FY2013 Funded Proposals

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) announces Seed Grant awards for FY2013. The process was very competitive, with 35 proposals submitted from faculty across campus. ORED was able to fund 14 proposals.

Seed Grants 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 PI’s field and career development, and to result in increased research and scholarly activity productivity. These were also characterized by clearly expressed goals, methods, and significance, and overall good grantsmanship.
High Performance Energy Efficient Analog to Digital Converters
Suat Utku Ay | Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
To process a signal in the digital domain, it must first be digitized from an analog signal. The front-end analog-to-digital data converters (ADCs), which perform this digitization, have constrained the improvement provided by modern digital communication and signal processing systems.
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The Role of Financial Literacy and Social Networks in Retirement Investment Decisions
Yun Chung | Assistant Professor Department of Business
Young Park | Assistant Professor, Department of Business
Despite the increasing significance of defined contribution (DC) plans in the U.S. private pension system, the retirement income security of the plan participants has become volatile, particularly since the financial crisis in 2008.
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Design, Build, Test, and Instrument a Prototype Artificial Sky
Bruce Haglund | Professor of Architecture
Last semester 20 graduate students in a lighting research seminar, using scale model skies, explored the design options for creating a passive low-energy artificial sky that uses the natural sky as the light source. They discovered two viable options, one that offers improvement in light distribution and quality as well as lower energy use than electrically lighted artificial skies.
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Indigenous Perceptions of Adventure Recreation: Māori Perspectives
Susan Houge Mackenzie | Assistant Professor, Department of Movement Sciences
The majority of studies within adventure recreation and tourism have adopted euro-centric participants, models and perspectives. Due to recent growth in adventure tourism products featuring indigenous people, western and indigenous people are increasingly interacting in adventure contexts.
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Green chemical synthesis using atmospheric oxygen and clay minerals
Jakob Magolan | Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
In the preparation of valuable compounds, oxidative chemical reactions typically produce large quantities of toxic or hazardous waste byproducts. An ideal green oxidation reaction would be one that uses a non-toxic, inexpensive, reusable catalyst and an environmentally benign oxidant such as air.
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Viral Competition in Lung Epithelial Cells
Tanya Miura | Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Several studies have reported the detection of multiple viruses in 10-30% of respiratory samples from young children exhibiting severe disease. Clinical studies have attempted to identify a relationship between viral co-infections and disease severity.
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Examining the Roles of Women in Sustainable Agriculture
Ryanne Pilgeram | Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department
Leading scholars in the field have suggested that women’s voices and roles in sustainability have not been examined, and that work on women and sustainability is particularly timely and important (Allen 2006; Allen and Sachs 2007).
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Computational Design and Optimization of Composite Structures under Uncertainty
Matthew Riley | Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
The structural design of many traditional aerospace structures has focused upon the use of metallic materials due to the wide availability of experimental data and the maturity of the computational models used to develop performance predictions. However, increasing material demands place upon aerostructures has given rise to the opinion that traditional metallic materials are no longer the optimal choice for structural design.
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Thermal Depolymerization of Synthetic Rubber Wastes
Mark Roll | Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering
The proliferation of non-biodegradable, synthetic polymers and plastics has raised thorny questions about their accumulation as waste. As plastics are often the basis for low-cost, disposable products, their accumulation becomes even more problematic.
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The Pricing-To-Market of US Firms
Jing Sun | Assistant Professor of Economics, Business Department
Unlike the conventional wisdom that dollar depreciation reduces US trade deficit, US trade balance is rather insensitive to exchange rate movement. Economists try to explain this by studying how firms make price adjustments in response to currency fluctuations, the so-called Pricing-To-Market (PTM) behavior.
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The Visible Woman: Poems About Sarah Winchester, Victorian Heiress to the Rifle Fortune
Alexandra Teague | Assistant Professor of Poetry, English Department
With the recent increase in academic and societal interest in poetry books that reimagine historical figures and events, my second manuscript, The Visible Woman, extends this trend by exploring the story of Sarah Winchester, Victorian heiress to the rifle fortune, and the bizarre and purportedly haunted 6-acre house she built in California, as well Winchester sharpshooters, ghosts, war widows, and other “visible” women.
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Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration as Part of the “Green Economy”
Anastasia Telesetsky | Associate Professor, College of Law
Environmental degradation has direct and indirect costs on national and local economies. Many States have responded to ongoing ecological losses with publicly funded large-scale ecosystem restoration projects (see e.g. coastal mangrove reforestation in Southeast Asia).
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Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Using Electromagnetic Separation Device
Tao Xing | Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
This project aims to use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to design and optimize the magnetic separation system used in spent nuclear fuel recycling. The project will develop advanced models for both the fluid and particles such that the accuracy of predicting the removal efficiency of particles will be significantly improved.
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“The Purist of Motives”: Thomas Irwin Emerson’s Journey Toward a Theory
Dinah Zeiger | Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Media
One of the most potent narratives of the First Amendment refers to its function as a social safety valve, a principle articulated by Thomas Irwin Emerson in a 1963 essay in which he argued that freedom of expression promotes a means of achieving a more stable community.
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