Summer Research Fellowships 2014:

Jennifer Allen Catellier (Communication and Theatre Arts) will assess the effectiveness of health messages encouraging college students to eat healthy and exercise.  Her study will examine whether positive and negative messages influence the emotional associations with diet and exercise and if this leads to engaging in healthy behaviors.

Denise Ben-Porath (Psychology) will conduct a study investigating attentional biases to weight-related stimulus pictures among subjects with anorexia nervosa and control subjects, who are defined as undergraduate, college-aged students who do not have an eating disorder.

George Bilgere (English) will write and revise a collection of poems that will develop into a book.

Gwen Compton-Engle (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will make final revisions to a book manuscript about the use of costume in fifth-century BCE Athenian comedy.

Greg DiLisi (Education and Allied Studies) will use the micro-gravity environment of NASA’s 727 parabolic aircraft to test the dynamics of liquid bridges under varying total body acceleration as a function of bridge slenderness, support size, axial versus radial orientation, and the surface tension-to-density ratio of the test fluid.

Jeff Dyck (Physics) will perform the first measurements of thermal conductivity on the semiconductor zinc germanium nitride, a prospective material for future solid-state lighting technology and develop the techniques needed to conduct the measurements.

Jeff Johansen (Biology) will coauthor two chapters about the cyanobacteria of North America for a second edition of the technical reference text Freshwater Algae of North America:  Ecology and Classification.

Linda Koch (Art History) will uncover the remaining layers of meaning of a Renaissance painting of circa 1459 representing the Mystic Lamb in the palace of the Medici family in Florence.  The investigation will include nuanced meanings of specific details of the depiction and the thematic relationship of the image to the Procession of the Magi frescoes within the palace’s chapel.  Delving into the image is likely to yield additional clues about the family’s political maneuvering through visual imagery.

Bo Liu (Art History) will study the seventh-century Chinese painting “Thirteen Emperors” and how the artist was able to insert commentary messages into the king’s seemingly formulaic portraits.  Many aspects of the painting are insufficiently understood, including the identities of the kings, the meaning behind the selection of the individual kings, and the motivation of the artist.

Michael Martin (Biology) will update protocols used to determine ABO blood type via non-invasive means to be less labor intensive and adapted for use with newer technology.

Phillip Metres (English) will complete a book project of translated interviews and supplemental poems tentatively entitled Conversations after the Fall.  The book will offer a perspective of the transition of Russian life and poetry from the Soviet era into post-communism, democracy, and capitalism.

Debby Rosenthal (English) will contribute an essay to the forthcoming volume The Transnational Histories of Uncle Tom’s Cabin under contract with the University of Michigan Press.  Her essay will discuss the recent Iranian theatrical production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was written and directed by renowned Iranian playwright and puppeteer Behrooz Gharibpour, as a political and aesthetic response to the disenfranchisement of black Americans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Jackie Schmidt (Communication and Theatre Arts) will study similarities and differences of the friendships that exist between close and business friends in Russia, Croatia, and the United States.  The results will be compared to earlier studies bout friendship experiences in these cultures to determine if there is a match between what one expects and what one will do for their friends.

Jayme Stayer (English) will finish writing the fifth chapter of his book manuscript, Becoming T.S. Eliot, in which he tracks the rhetorical development of T.S. Eliot’s poetry.

Colin Swearingen (Political Science) will explore the potential impact of presidential campaign field offices on an Ohio community’s election results by analyzing the distance between a community and the closest field office(s).

Pamela Vanderzalm (Biology) will conduct research to further understand how epithelial cells regulate cell death versus growth and division.  This has important implications for cancer biology because about 85% of tumors are epithelial in origin and the genes in this study are conserved between Drosophila and humans.

John Yost (Psychology) will use the context of the 2012 presidential election to examine the impact of a worldview threat on the perception of one’s own mortality as measured by the predicted age of one’s own death.  This is the inverse of the Terror Management Theory, which asserts that humans are conscious of their inevitable death and, therefore, seek self-esteem to buffer themselves from death anxiety through upholding and defending cultural worldviews.


