ACES+, the continuation of Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) program, has announced the recipients of the 2012 ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Awards. Eleven proposals representing academic disciplines ranging from sociology to biochemistry to political science have been awarded a total of $48,519.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack to continue these awards,” said Lynn Singer, deputy provost and vice president for academic affairs, “and this year additional funding was provided from Professor Robert Miller, vice president of research.”

ADVANCE Opportunity Grants are competitive annual awards selected by the Opportunity Grant Oversight Committee. Committee members reviewed a total of 30 proposals in 2012. The number of proposals increased markedly over 2011, when only 10 were received with four receiving awards. Opportunity grants, first launched in 2004 under the NSF-ADVANCE grant ACES, provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources. All Case Western Reserve University faculty members are eligible to apply.

The following is a list of 2012 ADVANCE Opportunity Grant Award winners and information about their projects:

Karen Beckwith, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Award: $1,064 to support a student to assist in data collection and organization and the purchase of SPSS.

Susan Case, Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management
Award: $3,660 to support travel and expenses for invited presentation, “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work and Family” and data analyst.

Darin Croft, Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine
Award: $4,950 to support technical illustrations and materials and supplies.

Weihong Guo, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Award: $5,000 to support salaries and wages for graduate student and domestic travel for conference and workshop.

Susan Hinze, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
Award: $3,960 to support digital recorder, transcription services and expenses associated with attendance at conference.

Damaris Punales-Alpizar, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences
Award: $3,000 to support mounting of photos for photographic exhibition.

Mariana Rosca, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine
Award: $7,000 to purchase supplies and design and perform the experiments and interpret the data.

Robert Spadoni, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
Award: $1,219 to support expenses to present at conference.

John Paul Stephens, Department of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management
Award: $6,800 to support research assistant and printing/copying of experimental materials, consent forms, task materials and survey questionnaires.

Saba Valadkhan, Center for RNA Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
Award: $4,966 to support transgenic facility injection fees, animal maintenance fee and purchase of doxycyclin.

Vivien Yee, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Award: $6,900 to support master’s student full time to continue research progress in lab during leave of senior member.