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A psychophysiological approach to the refinement of suicide risk management intervention

Funded 2020$30K

Suicide rates are rising dramatically in the U.S. Timely interventions are necessary so that high risk individuals get help to identify their personal warning signs and adopt coping strategies to manage emotional dysregulation tha ...

Monika Lohani
College of Education
Educational Psychology
Project Owner

JUSTIN BAKER
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Psychology

Scott Langenecker
School of Medicine
Psychiatry

An investigation of pathogens on rock climbing mat materials

Funded 2020$15K

The International Federation of Sport Climbing reports that 44.5 million individuals rock climb regularly and that this community is growing as a result of rock climbing's debut in the upcoming 2020 Olympics. Increasing anecdotal ...

Tallie Casucci
Marriott Library
Marriott Library
Project Owner

Abigail Pulsipher
School of Medicine
Otolaryngology Division

TAYLOR SPARKS
College of Engineering
Material Science and Eng

Brain Injury Alliance of Utah and University of Utah Educational Conference on Brain Injury: Focus on the Mind Body Connection in Recovery

Funded 2020$30K

The goal of this application is to support an educational and outreach activity, an educational conference for providers, survivors, and family members of brain injury. The conference will be a forum for community engagement and ...

CANDACE FLOYD
School of Medicine
Division of Physical Med/Rehab
Project Owner

ELAINE CLARK
College of Education
Educational Psychology

Jeremy Davis
School of Medicine
Division of Physical Med/Rehab

SUMMER ROLIN
School of Medicine
Division of Physical Med/Rehab

YANA SUCHY
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Psychology

Elisabeth Wilde
School of Medicine
Neurology

Building a branch from UPSTEM to the HSC: co-creating infrastructure and skills to increase student diversity and success in our health professional schools

Funded 2020$15K

An unmet goal of the U’s health professional programs, including the schools of medicine and dentistry, is to educate diverse cohorts of students who reflect our local and regional communities. To address this longstanding chall ...

JANET LINDSLEY
School of Medicine
Biochemistry
Project Owner

PALOMA CARIELLO
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

JORDAN GERTON
College of Science
Physics and Astronomy

HOLLY GODSEY
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Geology & Geophysics

WINIFRED HOBSON-ROHRER
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

Wyatt Hume
School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

SARA LAMB
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

BOYD RICHARDS
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

 

Building a Graduate Student Pipeline for Pacific Island Students

Funded 2020$30K

The proposed project seeks to create pathways to graduate and professional school for Pacific Island students. Pacific Islanders have a long and rich history in Utah, and yet, are still severely underrepresented in higher educatio ...

KEHAULANI VAUGHN
College of Education
Education, Culture & Society
Project Owner

Nia Aitaoto
College of Health
Nutrition & Integrative Physio

MATTHEW BASSO
College of Humanities
History

Capturing and Communicating Diverse Biomedical Hypotheses Through Visualization

Funded 2020$30K

This new cross-disciplinary project brings together experts in visualization, communication and neuroscience. The project will establish mechanisms to enhance the communication and understanding of diverse hypotheses among researc ...

MIRIAH MEYER
College of Engineering
School of Computing
Project Owner

JANET IWASA
School of Medicine
Biochemistry

JASON SHEPHERD
School of Medicine
Neurobiology & Anatomy

Climate Change – An Expression of Sounds, Visuals, Words and Science. A symposium and performances where music, visual art, poetry and science presents the urgency of climate justice in a new and innovative light to give clarity of action to the defining issue of our generation.

Funded 2020$30K

The proposed project is an attempt to bring together artists, educators and scientists in an informed discussion and expression about climate change and its effects in Utah and beyond. The collaboration is intended to culminate i ...

HASSE BORUP
College of Fine Arts
School of Music
Project Owner

KATHARINE COLES
College of Humanities
English

JULIA CORBETT
College of Humanities
Communication

ELISABET CURBELO GONZÁLEZ
College of Fine Arts
School of Music

John Lin
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences

Rebecca Menlove
Natural History Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah

ROBERT PAINE
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

CHERYL PIROZZI
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

WENDY WISCHER
College of Fine Arts
Art/Art History

Collaborative Multi-Condition Caregiving Initiative

Funded 2020$15K

Families are essential members of the healthcare team who provide care for their loved ones. We believe that family caregivers of persons with a wide variety of conditions (e.g., dementia, autism, spinal cord injury) have shared e ...

