PROmoting Sustainable Partnerships in Education and Research (PROSPER)

PROSPER is the broadening participation arm of ND-ACES (New Discoveries in the Advanced Interface of Computation, Engineering, and Science). The goal of the PROSPER group is to provide education and experiences designed to build a diverse workforce, to enhance partnerships and collaborations with various stakeholders, and to inform North Dakota resident about the scientific advancements achieved by the ND-ACES project. PROSPER has four components: Broadening Participation, Education and Workforce Development, Partnerships and Collaborations, and Communication and Dissemination.


 

PROSPER Broadening Participation Element Leadership

Led by Van Doze (UND) and co-led by Jean Ostrom-Blonigen (ND EPSCoR), this PROSPER component supports American Indian students along the biosciences pathway.

Van Doze

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota, Contact Van Doze

Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

Project Administrator, ND EPSCoR, Contact Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

PROSPER Education and Workforce Development Element Leadership

Led by Rachel Navarro and Sarah Sletten (both UND) and co-led by Jean Ostrom-Blonigen (ND EPSCoR), this initiative supports faculty professional development, student training, and K-12 student bioscience, engineering, and computational exposure.

Rachel L. Navarro

Professor of Counseling Psychology, Associate Dean for Research ad Faculty Development, University of North Dakota, Contact Rachel L. Navarro

Sarah Sletten

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota, Contact Sarah Sletten

Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

Project Administrator, ND EPSCoR, Contact Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

PROSPER Partnerships and Collaborations Element Leadership

Led by Kelly A. Rusch (NDSU) and co-led by John Mihelich (UND) and Jean Ostrom-Blonigen (ND EPSCoR), this initiative builds research infrastructure and strengthens ND’s research competitiveness through industry partnerships and other collaborations.

Kelly A. Rusch

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University and Executive Director of the ND EPSCoR State Office, Contact Kelly A. Rusch

John Mihelich

Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of North Dakota, Contact John Mihelich

Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

Project Administrator, ND EPSCoR, Contact Jean Ostrom-Blonigen

PROSPER Communication and Dissemination Element Leadership

Led by Zoltan P. Majdik (NDSU) and co-led by Cailin Shovkoplyas (ND EPSCoR), this ND-ACES wide initiative keeps all stakeholders informed about the progress of the project; supports the harmonious interactions of all ND-ACES groups; assists research and programmatic participants in disseminating their work to legislative, scientific, and citizen stakeholders; and develops materials for audiences across the State.

Zoltan P. Majdik

Associate Professor of Communciation, North Dakota State University, Contact Zoltan P. Majdik

Cailin Shovkoplyas

Communication Manager, ND EPSCoR, Contact Cailin Shovkoplyas


 

PROSPER Members

The PROSPER team includes representation from all 10 participating institutions and from the Center for Cellular Biointerfaces in Science and Engineering (CCBSE).

Austin Allard

Pre-Engineering Instructor, Turtle Mountain Community College, Contact Austin Allard

Aaron Bergstrom

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Manager, University of North Dakota, Contact Aaron Bergstrom

Mikhail Bobylev

Professor of Chemistry, Minot State University, Contact Mikhail Bobylev

Colin Combs

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Departmen Chair of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota, Contact Colin Combs

Archana Dhasarathy

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota, Contact Archana Dhasarathy

Nicholas Galt

Assistant Professor of Science, Valley City State University, Contact Nicholas Galt

Kerry Hartman

Environmental Science Chair and Academic Dean, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Contact Kerry Hartman

Khang Hoang

Center for Computationally Assistant Science and Technology (CCAST) Research Scientist, North Dakota State University, Contact Khang Hoang

Mark Hoffmann

Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Research, University of North Dakota, Contact Mark Hoffmann

Khwaja Hossain

Professor of Biology, Mayville State University, Contact Khwaja Hossain

Dinesh R. Katti

Jordon A. Engberg Presidential Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Contact Dinesh R. Katti

Kalpana S. Katti

University Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, North Dakota State University, Contact Kalpana S. Katti

Sanku Mallik

Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, North Dakota State University, Contact Sanku Mallik

Mafany Ndiva Mongoh

Ag/Science Instructor, Sitting Bull College, Contact Mafany Ndiva Mongoh

Mike Parker

Pre-Engineering Instructor, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Contact Mike Parker

Marcus Fries

Chair, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science & Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dickinson State University, Contact Marcus Fries

Ryan G. Summers

Assistant Professor of Teaching & Leadership, University of North Dakota, Contact Ryan Summers

Hilde van Gijssel

Professor of Science, Valley City State University, Contact Hilde van Gijssel

Brent Voels

Science Instructor, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Contact Brent Voels

John C. Wilkinson

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, North Dakota State University, Contact John C. Wilkinson

Julia Xiaojun Zhao

Professor of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, Contact Julia Xiaojun Zhao

Integration with CCBSE (Center for Cellular Biointerface in Science and Engineering)

The PROSPER group is fully integrated with the scientific arm of ND-ACES: the Center for Cellular Biointerface in Science and Engineering (CCBSE). The goal of the ND-ACES team is to expand the research capacity in biosciences in the State of North Dakota, and to make the State more competitive in that area. To work toward that end, members of PROSPER work closely with all three pillars of the CCBSE: Materials Design at Biointerfaces; Cellular Systems at Materials Interface; and Computation, Machine Learning, and Predictive Modeling.

Researchers in the Materials Design at Biointerfaces pillar work on biomaterial scaffolds relevant to tissue engineering, particularly in the area of design methodologies of biologically inspired materials for diverse 3D tissue architectures.

In the Cellular Systems at Materials Interface pillar, scientists use in vivo-like 3D cell cultures to eventually allow the team to partner with regional health care providers, and serve as a resource for personalized medicine approaches to cancer.

Computational Approaches are what make the work of ND-ACES unique. Researchers in this area complement the traditional approaches to researching cancer by using multi-scale modeling, machine learning platforms, and experimental biomaterials and cellular data, all of which work toward an evolutionary in-silico platform to predict tumor growth. The knowledge and understanding of 3D systems created in this pillar can lead to future therapeutic/mitigation alternatives.


 

Acknowledgment

The ND-ACES NSF Track-1 cooperative agreement is a federal-state partnership to manage a comprehensive research development plan. ND EPSCoR manages the Track-1 award. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Current funding is provided by the State of North Dakota and NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program Track-1 (RII Track-1) Cooperative Agreement Award OIA #1946202. The ND-ACES Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director (PD) is Kelly A. Rusch, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE; NDSU. The Co-PIs are John Mihelich, Ph.D.; UND, and Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, Ph.D., CPA; ND EPSCoR.