Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.37
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 10.00 / 12.00
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
14

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
6

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
42.86

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
8

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
4

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
50

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
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Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

Name: Dr. Lauren Gillespie and Steve Heinisch
Department: Sustainability/Biological Sciences, CCC Columbus
Research Description: National Science Foundation funded group Project Growing Pathways to STEM (GPS) is conducting avian research in Columbus on a barn swallow population that is showing phenotypic variations that could be explained by various causes. The mutation being studied was last noted in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Blood and feather assays are being conducted in an attempt to identify the cause of the mutations.
Project GPS is also studying native bluebird populations led by Dr. Gillespie. The goal of this study is to create a smart next box that allows for monitoring from a mobile device as opposed to traditional catch and release methods. The smart nest boxes will allow student scientists to monitor bluebird populations even during the winter.

Name: Ben Newton and Brent Adrian
Department Affiliation: Environmental Sustainability Office (ESO) and Public Communication
Research Description: Each year ESO and Brent Adrian staff raise monarch caterpillars to the adult stage. Once the butterflies have transformed, they are tagged, released, and tracked. This is in collaboration with Monarch Watch with the University of Kansas. www.monarchwatch.org

Name:Wanda Cloet and Cindy Gaskill
Department Affiliation: Dental Hygiene
Research Description: 1. Dental hygiene using charcoal using activated charcoal as an absorbent. 2. Green Dentistry- Reducing waste in Dental Practices 3. CBD in Dentistry- CBD for treating chronic pain in dentistry 4. Bottled Water and Oral Health- How bottled waters high pH affects overall oral health.


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Reached out to the grants department on National Science Foundation scholarships and personal communication with Dental Hygiene faculty.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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