Thumbs Up: Lynne Dahmen, Pat Hein, Brad Joyce and Ellen Rantz

January 20, 2015  


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From left: Lynne Dahmen, senior grant writer, and Pat Hein, Ellen Rantz and Brad Joyce, grant writers. All four work in the Office for Research and Partnerships. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)
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Editor's note: Since 2010, Purdue Today has invited faculty and staff to recognize the good work of others on campus through its weekly "Thumbs Up" feature. Purdue Today periodically will publish an expanded version of this popular feature in an effort to further call attention to employees' excellent work.

Sally Bond, assistant director of research development services, recognizes the grant writers on her team -- Lynne Dahmen, Pat Hein, Brad Joyce and Ellen Rantz -- for their recent hard work to meet the needs of faculty on all campuses.

Bond, who is also a grant writer, writes:

"As grant writers in the Office for Research and Partnerships, Lynne Dahmen (senior grant writer), Pat Hein, Brad Joyce and Ellen Rantz have responded impressively to a rapidly growing workload. They are tasked with assisting faculty to develop research and education proposals for extramural funding, and lately this has required many extra hours of evening and weekend work.

These team members have not only maintained encouraging and professional interactions under demanding circumstances, but they have also produced some of the highest-quality grant writing work in the history of our office. Their proposals touch areas as varied as physical science oncology, air quality, nutrition and earthquake engineering.

Recent wins include competitive Keck Foundation grants, a prestigious $2.3 million Department of Education "First in the World" award, $1.5 million for scalable nanomanufacturing and even a Purdue Calumet NIST AMtech steel consortium grant. Over $200 million in assisted grants are still under review.

I am proud of how the grant writers have honed best-practice procedures such as gap analyses, strategic planning, and quality writing and editing. All of these practices are critical for success in today's highly competitive research award environment. The team has learned to navigate the complexities of supporting large teams of very busy faculty members and has been instrumental in increasing Purdue's funding awards this year.

Thank you, Lynne, Pat, Brad and Ellen!"

Writer: Amanda Hamon Kunz, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu 

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