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Seed Funding Will Advance Faculty Research

April 23, 2020


Dawn Carr, Carl Kitchens, Mark Isaac, Kai Ou

Under a program begun last year within the college, faculty have received a new round of seed money to encourage research that can garner external funding.

Of seven proposals submitted this spring, three have been awarded:

• Associate Professor Dawn Carr (Sociology): examining how racial exposures in early life school social environments can shape cognitive function in later life and how this may have important implications for the timing and onset of Alzheimer’s and related dementias

• Professor R. Mark Isaac and Associate Professor Carl Kitchens (Economics): understanding the role that externalities play in shaping neighborhood change and how local institutions interact with redevelopment in light of efforts to maintain historic neighborhoods or create cultural districts that limit or restrict future development

• Assistant Professor Kai Ou (Political Science): studying the process of how people choose to develop and value their skills, including the role played by status, gender, social comparisons and the performance of others

Each of the proposals will receive $5,000 in seed funding from the college. The four principal investigators will be conducting their research in the summer 2020 and reporting on their results and funding progress in fall 2020.

The funding decisions were reached after review by a COSSPP committee of faculty and staff.

"The diversity of the research support proposals we received in this second year of our competition was impressive yet again,” said Associate Dean for Research Mark Horner. “Our faculty seeking solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing society, and I'm glad our research support program will help to advance their efforts."

Horner noted the successful impact the research support program has already had, pointing to the example of one of last year's winners, Assistant Professor of Sociology Miranda Waggoner, who recently received a prestigious national award from the National Science Foundation that will fund her work on the social dimensions of biomedical research ethics over the next five years.