ANNE KIRBY
College of Health
Occupational/Recreational Ther
Project Owner

MELODY MICKENS
School of Medicine
Division of Physical Med/Rehab

DEBRA SCAMMON
David Eccles School of Business
Marketing

Combining Modeling with Experiments for the Study of Cell Mechanosensing

Funded 2020$30K

Understanding how mechanical forces affect cell structure and function is critical to a variety of physiological and pathological phenomena, including cell migration, development, wound healing and cancer metastasis. In this proje ...

TAMARA BIDONE
College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Project Owner

LAURA HOFFMAN
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences

MICHELLE MENDOZA
School of Medicine
Oncological Sciences

MARK SMITH
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences

 
 

Comprehensive Sex Education for Refugee and Immigrant Elementary (4-6th) School Students

Funded 2020$15K

The goal of this project is to pilot a Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) for late elementary school students of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. CSE is defined by the United Nations Population Fund as giving young people access ...

ANA CAROLINA ANTUNES
School of Cultural and Social Transformation
Gender Studies
Project Owner

BETHANY EVERETT
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Sociology

NICOLE MIHALOPOULOS
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

Design Thinking as a Process for Healthcare Innovation | engaging cross-disciplinary collaboration through design and development

Funded 2020$15K

We propose to develop a cross-discipline health design training program for students who are interested in digital health applications. This curriculum will combine graduate students from the Departments of Biomedical and undergra ...

JAMES AGUTTER
College of Architecture + Planning
School of Architecture
Project Owner

DAMIAN BORBOLLA
School of Medicine
Biomedical Informatics

BRUCE BRAY
School of Medicine
Biomedical Informatics, Internal Medicine

Development of a Multi-Disciplinary Tool to Investigate Vision Loss due to Posterior Vitreous Detachment

Funded 2020$30K

The objective of this proposal is to develop a unique mechanics-based imaging methodology that allows multidisciplinary investigation of vitreous liquefaction and microscale vitreoretinal adhesion to elucidate mechanisms of vision ...

BRITTANY COATS
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Project Owner

JOHN CONBOY
College of Science
Chemistry

Eileen Hwang
School of Medicine
Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Development of Beta-lactamase as a self-labeling protein tag

Funded 2020$30K

Fluorescence microscopy is a major way that biologists examine cells and tissues. Self-labeling protein tags are a relatively new way of tagging proteins with fluorescent dyes. This method provides the advantages of genetically en ...

Erik Jorgensen
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences
Project Owner

Ming Ming Hammond
College of Science
Chemistry

GILLIAN STANFIELD
School of Medicine
Human Genetics

End-of-life healthcare and hospice use in Alzheimer's Disease: A comparative analysis using the Utah Population database.

Funded 2020$15K

Our team will use the Utah Population Database (UPDB) to conduct an analysis comparing end of life hospice and healthcare services of Dementia and Cancer patients. Hospice eligibility is currently benchmarked to Cancer trajectorie ...

MARGARET CLAYTON
College of Nursing
College Of Nursing
Project Owner

KATHERINE SUPIANO
College of Nursing
College Of Nursing

REBECCA UTZ
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Sociology

Gender-Based Violence Consortium

Funded 2020$30K

Gender-based violence (GBV) is understood as violence that results in physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, based on a person’s gender, where coercion, or arbitrary deprivations of freedom occurs in public or priv ...

ANNIE FUKUSHIMA
School of Cultural and Social Transformation
Ethnic Studies
Project Owner

YOSHIMI ANZAI
School of Medicine
Radiology & Imaging Sciences

KATHLEEN FRANCHEK-ROA
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

LESLIE HALPERN
School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

ANTOINETTE LASKEY
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

RICHARD MEDINA
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Geography

HEATHER MELTON
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Sociology

JESSIE RICHARDS
David Eccles School of Business
Management

SONIA SALARI
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Family And Consumer Studies

Hyperspectral Endoscopic Microscopy for Optical Biopsies

Funded 2020$30K

Overview: We propose to develop a miniaturized hyperspectral microscope that can be placed at the tip of a pulmonary endoscope and create real-time hyper-spectral video imaging with close to diffraction-limited resolution. Relati ...

RAJESH MENON
College of Engineering
Elect & Computer Engineering
Project Owner

FERNANDO GUEVARA VASQUEZ
College of Science
Mathematics

CHAKRAVARTHY REDDY
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine

In-vivo real-time monitoring of neurotransmitter in mouse brain for study of neurodevelopmental disorders

Funded 2020$30K

Real-time monitoring of brain neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin is the key in understanding the biological bases of neurodevelopmental disorders and also in the development of novel therapeutic agents for the treat ...

