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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:
Congratulations to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Role of nitrite reduction to NO by hemoglobin in control of fetal vascular tone” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number R01 HL095973 and LLU Banner No. 600360-2973 and the Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (WFU funding agency).
Congratulations to Megan Mulder, special collections librarian, whose proposal entitled “Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection” has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) and the Duke University (WFU funding agency).
Congratulations to Wayne 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 5R25NS065778-04.
Congratulations to Stephen Phillip Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “The Runner’s and Injury Longitudinal Study (TRAILS): Injury Recover Supplemental” has been funded by the US Department of Defense.
Congratulations to Megan Mulder, librarian, special collections, whose proposal entitled “Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection” has been funded by the State Library of North Carolina and the Duke University (WFU funding agency).
Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, assistant professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Improving Electronic Structure Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Congratulations to Megan Mulder, Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Special Collections Librarian, on the recent publication of a chapter in the book Past or Portal? : Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives.
Mulder, Megan, and Carolyn Jones. “Putting the Material in Materiality: The Embedded Special Collections Librarian.” Past or Portal? : Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Special Collections and Archives. Eds. Eleanor Mitchell, Peggy Seiden and Suzy Taraba. vols. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012.