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August 2022

Volume 9, Issue 8


Top Story

New NSF Research Traineeship Grant for Assistive Technologies

In This Issue

Top Story


Meet CSU's Faculty


Featured Research Resource


Student Research Support


Inspired Creativity


Technology Transfer News


Scholarship of Note

An interdisciplinary team from the fields of mechanical engineering, health sciences, urban studies, biomedical engineering and computer science will pursue improved systems for physical rehabilitation and research-inspired teaching around assistive technologies for the disabled. The award was funded under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship (NRT) program, which is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.

Dr. Eric Schearer, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MCE) and director of CSU’s Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS), will lead the five-year, $2,000,000 grant. He is joined by a faculty team that includes Brian Davis (Engineering Dean’s Office and MCE), Debbie Espy (Health Sciences and Human Performance - HSHP), Kelle DeBoth (HSHP), Nicholas Zingale (Urban Studies), Prabaha Sikder (MCE), Chandra Kothapalli (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering), Hanz Richter (MCE), Hongkai Yu (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Andrew Slifkin (Psychology), Doug Wajda,(HSHP), Gina Kubec (HSHP), April Yorke (HSHP), Anne Su (HSHP), and Josiah Owusu-Danquah (Civil and Environmental Engineering), as well as Gemma Jiang from Colorado State University.

The intent of the program is to expand collaboration between developers and potential device users to improve the creation, functionality and retained use of assistive devices. By including the perspectives of users in the development process, the team can address privacy concerns, usability issues, and stigma associated with the devices, while improving trust in their use. For more information on this grant and the CSU team, see this article.

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Meet CSU's Faculty

Qiwei Wu, Communication

Dr. Qiwei (Luna) Wu is an assistant professor in the School of Communication. Her research is focused on exploring the relationships between an individual’s health and their communicative environments. Dr. Wu earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, where she was trained as a quantitative health communication researcher. Her doctoral dissertation explored the efficiency of a longitudinal self-persuasion intervention to increase college students’ intention to seek mental help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Wu uses primary and secondary survey data to explore her research interests that pertain to patients’ use of eHealth and mHealth technologies, media influences on health care, and health-related preventive behaviors. She is currently working on research on overweight and obese patients’ physical activity during COVID-19. Her recent papers on workplace mental health will be presented at conferences such as Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

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Featured Research Resource

Guidelines for Research Centers

The Office of Research and the Provost’s Office have updated guidelines for research centers to clarify and simplify the procedures to establish and maintain a research center at Cleveland State University.

Although there may be a great diversity among research centers, they can be grouped into two types: “Research Centers” that are supervised at the department and/or college level and “Strategic Research Centers” (or SRCs) that are supervised by CSU’s Office of Research and serve a strategic University priority.

Student Research Support

NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship Workshop

The Office of Research will sponsor a Workshop Series on the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) hosted by Dr. Shawn Ryan, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and a past NSF GRFP reviewer.

The workshops will be held September 13, September 20, and September 27 from 11:30-12:15pm in SC-313/315 in the Student Center. This schedule will allow enough time for the development of applications and a round of internal review at CSU before submission. Two CSU students from a previous workshop received NSF fellowships, which include a $34,000 annual stipend for three years of graduate school.

If you know a graduate student who would benefit from the workshop, please forward this registration link.

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Inspired Creativity

Anne Berry: Editor for The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection

Anne Berry, an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, is the managing editor of a new anthology that captures the professional and personal experiences of Black designers.

The Black Experience in Design: Identity, Expression & Reflection presents the work of six editors and over 70 designers, artists, curators, educators, students, and researchers who represent a wide cross-section of Black diasporic identities and multi-disciplinary practices. Forewords by Emory Douglas and Ruha Benjamin frame the book in an historical and socio-political context, and an Afterword by Eddie Opara offers an intimate, spiritual coda.

The anthology can be purchased from Skyhorse Publishing.

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News from the Technology Transfer Office

TeCK Fund Phase 3 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. The deadline for awards is February 1, 2023.

A successful full proposal will require the approval of the Selection Committee, to whom 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 an I-Corps customer discovery program are given priority.

Contact Jack Kraszewski for information regarding the TeCK Fund and technology transfer.

Commercialization Support: Health Equity Panel Discussion

Health inequities lead to approximately $93 billion in excess medical care costs per year.

Join PLUGandPLAY Health for a panel discussion on trends and applications of technologies that remove barriers of health equity by increasing access to care, reducing the burden of disability and disease, and improving mental health so that every individual has a fair and equitable opportunity to achieve a healthy quality of life.

Two leading startups, Live Chair Health and Kaizen Health, will also share case studies on how they are scaling solutions that are driving meaningful change in care access and health outcomes, and moving people and communities toward complete health equity.

The webinar is free but registration is required.

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Scholarship of Note

Research and Scholarship News from Across Campus

Mark Holtzblatt’s Cover Article in Strategic Finance

A new article by Dr. Mark Holtzblatt, an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and his co-author, Kristine Brands of the U.S. Air Force Academy, is a featured cover story in the August 2022 issue of Strategic Finance. Strategic Finance is the flagship journal of the Institute of Management Accountants and is distributed to 100,000+ IMA members in 140+ countries.

The article, titled "ESG in the Accounting Curriculum" can be found here and reviews the emerging need for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) accounting as organizations report nonfinancial risks and opportunities to stakeholders including investors and regulators.


Katie Clonan-Roy and Liz Goncy Receive Spencer Foundation Award for Health Equity

Clockwise from upper left, Drs. Clonan-Roy, Goncy, Naser, and Fuller

Dr. Katie Clonan-Roy, an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Foundations (C&F), Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Goncy and Dr. Shereen Naser, both assistant professors in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Kimberly Fuller, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, were awarded a 2-year, $49,904 grant by the Spencer Foundation. Their project is titled “The Possibility of Participatory Action Research to Create Inclusive and Affirming School Based Sex Education for Sexual and Gender Diverse Youth.”

Drs. Clonan-Roy, Goncy, Naser, and Fuller are members of the THRiVE Research Collaborative at CSU, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, who seek to enhance the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents, and young adults through understanding how intersecting systems impact healthy development for youth.




CSU Research Paper by Jessica Bickel and Andrew Resnich Appears on YouTube

A research article by Dr. Jessica Bickel and Dr. Andrew Resnick, an assistant professor and associate professor, respectively, in the Department of Physics, and undergraduate physics student Anna Ellis, was featured in a YouTube video on Adam Ragusea’s channel, which focuses on food science.

The article, titled “Examining the Temperature Dependence of Louche Formation in Absinthe,” appeared in ACS Omega, published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The researchers investigated the formation of microemulsions in absinthe, an anise-flavored alcohol that forms a cloudy green coloration when water is added under the proper conditions.

Ms. Ellis was supported by the Undergraduate Summer Research Award (USRA) program and was part of CSU’s Soft Matter Research Experiences for Undergraduates (Soft Matter REU) while pursuing this research.

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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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