semester, with awards typically announced during J-term.

For 2018-2019, CFR received a total of 76 proposals and funded 30. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Rob Baker (Biology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Michelle Boone (Biology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Kristy Brann (Educational Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Jana Braziel (Global & Intercultural Studies) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Michael Brudzinski (Geology & Environmental Earth Science) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Kristen Budd (Sociology & Gerontology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Hannah Chapman (Political Science) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Yu-Fang Cho (English) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Luigi Corti (Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Matthew Crain (Media, Journalism, & Film) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Anna Ghazaryan (Mathematics) –Summer Research Appointment and Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Mariana Ivanova (German, Russian, Asian, & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Tereza Jezkova (Biology) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Anna Klosowska (French & Italian) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Andrea Kravats (Chemistry & Biochemistry) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Abigail Matthews (Political Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Analisa Packham (Economics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Trace Poll (Speech Pathology & Audiology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Vaishali Raval (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Vaskar Raychoudhury (Computer Science & Software Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Hang Ren (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Ganiva Reyes (Teacher Education) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Justin Saul & Jason Berberich (Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering) –Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Stephen Siff (Media, Journalism, & Film) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Jessica Sparks (Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Celilia Suhr (Humanities & Creative Arts) — Grant to Promote Research
  • David Tierney (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Audrey Wasser (French & Italia) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Amy Yousefi (Chemical, Paper, & Biomedical Engineering) — Research Graduate Assistantship

Handshake image by By Grey Geezer via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations candy image by Eduardo Sánchez via Flickr.  Both used under Creative Commons license.

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2017-2018 CFR Faculty Research Grant recipients announced

Two hands clasping each other, as though shaking in greeting, are reverse embossed on a rusty metal surface. The metal surface is painted a green-blue that seems to be wearing off in places, where the rust is taking over. The hands are encircled by a raised metal ring that has metal rivets at the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research. Proposals are due annually during fall semester, with awards typically announced during J-term.

For 2017-2018, CFR received a total of 62 proposals and funded 29. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • David Berg (Biological Sciences) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Dawn Blitz (Biology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Per Boland (Music) — — Grant to Promote Research
  • James Chagdes (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Bob De Schutter (College of Education, Health, and Society) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Anne Dell’Aria (Art) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Jason Gaddis (Mathematics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Thomas Garcia (Music) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Jessica Gordon-Burroughs (Spanish and Portuguese) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Kerry Hegarty (Media, Journalism, and Film) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Michael Hicks (Philosophy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Muhammad Jahan (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Cynthia Klestinec (English) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Wei Liu (Chemistry and Biochemistry) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jessica McCarty-Kern (Geography) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Timothy Melley (English) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Elaine Miller (Philosophy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Arnold Olszewski (Speech Pathology and Audiology) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Zafer Ozdemir (Information Systems and Analytics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Rosemary Pennington (Media, Journalism, and Film) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Anna Radke (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Xin Wang (Microbiology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Craig Williamson (Biology) — Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Zhijiang Ye (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment and Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Jon Yamashiro (Art) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Ellen Yezierski (Chemistry and Biochemistry) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mehdi Zanjani (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research

Handshake image by By Grey Geezer via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations candy image by Eduardo Sánchez via Flickr.  Both used under Creative Commons license.

A foil-wrapped Hershey's kiss sits in the spotlight on a dark woodgrain table. The "flag" sticking out of the wrapper reads "Congratulations." There are empty, crumpled-up Hershey's Kiss wrappers scattered around the still-wrapped Kiss.

CFR Faculty Research Grant recipients announced

Two hands clasping each other, as though shaking in greeting, are reverse embossed on a rusty metal surface. The metal surface is painted a green-blue that seems to be wearing off in places, where the rust is taking over. The hands are encircled by a raised metal ring that has metal rivets at the 12-, 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock positions.

The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) Faculty Research Grants Program awards three types of funding — summer research appointments, research graduate assistantships, and grants to promote research. Proposals are due annually during fall semester, with awards typically announced during J-term.

For 2016-2017, CFR received a total of 49 proposals and funded 34. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Kevin Ballard (Kinesiology & Health) — Grant to Promote Research
  • David Beard (Spanish & Portuguese) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Rachel Blum (Political Science) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Michelle Buchberger (Integrative Studies, Hamilton Campus) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Dennis Cheatham (Art) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Randal Claytor (Kinesiology & Health) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Joyce Fernandes (Biology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • La Donna Forsgren (Theatre) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Scott Friend (Marketing) –Summer Research Appointment
  • Jonathan Grenier (Accountancy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Ann Hagerman (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Kimberly Hamlin (Global & Intercultural Studies) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Carolyn Hardin (Media, Journalism & Film) — Summer Research Appointment
  • C. Lee Harrington (Sociology & Gerontology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Michael Hatch (Art, Middletown Campus) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Elizabeth Kiel (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Kathleen Killian (Biology) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Jonathan Kunstman (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Margaret Luongo (English) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Karsten Maurer (Statistics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Claire McLeod (Geology & Environmental Earth Science) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Matthew McMurray (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Tatjana Miljkovic (Statistics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Jennifer Quinn (Psychology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Andrea Righi (French & Italian) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Christin Schillinger (Music) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh (Engineering Technology, Middletown Campus) –Summer Research Appointment
  • Nancy Solomon (Biology) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Leland Spencer (Interdisciplinary & Communication Studies) –Summer Research Appointment
  • Matthew Stephan (Computer Science & Software Engineering) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Pepper Stetler (Art) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Benjamin Sutcliffe (German, Russian, Asian, & Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Timothy Wilson (Microbiology) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research

