2006 Faculty Support Grants

2006 Faculty Support Grants

Strengthening Ohio 's Polymer and Advanced Materials Industry

Polymer MapOhio 's polymer and advanced materials industry is critical to the state's economy. With over 2,800 companies accounting for $49 billion in shipments and $3 billion in payroll annually, Ohio is the leader in manufacturing materials, parts, and products. The industry accounts for 146,000 jobs with 1,600+ of these companies classified as small- to medium-sized. Characterized by diverse product lines that developed during the industry's 100-year historic presence in the state, the industry is poised to take advantage of innovation and technology development through Third Frontier initiatives. The areas of opportunity for technical assistance, technology transfer, and technology development where the industry can benefit include power and propulsion, information technology, fuel cells, biobased materials, and advanced materials including nanotechnology. Continued advancement and innovation in these areas is vital to the industry's ability to remain competitive in the face of global challenges which threaten the state's leadership in the industry. To respond to these opportunities we are proposing to establish an Ohio State University Technical Extension initiative. This grant supported the work needed to lay the groundwork for this initiative. This grant identified the needs of different types of polymers businesses that could be partners working with the university. The partners worked with two large and three small companies by collaborating on research, testing products and providing student interns. Extension and the College of Engineering continue to collaborate with the Polymer industry to meet their needs.

This grant was submitted by Ken Martin, Assistant Director, Community Development, OSU Extension; Julia Higle, Chair, Department of Industrial, Welding & Systems Engineering; Jose M. Castro, Professor, College of Engineering


PACE, a Program for Acquiring Competence in Entrepreneurship

PACE PuzzleThis OSU CARES project has broadened a collaborative effort between CETE, OSU South Centers, and the College of Education. Specifically, through this intensive collaborative effort, the two centers updated the content of PACE, and will provide Extension personnel the skills necessary to deliver PACE to their audiences. Technical writers and subject matter experts worked closely through the details of each of the 21 modules to update content, clarify language, and add new resources for the modules. A 22nd module on e-commerce was added to the existing program.

As a result of this grant the following occurred: Over 50 people participated in train-the-trainer sessions focused on entrepreneurship training; An exclusive relationship to use PACE materials has been established with a South African NGO; Two government officials from Cameroon are partnering with this project to be able to deliver PACE in their country; Since the start of this OSU CARES project, the use of PACE materials has increased nearly 25%; New collaborations have developed between CETE and OSU South Centers as an outgrowth of this initial partnership.

This grant was submitted by Ronald Jacobs, Director, CETE; Professor, Workforce Development & Education; Thomas Worley, Director, South Centers; David Boulay, Director, Small Business Development Center


Who Want to be Veterinarians/The Science of Your Dogs and You!

Dog DiagramThrough this grant, the partners have developed an outreach website targeted to middle school students to inform and foster interest in veterinary medicine as a career (2009.vet.ohio-state.edu/BeAVet.htm) . This interactive audiovisual web-based program aims to cultivate “self directed learning” skills at an early age, and includes five interactive components designed to engage students in the learning process and cultivate critical thinking skills. The grantees have worked closely with the Columbus school system teachers in developing the program, with the CVM  IT  and Educational Design teams to design, set up and host the site, and the TELR team to develop the state-of-the-art interactive program (Animal Game Parts). 

As a result, this program has been selected by TELR as a Spotlight collaborative project.  Thus far, feedback from the majority of students who have used this program has been overwhelmingly positive.  Furthermore, the mobility of this web-based approach, and the interactive use of the anatomy of the dog, a favorite pet, will provide wide access to information regarding careers in veterinary medicine to students around the state of Ohio, and eventually nationally and internationally. Using this high quality website as a tool when asked to give talks on careers in veterinary medicine will greatly facilitate the college and department recruiting process. The website will be used by Ohio State University Extension to reach current and potential 4-H members enrolled in livestock and small animal 4-H projects, opening up the world of veterinary medicine to youth already interested in the animal sciences. Under the leadership of the OSU P-12 Project, we will introduce this program to the OSU community, Columbus Public and Urban Schools. 

Six Invited Presentations on the project were given in 2007, including at the Ohio 4-H Teen Conference at the Columbus Convention Center, the Clinton Middle School Career Day, the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and TELR Five Minutes of Fame. Additional funding was procured from the Banfield Charitable Trust. We plan on taking this project to the national and international community of veterinary medical professionals via the American Association of Veterinary Colleges (AAVMC) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) outreach programs.

