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Faculty and Staff Grants from July 2019

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Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members who received grants and awards in July 2019:

Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong

Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • Grant from the National Science Foundation, subaward from Cornell University for "Farmer-Led Agroecological Research in Malawi"
  • Project abstract: Farming practices in sub-Saharan Africa are often linked with high rates of soil erosion, decreasing soil quality and increasing use of agrochemicals that have negative impacts on humans and the environment. At the same time, land use change threatens regional biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as pollination and biocontrol, upon which farmers depend. This project seeks to address existing knowledge gaps and to engage decision-makers in participatory research that will shape agricultural policies across multiple scales.
Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith, assistant professor in the Department of History at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Grant for "Making Modern Diets: Science and Sustenance in Republican China"
  • Project abstract: This study will examine ideas about nutrition, diet and sustenance in modern Chinese history. This project builds on Smith's previously published book and several recent articles.
Chadd Clary

Chadd Claryassistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

  • Grant for "Experimental Assessment of Micromotion Between Canal-Sparing and Stemmed and Humoral Components in Total Shoulder Arthoplasty"


Miriam Valdovinos, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work

  • Grant from the University of Houston for "Hispanic Health and Behavioral Health Services Utilization. A Mixed Methods Study Using Experimental Vignette Survey, Qualitative Methods, and Pilot Testing of an Electronic Fotonovela Intervention"
  • Project abstract: This research is a two-year mixed methods study to examine attitudes, experiences and perceptions of adult Hispanics toward diabetes, hypertension, obesity and co-morbid depression and anxiety. The study will identify barriers and promoters to Hispanic health services access and engagement. We will engage community health clinic staff, patients and their natural supports in the planning, design and production of electronic fotonovelas for a six-week mobile-based intervention to be piloted at a local community health clinic. The study will also generate pilot data for a large-scale randomized control trial of electronic fotonovelas as tools to increase engagement in post-hospitalization health services and improve symptom management and treatment adherence among adult Hispanics in Houston, Texas.
Breigh Roszelle

Breigh Roszelle, associate dean of undergraduate studies at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and teaching professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

  • Grant for "In Vivo Evaluation of Natural Knee Kinematics"



Kristin Klopfenstein
Elysia Clemens

Elysia Clemens, deputy director of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

Kristin Klopfenstein, director of the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

  • Grant from Easter Seals Colorado Inc. and the Colorado Department of Human Services for "Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) Evaluation"
  • Project abstract: Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral (TCARE) is a care management protocol designed to support family members who are providing care to adults, of any age, with chronic or acute health conditions. The purpose of this study is to examine the potential effect of access to the TCARE program on caregivers' use of preventative health care and to see if when care managers have access to TCARE, caregivers then report lower levels of depression, identity discrepancy and burden.
Suzanne Kerns

Suzanne Kerns, research associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and executive director of the Center for Effective Interventions

  • Grant from Denver Area Youth Services for "Denver Area Youth Services Annual Contract"
  • Project abstract: GSSW's Center for Effective Interventions (CEI) will provide Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) clinical support and training for the University of Washington. CEI will provide: 1. Weekly MST telephone consultation for the MST clinical team(s). 2. Consultation regarding the following: program quality assurance and improvement; organizational/systems consulting addressing issues related to the program's adherence to MST protocols or those that impact the quality of the MST program's outcomes; program development assistance related to program expansion. 3. Up to four booster training sessions in each year of operation. 4. All required training materials and manuals.
Tricia Olsen

Tricia Olsen, assistant dean for research and academic affairs at the Daniels College of Business, associate professor in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies, and Marcus Faculty Fellow

  • Grant from the National Science Foundation for "Business and Human Rights: Explaining Variation in Justice and Remedy for Corporate Human Rights Violations"
  • Project abstract: "Claims of corporate human rights abuse have emerged in every part of the world as well as laws and voluntary agreements aimed to improve corporate behavior. Despite widespread interest in this issue on the part of scholars, businesses, states, international bodies and human rights groups, no systematic cross-national study yet exists to track claims of corporate human rights abuse and the pursuit of justice and remedy for those claims. The proposed project attempts to fill that gap.

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