Faculty and Staff Grants From March 2018
Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received grants or contract awards during March 2018:
Ali Azadani, assistant professor in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
- Grant from W.L. Gore & Associates for "Fluid-solid Interaction Computational Modeling of a Novel Transcatheter Heart Valve"
- Project abstract: Develop a one-way coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) model using ABAQUS and ANSYS simulation softwares on a flexible leaflet heart valve configuration using the appropriate material models and boundary conditions. The FSI model will characterize the flow through the model and also compute the deformation of the leaflets and the effects of the valve movement on the fluid.
- Grant from the State of Idaho for "ID COHA, Training Assessment and Strategic Planning"
- Project abstract: Provide professional and technical services for the study, design and evaluation of the Comprehensive Organizational Health Assessment (COHA) and Training System Assessment.
Natalie Knowlton, director of the Honoring Families Initiative at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System
- Grant from the National Center for State Courts for "Justice in Domestic Relations"
- Project abstract: Representatives of the Insitute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) will participate as members of the Family Justice Initiative (FJI) Landscape Study Steering Committee to provide guidance on project deliverables, including assistance creating FJI Landscape report/recommendations.
- Grant from the Alzheimer's Association for "Brain-derived Exosomes as Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease"
- Project abstract: In this study, researchers propose to correlate blood biomarkers amyloid-beta and Tau levels from exosomes isolated from brain tissues and from neuron-derived exosomes (NDE) isolated from blood from three cortical regions from Alzheimer's and control subjects.
Kevin Morris, associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work
- Grant from WaterShed Animal Fund for "Measuring the One Health Impacts of the Humane Society of the United States' Pets for Life"
- Project abstract: By measuring the impact of Pets for Life's person-centered approach to animal welfare on the holistic health of the community, this study will position animal welfare as an integral component of sustainable and inclusive public health. The findings will make the case for increased interdisciplinary collaboration, encourage broader policy-making and expand funding sources for the field.
Kevin Shelburne, senior research scientist in the department of mechanical and materials engineering at the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
- Grant from the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation with a subaward through the National Institutes of Health for "Reproducibility in Simulation-based Prediction of Natural Knee Mechanics"
- Project abstract: Computational modeling and simulations have become a routing and powerful strategy for academic research and clinical trial. The goal of this study is to understand how modelers' choices to build models, even when building the models from the same foundation of data, may influence predictions and therefore the reproducibility of simulation results.
Shannon Silva, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work
- Grant from the Colorado Judicial Department for "State of the State Evaluation of Restorative Justice Practices in Colorado"
- Project abstract: Prepare a State of the State Evaluation of Restorative Justice (RJ) Practices in Colorado. The purpose of this project is to inform long-range goals and objectives of the RJ Council as it enters into a new strategic planning cycle.
- Grant from the Internal Revenue Service for "Low Income Taxpayer Clinic"
- Project abstract: The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) has operated since 2008 within the Graduate Tax Program. The LITC represents taxpayers primarily within Colorado who are low income. Each year, the LITC represents between 250-300 clients in matters before the IRS.
- Grant from Anu Family Services for "Fast Track to a Family (FT2F) Program Evaluation"
- Project abstract: The Butler Institute for Families is partnering with Anu Family Services to evaluate the success of the Fast Track to a Family (FT2F) Program. The evaluation will include a focused literature review of family finding programs, review and analysis of data, as well as gathering feedback from staff, kin and other stakeholders.
- Grant from the City University of New York for "ACS-NY FAR"
- Project abstract: The Butler Institute for Families will work in collaboration with the New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to advance New York's Family Assessment Response (FAR) Initiative by supporting the expansion and strengthening of New York City/Administration for Children's Services (ACS) FAR.