Aimed at Excellence
Each year, IUP makes Academic Excellence and Innovation Grants available to faculty members in a program coordinated by the Office of the Provost. The grants aim to encourage innovative approaches in three categories: projects with potential for patents; project that can lead to major external funding opportunities; and interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines or areas of study into a new approach or model program. Grant awards of as much as $10,000 are made on a competitive basis.
The 2010 faculty recipients:
- Timothy Austin,Criminology: “Jungle Law in Mindanao: An Ethnographical Study on the Normalization of Theft”
- Shundong Bi,Biology: “Mammalian Response to the Middle Miocene Global Warming in Central Asia”
- Donald Buckwalter,Geography and Regional Planning: “Identification of Urban Subcenters by Cluster Analysis of Traffic Analysis Zones in Allegheny County”
- Nick Conbere,Art: “Harnessing Technology to Change the Landscape of Traditional Drawing in the Arts”
- John Ford,Chemistry: “Improving Technology for Cellodextrin Production”
- Paul Nealen,Biology: “Where and How Do Auditory Neurons Learn?”
Mentor of Merit
Criminology professor Alida Merlo has been recognized with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Mentorship Award for her work in guiding and mentoring students. An IUP faculty member since 1995, she coordinates Criminology graduate programs at the IUP Pittsburgh East Graduate and Professional Center and has been the recipient of many other awards. She has also written five books, edited five books, published numerous book chapters, and written articles for a number of professional journals.
In recent months, a number of long-time IUP faculty members and an administrator died.
- Harry Craig, a member of the English Department faculty from 1962 to 1988 and a Fulbright Scholar, died July 26, 2010.
- Frank Ghessie, a faculty member in the Accounting Department from 1960 to 1985, died July 6, 2010.
- Louis Gold, a Biology Department faculty member from 1965 to 1985, died August 7, 2010.
- David Lynch, who served as associate dean and then dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research during the years 1981 to 2002, died August 13, 2010.
- Morton Morris, a founder and first chairperson of the IUP Department of Special Education and a faculty member from 1964 to 1987, died April 10, 2010.
More from the Fall-Winter 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine
In the wake of last spring’s oil-rig catastrophe, two IUP professors talk about what can be done to restore the oceans to health.
Nafee Harris has won more national championships than any IUP athlete—ever. And, he won’t graduate until May.
Stephenson Hall, Pratt Plaza, Heritage Garden, and a view from the sky
Highlights about IUP faculty members, past and present
Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, sports update, and the Coal Bowl Trophy
IUP Magazine Web Exclusives
October 15, 2010
Jim Krenn ’83 talks about how he came to sit behind the microphone at WDVE.
August 21, 2010
IUP honors those lost in service to their country.
June 30, 2010
What distinguishes our Western Pennsylvania dialect?