Office of Research Awards 14 Seed Grants to Faculty

Thursday, June 20 2013


The Office of Research and Economic Development has awarded 14 seed grants to UI faculty for fiscal year 2014. Seed grant awardees are selected through a peer-review process. The process this year was very competitive, with 42 proposals submitted.

The objectives of the UI Seed Grant Program are to promote research and creative activities that will increase competitiveness for external funding, and/or which will result in publications, patents or exhibitions/performances, with emphasis placed on support for early career faculty. The proposals that ranked highest were those that seemed most likely to support a principal investigator’s field and career development and to result in increased research and scholarly activity productivity.

To view abstracts of funded projects and additional information on the Seed Grant Program, visit www.uidaho.edu/research/fundingagencies/seedgrant.

This year’s selected projects are:

-“Support for a Workshop for U.S. Universities Consortium and the University of Central Asia Partnership for Research and Education,” Vladimir Aizen, College of Science, Department of Geology

-“Control Shift: Documenting the Transitions Writers Experienced in Moving from Paper-Based to Digital Environments,” Devin Becker, Library Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Department

-“Simulation-Based Statistical Methods for Reconstructing the History of Hybrid Human Populations,”
Erkan Buzbas, College of Science, Department of Statistical Science

-“Movement Planning, Impulse Control, and Forward Head Posture,” Rajal Cohen, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology and Communications Studies

-“Determining the Mechanism of Immune Enhancing Effects of Vitamin E in Young Calves,” Mary Drewnowski, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Animal and Veterinary Science

-“A Professional Recording of the Songs of Dominick Argento,” Kyle Ferrill, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Lionel Hampton School of Music voice faculty

-“Predicting Re-Burn Potential on Idaho’s Sagebrush Steppe Landscapes,” Amanda Gearhart, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

- “Swimming in the Mainstream: A Story of Women’s Athletics in Twentieth Century America,” Becky Jager, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of History

-“Memorials Matter: Bodies, Affect, and Environment at American Memory Sites,” Jennifer Ladino, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English

-“Validating Local Droughts to Enhance Climate-Resilient Agricultural Water Management in Idaho,” Jae Ryu, College of Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

- “Viva la Musica Mexicana! Teaching Mexican Music and Mexican American Students,” Amanda C. Soto, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Lionel Hampton School of Music music education faculty

-“Laboratory Experiments for Predicting Fire Behavior and Effects,” Eva Strand, College of Natural Resources, Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences

-“Examining Teacher Adaptability with Nez Perce Students during a Summer Youth Writing Project,” Margaret Vaughn, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

-“Quantifying Landscape Evolution Along the Salmon River, Central Idaho,” Brian Yanites, College of Science, Department of Geology