This grant was submitted by Nongnuch Inpanbutr, Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM); Michael Lairmore, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences; Jeff King, State 4-H Leader & Assistant Director, OSU Extension;Nancy Nestor-Baker, Director, P-12 Project


Partner for Promotion

Pharmacy StudentsThis project resulted in the development of a model detailing how OSU Extension and The OSU College of Pharmacy (OSU COP) can work together to improve health outcomes for community residents. Specifically, this project builds upon the Partner for Promotion (PFP) program at OSU COP, which currently links Pharm.D. students in their final year of training with community pharmacists who are interested in developing and implementing patient-centered care services related to preventative health and wellness, chronic disease management, and/or medication therapy management. The students participate in 10-month longitudinal clinical rotations with the community pharmacists and each pair works together to create an innovative patient-centered care service while receiving mentoring from OSU COP faculty members . Participants included 16 pharmacy students, 14 local pharmacy locations, 14 pharmacist preceptors, two extension agents, and three pharmacy faculty members.
Students began developing advanced patient care programs in their assigned pharmacy locations by surveying the pharmacy patients and others to find the needs of their community. From a business model standpoint, students analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of developing this focused advanced patient care service in the pharmacy. During the needs assessment process, some students and pharmacists contacted OSU Extension Educators to identify ways in which the two entities could collaborate to provide an effective patient care program to community citizens, and several collaborations came out of these contacts. Creation of new materials and identification of resources was also accomplished during this year.  Some of the key advancements that occurred with this program in 2006-2007 include: A standardized needs assessment survey was developed that is currently used by pharmacists and students involved in the Partner for Promotion (PFP) program; Students were given the opportunity to log their service-learning hours in the Community Connection website; The PFP website capabilities were expanded to offer a discussion board and an assignment drop-box function for project material submission and receipt of feedback; Surveys evaluating skills development as well as satisfaction with the PFP experience were developed and conducted via Zoomerang Online survey tool; A Dessert Reception was organized where students presented their progress with developing patient care services to preceptors, pharmacy managers, and OSU Faculty from the College of Pharmacy as well as other colleges, such as University Outreach and OSU Extension; A more formal application process was put into place for students to be involved in the PFP program in 2007-2008 and is continued currently; A Meet and Greet event was added to the program schedule and held in May 2007 to allow for initiation of student and preceptor relationships and communication prior to the start of the PFP rotation in August 2007.
An abstract was accepted to the American Pharmacists Association and presented in poster format in March 2006; an encore presentation was provided at the annual Outreach Scholarship Conference at OSU in October, 2006. Additionally, an abstract was accepted to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting where information about the Partner for Promotion program was presented in poster format in July, 2007. A manuscript describing the Partner for Promotion program has been submitted to the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education and is currently under review. Other publications are planned and will be submitted to pharmacy practice, pharmacy education, and outreach and engagement journals. The partnership was also awarded an OSU Excellence in Engagement grant to support the Partner for Promotion program. See pharmacy.ohio-state.edu/outreach/partner-promotion.

This grant was submitted by Robert Brueggemeir, Dean, College of Pharmacy; Barbara Ludwig, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology; Ken Martin, Assistant Director, Community Development, OSU Extension; Dorris Herringshaw, OSU Extension County Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Wood County; Jen Rodis, Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy


Developing a Sustainable Community Index

SCI GrantThis faculty support grant focused on coordination of work done through a graduate planning class taught by the faculty member with an OSU CARES Seed Grant focused on the development of a Sustainable Communities Index (SCI). The class provided an opportunity to integrate the SCI into a practice-based learning environment. A teaching assistant, also funded through the grant, served as a key liaison with the Wooster team in working to move the index from a concept to a practical application. The course purpose was to develop a plan for sustainability for the City of Worthington. Students, under faculty guidance and community input, formulated a working definition of sustainable development for the community, created vision statements in four areas of study (land use & urban ecology, energy & waste, transportation & mobility, and economic development & social equity), conducted analyses of current conditions, and formulated recommendations for policies and practices.

The coordinated effort of the partnership was most readily seen in a public meeting held to prioritize sustainability indices selected by the community. The retreat and other work associated with this and the coordinating OSU CARES Seed Grant, along with the partnership, has had an influence on the selection of indicators in the studio class in Worthington, OH and has influenced discussions in the Agroecosystem Management Program team. Graduate students have been exposed to the selection, indexing, and mapping of sustainability indicators as a result of the retreat and the partnership. Additionally, the SCI is now a standing component of the Planning for Sustainable Development course (CRP 724); refinements are expected in order to take advantage of the usefulness of the SCI. A paper has been presented at the Sustainable Urban Environment Conference in Glasgow, and has been accepted for presentation at the International Society for Quality of Life Studies conference (2007). The authors are also exploring a community-level comparison with future study communities using the indicators generated for this project. The authors intend to seek other funding and apply the SCI to other communities. An EPA Collaborative Science and Technology Network for Sustainability grant was applied for in 2006, and several additional funding sources and possible community applications are under consideration.

This grant was submitted by Joseph Konen, Regional Sustainability Roundtable; Maria Manta Conroy, City and Regional Planning; Kenneth Pearlman, Section Head, City & Regional Planning; William Grunkemeyer, Director, OSU Center at Wooster