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Inside ■ Research & Training Funds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ■ Dr. Abdalla Darwish: Laser Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 ■ Dr. Betty Dennis: Minority Health Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 ■ $40M Research & Teaching Complex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 ■ Oil Spill Environmental Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 ■ Dr. Kevin Bastian: Teaching Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 ■ Dr. Robert Collins: Brookings Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Contacts: Dr. Marvalene Hughes, President Dr. Walter Strong, Executive Vice President

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs ( • Theodore Callier, Asstistant Vice President • Nichele Harper, Director of Title III Programs • Elsie Coleman, Post Award Administrator • Karen Bailey, Sponsored Research Associate/Pre-Awards • Gracious Bias, Administrative Assistant

Dr. Marvalene Hughes President

Dr. Walter Strong Executive Vice President

Over the past few years, Dillard’s faculty, staff, and administrators have continuously expanded their efforts in pursuing external funding for research, training, and outreach activities. The percentage of faculty submitting proposals and applications to federal and other governmental agencies continues to increase. Meaningful and mentored research remains a central component of the student experience at Dillard. A significant number of Dillard’s alumni/alumnae pursue graduate and professional degrees upon completing their undergraduate education. The new $38,000,000 Professional Schools and Sciences Building opened on May 8, 2010. This 130,000-square-foot facility houses the College of Business and the Schools of STEM, Public Health and Nursing, in addition to state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. It is to be the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified facility for higher education in Louisiana. The level and importance of the research and other projects undertaken by faculty continue to strengthen teaching and learning across all disciplines. This interdisciplinary commitment is evidenced through the continued engagement of Dillard’s chemistry, biology, social science and environmental justice departments – both their faculty and students – in the research and restoration of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and its people following last year’s oil spill. This report chronicles and celebrates the aforementioned efforts of Dillard researchers in 2010, as well as all of their efforts.

Dillard University has a long and rich tradition of research and service. A number of Dillard researchers and alums over the years have made indelible marks in science, humanities, and service. Dillard faculty, staff and students have proven to be no different in recent years.The University made a strategic investment to restore and expand the research infrastructure, along with its faculty five years ago, after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaches devastated New Orleans and the Dillard campus.The return on this investment has resulted in $72,000,000 in governmentfunded research, training, outreach and other initiatives since 2005. This includes new NIH-funded Centers and Department of Defense-sponsored specialized research. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs continues to provide quality leadership in assisting faculty and staff secure and manage federal and other governmentsponsored awards and sub-awards. The following report highlights this activity, as well as the faculty and staff that continue to pursue innovative research and the external support their efforts and the University.


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Growth In External Funding Continues The SRI was conducted by ORSP through a Title IIIFunding for research and sponsored programs exceeded funded mini-grant initiative. The SRI initiative has since $15 Million. Awards through June been incorporated fully within Dillard’s Quality 30, 2010 totaled $15,201,470 for Enhancement Plan: Faculty Learning Communities on faculty and staff initiated grants and Grants and Publications Initiative with faculty from every discipline. contracts. Travel Grants For Emerging Researchers This is an indication of growing Theodore B. Callier commitment of Dillard Faculty and (TGER) – Small travel awards were provided to facAsst. Vice President Staff relative to extramural research ulty members to visit and meet with program officers Research and and other agency representatives for more inand funding. Sponsored Programs While awards continue for depth understanding about research and other training and outreach initiatives, the number and value opportunities from foundations and other agencies. A of research proposals have continued to increase over number of ORSP-coordinated visits were conducted, the past few years. As a result, faculty members are be- including the Dillard-NSF day, where select faculty memcoming more persistent and successful in securing bers visited with specific program officers relative to significant funding awards from federal and state agen- their research and programmatic interests. Travel c i e s . O ve r t h e c o u r s e o f t h e 2 0 0 9 - 1 0 awards were also provided for visits to the Dept. of academic-year 82 proposals were submitted requesting Defense, and other institutions. A number of new research collaborations have resulted between Dillard and nearly $35,000,000 from government sources alone. A number of initiatives designed to encourage faculty other universities, including Morgan State, Tulane, and pursuit of external resources were launched by the Louisiana State Universities in material sciences, health sciences, and other areas. ORSP, which included: Summer Research Institute (SRI) – A number of faculty from FUNDING BY PURPOSE 4 disciplines were invited to engage FY 09-10 in a six-week initiative over the Training 12% course of the 2009 summer. Faculty Scholarships Infrastructure <1 % members without extensive grant 26% portfolios (as PI) were targeted for the initiative. During the six weeks, Pre-Collegiate 13% faculty members engaged in areaspecific workshops conducted by ORSP staff and external consultants. Research The SRI design was to provide po49% tential investigators more directed assistance, which could eventually lead to the submission of manuscripts and applications for funding.

