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Faculty and Staff Grants From April and May 2018

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received grants or contract awards during April and May 2018:

Karen Albright, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminlogy at the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Grant from the American Sociological Association for "Sociology Outside the Academy: Non-Academic Career Patterns and Implications for Sociological Training"
  • Project abstract: This study will collect data from sociologists who have received PhDs and are working outside of academia. Information will be gathered on how these professionals engage with sociology in their career. We will begin to elucidate the ways in which sociology can be an effective tool outside of academia and how graduate training can better prepare students for the career.

Scott Barbee, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Exploring Roles for FMR/P-bodies in Presynaptic Development"
  • Project abstract: This study will test the hypothesis that the FMRP protein interacts biochemically and genetically with components of the presynaptic P-body mediated deadenylation and/or decay machinery to control normal synaptic development at the Drosophila larval NMJ.

Elaine Belansky, research associate professor at the Morgridge College of Education and director of the Center for Rural School Health and Education

  • Grant from the Colorado Health Foundation for "Supporting Schools to Plan and Implement Comprehensive Health"
  • Project abstract: In Working to Improve School Health II (WISH II), we will continue our efforts to ensure that high-need, rural school districts can participate in the Creating Healthy Schools funding opportunity and benefit from the services offered through the professional development system.

Gary Bishop, senior research engineer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for "Measuing Emissions from the On-Road Vehicle Fleet in West Los Angeles"
  • Project abstract: Measurements of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO) and nitric oxide (NO) emissions using remote sensing devices (RSDs) in West Los Angeles. This work is critical to extending the long-term measurement records of vehicular emissions and in implementing Low-Emission Vehicle II regulations.


Eric Chess, director of the Financial Security and Cognitive Decline Initiative at the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

  • Grant from the NextFifty Foundation for "Impaired Financial Decision-Making in Aging Populations: How to Detect Early Signs and How to Help Those Most Vulnerable"
  • Project abstract: The goals of this project are to increase awareness and early identification of impaired financial decision-making by creating a testing method that would be useful for individuals and financial planners. Secondly will be to provide education and outreach to vulnerable aging populations in Colorado. This will be targeted toward understanding the intersection of cognitive impairment and diminished financial decision-making, preventing exploitation and enhancing financial security.

Bonnie Clark, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Grant from History Colorado for "2018 Amache Archaeology and Museum Field School"
  • Project abstract: The Anthropology Department has been engaged in a collaborative project designed to research, interpret and preserve the tangible history of Amache, a World War II-era Japanese-American internment camp. This grant will fund much of the 2018 Amache Field School.

Lynn Schofield Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at tne Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Grant from the University of Colorado-Denver for "Incorporating Visual Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practices with Low-Income Youth of Color"
  • Project abstract: This project is a joint-pilot between the Graduate School of Social Work; the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies; and the Bridge Project. This mixed-methods study seeks to explore changes in socio-emotional health and positive youth development outcomes of middle school-aged low-income youth of color who participate in a 10-week video storytelling intervention.

Elysia Clemens, deputy director of Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

  • Grant from the Colorado Department of Education for "Student Re-Engagement Grant Program Evaluation"
  • Project abstract: The purpose of this project is to draft a multi-year evaluation plan for the Colorado Department of Education's Student Re-Engagement Grant Program. The goal is to create a road map for informing ongoing investments by the state in re-engaging students who have dropped out of school.

Jennifer Hoffman, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for "GPOL+NIRI: Commissioning the GPOL Facility Polarization Modulator in Gemini North"
  • Project abstract: The polarization of astronomical light contains key physical information unobtainable by other means. The project commissions the GPOL Facility Polarization Modulator with the NIRI instrument at Gemini North. This simple combination will allow to fully test and characterize GPOL's performance as well as pursuing mapping the spiral structures in the disk of AB Aurigae and identifying new B(e) stars in an open cluster.

Eva Horna Lowell, student in biological sciences at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the National Science Foundation for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
  • Project abstract: The Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports graduate students who are pursuing a research master's or PhD in the United States. The award offers a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, with $12,000 paid to the institution for tuition and fees. The GRFP selects recipients who in the future have achieved high levels of success in the academic careers. The GRFP provides recipients with a reputation that frequently helps them become strong leaders that contribute significantly to the academic and research communities. The fellows are expected to become experts in their field and they are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure. 

Christopher Lasch, professor at the Sturm College of Law

  • Grant from the Denver Foundation for "Immigration Justice Project"
  • Project abstract: This grant will support the Law School's Immigration Justice Project, including the Immigration Law Clinic, Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowship and the Crimmigration Law and Policy Series.



Corinne Lengsfeld, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Grant from the University of Colorado-Denver for "Interplay Between Product and Pumping Factors on Peristaltic Pump-Induced Particle Formation
  • Project abstract: This work will develop a computational fluid dynamics model of a rotary piston pump like that utilized by Janssen.


Jonathan Moyer, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures and assistant professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

  • Grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for "SDG Analysis Using IFs"
  • Project abstract: The objective of the 2018 UNDP partnership will be to expand the usability of the modeling tool by facilitating application in at least three more countries. These countries will be chosen based on where governments have requested UNDP to provide policy and analytical support.

Piotr Organisciak, assistant professor in the Department of Research Methods and Information Science at the Morgridge College of Education

  • Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for "Text Duplication and Similarity in the HathiTrust Digital Library"
  • Project abstract: This project is a large-scale text analysis project, developing computational methods to model text duplication and similarity in the context of digital library volumes. The project will involve and mentor LIS and RMS students in activities relevant to their disciplines.

Elizabeth Sperber, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Grant from the University of Notre Dame for "New Christian Movements in African Public Spheres: Original Data Collection Across Zambian Churches"
  • Project abstract: Conduct a large sample size survey of religious congregants as well as semistructured interviews with religious leaders across a stratified random sample of religious institutions in three purposefully selected districts of Zambia.

Robin Tinghitella, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from Jefferson County, Colorado for "Sex in the Noisy City: Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Sexual Selection and Fitness"
  • Project abstract: Anthropogenic noise is a major global pollutant arising from human-generated sources. Measuring survival and reproductive success directly will allow us to predict evolutionary responses of animals to noise. This work will be the first to quantify the effects of this noise on mating behavior, signaling and fitness in the field.

Schuyler van Engelenburg, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Identifying Determinants of HIV-1 Responsible for the Nanoscale Distribution and Dynamics of Virus Assembly
  • Project abstrect: Potent in vivo antibody neutralization of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1) Envelope glycoprotein remains as a standing barrier for a generalizable cure to infection. Our research will contribute to understanding the fundamental steps required for HIV-1 assembly and will aid in the identification of important virus determinants impacting specific steps in assembly. The long-term goal is to construct molecularly accurate spatiotemporal models on HIV-1 biogenesis to inform new antiviral and immune stimulating strategies