January 2014 Awards

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Ohio SNAP-ED Program
Project Dates: 10/01/2013 – 06/30/2015
Anticipated Total Amount: $4,698,063
Project Sponsor: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Project Abstract: OSU Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences’ SNAP-Ed Program, has developed a scope of programming that aligns with the mission of OSU Extension, engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming. The scope of programming focuses on issues that individuals and families experience while striving for “healthy people, healthy finances, and healthy relationships”. The development of our scope of programming included surveying an expert panel, conducting a literature review of secondary data and published research, and confirming the plan using an appreciative inquiry technique.

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Simple Suppers Scale-Up (S3): A pilot study to determine the effectiveness of participation in an innovative child care-based family nutrition education and cooking program in improving the diet quality and weight status of preschool aged children
Project Dates: 11/30/2013 – 12/01/14
Anticipated Amount: $46,950
Project Sponsor: Cardinal Health Foundation Project Abstract: For this study, we will test a weekly hands-on program that combines nutrition education with skill building in cooking/food preparation for children and their parents, delivered over 3m. Sessions will include nutrition education, cooking, family meal preparation, group meal, take-home educational materials, homework, and session evaluation. Our program will be delivered by trained staff during dinner at 5 Head Start child care sites in low income neighborhoods. Our rationale for this project is that its successful completion would provide the basis for guiding the design of a large-scale site randomized trial. At the conclusion of this project, it is our expectation that families participating in this interactive program will manifest improved food choices and eating behaviors that may ultimately improve diet quality and reduce the risk of obesity. This study can be expected to have a significant positive impact by providing a prototype for early establishment of healthy behaviors that leads to long-term benefits in promoting a lifestyle of health eating.

EHE College Center: Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE)
Project Title: Resource Assessment for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency
Project Dates: 12/30/2013 – 09/30/2014
Anticipated Amount: $44,613
Project Sponsor: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Project Abstract: A capacity analysis of the currently approved Vocational Rehabilitation Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) is desired by the sponsor. OOD will provide projections by county of the anticipated service needs for consumers served by the VR program. CETE will establish and implement methodology to compare projected service needs with available capacity of CRPs to deliver these needed services. CETE will summarize this data analysis in a written report that includes answers to the following questions: (1) Is there a need to establish or expand provision of these Vocational Rehabilitation services in the state of Ohio to OOD consumers? (2) In what counties does the need exist and what type of service(s) are needed? (3) For those counties identified with potential need to establish or expand vocational rehabilitation (VR) services, what is the most viable and cost effective investment to provide the service(s) in those counties? (4) Are there a sufficient number of existing facilities, currently being utilized in each county, adequate to provide VR service needs of OOD consumers? If not, how could improvement be made?

EHE College Department: Teaching & Learning
Project Title: Columbus Metropolitan Library Ready to Read
Project Dates: 09/01/2013 – 12/31/2014
Anticipated Amount: $25,000
Project Sponsor: Columbus Metropolitan Library
Project Abstract: The Weinland Park Collaborative (WPC) is engaged in the readiness stage for Family-Centered Community Change Initiative (FCCC) supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Subsequent to the Readiness Phase, the WPC will engage in a full launch of the FCCC. Within both the readiness and launch stages, child-, family-, and community-level data will be vital for guiding formative aspects of the FCCC work (e.g., identifying potential mechanisms for change in the community, differentiating effective from ineffective strategies), facilitating summative evaluations conducted internally and externally, and exploring additional questions that will benefit the Weinland Park community. This award will help with the establishment and maintenance of the WPC data hub, which will be housed within the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC) in a collaboration with the Schoenbaum Family Center (SFC) in the WPC. The CCEC is a college-level research center within the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Leadership of the WPC data hub will be shared by Dr. Laura Justice (Executive Director, CCEC), Dr. Jane Wiechel (Executive Director, SFC), and Dr. Jill Pentimonti (Director of the Data Management Core, CCEC).

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Team Nutrition Smarter Lunchrooms 2013-14
Project Dates: 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014
Anticipated Total Amount: $33,780
Project Sponsor: Ohio Department of Education

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Professional Development and Mentoring for Mid-Career Faculty in Sport Management
Project Dates: 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2014
Anticipated Total Amount: $2,512
Project Sponsor: North American Society for Sport Management
Project Abstract: The purpose of this project is to determine the merit and applicability of the mid-career faculty development model proposed by Baldwin and Chang (2006). Another purpose is to elicit recommendations from associate and full professors in sport management for the development of a mid-career faculty mentoring program. It is expected that based on the findings, administrators, particularly department chairs since they have more direct contact with faculty, will be able to meet with mid-career faculty members to discuss a plan that ensures their success. The plan may include the identification of future goals and resources that are necessary to help the faculty member be successful.

EHE College Department: Human Sciences
Project Title: Community Shelter Board / STAR House partnership
Project Dates: 12/01/2013 – 06/30/2014
Anticipated Total Amount: $12,000
Project Sponsor: Community Shelter Board

EHE College Department: Teaching and Learning
Project Title: Full-Scale Development: National Center for Blind Youth in Science
Project Dates: 09/01/2013 – 08/31/2016
Anticipated Total Amount: $192,314
Project Sponsor: National Federation of the Blind
Project Abstract: Empirical research has shown that inquiry-based curricula, often used in informal settings and during the proposed residential program, are beneficial for blind youth. However, this research was based upon existing inquiry-based curriculum. Research has not examined student driven inquiry, informal science settings, experiences of blind youth’s parents in STEM settings, or the ability of blind youth to conduct advanced investigations in STEM. In addition, no current published research exists to examine the self-efficacy of children with visual impairments regarding STEM. This project will be generating the first data to examine these many aspects of STEM education.