Faculty Opportunity Awards Fuel Interdisciplinary Collaborations

Since 2012, UNLV’s Faculty Chance Awards have actually increased innovative research, scholarship, and innovative activity on campus by supplying professors with important seed financing to assist them get new projects off the ground, collect information crucial to supplying “proof of concept,” and establish more competitive proposals to acquire further external assistance.

This year, UNLV committed funds to propositions that are interdisciplinary and collaborative in nature, with a minimum of 2 primary investigators hailing from different colleges or schools on campus.

” By making interdisciplinary work a requirement to getting a Faculty Opportunity Award, we are assisting UNLV be more competitive for federal research financing,” stated Mary Croughan, UNLV vice president for research study and financial advancement. “This brand-new requirement helps our faculty develop the type of proposals that get the attention of top external financing firms, who are wanting to support creative, interdisciplinary methods to resolving research study questions and resolving complex problems.”

Professors from across school sent an overall of 41 proposals. The Workplace of the Vice President for Research Study and Economic Advancement originally expected it would just be able to support $300,000 in Faculty Opportunity Award funding however had the ability to award roughly $332,270 through 19 awards.

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Awards

The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Awards fund as much as $20,000 each for research study that could lead to large federal grant applications.

” Examining Academic Interactions Through a Genre Method” ($ 19,617)

Alain Bengochea, College of Education; Emma Bloomfield, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

” A Rice (Oryza sativa) Mutant With Improved Germination Rates: Nutritional and End-Use Quality Contrast to Its Wild-Type” ($ 19,500)

Christine Bergman, College of Hospitality; Jeffery Shen, College of Sciences

” A Pilot Investigation of Enhanced Infrastructure Resilience Versus Flooding Through a Modular Building And Construction Method” ($ 20,000)

Jin Ouk Choi, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; Jaewon Lim, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

” Obese Fruit Flies as a Model for Exercise: Building And Construction and Validation of a Drosophila Treadmill and Workout Metabolism System” ($ 19,970)

Allen Gibbs, College of Sciences; Sarah Harris, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

” Knee Pain, Tendon Degeneration, and Limb-Socket Characteristics in Trans-Tibial Amputees” ($ 19,999)

Kai-Yu Ho, School of Allied Health; David Lee, College of Sciences

” Goal Measurement of Vocal Tiredness in the Hospitality Market” ($ 15,277)

Kimberly James, College of Fine Arts; Timothy Self, College of Hospitality

” A Maker Learning-Based System for Enhancing and Facilitating Interaction: Assistance for Aging and Disabilities” ($ 16,056)

Pushkin Kachroo, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; Kate Martin, School of Medicine

” Examining the Impacts of Rerouting Virtual Stimuli in a Manned Driving Simulator” ($ 18,730)

Si Kim, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; Ashok Singh, College of Hospitality

” Modifying the Spinal Circuitry to Enhance Strolling and BDNF Expression in Individuals Post-Stroke” ($ 20,000)

Jing Nong Liang, School of Allied Health; Jefferson Kinney, College of Liberal Arts

” Food App for Tracking and Identifying Dietary Biculturalism in Filipinos in Southern Nevada” ($ 17,410)

Brendan Morris, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; Reimund Serafica, School of Nursing

” Practical Dissection of the Zika Genome Exposes a Coding Element Accountable for Microcephaly and Neurodevelopmental Pathology” ($ 20,000)

Edwin Oh, School of Medication, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine; Ai-Sun Tseng, College of Sciences

” Displace or Diffuse? The Result of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Opioid Abuse and Other Substance-Related Criminal Offenses” ($ 19,901)

Seong Park, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs; Jay Shen, School of Neighborhood Health Sciences

” An Integrated Machine-Learning Platform for Bacteriophage Genome Annotation” ($ 19,996)

Philippos Tsourkas, College of Sciences; Sarah Harris, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

” Electronic Health Record (EHR) Presence and Quality Outcomes: Do Worker Perceptions About Safety Culture Have a Moderating Role?” ($ 20,000)

Soumya Upadhyay, School of Neighborhood Health Sciences; Han-fen Hu, Lee Company School

” Utilizing Deep Knowing in Genomic Big Data Analysis for Precision Diagnosis of Osteoporosis” ($ 20,000)

Qing Wu, School of Community Health Sciences, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medication; Fatma Nasoz, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

” Tailoring Mechanical Implant for Curing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Utilizing CT-Scan-Based Computational Design” ($ 20,000)

Woosoon Yim, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering; Robert Wang, School of Medicine

Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards

The Collaborative Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Creative Activity Awards fund up to $10,000 apiece for standalone research undertakings.

” Details Literacy & & Composing Ability Advancement in a Diverse Student Body: Analyzing and Improving the Curriculum at a Minority-Serving Organization” ($ 7,500)

Kaitlin Clinnin, College of Liberal Arts; Melissa Bowles-Terry, University Libraries

” From the Tower to the Streets: Exploring an Interdisciplinary Model of Public Policy Research Study” ($ 10,000)

Stefani Relles, College of Education; Charles Burmeister, College of Fine Arts

” New Ways of Digitally Representing Scientific Research Study: Establishing a Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Digital Research Study Repository” ($ 8,314)

Denise Tillery, College of Liberal Arts; Christopher Adcock, College of Sciences

The college/school distribution of the awards is as follows:

College of Education– 2
College of Art– 2
College of Liberal Arts– 3
College of Sciences– 6
Greenspun College of Urban Affairs– 3
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering– 8
Lee Company School– 1
Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, Research and Economic Advancement– 2
School of Allied Health Sciences– 2
School of Community Health Sciences– 2
School of Medicine– 3
School of Nursing– 1
University Libraries– 1
William F. Harrah College of Hospitality– 3

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