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Last modified: Monday, June 21, 2010

IU Bloomington faculty receive financial boost from campus for research

June 21, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University faculty seeking funding from large external agencies are receiving a crucial boost from seed funding provided by IU Bloomington's Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR).

The Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) enables faculty to pursue research that will lead to more ambitious projects likely to attract external funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In this year's FRSP competition, nearly 60 applications were submitted. A final 13 awards were granted, totaling $733,500 in funds.

"This year's FRSP projects are exceptional examples of collaborative research efforts that have strong potential to attract major funding for research on this campus," said Sarita Soni, vice provost for research. "Today, as federal agencies are shifting their funding to support more large-scale, interdisciplinary investigations, these creative team-based projects are sure to be reviewed well."

Brain Network

A visualization of the brain network approach that Brian O'Donnell and colleagues will be pursuing will help from FRSP funding

Previous FRSP grant recipients have leveraged internal campus funds to generate millions in external funding. From 2007 to 2009, the FRSP program attracted nearly $42 million in external awards.

The disciplines included among this year's recipients range from anthropology and education to chemistry, computing, and neuroscience. Brian O'Donnell and a team of collaborators from IU Bloomington's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will use new brain imaging and mathematical methods to map connections within the human brain and study brain disorders associated with altered connectivity.

"The approach to visualizing the brain network that our group will be using has potential to advance our understanding of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism," says O'Donnell, a professor of psychology. "We're very excited about getting this project moving forward with FRSP support."

A complete list of 2010 FRSP recipients is available at

For inquiries about the program or to speak with Soni or any of the grant recipients, please contact Donna Carter at

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research is dedicated to supporting ongoing faculty research and creative activity, developing new multidisciplinary initiatives, and maximizing the potential of Indiana University faculty to accomplish pathbreaking work. For more information, visit

2009-2010 Faculty Research Support Program projects

  • Joshua Danish and Kylie Peppler, Education -- Communicating Across the Curriculum: Studying Students' Use of Drawings, Graphs, and Text in Diverse Disciplines
  • Radovan Dermisek, Physics -- Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
  • Ying Ding, Library & Information Science; Yuqing Wu, Informatics & Computing: Empowering Health Care with Innovative Technologies of the Semantic Web
  • Peter Finn, Psychological and Brain Sciences; David Koceja, Kinesiology; Joel Stager, Kinesiology; Aina Puce, Psychological and Brain Sciences -- The Impact of Exercise on Fitness, Cognition, and Brain Health in Aging People
  • Amar Flood, Chemistry -- Synthesis of Fluorescent Chloride Probes for In Vitro Studies
  • Daniel Mindiola and Kenneth Caulton, Chemistry -- New Routes to O/O Bond Formation Using Greenhouse Gases CO2 and N2O. New and Efficient Routes to Catalytic Oxidation and Carbonylation Reactions
  • Suchetana "Tuli" Mukhopadhyay, Biology; Yehia Mechref, Chemistry -- Role of the Membrane in Virus Particle Stability
  • Ashlyn Nelson, Public & Environmental Affairs -- Do Children Lose More than a Home? The Effects of Foreclosure on Children's Educational Outcomes
  • Brian F. O'Donnell, Olaf Sporns, Aina Puce, and Sharlene Newman, Psychological and Brain Sciences -- Human Brain Connectivity Analysis -- Application to Clinical Populations
  • Meredith Park Rogers and Adam Maltese, Education -- Getting to the CoRe of It! Transforming Preservice Teachers' Learning of Science
  • Todd Royer, Public & Environmental Affairs; Richard Phillips, Biology -- Hydrological Controls On Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Agricultural Landscapes -- The Role Of Artificial Subsurface Drainage
  • Virginia J. Vitzthum, Anthropology -- Hormones & Health During the Peri-Menopausal Transition In Rural Bolivian Women
  • David R. Williams, Chemistry -- Antitumor Marine Macrolides -- Studies for the Synthesis of Unique Molecular Architectures