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The University of Dayton is a rapidly growing institution of scholarship and research. In the past nine years, sponsored research doubled, currently attracting nearly $100 million annually in sponsored research. The University conducted more than half a billion dollars in total sponsored research during that time.

Special expertise in such areas as high-performance materials, sensors, electro-optics, alternative energy and bioengineering drew funding and attention, while scholars in the humanities and social sciences were tapped to advance knowledge and understanding of the human condition during the 2011-12 academic year.


The Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV, Dayton Business Journal, WYSO-FM and OptoIQ carried stories about Mikhail Vonrontsov, professor and Wright Brothers endowed chair in the School of Engineering, receiving federal funds in the prestigious Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.

The Chicago Tribune picked up a Dayton Daily News story on advances in 3-D printing, which included the Research Institute's reverse engineering and rapid prototyping facility, along with its participation in a statewide consortium of Ohio organizations vying for a federal pilot institute on additive manufacturing. The Dayton Daily News mentioned the center again in a May 12 story titled "Manufacturing jobs coming back to Dayton, Midwest."

The University of Dayton Research Institute's new $44.3 million Air Force contract resulted in a March 8 Dayton Daily News story.

WVXU-FM, Cincinnati's NPR affiliate, on Aug. 8 and April 8 looked at work by Tarek Taha, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, that uses gaming systems to better understand human brains in order to make smarter computer systems. Taha's work focuses on getting computers to think more like humans.

The Dayton Daily News featured fire retardant research by UDRI organic chemist and materials scientist Alex Morgan in an April 28 story.

The Dayton Business Journal on Dec. 16 reported on a new grant for biology professor Yiling Hong and materials engineer Khalid Lafdi to research the toxicity of nanoparticles. Cincinnati radio WVXU-FM featured them in “Focus on Technology” Feb. 6. Hong and Lafdi discussed their research on the toxicity of carbon nanotubes. 

WVXU-FM re-aired a “Focus on Technology” piece about the Merlin flight simulator Sept. 18 and re-posted the story on its website Sept. 19.


The Scientist featured a story Dec. 1 on biology professor Panagiotis Tsonis’ latest newt regeneration research, which found that neither age nor repeated injury had a negative effect on a newt’s ability to regenerate. Tsonis was quoted in a Science News article Dec. 8 for his reaction to a new report from scientists who grew an eye inside a tadpole’s gut.

Science media around the world picked up on major regeneration research by Tsonis, published July 12 in Nature Communications. Eleven unique stories reported on the findings, including DiscoverNew ScientistThe Scientist, WIRED (UK) and news outlets in Estonia and Russia. Nearly 300 websites posted the story distributed on PR Newswire.

The website Cataracts Surgery 101 picked up the news when research in the University of Dayton’s Center for Tissue Regeneration and Engineering at Dayton (TREND) added to knowledge about repeated cataract surgeries.

The Dayton Daily News reported April 25 on sophomore Andrew Steffensmeier's fruit fly research that could lead to early detection of Alzheimer's disease.

Dayton Business Journal featured a story Jan. 26 about assistant biology professor Thomas Williams receiving an NSF grant to research "social networks" in DNA.

The Dayton Business Journal reported Nov. 4 on associate biology professor Carissa Krane’s research on how certain treefrogs are able to freeze themselves to survive the winter.

The Dayton Business Journal reported July 21 on an American Heart Association grant awarded to Williams, whose research on “genetic switches” in fruit flies may provide insight into human health.


Research by economics faculty Tony Caporale and Trevor Collier on the Moneyball strategy for selecting players was carried by a number of baseball blogs including The Cincinnati Enquirer, ballparkbiz, sportsoverdose and buzztap.

Business outlets nationwide reported new research from Richard Stock, director of the University’s Business Research Group, about changing patterns in business-to-business purchasing decisions. Outlets including Reuters, Procurement NewsDayton Daily News and Dayton Business Journal picked up the story.


AOL Jobs and the Dayton Daily News in March wrote about research by Jeannette Cox, associate law professor, on how the Americans with Disabilities Act could be modified to cover certain conditions related to pregnancy.

Research on the Americans with Disabilities Act by Cox spurred a national discussion on whether ADA protections should cover pregnant workers. published her opinion piece, which became one of the most popular stories posted that day, according to CNN NewsPulse. The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! News and at least 10 other parenting blogs wrote about or posted stories on Cox's analysis. She did an interview with "The Takeaway," a national public radio show co-produced by WNYC with The New York Times, the BBC, and Public Radio International, which reaches more than 50 affiliates and nearly a million listeners. "The Doctors," a nationally syndicated daytime television program on medical issues that airs in all 50 states and most Canadian provinces, included a clip of Cox's interview with WDTN-TV in Dayton. Cox also gave interviews to radio outlets Newstalk 1010 in Toronto and WGN-AM in Chicago and WHIO-TV in Dayton.

The Miami Valley Journal radio program interviewed assistant communications assistant Joe Valenzano Jan. 5 about his research on President Obama's view of American exceptionalism.


Woman's Day quoted assistant professor of psychology Erin O'Mara in its March issue and cited her research about the risk of depression for people who are overly optimistic.

An Oct. 30 Dayton Daily News story featured research from physical therapy professor Mary Fisher that found women who had been treated for breast cancer had a strong likelihood of reduced arm function.

The National Post (Canada) on Aug. 31 ran a Canadian news wire article about marathon running research by Paul Vanderburgh, associate provost and dean of graduate, professional and continuing education, showing that women are better pacers than men.

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