President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2013
New funds announced for interdisciplinary research

Jonathan Cohen
Bioengineer Amber Doiron is one of the principal investigators on a project funded through Binghamton's Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence.

New funds announced for interdisciplinary research

Nearly 40 Binghamton University faculty members will receive funding for collaborative research projects.

The funds, provided by the Binghamton University Roadmap through the Provost’s Office and the Division of Research, are designed to advance new ideas that can build the University’s
expertise in subjects related to the Transdisciplinary Areas of Excellence.

This competitive, peer-reviewed program provides initial support for long-term projects that have strong potential to attract external funding.

Two proposals were funded through the Citizenship, Rights and Cultural Belonging TAE:
    • Human Security in Africa: Aids, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Conflict, proposed by Seden Akcinaraglu and Nicole Hassoun.
    • Decarceration: Human and Community Rights, proposed by William Martin and Joshua Price.

Four proposals related to the Health Sciences TAE were funded:
    • A New Strategy to Prevent Neoronal Glutamate Excitotoxicity, led by Christof Grewer and David Werner.
    • Eating for 100 Trillion: The Gut Microbiome, Food Additives and Metabolic Disorders, proposed by Gretchen Mahler and Anthony Fiumera.
    • A Novel Mobile Human-Computer Interaction Approach Based on Wearable Eye-Controlled Glasses for Assisted Living and Health Care, led by Zhanpeng Jin and Sarah Laszlo.
    • Development of a Nanodelivery System for Enhanced Treatment of Biofilm-Related Infections, proposed by Amber Doiron and Karin Sauer.

Two proposals were funded through the Material and Visual Worlds TAE:
    • The Materiality and Visuality of the Pre-Modern Book: A Case Study, proposed by Marilynn Desmond, Tina Chronopoulos and Ed Shepherd.
    • Hidden Images: Revealing the Three-Dimensionality of Film Emulsion, led by Tomonari Nishikawa and Peter Huang.

Three proposals received funding through the Smart Energy TAE:
    • Development of Ultrahigh Capacity Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Materials, proposed by Jiye Fang, Louis Piper and Guangwen Zhou.
    • Laser-Sintered Nanoparticle-Printed Flexible Energy Storage Devices, led by Chuan-Jian Zhong and Bonggu Shim.
    • Tuning Exciton Dynamics in Organic Nanowire-Based Solar Cells, proposed by Jeffrey Mativetsky, Joon Jang and Alistair Lees.

Two proposals were funded through the Sustainable Communities TAE:
    • Healthy Multigenerational Families: Building the Knowledge Base for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, led by Youjung Lee, Elizabeth Anderson, Lisa Blitz, Laura Bronstein, Shawn Berkowitz and Marion Martinez.
    • Local Capacity, State Policy, and the Geology of Natural Gas Drilling, proposed by Pam Mischen, Tom Sinclair, Rob Holohan, Joe Graney, Mark Blumler and Chen Bin Deng.