Below are a few examples of Providence College faculty members who have received grant funding and are currently working with the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs.
Dr. Richard M. Battistoni, professor of public and community service studies
, received funding from Merrimack College for Educating for Democratic Leadership in Three Multi-Year, Development, Cohort-Based Civic Engagement Programs.
This project investigates the long-term impacts of sustained, developmental community action programs offered through the curriculum to undergraduate students. In a three-campus study (Providence College, Stanford, and the University of Massachusetts--Amherst), the research team employs multiple research methods to explore the impact on the lives of college alumni of multi-year, cohort-based civic engagement experiences to understand how these programs influence civic identity and civic action after college.
Dr. Jack Costello, professor of biology
, received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Collaborative Research: Turbulence and Suspension Feeding-a New Approach using Lobate Ctenophore Mnemiopsis Leidyi.
This collaborative research project with Roger Williams University and the California Institute of Technology uses a new approach of laboratory and in situ
methods to quantify the effects of turbulent flows on the feeding mechanisms and predatory-prey interactions on Mnemiopsios
at the organismal level.
Dr. Christopher M. Laperle, assistant professor of chemistry
, received the Research Corporation for Science Advancement Cottrell College Science Award for Investigations of Solvent-dependent Structural and Chemical Reaction Dynamics of the Group VIII Transition Metal Pentacarbonyls.
Several faculty have been funded by the National Institutes of Health through Rhode Island IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Working with undergraduate students both during the academic year and summer, the investigators are conducting interesting, cutting-edge research.
Participating faculty include: Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Ph. D, associate professor of biology, Genetic Characterization of UTH1 and BX11, Two genes involved in Yeast Programmed Cell Death; Dr. Christopher Bloom, associate professor of psychology, The Role of Operant Contingencies and Environmental Stressors in an Animal Model; Dr. Joseph DeGiorgis, assistant professor of biology, Distribution and Regulation of the Armyloid Procurser Protein of Alzheimer's (AD); Dr. Brett Pellock, assistant professor of biology, Identification of Small, non-Coding RVA Genes in the Bacterium Shewanella oneidensis; Dr. Jennifer Van Reet, assistant professor of psychology, The Development of the Representation of Pretense; and Dr. Yinsheng Wan, associate professor of biology, Molecular Mechanism of Melanocyte Death in Vitiligo.
Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., associate professor of biology
, received the College’s first National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Grant (R15) for Genetic Identification of Sulforaphane's Mechanism of Action in Yeast Cell Death
. AREA grants support small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by students and faculty in institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds.
Dr. Jennifer Van Reet, assistant professor of psychology
, was awarded a two-year research grant from RI-INBRE in May. The grant is entitled “The Cognitive Representation of Pretense.”