The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients in the 2019 Research Excellence Program (REP). The grants “provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for significant extramural funding and/or achievements consistent with the highest standards of accomplishment in the discipline,” according to an article in UConn Today.
The 2019-2020 REP awardees from CAHNR are:
Assistant Professor Robert Fahey, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, $24,896.8, Interacting disturbance in forest ecosystems: Does disturbance memory affect resistance and resilience of forest productivity?
Assistant Professor Steven Harrison, Department of Kinesiology, $50,000, Using advanced positioning technologies to both understand and improve functional mobility and navigating skills.
Assistant Professor Dong-Hun Lee, Department of Pathobiology, $25,000, Revealing the epidemiological and evolutionary dynamics of rabies virus transmission
Co-PI: Associate Professor Guillermo Risatti, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Department Head and Professor Ji-Young Lee, Department of Nutritional Sciences, $25,000, Identification of molecular mediator for sex differences in metabolism
Associate Dean and Professor Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Department of Animal Science, $24,994.86, Investigating the efficacy of baicalin for controlling Clostridium difficile infection
Associate Professor Paulo Verardi, Department of Pathobiology, $25,000, Rapid Development of Vaccines for Emerging Tickborne Viral Diseases
Co-PIs: Professor Antonio Garmendia, student Yuxiang Wang, student Matthew Costello, all associated with the Department of Pathobiology
Other CAHNR people are listed as Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) internal funding recipients on the OVPR website.
For spring 2019, the SFF awardees from CAHNR are:
Assistant Professor Sohyun Park, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Open-Access Journal Writing and Publication
Assistant Professor Sandro Steinbach, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Understanding the global implications of China’s import ban on plastic waste
Associate Dean and Professor Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Department of Animal Science, A novel approach for controlling Enterohemorrhagic E. coli infection in humans
Department and Professor Steven Zinn, Department of Animal Science, Effects of poor maternal diet on maternal and offspring circulating leptin and ghrelin
For fall 2019, the SFF awardees from CAHNR are:
Assistant Professor Christopher Blesso, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Evaluation of commensal gut bacterial lipids on neuroinflammation
Assistant Professor Sungmin Lee, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Risk Factors of Indoor and Outdoor Falls in Older Adults: A Systematic Review
Assistant Professor SandroSteinbach, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Assessing the impact of international air services on passenger and cargo flows
By Patsy Evans