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Winter 2019

Wes Lloyd (PI), School of Engineering and Technology
Improving Software Deployments to Serverless Computing Environments
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Congratulations to Dr. Lloyd who was awarded a 2-year grant from the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) through the “Research Initiation Initiative,” a program that supports early career computer science investigators in establishing their independent research programs. Dr. Lloyd will use this funding to develop the “Serverless Application Analytics Framework” (SAAF), which will provide measurement support for serverless software deployments enabling new insights and data driven analytics that can be used by practitioners to evaluate tradeoffs between alternate architectures and service compositions.
Dr. Lloyd will engage both undergraduate and graduate students at the UW Tacoma through paid research assistantships. His proposal was considered under NSF’s Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) designation, meaning that NSF recognized the value of Dr. Lloyd’s research to undergraduate students, and particularly those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields.

Jim Thatcher (PI), Urban Studies, with Ruth Vanderpool (Senior Personnel; SIAS/ Sciences and Mathematics) and Courtney Thatcher (co-PI; University of Puget Sound)
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) “Site” Award:
Spatial Models and Electoral Districting
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Congratulations to Dr. Thatcher and his collaborators at UW Tacoma and University of Puget Sound (UPS), who have been awarded UW Tacoma’s first NSF REU Site award. This 3-year award will enable the team to create meaningful summer research experiences for a diverse group of undergraduate students from UW Tacoma, UPS and beyond centered on the socially and politically urgent topic of electoral districting. Students – who will live and be based at the UPS campus through the summer – will engage deeply in interdisciplinary approaches with broad real-world implications spanning geography, computer science, data science, and mathematics. Recruiting, underway now, emphasizes participation among students who are underrepresented in STEM fields in terms of gender and economic and racial identities, as well as those from smaller colleges with limited research opportunities.

Ji-Hyun Ahn, SIAS/Culture, Arts and Communication
A Comparative Study on Anti-Korean Sentiment in Taiwan and Japan
Academy of Korean Studies

 Ander Erickson, SIAS/Sciences and Mathematics
Mathematics on the Internet: Charting a Hidden Curriculum
UW Royalty Research Fund

Laura Feuerborn and Kathy Beaudoin, School of Education
Student Perceptions of Behavior and Discipline in Middle and High Schools
UW Royalty Research Fund

Jim Gawel, SIAS/Sciences and Mathematics and Stanley Joshua, Director of Facilities Services
UWT Sustainable Waste Management
City of Tacoma

Ed Kolodziej, Center for Urban Waters
Improving Environmental Forensics: Resolving and Apportioning Stormwater and Legacy Pollutant Sources with Non-Target High Resolution Mass Spectrometry
UW Royalty Research Fund

Ka Yee Yeung, School of Engineering and Technology
Diversity supplement to “Intelligent deployment of containerized bioinformatics workflows on the cloud”
National Institutes of Health

Weichao Yuwen (Lead Co-I) and Sunny Chieh Cheng (Co-I), Nursing and Healthcare Leadership, with co-Is Teresa Ward (UW Seattle), Dong Si, and Bill Erdley (UW Bothell)
CocoBot – Tailored Self-Management Program for Caregivers of Children with Chronic Conditions
UW Population Health Initiative Pilot Research Grant

Congratulations to Drs. Yuwen, Cheng and their collaborators in Bothell and Seattle who were awarded funds to develop and pilot test the usability and feasibility of “CocoBot,” a theory-based self-management intervention designed to improve caregivers’ well-being and health. CocoBot uses artificial intelligence ‘chatbot’ technology to provide family caregivers of children with chronic asthma and arthritis with on-demand and interactive support and skill development. In recognition of the particularly high need for support of caregivers in underserved communities, CocoBot will be specifically designed for this population through a user-centered design approach. Dr. Yuwen and her collaborators expect to leverage the preliminary results funded through this internal award to increase competitiveness for future NIH funding to support a definitive trial of the intervention.

Fall 2018

Wei Cheng, School of Engineering and Technology
Enhancing Mobile Security Education by Creating Eureka Experiences
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Dr. Cheng’s work responds to a critical need to train the future workforce on fundamental aspects of mobile security and advanced cyberinfrastructure in order to improve the ability to identify, prevent, and respond to emerging threats. Dr. Cheng and his team will design a variety of hands-on laboratories designed to create ‘Eureka’ (“aha!”) moments about a challenging concept through Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) activities. The primary purposes of the hands-on laboratories are: 1) to spark the interests of high school and community college students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in cybersecurity and mobile ecosystems (exploratory labs); 2) to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for cybersecurity careers by promoting enduring understanding of key security concepts and technologies (core labs); and 3) to introduce emerging security technologies and threats and inspire student research (advanced labs). Through these experiences, students will learn how to secure mobile devices and wireless systems, protect large scale and streaming data from mobile and other sources, ensure user privacy, and prevent intrusion. Furthermore, by engaging stakeholders in developing the Eureka Experiences, the project will increase the likelihood of wide adoption in academic and professional communities.

