Internal Grant Awardees, 2015-16

Strategic Partnership Grants

Funded with support from the MSU Foundation, these grants focus on research and scholarship that is leading-edge, interdisciplinary or futuristic. 

  • Carol Buell, Evolutionary-Driven Genome Mining of Plant Biosynthetic Pathways
  • Yue Qi, DeNovo Computational Methods for Simulating Energy Materials
  • Zhiyong Xi, Develop RNA Interference-Based Sex Sorting System for Population Suppression of Malaria Vector

>>>Deadline for pre-proposals: Sept. 15
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Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP)

1. Development 

Provides funds to support faculty who are conducting important research leading to creative and performance projects or activities in the arts and humanities. This limited funding is designed to support faculty in the development of projects that seem likely to enhance the reputation of the faculty member and the university.

Exhibition and Performance

  • Adam Brown, Miraculous Blood
  • Alisa Henriquez, Makeover Culture Disfigured: A Series of Assemblages
  • Kelly Salchow, Digital / Material: Design and Fabrication of a Metal Poster Series
  • Robin Silbergleid, Mother Is a Verb

Humanities Research

  • Stephen Arch, Editing James Fenimore Cooper's HOME AS FOUND 
  • Eric Aronoff, Only So Many Stories:  Narratives of Culture, Technology and the Human in Science and Speculative Fiction
  • Daniel Menchik, The Practices of Medicine
  • Mindy Morgan, Working on a New Deal: Crafting Indigenous Identity in Indians at Work, 1933-1945
  • Matthew Pauly, City of Children: Juvenile Poverty, Crime, and Salvation in Odessa, 1881-1940
  • Cristina Schmitt, Effects of variation and variability in the acquisition of Rioplatense and Paraguayan Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires
  • Jyotsna Singh, Transcultural Islam: Muslim and Christian Identities in the Early Modern World
  • Ronen Steinberg, The Afterlives of the Terror: Facing the Legacies of Mass Violence in Post-Revolutionary France
  • Gretel Vanwieren, Farm to Altar: Religion and the New Ethics of Food
  • Lily Woodruff, Disordering the Establishment: Art, Display, and Participation in France, 1958-1981
  • Karin Zitzewitz, Globalization and the Contemporary Art of India and Pakistan, 1991-2008

>>>Deadline for application and e-transmittal: Oct. 6
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2. Production 

Provides funds, when research is complete, to help subsidize the costs of book publication, permissions to use copyrighted materials, CD recording and production, the creation and mounting of exhibits, and other expenses associated with producing the results of a complete creative or research project. 

Exhibition and Performance

  • Xavier Davis, Rise Up Detroit

Humanities Research

  • Linda Carter, Documentary on Responding to Climate Change in Tanzania
  • Catherine Ryu, Audio Recording and Production for Picky Birds, a Mandarin Chinese Tone Learning App Game
  • Paula Wink, Language Placement Testing

>>>Deadline for application and e-transmittal: Sept. 22
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Discretionary Funding Initiative

Provides bridge funds for tenure stream faculty for additional studies needed for resubmission of an unsuccessful, but nearly fundable, grant application to the same funding agency; the PI’s unit or college provides half of the funding and the other half is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies from funds provided by the MSU Foundation. 

  • David Arnosti, Mechanisms of Transcriptional Repression (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Andre Bachmann, Role of Polyamines in MYCN-Amplified Neuroblastoma (Department of Pediatrics and Human Development)
  • Kris Chan, Palmitate, ER-Stress and Cancer (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
  • Guo Chen, Globalizing Environmental Justice: Pre-surveys and Publications toward NSF-Funded Project on Poverty, Inequality, and Socio-Environmental Justice in China (Department of Geography, Environment and Spacial Sciences and Global and Urban Studies Program)
  • Timothy Collier/Fredric Manfredsson, α -Synuclein Loss-of-Function as a Contributor to Parkinsonian Neurodegeneration (Department of Translational Science & Molecular Medicine)
  • Eva Farre, Regulation of UV Responses by the Circadian Clock in Arabidopsis Thaliana (Department of Plant Biology) 
  • Shelagh Ferguson-Miller, Structural and Functional Characterization of Translocator Protein 18 kD (TSPO) from Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Organisms (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Richard Hallgren, Mechanism of Therapeutic Intervention to Decrease Headache Measures in Female Patients Diagnosed with Chronic Headache (Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)
  • Ning Jiang, Establishment Of Genome Editing, Targeted Integration and Recombination Map Pipelines In Rice (Deparmtnet of Horticulture)
  • Andras Komaromy, Therapy Development in Canine Models of Open Angle Glaucoma (Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences)
  • Ning Li, The Impact Of Commercial Charbroiling Emissions On Allergic Airway Disease (Department of Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation)
  • Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia, Undergraduate Enrichment Experiences to Support Biomedical Careers:  An Investigation of Underlying Psychological Mechanisms (College of Education, Department of  Counseling, Educational Psychology, & Special Education)
  • Fredric Manfredsson, Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation Disrupts Motility, Synaptic Transmission, and Calcium Signaling in the Myenteric Plexus of the Rat Colon (Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine (TSMM)
  • Chris Maxwell, MSU's Collaboration with Lansing's Criminal Justice System to Address Elder Abuse and Neglect (School of Criminal Justice)
  • James Pestka, Dietary Lipids and Silica-Induced Autoimmunity (Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition) 
  • Simon Petersen-Jones, Targeting Aberrant RNA Metabolism in CRX-linked Retinipathies (Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences)
  • Caryl Sortwell, Viral Vector Transduction Deficiencies in the Aged Nigrostriatal System (Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine)
  • Tim Whitehead, Deep Sequencing of Designed Operons Reveals Pareto Optimal Growth-Associated Metabolic Pathways (Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
  • Tim Zacharewski, AhR-Mediated Pyruvate Kinase Isoform Switching Supports Antioxidant Defenses (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
  • Wei Zhang, Mechanistic Study on Sorption of Engineered Nanoparticles to Fresh Produce (Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences)

>>>Deadline for applicants to submit applications to their college: Sept. 15
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