Haddix Faculty Research Fund

Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund

The Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund supports and enhances the research and scholarly productivity of full-time faculty at Creighton University. Faculty often involve students in their Haddix-funded projects. They are also encouraged to use the funds as a seed grant toward applying for external funding to further promising work, and have displayed a record of success in this regard.

2017 Awardees

Sara Banzhaf, MSN; principal investigator

College of Nursing

Type of Award: New Investigator/ New Direction

Project: An Interprofessional Mental Health Program Model Addressing the Unique Needs of Impoverished Ethnically Diverse Women Experiencing Depression

Eric Bredahl, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Exercise Science

Type of Award: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: The Effect of Resistance Exercise on Cancer Cachexia


LaShaune Johnson, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies

Type of Award: New Investigator/ New Direction

Project Title: Rainbows or Ribbons? Queer Black Women Searching for a Place in the Cancer Sisterhood

John O’Keefe, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Theology

Project Type: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: The Nebraska Sandhills in Interdisciplinary Perspective


Kayode Oshin, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Chemistry

Project Type: New Investigator/ New Direction

Project Title: Utilizing Copper Macrocyclic Complexes as Catalysts in ATRA Reactions 

Sriram Ramaswamy, MBBS; principal investigator

Department: Psychiatry

Project Type: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: Minocycline for Late-Onset Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Aging Veterans


Jacob Siedlik, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Exercise Science

Project Type: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: Exercise-Induced T Cell Activation and its Impact on HIV Susceptibility


William Stephens, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Classical & Near Eastern Studies & Philosophy

Project Type: New Investigator/ New Direction

Project Title: Epicetetus’ Encheindion: A New English Translation

Jos Welie, PhD; principal investigator

Department: Interdisciplinary Studies

Project Type: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: An Agenda-Setting Inventory of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Research Activities In and the Clinical Practice of Personalized Medicine

Stacy Wong, PT, DPT; principal investigator

Department: Physical Therapy

Project Type: Interdisciplinary Team

Project Title: Feasibility of Modified Ride-On Car Use in the Home/Community with Children with Medical Complexity

About Dr. George Haddix

Dr. George Haddix earned his master’s in mathematics from Creighton in 1966 before pursuing his PhD from Iowa State University. He was a civilian mathematician for the United States Air Force and the Army Corps of Engineers, and he taught math at Creighton until transitioning to a career in business.

Dr. Haddix spent his career at the center of the information technology revolution and is a respected businessman. He retired in 2009 as chair and CEO of PKWARE, Inc. and PKWARE Holdings, Inc. of Milwaukee, and in 2011 was inducted into the Omaha Business Hall of Fame.

Dr. Haddix and his late wife, Sally Hansen Haddix, have dedicated much of their lives to helping students succeed. Dr. Haddix generously funds an annual scholarship at Omaha North. At Creighton, he has funded the John N. Mordesen, PhD Endowed Chair in Mathematics and helped found the Center for Mathematics of Uncertainty. A faculty research fund was also named in his honor.

His reach has touched organizations such as the Boys Town National Research Hospital, CUES, Child Saving Institute and the Omaha Jesuit Academy.

Success Story: Andrew Hogan, PhD

Andrew Hogan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of History

The Haddix grant allowed me to dedicate a month of full-time work in Summer 2016 to a new research project on the history of evolving clinical views of disability. I spent much of this time exploring the archival collection of Wolf Wolfensberger, a clinical psychologist, located at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With Haddix funding, I also hired multiple undergraduate students to help examine archival resources and publications on the history of psychology. A period of undisrupted work time, with student support, is extremely valuable at the beginning of a new project, to establish a theoretical foundation and concrete empirical basis for the research ahead. This initial background was essential as I formulated, wrote and submitted a proposal for a 3-year National Science Foundation grant to complete this project.

The National Science Foundation grant, which I was awarded in February 2017, allows me to continue the work that I began with Haddix grant seed money. It has allowed me to hire additional undergraduate students, provides three more summers of undisrupted research time, and will fund travel around the United States for interviews and for examining additional archival sources to complete this project.