Research Initiation Fund Awards

2016 / 2017

Use of CRISPR-Cas9 to Identify Factor(s) Involved in Eukaryotic Ribosome Recycling (2016)
Amount: 3,200
Michael Kiel, Ph.D., Associate Professor Biology

Investigation on the Architectural Typologies of Marcel Bruer's Precast Concrete Facade Elements through 3D Printing Methods (2016)
Amount: $4,000
Miguel Angel Calvo-Salve, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Architecture

Does High Intensity Interval Training with the Training Mask 2.0 result in Pulmonary or Biochemical Adaptations (2016)
Amount: $3,299
Angela Hillman, Ph.D., ECP, Assistant Professor Athletic Training and Exercise Science

How Does a Prebiotic Supplement Affect Iron Status In Iron Depleted Female Athletes? (2016)
Amount: $2,000*
Diane M. DellaValle PhD, RDN, Associate Professor Nutrition and Dietetics

A Preliminary Investigation of Articulation Skills and Letter Identification (2016)
Amount: $2,500
Lauren Burrows, Ph.D. CCC/SLP, Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

Organizational Crisis Management Plans: How is the Employee Well-Being Considered? (2016)
Amount: $2,700
Patricia Weldon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Social Work

Letterpress Printing & 3D Materials Study (2016)
Amount: $3,200
Christine Medley, MFA, Assistant Professor Art

2015 / 2016

How Does a Prebiotic Supplement Affect Iron Status In Iron Depleted Female Athletes? (2015)
Amount: $3,000
Diane M. DellaValle, PhD, RDN, Nutrition & Dietetics

Effectiveness of Chlorogenic Acid (Green Coffee Bean Extract) on Blood Glucose Levels in Prediabetic Patients (2015)
Amount: $2,000
Deanne Dulik Garver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry Science

Visualizing and Analyzing Public’s Changing Attitudes on Controversial Social Topics (2015)
Amount: $2,000
Ling Wu, Ph.D, Assistant Professor Social Sciences

Investigation of Enhanced Chemiluminescence and Miniaturized Measurements for Analytical Applications (2015)
Amount: $3,000
Mary Lynn Grayeski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science

Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Krüppel-like Transcription Factors in Caenorhabditis Elegans and Their Link to Human Cancer (2015)
Amount: $2,000
Christopher Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science

Analysis of Two-dimensional Business Equation (2015)
Amount: $2,000
Dhanapati Adhikari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Mathematics & Computer Science

Weight Management Education for College Freshman: Prevention of the “Freshman Fifteen” (2015)
Amount: $3,000
Erin O'Hora DHSc, RDN, LDN, Assistant Professor Nutrition & Dietetics

Cell-phone Based Application for Violence Reduction Among ‘Flying’ Female Sex Workers in Kolkata, India (2015)
Amount: $2,000
Sunny Sinha, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor Social Work

Effect of a Single Bout of High Intensity Interval Training on Blood Indicators of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis in Previously Trained and Untrained Individuals (2015)
Amount: $3,000
Justus Hallam, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor Athletic Training and Exercise Science

2014 / 2015

Perception of Indian Accent by Native Speakers of American English (2014)
Amount: $1,000
Vijayachandra Ramachandra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Investigating Krüpple-like factor, klf gene regulation of fat metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans (2014)
Amount: $3,500
Christopher Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

Investigation of a Concussion Education Program Using Concussion GooglesTM with High School Athletic Teams: A Pilot Study (2014)
Amount: $2,420
Ellen Payne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Health & Physical Education

Students Helping Peers With Unwanted Sexual Experiences (2014)
Amount: $1,540
Karen Rich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Ocean Acidification and Stem Cells (2014)
Amount: $4,000
Robin Ertl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

2013 / 2014

Attitudes Towards Islam in Undergraduate Freshmen - Pre and Post Taking Modern Belief Class (2013)
Amount: $1,500
Sr. Mary Ann Zimmerman, N.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Shamshad Ahmed, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Psychology & Counseling

Intentional Communication in Music Therapy Sessions with and without Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (2013)
Amount: $3,000
Anita Gadberry, Ph.D., MT-BC, Assistant Professor, Music Therapy

HIV Risk Perceptions of Male Clients of Female Sex Workers and Their Motivations to Engage in Paid Sex: A Pilot Study (2013)
Amount: $2,500
Sunny Sinha, Ph.D., MSW, Assistant Professor, Social Work

Effects of Inattentional Blindness and Inattentional Insensitivity on Situation Awareness and Performance and Applicable Training Approaches (2013)
Amount: $2,000
Andrew R. Dattel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology & Counseling

Investigating Krüpple-like Factor, klf-2 Gene Regulation of Fat Metabolism in Caenorhabditis Elegans (2013)
Amount: $2,000
Christopher W. Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

Students Helping Peers with Unwanted Sexual Experiences (2013)
Amount: $2,000
Karen Rich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Ocean Acidification and Stem Cells (2013)
Amount: $2,000
Robin P. Ertl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

The ART of Conversation: Using a Seminar-Studio Workshop to Improve Live Satisfaction Among Community-and Assisted- Living-Dwelling Elders (2013)
Amount: $3,000
B. Lynn Hutchings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work
Barbara Parker-Bell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

Characterization of the SUN-domain Protein Mps3 and its Role as a Regulator of Chromatin Dynamics Through Interactions with Chromatin Associated Proteins (2013)
Amount: $2,000
Lisa Antoniacci, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Science

2012 / 2013

Resilience and Support Among People with Major Mental Illness: Magnolia Clubhouse Culture and Recovery (2012)
Amount: $2,500
Kimiko Tanaka, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work and Administrative Studies

Functional Assays in Cell Biology to test for Telomere Clustering, Telomere Anchoring, DNA Damage and Sister Chromatid Cohesion (2012)
Amount: $ 5,695
Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

What Elements Should Be Considered When Designing Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Material for New Media (2012)
Amount: $ 6,000
Wanda Reyes Valazquez, Ph.D., Director of Ad/PR Program, Communication Arts,
Jessica Bachman, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Ahmed A. Gomaa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Business

The Effect of Universal Design for Learning on the Achievement of At-Risk Preschoolers (2012)
Amount: $ 4,560
Michelle Gonzales, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Education
Christine Fryer, Instructor, Education

Evangelical Protestant Missionaries and Congolese Protestants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1965-1990 (2012)
Amount: $4,088
Jeremy Rich, Ph.D., Associate Professor (NEW FACULTY) Social Science

Characterization of elements regulating the expression of klf-3 in Ceanorhabditis elegans (2012)
Amount: $ 2,560
Christopher Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

Biochemical Toxicology and Evolution (2012)
Amount: $1,000
Robin P. Ertl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science

Examining Spriituality and Motivation among Individuals in Substance Abuse (2012)
Amount: $ 6,000
Daniel Freedman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (NEW FACULTY) Social Work and Administrative Studies

The Facilitation of Social Networks in Freshman Housing (2012)
Amount: $ 1,000
Joseph Cabrera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Science

Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake through Visual Cooking Demonstrations and Nutrition Education (2012)
Amount: $ 6,000
JoAnne Christaldi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics
Diana C. Cuy Castellanos, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

2011 / 2012

The Development of Mindfulness Self-Compassion and Empathy in Social Work Students (2011)
Amount: $8,151
Kielty Turner, Ph.D., Social Work
Sr. Angela Kim, I.H.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work
B. Lynn Hutchings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Social Work
Christine Kessen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Social Work

Maternal Responsiveness to a Single-Voice Voice Output Communication Aid in toy Play with Young Children Whose Verbal Development is At-Risk (2011)
Amount: $6,000
Kara Medeiros. Ph.D., Instructor, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Enhancing the Early Childhood Environment at the Friendship House through Professional Development (2011)
Amount: $8,000
Michelle R. Gonzales, Ph.D., Education
Christine L. Fryer, M.S., Instructor, Education
Patricia S. Arter, Ph. D., Director Special Education

Improving Academic Test Scores and Reducing Obesity in Young Adults through a Program of Physical Activity (2011)
Amount: $7,000
Nelson Neal, Ed.D., Health and Physical Education

Resilience and Support Among People with Major Mental Illness: Magnolia Clubhouse Culture and Recovery (2011)
Amount: $ 9,000
Kimiko Tanaka, Ph.D. Social Work

Elements Regulating Expression of the C.elegan Transcription Factor klf-3 (2011)
Amount: $4,560
Christopher W. Brey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Science

Understanding Homeschooling Outcomes (2011)
Amount: $8,151
Kerri Tobin, M.S.W., Education

Interdisciplinary Service Delivery Model (2011)
Amount: $9,935
Sr. Angela Kim, I.H.M., Assistant Professor, Social Work
Steven C. Burke, Ph.D., Full Professor, Social Work
Diane Haleem, Ph.D., R.N., Chair & Associate Professor, Nursing and Public Administration
Karen Arscott, D.O., Program Director, Physician Assistant Program
Lee Harrison, Ph.D., Full Professor, Nutrition and Dietetics

Using Design to Intergrate Solar Panels into Architecture (2011)
Amount: $8,000
Joseph Gluba, Assistant Professor, Architecture

The Facilitation of Social Networks in Campus Housing (2011)
Amount: $5,670
Joseph F. Cabrera, Ph.D., M.U.P., Social Science

Nutrition Needs Assessment Using the PRECEDE – PROCEED Model of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Hispanic Population (2011)
Amount: $8,995
Diana K. Cuy Castellanos, M.S., R.D., Nutrition and Dietetics

2010 / 2011

The Holocaust: Preserving Memories and Forging Community Collaborative Ties (2010)
Amount: $4,000
Michael Mirabito, Ph.D. Professor Communication Arts

Testing the effectiveness of Online Homework Submission in Lower Level Mathematics Courses (2010)
Amount: $6,000
Chaogui Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Mathematics
Thomas Kent, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Mathematics

The Effects of Conceptual and Procedural Training on Advanced Aviation Flight Maneuvers and Situation Awareness (2010)
Amount: $8,000
Andrew R. Dattel, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology

Socialization to the Professoriate: A Qualitative Exploration of the Role of Collaborative Research and Teaching Experiences in Preparing Doctoral Students for Faculty Careers in Education and Engineering (2010)
Amount: $7,500
Tonya Saddler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Education

Drug-induced Neurogenesis and Alteration of Reward in Crayfish (2010)
Amount: $5,000
Thomas I. Nathaniel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science

Word and Sentence Intelligibility of Various Spanish Speech Synthesis Voices (2010)
Amount: $7,000
Bruce A. Wisenburn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Communication Sciences & Disorders

Reducing Risk of Running Injuries Through Examination of the Relationship Between Muscular Activation Patterns and Impact Forces During Running and Therapeutic Exercise (2010)
Amount: $10,000
James Smoliga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Health & Physical Education

Characterization of the Nuclear Envelope Protein Mps3 in Several Nuclear Processes Through its Interaction with Nuclear Proteins Cdc5, Htz1, and Ctf18 (2010)
Amount: $5,000
Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Biotechnology

GoodGuides Youth Mentoring Program (2010)
Amount: $3,550
Rosemary Caolo, Ph.D. Assistant Professor School of Social Work

Regulation of Fat Metabolism by Transcription Factor KLF-3 in Caenorhabditis Elegans (2010)
Amount: $8,950
Christopher Brey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Biotechnology

2009 / 2010

Regarding the Pain of Others: Christian Social Ethics and Viewing Photographs of Suffering Human Beings (2009)
Amount: $1,500
Laurie Cassidy, PhD, Associate Professor Religious Studies

Pilot Studies & Social Work Research (2009)
Amount: $3,000
Dawn Hall Apgar, PhD, Assistant Professor Social Work

Overcoming the Barriers to the Effective Care of Patients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (2009)
Amount: $3,097
Vincent J. Monastra, PhD, Assistant Professor Psychology and Counseling

Characterization of the Link Between the Nuclear Envelop Component Mps3 and the Replication Factor Ctf18 in Telomere Positioning and Sister Chromatid Cohesion (2009)
Amount: $2,000
Lisa Antoniacci, PhD, Associate Professor Biotechnology

Creating Safe Spaces: A Multidimensional Approach to Recognition and Intervention for PTSD in Older Women Survivors of IPV (2009)
Amount: $3,000
Marie L. McCormick, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor Social Work

Preaching the Lay Vocation: Participatory Action Research for Understanding and Change (2009)
Amount: $2,498
Sr. Mary Ann Zimmer, ND, PhD, Assistant Professor Religious Studies

Linguistic and Emotional Factors Related to Lexical-Gustatory and Grapheme-Color Synaesthesia (2009)
Amount: $3,000
Vijayachandra Angalli Ramachandra, Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

2008 / 2009

Assessment of Creative Expression, Calligraphy and Contemplative Handwriting as Effective Manipulations of the Attention Components of Mindfulness (2008)
Amount: 1,500
C. Estelle Campenni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Psychology & Counseling

Conseling and Supervision Process and Outcome: Evaluating the Effectiveness of a University-Based Training Clinic (2008)
Amount: $3,500
Janet L. Muse-Burke, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Psychology & Counseling

Religious Orientation and Marital Satisfaction (2008)
Amount: $1,700
Packiaraj Arumugham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Social Work

The Effect of Prophylactic Bracing on EMG Activity of the supporting Musculature of the Ankle; A Pilot Study (2008)
Amount: $2,000
Martin A. Donahue, Ph.D., ATC Department of Health and Physical Education

Inter-session Reliability and Precision of Multiple Electromyographic Parameters in Muscles of the Legs, Torso, and Arms During Running. – A Pilot Study (2008)
Amount: $2,000
James Smoliga, DMV, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Health & Physical Education

Extending Universal Design for Learning Dow to the Preschool Population: Impact on Literacy (2008)
Amount: $3,500
Victoria Wilcox, M.A., Instructor Special Education
Patricia Arter, Ed.D., Associate Professor Special Education
Kathleen O. Ruthkosky, Ph.D., Associate Professor Early Childhood Education
Christing L. Simmrell-Fryer, Instructor Education

Conversation MapsTM and Diabetes Education – Taking it to the Next Level (2008)
Amount: $2,000
Karen E. Arscott, D.O., Director Physician Assistant Program

Regarding the Pain of Others: Christian Social Ethics and Viewing Photographs of Suffering Human Beings (2008)
Amount: $3,000
Laurie Cassidy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Religious Studies

Visual Change Detection (2008)
Amount: $3,620
Ed Crawley, Ph.D., Associate Professor Psychology & Counseling

Research, Design and Testing of a New Art therapy Based Phenomenological Research Tool: Measuring the Efficacy of Health Care Education with patients Using the Diabetes Conversation MapTM (2008)
Amount: $1,500
Stephanie Wise, M.A., Clinical Assistant Professor Art

Protein Synthesis in Mammalian Organelles: Effects of Factors on Cell Fate (2008)
Amount: $1,772
Michael C. Kiel, Ph.D., Associate Professor Science

2007 / 2008

Processing Emotional Prosody by Individuals with Right Hemisphere Damage: The Role of Autonomic-Cortical Pathways (2007)
Amount: $4,000
Vijayac Angallia Ramachandra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kinematic analysis of running on Varied Surfaces: A Pilot Study (2007)
Amount: $3,900
James Smoliga, DVM, Ph.D Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology Physical Health & Education

The Effects of Environmental Sounds and Familiar Music on Neuro functioning of Dementia Patients (2007)
Amount: $4,000
David Ramsey, D.A., Assistant Professor Music therapy

2006 / 2007

Determination of Exhaled Breath Condensate 3-Nitrotyrosine by Reverse Phase Liquid chromatography with 4-Fluro-7-Nitrobenzofuran Derivization (2006)
Amount: $3,000
Kenneth Rundell, Ph.D., Director Human Physiology Lab

Universal Design for Learning: The Impact of Video iPods on Student Achievement (2006)
Amount: $2,300
Patricia S. Arter, Ph.D., Associate Professor Special Education

Y-STR Analysis: The Diversity of the Marywood University Male Population (2006)
Amount: $3,500
Michael Kiel, Ph.D., Associate Professor Science

Sacred Rituals (2006)
Amount: $3,100
Douglas B. Lawrence, Ph.D., Associate Professor Communication Arts

2005 / 2006

Process and Prediction: The Interaction of Breast Cancer Cells to Tamoxifen (2005)
Amount: $5,000
Deborah Hokien, Ph.D. Associate Professor Science

2004 / 2005

The Development of a Quantitative, Spectroscopic Method to Determine the Response of Breast Cancer Cells to Carbonyl-Labeled Tamoxifen (2004)
Amount: $1,000
Deborah Hokien, Ph.D., Associate Professor Science

Studies on the Mechanisms of Cellular Protein Synthesis – Ribosom Recycling in Eukaryotic Cells (2004)
Amount: $1,000
Michael C. Kiel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Science

Gerontological Social Work – Narrative (2004)
Amount: $1,000
Doris Chechotka-McQuade, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Social Work