Miami research teams win OARS funding contest

Four interdisciplinary teams at Miami University were awarded project funding by the office for the advancement of research and scholarship (OARS).

The teams are the winners of an internal funding competition in connection with a March 28 round table event sponsored by OARS to facilitate interdisciplinary research.

Interdisciplinary collaborations resulting from the event were eligible to apply for seed money to be used to gather preliminary information and/or data necessary for developing a proposal for extramural funding.

$25,000 was awarded for each of the following projects:

  • "Biological/Synthetic Scaffolds for the Treatment of Bone Defects," led by Amy Yousefi (associate professor of chemical & paper engineering), Paul James (associate professor of biology), Shouzhong Zou (associate professor of chemistry & biochemistry), Jing Zhang (assistant professor of statistics), and Jens Mueller (senior research computing specialist of research computing support)
  • "Communicating Science to Society in the Antropocene," led by Michelle D. Boone (associate professor of zoology), Annie-Laurie Blair (clinical professor of journalism), Hays Cummins (professor of Western program), David Gorchov (professor of botany), Scott Johnston (associate professor of architecture & interior design), Richard Moore (associate professor of botany), Rod Northcutt (assistant professor of art), Jacob Tonski (assistant professor of art and interactive media studies), Valerie Ubbes (associate professor of kinesiology & health), Michael Vanni (professor of zoology), Roscoe Wilson (associate professor of art), and Jon Yamashiro (associate professor of art)
  • "New Optical Sensing Methodologies for Environmental and Biological Sensing," led by Samir Bali (associate professor of physics), Jonathan Scaffidi (assistant professor of chemistry & biochemistry), and Jason Berberich (assistant professor of chemical & paper engineering)
  • "Understanding the Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women in STEM: Groundworks for NSF-ADVANCE," led by Amanda Diekman (professor of psychology), Stacey Lowery Bretz (professor of chemistry), Bo Brinkman (associate professor of computer science & software engineering), and Kimberly Hamlin (assistant professor of Americans studies and history)