The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation has announced the recipients of the UO’s Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) awards. The awards provide a year of funding for new interdisciplinary research projects in areas likely to generate extramural funding.
Awards went to three teams:
Dare Baldwin, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Terry Takahashi, a professor in the Department of Biology, will use their award to develop a system for monitoring pupillary size in infants and toddlers as a means of administering behavioral tests to children ages 0 to 2 years old.
Marina Guenza, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Allen Malony, a professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, were awarded for their proposal to create a virtual laboratory for the design and testing of novel polymeric materials
Ihab Elzeyadi, an associate professor in the Department of Architecture, and Paul Dassonville, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, received the award for their proposal to examine “daylighting” in buildings by means of a pilot study that attempts to quantify the impacts of dosage, duration, and quality of daylight received on human performance and health.
The Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) award program emphasizes partnerships that emerge from shared research interests along with UO’s institutional strengths, academic priorities, and institutional history. Recipients are eligible for up to $50,000 in funding to be used to position projects to compete successfully for extramural funds that will support long-range research programs.
Applications are reviewed by a panel of faculty reviewers, who make recommendations. Final determination of funding is made by the vice president for research & innovation.
In choosing the recipients, preference was given to projects with significant scientific or scholarly merit and strong potential for extramural funding as well as those representing a new direction for the lead faculty member or research team and those that promise to build or strengthen cross-disciplinary research partnerships.
In 2014 a UO team successfully parlayed its I3 award into a $1.3 million National Science Foundation grant to study the impacts of climate change and better inform the response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the western mountain states.
Full synopses of the I3 recipients can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1FhUHQy.