Columbia-Chile Fund Research Grant Awards

February 10, 2014

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

Clara Irazábal
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Darby Jack
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Donald J. Melnick 
Distinguished Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology

Christian Pop-Eleches
Associate Professor, School of International and Public Affairs

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

Miguel Urquiola
Associate Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs

Gabriel Weintraub
Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business