Congratulations to Katherine Dawson, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Anita Bakshi, assistant teaching professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and Pamela McElwee, associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology, on winning awards from the University’s Research Council.
Established in 1943 as a faculty committee to advise the President on matters relating to research, the council currently advises the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and is being administered under the auspices of the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The council supports studies that lead to significant outside funding and publication in all fields of learning represented across the university, as well as for creative work in the arts.
Funding from the Research Council is available through three separate programs.
The Individual Fulcrum Awards Program, which is tailored to individual researchers and those in the creative arts who are testing out new ideas to accelerate their scientific inquiry, program of research and scholarship or creative production. The maximum amount of the Individual Fulcrum Awards Program is $5,000. Dawson was awarded under this program for her project titled, “Development of a transition metal carbide film for methane tracking in environmental sediments, soils, and waters.”
The Social and Racial Justice Awards Program, inspired by President Holloway’s Equity Report and the University’s commitment to fostering excellence in and as a beloved community, supports academic research on racial and social justice in all domains of intellectual, social, artistic, and environmental life. The range of the Social and Racial Justice award is $5,000–$15,000. Bakshi was awarded under this program for her project titled, “The Meaning of the Seed – A New Jersey Environmental Justice Story.”
The Collaborative Multidisciplinary Awards Program offers the opportunity for a group of faculty members across disciplines to work together on a new, shared problem or line of research. Since complex intellectual and social problems often require multiple perspectives and viewpoints to solve them, the program is designed to foster and reward creative and collaboration interdisciplinary work. The maximum amount of the Collaborative Multidisciplinary Awards Program is $25,000.
McElwee is co-principal investigator of the project, “Global Asian Studies and its Futures,” one of eight projects funded under this program. This collaborative research team comprises Tamara Sears (Pi), associate professor, Department of Art History and South Asian Studies Program; and co-PIs, Chie Ikeya, associate professor, Department of History and South Asian Studies Program; Allan Punzalan Isaac, associate professor and chair, Department of American Studies and Associate Professor, Department of English; and Julia Stephens, associate professor, Department of History and South Asian Studies Program.