President’s Global Innovation Fund Faculty Grants Awarded

By
John H. Coatsworth
June 01, 2017

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I am delighted to announce the fifth round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.  The Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage the eight Columbia Global Centers.  The program supports projects within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service.  The 11 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 the network of Columbia Global Centers and provide opportunities for faculty and students to address pressing global issues.  Projects receiving awards focus on a diverse array of topics, ranging from religion and populism to wildfires and deforestation to urban poverty.  Many are highly collaborative, with faculty members working across University departments and schools, and partnering with other academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and research consortia.  The full list of funded projects can be found below. 

These awards follow four previous rounds of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund that have supported 61 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.  The high level of interest in this program from our faculty is gratifying.  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

Spring 2017 Awardees

Kavita P. Ahluwalia
Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Community Health) at the Columbia University Medical Center 
College of Dental Medicine

Stephen Nicholas 
Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center 
College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health

Mamadou Diouf
Leitner Family Professor of African Studies
Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Kai Kresse
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Jinny Prais
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Debra Wolgemuth
Professor of Genetics and Development (in the Center for Reproductive Sciences, in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in the Institute of Human Nutrition)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Richard Deckelbaum
Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics) and Professor of Epidemiology
College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health

Don Melnick
Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Gisela Winckler
Lamont Research Professor 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Charles Armstrong
The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences
Department of History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Joseph Terwilliger
Professor of Neurobiology (in Psychiatry, the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, and in Genetics and Development)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Susan Pedersen
Gouverneur Morris Professor of History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Charly Coleman
Assistant Professor of History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Ruth Finkelstein
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management (in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center) at the Columbia University Medical Center 
Mailman School of Public Health

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

Tanya Ellman
Associate Research Scientist, ICAP; Instructor in Clinical Medicine
Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons

Sarah Knuckey
Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Associate Clinical Professor of Human Rights
School of Law

Lindsay B. Stark
Associate Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center 
Mailman School of Public Health

Katherine Ewing
Professor of Religion
Faculty of Arts and Sciences