University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

2013 Collaborative Research Seed Grants announced

The Division of Research and Economic Development is pleased to announce funding for five Collaborative Research Seed Grants for 2013. The projects funded are as follows:

1) "The Impacts of Climate-Change, Landscape Change and Weather on Bird Population Trends." Investigators are Brett Goodwin, Biology, and Brad Rundquist, Geography. Amount of the grant is $22,512.

2) "Using Ancient DNA to Understand Extinction Dynamics of the Primate Megafauna of Madagascar." Investigators are Igor Ovtchinnikov, Biology, and Frank Cuozzo, Anthropology. Amount of the grant is $19,991.

3) "Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women Faculty in the STEM Fields at the University of North Dakota: Empirical Documentation of Areas for Improvement." Investigators are Krista Minnotte and Daphne Pedersen, Sociology; Rebecca Romsdahl, Earth System Science & Policy; and Gretchen Mullendore, Atmospheric Sciences. Amount of the grant is $44,565.68.

4) “The Development of Predictive Control for Autonomous Systems.” Investigators are Ronald Fevig, Space Studies, and William Semke, Mechanical Engineering. Amount of the grant is $47,732.

5) “Comparative Study of Player Experience in Two Different Game Environments.” Investigators are Uttam Kokil, Graphic Design Technology, and Emanuel Grant, Computer Science. Amount of the grant is $48,704.

Each of these grants will provide the opportunity for investigators to obtain initial data during 2013 that will allow them to submit a full proposal to a national funding agency. The Division received 14 proposals this year.

-- Phyllis E. Johnson, vice president for Research and Economic Development.

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