EMU approves research awards for 14 new faculty members

Awards help first- or second-year faculty at Eastern establish research agenda

by Geoff Larcom, Published January 10, 2012

Eastern Michigan University has approved awards for 14 new faculty members to carry on research or creative projects aimed at helping them secure external funding.

The Provost's Research Awards for New Faculty offers competitive awards of up to $5,000 to Eastern Michigan faculty in their first or second year of employment to carry out carefully designed projects.  The program is designed to help new faculty establish a research agenda that will make them more competitive for external funding.  Awards must be expended during the 2012 calendar year.

A total of nearly $65,000 is being awarded under this year's program. Funding for the Provost's Research Awards will be absorbed in the 2012-2013 faculty salary budget.

The winners include:

 1. Amanda Allen (English Language & Literature). "The Sweetness Debate: Neglected Female Junior Novels (1942-1967) and the Gendering of Young Adult Fiction"

2. Laurie C. Blondy (Nursing). "Identifying Constructs of the Synthesis Process"

3. Minnie Bluhm (Health Sciences). "Why They Do It: Oncologists' Rationales for Administering Chemotherapy to Dying Patients"

4. Nancy Villa Bryk (Geography & Geology). "Acknowledging Women's Contributions in Sites of Famous Men"

5. Sherry M. Bumpus (Nursing). "Evaluation of Bridging the Discharge Gap Effectively (BRIDGE)"

6. Ramona Caponegro (English Language & Literature). "The Prisoner and the Grande Dame: Leo Frank, Anne Carol Moore, and the Children's Library that Connected Their Stories"

7. Stephanie Casey (Mathematics). "STEM - Achievement Improvement in Mathematics among Michigan English Language Learners: AIM-ELL"

8. Ali Eydgahi (Engineering Technology). "Design of an Intelligent Autonomous Control and Navigation System for Simulation of Unmanned Surface Vehicles"

9. Todd Grote (Geography & Geology). "Reconstructing Prehistoric Floodplain Environments in the Allegheny-Upper Ohio River Basin, Pennsylvania"

10. Raul A. Leon (Leadership & Counseling). "Study Abroad: Engaging Males and Students of Color"

11. Abbey Marterella (Health Sciences). "Theorizing Lifestyle: Exploring Health and Wellness Needs of Adults with Serious Mental Illness"

12. Kennedy Saldanha (Social Work).  "Marginal Homelessness Experiences of Youth in Two Alternative Education Programs: A Pilot Study"

13. Hyoung-jin Shin (Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology).  "Residential Choice of Immigrant Groups in Newark City, 1880"

14. Zuzana Tomaš  (World Languages).  "STEM - Achievement Improvement in Mathematics among Michigan English Language Learners: AIM-ELL"


Geoff Larcom



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