The Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Facilities functions as the clearinghouse for all matters relating to research activities, graduate and postdoctoral programs, and facilities projects in the college.  Dean Appling and his group oversee and approve all college related renovations and building projects, which encompass faculty recruitment space needs, teaching and research labs, and shared facilities. On the research side, the office is responsible for oversight of graduate and postdoctoral programs across the college. They work closely with CNS faculty, departments, and ORUs to identify, develop, acquire, and manage multi-investigator center grants and training grants. This office also coordinates the nomination process for limited submission research awards throughout the year.

*CNS Indirect Cost Policy

The College of Natural Sciences receives from the University 25% of all indirect costs (IDC) generated from the research grants that were awarded to CNS PIs in the previous calendar year. Each September, the college returns a portion of its share back to the departments, centers, and ORUs that generated the IDC.

Indirect costs are used to offset overhead expenses associated with the sponsored research conducted in academic departments and University Research Units. The following are examples of valid uses of IDC.

  • Matching funds committments made to sponsors in proposals
  • Laboratory renovations (e.g. modifications needed for new instruments)
  • Support for common or shared administrative structures
  • Support of broad-use core facilitites
  • Seed money for new research projects
  • Other appropriate items related to the administration of research

Please note: CNS policy does not allow indirect costs to be returned to individual PIs or faculty for their own use.

 Research & Facilities Staff


Dean Appling
Associate Dean, Professor

Regulation And Organization Of Metabolic Pathways
Brooks, Kathy
Kathy Brooks
Facility Manager

Harasimowitz, Ann
Ann Harasimowitz
Director III for Facilities and Safety

Kohler, Ed
Edward C Kohler
Project Specialist

Lyon, Jennifer
Jennifer L Lyon
Director of Strategic Research Initiatives

Strategic Research Initiatives works with faculty teams to pursue external funding for major, multidisciplinary and cross-college research.
Mansfield, Mary
Mary L Mansfield
Executive Assistant

Reynolds, Katherine
Katherine B Reynolds
Project Manager

Smitherman, James
James D Smitherman III
Project Specialist

Solis, Armando
Armando Solis
Project Specialist

Tibbetts, Anne
Anne S Tibbetts
Director for Postgraduate Education