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Social Work Partners with Engineering on Grants from Battelle, OSU to Help Homeless & Poor; Clapp Serves as a Co-PI

CLAPP JOHNCongratulations to Dr. John Clapp, professor and associate dean for research at the College of Social Work, who will serve as co-principal on an OSU Outreach and Engagement Grant. The grant will help establish The Community Technology Clinic, an interdisciplinary collaborative endeavor, serving as a haven within an under-served Columbus-area neighborhood. The clinic will enable the design of novel technological solutions tailored to the needs of community members, provide course-work and research opportunities for faculty and students, and serve as an instrument of change in addressing immediate needs of residents. Ultimately, the goal is for transformational change to occur through improvement of services to neighborhood residents through the innovative application of technology.

In addition, Clapp will serve as co-investigator on a grant from the Battelle Foundation to serve the homeless. The project, “Engineering, Technology, Human Affairs and Social Justice: From Columbus to Colombia” will work to build cross-cultural K-12 STEM outreach in Columbus and Colombia, develop technology for the poor or homeless in Columbus, and develop technology for engineering laboratories in disadvantaged universities in Colombia. Grant partners include The Ohio State University College of Social Work, College of Engineering and Department of Teaching and Learning.

The grant was awarded through the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition, which supports projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. A central focus of the “From Columbus to Columbia” project will be a first-of-its kind Community Technology Center for an under-served Columbus neighborhood.

Dr. Kevin Passino, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will serve as the principal investigator for the project. In addition to Clapp, co-investigators include Dr. Betty Lise Anderson, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Leslie Moore, associate professor of teaching and learning, and Dr. Melissa Wilson, project director, Columbus Area Writing Project (CWAP), Department of Teaching and Learning.

“Social work and engineering makes for an interesting and potentially highly effective collaborative approach to social problems,” said Clapp. “As applied scientists, we hope to engage the community in identifying, developing and implementing real solutions to immediate needs.”

For more information, please contact Frankie Jones-Harris at or Dr. Clapp at