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NEXUS Pilot Grant Summary

The NEXUS pilot grant program focuses on interdisciplinary research that will seed the creation of knowledge and solutions to society’s grand challenges.

Proposals are sought from all colleges/departments at the University of Utah where research teams must comprise two or more regular, full-time faculty members at the University of Utah from different departments and different disciplines and that clearly articulate the interdisciplinary perspective.

Expedition Proposals are designed to encourage teams to explore a new topic and determine if it has potential for a larger proposal, book project, or other product.
Research Proposals address society's grand challenges and topics in the domain of the University's Transformative Excellence Program (TEP). 

SPRING 2020 NEXUS PILOT PROGRAM GRANT AWARD WINNERS

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COLLABORATORS

AFFILIATIONS/DEPARTMENTS

PROJECT TITLE

Adrienne Cachelin

Brett Clark
Shane MacFarlan
Lynn Bohs

ENVST
Sociology
Anthropology
Biology

Resilience and justice in the local food system: Understanding mutual aid in the time of COVID-19
Rogelio Cardona-Rivera Aaron Fischer

Entertainment Arts & Engineering
Educational Psychology
Psychiatry

How do Teacher-Trainers train Teachers? Computationally Modeling the Design of Behavioral Skills Training to Support Automated Virtual Training.
Phyllis Coley

Bei Wang Phillips

Biological Sciences
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
Sustaining Biodiversity: Combine Machine Learning with Molecular Networking in Drug and Natural Product Discovery
A. Gannet Hallar

McKenzie Skiles

Atmospheric Sciences
Geography
Impact of COVID-19 Response on the Environment with regards to Radiative Balance and Hydrology

 

SPRING 2019 NEXUS PILOT PROGRAM GRANT AWARD WINNERS

EXPEDITION PROPOSALS

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COLLABORATORS

AFFILIATIONS/DEPARTMENTS

PROJECT TITLE

David S. Curtis Camilla Hodge,
Kevin Rathunde
Family and Consumer Studies - Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation Leveraging the Zoo, Arts and Parks Summer Passport Program to Promote Physical Activity and Human Development

RESEARCH PROPOSALS

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COLLABORATORS

AFFILIATIONS/DEPARTMENTS

PROJECT TITLE

Daniel Mendoza

Jeff Rose
Sara Grineski
Tim Collins
Angelina DeMarco Rebecca Hardenbrook Casey Mullin

Atmospheric Science 
Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Sociology
Geography
Anthropology
Mathematics
Pulmonary Medicine

Environmental Justice Research to Action: 
Assessing and Addressing Disparate Exposures to Air Pollution in Salt Lake County
Richard Medina Adrienne Cachelin

Geography
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The Influence of Web-Based Hate on Bias-Motivated Criminal Behavior
Tyler Faith

Randall Irmis
Mitchell Power
Eric Rickart
Joan Brenner Coltrain
Diego Fernandez

Anthropology
Geology & Geophysics
Natural History Museum of Utah
Exploring Utah's High-Elevation Caves: Fossil Archives of Ecosystem Change
Brenda Bowen Shane Macfarlan
Jory Lerback
Geology & Geophysics
Anthropology
Global Change & Sustainability Center
Uncovering the Framework for Spring Sustainability in Complex Socio-hydrological Systems in the Remote Arid Highland of Baja California Sur, Mexico
Tabitha Benney Daniel Mendoza
Phillip M. Singer
Robert A. Chaney
Chantel D. Sloan

Political Science
Atmospheric Sciences
Pulmonary Medicine
Department of Public Health-Brigham Young University
Crossing the Policy Divide: Translating Health and Behavioral Drivers of Utah Air Quality into Public Policy Solutions
Last Updated: 4/8/21