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November 2018

Volume 5, Issue 11


Top Story

Jason Halloran Awarded Industry Research

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's New Faculty


Featured Researcher Video


International Research


CSU Scholar News


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Research Events


Research Funding News


Internal Research Funding



Dr. Jason Halloran, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a co-director of the Center for Human Machine Systems (CHMS), has been awarded a research grant by Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical technology company. The one-year award for $60,192 will fund the development of proof-of-concept computational models of knee joints.

Dr. Halloran’s research focuses on computational biomechanics with applications in orthopedics-related device analysis, multiscale simulation of human tissue, and cellular deformation. He has collaborated with surgeons at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Spine & Orthopedic Institute to improve rehabilitation techniques and create new prosthetic technologies. Dr. Halloran also serves as the faculty liaison to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is responsible for ensuring compliance with all federal and state regulations regarding human subjects.

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Meet CSU's New Faculty

Clayton Wukich, Urban Studies

Dr. Clayton Wukich is an associate professor and director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in the Levin College of Urban Affairs. He joined CSU in 2017 after earning his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh and teaching at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas for five years. His research interests include digital government and social networks.

One of Dr. Wukich’s current projects examines social media’s role in empowering communication during Hurricane Florence between cities and residents across three states. Another project, facilitated by CSU’s Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) Program, explores the formation of information networks between U.S. city mayors, and the extent to which those interactions influence policymaking and administrative decisions.

Dr. Wukich has published in several journals including Government Information Quarterly and the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. He recently joined the editorial board at the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

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Featured Researcher Video Series

Patricia Stoddard Dare,
Social Work

The development and launch of drughelp.care, an online service and mobile app developed by Dr. Miyuki Tedor (CAS) and Dr. Patty Stoddard Dare (Social Work), with support from Dr. Wenbing Zhao (EECS), is the subject of this month’s featured video.

The new service for matching drug addiction treatment services to clients in need, which is being piloted in Cuyahoga County, will reduce the time spent searching for appropriate facilities with available treatment spaces and improve the likelihood that a client can connect to treatment resources.

Click here to watch.

International Research

Research Partnership with Slovenia

John Plecnik, an associate professor in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, was awarded a bilateral grant from the Public Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia in partnership with the Graduate School of Government and European Studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The grant will support an international faculty and research exchange between Cleveland State University and the Graduate School to discuss “the rule of law in the constitutional systems of Slovenia and the United States of America.”

Prof. Plecnik’s research focuses on the intersection of taxation and public policy, and his work on constitutional law has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States. He and his Slovenian colleagues will visit each other’s schools over the next two years and offer a series of presentations and guest lectures on their latest research.

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CSU Scholar News

Lili Dong, EECS

Dr. Lili Dong is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Dr. Dong’s research focuses on control systems and applications, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), regulation of power systems, electric power assist steering systems (EPAS), path following of marine surface vessels, and 3D electronic printing.

Dr. Dong and her research group established a 3D electronic printing lab at CSU in 2015 and are actively collaborating with local companies and academic institutions on circuit board printing. This lab makes CSU the first and only academic institute in Ohio that owns and operates electronic additive manufacturing systems. The lab allows CSU students to produce electronic prototype circuits with fine feature detail on non-flat substrates.

Dr. Dong has published more than 40 research papers since 2005, and has advised 20 doctoral, master’s, and honors students in the past 13 years. She is the chair of IEEE Control Systems Society, Cleveland Chapter, an associate editor of ISA Transactions, and a society review chair for American Control Conference.

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Inspired Creativity

Brian Bailey Conducts the CSU Chorale and University Chorus Dec. 1

Dr. Brian Bailey, an associate college lecturer and Director of Choirs in the Department of Music, will conduct the CSU Chorale and University Chorus in December as they present Songs of the Season. Dr. Bailey, who joined CSU in 2009, also sings in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and is on the roster of the Cleveland Chamber Choir.

The University Chorus will perform music of Mendelssohn, Manz, Joan Szymko, and Elaine Hagenberg, with student conductor Frederick Assmus conducting Mendelssohn's Behold a Star. The CSU Chorale will perform music of Debussy, Howells, Abbie Betinis, and Will Todd. The combined choirs will also sing the conclusion of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace).

The concert will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Waetjen Auditorium in the CSU Music and Communication Building, and admission is free and open to the public.