Grauel Faculty Fellowship Recipients 2014-2015:

George Bilgere (English) will begin work on his seventh collection of poetry.

Emily Butler (English) will complete her book manuscript tentatively titled “The Echoing Text:  Language and Community in Early England,” in which she will argue perceptions of linguistic distance or difference, perhaps paradoxically, and encourage textual interactions.

Rebecca Drenovsky (Biology) will study how interannual variation of nutrient resorption might be linked to other nutrient conservation processes and how it is driven by environmental factors.  The overall objective of the proposed work is to understand the interaction among plant nutrient conservation traits and environmental variation.

Karen Gygli (Communication and Theatre Arts) will expand her article about the use of film noir motifs in Asian-Canadian plays into a book proposal and will add a chapter about how the use of film noir motifs is a means to confront assumptions about gender and ethnicity, as well as Canadian nationalism.

Jeanne Jenkins (Education and Allied Studies) will, in collaboration with a colleague at Cleveland State University, launch the second phase of a study that will employ a mixed methodological approach to examine school psychology supervisors’ experiences, perceptions, and practices related to school psychology intern supervision.

Angie Jones (Psychology) will investigate and write an article about the source of the orthographic texture effect.  Orthographic texture refers to the idea that when letters in a word are activated for spelling, they have differing levels of strength.  As the results of these differences, some letters are spelled more accurately in a word than others.

Marc Kirschenbaum (Mathematics and Computer Science) will use the Human Assisted Swarm Simulation Tool developed at John Carroll University to collect and analyze data to demonstrate the effectiveness of combining human, high-level deductive reasoning with random, low-level swarm behavior as a problem-solving paradigm.  The analysis will help to understand the process of how a simple swarm agent translates a high-level human command into actions.

Bo Liu (Art History) will work on her book manuscript of Political Expression in Song dynasty Fan Painting and an article entitled “From Horse to Ox:  Self-Identification of Scholar Officials in the Song Dynasty.”  These contextualized studies reposition fan paintings within their specific sociohistorical contexts and examine how traditional imagery was revived and imbued with new meanings by Song scholars to promote their sociopolitical agendas.

Paul Nietupski (Theology and Religious Studies) will study the inclusion of nontraditional ritual behavior and ethical theory in the inherited corpus of Buddhist monastic practices in seventh and eighth century India.  His project relies on little-studied texts of the day analyzing the evolution of Indian religious and intellectual history and it will include a discussion of its relevance to modern applied ethical theory.

Ralph Saporito (Biology) addresses the fact that poison frogs defend themselves from natural predators by obtaining toxic alkaloids from a diet largely composed of mites and ants.  His project will study variation in these “toxic” alkaloids from two different but closely related groups of poison frogs.

Zeki Saritoprak (Theology and Religious Studies) will be working on a book tentatively titled Islamic Spirituality:  Theology and Practice for the Modern World, under contract with Bloomsbury Press.

Megan Thornton (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will produce a manuscript analyzing the protest music of the Nicaraguan singer-songwriter Ramon Mejia.  She will be looking at his musical representations of Nicaraguan migrants in Costa Rica.


Grauel Faculty Fellowship Recipients 2013-2014:

Scott Allen (Management, Marketing, and Logistics) will accelerate
the development of an empirically testable model of leadership development, which is an emerging field of research and study.

Medora Barnes (Sociology and Criminology) will organize, transcribe, and analyze qualitative data from a study that uses in-depth interviews to explore the ways parents who conceived their children using an anonymous sperm donor construct a sense of family.

Carrie Buchanan (Communication and Theatre Arts) will examine how three hyperlocal publications that serve Cleveland’s Heights communities build a sense of place and how they compare to one another in that regard.

