Current External Faculty Grants and Awards
BCAS Faculty are engaged in ongoing research activities. Collaborative research grants are listed under the principle investigator's department, with BCAS faculty and home departments noted. Awards are sorted alphabetically by faculty member within each department.
Department of Biology
Todd Blackledge. CAREER: Evolutionary origins of high performance major ampullate spider silk: development of an integrated bioscience training program. National Science Foundation, 2008-2013, $589,195.
Todd Blackledge. OBR Individual Research Challenge Match. Ohio Board of Regents, 2008-2013, $20,000.
Bruce Cushing. CNS Estrogen Receptors and Social Behavior. National Institute of Health, 2008-2011, $220,500.
Bruce Cushing. Non-genomic Factors in the Expression of Adult Social Behavior. National Science Foundation, 2008-2012, $320,000.
Dan Ely, and collaborators. Collaborative Research: Polymeric Drug Delivery Systems and Biofilms in the Lung. NIGMS/NSF, 2008-2013, $1.44 million.
Jessica Hopkins. Donnelly, S., Makki, N., and Miller, C. Drinking Water Issues as a Context for Problem-Based Science Instruction. Ohio Board of Regents, 2009-2011, $132,480.
Peter Lavrentyev. Impacts of Climate Change and Ice Conditions on Microbial Food Web Dynamics in the Barents Sea. National Science Foundation, 2009-2013, $664,657.
Richard Londraville, Co-Pi’s – Qin Liu, Brian Baggatto. Characterization of Leptin's Effects in Early Developing and Adult Zebrafish. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2008-2011, $220,500.
Qin Liu, Co-PI. PI: James Marrs,
Randall Mitchell, PI; Jean Pan, Co-PI, Gregory Smith. REU Site: Ecology at the Urban-Rural Interface. National Science Foundation, 2009-2011, $180,001.
Francisco Moore, Cooper, T.F., Cooper, V.S. Collaborative Research: Understanding the Basis of Interactions Between Adaptive Mutations and their Environment. National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $139,430.
Stephen C. Weeks, Donald Quinn, Edward Evans. STEM Undergraduate Engagement in an Engineering Environment. Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program, State of Ohio. 2008-2013, $6,500,000.
Department of Chemistry
Kim Calvo, PI; Claire Tessier, Wiley Youngs, Christopher Ziegler, Matthew Panzer, Co-PI’s. Acquisition of a Dual Cu/Mo Source X-ray Diffractometer. National Science Foundation, $438,650.
William Donovan, PI; Ethel Wheland, (Mathematics); Gregory Smith, (Biology); Bonita Williams, Kathleen Ross-Alaolmolki, Co-PI’s. Collaborative Research: Transformative Model of STEM Education for First-year Students at an Urban-Commuter Campus. National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $130,071.
Modarelli, D.A.; Espe, M.; Heinz, H. Hybrid Solid-State Photovoltaic Materials and Devices. Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (AFOSR), US/Mexico Basic Research Initiative Award (with Centro deInvestigación de Química Aplicada, CIQA) 2010 – 2012, $188,000.
Yi Pang (co-PI), Alexei Sokolov (Univ. of Tennessee), Xiaoqian Wang (Clark Atlanta Univ). Separation of Armchair SWNTs by Using Polymer Conformation Guided Assembly. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), 2010 – 2013, $510,000.
David Perry. Ohio Board of Regents Research Challenge, 2008-2012, $20,000.
Peter Rinaldi, PI; Elizabeth McCord, Peter Fox, Co-PI’s. GOALI: Advanced NMR Studies of Fluoropolymers. National Science Foundation, 2009-2013, $530,000.
Claire Tessier (PI) and Matthew Panzner (coPI), Improved synthesis of [PCl2N]3,. Israel Company Limited, 2011, $66,271.
Chrys Wesdemiotis. Mass Spectrometry Methods for the Characterization of Polymer Composition, Structure, and Architecture. National Science Foundation, 2010-2013, $437,000.
Chrys Wesdemiotis, PI; George Newkome, Roderic Quirk, Stephen Z. Cheng, Co-PI’s. MRI: Acquisition of Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization and Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometers for the Analysis of New Synthetic Polymers and Materials. National Science Foundation, 2008-2011, $788,600.
Chrys Wesdemiotis. Tandem Mass Spectrometry and Degradation/Mass Spectrometry Studies of Synthetic Polymers. National Science Foundation, 2005-2011, $727,600.
Department of Computer Science
Zhong-Hui Duan. Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program. Ohio Consortium for Bioinformatics, Ohio Board of Regents, $4,475,300, funded, Lonnie Welch (
Department of Economics
Robert McGuire. Collaborative Research: The Differential Impact of Parasitic Diseases on Agricultural Productivity of Blacks and Whites in the Early Twentieth-Century South. National Science Foundation, 2011, $214,721.
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
John Senko. REU Site: Field Research on Bahamian Lakes: Exploring Records of Anthropogenic and Climatic Change. National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $330,408.
David Steer, PI; Xin Liang, Co-PI. Collaborative Research: Evaluating Student Learning in Geoscience Curricula that Employ Conceptests Using Electronic Student Response Systems. National Science Foundation, 2007-2011, $247,221.
Department of Mathematics
Dmitry Golovaty, PI; John Wilber, Co-PI. Modeling of Nonbonded Interactions in Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes. National Science Foundation, 2010-2013, $186,420.
Truyen Nguyen. Calculus of Variations and Hamilton-Jacobi Equations in the Wasserstein Space. National Science Foundation, 2009-2012, $70,907.
G.W. Young, P.I.; A, Milsted, (Biology); D.L. Ely, (Biology); W.J. Youngs, (Chemistry); A. Buldum, (Physics); C.B. Clemons, (Physics); J.P. Wilbert, (Physics); Y. Yun, (Physics); , J.G. Leid, Northern Arizona Univ.; C.L. Cannon, Washington Univ. School of Medicine; Co PIs. Collaborative Research: Polymeric Drug Delivery Systems and Biofilms in the Lungs, 2008-2012, National Institute of Health,$1,505,165.
Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies
Gregory Plagens, Co-PI. Stark Strong Program evaluation of Relationship Matters curriculum being implemented in numerous Stark County high schools by the Pregnancy Support Center of Canton. 2007-2011, $175,195.
Peggy Stephens, PI; Margaret Baughman, Co-PI.Cleveland Drug Court Cannabis Youth Treatment Enhancement Grant. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 2008-2011, $180,000.
Department of Sociology
Rebecca J. Erickson, PI; James Diefendorff, Co-PI (Psychology). Identity and Emotional Management Control in Health Care Settings. National Science Foundation, 2010-2012, $189,620.
Margaret M. Poloma, Stephen G. Post, Matthew T. Lee. The Flame of Love; Scientific Research on the Experience and Expression of Godly Love in the Pentecostal Tradition. John Templeton Foundation, 2007-2011, $2,326,362.