spea magazine

In the Money


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

Lisa Bingham
$50,000 from the U.S. Postal Service to SPEA’s Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute, to continue longitudinal research on the world’s largest mediation program for workplace conflict.

Phil Cornwell
$183,094 as part of an $885,026 contract between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SPEA’s Transportation Research Center, to provide quality control of motor vehicle crashes investigated by participants in the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network.

Chris Craft
$142,148 from the University of Georgia, to investigate the effects of the spatial and temporal variation in freshwater on tidal marsh ecosystem processes. Because coastal marshes provide shoreline protection and fisheries habitat, enhance water quality, and provide refuge for rare and endangered species, it is important to know how these ecosystems will respond to a rising sea level and climate change now and into the future.

Ronald Drahos
$200,000 as part of a $1,357,409 contract between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SPEA’s Transportation Research Center, to fund research for the Special Crash Investigation program.

Bill Jones
$288,867 from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, to continue implementing IDEM’s Indiana Clean Lakes Program. This includes three primary components: assessing the water quality of 80 lakes each summer; running a citizen volunteer lake monitoring program of over 100 lakes; and preparing a quarterlyinformational newsletter called WaterColumn.

Steve McDonald
$394,182 as part of a $1,033,000 contract between the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and SPEA’s Transportation Research Center, to provide computerized quality control assurance and statistical support services for three of its traffic crash data collection systems—the General Estimates System, Crashworthiness Data System and National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study— as part of an effort to reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities on the nation’s roads and highways.

Flynn Picardal
$246,552 from the National Science Foundation Division of Earth Sciences, to research the adaptive response of microbial communities and Fe biomineralization pathways to anaerobic redox cycling of Fe and N in sediments. This grant is part of a larger $500,000 collaborative effort with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin.

Maureen Pirog
$290,000 from the United States Agency for International Development, to SPEA’s Institute for Family and Social Responsibility, to establish a public policy partnership between SPEA and the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, to strengthen the institutional capacity of the HSE by enhancing its capability in applying policy analysis tools to real-life public sector problems.

David Reingold
$45,500 from the Carnegie Corporation, to support research that will measure the effects of state-level civic education policies on the civic engagement of young Americans. SPEA PhD student Becky Nesbit is a co-principal investigator in this project.

Charles Wise
$500,000 in the form of a cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development to fund the Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine (PDP). The PDP will focus its efforts to advance the role of parliament under Ukraine’s new Constitution and proportional system of election set to take place in January 2006. PDP staff will assist parliament in four areas, including administrative reform, local government reform, legislation to combat corruption, and legislation facilitating integration into international protocols such as the World Trade Organization, Palermo Convention, and European Union. This recent cooperative agreement supplements a $4,980,000 five-year agreement issued to the PDP in 2003.