Graul recipients

Congratulations to the Graul Faculty Fellowship recipients for 2012-2013.

To provide support for faculty research during the summer, fellowships are available in two categories on a competitive basis to provide support for faculty research during the summer. The first category (A) provides a stipend for a summer research project on a full-time basis, with the expectation of a submission to high quality, refereed journal or an equivalent standard of intellectual contribution. The second category (B) allows the faculty member to teach only one course during the summer sessions.

Denise Ben-Porath, Department of Psychology (on leave, Fall 2012), 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/curriculum with a corresponding workbook for foster parents who would participate in Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau Foster Care Program.

Jeffrey Dyck, Department of Physics (on leave, Fall 2012), will investigate the impact that crystal size reduction (“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, Department of Biology (on leave, Spring 2013), will work to determine the molecular identity of the ego-3 gene – 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, Department of History (on leave, Fall 2012), will research and write a new section about the subject of lesbian beauty culture that will expand on larger themes in her book project about beauty culture in the United States from 1945 to 1972.

Daniel Palmer, Department of Mathematics (on leave, Spring 2013), 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, also will serve to update professional software skills, and gain firsthand knowledge of an important area of application for computer science.

Debby Rosenthal, Department of English (on leave, Fall 2012-Spring 2013), will write the last chapter, introduction, and conclusion to complete a book manuscript, currently titled “Performative Speech in the American Renaissance.”

Christopher Sheil, Department of Biology (on leave, Spring 2013), will expand his research to document and describe the relative timing and sequence of the 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 made among them to understand better the biological process of how a skeleton forms.

Wendy Wiedenhoft-Murphy, Department of Sociology (on leave, Fall 2012), will write an introductory textbook about 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.

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