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Research Expertise

Explore the research of our faculty members and students:

University Expertise Network

The faculty and staff listed in this network look forward to sharing their expertise with you and to learning about the work you are doing.

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IUP faculty and staff are encouraged to add their information to the University Expertise Network! Log into URSA, select the “Faculty Services” or “Employee” tab, click on the link to “University Expertise Network,” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Research Profiles

Our faculty members and their students take part in a variety of research projects across all disciplines and around the world. These are examples of recent projects they have undertaken:

Bi Discovers New Fossil Showing Mammals Appeared on Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought; Research Published in ‘Nature’
Indiana County in the American Civil War

Research Strengths

While research spans many disciplines at IUP, some of the most substantial or innovative research has been done in the these areas:


Research Features from IUP Magazine

The following features from IUP Magazine highlight some of our research areas:

Shari Robertson, right, Special Education and Clinical Services faculty member, with her daughter Brianna, an alumna of the Speech-Language Pathology program

Diphthongs and Dahntahn: The Western Pennsylvania dialect was the subject of research by a speech-language pathology professor and an alumna.

The JOIDES Resolution, the U.S. component of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, departed Honolulu in May 2009 for an expedition in the equatorial Pacific.

Oceans in Deep: World oceans were considered at risk even before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Geoscience professors weigh in on what can be done.

Geography professor John Benhart with the Cruse large-format digital scanner

Charting Coal Mine Secrets: Mine accidents may be better prevented through the work of researchers who are placing old mine maps into modern databases.


Painting “Welcome to Logstown” by Robert Griffing showing missionary Father Joseph Pierre Bonnecamp talking with Native Americans

Seeing is Believing: Paintings of Robert Griffing are being used to help students understand the French and Indian War and the Eastern Woodland Indians.

Sara Fortnam and Brian Willis at the Pyla-Koutsopetria archaeological survey site in Cyprus

Spectacular Find in Cypriot Survey: Students shared their experiences in Cyprus as they accompanied professor Scott Moore on a land and sea archaeological survey.

Physics professor Devki Talwar talks with students in a classroom setting

Progress and Preeminence—or Not: Fresh off presenting research at the First Science Conclave, a professor discussed how the U.S. stacks up in science and technology.

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