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Office of Research Announces Summer Grants

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The Old Dominion University Office of Research has announced its 2014 awards in the Summer Experience-Enhancing Collaboration (SEECR) program and Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRFP). Faculty members winning the awards will spend eight weeks of full-time research this summer working on their projects.

The Office of Research publicly thanked Committee D of the Faculty Senate for reviewing and evaluating the proposals.

The SEECR (pronounced "seeker") grants are for $6,000 and also include up to $5,000 in expense money. The goal of this program is to promote greater numbers of collaborations among faculty and to assist pairs of faculty in obtaining pilot data as background for submission of proposals to external funding agencies.

Tenure-track and tenured ODU faculty members from different academic departments, and who propose new, multidisciplinary collaborations, are eligible for SEECR grants.

This year's winners are:

2014 SEECR Funding

"Acting for Scientists: Interdisciplinary Pilot Research to Examine How Actor-Training Tools May Help Prepare Early Career Scientists for Effective Verbal Communication of Science"; Fred Dobbs (Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) and Jenifer Alonzo (Communication and Theatre Arts)

"Consumption Visions: Augmented Reality and Impulse Buying"; Yuping Liu-Thompkins (Marketing) and Manveer Mann (STEM Education and Professional Studies)

"An Automated Video Coding Approach for Behavioral Research"; Chung-Hao Chen (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Jonna Bobzien (Communication Disorders and Special Education)

"Bridging Mathematics and Literacy to Improve Secondary Teacher Education: Considering Factors that Influence Pre-serve Teachers' Perceptions of Literacy in Mathematics"; Mary Enderson (STEM Education and Professional Studies) and Jamie Colwell (Teaching and Learning)

"Port Performance Evaluation: A New Perspective"; ManWo Ng (Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Engineering) and Wayne Talley (Economics)

The SRFP grants are for $6,000 and also include up to $1,000 in expense money. The purpose of the program is to nurture research and future scholarly effort primarily for young tenure-trace faculty members. It is expected that these awards will lead to external grants, journal publications, manuscript publication or display of artistic work. Preferred applicants are tenure-track faculty members who have been at ODU for less than four years and have not yet been the lead investigator on a funded project. Consideration is also given to more experienced investigators who are exploring new directions in research.

The 2014 winners are:

2014 SRFP Funding

"The Rhetorical Construction of Flood Risk in Hampton Roads"; Daniel Richards (English)

"Chevron's Public Relations: Building the Affinitive Corporate Persona in Advance of the Climate Change Era"; Burton St. John (Communication and Theatre Arts)

"Analysis of 'Der Ewige Jude' ('The Eternal Jew')"; Fran Hassencahl (Communication and Theatre Arts)

"Toward an Improved Framework for Clinical Research"; Robyn Bluhm (Philosophy and Religious Studies)

"Investigating Twitter Cyberbullying and Retweet Behavior"; Wu He (Information Technology and Decision Sciences)

"Mathematical Theory of Bistable Smectic A Liquid Crystal Displays"; Sookyung Joo (Mathematics and Statistics)

"Spectral Shaping for OFDM-Based Cognitive Radio Systems with Adaptive Quality of Service"; Otilia Popescu (Engineering Technology)

"Enhancing the Efficiency and Performance of Confined Premixed Combustion Systems Using Flame-Generated Vorticity"; Kareem Ahmed (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)

"Development of a Cost-Effective Smart Damping Device for Seismic Hazard Mitigation"; Yunbyeong Chae (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

"Role of Counterexamples in Eliciting the Understanding of Mathematical Proof: An Experimental Intervention with Secondary Students"; Yating Liu (STEM Education and Professional Studies)

"Study of Surf Localism in Pavones, Costa Rica"; Lindsay Usher (Human Movement Sciences)

"Cell Specific Targeted Viral Infections for the Improvement of in vitro and in vivo Viral Response"; Patrick Sachs (Molecular Diagnostics and Translational Sciences)

"Development of a Novel Real-time PCR Based Assay for Tracking Chromosome Segregation in Asymmetric Cell Divisions"; Robert Bruno (Molecular Diagnostics and Translational Sciences)