Norwich faculty secures historic list of research grants

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Five major grants go to women in STEM and liberal arts fields

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University announced that three professors have won Pilot Awards and two have won Project Awards from the Vermont Biomedical Research Network (VBRN) to support research for 2022-2023.

All prizes were awarded to women in several disciplines:

·Dr. Natalie Cartwright (mathematics): Youth Firearm Injuries: Prediction Using Machine Learning on Imbalanced Data, VBRN Pilot Award ($25,000)

·Dr. Sarah Gallant (chemistry): Development of a spectrophotometric method for the detection of uranium (VI) in drinking water, VBRN Pilot Prize ($25,000)

·Dr. Connie Hassett-Walker (criminal justice): What is the impact of COVID-19 on the recovery of drug addicts? VBRN Project Award ($71,140)

·Dr. Rachele Pojednic (Exercise Science): The Perceived Biomarker Effect of Cannabidiol on Muscle Recovery in Active Adult Women, VBRN Pilot Price ($24,939)

·Dr Helene Sisti (Psychology): Interhemispheric Coupling in Learning a Visuomotor Bimanual Coordination Task, VBRN Project Award ($75,000)

The two Project Awards (Drs Hassett-Walker and Sisti) are renewable for an additional year.

Since autumn 2021, Norwich has received $112,500 in funding for supplies and equipment: $50,000 in start-up funds for five new hires; $50,000 to purchase equipment; $20,000 in discretionary funds for supplies and equipment; $15,000 to support undergraduate researchers; and $7,500 to use basic UVM services.

Start-up funds:

In fall 2021, two new recruits each received $10,000 in seed money:

·Dr. Sarah Gallant, a new recruit from the chemistry department, was awarded $10,000 which was supplemented by approximately $13,000 from the Office of University Research to purchase a Shimadzu UV-2600i UV-Vis spectrophotometer to develop a spectrophotometric method for detecting uranium in drinking water.

·Dr. Emma Ste. Married, another new recruit from the chemistry department, received $10,000 for supplies and equipment for synthesizing unusual amino acids and incorporating them into peptides to make custom vitamins.

In the fall of 2022, three new recruits received $10,000 in seed money:

·Dr Kylie Blodgetta new recruit from the Department of Health and Human Performance, received $10,000 for supplies and training to examine the relationships between resilience and mental health, physical health and academic success in students at the Norwich University for the new Resilient Bodies Research Project

·Dr. Jeffrey Kirkland, a new recruit in the chemistry department, received $10,000 which was supplemented by approximately $5,000 from the Office of University Research to purchase a 2-stage impactor with PM10, PM2.5. It is a specialized field sampling instrument designed for particle research.

·Dr. Morgan Moegleina new recruit from the biology department, received $10,000 for supplies and equipment study the relationships between the number of chromosomes, the size of the genome and the processes of the organism, from the cellular to the physiological, in plants.

Equipment fund, $50,000: In fall 2021, VBRN allocated $50,000 to Norwich University to purchase large equipment for research. These funds were available due to money that could not be used during the pandemic.

·The Department of Health and Human Performance was able to purchase a metabolic cart and a bicycle ergometer for approximately $30,000. The ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart enables direct exercise calorimetry (i.e. assessment of gas exchange and energy expenditure) to assess anaerobic thresholds, maximal oxygen uptake, body-specific energy expenditure nutrients and more. The Lode Corival CPET cycle ergometer can be controlled remotely via the ParvoMedic Metabolic Trolley to research exercise physiology involving metabolic testing.

·The Department of Psychology had about $10,000 to update two of the research labs with an eye tracker and electroencephalogram signal processor and data acquisition system.

·The biology and chemistry departments used $10,000 to purchase a real-time DNA and RNA sequencing device.

The $20,000 in discretionary funds was used to bring in an outside speaker, purchase databases to use for a machine learning project, and purchase additional small equipment for the Health and Human Performance and Psychology departments.

Norwich University has been involved with VBRN as a Baccalaureate Partner Institution (BPI) since 2001.

“The nearly $10 million in funding that Norwich researchers have received from VBRN over the past decade has been instrumental in kick-starting many faculty and student research projects with the equipment and necessary supplies and contributed to the improvement of the laboratories. Being a partner institution of the Bachelor in the Network has not only enabled Norwich’s research portfolio to grow and strengthen in areas of biomedical research, but has also provided opportunities to make significant and lasting contributions to the field. . Vice-Rector for Research and Director of Research, Dr. Tara Kulkarni said.

Dr. Darlene Olsen, VBRN Research Coordinator at Norwich University and Professor of Mathematics Dana, said: “Over the past year we have seen an increase in funding given to Norwich University by VBRN, both for funding individual projects, but also for financing the supplies and equipment needed for research. This has undoubtedly helped us to attract and retain high quality faculty on campus. This has a direct impact on our students, as students have the opportunity to witness and participate in top-notch research while attending a small institution.

Over the past decade, Norwich University has invested more in faculty and undergraduate research on endowment income and reinvested grant overhead to over $800,000, to supplement over $20 million dollars of acquired research and institutional grants managed by the Office of Academic Research.

More than 250 students have conducted research since the Office of Academic Research was established in 2007. The program supports and encourages students to pursue original research, scholarship, and creative projects with faculty and provides a funding to enable the exchange of information and the presentation of work at professional meetings and within the Norwich University Community.

“My recent trip to Norwich highlighted how important this institution is to the success of the VBRN Network and how its research community continues to thrive,” said VBRN Director Christopher Francklyn. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to support Norwich faculty, whose research interests range from basic chemistry to various facets of human perception and behavior. It’s a wonderful partnership, and it will only continue to grow.

The Vermont Biomedical Research Network, formerly the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), is in its fifth round of funding with a five-year, $19.4 million grant from the IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence program from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to National Institutes of Health.

The network, focused on broader human health and behavior, aims to create a culture to promote biomedical research infrastructure in Vermont. The goal is to build and sustain a statewide research culture by facilitating the research capacity of faculty members and the training of undergraduate students at its partner baccalaureate institutions Castleton University, Middlebury College, Northern Vermont University (Lydon and Johnson campuses), Norwich University and Collège Saint-Michel.

The network also works with students in college lab classrooms throughout Vermont to bring cutting-edge research resources into their education, including at Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, and Champlain College. At the lead institution, the University of Vermont, the network has developed state-of-the-art facilities for proteomics, bioinformatics, and a professional development and education hub to provide Vermont researchers with the resources to conduct research in world class and be competitive. for federal funding.

Norwich University is a diverse academic institution that trains students and adults of traditional age in a cadet corps and as civilians. Norwich offers a wide selection of traditional and distance learning programs leading to bachelor’s and postgraduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the United States Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of six senior military colleges in our country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University 08/26/2022 Northfield, Vermont

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