YUNSHAN WANG
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Project Owner

STEVEN BLAIR
College of Engineering
Elect & Computer Engineering

MARCO BORTOLATO
College of Pharmacy
Pharmacology And Toxicology

JULES MAGDA
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering

 
 

Increasing Access to Special Education and Disability Legal Information for Refugee, Immigrant and Native Utahns

Funded 2020$30K

Our goal is to partner with community groups that serve refugee, immigrant, and Native populations to promote accessibility for students with disabilities in Utah. While children with disabilities are legally guaranteed access to ...

LEZLIE FRYE
School of Cultural and Social Transformation
Gender Studies
Project Owner

LISA GREN
School of Medicine
Family And Preventive Medicine

BETH JENNINGS
S.J. Quinney College of Law
James E. Faust Law Library

SHARLENE KIUHARA
College of Education
Special Education

Kristen Pagel
School of Medicine
Psychiatry

DEBRA PENNEY
College of Nursing
College Of Nursing

MARY (Pollie) PRICE
College of Health
Occupational/Recreational Ther

 
 

Integrating lineage across individuals with phylogenetic tree comparison

Funded 2020$30K

The cell lineage tree describes every cell division from the fertilized egg to the adult. Tracing cell lineage trees informs our understanding of the processes that sculpt development and disease. We established a new method for t ...

JAMES GAGNON
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences
Project Owner

Aaron Quinlan
School of Medicine
Human Genetics

Blair Sullivan
College of Engineering
School of Computing

Learning Morphology, Virtually Naturally

Funded 2020$30K

This project will promote student success and transform lives by creating interdisciplinary and deeply engaging learning opportunities for students of the anatomical sciences, especially students who will train in medicine, nursin ...

COLLEEN FARMER
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences
Project Owner

MARK DURHAM
School of Dentistry
School of Dentistry

KATHRYN MOORE
School of Medicine
Neurobiology & Anatomy

Leveraging Prehistoric Footwear to Reconstruct Ancient Running Biomechanics

Funded 2020$30K

Running is an important cultural practice among modern Diné and Puebloan peoples, and has roots in prehistoric practice. Oral history suggests running was important in ceremony, communication, hunting, and warfare. However, prehi ...

ALEXANDRA GREENWALD
Natural History Museum of Utah
Anthropology
Project Owner

ANDREW ANDERSON
School of Medicine
Orthopaedics

DAVID CARRIER
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences

ANDREW MERRYWEATHER
College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

 
 

Music-Based, Personalized Digital Therapy for People with Epilepsy

Funded 2020$30K

In this cross-disciplinary project, we propose to create a precision digital therapy by integrating expertise in music, mobile health, and atmospheric sciences. Neurological effects of music are recognized as a means to improve tr ...

MICHAEL CHIKINDA
College of Fine Arts
School of Music
Project Owner

GRZEGORZ BULAJ
College of Pharmacy
Medicinal Chemistry

ADAM KOCHANSKI
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences

Prenatal Education for Cytomegalovirus: Knowledge, Attitudes and Compliance

Funded 2020$15K

Congenital CMV (cCMV) is the leading cause of non-genetic sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) in children in the US. The disease burden of cCMV may include permanent neurocognitive disability and musculoskeletal impairment. Yet pub ...

MARISSA DIENER
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Family And Consumer Studies
Project Owner

TORRI METZ
School of Medicine
Obstetrics And Gynecology

LOUISA STARK
School of Medicine
Human Genetics

Promoting patient engagement and commitment to physical therapy: RCT demonstration of a Brief Motivational Interviewing Training.

Funded 2020$30K

Chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are a leading source of disability healthcare costs. Both disability and costs can be reduced with routine physical activity. Brief motivational interviewing (MI) interventions are effectiv ...

ANNE THACKERAY
College of Health
PhysicalTher/AthleticTraining
Project Owner

RICHARD LANDWARD
College of Social Work
College of Social Work

BRAD LUNDAHL
College of Social Work
College of Social Work

Revolving Sky: artists and scientists exploring human experiences of earth and sky

Funded 2020$30K

Today’s big environmental challenges cross disciplinary boundaries, requiring academics to collaborate outside their sphere and translate research language to the general population. Contemporary performance artists who address ...

