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Faculty and Staff Grants From September 2017

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received grants or contract awards during September 2017.

Yolanda Anyon, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work

  • Grant from Denver Public Schools for "DU-DPS Researcher Practitioner Partnership on Disparities in School Discipline 2017-2018"
  • Project abstract: Conduct a mixed methods study on the differences between implementation of universal approaches at schools who did and did not meet the district's discipline goals in the 2015-2016 school year, but had similar populations and practices

Gary Bishop, senior research engineer for chemistry and biochemistry

  • Grants from the Coordinating Research Council to "Analyze Existing West LA Data Set for On-Road Evaporative Emissions" and "E-124 Revisit Lynwood, California"
  • Project abstract: Return to Lynwood, Calif. area and collect emission measurements using latest FEAT instrument. Compare to 1989 and 1991 measurements.


J. Todd Blankenship, associate professor of biological sciences

  • Grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Mechanisms of Membrane Ratcheting During Cell Intercalation
  • Project abstract: Provide a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that establish a planar polarized Rab35 ratchet.

Jesse Burne, executive director of the Bridge Project at the Graduate School of Social Work

  • Grant from the City and County of Denver for "Bridge Project Comprehensive Model"
  • Project abstract: Bridge Project comprehensive model support during school year and summer for students in public housing. This includes early literacy K-3, STEM for 4-8 and experiential programming for 5-8 grades.


Wenzhong Gao, professor of electrical and computer engineering

  • Grant from the National Science Foundation for "GOALI: Distributed Control, Optimization and State Estimation of Networked Microgrids with Enhanced Stability"
  • Project abstract: Project focused on advanced control technology development based on new techniques for analysis and enhancement of stability characteristics of Microgrid Cluster (MGC), which is a complex system integrated with various distributed energy resource (DER) units.

Michele Hanna, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Graduate School of Social Work

  • Grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration for CLIMB@DU
  • Project abstract: The Collaborative Learning and Innovative Educational Models of Behavioral Health (CLIMB@DU) is a collaborative effort between the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) and the Butler Institute for Families that aims to increase the social work workforce in integrated behavioral health (IBH) services that serve rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved commuities in Colorado.

Pilyoung Kim, associate professor of psychology

  • Grant from the Brain & Behavioral Research Foundation for "Alterations in Neural Functions that Predict the Onset of Perinatal Depression"
  • Project abstract: This project proposes that the prenatal period is a vulnerable window when chronic stress can have adverse effects on the brains of mothers for mood regulation. This study utilizes a prospective and multi-time point design. Prenatal stress along with neural regulation of negative emotion and depressive symptoms will be assessed each trimester.

Peter Laz, professor of mechanical and materials engineering

  • Grant from Nike USA, Inc. for "Work Order 4-Foot Shape Modeling with Expanded Training Set"
  • Project details are proprietary


Jonathan Moyerdirector of the Pardee Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

  • Grant from the Western Cape Provincial Government for "Futures Cape IV"
  • Project abstract: Advisory services by the Pardee Center for the International Futures Modeling Specialist for the West Cape Government (South Africa).


Donald New, senior project manager at the Applied Research and Technology Institute

  • Grant from the Harris Corporation for "Mistral 'Trash Can' Testing"
  • Project details are proprietary

Nicole Nicotera, professor at the Graduate School of Social Work 

  • Grant from the Corporation for National Science for "Civic Engagement Through the Voices of Latino/a Youth: Exploring Definitions, Supports, and Barriers"
  • Project abstract: Understand how Latino/a youth conceptualize civic engagement, what supports and encourages them to be involved, what obstacles keep them from being involved, how do they think young people in general could be supported to engage civically.

Timothy Sweeny, assistant professor of psychology

  • Grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Emergent Gaze Perception in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
  • Project abstract: Examine the development of global gaze perception among typical children and those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for the first time using 2D faces. Then utilizing a relatively new technology-social assisted robotics-evaluate how children with ASD perceive gaze on a 3D face.

Heather Taussig, professor at the Graduate School of Social Work 

  • Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for "An Ecological Model of Risk and Protection for Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Involvement Among Maltreated Youth: A Longitudinal Study"
  • Project abstract: This study will examine the cumulative effect of exposure to multiple childhood traumas, disaggregate findings to examine this relationship in subgroups of youth and test whether trauma-informed practices might weaken the link between accumulating adversity and juvenile justice involvement.

Sarah Watamura, associate professor of psychology

  • Grant from the Ford Foundation for "Examining the Biological Embedding of Resilience in Adolescent Parents and their Children"
  • Project abstract: Collect intensive data from adolescent and young adult mothers and their young children experiencing low income to examine the biological embedding of risk and resilience factors.