CHS announces winners of the 2021 Seed and Catalyst Awards and Innovations in Teaching and Student Engagement Awards

The awards reflect the high impact, innovative scholarship being conducted across disciplines in CHS.
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The CHS Seed and Catalyst Awards program offers and administers competitive funding for faculty-driven research and scholarship. In total, the Dean's Office funded 17 Seed proposals and one Catalyst proposal. Three Innovations in Teaching and Student Engagement Award proposals were awarded. This award program offers and administers competitive funding for teams of faculty and staff to systematically address student engagement and retention in CHS. The proposal titles listed below illustrate the incredible range of scholarship in the CHS.

Seed and Catalyst Awards

Seed Awards

  • B. Ethan M. Coston, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies - In Pursuit of Pleasure: Is “Sexual Health” More Than an Absence of Disease?
  • Sean Cox, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics - How Robustly Can You Predict the Future?
  • Christine Cynn, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies - AIDS Archives: "A Witness of My Time"
  • Brian Daugherity, History - The Green Light: School Integration in the United States
  • Soma Dhakal, Chemistry - Single Molecule Analysis of Peptide Modified DNA Holliday Junctions for Therapeutic Applications
  • Ronald Evans, Kinesiology and Health Sciences - Reconceptualizing Behavioral Weight Loss to Improve Weight Loss Maintenance: A Proof-of-Concept Trial
  • Nao Hagiwara, Psychology - Racial Disparities in Cancer Genetic Counseling Encounters
  • Michael Hall, English - Freedom Beyond Confinement: Travel and Imagination in African-American Cultural History and Letters
  • Mary Caton Lingold, English - Sound Legacy: Music and Slavery in an African Atlantic World
  • Karen McIntyre, Robertson - Journalistic Role Performance Project: A Systematic Analysis of Professional Roles Among Journalists in Rwanda and 46 Other Countries
  • Amy Rector, World Studies - Isotopic Records of Climate and Seasonality in the Luangwa River Valley, Zambia
  • Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei, World Studies - In Search of Divine Justice: Iranian Women’s Sacred Activism
  • Joann Richardson, Kinesiology and Health Sciences - Sole2Soul: Cultural Line Dancing as a Novel Approach to Physical Activity for Healthy Aging in Older African Americans
  • Sarah Seashols-Williams, Forensic Science - Use of MicroRNA Expression to Predict Body Mass Index in Forensic Samples
  • Faedah Totah, World Studies - Palestinians in the Old City of Damascus
  • Wenheng Zhang, Biology - Genetic Basis for Increased Floral Organ Number and Fruit Size in Tomato

Catalyst Awards

  • Julio Alvarez, Chemistry and Derek Prosser, Biology - Single Microbe Electrochemistry

Innovations in Teaching and Student Engagement Awards

  • Ching-Yu Huang, Biology, and Ellen Carpenter, Psychology - One Stone, Two Birds: A Course-Based UTA-Student Mentoring Program for Student Engagement and Retention in Larger STEM Lectures
  • James Fritz and Donald Smith, Philosophy - VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy
  • Bernard Means, World Studies - Digitization and Replication of Pathological Osteological Specimens for Virtual Museum and Physical Teaching Collections

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