Joel Baker, Center for Urban Waters
Benthic Index of Biotic Indicators – Implementation Strategies
Washington State Department of Ecology / Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Wei Cheng, School of Engineering and Technology
Coverage, Capacity, and Resilience Enhancement in Limited Public Safety Networks
George Washington University / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Jose Rios, School of Education
The Next Generation of STEM Teacher Preparation in Washington State (NextGen-WA)
Western Washington University / National Science Foundation (NSF)

Theory to Practice: Elementary STEM Teacher Preparation for Hispanics (co-PI; PI: Anita Lenges, UW College of Education)
Heritage University / U.S. Department of Education

Michael Forman & Amos Nascimento, SIAS/Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs (with UW Seattle co-Investigators)
Normative Innovation, Human Rights, and Democracy: Concepts and Strategies for a New Global Agenda
UW Global Innovation Fund


Summer 2018

Ed Kolodziej (PI), Center for Urban Waters
Diagnosing Urban Stream Syndrome: Identifying Novel Contaminants and Toxicants in Our Stormwater
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Congratulations to Ed Kolodziej for his successful proposal submitted to the NSF Environmental Engineering program. His project is one of the 5-7% of several hundreds of proposals to be funded through this very selective program. Ed and his colleagues at the Center for Urban Waters will focus on identifying toxic chemicals in urban stormwater, with a particular focus on understanding the link between stormwater pollution and acute mortality in adult coho salmon in the Pacific Northwest. By identifying harmful pollutants in stormwater, the project will inform management of urban water quality through chemical source control and optimization of treatment technologies, thus protecting the economically and culturally important coho salmon and ecosystem health. Ed will lead a team of citizen scientists in monitoring watersheds for salmon mortality so that researchers are able to collect water and tissue samples during acute mortality events. In addition to local citizen scientists, this work will be conducted in collaboration with: Washington State University-Puyallup’s Stormwater Center; Puget Sound Institute; local, regional, state, and tribal communities; and regional and federal agencies, including NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service. Support from the NSF for this project indicates Center for Urban Water’s substantial capability for cutting edge research and community engagement around issues of stormwater quality and environmental health

Kathleen Beaudoin and Laura Feuerborn, School of Education

Improving Safety Conditions for All Special Education Personnel through Collaborative Safety Protocol Training
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

Wei Cheng, School of Engineering and Technology
Acquisition, Collection and Computation of Dynamic Big Sensory Data in Smart Cities
National Science Foundation

Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio, SIAS/Sciences and Mathematics
Sampling Conducted by Utilities for Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances in Drinking Water Sources in Washington State Starting in 2018
Washington State Department of Health

Andy James, Center for Urban Waters
Evaluating Chemical Tracers of Boat Waste Discharges to Puget Sound
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

Jarek Sierschynski, School of Education (co-Investigator; Lead PI: Scott Spaulding, UW College of Education)
Development of a Web-based Integrated Behavior Support and Teacher Coaching System for Early Childhood Settings (ibestt-EC)
Institute of Education Sciences


Spring 2018

Sarah Hampson, 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

Sunny 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

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

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

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

Ed 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

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

Winter 2018

Karen Cowgill, SIAS/Science and Mathematics
Bringing PRONTO to Democratic Republic of the Congo
UW Office of Global Affairs Global Innovation Fund

Charles Emlet (Investigator), Social Work and Criminal Justice
Addressing Health Disparities in Washington State: The Role of Social and Economic Inequities in Intersectional Marginalized Populations
UW Population Health Initiative Pilot Research Grant

David Hirschberg, Center for Urban Waters
Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement with U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Andy James, Center for Urban Waters
Skagit County Pollution Identification and Correction Project
Skagit County, WA/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Larry Knopp, SIAS/Social and Historical Studies
Shifting Spatialities and Ontologies of LGBTQ Life in Four U.S. Cities
UW Royalty Research Fund

Jarek Sierschynski, School of Education
Decolonizing STEM Practices and Technology Integration
UW Royalty Research Fund

Weichao Yuwen (PI) with Uba Backonja (co-I), Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
Sleep Innovations for Preschoolers with Arthritis (SIPA): Designing and Pilot Testing a Self-Management Intervention
Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management, UW School of Nursing/
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research


Fall 2017

Uba Backonja, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership 
Solutions in Health Analytics for Rural Equity across the Northwest (co-Director; Lead PI: Betty Bekemeir, UW School of Public Health)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Joel Baker, Center for Urban Waters
Puget Sound Action Agenda Implementation
Puget Sound Partnership/Environmental Protection Agency

Tessa Francis, Center for Urban Waters
Marine and nearshore grant program
WA State Dept. of Fish & Wildlife/Environmental Protection Agency

Jim Gawel, SIAS/SAM
Wapato Lake alum treatment study
Metro Parks Tacoma

Andy James, Center for Urban Waters
Characterization of contaminants of emerging concern in regional waters
WA State Dept. of Ecology/Environmental Protection Agency

Ed Kolodziej, Center for Urban Waters
Stormwater chemical characterization and watershed prioritization
WA State Dept. of Ecology/Environmental Protection Agency
Assessment of hyporheic zone water quality in Thornton Creek
Seattle Public Utilities

Jose Rios, School of Education
The next generation of STEM teacher preparation in Washington State
Western Washington University/National Science Foundation

Matt Tolentino, Institute of Technology
Characterization and accelerating real-time IoT applications using FPGAs
National Science Foundation