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RGI Awards Announced for 2007-2008

UWM will fund 42 proposals in the 2007-2008 Research Growth Initiative®, an internal seed-funding competition aimed at enhancing the university's research and scholarly work and supporting the state's economic development through innovation.

The winners were chosen from the original pool of 183 by independent review panels consisting of experts and scholars from top U.S. research institutions, including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Harvard, Penn State, Northwestern, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and UW-Madison.

Although the funds to be awarded to each project are still under negotiation, the projects are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, from chemistry, anthropology, and engineering, to urban planning, music, and literature.

The awardees are:

Modeling The Fate Of Lead In Battlefield Soils
Joseph H. Aldstadt, Chemistry
Co-PIs: Erik R. Christensen, Civil Engineering; Timothy J. Grundl, Geosciences
Lake-Atmosphere Gas Exchange In Lake Michigan
Harvey A. Bootsma, WATER Institute
High-Dielectric-Constant Nanotube-Polymer Composites For Electromechanical Actuation
Jian Chen, Chemistry
Co-PI: Sarah Gong, Mechanical Engineering
Optimum Experimental Design Of A General Purpose Load Transducer
Anoop K. Dhingra, Mechanical Engineering
Gender Stereotypes Voting for Women and Evaluations of the American Political System
Kathleen A. Dolan, Political Science
Barriers For Women In STEM Careers
Nadya A. Fouad, Educational Psychology
Novel Photopolymerizable Macromers For Tissue Engineering Applications
Sarah Gong, Mechanical Engineering
Co-PI: Douglas A. Steeber, Biological Sciences
Structure Context and Voting Behavior in Mayoral Elections
Thomas M. Holbrook, Political Science
Late Paleozic Gondwanan Ice Age As Exposed In The Depositional Basins In Western Argentina
John L. Isbell, Geosciences
Electrostatic-Force-Assisted Cold Gas Dynamic Spray Of Nanoparticles: A New Low Temperature Process
Tien-Chien Jen, Mechanical Engineering
Co-PI: Junhong Chen, Mechanical Engineering
Quality And Coordination Of Care For Persons With Disability: Developing A Survey Measure
Mark V. Johnston, Occupational Therapy
Co-PIs: Amy Darragh; Kris Barnekow Occupational Therapy
Stochastic Mode Reduction In Prototype Climate Models
Sergey Kravtsov, Mathematical Sciences
A Boundary-Layer Parameterization For Weather Forecast Models
Vincent E. Larson, Mathematical Sciences
Improving Stratigraphic And Chronologic Control For Olduvai Gorge Bed II Archaeological Sites Using Tephra Geochemistry
Lindsay J. McHenry, Geosciences
Kynureine-3-Monooxygenase And Ischemic Stroke
Graham R. Moran, Chemistry
Determining The Structure Of Individual Biological Molecules
Abbas Ourmazd, Physics
Co-PIs: Valentin Shneerson; Dilano K Saldin; Physics
Structure-Function Relationships In Metalloenzymes With Multiple Redox-Active Centers
A. Andrew Pacheco, Chemistry
Thermoacoustic Tomography–Attenuation Correction
Sarah K. Patch, Physics
Real-Time Traffic Management And Surveillance Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Zhong-Ren Peng, Urban Planning
Co-PIs: Jun Zhang, Tian Zhao, Electrical Engineerg & Computer Science
Cellular Zinc Imaging With Fluorescent Probes: What Is Being Imaged?
David H. Petering, Chemistry
Underwriting The Accident: Narratives Of American Chance 1871-1935
Jason R. Puskar, English
Brain Impedance Measurement Technique For Monitoring Of Anesthetic-Induced State Transition
Valerica Raicu, Physics
Urban Redevelopment And Machine Building In Postwar Chicago: An Institutionalist Perspective
Joel S. Rast, Political Science
Late Prehistoric Ceramic Chronology In The Western Great Lakes
John D. Richards, Anthropology
Co-PI: Robert J. Jeske, Anthropology
Demonstration Of Feasibility Of Self Healing Metal Matrix Micro And Nanocomposites
Pradeep K. Rohatgi, Materials
Co-PI: Ryo S. Amano, Mechanical Engineering
Death And Butterflies In German New Guinea
Nigel T. Rothfels, Edison Initiative
Do Lianas Alter Nutrient And Water Dynamics In Tropical Forests? An Experimental Test
Stefan A. Schnitzer, Biological Sciences
Consumer Evaluation Of Assistive Technology: Web Based Data Collection And Reporting
Roger O. Smith, Occupational Therapy
Co-PIs: Kathleen L. Rust, Todd D. Schwanke, R2D2 Center
Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation For Immobilization-Induced Muscle Atrophy
Ann C. Snyder, Human Movement Sciences
Co-PI: Janis T. Eells, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Detection Of Infectious Disease Using High-Frequency Microelectronic Biosensors Based On Organic Semiconductors
Douglas A. Steeber, Biological Sciences
Co-PI: David P. Klemer, Electrical Engineerg & Computer Science
Feasibility Study Involving Monolingual Spanish-Speaking Hispanic Women Living With HIV
Patricia E. Stevens, Nursing
Service Capacity Competition During The Era Of Managed Care: The Case Of Urban Hospitals
Hanh Q. Trinh, Health Care Administration & Information
An Investigation Into The Role Of Atmospheric Teleconnections In Climate
Anastasios A. Tsonis, Mathematical Sciences
Mastering Sensibility: The Aesthetics Of Flaubert And Baudelaire In Light Of Contemporary Medical Conceptions
Florence Vatan, French, Italian and Comparative Literature
Leonard Sorkin International Institute Of Chamber Music Expansion
Jon Welstead, Music
Co-PIs: Caen Thomason-Redus, Todd Levy, Wolfgang Laufer, Judit Jaimes, Yuri Gandelsman, Ralph Evans, Christopher Burns, Efim Boico, Kevin Hartman, Music
Mathematical Problems In Quantum Computation
Jeb F. Willenbring, Mathematical Sciences
Examining The Role Of Attention In Tic Suppression: A pilot Investigation
Douglas W. Woods, Psychology
Co-PI: Christine A. Conelea, Psychology
Multiple Information Seeking Strategies In Information Retrieval: User Involvement And System Role
Hong (Iris) Xie, School Of Information Studies
Advancing Real-Time Non-Invasive Microscopic Chemical Imaging With Nonlinear Raman Spectroscopy
Vladislav V. Yakovlev, Physics
Dissecting The Type III Secretion System Regulon In A Model Plant Pathogen Erwinia Chrysanthemi 3937
Ching-Hong Yang, Biological Sciences
Phosphorus Acquisition: Exploring New Paradigms In Freshwater Phytoplankton
Erica B. Young, Biological Sciences
Co-PI: John A. Berges, Biological Sciences
Towards The Building Of The Next Generation Of Information Retrieval In Biology: Linking Abstract Sentences To Images
Hong Yu, Health Care Administration & Information
Co-PI: Joseph Bockhorst, Electrical Engineerg & Computer Science

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