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  • Radford on the Move: Research and Sponsored Activity Newsletter
  • Radford's On The Move

    1. 1. Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035 RADFORD RESEARCH ON THE MOVE
    2. 2. Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035 Hello and welcome to the first edition of Radford Research On The Move. As the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (SPGM), I want you to know that SPGM supports faculty and staff in the pursuit of external funding for research and sponsored activities that benefit Radford University, its students and faculty. This is our mantra and one that you will hear from Taryn Chase, Jennifer McKnight, Ami Meador, Cindy Mize, Laura Quesenberry, Imogene Setliff and me, Anne Pascucci. We seek to be a resource for every person at Radford University who is interested in external funding and our staff is eager to fulfill our Plan 7-17 strategic initiative to grow external funding. To that end we hope that you find this newsletter informative and interesting and invite your feedback. We hope to meet with and interview many RU researchers and artists for future editions of this newsletter. Thank you for taking the time to read it and hopefully contributing to it in the near future. Best~ Anne M. Pascucci, CRA
    3. 3. Researcher Spotlight <ul><li>Matt Dunleavy is an Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology at Radford University and the recent recipient of a multi-year NSF award in excess of $350,000. From April 2006 until August 2007, Dr. Dunleavy was the project director for the Handheld Augmented Reality Project (HARP) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role Dunleavy directed all aspects of HARP. This involved managing a collaborative team of 14 undergraduate, graduate, and advanced doctoral students; collecting and analyzing qualitative data; preparing evaluation reports and publication manuscripts; communicating with the U.S. Department of Education as well as the larger collaborative team from MIT and the University of Wisconsin; and presenting research results at national conferences. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Building upon and extending this cutting-edge research, Dr. Dunleavy has established the Radford Outdoor Augmented Reality (ROAR) project. </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    4. 4. Researcher Spotlight Continued: <ul><li>In collaboration with MIT and HP Labs, the ROAR project will develop and study elementary, middle and high school curricula that use augmented reality (AR) to deliver instruction. The narrative-driven, inquiry-based AR simulations developed by the ROAR team will be played on a HP iPAQ Travel Companion rx5915 handheld computer and use GPS technology to correlate the students’ real world location to their virtual location in the simulation’s digital world </li></ul><ul><li>As the students move around a physical location, such as their school playground or sports fields, a map on their handheld displays digital objects and virtual people who exist in an AR world superimposed on real space. When students come within approximately 10 feet of these digital artifacts, the AR and GPS software triggers video, audio, and text files, which provide narrative, navigation and collaboration cues as well as academic challenges. This capability parallels the new means of information gathering, communication, and expression made possible by emerging interactive media. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Dunleavy is a leading researchers in the area of AR, an excellent representation of how new mobile technologies can be leveraged to build upon and extend the informal, collaborative learning styles of young people today . </li></ul><ul><li> To further his research agenda and raise the profile of Radford University as a cutting-edge institution , Dr. Dunleavy actively networked with the following organizations: Harvard University, MIT, Hewlett Packard Labs, National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) of Costa Rica, the Army Research Institute, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Tech, and the New River Community College. </li></ul><ul><li>All of these relationships continue to increase and enhance the profile of Radford University in the regional, state, national, and international arena and these relationships will continue to provide grant opportunities and resources for STEL, CEHD and RU for the foreseeable future. </li></ul><ul><li>He received his Ph.D. in Educational Research, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Virginia, where he focused on the impact of ubiquitous computing on student learning and the classroom environment. His research interests are focused on the intersection among 1-to-1 computing, instructional gaming, and social constructivist pedagogy. Prior to completing his formal education, he lived overseas teaching English as a Second Language in Cameroon, Central Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer and then independently in Taiwan, Republic of China. For more information concerning Dr. Dunleavy’s work, please visit Radford Outdoor Augmented Reality (ROAR) project at http://www.radford.edu/mdunleavy/445/ROAR.html  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    5. 5. Dr. Tara Phelps-Durr works with Senior Matt Williams <ul><li>Senior Matt Williams is gaining necessary undergraduate research experience in Phelps-Durr’s lab to achieve his goals. Having the experience of hands on research in a biology lab working with the HIRA gene, under the guidance of Dr. Tara Phelps-Durr, has provided Williams with the determination to continue on to graduate school or seek a medical degree. </li></ul><ul><li>More about Dr. Phelps-Durr’s work: </li></ul><ul><li>The research goal is to understand how the chromatin remodeling gene HIRA, regulates development in plants. The HIRA gene controls cell division by regulating the packaging of DNA (chromatin remodeling). </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    6. 6. Phelps-Durr Research Continued: <ul><li>Regulation of cellular division is an essential component for proper development. In humans, the developmental abnormality known as DiGeorge syndrome is characterized by several facial and cardiac malformations. These developmental abnormalities are caused by improper regulation of the human HIRA gene located on chromosome 22. </li></ul><ul><li>Regulation of cell division also has important implications for the treatment of cancer. When cells lose regulation and continuously proliferate, a tumor forms. Understanding how cell proliferation can be suppressed is crucial to the discovery of new cancer treatment options. </li></ul><ul><li>A key event that leads to the suppression of cell division is a mechanism known as cellular senescence. When a cell enters senescence, the DNA is tightly packaged and turned “off”. In the senescent state, cells remain alive but do not divide. HIRA is known to be a major contributor to cellular senescence. </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035 Photos: A Pascucci
