2016 Innovation Grant Awards

The 2016 Mason 4-VA Innovation Grants were announced recently. The 19 grants represent four Mason colleges and schools, 17 programs, and collaboration with three partner 4-VA institutions. The award winners will be honored with a reception in the fall.

College of Education and Human Development

  • Drs. Andrew Gilbert and Cynthia Smith (College of Science) – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to develop a STEM course focused on energy literacy

College of Humanities and Social Science

  • Drs. Kelly Schrum and Anthony Pellegrino, Nathan Sleeter, James McCartney,
    Joo Ah Lee, Caroline Kelley
    – a follow-up grant to further develop and deliver the hybrid shared course: Teaching Hidden History
  • Dr. Alison Landsberg – a complementary grant with Virginia Tech to provide undergraduate researchers the opportunity to study history, digital humanities and data analytics
  • Dr. Thomas Wood – a collaborative grant with James Madison University to provide pre-service and in-service teachers outdoor classroom learning to address STEM challenges

College of Science

  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn – a complementary grant with Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech to study biological nitrogen removal of stormwater
  • Dr. Changwoo Ahn – a follow-up grant to study the floating wetland as a natural water bioremediation agent and nutrient source for food production
  • Dr. Claudette Davis – a grant to support math readiness and STEM bootcamps for rising freshman STEM majors
  • Dr. Paul Houser, Niloo Ganjalizadeh, Andrew Sachs, Chanel Tiffany Hardy and
    Lisa LaCivita
    – a follow-up grant to further develop the Mason Water Forum
  • Drs. Lance Liotta, Virginia Espina, Cara Frankenfeld and Amy VanMeter-Adams MS – a follow-up grant to support the 2016 Mason Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)
  • Dr. Julia Nord – a collaborative grant with James Madison to investigate the mineralogy of a high-grade metamorphic iron-formation
  • Dr. Philip Rubin – a complementary grant with James Madison University to promote nuclear and particle physics collaboration among Virginia colleges
  • Dr. Shobita Satyapal – a follow-up collaborative grant with  James Madison University to research the origins of super massive black holes
  • Drs. Reid Schwebach, Anne Scherer and Pat Gillevet – a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to further investigate phage ecology as a summer research experience for undergraduate and Governor’s School high school students
  • Drs. Cynthia Smith, Dr. Paul Houser, Richard Friesner, and Katherine Rowan – a follow-up collaborative grant with James Madison University to study wind energy and create a watershed action partnership
  • Drs. Monique van Hoek, Pat Gillevet and Robert Jonas – a collaborative grant with Old Dominion University to map Virginia’s hidden world; bacteria in the Chesapeake waterways

Volgenau School of Engineering

  • Dr. Aditya Johri – a complementary grant with Virginia Tech to examine how aptitudes, interests and direct manipulation of mechanical objects (physical and virtual) influence learning and performance in engineering
  • Dr. Nathalia Peixoto – a collaborative grant with Old Dominion University to provide a hands-on hybrid graduate experience to study brain computer interfaces
  • Dr. Colin Reagle – a complementary grant with James Madison University to further develop a thermodynamics course redesign
  • Dr. Burak Tanyu –  a collaborative grant with Virginia Tech to study the effect of temperature change on the erosion of soils
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