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Provost Announces Faculty Winners of 2017 President’s Global Innovation Fund

June 01, 2017

Provost John H. Coatsworth has announced the fifth round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.

The Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage the eight Columbia Global Centers. The program supports projects within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service. The 11 projects receiving awards this year were selected by a review committee of senior faculty drawn from both the Morningside and medical campuses.

The projects selected in this round all make use of the network of Columbia Global Centers and provide opportunities for faculty and students to address pressing global issues. Projects receiving awards focus on a diverse array of topics, ranging from religion and populism to wildfires and deforestation to urban poverty. Many are highly collaborative, with faculty members working across University departments and schools, and partnering with other academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and research consortia. The full list of funded projects can be found below. 

These awards follow four previous rounds of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund that have supported 61 projects. Collectively, these projects play an essential role in realizing the potential of the Columbia Global Centers to create new opportunities for faculty and students, and in defining in tangible ways what it means for Columbia to explore new frontiers of knowledge.

 

List of Awardees – Spring 2017

 

A Global Learning Laboratory for Oral Health Step 1: A Planning Grant to Create a Kenya-Brazil Cross-National Collaboration in Support of Research, Education and Policy

Kavita P. Ahluwalia

Associate Professor of Dental Medicine (Community Health) at the Columbia University Medical Center

College of Dental Medicine

 

Stephen Nicholas

Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center

College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health


 

African Ethnographies, African Philosophies: Theorizing from the Continent

Mamadou Diouf

Leitner Family Professor of African Studies

Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Kai Kresse

Associate Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Jinny Prais

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


 

African Nutritional Sciences Research Consortium: Laboratory-based PhD Training in Nutritional and Agricultural Sciences in East Africa

Debra Wolgemuth

Professor of Genetics and Development (in the Center for Reproductive Sciences, in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in the Institute of Human Nutrition)

College of Physicians and Surgeons

 

Richard Deckelbaum

Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics) and Professor of Epidemiology

College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of Public Health


 

Causes, Consequences, and Prevention of Wildfires in Chile

Don Melnick

Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


 

Dust, Climate and Health Impacts: Past-Present-Future

Gisela Winckler

Lamont Research Professor

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory


 

Educational Exchange with Scholars from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Charles Armstrong

The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences

Department of History

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Joseph Terwilliger

Professor of Neurobiology (in Psychiatry, the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, and in Genetics and Development)

College of Physicians and Surgeons


 

Enhancing the Research Component of the Columbia/Barnard/GS History Major

Susan Pedersen

Gouverneur Morris Professor of History

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Charly Coleman

Assistant Professor of History

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


 

Generativity in Deprived Urban Contexts? Older Adults’ Experiences in Slums in Mumbai, Nairobi, and among Haitian Immigrants in New York

Ruth Finkelstein

Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management (in the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center) at the Columbia University Medical Center

Mailman School of Public Health

 

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Mailman School of Public Health


 

Men Matter: Male Engagement in HIV Services – Kenya

Tanya Ellman

Associate Research Scientist, ICAP; Instructor in Clinical Medicine

Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons


 

Mental Health and the Psychological Impact of War on Individuals, Families, and Communities in Yemen: A Project to Advance Research, Services, and Advocacy

Sarah Knuckey

Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein Associate Clinical Professor of Human Rights

School of Law

 

Lindsay B. Stark

Associate Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center

Mailman School of Public Health


 

Religion & the Rise of Populisms: Difference, Dissent, and Tolerance

Katherine Ewing

Professor of Religion

Faculty of Arts and Sciences


 

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