Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.76
Liaison Jamie Greiner
Submission Date March 22, 2021
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STARS v2.1

University of Mount Union
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.15 / 12.00 Jamie Greiner
Sustainability and Campus Outreach Manager
Nature Center
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Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in research (headcount):
75

Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff that are engaged in sustainability research (headcount):
15

Percentage of the institution's faculty and staff researchers that are engaged in sustainability research :
20

Total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts research:
26

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:
7

Percentage of research-producing departments that are engaged in sustainability research:
26.92

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:
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The institution’s inventory of its sustainability research that includes names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Sustainability research at Mount Union via the Brumbaugh Scholars Program:

2020 - Analyzing biodiversity and water quality to determine overall health of ponds at the HBNC - Jarod Hunter - Dr. Lin Wu - Biology
2020 - Determining presence of agricultural pollutants utilizing water/soil testing and indicator species - Carson Ciesinski - Dr. Andrew Hutsky - Earth & Environ. Science
2020 - A survey of microplastic presence at the HBNC - Emily Maroni - Dr. Amy McElhinney - Biology
2019 - Importance of a field component in teaching high school biology - Sam Kryzsiak - Dr. Lin Wu - Biology
2019 - E. coli bacteriophage isolation from soil sample isolates - Hanna Davis - Dr. Kim Risley - Biology
2018 - Project Amphibian: a survey of amphibians at the HBNC - Richard Burroughs Jr. and Constance Young - Dr. Spiro Mavroidis - Biology
2018 - Place, purpose peace: discovering self and community at the HBNC - Nat Engle and Ben Mullaly - Dr. Niki Johnson - Philosophy & Religious Studies
2017 - Green space utilization and access: a comparison of two Alliance census tracts - Joshua Thorne - Dr. Lori Kumler - Political Science & Inter. Studies
2017 - History of agriculture and the Brumbaugh family in the region - Brianna Boehke and Karaline Conway - Dr. Terry Davis - History
2017 - Paintings inspired by the HBNC - Madeline Abrigg and Lisa Lautzenheiser - Prof. Margo Miller - Art
2017 - Video production about the HBNC - Tyler Longstreth - Dr. Adelina Cooper - Interactive Media & Communications

Ongoing/Other Research:

Dr. Chris Stanton, Biology
-Ben Mullaly. 2018 and 2019. A Comparison of Collecting Techniques for Late Season Bee Diversity at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
-Carson Ciesinski. 2019 and 2020. Survey of Native Bee Diversity and Catching Techniques in the Fall, Summer, and Spring Seasons at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
C-arson Ciesinski. 2020 and 2021. Utilizing Citizen Science to Survey Native Bee Diversity in Ohio.
-Nathaniel Ross. 2019. Summer 2019 Diversity Survey of Reptiles at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
-Adrienne Bock. 2019 and 2020. Vernal Pool Resources at the HBNC.
-Garrett Konet. 2019. Breeding Bird Survey at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.
-Natalie Bubenheim. 2021. Behavioral study of three barnyard animals at the HBNC.
-Hailey Burch. 2021. Vernal Pool quality and sound levels at the HBNC.
-Emily Becker. 2020. Beech Leaf Disease at the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center.

Dr. Hans Tritico, Civil Engineering, Global Engineering - Developing sustainable solutions in developing countries.

Dr. Shehla Arif, Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Practices - past projects have included, bio-digester (concept), solar installations (concept)

Dr. Lin Wu and Jamie Greiner - Emily Keller - "Effects of Nutrient Concentration on Growth of Lettuce and Basil in Hydroponics in a Greenhouse"

Bonnie Twaddle and Cali Granger, Nature Center Staff - Active Bee Hive management and establishment of wildflower pollinator corridors

Adam Zorn, Nature Center staff - iNaturalist, Citizen Science, Project Feederwatch, Project Owlnet, Ohio Bat Roost Monitoring Project (ODNR Division of Wildlife)


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory (including the types of faculty and staff included as researchers):

Information from Brumbaugh Scholar's projects from 2017-2020.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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75 - taken from previous STARS reports. Mount Union is primarily a teaching institution and research is not required for promotion and tenure, though it is highly regarded and is one of several possible forms of professional development that can be considered in personnel decisions.

Faculty/Staff included in Sustainability Specific Research: Jamie Greiner, Chris Stanton, Lin Wu, Adam Zorn, Cali Granger, Bonnie Twaddle, Niki Johnson, Amy McElhinney, Spiro Mavroidis, Hans Tritico, Shehla Arif, Kim Risley, Lori Kumler, Theresa Davis, Adelina Cooper

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