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News from the Technology Transfer Office

Patent Pipeline @ CSU

Human Motion Tracking

U.S. provisional patent application no. 62/741979 was filed October 5, 2018 for Dr. Wenbing Zhao, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). His invention, titled Methods for Privacy-Aware Motion Tracking with Notification Feedback, enables discriminative tracking of a worker’s activities and encourages them to be compliant with best practices in order to improve the worker’s well-being and reduce claim submissions to the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

MicroRNA (MiRNA) for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Purposes

An invention disclosure was received from Dr. Girish Shukla, a professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES) and a member of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), disclosing the therapeutic effects of his MiRNA technology on prostate cancer cells. Dr. Shukla has developed a gene therapy treatment which targets several different pathways and significantly reduces the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice. According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The global prostate cancer therapeutics market is expected to reach $12.0 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc.

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Research Events

Multidisciplinary Research Panels Nov. 16 and Dec. 7

The Office of Research established the Multidisciplinary Research Panel Series to enhance collaboration across the University to creatively and meaningfully address the needs of our community and our society. Dr. Myong Chang (CLASS Dean’s Office) will moderate November’s panel, and Prof. Brian Ray (Law) will host the December event.

Multidisciplinary Research Panel Series

Research Impacts of the Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) Program
November 16, 12:00-1:15 pm in PH 104

Smart Communities/Smart Policing Privacy Lab
December 7, 12:00-1:15 pm in PH 104

Upcoming Research Events Across Campus

Digital CSU Fall Student Showcase, Digital CSU
November 28, 11:30-12:30 pm in the Student Center Atrium

The Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation, Dr. Andrew Lux, Atricure, Inc.
November 29, 3:00-4:00 pm in Washkewicz Hall 405

Mark Your Calendar for the Spring Faculty Research Happy Hour March 22

Thanks to all who attended our first Faculty Research Happy Hour on October 19 at Elements Bistro. In light of the great success of the inaugural event, we are delighted to announce that a Spring Semester Happy Hour will be held on March 22, 2019 from 4:30-7:00 pm!

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Research Funding News

IoT Pilot Grants, Health Sciences RAPIDS Grant, and NIH Award

The IoT Collaborative (IOTC) and the Office of Research are pleased to announce the selection of five IoT Collaborative Pilot Grants for 2018. Over $90,000 in funding, provided by the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland State University, and Case Western Reserve University, has been awarded to these projects, which each include at least one PI from each university. The winning projects are:

  • Sunnie Chung (EECS) and Ming-Chun Huang (CWRU): “Protect Privacy in a Distributed Learning Platform with a Natural Language Processing Example”
  • Wendy C. Regoeczi (CAS) and Roberto F. Galán (CWRU): “Predictive Modeling of Drug Offenses and Gun Violence in Cleveland”
  • Haodong Wang (EECS), Philip Feng (CWRU), and Mark Griswold (CWRU): “Integrating Wireless Sensors and Data Streams into Virtual Reality of Smart Buildings”
  • Christopher Wirth (CBE) and Emily Pentzer (CWRU): “IoT Enabled Chemical Analysis”
  • Chansu Yu (EECS) and Chris Papachristou (CWRU): “An Indoor Navigation and Localization System”

State of Ohio RAPIDS Funding for Health Sciences

The College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) has been awarded $238,441 from the State of Ohio to purchase equipment that will be used for courses in the School of Health Sciences and for workforce training activities. The Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) award is one of the State’s strategic investments in cooperative education and internship programs.

NIH R01 Sub-Award for Sandra Hurtado Rua

Dr. Sandra Hurtado Rua, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, was awarded $119,875 over five years as part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant with Dr. Susan Gauthier of Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Rua will provide statistical data analysis of multimodal neuroimaging data and other clinical variables.

Congratulations to all awardees!

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Research Insights

Internal Funding Deadline is February 1

The Office of Research is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2019-2020 internal funding programs.

Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA)
Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA)
Faculty Research and Development (FRD)
Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI)

Note that the previously named Dissertation Research Award (DRA) is now the Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA). Students who are pursuing a doctoral dissertation or a master’s thesis may apply for GSRA support. The submission date for the USRA, GSRA, FRD, and FSI programs is February 1, 2019.

To assist in the preparation of successful applications, the forms that will be used to evaluate the proposals are included at the above web sites. For more information please contact Joy Yard, 687-9364, j.yard@csuohio.edu or Dan Simon, 687-5171, d.j.simon@csuohio.edu.

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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 j.yard@csuohio.edu and d.j.simon@csuohio.edu.

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