Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship

In December, we announced a $500,000 Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship to afford our faculty new pathways to spur novel research, discovery, innovation, scholarship, and artistic creation.  I am pleased to announce that we have concluded a comprehensive peer review evaluation process resulting in 14 funded proposals across the university.

This competitive, peer reviewed grants program attracted 69 applications spanning the life sciences and biomedical research; forensic science and cyber security; advanced data analytics; and the liberal arts and humanities.  Faculty from every college and school participated in the program.

I would like to extend a special thanks to our advisory council of distinguished faculty comprised of eleven Distinguished Professors and Collins Fellows who helped guide the peer review evaluation process, along with the faculty across our campus who served as proposal reviewers. 

The following proposals will be funded under the 2015 Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship:

Life Sciences

Prashanth Rangan
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Proposal Title: Regulation of stem cell differentiation during Drosophila oogenesis

Cara Pager
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Proposal Title: Regulation of Dengue Virus Gene Expression by the Cellular RNA DEAD-box Helicase DDX62

Jun Wang
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Proposal Title: High-throughput, Multiplexed Analysis of Single Migratory Cancer

Maksim Royzen
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Mehmet Yigit, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Proposal Title: Combating the breast cancer chemo-resistance using smart therapeutic nanoprobes

Liberal Arts and Humanities

David Hochfelder
Associate Professor, Department of History
Proposal Title: 98 Acres in Albany: Digitally Reconstructing the Neighborhood Demolished to Build the Empire State Plaza

Daniel Goodwin
Associate Professor, Art and Art History

Janet Riker
Director, Art Museum
Proposal Title: Picturing the "Anthropocene": Workshop and Artist Residency

Philip McCallion
Distinguished Professor, School of Social Welfare

Lisa A. Ferretti
Research Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare
Proposal Title: Translating the Chronic Disease Self-management program for community dwelling adults with developmental disabilities.

Benjamin Shaw
Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Proposal Title: Population Aging Grant-Writing Boot Camp

Advanced Data Analytics

Zai Liang
Professor, Sociology

Erin Bell
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Tse-Chuan Yang
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Proposal Title: Fragile Families and the Well-being of Young Children of Immigrants: A Bi-National Pilot Project

Kamiar Alaei
Research Professor, Department of Public Administration & Policy

Arash Alaei
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior
Proposal Title: Preliminary Data Analysis to Apply for Non-Traditional (international) Funding for Drug Use and HIV/AIDS Research in Turkey

Janet Marler
Associate Professor, Management Department

Hany Shawky
Professor, Finance
Proposal Title: A Multi-level Study of Advanced Human Resource Data Analytics, Firm Productivity and Employee Well Being

Tao Lu
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Proposal Title: Modeling Varying Relationship Between Biomarkers Based on Longitudinal-Competing Risks Survival Data

Forensic Science & Cybersecurity

Zheng Yan
Associate Professor, Educational and Counseling Psychology
Proposal Title: The Best Firewall Project: Solving the 20-Year Puzzle Innovatively

Rabi A. Musah
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Proposal Title: Application of Multivariate Statistical Analysis to Mass Spectrometry-derived Plant Metabolome Profiles for Forensic Identification of Plant Drugs of Abuse