President's Global Innovation Fund

June 23, 2014 

Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to announce the second round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.  The purpose of the Fund is to support faculty who are developing projects that increase opportunities for research, teaching, and service around the world.  The 13 projects receiving grants were selected from 53 proposals by a review committee of senior faculty.  The proposals came from 14 of Columbia’s Schools and from 14 departments in the Arts and Sciences.

Many of the selected projects are led by a faculty team, and others are the work of a single Columbia faculty member.  All make use of our network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents, and all will provide opportunities for faculty and students to address vital global issues.  This year’s selected projects cover a variety of disciplines and topics, from astrophysics to sustainable agriculture to international law.  The full list of funded projects can be found below.

These awards follow an initial round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund that last year supported 20 equally diverse projects.  Collectively, these and future projects will play an essential role in realizing the potential of the Columbia Global Centers to create new opportunities for faculty and students, and in defining in tangible ways what it means for Columbia, the most global of universities, to explore new frontiers of knowledge in the 21st century.  It is especially gratifying to see such a high level of interest in this program from our faculty.  Information on the program and the previous round of funded projects can be found here on the Columbia Global Centers website.

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

John H. Coatsworth 
Provost

List of Awardees – Spring 2014

Children's Global Oral Health Initiative: An Adaptable Interdisciplinary Model for ChronicHealth Care Management and Health Promotion
Stephen Nicholas
Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at CUMC
College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health
Shantanu Lal
Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Pediatric Dentistry) at CUMC

China's Aid to Africa: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities
Wafaa El-Sadr
University Professor
Professor of Epidemiology - Mailman School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine - College of Physicians and Surgeons

De-Provincializing Soft Power: A Global-Historical Approach
Victoria de Grazia
Moore Collegiate Professor of History - Arts & Sciences

Fostering a community of practice around drought information tools
Walter Baethgen
Senior Research Scientist – Earth Institute

Global Expertise to Feed the World: Planning a CGC Network on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification
Pedro Sanchez
Senior Research Scholar - Earth Institute

Global Mental Health Research Consortium and Scholars Program
Kathleen Pike
Professor of Psychology and Education in Psychiatry and Epidemiology at CUMC
College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health

Global Nursing Research Development Initiative
Jennifer Dohrn
Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUMC - School of Nursing
Elaine Larson
Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research – School of Nursing
Professor of Epidemiology – Mailman School of Public Health

International Legal Dialogue - Middle East North Africa
Lori Damrosch
Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization and
Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy - School of Law

Kenyan Undergraduate Immersion in Tropical Biology and Sustainability
Dustin Rubenstein
Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology - Arts & Sciences

Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments
Zainab Bahrani
Edith Porada Professor of Art History and Archaeology ‐ Arts & Sciences

Screenwriting and Creative Producing Workshops for CGC
Ira Deutchman
Professor of Professional Practice - School of the Arts

Socioeconomic disparities in non-communicable disease outcomes, risk factors, and access to health care in the Chilean adult population
Steven Shea
Hamilton Southworth Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology (in Biomedical Information)
Senior Vice Dean - College of Physicians and Surgeons

Teaming Up to Prepare for the Next Decade in Time-Domain Astrophysics: A Joint Workshop with the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile
Marcel Agüeros
Assistant Professor of Astronomy - Arts & Sciences