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Faculty receive Ohio Board of Regents research awards


Miami University faculty members received 2011 Research Incentive awards totaling $200,000 in funding from the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR).

The Research Incentive Program (formally Research Challenge) was created in 1985 by OBR to enhance the capability of Ohio universities to attract external (federal, corporate and foundation) funding for research.

The 2011 recipients for the Research Incentive Program are:

  • Gary Lorigan, Carole Dabney-Smith (chemistry and biochemistry), “Novel EPR methods to investigate protein transport of photosynthetic membranes,” $40,000
  • Yu Morton, Peter Jamieson (electrical and computer engineering), “I-Sensor: Integrated sensor systems for multi-function robots,” $40,000
  • Amit Shukla, Edgar Caraballo, Kumar Singh, Andrew Sommers (mechanical and manufacturing engineering), “Transient dynamics of hypersonic aircraft structures under combined thermal, aero-acoustic excitation,“ $40,000
  • Shouzhong Zou (chemistry and biochemistry), “Improving activity and durability of fuel cell catalysts through nanotechnology,” $40,000
  • Hong Wang (chemistry and biochemistry), “Push-pull extended porphyrins as light harvester for solar energy conversion,” $40,000.

The OBR directs Ohio universities to invest Research Incentive funding:
  • To enhance the quality of research and scholarship at Ohio’s universities;
  • To increase the level of federal and private research funding received by Ohio’s universities, and;
  • To encourage research efforts that support the Third Frontier Project and economic growth in Ohio.


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