Last week, the academic college deans met to discuss the final three proposals submitted in the Coordinated Research Hiring initiative. They were thoroughly impressed by the innovative vision exhibited by all three and the comprehensive plans described to utilize faculty expertise, recruit new research faculty and garner funding from diverse sources. The group thought all three were worthy of funding. However, they also recognized that funds have been allocated to support only one plan. Let me reiterate that all three proposals were deemed worthy of funding and, given the choice, all would be supported. Vigorous efforts will be made to foster these research groups, seek other sources of funding and to continue this program in the coming years.
I am pleased to announce that “Mental and Physical Health Consequences of Trauma and Adversity” will be funded in this first round. The group consensus was that this proposal would be funded because it most effectively builds on strengths and collaborations already in place and has the clearest path to extramural funding opportunities.
From the Department of Biological Sciences: James Blank, Heather Caldwell, Derek Damron, Ernie Freeman, David Glass, John Johnson, Jennifer McDonough, Eric Mintz, Colleen Novak, Sean Veney and Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan. From the Department of Psychology: Jeff Ciesla, Jan Crowther, Doug Delahanty, Nancy Docherty, Stephen Fountan John Gunstad, Joel Hughes, Kristin Mickelson, Dan Neal, David Riccio, Mary Ann Stephens, John Updegraff and Manfred van Dulman.
I am personally gratified to see this program come to fruition and look forward to the realization of the goals of this first initiative, which will enhance Kent State’s reputation as a center of excellence in the field of trauma and health.
Dr. John L. West