Faculty, Students Receive NIH Grants

September 8, 2005

Three students and four faculty members received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health to begin research this year on a variety of healthrelated topics. The program, called the Research Initiative Fund, is administered through Mary Baldwin’s Office of Sponsored and Research Development.

Student Research Initiative Grants:

  • Megan Huffman ’06 & Elizabeth Hairfield (faculty advisor), “Comparison of Resins by Headspace Analysis and GCMS.” $1,250. To study how incense releases different fragrance profiles when burned and when warmed. Has implications for determining the soothing and symptom relief effects of fragrances.
  • Randi Huo ’06 & Lundy Pentz (faculty advisor), “Inhibitory Properties of Nogo-A on Primary Salamander Neurite Cultures.” $1,500. Nogo-A is a protein associated with membranes in central nervous system tissue in vertebrates. The study will provide information about whether inhibiting the production of Nogo-A would aid in recovery after a spinal cord injury.
  • Therese Landin ’06 & Sharon Spalding (faculty advisor), “A Comparison of Body Composition Techniques.” $250. To study the accuracy of the method — measurements of neck, waist, and hips — used by the United States Armed Forces to determine body fat composition in women. Body fat percentage will be measured using three methods: skin fold, bio-electrical impedence feedback, and air displacement.

Faculty Research Initiative Grants:

  • Andreas Anastasiou, assistant professor of psychology, and Alice Araujo, associate professor of communication, “Gender differences in the communication of empathy toward perceived adversarial groups.ˆ” $6,600. To study the role of gender in conflict resolution.
  • Kathy McCleaf, associate professor of health and physical education,
  • Paul Deeble, assistant professor of biology, Steve Mosher, professor of healthcare administration and political science, and Lundy Pentz, associate professor of biology, “Health Professions Advising Model.” $4,200. To study how to improve academic advising for undergraduate women considering careers in health professions.
  • Allan Moyé, director of communication lab and instructor, and Patricia Hunt, college chaplain,“Documenting Extraordinary Lives.”$700. To produce student-directed student-produced video documentaries of people on and around the Mary Baldwin campus. The collection will begin an oral and visual history archive housed at the college.
  • John Ong, associate professor of mathematics, “Structured Treatment Interruption in HIV Dynamics.” $5,500. To study how to optimize the timing and duration of medication “holidays,” which are often used to lessen toxic drug reactions and resistance.