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February 2022

Volume 9, Issue 2


Top Story

Three CSU Faculty Teams Win Public Interest Technology Grants

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's Faculty


Research Resources


Internal Research Funding


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Scholarship of Note

Kelle DeBoth, Brian Ray, and Nick Zingale

Dr. Kelle DeBoth, an assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences, Brian Ray, JD, a professor in the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Dr. Nick Zingale, a professor in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, will lead three grant-funded projects totaling more than $224,000 that were awarded under the 2021 Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Challenge. PIT-UN is convened by the New America Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation. The project proposals were all supported by the CSU T.E.C.H. Hub, a multidisciplinary center of CSU faculty that is advancing research and education related to advanced technology in society and leads CSU’s engagement in the joint Cleveland State University – Case Western Reserve University IOT Collaborative.

Dr. DeBoth, joined by Co-PI Dr. Zingale, will lead a project titled “Community-Led Public Interest Technology” to create a system for long-term engagement with Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood community. Guided by principles of participatory action research, they will create an Internet of Things community advisory board with residents of Hough that will serve as a collaborative mechanism to identify and drive community-led PIT solutions to critical issues, such as public safety. Ms. Molly Schnoke, a project manager for the Levin College’s Center for Community Planning and Development (CCPD) and Dr. Ronald Fry from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) round out the project leadership team.

Dr. Zingale and Co-PI Dr. DeBoth will also develop a transdisciplinary program focused on technology, equity and the creation of a student-led interdisciplinary graduate certificate – the Student Innovation Fellowship – as part of their project titled “Advanced Technology in Society and the Public Interest (ATS-PI).” The program will create community engagement offerings for graduate students in different programs across campus, and involves teaching collaborations with CWRU, Stanford's University Innovation Fellowship (UIF) Program and an international collaboration with the University of Rijeka, Croatia.

Professor Ray, with Co-PIs Dr. Patty Stoddard-Dare (Social Work) and Dr. Chansu Yu (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science – EECS) and several outside partners, will lead a research project titled “Data Privacy and Equity Impact Assessment (DPEIA) Training Program and Clinic.” The team will design and pilot a training program and student clinic to conduct data privacy and equity impact assessments for surveillance technologies to empower communities to understand and assess privacy and equity impacts of public technology and ensure smart cities do not become surveillance cities.

Additionally, Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar (EECS) is a partner on an Ohio State University-led team tasked with creating the Ohio Public Interest Fellows Program, which will provide training for students in STEM majors so that they gain experience working in the public policy sphere.

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Meet CSU's Faculty

Metin Uz, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Metin Uz is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE). He is also the co-founder of Degimflex LLC, a startup company focusing on developing biodegradable and implantable flexible electronic biointerfaces. Prior to joining CSU, he was a scientist in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Nanovaccine Institute at Iowa State University.

Dr. Uz’s research primarily focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying material structure-property relationships, material-cell and cell-cell interactions to mimic tissue architectures and control cellular behavior for directing tissue regeneration. His research group develops functional biomaterials, flexible electronic biointerfaces and stem cells-based strategies for tissue regeneration and repair. With these efforts, he is ultimately aiming to develop simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use, yet broadly applicable and commercially viable platforms and interfaces that will pave the way for tissue regeneration and cancer treatment, facilitate technology translation to clinical settings, and have societal impact.

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Research Resources

Cambridge University Press "Read & Publish" Agreement

Cleveland State University has entered into a 3-year Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press starting January 1.

This cost neutral agreement includes access to all current Cambridge University Press journal content and will allow corresponding authors from OhioLINK institutions to publish unlimited open access journal articles in Cambridge journals without paying any additional fees (i.e. article processing charges).

For more information on this agreement, read the press release from OhioLINK. If you are interested in publishing your article in a Cambridge journal, more information is available.

For additional information, please Hannah Pearson, Collection Management & Acquisitions Librarian.

