Columbia-Chile Fund Research Grant Awards

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the results of the competition for the Columbia-Chile Fund.  This fund, implemented by the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago), is aimed at research collaboration and joint projects between faculty and research scientists at Columbia and their counterparts in Chilean Universities.  Faculty from nine different schools across campus submitted proposals. With the help of a review committee, a total of eight proposals were selected for funding, addressing key topics in science, health, policy, and social issues. The full list of funded projects follows below.

The purpose of the Columbia-Chile Fund is to strengthen connections around varied academic and scholarly areas, encourage the flow of people and networks to Chile, and facilitate the creation of long-term relations between Columbia and Chilean universities.  The Fund will foster joint research efforts, student exchanges, and public engagement.  The selected funded projects reflect this variety, ranging from urban reconstruction to retirement and higher education to sustainable development. 

Please join Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development Safwan Masri and me in congratulating the recipients of these grants.

John H. Coatsworth


Columbia-Chile Fund Awardees – 2014

Julio Fernández
Professor of Biological Sciences
Degradation of titin at single molecular level

Clara Irazábal
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Learning from 27F: A comparative assessment of urban reconstruction processes after the 2010 earthquake in Chile

Darby Jack
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Collaborating to quantify the health benefits of clean biomass combustion in Chile

Donald J. Melnick
Distinguished Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology
Building a natural and social science collaboration to implement a new innovative science-based model for long-term sustainable development of Chile's temperate rainforests

Christian Pop-Eleches
Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs
Parental Interventions for home computers in Chile

Ursula Staudinger
Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of Psychology;
Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health
When does retirement optimize health? Causal effects of retirement timing on health outcomes and healthy behavior of older Americans and Chileans

Miguel Urquiola
Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs
K-12 and Higher education in Chile: school size and college reputation

Gabriel Weintraub
Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business
Public procurement mechanisms: from practice to research and back again