2019 Faculty Research Grant Recipients Announced

2019 Faculty Research Grants
Pictured above, left to right: Coopmans, Barrett, Johnson, Tuncel,
Werfelmann, Zhang, Kingston


The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the 24 recipients and 20 projects of the 2019 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 2019 recipients, who are listed below by name, department, school/college, and title of the project:

Kristen Anderson , History, Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Sciences, “A Cause Worthy of Sacrifice: German Americans Commemorate Their War Participation, 1865-1920”

Bill Barrett , Electronic & Photographic Media, School of Communications, “Photographic Project on the Shakers”

Cheryl Breig-Allen, DJ Kaiser,  and Nicole Lee-Johnson , Education, School of Education, “Using Reggio Emilia-Inspired Principles to Support Early Bilingual and Multilingual Language Learners and their Families”

Vicki Coopmans , Nurse Anesthesia, “Platelet release of 5-hydroxytryptamine with exposure to amniotic fluid:  An investigation into the pathophysiologic mechanism of amniotic fluid embolism”

Elsa Fan , Anthropology & Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences, “China and Africa: The Circulation of Health and Capital”

Ronald Gaddis , Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Effect of amniotic fluid on endothelin-1 release from human pulmonary artery endothelial cells in cell culture”

Julia Griffey , Interactive Digital Media, School of Communications, “The Modern Makers Project...next steps”

Ryan Groeneman, Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Investigating the ability of 1,4-diiodoperbromobenzene to template [2+2] cycloaddition reactions in the organic solid state”

Morgan Grotewiel , Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, “Daily Experiences of Hyperfocus and Flow in College Students With and Without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”

Sheila Hwang,  English, College of Arts & Sciences, “Playing Tourist in Real-and-Imagined Worlds:  The Construction of Spaces and Places in 18th-19th-Century British Geographical Games”

Douglas Kelly  and Reshmi Mitra , Math & Computer Science, School of Business & Technology, “A Risk Management and Experimental Approach Towards Securing the Rapidly Evolving Internet of Things (IoT)”

Lindsey Kingston , International Human Rights, College of Arts & Sciences, “Statelessness-as-Punishment:  Research Collaborations in The Netherlands and Australia”

Amanda Kracen , Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences, “ACTing Mindfully for Valued Living:  A Mixed-Method Pilot and Feasibility Study of Wellness Retreats for Women Physicians’"

Stephanie Schroeder , Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, “Expression of human APOE variants associated with increased risk of Alzheimer’s in Drosophila melanogaster to examine risk of cognitive decline following exposure to volatile anesthetics”

Dustin Smith , Management, School of Business & Technology, “Shared Value Creation in the Craft Beer Industry”

Debbie Stiles, Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology, School of Education, “The Therapeutic Value of Art and Storytelling for Refugee Youth:  A Research Study”

Ece Tuncel, Management, School of Business & Technology, “Categorizing Workplace Expectancy Violations and Examining their Effects on Workplace Interactions”

David Werfelmann, Music, College of Fine Arts, “Presenting the Suite a l'antique in Belgium”

Dongling Zhang, Anthropology & Sociology, College of Arts & Sciences, “I Do Not Have a Job:  Examining Chinese Women Entrepreneurs' Perceptions of their Self-employment Status”

Zhichun Zhou , Education, School of Education, and  Reshmi Mitra , Computer Science, School of Business & Technology, “Value Preferences of Gen Z: Quantitative vs. Qualitative Rewards”

The next opportunity to apply for Faculty Research Grants will be fall 2019. Grant applications are invited for scholarly research, academic projects, artistic performances, exhibitions, and studies in any discipline. 

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