Brooke Horejsi
College of Fine Arts
UtahPresents
Project Owner

BRENDA Bowen
College of Mines and Earth Sciences
Geology & Geophysics

KIMBERLY JEW
College of Fine Arts
Theatre

Daniel Mendoza
School of Medicine
Pulmonary

 
 

Rules of Resilience: Modeling impacts of host-microbe interactions during perturbations

Funded 2020$30K

The gut microbiota has emerged as an integral component of organism well-being, influencing the most basic of functions such as metabolism, to more specialized systems e.g., immunological function. While work has been done to und ...

M. DENISE DEARING
College of Science
School of Biological Sciences
Project Owner

ADITYA BHASKARA
College of Engineering
School of Computing

June Round
School of Medicine
Pathology

William Stephens
School of Medicine
Pathology

Hari Sundar
College of Engineering
School of Computing

 

Super Critical Carbon Dioxide in the Large Scale Drug Manufacturing

Funded 2020$30K

There is an urgent need for the development of novel large-scale manufacture engineering methods, which enhance sustainability and renewability while minimizing or eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals, biologicals and solven ...

KUBERAN BALAGURUNATHAN
College of Pharmacy
Medicinal Chemistry
Project Owner

MILIND DEO
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering

HARIPRASAD VANKAYALAPATI
College of Pharmacy
Medicinal Chemistry

Supporting the quality of SafeUT: The evaluation of text-based crisis counseling with machine learning.

Funded 2020$30K

Suicide is a leading cause of death among people ages 10-34. The suicide rate in Utah is higher than the national average, with 600 deaths and 4500 attempts each year. SafeUT is an app that provides 24/7 access to text-based crisi ...

ZAC IMEL
College of Education
Educational Psychology
Project Owner

AMANDA BAKIAN
School of Medicine
Psychiatry

VIVEK SRIKUMAR
College of Engineering
School of Computing

The role of the brain extracellular matrix in brain clearance

Funded 2020$30K

The clearance of toxic macromolecules and metabolic byproducts from the interstitial/extracellular space (ECS) of brain parenchyma via interstitial fluid (ISF) is critical for the maintenance of brain homeostasis. Impairment of br ...

SUNGJIN PARK
School of Medicine
Neurobiology & Anatomy
Project Owner

JIM HEYS
School of Medicine
Neurobiology & Anatomy

HANSEUP KIM
College of Engineering
Elect & Computer Engineering

Treating Alzheimer's Disease with Targeted Alpha Therapy

Funded 2020$30K

Targeted alpha therapy has gained recognition for the treatment of cancers. The therapeutic efficacy of alpha particles lies in the short range and high linear energy transfer of these ionizing particles. Alpha particles emitted i ...

Tara Mastren
College of Engineering
Civil And Environmental Engg
Project Owner

Donna Cross
School of Medicine
Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Andrew Roberts
College of Science
Chemistry

Understanding the Role of Combustion Particle Pollution and Upper Airway Disease In Utah

Funded 2020$30K

The project will be a new-cross campus partnership between the CoE (Dr. Kelly, ChE, PhD, PE), CofM (Dr. Jeremiah Alt, Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology MD, PhD), and CofPh/CoE (Dr. Hamid Ghandehari, Pharmaceutics/Bioengineering, ...

KERRY KELLY
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Project Owner

JEREMIAH ALT
School of Medicine
Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology

HAMIDREZA GHANDEHARI
College of Pharmacy
Pharm & PharmaceuticalChemstry

Using serious games to address air quality as an environmental health problem

Funded 2020$15K

In Utah, air quality is a chronic concern for much of the state. Poor air quality contributes to health problems and reduces life expectancy, and the geography of air quality reinforces these as social and environmental justice is ...

Ben Davies
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Anthropology
Project Owner

Kathryn Davies
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Geography

Jeff Rose
College of Health
Health-Kinesiology-Recreation

DANYA RUMORE
S.J. Quinney College of Law
College of Law

 
 

Visualization and Integration of Cancer Cell Response Data by Quantitative Phase Imaging

Funded 2020$30K

Quantitative phase imaging (QPI) is a microscopy method that can be used to monitor cell behavior or response to targeted therapy. Both the Judson-Torres and Zangle labs at the University of Utah work on applications of QPI to stu ...

THOMAS ZANGLE
College of Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Project Owner

ROBERT JUDSON-TORRES
School of Medicine
Dermatology

ALEXANDER LEX
College of Engineering
School of Computing

Last Updated: 1/23/20