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In the Money

Who. What. How Much. A Sampling of Current Research and Funding

Professor Chris Craft, IUB, has received a $343,181 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy National Institute of Climatic Change Research to study the effects of sea level rise and variable freshwater river discharge on coastal wetlands. Chris also recently received an award in the amount of $196,938 from the Natural Resources Conservation Services for his project, “To Quantify the Ecosystem Services Derived from Wetland Conservation Practices in the Glaciated Interior Plains: the Provision of Water Quality Benefits.”

Craig Hartzer, IUPUI, received an award of $141,000 from President’s Academy of Public Administration (Kazakhstan) for a summer study professional development program for 22 of their top civil servants enrolled in the Academy.

IUPUI’s John Krauss received a grant of $55,000 from the Indiana Supreme Court to fund a study to take a critical look at how other states have approached managing and paying for their local courts. This was a major recommendation of the Kernan-Shepard Report that was prepared by the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment. The goal is to identify ways Hoosiers can be assured equal access to services from the courts and that they’re being funded in the most cost-effective way. Krauss also received $109,377 from the Indiana Office of the Governor to assist in the Indiana Data Initiative.

Sam Nunn, IUPUI, was awarded $350,000 by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to continue a series of annual factsheets and fact books about traffic safety in the state.

The President’s Fund for IUB and IUPUI’s Collaboration in Research has awarded a $50,000 grant to J.C. Randolph, Ken Richards, and Barry Rubin, IUB, to work on “Energy and the Environment: Modeling the Effects of Developing Energy Systems in Indiana,” a project to develop a model that combines the spatial analysis capabilities of GIS with technology characterizations and economic modeling of simultaneous energy-related developments in Indiana.

Todd Royer, IUB, recently received a $50,333 grant from the President’s Fund for IUB and IUPUI’s Collaboration in Research for his project “Sustaining Water Resources: Environmental Impacts of Chemical Loadings and Transport during Floods,” which will develop scientific tools for studying the environmental, economic and human health impacts of floods. Royer also received $175,866 from the National Science Foundation for the first year of a four-year grant to study organic carbon, nitrogen cycling, and denitrifying bacteria in streams and rivers polluted with nitrogen from agricultural fertilizers. The study combines molecular genetics and ecosystem ecology in a truly cross-disciplinary approach to an important environmental problem.

IUB’s Joe Shaw’s project, “Environmental Human Health: Use of Genomic Signatures in the Study of Environmental Human Health” will pioneer the use of high-throughput genomics to diagnose the presence and human health effects of environmental contaminants and has been funded by a $48,320 grant from President’s Fund for IUB and IUPUI’s Collaboration in Research.