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April 2020

Volume 7, Issue 4


Top Story

Anton Komar Funded for Gene Expression Research
Awarded CSU's First Ever Concurrent R01 Grants

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's New Faculty


Featured Research Alumni Series


Undergraduate Research News


CSU Scholar News


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Research Events


Internal Funding News


Engaged Research News


NSF Research News

Dr. Anton Komar, a professor in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) and Director of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), has received a four-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The $1.5 million grant awarded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will support Dr. Komar's research on the effects of codon usage on protein folding. The proposed research will investigate how different codon optimization strategies affect the expression, folding and immunogenicity of the protein blood coagulation factor IX. Errors in this process have been identified as possible causes of a number of genetic diseases. The research involves collaboration with Dr. Chava Kimchi-Sarfaty from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Komar was also recently awarded an R01 grant to investigate the role of eukaryotic initiation factor 2A (eIF2A) in the process of protein synthesis, making him CSU's first ever recipient of simultaneous NIH R01 grants. Congratulations!

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Meet CSU's New Faculty

Moonwon Chung, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Moonwon Chung is an assistant professor in the Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM). His research interests include technology management, and new product development/operations of digital products. He is currently an active member of the CSU-CWRU IoT Collaborative (IOTC) and is analyzing blockchain data and electronic medical records to study how software developers and hospitals can enhance their operations.

Dr. Chung pursued his graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, earning his Ph.D. there in 2019. His previous research showed how banks and mobile network operators can profit and contribute to financial service inclusion in developing economies using financial technologies such as mobile money. His research has been published in the Journal of Managerial Issues and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

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Featured Researcher Alumni Series

Joan Papp

Dr. Joan Papp is Director of the Office Opioid Safety at MetroHealth. In 2013, she launched Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) in Cuyahoga County and serves as Project DAWN's medical director.

Dr. Papp earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at CSU in 1995, and continued her studies at the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences). She is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine and is an associate professor in the MetroHealth/CWRU Department of Emergency Medicine.

If you know a former Cleveland State student researcher who has gone on to career success, please email Dan Simon or Joy Yard to let us know.

Undergraduate Research News

Two CSU Students Receive NSF GRFP Awards

Two CSU students have received Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Chemical Engineering 4 +1 Master's student Farid Khoury will use the award to pursue a Ph.D. at Columbia University, while Physics and Mathematics double major Niksa Praljak will continue his studies in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who demonstrate potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.

Both students received support for their GRFP applications through a targeted workshop offered by CSU's Office of Research and led by Dr. Dan Simon (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and Dr. Shawn Ryan (Mathematics and Applied Statistics).

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CSU Scholar News

Karla Hamlen Mansour, Curriculum & Foundations

Dr. Karla Hamlen Mansour is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations (C&F). Her research interests span aspects of technology and education, including computer science education and how children's media use and video game play relates to learning outcomes. Dr. Hamlen Mansour has investigated the role of children's choices and strategies in video game play and relationships to problem-solving styles and creativity. Her most recent work explored television programming for preschool children and how race and gender are portrayed in relation to leadership roles and content expertise. In 2019, she was elected to Fellow status in the American Psychological Foundation (APA) through the Media Psychology and Technology division.

Dr. Hamlen Mansour has been co-PI with other CSU faculty members across disciplines and colleges on three NSF-funded grants that all sought to improve computer science curriculum and pedagogy. These included emphases on high school teaching, undergraduate curriculum among undergraduates at CSU, and the development of a game-based cybersecurity course at CSU. The ultimate goals of such efforts are improving local student success and skills, as well as attracting and retaining more students from underrepresented groups to STEM fields.

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Inspired Creativity

CSU Poetry Center Names New Anisfield-Wolf Fellow

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center has selected its second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Editing. Poet Kamden Hilliard will join CSU in August to take on the role, which combines writing, editing and community engagement. Hilliard was chosen from among more than 100 applicants and will take over the position from Leila Chatti. Ms. Chatti's book Deluge is available from Copper Canyon Press.

The Anisfield-Wolf Fellowship is supported by a generous grant from the Cleveland Foundation. Caryl Pagel and Hilary Plum from the Department of English serve as director and associate director, respectively, of the CSU Poetry Center.

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News from the Technology Transfer Office

IP Event for CSU Entrepreneurs

All innovative and entrepreneurial faculty, students and staff are invited to an exciting and informative seminar presented by attorneys from the intellectual property law firm Fay Sharpe LLP. Whether you have questions or ideas you feel need copyright, trademark or patent protection, this seminar will provide the answers. Use cases of successful university research commercialization will be discussed as well as the processes currently in place at CSU to assist with commercialization.

Your registration to this free online webinar would be appreciated.

How and Why to Protect and Commercialize CSU Intellectual Property
April 23, 12:30pm to 1:30pm online

Contact Jack Kraszewski for assistance with a disclosure to begin the process of protecting your invention or intellectual property.

New Invention Disclosure

The Technology Transfer Office received an invention disclosure from Dr. Jerzy T. Sawicki, the Bently and Muszynska Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MCE) and Vice President for Research, and MCE graduate student Alican Sahinkaya for a novel controller for active magnetic bearings (AMB).

Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) model-based controllers are generally high-order controllers and have not been widely adopted in the AMB industry despite their superior performances compared to decentralized proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers. One of the primary barriers to implementing high-order MIMO controllers is their high computational cost relative to the PID controllers. A novel approach was developed to reduce the controllers' computational complexity while maintaining desired robustness and performance features.

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Research Events

Faculty Meetup: Online April 17

As part of our mission to enhance collaboration across the University and promote engaged research activities, the Office of Research launched a new series of faculty meetups for the 2019-2020 academic year. Meetup topics can be found here. Faculty meetups through the end of the academic year will be held online.

On April 17 at 12:00 p.m., Dr. Ben Baran, an assistant professor in the Department of Management, will lead a meetup discussion on the topic of refugee resettlement and immigration. Please contact Ben Ward if you are interested in attending the meetup.

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Internal Funding News

2020-2021 Internal Funding Awards

The Office of Research is pleased to announce another exciting portfolio of internal research projects that have been funded across the University.

53 Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) proposals were funded across six colleges. These projects are expected to support 76 undergraduate students this summer, supported by 65 faculty who will volunteer time to support research conducted by our students.

15 Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) proposals were selected for funding, with awardees representing four colleges. The FSI Program funds faculty conducting quality research, or other creative or scholarly activity, that advances the respective field or discipline.

20 Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) proposals were supported across three colleges. These projects will support thesis and dissertation research in areas such as aging, cancer, nanomaterials, PTSD, and urban ecosystems.

9 Faculty Research Development (FRD) applications were funded across three colleges. These awards promise to culminate in external funding proposals to the NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies.

The Office of Research would like to thank all applicants for their proposals, congratulate all awardees, and thank all reviewers for their careful and conscientious reviews!

URA Funding Deadline is April 30

Cleveland State University is dedicated to providing students with an exceptional education and research experience that prepares them to compete in a global economy. The Undergraduate Research Award (URA) program provides up to $1,000 for undergraduate student research in a CSU course during the academic year.

Applicants must be CSU students with at least junior standing. All forms of research, scholarship and creative activity are encouraged.

There are two application deadlines each year: one for the fall semester and one for the spring semester. The deadline for fall 2020 funding is April 30. Click here for more information.

Office of Research RFP for COVID-19 Rapid Response Projects

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Office of Research is announcing the COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grant (CR3) Program. The goal of the CR3 Program is to engage CSU researchers in investigations of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the local, statewide, national, and international response to COVID-19 on our communities, economy, and governing structures. Investigations related to COVID-19's impact on social determinants of health, Northeast Ohio's businesses and workforce, and effects on educational outcomes are strongly encouraged. Because of uncertainty related to access to labs and face-to-face interactions, proposals that require the use of university lab facilities or in-person engagements are not encouraged.

Due to the immediacy of COVID-19's impacts, submission and review of proposals is being expedited. Proposals must be submitted by April 24, 2020.

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Engaged Research

Awards for Jonathan Witmer-Rich and Meghan Novisky

Two Cleveland State University faculty have received funding to lead programs that will assist those involved with the legal system.

Dr. Meghan Novisky, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology (CAS), has received a $25,000 Aging Research in Criminal Justice & Health (ARCH) award to enhance understanding of the unique health care issues facing incarcerated individuals in the U.S. Dr. Novisky's project, “Correctional Health Services for Older Adults: Older Adult and Caregiver Perspectives,” will seek to assess the current health care environment in prisons by conducting in-depth, focus group interviews with currently incarcerated older adults and their peer caregivers in Kentucky prisons.

Jonathan Witmer-Rich, the Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Enrichment in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 grant by the George Gund Foundation to support the Day 1 Project. The first day is the most pivotal and perhaps most consequential day of the criminal justice process, where the disparities between poor and well-off defendants begin: disparities in legal representation, opportunities for pretrial release, and diversion. The Day 1 Project aims to address these issues through a collaboration among the Cleveland Municipal Prosecutor, the Cuyahoga County Public Defender, the Cleveland Municipal Court, suburban Municipal Prosecutors and Courts, and a new Pretrial Justice Clinic at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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NSF Research News

New NSF Biosketch Formats Implemented

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of proposals that fall under the revised Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) can be used by applicants. Use of an NSF-approved format (either SciENcv or NSF Fillable PDF) aims to reduce administrative burden and improve efficiencies by providing proposers with a compliant and reusable way to maintain this information for subsequent proposal submissions to NSF. Although use of an NSF-approved format for submission of these proposal sections is not required until June 1, 2020, NSF is encouraging proposers to begin using the NSF-approved formats now.

NSF Guidance on Equipment Use for COVID-19 Response

The National Science Foundation has also issued guidance on NSF's implementation of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum (M-20-20), entitled, Repurposing Existing Federal Financial Assistance Programs and Awards to Support the Emergency Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance is to implement the flexibility authorized by M-20-20 that allows Federal awarding agencies to repurpose their Federal assistance awards (in whole or part) to support the COVID-19 response, as consistent with applicable laws. This includes donation of personal protective equipment, medical devices, medicines, and other medical supplies purchased with NSF funds.

Any donation of CSU services, supplies or other resources should be coordinated with Heather Link in the Office of the President, who can be contacted at 216-523-7359 or heather.link@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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