Santa Casciani (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will finish and proof two major articles, “The Darkness of Silence: Bonaventure and Dante,” and “The Tears of Love: Dante and the Franciscans.”

Michael Eng (Philosophy) will complete the final chapter of a book-length manuscript “The Scene of the Voice: Language and the Aisthesis of Finitude.”

Jeff Johansen (Biology) will study cyanobacterial strains isolated from tropical regions, with emphasis on collections from the Hawaiian Islands.

Erin Johnson (Biology) will use small organic compounds to enhance the mammalian immune response to viral infections.

David Mascotti (Chemistry) will explore further the molecular basis of how an enzyme that is known to protect all living things from free radical damage binds to, and perhaps, protects preferred regions of our DNA and RNA.

Naveed Piracha (Physics) will study atoms and their characteristics using lasers.

Catherine Rosemary (Education and Allied Studies) will develop further two studies focusing on: (a) theoretical bases and components of instructional coaching programs; (b) inquiry processes used by coaches to scaffold teachers’ decision-making about effective instructional practices; and (c) contextual and individual factors that influence instructional coaching.

Linda Seiter (Mathematics and Computer Science) will produce a framework for studying and assessing the development of computational thinking in grades K-8.

Yi Shang (Education and Allied Studies) will develop a study to counteract the measurement-error-induced bias of growth models and improve the validity of teacher and school evaluations.

Peifang Tian (Physics) will theoretically model light propagation in a complex medium, such as the living cortex using Monte Carlo simulation, which allows more accurate interpretation of optical imaging studies.


Grauel Faculty Fellowship Recipients 2012-2013:

Denise Ben-Porath (Psychology) will develop a program that adapts Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to assist parents who foster emotionally disturbed children.  The goal is to develop an 18 hour program for foster parents who would then participate in Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau Foster Care Program.

Jeffrey Dyck (Physics) will investigate the impact that reducing the crystal size (“Nano structuring”) has on the relationship between the structure, composition, and electrical and thermal transport properties for novel thermoelectric materials (solid crystalline compounds that are the basis of devices that convert heat energy into electrical energy and vice versa.)

James Lissemore (Biology) will work to determine the molecular identity of (in other words, to clone) the ego-3 gene, mutations in which disrupt proper function of stem cells in the reproductive system of the well-studied soil roundworm C. elegans.

Malia McAndrew (History) will research and write a new section on the subject of lesbian beauty culture that will expand on larger themes in her book project on beauty culture in the United States from 1945-1972.

Daniel Palmer (Mathematics and Computer Science) will apply social networking techniques and swarm concepts to investigate whether these approaches can help teams of radiologists find consensus in their diagnosis of medical images. Collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and immersion in the health care information technology environment will also serve to update professional software skills, and gain firsthand knowledge of an important area of application for computer science.

Debby Rosenthal (English) will write the last chapter, introduction, and conclusion to complete a book manuscript, currently titled “Performative Speech in the American Renaissance.”

Christopher Sheil (Biology) will expand his research to document and describe the relative timing and sequence of appearance of bones in the skeletons of frogs and turtles during early development.  These data are collected for a large number of species, and comparisons are then made among them to better understand the biological process of how a skeleton forms.

Wendy Wiedenhoft-Murphy (Sociology) will write an introductory textbook on consumer society and culture for an undergraduate audience.  This work will address conceptualizing consumption and consumers, contemporary application of specific consumer issues, including food and tourism, and the ethical dimensions of consumption, particularly boycotts and buycotts, moralizing consumption in affluent societies, and the emergence of mass consumption in developing countries.

Summer Research Fellowships 2013:

Denise Ben-Porath (Psychology) will determine the differential treatment effect of a brief mindfulness intervention vs. a brief distraction intervention in women diagnosed with an eating disorder before and after an exposure meal.

Paula Britton (Education and Allied Studies) will explore the consequences of early life experiences and parental support of sexual orientation/gender on adult LGBTQ mental health with an emphasis on implications for counselor intervention.

