Research Support Services

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Byrd Center staff are available to help OSU investigators with proposals and funded projects. The points of contact for typical support requests are listed below. General inquires can be sent to Center Director Ian Howat 

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Support Staff

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Cathy Carson
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Grants Development Specialist

Cathy Carson

Areas of Expertise

  • Proposal Development Services

Services

  • Proposal Services
  • Funding Opportunities
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Jason Cervenec
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Education & Outreach Director

Jason Cervenec

Areas of Expertise

  • Education & Outreach
  • K-12 Education
  • Climate Change Resilience

Services

  • Design and implementation of education and outreach programs for research proposals or funded projects to enhance broader impacts.
  • Science communication and web application development.
  • Proposal team development and brainstorming exercises.
  • Development of educational programming and material.
  • Climate adaptation and policy planning.

 

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Michael Cicarella
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Digital Communications

Michael Cicarella

Areas of Expertise

  • Communications
  • Web Development

Services

  • Website design and maintenance
  • Science communications
  • Social media communications and Byrd Center monthly newsletter
  • Video conferencing and presentations
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Michele Cook
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Administrative Manager

Michele Cook

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership and Direction for Administrative Operations of the Byrd Center

Services/Responsibilities

  • Daily Business Operations of the Byrd Center
  • Proposal development and submission
  • Research project management (contracting, purchasing, human resources, fiscal accounting and reporting)
  • Event planning and organization
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Systems Developer/Engineer

Mike Gravina

Areas of Expertise

  •  Web applications and data visualization
  •  UI design
  •  Database management
  •  Data pipelining and automation
  •  Integration with custom APIs and remote sensors

Services

  • Web application development
  • Software project planning
  • Interface and narrative design for educational outreach

Project Examples:

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Paul Green
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Design Engineer & Machinist

Paul Green

Areas of Expertise

  • Management of Byrd Center Machine Shop
  • Research equipment design and fabrication
  • Field equipment maintenance (equipment coordinator for Byrd Center)
  • Packing, Shipping Assistance
  • Byrd Center Facilities

Services

  • Assist in designing lab and field research equipment to investigator specifications
  • Selection and purchasing of materials
  • Fabrication, assembly and testing
  • Laboratory maintenance and safety
  • Building supervisor for Scott Hall

 

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Tom Kassebaum
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Systems Manager

Tom Kassebaum

Areas of Expertise

  • Personal computing and communications devices
  • Server maintenance
  • Network maintenance
  • Cybersecurity

Services

  • Selection, purchasing and repair of computing equipment and peripherals
  • Maintenance of the Byrd Center's servers
  • Software selection, purchasing and maintenance
  • Security compliance and documentation
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Charmaine Koch
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Office Associate

Charmaine Koch

Areas of Expertise

  • Center Administration

Services

  • Purchasing
  • Travel
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Karina Peggau
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Education & Outreach Program Coordinator

Karina Peggau

Areas of Expertise

  • Science Communications
  • Education & Outreach

Services

  • Social Media Communications
  • Education & Outreach Activities
  • Special Events
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Bidhya Yadav
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Research Associate

Bidhyananda (Bidhya) Yadav 

Areas of Expertise

  • GIS & Remote Sensing
  • Data Management
  • Web Applications and Data Visualization
  • Open Software/Open Science Support
  • Machine Learning

Services

  • GIS, remote sensing, mapping and data management for proposals and funded projects
  • Software development
  • Data Management Plan development and agency compliance
  • Open Software/ Open Science support and agency compliance