Research, Innovation, and Graduate Education Gives I3 Awards to Jump-Start New Projects

The Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) awards furnish twelve months of funding to support interdisciplinary research projects that are aimed at preliminary stages of large-scale research projects.

“The submissions we received for this award program provided significant evidence that interdisciplinary perspectives are integral to the way UO researchers view and address major challenges in all areas of life—from health care to the environment to education,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president for research and innovation“It was gratifying to receive so many outstanding proposals. I am particularly pleased that the awards include team members from all academic divisions here at the UO: natural science, social science, education, law, arts, music, and education.”

“It was gratifying to receive so many outstanding proposals. I am particularly pleased that the awards include team members from all academic divisions here at the UO: natural science, social science, education, law, arts, music, and education.”

Following are the 2013 awardees:

Patricia Dewey, Arts and Administration Program, “The Role of Arts Programs in Fostering an Organizational Culture of Patient- Centered Care and an Environment of Healing in Hospitals and Hospices,” with team members Pranjal Mehta, psychology; Josh Snodgrass, anthropology; Kristin Yarris, international studies; Laura Zaerr, School of Music and Dance. Research will take place at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and Samaritan Health Services’ Center for Health Research and Quality.

Award amount: $50,000.

Chris Bone, Department of Geography, “Drivers of the Beetle Empire: Understanding the Coupling of Climate Change and Forest Management in Bark Beetle Outbreaks,” with team members Patrick Bartlein, geography; Daniel Gavin, geography; Allen Malony, computer and information science; Cassandra Moseley, Institute for a Sustainable Environment.

Award Amount: $49,969

Jeffrey Sprague, College of Education and Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior, “PRIDE: Positive and Restorative Investment in Discipline Reform in Education,” with team members John A. Inglish, Technical Assistance and Consulting Services; Erik Girvan, School of Law; Claudia G. Vincent, Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Award amount: $48,499.

Richard Taylor, Department of Physics and Material Science Institute, “Fractal Interconnects as a Generic Interface to Neurons,” with team members Darren Johnson, chemistry and Materials Science Institute; Miriam Deutsch, physics and Oregon Center for Optics; Cris Niell, biology and Institute of Neuroscience.

 Award amount: $50,000.