With Laser Beam Intensity. . . AirForce ForceFunding FundingHelps Help Propel Air Propel PLD PLD– –Thin Thin Film Physics Program Program FilmResearch, Research,And AndDU DU Physics With laser-beam intensity, Dr. Abdalla Darwish has been working to establish a premier research facility and physics program with laser research including exploration Dr. Abdalla Darwish of thin film and laser ablation as central foci. Over the past few years, Dr. Darwish has amassed a number of highly specialized laser systems, including Pulse Laser Deposition (PLD)). Dr. Darwish and physics students with AFOSR-sponsored PLD The majority of Dr. Darwish’s support has Laser system. come from the Department of Defense-Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). From various awards, Dr. Darwish has been awarded but will also provide a stronger niche and demand over $1M for equipment, laser research, and for Physics and STEM at Dillard.” Dr. Darwish’s recent efforts have involved exmentoring programs. As a result, Dillard’s Physics program has consistently ranked amongst the top panded PLD research, laser ablation, laser design and physics programs. According to Darwish, who heads fabrication, integrated optics & wave guide fabricaDillard’s Physics Department and also Chairs the tion, and semiconductor thin film transistors. By School of Science Technology Engineering, and teaming with researchers from Tulane University and Southern University-New Orleans, Darwish’s most recent project, “Investigation of Thin Film of Hard Materials Fabricated through Pulse Laser “The further expansion within laser Deposition Technique” provides additional inresearch will not only lead to greater terdisciplinary research experiences for STEM discovery but will also provide a undergraduate and graduate students over an stronger niche and increased demand 18-month period. for Physics and STEM at Dillard.” In addition to funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Dr. Darwish has been Dr. Abdalla Darwish awarded several grants and sub-awards from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the National Science Foundation, and NASA/EPSCoR for mentoring, Mathematics (STEM), “Further expansion within teacher training, and curricular enhancement in laser-research will not only lead to greater discovery Physics and STEM.


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Minority Health Research: Initiatives Approach $9M In Funding University Receives First Louisiana’s First NIMHD Exploratory Center Anchored by a $6.5M grant from the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities of the NIH, Dr. Betty Dennis and the joint DillardLSUHSC Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHHDRC) has been awarded grants and contracts valued at Dr. Betty Dennis almost $9 million thus far for research and training. The MHHDRC is directed by Dr. Dennis in collaboration with Dr. John Estrada at Louisiana State University – Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. There is also significant collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmingham focusing on the lower 9th Ward. According to Dr. Dennis, who is also a tenured, full professor in Nursing, the funding is the result of a long-range goal. “We, along with our partners have been very aggressive over the past couple of years matching research and training interests between campuses and pursuing funding – and a lot of this effort has begun to bear fruit.” The $6.5M MHHDRC award was announced in June by NIMHD/NIH Director, Dr. John Ruffin during a press conference held at the new Dillard University Professional Schools Complex. The MHHDRC represents the first NIMHD-funded Exploratory Center of Excellence in Louisiana. Dillard’s faculty and researchers teamed with re-