Internal Research Funding

Internal Funding Applications

Thank you to all faculty and graduate students who continue to show their initiative in pursuing new directions in research and scholarship by submitting applications for internal research awards. The Office of Research received an excellent response to this year’s request for proposals, including:

  • 16 FRD proposals for seed funding for external research grants
  • 25 GSRA proposals from graduate students
  • 12 FSI proposals for scholarship and creative activity by faculty
  • 49 USRA proposals for undergraduate summer research, submitted by 63 faculty across 5 colleges and 16 departments, involving 62 undergraduate students

Funding decisions will be announced by April 1.

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Inspired Creativity

CSU Department of Theatre and Dance's She Loves Me

The Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing the musical She Loves Me to the stage this month. Directed by Eugene Sumlin, the show is an intimate and touching musical about mistaken identity, true love and friendship. Amalia and Georg, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.

The play will be performed in the Helen Rosenfeld Lewis Bialosky Lab Theatre in the Allen Theatre Complex at Playhouse Square from February 24 – March 6, 2022. Detailed show information and a link to purchase tickets can be found here..

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News from the Technology Transfer Office

TeCK Fund Phase 3 Now Accepting Letters of Intent

The TeCK Fund, a joint technology commercialization and startup fund co-managed by Cleveland State University and Kent State University, is now accepting Letters of Intent for the opportunity to submit a full proposal.

A successful full proposal will require the approval of the Selection Committee at which the PI will have to present. The TeCK Fund provides faculty pursuing applied research projects with funding to assist with commercialization activities, including prototype creation, third-party validation, and market research, which are required to successfully spin off technologies.

Applicants who have participated in the I-Corps@Ohio program will be given priority.

Commercialization Support: Glide Innovation Fund

The GLIDE Innovation Fund invests in companies that have innovative and cutting-edge technologies in one of Ohio’s high growth industry sectors.

Join a free Innovation Fund 101 info session to learn the ins-and-outs of GLIDE’s application process. Up to $50,000 A level awards help entrepreneurs validate new technologies. They’re for entrepreneurs who have an idea, but need to prove the technology works.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT for the ZOOM session on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 9:00 am. You’ll learn:

  • How to apply and who is eligible
  • How the funding can be used
  • Things to know before you fill out your application
  • What to expect if you receive an award
  • Financial reporting requirements
  • Educational requirements

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Scholarship of Note

Research and Scholarship News from Across Campus

Mehdi Rahmati Named IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Young Professional

Dr. Mehdi Rahmati, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been selected as one of the two IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Young Professionals in 2022-2023. As a Young Professional laureate, he will be fully included in the leadership of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEEOES) for the following two years. The Society engages in all aspects of science, engineering, and technology that address research, development, and operations pertaining to all bodies of water.


Virtual Launch for Katie Clonan-Roy’s New Book on Qualitative Research in US Schools

A virtual launch will be held this month for a new book co-edited by Dr. Katie Clonan-Roy, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations (C&F).  Titled Care-Based Methodologies: Reimagining Qualitative Research with Youth in US Schools (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2022), the book is co-edited by Dr. Veena Vasudevan (University of Pittsburgh), Dr. Nora Gross (Boston College), and Dr. Pavithra Nagarajan (CUNY). Care-Based Methodologies argues for care as essential to qualitative and ethnographic research in schools, particularly when participants are youth from nondominant communities. The book illustrates the possibilities for conducting rigorous and responsible research that simultaneously improves our understanding of youth’s lives, cares for their wellbeing, and works toward dismantling the systems that oppress them. Register for the launch event here.


Civil and Environmental Engineering Doctoral Student Receives National Recognition

Doctoral student Yashovardhan Sharma has been awarded the 2021 Slag Cement in Sustainable Concrete Project of the Year research award. His project, titled “Effect of replacement of cement with ground granulated blast furnace slag on mechanical and durable properties of UHPC,” received the award from the Slag Cement Association and will be formally recognized at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) convention in Orlando, FL in March.

Mr. Sharma is advised by Dr. Srinivas Allena, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmenal Engineering (CEE), whose research efforts include ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC).

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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 b.j.ward@csuohio.edu.

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