Principal Investigator: Martha Belury, Department of Human Sciences
Co-Investigator: Rebecca Andridge
Project Dates: 08/01/2017 – 08/31/2018
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $100,395
Project Sponsor: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Beef intake and muscle strength, cardiometabolic health and fatigue in women with breast cancer
This is a sub-study analysis of a parent study funded by the NIH (R01CA186720, J. Kiecolt-Glaser, PI). We have designed a cross-sectional analysis of how dietary beef intake is associated with muscle mass, body composition, muscle strength, cardiometabolic health markers, fatigue and sleep quality women (N=180) with breast cancer. In addition to evaluating beef intake, we will evaluate the intake of components of the diet associated with beef (protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B-12, CLA and other ruminant-derived fatty acids) in the context of dietary patterns as predictors of higher lean mass and strength, cardiometabolic health and fatigue/sleep quality and mood. We will explore variables known to affect muscle health, cardiometabolic health and fatigue including: age, central obesity, insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), markers of inflammation, exercise habits, cardiorespiratory fitness, physical and mental health history as is available from the parent study.
Principal Investigator: Jaclyn Dynia, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Co-Investigator: Mihaiela Gugiu
Project Dates: 07/01/2016 – 06/30/2017
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $280,802
Project Sponsor: Summit County Educational Service Center
Sit together and read-Ohio: STAR-Ohio project 2
Sit Together And Read (STAR) is a proven literacy intervention delivered to children in early childhood special education (ESCE) classrooms to reduce their risk for future reading disabilities. Preschoolers with disabilities whose teachers implement the program for the academic year show improved early-literacy skills and reduced reading deficits over time. During our first grant year, which involves 78 ESCE teachers and 1,595 preschoolers in nine educational service centers (ESCs), we will develop a comprehensive STAR-Ohio website portal that provides all materials required to implement the program, including professional development videos for teachers and a free e-copy of the program, titled Engaging Children with Print: Building Early Literacy Skills through Quality Read-Alouds (Justice & Sofka, 2010), provided by Guilford Press. We will market use of this portal statewide to ECSE teachers, following the grant year, to promote use across the entire state, thus expecting 1,000s of preschoolers with disabilities in Ohio to be impacted in each of years 1-5. As these children progress through the primary grades, they will exhibit a decreased need for remediation of reading problems.
Principal Investigator: David Julian, Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE)
Co-Investigator: Robert Mahlman
Project Dates: 03/22/2017 – 09/30/2017
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $24,608
Project Sponsor: Makah Tribe
Circles of Care planning and evaluation services
The Results Management Team at CETE will assist with evaluation instrument development, identifying implementation strategies, data analysis, and report writing for all evaluation products. Evaluation activities will be accomplished through regular, virtual contact between the project evaluator and project staff.
Principal Investigator: Laura Justice, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC)
Co-Investigator: Sherine Tambyraja
Project Dates: 03/01/2017 – 06/30/2017
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $60,000
Project Sponsor: Health Resources & Services Administration
Mahoning County Education Service Center
Principal Investigator: Alison Koenka, Department of Educational Studies
Project Dates: 05/22/2017 – 05/21/2018
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $2,000
Project Sponsor: American Psychological Association
APA outstanding dissertation award
Principal Investigator: Helen Malone, Educational Studies
Project Dates: 05/15/2017 – 05/14/2018
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $5,000
Project Sponsor: Autism Speaks
Using video prompting to teach vocational skills
The services that will be provided are twofold. First and foremost, students with ASD will be receiving systematic job coaching via video prompting in both their classrooms and place of employment. This job coaching will teach the students a wide range of new vocational skills so that they can maintain their current employment or maintain new employment if desired. Additionally, pre-service practitioners who will be working with students with ASD in the future (i.e., undergraduate and master’s students in the special education program, members of Autism Speaks U at OSU) will be trained in how to effectively plan and implement a video prompting procedure. With this training, these pre-service practitioners will be able to generalize their skills to new students and job tasks without additional training.
Principal Investigator: William Kraemer, Department of Human Sciences
Co-Investigator: Ali Rezai
Project Dates: 09/16/2016 – 09/18/2018
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $335,780
Project Sponsor: University of Cincinnati
COE for human performance and health science sweat biosensing
This project will be labor intensive with human testing and bench top laboratory biochemical analyses. The project will be lead the by the PI and CoPI with support from the GRA. The investigators along with the support of a GRA will be responsible for institutional IRB approval of the project, subject recruiting, scheduling logistics, laboratory preparations and set up, laboratory testing, sample acquisition and storage, physiological measurements, data base management, and work with statistical consultants on the project. The work done in the Department of Human Sciences laboratory will involve human testing and the quantitative determination of the appropriate analytes in sweat and blood. In addition, physiological data associated with the testing will be obtained for context and use in any statistical modeling. Thus, heart rate, metabolic gas analyses, and perceptual and cognitive measures will also be determined. This will consist of utilizing different progressive exercise and work testing protocols in humans (men and women) using progressive exercise testing models (e.g., treadmill, cycling or box lifting) to determine the physiological threshold for changes in the analytes from resting homeostatic levels progressively to maximal exertional responses of the various biochemical parameters to be measured (e.g., vasopressin, urea, cortisol, CK) in order to examine the efficacy of the sensor technology to encompass the minimum to maximum levels of human response patterns. Additionally, the recovery responses will be tracked after the exercise stressor in order to determine recovery curves of the different parameters measured. Testing will be done in both cool and hot environmental conditions using an environmental chamber in the laboratory. This will allow even more information as to the rapidity of recovery responses for the parameters to better understand the recovery processes.
Principal Investigator: Patricia Scharer, Department of Teaching and Learning
Project Dates: 04/01/2017 – 03/31/2018
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $57,530
Project Sponsor: American Institutes for Research
A multisite randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Descubriendo la Lectura (DLL)
This study seeks to better understand the impact of a Spanish language early intervention program, known as Descubriendo la Lectura (DLL), on literacy achievement for struggling Spanish-speaking English learners (ELs) in Grade 1. The study is funded by an Institutes for Educational Sciences (IES) Education Research Grant (84.305A). Previous studies have found promising results for DLL, and for its English language version (Reading Recovery). However, the previous studies were limited in scope. This study will investigate the efficacy of the DLL approach across a broader set of school sites than prior research, help document how differences across students, teachers, and sites explain variability in the observed effects, and examine the successes and challenges in replicating and reproducing the program’s processes and impacts across the diverse sample of teachers and sites.
Principal Investigator: Jeff Volek, Department of Human Sciences
Co-Investigators: Rebecca Andridge; Michael Knopp; Maryam Lustberg
Project Dates: 04/26/2017 – 04/25/2020
Anticipated Total Award Amount: $321,396
Project Sponsor: Hecht (Lotte & John) Memorial Foundation
Ketogenic diet and chemotherapy to affect response to breast cancer treatment (The KETO-CARE Study)
Many individuals have adopted a low-carbohydrate diet for health reasons, yet there is scarce professional support available to provide guidance and support. Ketogenic diets are a subset of low-carbohydrate diets that are increasingly being shown to have a variety of positive effects on health and management of disease states like epilepsy, obesity, and type-2 diabetes. We have scientific expertise and practical knowledge of ketogenic diets combined with a high level of motivation to empower people with the tools to make the behavior changes required to successfully adopt this lifestyle. We will support women with a recent diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer who voluntarily choose to be in the intervention group and provide them with a personalized eating plan designed to have maximal therapeutic impact and positively impact their lives. To that end, this project is unique in that it is highly patient-centered while also designed to make a substantial scientific and practical impact on medical management of breast cancer. Support from the Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation will enable us to show feasibility of the ketogenic diet in women who are undergoing chemotherapy, as well as its impact on tumor progression, metabolic health markers, and quality of life measures. If our hypotheses are correct, this project represents more than an incremental advancement of knowledge; it would provide a giant leap forward in improving the lives of women with breast cancer.