2017 Faculty Research Grant Recipients Announced

Feb. 16, 2017


Faculty Research Grant
Faculty Research Grant awards fund faculty research and professional development activities that will advance academic excellence of individual faculty members and also Webster University overall.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the 23 recipients and 22 projects of the 2017 Faculty Research Grants. The awards will fund faculty research and professional development activities which will advance academic excellence for the individual faculty members and for Webster University.

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients, who are listed below by name, department, school/college, campus and title or topic of the project:

  • Kristen Anderson, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, “Remembering the Courage and Forgetting the Cause: German Americans and the Commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation”
  • Vicki Coopmans, Nurse Anesthesia, College of Arts & Sciences, “The Effect of Amniotic Fluid on Platelet Activation and Release of Serotonin:  An Investigation into the Pathophysiologic Mechanism of Amniotic Fluid Embolism”
  • Ronald Gaddis, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Determination of the Effects of Volatile Anesthetics on Neuronal Tau Tubulin Kinase II: A potential model of chemical induced Alzheimer’s disease”
  • Eric Goedereis, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, “It Won’t Happen to Me: Optimistic Bias, Daily Living, and Health Literacy in Adulthood”
  • Julia Griffey, Interactive Digital Media, School of Communications, “The New Arts E-Entrepreneurs:  a transmedia Project”
  • Ryan Groeneman, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Investigating Thermal Expansion within Hydrogen Bonded Co-crystals”
  • Celine Hong, Communications & Journalism, School of Communications, “Exploring Determinants of PR effectiveness: Transparency efforts, Leadership and PR spokespeople's attractiveness”
  • Sheila Hwang, English, College of Arts & Sciences, “Power and Place in Defoe’s Tour and Eighteenth-Century Maps”
  • Lindsey Kingston, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, “Refugee Resettlement: Solutions for Integration and Rights Protection”
  • Ravin Kodikara and Victoria Brown-Kennerly, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “A Study of Learning Using Western Harvester Ants”
  • Amanda Kracen, Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, “Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows in Psycho-Oncology: Addressing Personal and Professional Issues in Clinical Supervision”
  • Brad Loudenback, Art Design and Art History, College of Fine Arts, European Collages
  • Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Consequences of a functional mismatch in a bumble bee-plant partnership”
  • Nada Mumdziev, Entrepreneurship and Business, Webster University Vienna, “The Effect of the Cluster Structure on Creation of New Firms: Evidence from Austria”
  • Silvia Navia, International Languages & Cultures, College of Arts & Sciences, “Eighteenth Century Mapping of the Kingdom of Quito”
  • Run Niu, Business, School of Business and Technology, “Supply chain risk management: An empirical investigation on Chinese companies”
  • James Robey, Dance, College of Fine Arts, “Faces of Feminism in Contemporary Performance”
  • Amanda Rosen, History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, “Polyamory in Context: Marriage and the Human Rights of Polyamorous Persons”
  • Stephanie Schroeder, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Developmental changes in gene expression of Drosophila following exposure to volatile anesthetics”
  • Emily Thompson, International Languages & Cultures, College of Arts & Sciences, “Making History during the Reformation:  An Examination of Emerging Historical Genres and the Editorial and Printing Processes that Informed Them”
  • Ece Tuncel, Management, School of Business and Technology, “Effects of Emotions on the Interpretation of Information and Risk Taking”
  • Peter Walla, Psychology, Webster University Vienna, “Self-referential processing: Different aspects of Self depending on proprioceptive input (i.e. urge to urinate)”

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