Handshake image by By Grey Geezer via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations candy image by Eduardo Sánchez via Flickr.  Both used under Creative Commons license.

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Director of Scripps Gerontology Center receives national award

A softcover textbook with the title "Global Aging" sits on top of a stack of papers on a conference room table. A person whose face is not visible sits at the table, facing the book. She has one hand on the bottom of the book. The other hand sits on top of the first one. A laptop computer is visible in the left side of the background.
Suzanne Kunkel co-edited Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course, a text that provides a much-needed resource to faculty and introduces students to the topic of global aging.

Miami University’s Suzanne Kunkel received the 2015 Clark Tibbitts Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of gerontology as a field of study.

The award is the highest honor given by the association annually to educators, scholars and leaders in the field.

“Dr. Kunkel is recognized throughout the world as a leading scholar in aging and gerontological studies,” said Jim Oris, the associate provost for research and scholarship and dean of the Graduate School. “This is a fitting honor for one of our top leaders and scholars at Miami University, and we are proud of her accomplishments.”

Kunkel has served as director of the Scripps Gerontology Center since 1998. In addition to her leadership and scholarly work at the center, she has mentored a number of students while serving as a faculty member in the department of sociology and gerontology for the past 24 years.

Alumna Dawn Carr (Miami ’09) said, “As a doctoral student, Suzanne provided a supportive and loving environment, giving me the tools I needed to find my voice as a scholar and cultivate a passion for gerontological research.”

Kunkel is a respected researcher and scholar in areas of demography, global aging, long-term care needs of aging populations and the aging network. She has authored or edited nine books, 40 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 40 research reports and other publications. She has given more than 200 professional presentations.

In his introduction of Kunkel for the Tibbitts award, Frank Whittington of George Mason University lauded “… Suzanne Kunkel’s work as an observer and interpreter of the field of gerontology and as one of its foremost educators.”

Kunkel’s book, Aging, Society, and the Life Course, co-authored with Leslie Morgan and entering its 5th edition, has introduced countless students to the study of aging since 1998. Some of those students first exposed to gerontology through this textbook have subsequently earned advanced degrees and are now educating others about social gerontology.

Her recently published text Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course, co-edited with Frank Whittington and J. Scott Brown, is already providing a much-needed resource to faculty and will be introducing students to the topic of global aging in years to come.

Kunkel received the award from the association at its annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in February.

Written by Matt Cable, Coordinator of Research Dissemination & Communication, Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. Originally appeared on Miami University’s News and Events website.

Photos by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

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Faculty receive internal research awards

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Congratulations to the following recipients of Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) awards for the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Katherine Abbott (Sociology & Gerontology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Jose Amador (Latin American, Latino/a, & Caribbean Studies) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Mitchell F. Balish (Microbiology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Tammy Brown (Black World Studies) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Kristen Budd (Sociology & Gerontology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Anne Farrell (Accountancy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Donald Ferguson (Microbiology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • María González (Biology) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Tyler Henry (Finance) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Mariana Ivanova (German, Russian, Asian, & Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mahmud Khan (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Neringa Klumbyte (Anthropology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Dominik Konkolewicz (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Mark Krekeler (Geology & Environmental Earth Science) — Research Graduate Assistantship
  • Byron Miller (Sociology & Gerontology) — Grant to Promote Research
  • Rachel Morgan-Kiss (Microbiology) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research
  • Charles Moul (Economics) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Stephanie Nicely and Suzanne Stricklin (Nursing) — Summer Research Appointment and Grant to Promote Research
  • Gaile Pohlhaus (Philosophy) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Luis Pradanos-Garcia (Spanish & Portuguese) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Daniel G. Prior (History) — Summer Research Appointment
  • April Smith (Psychology) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Susan Spellman (History, Hamilton Campus) — Summer Research Appointment
  • Karthik Vishwanath (Physics) — Summer Research Appointment, Research Graduate Assistantship, and Grant to Promote Research
  • Shouzhong Zou (Chemistry & Biochemistry) — Research Graduate Assistantship and Grant to Promote Research

Handshake image by By Grey Geezer via Wikimedia Commons.  Congratulations candy image by Eduardo Sánchez via Flickr.  Both used under Creative Commons license.