Dr. John Ruffin – Director, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of NIH searchers and faculty from LSUHSC led by Dr. Estrada to receive funding for three research projects that focus on disparate health conditions. The teams of faculty and researchers involved in research on prostate cancer, HIV/AIDS, obesity and asthma have the capacity for making significant contributions to reducing and eliminating health disparities. Clinical Research Associates Certification: Dillard and LSUHSC also share a related $500,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The NCI funding allows Dillard to offer Clinical Research Associate (CRA) certification for Dillard nursing students and area healthcare professionals. The training and certification, initially offered to Dillard students, will eventually be offered to a variety of healthcare practitioners. The goal of the project is to provide in-depth training for work in clinical trial settings as certified research associates. Research shows that minority

citizens are vastly underrepresented in clinical trials and medical studies. By improving diversity among clinicians helping to administer medical studies and trials, minority representation among participants can likely be improved. And as a result, the depth of findings and their implications for minorities can be examined more closely.

There are only a handful of institutions offering this level of training across the nation. Dillard’s program will train 20 individuals each of the first two years through NCI funding. The CRA initiative is a part of recent $500,000 National Cancer Institute Stimulus Research Grant shared by LSUHSC and Dillard.

“We, along with our partners have been very aggressive over the past couple of years matching research and training interests between campuses and pursuing funding – and a lot of this effort has begun to bear fruit.” Dr. Betty Dennis




Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center

U.S. Dept. of Education*

Dillard University Opportunities in Nursing

Health Resources Services Administration

Gentilly Health Disparities Project

U.S. Office of Public Health

Health Disparities and Public Health Research Initiative

Orleans Recovery Foundation / Miss. Institute for Geographical Institute.

Complex Mortality Research Project

National Cancer Institute-LSUHSC Sub-award

Minority Clinical Opportunities Project

National Institutes of Health Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham Sub-award

Lower 9th Ward Health Assessment

Total Received

*-Funding began in FY 2009

AMOUNT 6,478,000 798,000 305,000 455,000


25,000 284,000 198,000 8,543,000

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New Research And Professional Schools Complex

Facility, equipped with new research labs and smart classrooms, opened summer, 2010.

$40M Research, Science, And Professional Schools Complex Opens with other university facilities will also be utilized for conferences and national and regional research meetings. The facility is certain to pay dividends beyond just square footage and is designed to allow for the expansion capabilities in both teaching and research with several thousand square feet of teaching and research laboratories. The addition of significant square footage helps maximize and better leverage existing research space on campus. The School of Business, with support from the Louisiana Board of Regents will also operate its Applied Business Laboratory Experience (ABLE) Project and Business Development Center. The ABLE project will be operated as an auxiliary enterprise and managed primarily by marketing and finance students. The facility will also house the University’s Public Policy Center, which includes the Ortique Mock In Summer 2010, Dillard’s newest instructional and Trial Center and Classroom, named for late Louisiana research facility was dedicated and formally opened. Supreme Cour t Justice and Dillard alumnus The 130,000 sq. ft. Professional Schools Complex con- Revius O. Ortique. tains state-of-the-art “Smart Classrooms” and is the Along with a new Community Health Clinic and first Gold LEED Certified college facility in Louisiana. Student Center Complex, the complex was The facility will house new research and teaching constructed as a part of the University’s $83M in conlabs for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, nursing struction projects to repair or recapture square and public health. The building will also house footage lost following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The classrooms and offices for those departments as well as construction was a central part of the university’s the School of Business. Equipped with large lecture $165M HBCU Capital Finance initiative through the rooms and a 500-seat auditorium, the building, along U.S. Department of Education.


New teaching labs.

500 seat auditorium located on second level of building will be used for lectures, events, and conferences. New Orleans, LA

Newly dedicated Justice Revius O. Ortique Mock Trial Center.

