Research Funding

The list below shows how research is funded in the Biology Department at Andrews University.
 

2011

  • Gordon Atkins, AU Faculty Grant--$6500 "Testing a model for recognition in the auditory system of the cricket."
  • Gordon Atkins, Geoscience Research Institute--$1984 "Longitudinal geographic variation in the male’s calling song of two sympatric field crickets." 
  • Marlene Murray-Nsuela, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant (Co-PI; $9,000) "Genomic Stilbenes as Molecular Probes for Nucleic Acids"
  • Marlene Murray-Nsuela, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant (PI; $3,000) "The Effect(s) of Decosahexaenoic Acid on Intracellular Inositol Levels in the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"
  • Robert Zdor, $2,500 to study "Testing survival of weed deleterious rhizobacteria in granular formulations (renewal)"

 

2010

  • Gordon Atkins, AU Faculty Grant--$6000 "Evaluating behavioral and neuronal plasticity in the female cricket."
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant–$3,085 to study oxygen and carbon isotopes from micro-samples taken along the incisors of thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus).
  • James Hayward, National Science Foundation, $305,000 with Shandelle Henson, Joseph Galusha (Walla Walla College), and Jim Cushing (University of Arizona), (2010-2013)
  • James Hayward, National Science Foundation-sub-award through Montana State University (prime recipient), $19,400 (2010-2012)
  • James Hayward, Andrews University Research Grant
  • Marlene Murray-Nsuela, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant (Co-PI; $6,500) "Analysis of Psychoneuroendocrine Responses to Perceived Difference"
  • Robert Zdor, $1,600 to study "Testing survival of weed deleterious rhizobacteria in granular formulations"

 

2009

  • Gordon Atkins, AU Faculty Grant--$6000 "Evaluating the behavioral significance of environmental features that influence the variability in the calling song of the male cricket."  
  • James Hayward, Andrews University Research Grant
  • Robert Zdor, $1,450 to study "Enhancing phytotoxic effects of weed deleterious rhizobacteria on velvetleaf leaves with surface-active natural products"

 

2008

  • Gordon Atkins, AU Faculty Grant--$6000 "Evaluation and modeling of the variability of the calling song of the male cricket."        
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant–$3,760 to study the fossil record of ground squirrels from the Great Plains.
  • James Hayward, Andrews University Research Grant
  • Marlene Murray-Nsuela, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant (PI; $4,500) "The effect(s) of omega-3 fatty acids on growth and inositol metabolism in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (2008-2010)
  • Robert Zdor, $1,500 to study "Possible synergy between weed deleterious rhizobacteria in suppressing weed growth"
  • Robert Zdor, $4,600 to study "Exploring bacterial metabolites with auxin activity in weed biological control by rhizobacteria" (2008-present)

 

2007

  • Gordon Atkins, Geoscience Research Institute--$2000 "Plasticity and geographic variation in the male’s calling song of two sympatric field crickets." 
  • Gordon Atkins, AU Faculty Grant--$6000 "Evaluation of the plasticity of the male cricket’s calling song and the response of females."            
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant–$3,387 to study the relationships between overwinter body temperatures and incisor growth structures in thirteen-lined ground squirrels (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus).
  • James Hayward, Andrews University Research Grant
  • David Mbungu, National Science Foundation, $490,600 to study "Testing a Model for Attracting Students into STEM: Behavioral Neuroscience at Andrews University" (2007-2009)
  • Robert Zdor, $2,075 to study "Exploring cyanide resistance mechanisms in the weed deleterious rhizobacterium Pseudomonas putida ATH2-1RI/7"

 

2006

  • Gordon Atkins, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$6000 "Testing the effect of picrotoxin on the selectivity to syllable period by the L3 auditory neuron"
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant–$3,500 to create visual database for analysis of dental morphology of ground squirrels."
  • James Hayward, Andrews University Research Grant
  • Andrews University and Walla Walla College in collaboration with the University of Arizona were awarded $300,000 over three years from the National Science Foundation to fund a study involving the prediction of animal behavior, specifically that of Glaucous-winged Gulls, on Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge in Washington State. This project is led by two professors from Andrews University, James Hayward (Professor of Biology), and Shandelle Henson (Professor of Mathematics), along with Joe Galusha of Walla Walla College and Jim Cushing from the University of Arizona.
  • Robert Zdor, $2,150 to study "The effect of auxin-producing rhizobacteria on velvetleaf plant growth"

2005

  • Robert Zdor, $1,950 to study "The role of reactive oxygen species in plant-weed deleterious rhizobacterial interactions"

2004

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$4500 to study taphonomy of small-animal fossils in the Eocene Bridger Formation (includes $1500 to support a graduate student in research).
  • David Mbungu, National Science Foundation, $54,112 to study "Uncovering Antecedents of STEM Success at Andrews University" (2004-2009)
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $4,275 to study Immunocapture of HCN synthase DNA from field rhizosphere soil.

2003

  • John Stout and a team of co-investigators from Biology (Gordon Atkins), Mathematics (Shandelle Henson), and Behavioral Sciences (Duane McBride), $490,000 to implement a new interdisciplinary program in behavioral neurosciences and includes funding for new courses, labs, research opportunities and an additional behavioral neuroscientist (Karl Bailey).
  • Jim Hayward (Biology) and Shandelle Henson (Mathematics), National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences, $304,000 for a study that develops and tests mathematical models for the prediction of habitat occupancies by marine birds and mammals. (2003-2006)
  • Dennis Woodland, Edward Lowe Foundation, $35,000 to coordinate a four member team in a plant biodiversity survey of an important habitat region in Cass County, Michigan.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2,375 to study improving survival of weed deleterious rhizobacteria in granular formulations.
  • Rob Zdor, United States Department of Agriculture CSREES program area 51.8, $65,661 to study the Molecular Basis for Rhizosphere Hydrogen Cyanide Production by Weed Deleterious Rhizobacteria.

2002

  • Marlene Murray-Nsuela, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant (PI; $3,500) "Characterization of INM2 gene regulation in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae" (2002-2006)
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $3,150 to study the Development of FISH probes for weed cyanogenic delterious rhizobacteria. David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $3,500 to study Somatic Embryogenesis in Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti).

2001

  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $3,250 to study the molecular basis of cyanide production in deleterious rhizobacteria.

2000

  • Tom Goodwin, Geoscience Research Institute--$1500 to help complete a theoretical study of the frequency of ancestors in the fossil record.
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$4500 to study dental microwear as an indicator of habitat change in the Porcupine Cave fossil sequence (includes $1500 to support an undergraduate researcher).
  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $4,400 to study Thidiazuron induced somatic embryogenesis in zygotic embryo explants of Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) (includes $1500 to support an undergraduate researcher).
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2,250 to study a comparsion between culture and direct cell count methods in the enumeration of two deleterious rhizobacteria in the rhizospheres of corn and velvetleaf.

1999

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$3,000 to continue study small mammal response to climate change at high elevations in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $3,000 to study immunological detection of deleterious rhizobacteria on velvetleaf roots.

1998

  • Gordon Atkins and John Stout, National Science Foundation, $300,000 for Integrative Biology and Neuroscience.
  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$2,400 to study taphonomy of a mass mortality deposit of turtles in the Bridger Formation.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $1,700 to study the effect of bacterial physiological state and formulation on survival in soil and the ability to reduce velvetleaf growth.

1997

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$2,500 to study fossil ground squirrels from a high-elevation cave site in Colorado.
  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant - $3000 to study Somatic Embryogenesis in Abutilon theophrasti: optimized protocols for induction and maintenance of embryo populations.
  • John Stout, MacGregor Foundation, $75,000 for Undergraduate Research.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2,355 to study the use of green fluorescent protein to tag cyanogenic bacteria.

1996

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$3,000 to study microvertebrates from a widespread turtle-bearing unit of the Bridger Formation.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $1,600 to study the survival in soil of a cyanogenic bacterial strain engineered to utilize salicylate.

1995

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$3,000 to study selected Pliocene and Pleistocene ground squirrels.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $1,000 to study Velvetleaf root colonization & rhizosphere HCN production by two Rhizobacterial isolates.

1994

  • Tom Goodwin, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant--$3,000 to study morphological variation in modern ground squirrels.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $1,800 to study the development of a velvetleaf cell suspension culture system for detecting plant deleterious bacteria.

1993

  • John Stout, Wuchenich Foundation, $30,000 for Innovations in Undergraduate Biology Education.
  • John Stout and Gordon Atkins, National Science Foundation, $245,000 for Sensory Neuroscience.
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2,100 to study DNA analysis of bacteria from plant roots: understanding intraspecies variation.

1992

  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, - $2000.00 to study Somatic Embryogenesis in horticulturally important varieties of Pelargonium sp. (Geranium).
  • Rob Zdor, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2,800 to study The isolation and characterization of rhizobacteria deleterious to velvetleaf.

1991

  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant, $2375.00 to study Comparison of the regenerative potential of protoplasts derived from subapical cortical tissues of a variety of Pisum sativum cultivars.

1990

  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant - $2650.00 awarded for Culture and characterization of cells regenerated from protoplasts isolated from the cortex of etiolated (Dark grown) sub-apical pea stem sections.

1989

  • Gordon Atkins and John Stout, National Science Foundation, $80,000 for Instrumentation for Laboratory Sciences.
  • Tom Goodwin, Panorama Society, University of Kansas Museum of Natural History--$300 to study fossil prairie dogs.
  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant - $2400.00 awarded to compare the morphological and physiological parameters of protoplasts derived from dark-grown and normal Pisum tissues.
  • John Stout, National Science Foundation, $200,000 for Cell Recognition and Response.

1988

  • Tom Goodwin, Panorama Society (see above)--$350 to study small mammal faunas from the Mojave Desert.

1987

  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant - $2188.00 to develop a protocol for isolation and propagation of protoplasts from Pisum sativum stem cortex.

1985

  • John Stout, National Science Foundation, $135,000 for Cell Recognition and Response.

1984

  • Tom Goodwin, Geoscience Research Institute, Loma Linda University--$800 to study fossil sciurid rodents from Kokoweef Cave in the Mojave Desert.
  • David Steen, Andrews University Faculty Research Grant - $2400.00 to study cell wall regeneration studies in protoplasts of Pisum: Microtubule localization using electron microscopy and indirect immunofluorescence.

1982

  • Bill Chobotar and Harry D. Danforth, $26,000 to study in vitro culture and immunology of Coccidia by use of monoclonal (Hybidoma) antibodies from Andrews University and the Animal Parasitology Insititute, Beltsville, MD.
  • John Stout, National Science Foundation, $52,431 for Cell Recognition and Response.

1973

  • John Stout, U.S. Airforce, $165,000 for Seagull Dispersal.

1973

  • John Stout, National Institutes of Health, $183,384 for Communication during Behavior.
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