Chrystal Bruce (Chemistry) will conduct a study involving computational modeling of the interactions between DNA and small molecules that will allow for better design of anticancer and antibiotic pharmaceuticals.

Leslie Curtis (Art History) will investigate the theme of the Mystic Knight in the work of French Symbolist artist Odilon Redon with regard to how the symbolism and meaning of key works on this theme can be better understood by a careful consideration of the artist’s tendency to combine experiences from his travels in the Pyrenees and his service in the Franco-Prussian war with particular texts, images and operas.

Rebecca Drenovsky (Biology) will work on a project to understand the resources that limit plant establishment, growth, and recruitment in a suite of perennial grasses commonly used in rangeland restoration programs in the Intermountain West.

Nathan Gehlert (Department of Education and Allied Studies) will create an assessment of relational competencies in order to extend the field of psychology’s understanding of how to define and assess competency in relationships.

Penny Harris (Sociology and Criminology) will extend resiliency research by focusing on older adults who are experiencing chronic disease, such as dementia or HIV/AIDS, and identifying factors that can foster resilience in this population.

Erin Johnson (Biology) will look for compounds that hold the potential to enhance the immune system’s response to viral infections.

Angie Jones (Psychology) will gain a better understanding of the production effect, which refers to enhanced memory for items read aloud compared to silently. Very little work has been done in the field to understand how/why the effect occurs.

Sharon Kaye (Philosophy) will write an Introduction to Philosophy (designed for undergraduate students) for the Teach Yourself series of the British publisher Hodder and Stoughton (published by McGraw-Hill in the United States).

Dan Kilbride (History) will research and write an essay about how American abolitionists used contemporary information about Africa in their campaigns against slavery and racism.

Phil Metres (English) will compose a series of poems that would offer a complex but detailed rendering of life across zones of global conflict. But more than merely depicting conflict, the poems will help develop a cosmopolitan poetry that offers a vision of peace-building among and between entrenched enemies.

Joan Nuth (Theology and Religious Studies) will write a chapter of a book manuscript intended to be “A Theological Primer for Spiritual Directors.” This chapter focuses on the nature and destiny of the human being, and complementing the “Principle and Foundation,” the starting point of the “Spiritual Exercises.”

Paige Rinker (Mathematics and Computer Science) will complete the development and implementation of an analysis tool designed to identify cluster patterns in a novel form of rank data. This type of analysis has natural applications in market research.

Ralph Saporito (Biology) will examine how differences in the distribution of poison glands in frogs lead to differences in protection from predation, thus further understanding how animals defend themselves against natural predators.

David Shutkin (Education and Allied Studies) will write an essay based on qualitative research on a school district’s technology reform initiative. Using sociological theory, the essay will seek to explicate how the goals of the reform initiative are undermined by the very technologies that are featured as the means to the success of the reform.

Summer Research Fellowships 2012:

Carl Anthony (Biology) will locate, collect, and rear individuals that will be used to tet whether amphibians are developing resistance to local strains of a fungus.

Paula Britton (Education) will explore the psychological impact of sexual minority discrimination on functioning of lesbian, gay, and bisexual persons.

Kathy Gatto (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will complete research for and write an article titled “Ecofeminism and the Films of Lucrecia Martel.”

Bo Liu (Art History) will write an article that examines changing modes of representation of women in 10th-14th-century Chinese paintings.

Tracy Masterson (Psychology) will complete an article that analyzes data collected from participants in the Autism Internship Program (offered in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic).

Jennifer McWeeny (Philosophy) will write an article entitled “Merleau-Ponty, Embodied Intentionality, and the Operative View of Emotions.”

Phil Metres (English) will translate “The Book of Grass” into the first American edition of the selected poems of modern Russian poet Arseny Tarkovsky.

Alissa Nutting (English) will work toward publication of an anthology on innovative creative writing pedagogy techniques, including her survey of the ways creative writing is currently taught outside of the historical workshop model.

