President’s Global Innovation Fund Faculty Grants Awarded 2019

The fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage the nine Columbia Global Centers.  The program supports projects within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service.


May 30, 2019

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

I am delighted to announce the seventh round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund. The Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage the nine Columbia Global Centers in order to increase opportunities for research, teaching, and service.

Awarded projects focus on a wide array of topics.  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, selected by a review committee of senior faculty, combined with six previous rounds of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund, bring the total number of supported projects to 101.  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. Further 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 these grant recipients.

John H. Coatsworth
Provost

List of Awardees – Spring 2019

Tonda Hughes
Henrik H. Bendixen Professor of International Nursing (in Psychiatry) at the Columbia University Medical Center
School of Nursing

Andreas Hielscher
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology (Physics) and Electrical Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Danielle Bajakian
Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Alexandra B. Carter
Clinical Professor of Law
School of Law

Eric Verhoogen
Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics
School of International and Public Affairs
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Yanis Ben Amor
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Microbiological Sciences (in Pediatrics and in The Earth Institute) at the Columbia University Medical Center
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development in The Earth Institute

Goleen Samari
Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Mailman School of Public Health

Terry McGovern
Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
Mailman School of Public Health

Wafaa El-Sadr
University Professor; Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Professor of Global Health (in Epidemiology)
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health
Department of Medicine, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, ICAP

Dylan Possamaï
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research    
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Craig Spencer
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Mailman School of Public Health

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

Bill Bower
Special Lecturer in Population and Family Health
Mailman School of Public Health

Linda Cushman
Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
Mailman School of Public Health

X. Edward Guo
Stanley Dicker Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Marcella D. Walker
Associate Professor of Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Nikhar Gaikwad
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Kellie Bryant
Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University Medical Center
School of Nursing

Jennifer E. Dohrn
Associate Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University Medical Center
School of Nursing

Ángel G. Muñoz
Associate Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The Earth Institute

Lisa Goddard
Director and Senior Research Scientist in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The Earth Institute
Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Saidiya V. Hartman
Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Mabel O. Wilson
Nancy and George Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation