FY2014 Funded Proposals

The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) announces Seed Grant awards for FY2014. The process was very competitive, with 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.
 
Vladimir Aizen | Workshop for US Universities Consortium and the University of Central Asia Partnership for Research and Education
A workshop is proposed to finalize the development of a partnership in higher education and integrated science, technology and engineering research in sustainable social and economic development in Central Asia.
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Devin Becker | Control Shift: Documenting the TransitionsWriters Experienced in Moving from Paper-Based to Digital Environments
As Salman Rushdie’s computers and John Updike’s floppy disks attest, the materials deposited by prominent writers into Special Collections and Archives are increasingly digital in nature.
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Erkan Buzbas | Simulation-based statistical methods for reconstructing the history of hybrid human populations
A large number of human populations are founded by contribution from multiple source populations in recent history, and therefore are highly admixed.
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Rajal Cohen | Movement Planning, Impulse Control, and Forward Head Posture
Carrying the head forward of the spine contributes to multiple health problems, including neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and, in older adults, increased fall risk and mortality.
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Mary Drewnowski | Determining the Mechanism of Immune Enhancing Effects of Vitamin E in Young Calves
Decreasing calf morbidity and mortality are imperative to improving productivity and profitability of the cattle industry.
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Dr. Kyle Ferrill | A Professional Recording of the Songs of Dominick Argento
The field of classical music can appear to be based in the past, but in reality it is a thriving and ever-expanding world of new sounds, new ideas, and new personalities.
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Amanda Gearhart | Predicting Re-Burn Potential on Idaho’s Sagebrush Steppe Landscapes
Wildfire has been identified as one of the biggest threats to sage grouse, a candidate species for listing under the Endangered Species Act, habitat.
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Becky Jager | Swimming in the Mainstream: A Story ofWomen’s Athletics in Twentieth Century America
This project exposes female athletes who redefined women’s physical capacity and engaged in sociopolitical and socioeconomic realignments during the twentieth century.
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Jennifer Ladino | Memorials Matter: Bodies, Affect, and Environment at AmericanMemory Sites
My project investigates how American memorials contribute to stories about war and national identity.
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Jae Ryu | Validating local droughts to enhance climate-resilient agricultural water management in Idaho
As the climate continues to warm and the economy becomes more globalized, one of the great challenges facing agriculture producers, the agribusiness community, and policy makers is to find ways to mitigate the impacts of drought.
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Amanda C. Soto | Viva la Musica Mexicana! Teaching MexicanMusic and Mexican American Students
Mexican Americans are the largest group within the U.S. Hispanic population classification and many school populations in southern states and in pockets around the country consist of a Mexican American majority (Garcia, 2004; U.S. Census Bureau, 2010).
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Eva Strand | Laboratory experiments for predicting fire behavior and effects
Shrubs, forbs, and grasses are central to ecosystem structure and function and provide ecosystem resilience after disturbances including wildfire.
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Margaret Vaughn | Examining Teacher Adaptability with Nez Perce Students during a Summer Youth Writing Project
Recent education reform movements emphasize the need for teachers to adapt effective literacy practices depending on the particular needs of their students (e.g., Department of Education, 2009).
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Brian Yanites | Quantifying landscape evolution along the Salmon River, central Idaho
In the recent geologic past, the Salmon River has eroded a deep canyon along its path. Understanding the history of the river system and the driving mechanisms of landscape change in the region has important implications for a number of disciplines such as the geologic history of the central Idaho and the evolution of fish species in the Inland Northwest.
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