Chris Roark (English) will examine the influence of Thelonious Monk’s music on the writing of John Edgar Wideman.

Yi Shang (Education) will conduct an analysis of growth trajectories of K-12 math achievement using NEAP long term trend data of the past three decades.

Megan Thornton (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will research and write an artcile on the use of epigraphs in the poetry of exiled Cuban writer Zoe Valdes.

Peifang Tian will study the local responses of cerebral blood vessels to neuronal activation under normal conditions which may facilitate alleviation or treatment of neurological disorders such as stroke, vascular disease and dementia.


Grauel Faculty Fellowship Recipients 2011-2012:

Carl Anthony (Biology) will write up to three articles on the results of data indicating how behavioral interactions among organisms can influence where we find different species, particularly the red-backed salamander.

Gerry Guest (Art History) will consider ways in which medieval images of three Old Testament figures can or cannot be read as moral and aesthetic exemplars, especially with regard to figurations of masculinity and physical idealism.

Paul Lauritzen (Theology and Religious Studies) will complete two chapters of a book tentatively titled “Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror.”

Tom Nevin (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “The Murder of God,” that examines doubt, denial, and betrayal among German Protestant thinkers.

Mariana Ortega (Philosophy) will write a chapter titled “Multiplicitous Subjectivity: Interpretative Horizons and Self Craft,” for a monograph titled “Being-in-Worlds: Latina Feminist Phenomenology and the Self.”

Summer Research Fellowships Recipients 2011:

Carl Anthony (Biology) will write a book chapter overview of the biology of the Eastern Red-Backed Salamander, Plethodon cinerus.

Medora Barnes (Sociology and Criminology) will complete the data analysis and writing of a manuscript entitled “Make Way for Max: Changes in the Experience of Pregnancy.”

Rebecca Drenovsky (Biology) will complete the data analysis and writing of a manuscript titled “Nutrient Resorption Plasticity in Herbaceous Plants of the Intermountain West.”

Michael Eng (Philosophy) will complete work on an essay titled “Architecture and the Metaphysics of the Body.”

Simon Fitzpatrick (Philosophy) will critically evaluate an attempt to apply formal learning theory to the justification of the practice of choosing between rival scientific theories on grounds of their simplicity (“Ockham’s Razor”).

Phyllis Braudy Harris (Sociology and Criminology) will write an article-length manuscript that seeks to understand why some friends remain in those of the lives of those diagnosed with dementia.

Angela Jones (Psychology) will investigate whether or not people rely on the same abstract representations during spelling and reading and write an article-length manuscript on the results.

Julia Karolle-Berg (Classical and Modern Languages and Cultures) will complete research on German-language detective novels and write an article-length manuscript titled “The Case of the Missing Detective Novels: Tracking Down a Tradition in the German Speaking World (1900-1933).”

Susan Long (Sociology and Criminology) will explore the decisions about funerals of Jewish/non-Jewish interreligious/intercultural couples and analyze them in relation to changing ritual practices and the creation of new understandings of death and self in post-industrial society.

Joan Nuth (Theology and Religious Studies) will complete a book chapter titled “A Theological Primer for Spiritual Directors” in a text that will follow the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Thomas Pace (English) will complete an essay tentatively titled “Weapons of Mass Instruction: Style as Counter-Public to the Public Sphere.”

Naveed Piracha (Physics) will carry out an experiment to conduct a quantitative and qualitative study of rare gas atoms to better understand their structure and spectral characteristics.

Debby Rosenthal (English) will complete a chapter of her book manuscript on performative speech theory in the American 1850s focusing on Fanny Fern and her use of language.

Ralph Saporito (Biology) will write an article-length manuscript examining how organisms use chemicals to protect themselves against natural predators that focuses on how the amounts of their defensive chemicals change depending on the age of frogs.

Lists of fellowship recipients and their research projects for previous years are here.