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Top Research Faculty Receive Summer Grants For Cutting-Edge Projects
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SHU Research Lunch 2014 Awardees
From L to R: Nicholas Snow, Stephen
Pirog (URC chair), Kirsten Schultz,
Vanessa May, Donovan Sherman, Daniel
Nichols, Margarita Balmaceda, Robert
Kelchen, Raymond Capra, David Sabatino,
Zheng Wang. Awardees not pictured:
Joseph O'Mahoney and Marta Deyrup.

The Seton Hall University Research Council (URC) recently awarded summer research-expense grants to 11 faculty members to pursue projects in various disciplines. On behalf of the Provost's Office, and supported by the Office of Grants and Research Services, the council evaluated proposals based on a rigorous criteria to determine what kind of impact the research could have globally.

"We also considered [the professors'] track record, examining what they want to do and if they are in a good position to do it," explained URC Chair Stephen Pirog, associate professor of marketing. "We not only had to be impressed by their research agenda and its potential impact, but also had to get a strong sense that the project is feasible and timely."

The URC has awarded hundreds of faculty members since the 1990s and represents one of the most competitive and longstanding sources of faculty development at the University.

According to Nicholas Snow, interim director of the Office of Grants and Research Services, "Scholarship is the major aspect of 'From Strength to Strength,' President Gabriel Esteban’s strategic plan to be a top national university." He added, "Research is a cornerstone of top universities. Funding for this program was increased by about 10 percent by the provost this year."

The following faculty members represent the summer 2014 University Research Council Awardees:

  1. Professor Margarita Balmaceda, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, will be researching ways that natural resources can be used as means of international power, i.e., Russian energy, from a perspective of anthropology, critical geography and logistics, as well as technical knowledge on energy production.

  2. Assistant Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Raymond Capra, College of Arts and Sciences, will be researching the Greeks of Emporion 600-50 BC (Empúries, Spain), and their settlements in the western Mediterranean.

  3. Professor and Head of Technical Services in the University Libraries Marta Deyrup will be documenting the activities of the Italian-language publishing houses that sprang up in order to preserve the vanishing history and culture of the Italian minority communities of coastal Croatia after World War II.

  4. Assistant Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy Robert Kelchen, College of Education and Human Services, will be exploring whether state-level and institutional-level factors are associated with the increase of student fees in higher education.

  5. Assistant Professor of History Vanessa May, College of Arts and Sciences, will be conducting research for a book-length study of how ideas about gender and motherhood shaped American educational policy in urban neighborhoods in the post-World War II era.

  6. Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences Daniel Nichols, College of Arts and Sciences, will be doing research on the identification and characterization of Molluseum Contagiosum Virus (MCV) immune-modulatory proteins.

  7. Assistant Professor Joseph O’Mahoney, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, will examine the spoils of wars, specifically politics of the non-recognition of aggressive gain.

  8. Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry David Sabatino, College of Arts and Sciences, will be conducting research on targeting human cancer cells with anti-cancer agents (e.g. peptides and RNA) that can induce selective cancer cell death through gene therapy.

  9. Professor of History Kirsten Schultz, College of Arts and Sciences, will be developing Chapter 3, “Reason and Experience,” of her book-in-progress, which discusses the Portuguese Empire, ca. 1700-1760.

  10. Assistant Professor of English Donovan Sherman, College of Arts and Sciences, will be examining the subject of the soul. His current book project about the theatricalities of the soul in Shakespeare contends that Shakespeare’s drama provides a framework by which we can explore the concept.

  11. Associate Professor Zheng Wang, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, will be researching a comparative study that examines the differences between teaching the wartime period history (1931-1945) in Chinese and Japanese secondary schools, including curricula, textbooks, and history narratives.

Nicholas Snow believes that this year's award recipients, a mix of junior and senior faculty from several of the University's schools and colleges, are among Seton Hall's finest scholars. "These projects," he emphasized, "are expected to bring national and international recognition to them and to Seton Hall."

For more information please contact:
Amy Timmes
(973) 275-2974


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