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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

CAR awards two summer fellowship grants, sets fall deadline

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Outreach & Engagement
The Center for Applied Research, a program in Extended Services at the University of Southern Indiana, awarded fellowship grants to faculty in the College of Nursing and Health Professions and a faculty member in the Pott College of Science and Engineering. Applications for the summer 2011 Faculty Outreach and Engagement Fellowship are available online at The deadline to apply is Friday, November 5.

The 2010 summer fellowship grants Dr. Katie Ehlman, USI assistant professor of gerontology and director of the USI Center for Healthy Aging, and Dr. Edith Hardcastle, USI associate professor of biology, have been awarded Faculty Outreach and Engagement Fellowships from the USI Center for Applied Research (CAR). Each has received a $4,000 stipend to complete collaborative research with a regional partner. The fellowship is designed to fund faculty-applied research that cannot be funded by the organization and provides a significant benefit to the region.

Six area nursing homes are participating in a study implemented by Ehlman, Renee Dugger, instructor in nursing, and Sherri Mathis, assistant professor of occupational therapy assisting, who have developed a three-part program called the "Bladder Buzz." The goals of the study are to increase nursing home staff knowledge pertaining to urinary incontinence and increase the number of residents on incontinence management or treatment plans.

"It is important to work with nursing home staff members to emphasize that urinary incontinence is not a normal part of aging. Additionally, we must give residents a voice in how they can reduce episodes of urinary incontinence and improve quality of life," said Ehlman.

Hardcastle's research is on the potential formation of a nature preserve on sections of land deeded to USI by Southern Indiana Higher Education, Inc. (SIHE). Research includes an assessment of the land for research, teaching, and general natural value. The land is categorized as a forested wetland, with areas that can be considered flood plain wetlands. USI students Rebecca Reynolds and Daniel Shigley, who are in the Pott College of Science and Engineering's STEM Early Undergraduate Research Program, are participating in the project.

Hardcastle said,"The value of wetlands is so important. We had such a large amount of land given to us in good condition we have very little restoration to do. It is ideal to turn the land into a preserve since the ecosystem has not been damaged."

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