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Office of Research Annual Report

Quarterly Office of Research Roundup

Recent Sponsored Research Awards

Congratulations to recipients of recent sponsored awards!

Sarah Hampson (PI), SIAS/Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (with co-Investigator Jamie Huff, Bridgewater State University)

Mobilizing Title IX: Assessing Activist Goals and Institutional Responses
UW Royalty Research Fund

Congratulations to Dr. Hampson on her successful proposal to the UW Royalty Research Fund! Dr. Hampson will be employing a legal mobilization framework to investigate the motivations, goals, and strategies of activists who are mobilizing around Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and other legal requirements that govern how colleges and universities must respond to sexual violence occurring at their institutions. Dr. Hampson and her co-investigator will specifically consider how activists envision the broader effects of the law and use it to achieve social change. They will also explore how university Title IX coordinators implement changing protocols to understand where activist motivations and administrative responses converge and diverge, and why.

Photographic portrait of Ka Yee Yeung-RheeKa Yee Yeung-Rhee (PI) with Wes Lloyd (co-I) and Ling-Hong Hung (research scientist), Institute of Technology

Intelligent deployment of containerized bioinformatics workflows on the cloud
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Congratulations to Dr. Yeung-Rhee and her co-investigators on their recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) award, funded through the highly competitive Research Project Grant (R01) program. This award is the largest NIH grant and among the largest of grants from any sponsor in UW Tacoma history.  Through a multi-year effort, Drs. Yeung-Rhee, Lloyd, and Hung will deliver technological advances in containers and cloud computing to biomedical researchers who work with big biomedical data but have limited training in computational sciences. Specifically, the investigators will develop a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface to enable biomedical researchers to build and edit containerized workflows. Most importantly, users will be able to deploy and scale selected modules in the workflow on cloud computing platforms in a transparent, yet guided fashion in order to optimize cost and performance and leverage resources from multiple cloud vendors.  These tools will allow the biomedical community to optimize the costs associated with cloud computing and to facilitate the replication of scientific results. 

This project is a collaboration with Dr. Eric Sobie from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Drs. Yeung-Rhee and Lloyd will be offering a summer program in bioinformatics and cloud computing to engage students in their federally funded research projects this summer.

Photographic portrait of Erica ClineErica Cline (PI) with Emily Cilli-Turner, Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio, and Marc Nahmani (co-PIs), SIAS/Sciences and Mathematics, Ka Yee Yeung-Rhee (co-PI), Institute of Technology, and Ed Kolodziej (Mentor), Center for Urban Waters

Achieving Change in our Communities for Equity and Student Success (ACCESS) in STEM National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Cline and her collaborators on their success in securing funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) Program! This 5-year student support grant responds to a national need to increase the success of students with demonstrated financial need in pursuing STEM degrees. The UWT ACCESS Research Team will specifically work to recruit, retain, and promote post-graduate success for talented low-income students in STEM through several institutional programs including: Community-engaged and use-inspired course-based research experiences; faculty and peer mentoring; campus living learning communities, ongoing engagement with issues of race and equity in science and math; and student scholarships. The research team will investigate outcomes of the program through four controlled studies on student success, retention, identity, and race and equity effects. This project is a collaboration with two additional researchers from UW Seattle, Mary Pat Wenderoth (co-PI) and Elin Bjorling (external evaluator).


Photographic portrait of Sunny ChengSunny Cheng, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Psychosis Risk Syndrome Experience of Caregivers of Patients with Schizophrenia in the US: A Mixed Methods Study
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


Photographic portrait of John FinkeJohn Finke, SIAS/Science and Mathematics
Sugar profiling of antibody drugs used to treat Alzheimer's Disease
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Photographic portrait of Tessa FrancisTessa Francis, Center for Urban Waters
Subtidal monitoring of shoreline restoration effectiveness
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife


Photographic portrait of Jim GawelJim Gawel, SIAS/Science and Mathematics
Clark's Creek 2017 Quality Assurance Project Plan
Brown and Caldwell/Pierce County


Photographic portrait of Ed KolodziejEd Kolodziej, Center for Urban Waters
Identification and treatment of toxicants in highway runoff using green stormwater infrastructure and bioassays
Washington State Department of Transportation

Water quality characterization for stormwater treatment and ecotoxicology assessment
Washington State University/Washington State Department of Ecology

Photographic portrait of Danica MillerDanica Miller, SIAS/Social and Historical Studies
Creating Survivance: Art and indigenous wellness (co-investigator; Lead PI: William Hartmann, UW Bothell)
UW Simpson Center for the Humanities Large-scale Collaboration Grant


*Note: This list comprises all new sponsored research awards funded in spring quarter 2018 (Mar 16-June 8, 2018) and for which a UW Tacoma organization is specified as lead, as reported by the UW Business Intelligence portal.

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More Recent Awards

Recent Faculty Research Talks

Spring 2018 Lightning Talks: Research with Undergraduates

Faculty Lightning Talks highlight the diversity of scholarship underway at UW Tacoma.  In Spring 2018, the Office of Research hosted 4 faculty members for fast-paced presentations about their current work that engages undergraduate researchers.

Winter 2018 Publish & Flourish

This Office of Research event celebrated six UW Tacoma faculty who published books in the last year.
Fall 2017 Faculty Research Lightning Rounds
Faculty Research Lightning Rounds highlight the diversity of scholarship underway at UW Tacoma.  In Fall 2017, the Office of Research hosted eight faculty members for fast-paced presentations about their current work.
Fall 2017 Global Faculty Lightning Rounds
This event highlighted the global impact aof work conducted by UW Tacoma faculty and students. We heard from seven UWT faculty about their engagement in nine countries.

Past Faculty Research Talks

Research news

A New Kind of Superhero

Dr. Andrea Modarres, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
June 8, 2018
Assistant Professor Andrea Modarres will discuss Kamala Khan, the first American Muslim character to headline a comic book, as part of the Grit City T...
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