President’s Global Innovation Fund Faculty Grants Awarded

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I am delighted to announce the third 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 sixteen projects receiving awards were selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses.

Many of the projects are led by a team of faculty members, and others are the work of a single Columbia scholar. All make use of our network of eight Columbia Global Centers on four continents, and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to address vital global issues. This year’s selected projects cover a vast range of disciplines and topics, from volcanoes to trade relations. The full list of funded projects can be found below.

These awards follow two prior rounds of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund that have supported thirty-three 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 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 rounds 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 2015

The Cognitive Consequences of Political Violence
Christopher Blattman
Associate Professor
School of International and Public Affairs
Associate Professor of Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Building Community Anthropology Across the Jordan Valley

Zoë Crossland
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

International Legal Dialogue - Middle East North Africa
Lori Damrosch
Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
School of Law

Collaborations for Developing the Science Base for Improved Air Quality in India
Ruth DeFries
Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Covering Religion: A Global Perspective

Ari Goldman
Professor
School of Journalism

Building Human Capital in Developing Countries: An Interdisciplinary Research Program with Adaptive Technologies
Supreet Kaur Anand
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs
Assistant Professor of Economics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Building a South Asian Public Health Network: A Collaboration of Columbia University's Global Center, Mumbai, India and the Mailman School of Public Health
Cassie Landers
Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Mailman School of Public Health

Global Operational Data Index
Susan McGregor
Assistant Professor
School of Journalism

Colonization and Decolonization in the Making of the Modern World: an intensive summer course taught in Rio de Janeiro and New Delhi

Mae Ngai
Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Annual China-Latin America Program on Trade and Financial Relations in the Context of Changing Economic Structure in China and Latin America

José Antonio Ocampo
Professor of Professional Practice
School of International and Public Affairs

Global Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance and Epidemiology Using Whole Genomes
Paul Planet
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons

The Dual Role of Volcanism: From the Foundation of our Civilization to their Potential Destruction
Philipp Ruprecht
Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Longitudinal and Cross-national Study of the Effects of Retirement on Health
Ursula Staudinger
Robert N. Butler Professor in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Digital Justice: Public Discourse, Censorship, and the Technologies of Dissent

Dennis Tenen
Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Advancing Sustainable Waste Management (SWM) in Latin America and Disseminating the Results to Other Developing Regions
Nickolas Themelis
Special Research Scientist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Mapping Human Networks of Transnational Architectural Projects
Mabel Wilson
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation