President’s Global Innovation Fund Faculty Grants Awarded

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I am delighted to announce the fourth round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.  The Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia Global Centers.  The program is designed as a venture fund to enable the development of new projects and research collaborations within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service.  The 12 projects receiving awards were selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses. 

The projects selected in this round all make use of our network of eight Columbia Global Centers and will provide opportunities for faculty and students to address important global issues.  Projects receiving awards focus on a diverse array of topics, ranging from biomedical engineering to human rights to Slavic studies. Many are highly collaborative, with faculty members working across University departments and schools, and partnering with other academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and research consortia.  The full list of funded projects can be found below. 

These awards follow three previous rounds of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund that have supported 49 projects.  Collectively, these projects 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 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, Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development, and me in congratulating these grant recipients.

John H. Coatsworth
Provost

 

List of Awardees – Spring 2016

Adolescents Living with HIV: Engaging and Empowering through Photography
Elaine Abrams
Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Medical Center
Mailman School of Public Health

Black Sea Networks: Rethinking Slavic Studies in the Global Age
Valentina Izmirlieva
Associate Professor of Slavic Languages
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Building Cross-Sector Networks and Transdisciplinary Research to Promote Urban Health: A Partnership Spanning Columbia University's Global Center, Brazil and the Mailman School of Public Health
Gina Lovasi
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health

Jeanine Genkinger
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health

Columbia University International Consortium for Maxillofacial Radiology
Samuel Zeichner
Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Oral Radiology) at the Columbia University Medical Center
College of Dental Medicine

CUPUC: A Partnership with Astronomers at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Marcel Agüeros
Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Human Rights Treaty Body Reform Process: Towards a Stronger Human Rights Protection Regime
Elazar Barkan
Professor of International and Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs

Jack Snyder
Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations
Department of Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Ideas for Aging
Julie Herbstman
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

A Joint Symposium with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to Catalyze Biomedical Engineering Research and Education Exchange
Clark Hung
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Helen Lu
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Laboratory-based PhD Training in Nutritional and Agricultural Sciences in East Africa
Debra Wolgemuth
Professor of Genetics and Development (in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Institute of Human Nutrition)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

School to Work Transition and Inequality in Brazil and the US: A Collaborative Investigation
Thomas DiPrete
Giddings Professor of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Storm Surge Risk to Mumbai: A Challenge to Sustainable Urbanization in India’s Largest City
Adam Sobel
Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Syrian Refugee Crisis: Struggles on the Road to Resettlement
Nabila El-Bassel
Willma and Albert Musher Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work

Neeraj Kaushal
Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work

If you cannot access the link above please visit the Columbia Global Centers website at http://globalcenters.columbia.edu/presidents-global-innovation-fund