November 2014


Office of Research Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 11

Table of Contents

School of Nursing Faculty Secure External Funding

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

Workshop on the Logistics of Proposal Development

Meet CSU's New
Research Faculty

VP for Research Sawicki Elected to Serve in National Capacity

Featured Researcher
Video Series

Learn How to Use SPIN to Find Funding Opportunities for Your Research

Undergraduate Research Award - Deadline Approaching

CSU Scholar News

News from the Technology Transfer Office

School of Nursing Faculty
Secure External Funding

Dr. Joan Thoman and Dr. Pam Rutar, faculty from the School of Nursing, were recently awarded a Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP) Community Health Worker (CHW) initiative entitled Improved Health Outcomes through Education (I-HOPE).

Dr. Thoman
Dr. Rutar

I-HOPE is an interdisciplinary initiative designed to empower low-income residents with a high prevalence of chronic disease. Funding is being used to create a sustainable community support network of Community Health Workers (CHW), which has additional training in chronic disease self-management concepts designed by Stanford University.

This community health worker program will be Ohio Board of Nursing certified, is designed for workforce development and as a potential pipeline program for CSU. This lay worker role is a newly empowered role that fits well as a linkage to an interdisciplinary team approach, many of which embrace the patient care medical home model. Collaborating partners include Sisters of Charity Foundation (SOCF), Friendly Inn Settlement House (FISH), and Fairhill Partners. Cleveland State University School of Nursing serves as the lead partner.

In addition, Dr. Thoman, was recently awarded National Institute of Health (NIH) funding to evaluate the Diabetes Health Sense website. This website is designed as an interactive educational intervention for persons with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes. The Cleveland State University School of Nursing is 1 of 14 sites chosen and will function as a comparison site.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

The National Science Foundation has issued Program Solicitation Number 15-504 for its Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Instrument Acquisition or Development. The full Solicitation can be found by clicking here. The program is essentially unchanged from last year.

The University may submit up to three (3) unique proposals. Of these, a maximum of two (2) may be for Instrument Acquisition. Due to this limitation, we want to identify any interested Project Directors or teams as early as possible. This is to ensure the University submits the best possible proposal(s) and to prevent a team from investing significant effort only to learn later that it cannot submit because of the overall submission limitation.

As you consider the Solicitation, please be aware that as a Ph.D. granting institution, Cleveland State is required to provide 30% of the total project cost (not 30% of the NSF funding request). This is considered mandatory cost-sharing. University policy requires this cost-share be documented and approved in advance of proposal submission. If you have any questions about what is allowable as cost-share, please consult with SPRS. The NSF requests proposals in the range of $100,000 to $4 Million. However, they will accept proposals of less than $100,000 for the disciplines of mathematics, social, behavior and economic sciences only.

A proposal in which Cleveland State University will be a subawardee may also count toward our submission limitation. Any involvement with an Acquisition proposal would count while a development proposal only counts if our funding request is 20% or more of the overall request to NSF. As a subrecipient, the University would still be required to provide cost-sharing (although the lead institution may choose to provide the complete cost-share, thereby releasing CSU from this requirement).

Please notify Teri Kocevar by November 21, 2014, 5 p.m., of your interest to submit a proposal in any capacity (lead institution or subawardee) to the MRI program. Please do this by email. In your notification, include:

  1. Project (working) title
  2. Proposal Type (Acquisition or Development)
  3. Team members (indicate which is the lead PI) with department/college affiliations
  4. Indicate if this is part of a consortium (subaward situation). If so, list the other organizations and indicate if CSU is the Lead or a Partner.
  5. Synopsis of purpose or need.

Individual faculty or teams may respond to Teri Kocevar directly with the above information. Depending upon the number of responses, we may solicit further input to help decide which proposals will go forward.

Workshop on the Logistics of Proposal Development

As announced in the September and October issues of this newsletter, the Office of Research offered a workshop, the Logistics of Proposal Development, on Friday, November 7, 2014. The workshop was a success, as evidenced in part by faculty attendees' responses to an evaluation form. The responses were extremely positive. For example, the overwhelming majority of faculty attendees reported that the workshop lived up to their expectations, that they will be able to use what they learned in the workshop, and that the workshop was a good use of their time. The Office of Research plans to offer this workshop again in the spring.

Meet CSU's New Research Faculty

The Department of Psychology welcomed three new tenure-track Assistant Professors this fall, Drs. Eric Allard, Kenneth Vail, and Ilya Yaroslavsky. All three new faculty members have active research programs.

Dr. Yaroslavsky
Dr. Allard
Dr. Vail

Dr. Yaroslavsky's research aims to elucidate how physiological, psychosocial, and familial factors contribute to the risk, long-term course, and outcomes of depressive disorders. In particular, he is interested in the links between (1) depression and ways that individuals attempt to attenuate dysphoric emotions (emotion regulation), and (2) physiological processes and contextual factors that influence the use and success of emotion regulation responses. In support of these aims, Dr. Yaroslavsky and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh recently received funding from NIH to investigate whether integrating physiological, neural, and psychological processes that are believed to support hedonic and dysphoric emotions can improve our understanding of depression risk. Dr. Yaroslavsky recently submitted another grant application for external funding.

Dr. Allard's research broadly focuses on the cognitive and motivational components of emotional processing and regulation throughout adulthood and old age. Various lines of research examine how younger and older adults differ in their information processing preferences for emotional stimuli in the environment and the consequences of those preferences for emotional well-being. Past and current methods include the implementation of eye tracking measures for assessments of overt attention in response to emotionally evocative stimuli or environments, psychophysiological recording, and neuroimaging methods (fMRI). Current and ongoing projects include examining how attention influences the effective use of cognitive emotion regulation strategies for both younger and older adults, how younger and older adults converge or differ in the adaptive use of emotion regulation, and how physiological markers can predict adaptive emotion regulation profiles as a response to real-world stressors outside of a laboratory setting.

One current focus of Dr. Vail's research is directed at understanding the motivational consequences of the experience of freedom. Dr. Vail's research provides some of the first experimental evidence suggesting that salient freedom entails potentially ironic consequences; indeed even that the psychological experience of freedom could itself pose a motivational obstacle to social participation in democratic systems of leadership. A second focus of Dr. Vail's research utilizes Terror Management Theory (TMT). With advanced cognitive capacities, humans also developed a sophisticated understanding of the inevitability of death. TMT posits that this awareness of inevitable death motivates people to create, maintain, and successfully participate in cultural belief systems that imbue life with meaning. Dr. Vail is currently researching psychological mechanisms that determine when and how people protect themselves from the awareness of death (e.g., via politics, religion), and how doing so can motivate them to do helpful and meaningful things: donate to charities, help their communities, engage in artistic and creative acts, feel happiness and meaning in life, and explore new ideas and seek personal growth.

Vice President for Research Sawicki
Elected to Serve in National Capacity

Dr. Sawicki

Vice President for Research Jerzy Sawicki has been elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research Policy & Graduate Education (CRPGE).

His service will include assisting in planning and chairing sessions at the Annual APLU Meetings and CRPGE Summer Forums. One of the CRPGE's functions is the assessment and development of policies that pertain to academic research and graduate education relevant to the member institutions.

Featured Researcher Video Series
Learn About 12 Exciting Research Programs in Under 25 Minutes


The Office of Research began the Featured Research Video Series in order to shine a spotlight on some of the outstanding researchers at CSU across a number of different fields.

The series began in November 2013 featuring work by Dr. Bibo Li, and the twelfth video, released last month, featured work by Dr. Justin Perry. The initial 12 videos feature research by faculty members in the Colleges of Education, Law, Business, Sciences and Health Professions, Urban, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Engineering. Recording is underway for a new set of videos. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn about some of the exciting research happening right here at CSU by viewing the first 12 videos - each of which is approximately two minutes long - in less than 25 minutes.

Learn How to Use SPIN to Find
Funding Opportunities for Your Research

The Office of Research is pleased to invite all CSU faculty, staff, and student researchers interested in learning how to use SPIN to attend a webinar on Thursday, January 22nd from 11:30am - 12:30pm. Click here to register for this webinar. SPIN is an extensive research funding opportunity database that allows you to locate all types of funding for your research. Although anyone can search the SPIN database from a CSU domain computer on campus, in order to use the database from off campus, and to take full advantage of the database (e.g., personalize your searches, save searches, request emails with new funding opportunities that match your searches, etc.), you must create a GENIUS account. CSU researchers, faculty, and students interested in establishing a GENIUS account, please click here for instructions.

Undergraduate Research Award - Deadline Approaching

The purpose of the Undergraduate Research Award program is to allow undergraduate students to obtain funding to offset the costs associated with doing research undertaken in a CSU credit-bearing course. There are two deadlines for applications each academic year, one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester. The deadline for fall funding is the last Monday of April, and the deadline for spring funding is the last Monday of November. Click here for more information.

CSU Scholar News

Dr. Lewandowski
Dr. Dover

Cathleen A. Lewandowski, director and professor, and Michael A. Dover, college associate lecturer, in the School of Social Work, are publishing and editing Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published at Cleveland State University. Founded in 1995, the Cleveland State University School of Social Work assumed responsibility for the journal in 2012. Dover, who had previous experience with the journal, was appointed Editor. With his leadership and guidance, the School of Social Work initiated the process of publishing the journal online, to increase access and reach a wider audience. Cleveland State University now holds full copyright privileges to all current and back issues, which are available on the Reflections' website at, as well as through EBSCO SocIndex.

Dr. Lewandowski recently edited a Reflections special issue, "Therapeutic Relationships with Service Members, Veterans and their Families," which has now been published as Volume 19, Number Two. This is the fifth issue to be published by Cleveland State University. Dr. Lewandowski's research interests include children and family services, substance abuse treatment, veterans' issues, and program implementation and development. Dr. Lewandowski is a veteran and served as a clinical social worker for a Forward Operating Base combat stress unit in Iraq. She is a Congressionally-appointed member of the Veterans' Affairs National Advisory Committee for the Readjustment of Veterans.

Dr. Dover's Ohio-based dissertation in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan is the subject of his planned book, Devoted Property: The Property Tax Exemption in American Urban History and the Rise of the American Commons. Co-author of the first entries on the subject of human needs in the Encyclopedia of Social Work and Oxford Bibliographies Online, Dr. Dover published a theoretical typology of three sources of unjust barriers to addressing human needs: oppression, dehumanization and exploitation. He also coordinates the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare, sponsored by the School of Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers, Case Western Reserve University Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and co-sponsored by many local social agencies.


Please share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Updates may be related to a paper that has been accepted for publication in a high-impact journal, a book you've just published, your work that will be exhibited at a prominent institution, or other updates you wish to share with our office. Send details to and

News from the Technology Transfer Office

Patent Law Reform. The House of Representatives passed the Goodlatte Innovation Act in 2013 (H.R.3309). The Act is intended to curb abusive patent litigation practices. Early indications suggest bi-partisan support for the bill, including President Obama's administration and USPTO Director Nominee Michelle Lee. For more information on H.R.3309, click here.

Featured Innovations. Dr. Andrew Resnick, along with researchers at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a state-of-the-art microperfusion tissue interrogator that can investigate epithelial cells more efficiently and with greater sensitivity than existing processes and devices. The technology is available for licensing and/or purchase. Please click here or contact Robert J. Brown for more information.


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