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June 2022

Volume 9, Issue 6


Top Story

Industry Research Grants: Tushar Borkar, Saeed Farahani

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's Faculty


Internal Funding News


Research Policy


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Scholarship of Note

Dr. Tushar Borkar and Dr. Saeed Farahani

Dr. Tushar Borkar, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a $56,714 award from the Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) for a project titled, “Fabrication of Forging Preforms by Additive Manufacturing Methods.” Dr. Borkar will oversee a feasibility investigation of the use of additive manufacturing processes such as binder jet printing and selective laser melting to minimize cycle time in forging operations.

Dr. Saeed Farahani, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received a one year, $60,521 award from ATF, Inc., a manufacturer of cold-formed and machined components and assemblies used in complex, safety-critical and high-tech applications. Dr. Farahani’s project will focus on development of an ultrasonic-assisted process for improving the installation of thread forming/tapping fasteners in polymeric composites. Dr. Farahani’s work will help resolve challenges related to inserting self-tapping screws into polymeric materials that have limited ductility and temperature sensitivity.

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Meet CSU's Faculty

John Van Stan, BGES

Dr. John Van Stan is an associate professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES). He earned his Ph.D. in (bio)climatology at the University of Delaware in 2012. Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Van Stan was director of the Applied Coastal Research Lab (ACRL) in Savannah, Georgia.

Dr. Van Stan is an environmental scientist interested in what happens when plants and water meet during storms - rain, snow, sleet, or otherwise. His lab researches the roles that wet plants play in our Earth's energy balance, nutrient cycles, and landscape ecology. Since arriving at CSU, Dr. Van Stan has begun research projects locally, at arboretums like Secrest and Holden, and continued his international work at sites in the subtropical forests in Georgia, tropical cloud forests in central America, biodiverse savannas in Brazil, and mistletoe-infested forests in Poland and Germany.

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Internal Funding News

Internal Research Funding

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

50 Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) proposals were funded for projects this summer, supported by 56 faculty who will volunteer time to support research conducted by our students.

12 Faculty Scholarship Initiative (FSI) proposals were selected for funding to support 17 faculty members conducting quality research, or other creative or scholarly activity, that advances their respective field or discipline.

22 Graduate Student Research Award (GSRA) proposals were supported across three colleges.

6 Faculty Research Development (FRD) applications were funded involving 5 colleges. These awards promise to culminate in external funding proposals to the NSF, NIH, and other federal agencies.

The Office of Research thanks all applicants for their proposals, congratulates all awardees, and thanks all reviewers for their careful and conscientious reviews!.

Research Policy

NIH Data Management and Sharing

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) policy in October 2020 that is to take effect January 25, 2023, and is currently working on implementing the policy. NIH has provided updates on the implementation process in two articles (see here and here). The Policy establishes the requirements of submission of Data Management and Sharing Plans and compliance with NIH Institute, Center, or Office (ICO)-approved Plans. It also emphasizes the importance of good data management practices and establishes the expectation for maximizing the appropriate sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded or conducted research, with justified limitations or exceptions.

As part of the implementation process, NIH is requesting public comment on protecting the privacy of research participants when data is shared. Comments are due by June 27, and information and how to submit a comment can be found here.

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Inspired Creativity

School of Film & Media Arts Student Film Festival

On May 11, the School of Film & Media Arts (FMA) held its annual Student Film Festival in Waetjen Auditorium. The event is an annual juried film festival featuring student films produced at the School of Film & Media Arts.

This year more than 75 films were submitted for consideration and were viewed by a jury comprised of filmmakers and film professionals.

The program included narrative, documentary and experimental films produced by a wide range of students from freshmen to seniors. Award winners included:

Best Screenplay
Swedish Fish

Best Directing
From the Foot of Her Bed 

Audience Choice Award
Talent Show
Kendall Mullenhour, Producer

Best Cinematography
The Music From Within 

Best Editing
Talent Show 


Best Lead Performance (tied)
The Music From Within

Lost In Yesterday 

Best Production Design (tied)
The Shipment 

LEGO Justice League vs. Starro the Conqueror 


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News from the Technology Transfer Office

Invention Disclosure Filing

An invention disclosure was submitted by Chelsea Monty-Bromer, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE), and CSU student Sai Prasanna Chinthala, titled “Vertical zero resistance ammeter electrode to monitor redox processes in benthic sediments.”

The team has developed a zero resistance ammetry (ZRA)-based monitoring approach to detect distributions of microbiological activity based on the electrochemical signatures that arise from contrasting microbially induced redox regimes. The technology will be applied by monitoring iron reduction as an indicator of phosphate release, a major contributor to harmful algal blooms.

Commercialization Support

In partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates are offering a new pathway to train faculty, students in higher education, post-docs, and other researchers to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™.

The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed at accelerating the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, for up to $10K, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40K.

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Scholarship of Note

Research and Scholarship News from Across Campus

Mahesh Ramamoorthy Receives Funding Renewal for Genetic Research

Dr. Mahesh Ramamoorthy, an assistant research professor in the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD), has received continued funding from the Cooley's Anemia Foundation for his research on erythroid biology in normal development and in disease. The $50,000 renewal will support Dr. Ramamoorthy’s project titled, “Investigating the role of ATRX mediated subtelomere cohesion on α-globin expression in ATRX syndrome." His work is focused un understanding the mechanisms of the genetic condition Alpha-Thalassemia X-linked intellectual disability (ATRX) syndrome.

Nithya Gnanapragasam Speaks at Yale Rising Stars Event

Dr. Merlin Nithya Gnanapragasam, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BGES) and member of the Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) was a speaker at the Yale School of Medicine’s Cooperative Center of Excellence in Hematology (CCEH) Rising Stars in Hematology Series in May. Dr. Gnanapragasam’s presentation was titled “Mechanisms of mammalian erythropoiesis during development and disease.”


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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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