Welcome to the February 2023 issue of the CLAS Research Resource Newsletter! 

This is a great time to work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where our gifted artists, scholars, scientists, and writers are taking their work to new heights. You can read all about our impressive growth and exciting recent success in the first article below. Then, be sure to read on to learn more about CLAS researchers, meet new Grant Support Office personnel hired to serve you better, review upcoming grant deadlines, and sample some of the fascinating work being carried out by our faculty, staff, and students.

Enjoy exploring and, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can help.  

Joshua Weiner 
Associate Dean for Research 
Professor of Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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CLAS research, scholarship, and creative activity builds on strength

Research in CLAS is stronger than ever. Our college is a powerhouse for scholarship, discovery, and creativity. Learn more about our recent growth and success.

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Upcoming grant and fellowship deadlines

Check out this extensive list of grant opportunities available internally and externally. Deadlines are approaching quickly for several listings.

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GSO welcomes new staff

There are three new faces in the grant support office. Please help welcome the latest additions to the team!


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History professors receive $400,000 grant

A project by Colin Gordon and Ashley Howard will research housing and land use segregation in Iowa. Their proposal was one of 26 projects nationwide to receive a highly competitive humanities grant from the Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities.

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Biology professor receives $1.3M grant

Steven Green, a professor in the Department of Biology, and Ning Hu, a research scientist, were awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Defence to prevent noise-induced neurodegeneration. They will develop new compounds to protect against noise damage without affecting the ability to hear clearly.

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Eight CLAS faculty receive Arts and Humanities Initiatives awards from OVPR

The initiative supports scholars in the humanities or creative, visual, and performing arts through standard grants, major conference grants, and major project grants, awarding up to $30,000 for a one-year period.

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HHP assistant professor finds weightlifting can extend lifespans

Research by Jessica Gorzelitz, published last fall in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found aerobic exercise and weightlifting could lead to a longer life. Her work has drawn national and international headlines, including The Today Show, CNN, and more.  


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Meet CLAS Artists and Researchers

CLAS faculty are doing amazing work. Learn more about the research and creative projects of Christopher Harris, F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts; Julianna Pacheco, associate professor in the Department of Political Science; and Elizabeth Yale, associate professor in the Department of History.

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Community-engaged research project helping bilingual children with language development

Undergraduate students studying communication sciences and disorders are helping local preschoolers in immigrant communities develop language skills to avoid misdiagnosis of speech and language impairments.




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Recent grant awards

Please help congratulate our faculty, staff, and students on their recent research grant awards. 

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