Thursday, January 19, 2017  
Sociologists’ research garners close to $2 million in grants | BGSU alumnus assists in University’s quest to become ‘StormReady’
BGSU sociologists (left to right) Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano and Monica Longmore have recently received significant research grants.
BGSU sociologists’ research garners close to $2 million in grant funding

The University recently was awarded three grants for sociology research totaling nearly $2 million.

The largest grant is $1.1 million from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/National Institutes of Health (NICHD/NIH) for the support of the Center for Family and Demographic Research. The center was formed on BGSU’s campus in 2000, and has been continuously funded by NICHD since 2002. It is one of fewer than 25 universities in the country that are funded for a population research center.

The other two grants are for the studies “Pathways Linking Parental Incarceration and Child Well-being” for $500,000, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ); and “Social Influences on the Long-term Cessation of Violence” for $384,000, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grants were written by Drs. Wendy Manning, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology; Peggy Giordano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of sociology; and Monica Longmore, professor of sociology. The three faculty members, who also are close friends, have been working together on research at the University since the late 1990s.


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Matt Keefe (left), BGSU emergency management coordinator, delivers an emergency alert weather radio to Jim Kirkum, senior server administrator in ITS.
BGSU alumnus assists in University’s quest to become ‘StormReady’

As part of its efforts to become a StormReady University, BGSU has purchased 200 emergency alert weather radios. The radios provide the campus community with timely severe weather warnings, complementing the University’s AlertBG system.

The Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Management Office purchased the NOAA weather radios at a wholesale price thanks to an alumni connection. Karl Strauss ’76 is the owner of Alert Works Ltd., which provided the radios.

“It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Strauss on the purchase and deployment of his company’s National Weather Service-approved emergency alert weather radios,” said Matt Keefe, BGSU emergency management coordinator. “These weather radios complement our existing warning and notification systems in alerting our students, faculty, staff and guests of impending severe weather in our area. We are not only meeting the minimum requirements to become a StormReady University, we are exceeding them by being able to purchase and distribute a larger quantity of weather radios from Alert Works due to Mr. Strauss’s generosity.”



In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, Dr. Charles Coletta, popular culture, will present “Wonder Woman and Beyond: Heroic Women in Comics,” at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 in 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Free professional development sessions for faculty and staff are scheduled throughout January, hosted by the Office of Human Resources.

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