Dillard Researchers Respond To Gulf Oil Spill And South Louisiana Communities Dillard researchers continue work on projects and communities impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill. A number of Dillard scientists collaborated with other area institutions and community based organizations in the months following the nation’s worst oil spill to assess the immediate and long-term health and environmental impact for the region, as well as provide needed training and remediation expertise. Dillard’s Deep South Center for Environmental NASA photo (from cover) shows 75-mile wide oil slick headed toward Louisiana Coast. Justice’s (DSCEJ) technical trainers conducted environmentally safe remediation Dillard environmental bitraining immediately following the spill. In addition, ologist Dr. Amy Lesen, Asst. a number of recent DSCEJ graduates were among Professor of Biology, also the first employed to provide environmental ex- continues research regarding pertise and supervision for the clean-up and small communities that have remediation process. DSCEJ also continues work been impacted. She is curwith impacted communities along the gulf, including re n t l y e n g a g e d i n j o i n t Dr. Beverly Wright Native American,Vietnamese, and African-American research with a number of fishers that have been severely impacted by the spill. universities. Dr. Lesen also DSCEJ recently received notice of supplemental chaired a regional environf u n d i n g f ro m t h e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e s o f mental symposium, with Environmental Health Sciences for additional study funding and support from the and training for Native American and other largely National Science Foundation. minority communities directly impacted by the oil The symposium brought tospill. The Dillard Deep South Center is led by Dr. gether a number of universities, Dr. Amy Lesen Beverly Wright, a 2009 Heinz Award recipient an in- including Dillard, LSU, Tulane, ternationally recognized environmental justice University of California Santa scholar and advocate. Cruz, and others.

Dr. Lovell Agwaramgbo, Chemistry Chair, is leading a team of student environmental and social science researchers that are examining toxins in soil and water related to the spill. Dr. Agwaramgbo’s research focuses on the effects of the oil in Louisiana’s marshlands and examines the social impact on these communities. The

Dr. Agwaramgbo collects vegetation samples from the Louisiana marsh.

group is also studying the potential long-term environmental effects on inland communities’ soil, water, and vegetation. Additional Dillard researchers are also working with several other universities and organizations on projects related to the Gulf spill.

Dr. Agwaramgbo and his students saw the effect of the oil spill on the marshes.

Dr. Wright (standing right) met with U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathy Sebelius (center) at Dillard with gulf coast residents and community groups concerning challenges faced by oil spill workers, Louisiana fishers, and residents impacted by the disaster.


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Chemistry students analyze samples from the Gulf Coast following the Deep Water Horizon spill.

Eighth Grade Initiative Looks To Secure $1M For Work With NOLA Schools President Marvalene Hughes introduced the 8th Grade Initiative in 2006 as a means of recognizing promising students as early as 8th grade while providing the academic enrichment and support necessary to better ensure these stuDr. Kevin Bastian dents move on to college. The program which is led by Dr. Kevin Bastian was jumpstarted with a personal financial gift from President Hughes and a $100,000 Lumina Foundation Grant. Advanced by two recent grants from NASA, the Initiative now has awards totaling over $700,000 and has significantly expanded program offerings to additional cohorts. In addition to year-to-date awards, Dr. Bastian also has a number of pending applications, and if successful will allow the initiative to exceed $1M in total funding. NASA funding allows for in-depth training and preparation for students between grades 8-12 in STEM fields through intense year-round programming. According to Bastian,

Agency Lumina Founda on NASA NASA

there are currently 100 student participants. Each year the initiative brings on an additional cohort of eighth graders from two New Orleans school districts, the Recovery School District and New Orleans Public Schools. The program involves written commitment between the students, parents, and the University. And upon completion of all program requirements, students are eligible for a scholarship to attend Dillard.

“The design is to help keep these students prepared and excited about academics and ensure a seamless transition into college and college-level programs.” Dr. Kevin Bastian Participants from the first cohort of students will begin enrolling in college fall 2011. Bastian, who as the Dean of Support Services, also directs Dillard’s TRiO-Student Support Services Programs.

