Autumn 2016 Sustainable and Resilient Economy Seed Grants Announced


Ohio State’s Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, one of the university’s Discovery Themes focus areas, is pleased to announce the recipients of SRE’s Autumn 2016 Seed Grant Awards, designed to stimulate multidisciplinary collaboration among Ohio State faculty, staff, students and external partners.

Recipients of the SRE Autumn 2016 Seed Grant Awards, as well as their academic units and proposal titles, are as follows:

Principal Investigator Proposal Title Brief Summary
Guzin Bayraksan
Integrated Systems Engineering
Energy and Water Infrastructure Planning Under Extreme Events The project will study design and operation of energy and water infrastructures under disasters by (1) using a novel integrated approach to infrastructure planning and (2) utilizing both operations research and behavioral/experimental approaches. The project will support a student and create a proof of concept that will enable federally funded grant proposals.
Keely Croxton
Fisher College of Business
Business Model for Private Sector Delivery of Water Services in Tanzania: The Global Water Institute (GWI) has developed and vetted a franchise model concept paper for private sector water service delivery in rural Tanzania. This project will work to address cultural knowledge gaps to provide inputs for a working business model through: 1) conducting a survey/consultation in select villages, 2) collating existing available data, and 3) convening two ideation sessions with GWI development partners and stakeholders.
Karen Dannemiller
Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
Sleep Loss and Environmental Exposures in Asthma Patients We spend nearly one third of our lives in our bedrooms where we are exposed to a complex mixture of chemicals and microbes that may influence our health. This study will determine associations between indoor exposures to microbes and traffic pollutants in the bedroom and asthma control, focusing on sleep disruption.
Kelsey Hunter M.S. Student
Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
Energy Transitions and Bridges This proposed project will investigate “bridging”—the processes, characteristics, and conceptions of what it means for fuels and technologies to meaningfully connect present energy systems with those having more desirable environmental, social, and economic characteristics.
Marcia Nishioka, Linda Weavers
College of Public Health, Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
Modelling Human Exposure and Cancer Risk for Consumer Products Urethane polymer microparticles from wear may be an unrecognized source of cancer risk for the general population. We will develop a model that describes particle release rates over a product lifetime based on aging and wear of a consumer product urethane polymer that can be combined with human activity profiles to assess cancer risk.
Rongjun Qin
Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
Measuring Urban Resilience from Space – A feasibility study on the urban response to the Haiti earthquake This project aims to quantify critical indicators of urban resilience using satellite observations. Repetitively acquired satellite images over an earthquake-impacted area (Haiti) will be processed to analyze the dynamics of built-up areas, and resilience indicators will be derived to understand how the city recovers from the disaster
Klaus Lorenz
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Living from urban land –enhancing urban agriculture through soil resilience With an interdisciplinary effort among neighborhood organizations, residents, urban gardeners and scientists, the proposed study aims to enhance the resilience of the urban food system by applying agricultural residues and post-consumer wastes for urban agricultural soil quality (soil health) improvement in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio.

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