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ORED Funds Seven Equipment and Infrastructure Support Proposals

Seven proposals representing five colleges were selected for funding through the Office of Research and Economic Development's (ORED) Equipment and Infrastructure Support (EIS) award program. The program supports equipment purchases, upgrades and repairs to enhance research, scholarship and creative activity at the university. In this competition, ORED awarded a total of $102,982 in funding. Recipients were selected from a competitive field that included 12 submissions requesting a total of $179,036. Awards ranged from $5,625 to $38,852.

The proposals were reviewed by a group of faculty and administrative representatives, and their evaluations were used to produce a preliminary ranking. The evaluation process also took into account priority rankings from the college Deans and existing infrastructure. Proposal requests that were considered most likely to result in increased research, scholarly and creative productivity were ranked the highest. A minimum 1:1 cost share was required. Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dr. Janet Nelson, made the final funding decisions.

This is the third EIS award competition ORED has sponsored since 2017. In all, 29 proposals have been funded at a total of $511,075.

"I am pleased to continue ORED support for our university community's growing equipment and infrastructure needs," Nelson said. "EIS represents one of the ongoing investments that ORED is making to support research, scholarship and creative activity across all disciplines."

The list of funded proposals follows.

  • CNR Aquatic Animal Laboratory (AAL) Infrastructure Support. PI: Kenneth Cain, Professor, Aquaculture and Fish Health, and Associate Director, Aquaculture Research Institute, Department of Fish and Wildlife, College of Natural Resources (CNR). The award will provide funding for infrastructure maintenance of life support systems in the Aquatic Animal Laboratory, which supports studies in fish disease and vaccinology, aquatic toxicology, behavior and ecological studies, and aquatic invasive species.
  • Acquisition of Particle Image Velocimetry. PI: Vibhav Durgesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering (COE). Funding will support the purchase of a particle image velocimetry system that will be available to student researchers and shared among collaborators working on diverse research projects aimed at elucidating complex fluid dynamics processes.
  • Theatre Arts Department Studio Flooring. PI: Ann Hoste, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS). Funding will support the purchase and installation of durable, safe and appealing flooring to transform the existing training and rehearsal studios into functional acting spaces that will directly impact the scholarly achievement of students, the creative activity of faculty members, and the future bid for the National Association of Schools of Theatre accreditation.
  • Northern Idaho Agricultural Weather Network - Pilot Implementation. PI: Jason Kelley, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil and Water Systems, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). Funding will support the installation of three permanent weather stations in northern Idaho on U of I research farms to collect weather data and make it available to researchers, local farmers, government agencies and others in agricultural production, for both immediate weather information needs and long-term research on new methods to enhance decision support for farm practices.
  • Blood Analyzer Machines to Enhance Research in Animal Health. PI: Denise Konetchy, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Veterinary Science, CALS. Funding will support the purchase of an Abaxis HM5c Hematology machine and an Abaxis Vet Scan 2 blood chemistry machine to aid Animal and Veterinary Science clinical research needs, meet the larger veterinary community's needs and maintain U of I's competitive position by allowing researchers to easily collect blood metabolites and markers data in livestock, assessing basic animal health at minimal expense.
  • Tables, Chairs and Easels for Art + Design Drawing Studio. PI: Gregory Turner-Rahman, Program Head and Associate Professor, Department of Art & Design, College of Art and Architecture (A&A). Funding will support the acquisition of foldable tables, stackable chairs and stackable easels to quickly re-configure classrooms used for required courses to accommodate the different needs of the various drawing classes and allow for more flexibility in room arrangements.
  • Purchase a Portable Ultrasound Machine to Develop Affordable Approaches for Breast Cancer Detection. PI: Min Xian, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Idaho Falls Center, COE. Funding will support the purchase of a portable ultrasound machine to advance interdisciplinary research of faculty in several departments (computer science, industrial technology, statistics, and chemical and materials engineering) and student projects aimed at developing affordable techniques for the early detection of breast cancer by collecting images, evaluating imaging quality and validating the performance of new algorithms running on mobile devices.

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