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Fall-Winter 2010: Mentors

Aimed at Excellence

Each year, IUP makes Academic Excellence and Innovation Grants available to faculty members in a program coordinated by the Office of the Provost. The grants aim to encourage innovative approaches in three categories: projects with potential for patents; project that can lead to major external funding opportunities; and interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines or areas of study into a new approach or model program. Grant awards of as much as $10,000 are made on a competitive basis.

The 2010 faculty recipients:

  • Timothy Austin,Criminology: “Jungle Law in Mindanao: An Ethnographical Study on the Normalization of Theft”
  • Shundong Bi,Biology: “Mammalian Response to the Middle Miocene Global Warming in Central Asia”
  • Donald Buckwalter,Geography and Regional Planning: “Identification of Urban Subcenters by Cluster Analysis of Traffic Analysis Zones in Allegheny County”
  • Nick Conbere,Art: “Harnessing Technology to Change the Landscape of Traditional Drawing in the Arts”
  • John Ford,Chemistry: “Improving Technology for Cellodextrin Production”
  • Paul Nealen,Biology: “Where and How Do Auditory Neurons Learn?”

Mentor of Merit

Criminology professor Alida Merlo has been recognized with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Mentorship Award for her work in guiding and mentoring students. An IUP faculty member since 1995, she coordinates Criminology graduate programs at the IUP Pittsburgh East Graduate and Professional Center and has been the recipient of many other awards. She has also written five books, edited five books, published numerous book chapters, and written articles for a number of professional journals.

In Memoriam

In recent months, a number of long-time IUP faculty members and an administrator died.

More from the Fall-Winter 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine

Oceans in Deep

Oceans in Deep

In the wake of last spring’s oil-rig catastrophe, two IUP professors talk about what can be done to restore the oceans to health.

Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

Nafee Harris has won more national championships than any IUP athlete—ever. And, he won’t graduate until May.

Above the Caption

Stephenson Hall, Pratt Plaza, Heritage Garden, and a view from the sky


Highlights about IUP faculty members, past and present


Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, sports update, and the Coal Bowl Trophy

IUP Magazine Web Exclusives

Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

Pittsburgh’s Funny Guy

October 15, 2010
Jim Krenn ’83 talks about how he came to sit behind the microphone at WDVE.

Honoring, Remembering Our Own

Honoring, Remembering Our Own

August 21, 2010
IUP honors those lost in service to their country.

Professor Shari Robertson and her daughter Brianna Robertson ’09

Diphthongs and Dahntahn

June 30, 2010
What distinguishes our Western Pennsylvania dialect?