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Inaugural Internal Postdoctoral Seed Program to support 14 postdoctoral research fellows

Posted Nov. 28, 2012

The Division of Research and Sponsored Programs would like to congratulate the recipients of the inaugural Internal Post-doctoral Seed Program.  In this initial round, 12 proposals were selected which resulted in awards for the support of 14 post-doctoral associates for one year.  In addition, each of these awards was augmented by the investigators' departments and/or colleges to provide a total of two years of post-doctoral support.  Proposals were submitted by both individual research investigators and groups of investigators. 

Included in the list of recipients is a team of scientists from Kent State and Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) who have begun collaboration on wound-healing and tissue regeneration.  Equal contributions will be given from both Kent State and NEOMED for that program. 

The 2012 recipients and topics (in parenthesis) are:

  • Dr. Carmen Almasan, professor, Department of Physics (materials)
  • Dr. Heather Caldwell, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences (neurobehavioral)
  • Dr. Karin Coifman and Dr. Aaron Jasnow, both assistant professors in the Department of Psychology (stress)
  • Dr. John Dunlosky, professor, and Dr. Katherine Rawson associate professor, both in the Department of Psychology; Dr. Andrew Tonge, professor and chairperson, Department of Mathematical Sciences; and Dr. Christopher Was, associate professor in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (education)
  • Dr. John Johnson, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences (stress)
  • Dr. Eric Mintz, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences (neurobehavioral)
  • Dr. Torsten Hegmann, Ohio Research Scholar and associate professor in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program; Dr. Elda Hegmann, assistant professor in the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Dr. Nicola Brasch, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Ernest Freeman, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences (Salem Campus); Dr. Robert Clements, senior research chemist, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Jennifer McDonough, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences; and Dr. Christopher Malcuit, assistant professor of bioengineering, College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability, and Technology (wound healing and tissue regeneration)
  • Dr. Jennifer McDonough, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Roger Gregory, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Ernest Freeman, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences at the Salem campus (neurodegeneration)
  • Dr. Joseph Ortiz, professor, Department of Geology (environment)
  • Dr. Joel Hughes and Dr. John Gunstad both associate professors in the Department of Psychology; and Dr. Douglas Delahanty, director of the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research and professor in the Department of Psychology (neurobehavioral)
  • Dr. Greg Smith, professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (stress)
  • Dr. Min-Ho Kim and Dr. Christopher Malcuit in the Bioengineering research program in the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology (CAEST) and Dr. Fayez Safadi, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at NEOMED (wound healing and tissue regeneration)

"The purpose of the competition is to enable faculty to rapidly develop proposals for substantial external funding," Vice President for Research Dr. Grant McGimpsey said. 

The solicitation went out on September 10 with a due date of October 10.  The proposals were reviewed by an ad hoc panel of external referees, McGimpsey and one other internal referee and evaluated based on technical merit, support from departments or programs, principal investigator funding track records and promise of external funding.    

"We received over 60 proposals from faculty, both individual investigators and groups, requesting more than 80 years of post-doctoral support total," McGimpsey said.  "This is round one; the next installment of proposals will be solicited in late spring 2013."