Research Programs and Policies Committee awards seed grants

The Research Programs and Policies Committee (RPPC) has selected five faculty members to receive grant money from the Faculty Senate Seed Money Fund (FSSMF). This money is intended to help further scholarly and creative research and to attract external funding and recognition to Temple.

This semester's recipients are Cheryl Dileo, professor of music therapy; Roselyn Hsueh, assistant professor of political science; Maria Spassova, assistant professor of biology; Dennis Terry, associate professor of earth and environmental science; and Maurice Wright, professor of music composition and chair of the composition department. The awardees were unanimously selected by RPPC from among 21 faculty members who submitted proposals to the committee.

“Temple has a wealth of talented, innovative faculty in its schools and colleges,” said RPPC chair Marina Angel. “We had to make hard choices, because our funding is limited.”

The FSSMF has a total of $75,000 to distribute over the course of the academic year and grants normally range from $3,000 to $5,000. Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico has increased its funding this year by 50 percent.

The RPPC uses the FSSMF to make grants to full-time faculty twice a year — once in fall and once in spring. The spring 2010 notices and forms will soon be posted for faculty interested in applying.

Research Programs and Policies Committee Seed Grant Winners

Name Title of Project Department School Amount Awarded
Cheryl Dileo Singing for Tomorrow: The Use of Songwriting as an Expressive Medium for Hospitalized Children with Spinal Cord Injury Music Therapy Boyer College of Music and Dance $10,000
Roselyn Hsueh Capital Liberalization and Development: Lessons from China, India, and Russia Political Science Liberal Arts $7,000
Maria Spassova Type 1 Receptor in Mechanotransduction of Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells Biology CST $10,000
Dennis Terry Rare Earth Elements in Fossil Vertebrates as a Potential Archive Earth and Environmental Science CST $2,000
Maurice Wright A Potter's Diary Music Composition Boyer College of Music and Dance $5,000