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Proposals funded: Rejeski and Harriger

Jack Rejeski

Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “LookAhead Extension” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Katy HarrigerCongratulations to Katy J. Harriger, professor and department chair of politics and international affairs, whose proposal entitled “Follow-up Study on the impact of the Democracy Fellows program on alumni” has been funded by the Kettering Foundation. Also included in the project were Christy Buchanan, professor of psychology and associate dean of academic advising and Jill McMillan, professor emerita and research professor of communication.

Proposals funded: O’Day and Miller

20100607oday4315Congratulations to Gail O’Day, dean of the School of Divinity, whose proposals entitled “Financial Well-Being for Pastoral Leaders” and  “Clergy Making a Place: Early Career Pastors as Generative Community Leaders” have been funded by the Lilly Foundation.

Gary Miller

Congratulations to Gary D. Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Parents &Children Together Preventing Diabetes (PACT PD) (A1 Resubmission)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

External support for WFU research remains strong

The following letter is adapted from director of Research and Sponsored Programs Lori Messer’s introduction to the October issue of Research News:

Reynolda Campus research had an excellent year. For fiscal year 2013, total external support for projects exceeded $9.8 million, the second-highest amount in campus history, and that was not including five fellowships for scholarship in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The total is even more remarkable when you consider that $8.4 million, about 86 percent, comes from federal sources limited by sequestration budget cuts.

FY13 saw 22 departments and centers receive sponsored research funding, and nearly all increased its total over FY12. Health and exercise science received the most, with physics running a close second.

Faculty and staff in 32 departments and centers submitted 152 external proposals, requesting more than $38 million. Chemistry submitted the most proposals and requested the most funding.

We would like to recognize two of our former CRADLE program participants, Oana Jurchescu and Timo Thonhauser, both in physics, who received prestigious CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. WFU has received five such awards, with Patricia Dos Santos and Rebecca Alexander in chemistry and Dave Anderson in biology already gaining that distinction.

CRADLE (Creative Research Activities Development and Enrichment) is a two-year program that helps Wake Foresters develop competitive external funding proposals.

The NSF CAREER Award is a $400,000 award given to the nation’s top junior faculty members and is meant to support their research, encourage excellent teaching, mentorship and community outreach.

Another graduate of the CRADLE program, assistant professor of chemistry Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, received her first independent federal funding. The following faculty and staff also received their first individual external grants at WFU:

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Proposals funded: Smith, Rejeski, Marsh

William K. SmithCongratulations to William K. Smith, professor of biology and Charles H. Babcock chair of botany, whose proposal entitled “The Impact of Saltwater Incursion on Bold Cypress (Taxodium distichum) in a Coastal Freshwater Wetland” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce and North Carolina State University (WFU funding agency).

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Tony Marsh

Marsh

Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, and Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Rejeski, Marsh, Katula

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Tony Marsh

Marsh

Congratulations to Walter J. Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, and Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Cooperative Lifestyle Intervention Project (CLIP II)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R18HL076441-07. Also, Rejeski‘s proposal entitled “Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R21AG042761-02 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Jeff KatulaCongratulations to Jeffrey Katula, assistant professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “HELP PD II” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Proposals funded: Nixon, Silman

Pat NixonCongratulations to Patricia Nixon, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pre-natal Events, Post-natal Consequences II (Competitive Renewal)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5P01HD047584-08 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Miles SilmanCongratulations to Miles R. Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Ecosystem effects and carbon content of Amazonian bamboo-dominated forests” has been funded by NASA.

 

Proposals funded: Messier, Burg

Stephen MessierCongratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strength Training and Arthritis Trial (START)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R01AR059105-03. In addition, Messier’s research was recently featured on the ElderBranch website. Read the article here »

Jennifer BurgCongratulations to Jennifer J. Burg, computer science professor, whose proposal entitled “Collaborative Research: Computing in the Arts – A community Building Initiative” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

November 2013 staff milestones

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Proposals funded: Berry, Fahrbach, Silver, Miller

Michael BerryCongratulations to Michael J. Berry, professor and chair of Health and Exercise Science, whose proposal entitled “Standardized Rehabilitation for ICU patients with Acute Respiratory Failure” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number RG0928 and the WFU Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Wayne SilverCongratulations to Wayne L. Silver, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Undergraduate Neuroscience Training Cooperative between WFU and WSSU” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 5R25NS065778-05.

Christian Miller

Congratulations to Christian Miller, associate professor of philosophy, whose proposal entitled “The Developing Character Project: Research and Dissemination on the Existence, Nature, and Cultivation of Character” has been funded by the Templeton Foundation.

Susan FahrbachCongratulations to Susan Fahrbach, Reynolds professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Allatrotropic actions on insulin in honey bees” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Proposals funded: Messier, Jurchescu

Stephen MessierCongratulations to Stephen Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Strength Training and Arthritis Trial (BIRT)” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 3R01AR059105-03S1. Also his proposal entitled “The Runner’s and Injury Longitudinal Study (TRAILS): Injury Recover Supplemental” has been funded by the US Department of Defense.

Oana JurchescuCongratulations to Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Spintronics for Novel Device Application and Metrology Advancement” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Also, her proposal entitled “Infra Red(IR) Spectroscopy for Electronic Structure Determination of Future Electronic Devices” has been funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.