Research seed grants funded
The Division of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce funding for three Collaborative Research Seed Grants for 2012. The projects funded are:
1) An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Culture, Material Culture, Social Concerns, and Community Resilience in North Dakota’s Oil Field. Investigators are Carenlee Barkdull and Bret Weber, Social Work; William Caraher, History; Ann Reed, Anthropology; and Sebastian Braun, Indian Studies. Amount of the grant is $15,830.
2) From Flue Exhaust to Spandex: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion into Plastic. Investigators are Qianli (Rick) Chu, Chemistry; Matthew Cavalli, Mechanical Engineering; Harry Tsang, Economics. Amount of the grant is $74,500.
3) Harnessing Crowd-Sourcing and Computer Vision for Video Analysis of Sharp-Tailed Grouse Nesting Ecology and Nest Predators. Investigators are Susan Ellis-Felege, Biology, and Travis Desell, Computer Science.
Each of these grants will provide the opportunity for investigators to obtain initial data during 2012 that will allow them to submit a full proposal to a national funding agency. The Division received 13 proposals this year, up from seven last year, evidence of a growing interest in collaborative interdisciplinary research at UND.