Amount $100,000 (FY 2009) $300,000 $300,000

Total Received To Date $700,000 Pending Applica ons/Requests


Collins Co-Authors Brookings Institute Report: Secures Funding From Regents For Planning And Survey Research

Dr. Robert Collins A collection of research and essays from scholars, including Professor of Urban Studies, Dr. Robert Collins was recently published by the Brookings Institute. Utilizing 20 key indicators, The New Orleans Index at Five – An Overview of Greater New Orleans: From Recovery to Transformation combines comprehensive trend analyses with seven scholar essays on key reforms and issues undertaken since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated New Orleans in 2005. Writings from scholars address dynamics associated with long-range planning and recovery. The publication also takes into account the two other major events that have direct impact on the New Orleans area. Since Hurricane Katrina, the great recession, and the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill have provided significant additional challenges to the recovery and planning processes. Dr. Collins’s essay entitled, No more Surprises: Land Use Planning in the City of New Orleans examines the challenges successes and failures in the planning and political processes over the past five years and

provides a candid discussion of growth, along with social and neighborhood challenges and inconsistencies that delayed immediate and long-range planning and redevelopment. Collins was one of seven scholars whose work was included in the Index. Dr. Collins, who is also the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences received grant funding from the Louisiana Board of Regents for a related New Orleans/Gulf Coast Research Project, designed to enhance student survey research and planning.


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FY 2010 Research & Sponsored Program Funding Summary

*-For FY 10, funding for the Center for Health Disparities Research (CHDR) is recognized within the School of Nursing funding. Beginning FY 11, CHDR funding will be recorded as separate Center/Institute.

As Seen In... U.S.News & World Report’s Best Colleges Issue, September 2009

Higher Education With a Personal Touch The Avenue of Opportunity Runs Through Dillard University In historic New Orleans, Louisiana, you will discover Dillard University, a campus unlike any other. It is a beautiful, friendly and inviting campus with spacious green lawns and white buildings with distinctive Jeffersonian columns. It is a growing, life-changing university that focuses on teaching and scholarly research by faculty and students. It all started 140 years ago.

Comprehensive Undergraduate Education, Leading to Graduate and Professional Schools, Is an Essential Hallmark Forty-one percent of Dillard graduates enroll in graduate a n d p ro f e s s i o n a l d e g re e p ro g r a m s i n m e d i c i n e , d e n t i s t r y and law. Dillard is one of the top producers o f Af ri c an Ame r i c a n physics graduates who earn the PhD in physics at leading research institutions. The university is known for strong pre-medicine, pre-law and other professional programs, especially in physics, sciences, business, nursing, public health and education. What Dillard represents is a very personalized learning environment that focuses on the relationship between students and faculty. All of this is done in a way that is affordable for students. Dillard’s internships, rate of placements in the workplace and admissions to graduate schools are among the highest in the nation. This earned the university a national t o p 10 ra nki ng a mo ng Historically Black Colleges and Universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2009).

An Intimate and Supportive Environment “I am so grateful for this scholarship. It allows me to maintain a 3.5 GPA at Dillard, continue my personal growth and work on other productive activities, like tutoring local youth. I’ll also be able to study abroad and work on environmental issues in the community.” – Cedric Blair Class of 2011

Dillard’s affordable education takes place in an intimate and supportive environment that helps students reach their maximum potential. Students discover more about themselves through the required 120 hours of community service and service learning. All students have an o p p o r t uni ty t o eng a g e

i n undergraduate research projects with faculty. The Dillard faculty is truly distinguished. Professors make special efforts to become personally acquainted with their students. Small class sizes help, as the university’s student-to-faculty ratio is a mere 7:1. With this highly individualized approach, Dillard’s students are personally and intellectually able to meet the competitive demands of a diverse, global and technologically advanced society.

An Emphasis on Excellence and Tradition Dillard is one of the premier HBCUs. It is among the finest small liberal arts colleges in the South. Students looking for that personalized touch with an emphasis on excellence and tradition have found it to be an ideal choice. The university is very supportive financially, with 95 percent of students eligible for financial aid. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated Dillard’s campus. The University immediately formulated a “come back better” recovery plan that has resulted in completely renovated state-of-the-art buildings and two new “green” buildings that are currently underway. The new buildings include a 127,000-square-foot classroom building and the first ever Student Union, Recreation, Health and Wellness Center in Dillard’s history. Dillard is unmistakably on its way to being better than ever. Students who are fortunate enough to attend are stronger and have more opportunities than ever before. •

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