    7. 7. Dr. Karen Francl and Dr. Christine Small of Biology Lead Summer Research Experience! <ul><li>Research projects exploring the ecology, biodiversity, and conservation of plants and animals across southwestern Virginia were undertaken this summer lead by Dr.’s Karen Francl & Christine Small of Radford University. Funded by a joint RU Seed Grant and Faculty Summer Research funds, a number of students interested in engaging in full-time field research were hired. Eight undergraduate students participated in the research. They are: </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    8. 8. RU Summer Research Continued: <ul><li>Beth Meyer, Clayton Faidley, Allen Patton, Dwight Meikle, Derrick Mathews, Alex Noble, and 2008 graduates Michael Baisey and Veronica Combos. Five of the students (Meyer, Faidley, Patton, Meikle, Mathews) carried out summer research as part of their Environmental Internship, a required component of the Environmental Concentration in Biology. Each continues to work this academic year, investigating some aspect of the summer activities and preparing presentations for 2008-2009 professional meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout the summer, research was conducted across a number of localities, including the RU Selu Conservancy. </li></ul><ul><li>At Selu, salamander use of karst sinkholes, unique geological features formed by dissolution of limestone and other soluble bedrock was examined. To assess salamander requirements, vegetation composition, diversity, and habitat variables (topography, light, soil moisture) across sinkholes were investigated. This work supports Dr.’s Francl & Small’s larger, multi-year project—an ecological classification of the Conservancy. Students were actively involved in all aspects of field work and are continuing with independent projects: Clayton Faidley is examining salamander-habitat preferences in these unique sinkholes. Beth Meyer is exploring vegetation patterns to understand how these unusual sinkholes differ from typical upland habitats. </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    9. 9. RU Summer Research Continued: <ul><li>Allen Patton took an interest in the birds of Selu and began a multi-season examination of bird communities across the Conservancy. He’ll be using past vegetation surveys to examine habitat preferences of over 40 species discovered so far. These local experiences give our students valuable experience with field research and encourage them to explore their interests and further define career goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Local projects and collaborations with the USDA Forest Service were continued. Francl engaged in a second year of examining effects of prescribed fire on small mammal and plant communities on the Jefferson National Forest. </li></ul><ul><li>It is anticipated that this will be a multi-year project, as the Forest Service plans to burn two of the eight study sites at Caldwell in March 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Other projects included examining the environmental impacts of harvesting medicinal plants from the wild. </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    10. 10. <ul><li>Separately, each of these projects represents a worthwhile endeavor and excellent introduction to field research. Combined, however, they give Radford’s </li></ul><ul><li>students the opportunity to “try out” many different field techniques and work with a multitude of plants and animals, providing worthwhile career skills and experiences. Allowing students to choose aspects that most interest them then provides the opportunity to understand the rigors of data analysis and follow a project to fruition. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035 Photos Karen Francl and Christine Small We have found this approach to be worthwhile for us as faculty and for students who are “getting their feet wet” (literally and figuratively!) – spending summers immersed in research.
    11. 11. <ul><li>* Council for Undergraduate Research Regional Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Program: Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research </li></ul><ul><li>South Central Region: University of Texas, El Paso, January 18-20, 2008 Application Deadline: December 21, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>* Virginia Foundation for the Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Open Grant Program </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web Site: http://www.virginiafoundation.org/grants/opportunities.html#open </li></ul><ul><li>Program URL: http://www.virginiafoundation.org/grants/ </li></ul><ul><li>SYNOPSIS: </li></ul><ul><li>The sponsor accepts proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to develop public </li></ul><ul><li>humanities programs for audiences in Virginia. The Open Grant Program is open to proposals </li></ul><ul><li>rooted in any humanities disciplines in any format. Most open grants fall within the $3-10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>range; grants over $10,000 are rare. </li></ul><ul><li>Deadline(s): 10/15/2008 </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    12. 12. <ul><li>* Call for Applications for the 2009 Posters on the Hill Event: </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words </li></ul><ul><li>and stories of the student participants themselves. In the Spring of 2009 the Council on </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 13th annual undergraduate poster session on </li></ul><ul><li>Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of </li></ul><ul><li>undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact. </li></ul><ul><li>CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of </li></ul><ul><li>CUR's divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). </li></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form.  Prior to </li></ul><ul><li>submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, </li></ul><ul><li>advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract.    </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, and the link to submit an application, please visit: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cur.org/pohcall.html   </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035
    13. 13. <ul><li>External Funding Search Engines Available to Radford Faculty and Staff: </li></ul><ul><li>www.cos.com for the Community of Science </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.infoed.org/new_spin/spinmain.asp for Infoed </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.grants.gov/ for grants.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/funding for GrantsNet </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_list.jsp?org=NSF&ord=date for upcoming NSF dates and deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact SPGM for assistance in using these databases. </li></ul>Radford University, Office of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management (540)831.5035