Catalyst and Seed Awards

Announcing Catalyst and Seed Award Winners

The College is pleased to announce our Catalyst and Seed Award winners for 2019.

2019 Catalyst Award Recipients

The Catalyst Award was envisioned by Dean Fuentes and funded by President Rao to enhance faculty scholarship by providing funding of up to $20,000 to facilitate projects in all disciplines in the College. These are part of a broader program aimed at building research and scholarship in the College. The following faculty are award recipients for 2019.

Ryan Garten, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Age and Sex Limitations to Vascular Plasticity: Insight from Single Leg Exercise Training

Melis Hafez, History
Moral Entrepreneurs, Cultural Politics and Moral Citizenship in Late Ottoman Society

Matthew Hartman, Chemistry
Creation and Use of Structured Alpha-Helical Peptide Libraries for the Development of Inhibitors of Protein-Protein Interactions

Tal Simmons, Forensic Science
Cross-Validation of ICP-MS and LA-ICP-MS Analysis of Trace Isotope Ratios from Dental Enamel for the Geographic Attribution of Human Remains in Virginia

David Chan, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Weak Ties, Strong Ties & Absent Ties: Developing Mathematical Models of College Students’ Social Networks to Improve Mental Health and Educational Outcomes

R. Lee Franco, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Exercise-Induced Alteration of Postprandial Inflammatory Responses in Overweight/Obese Black Female Breast Cancer Survivors

2019 Seed Award Recipients

The Seed Awards were established to foster the development of successful grant proposals and nationally or internationally peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative works. The following College faculty are lead investigators on funded projects that will receive awards of up to $5,000.

Andrea Simonelli, Political Science
Saving Paradise? An analysis of how Governance Affects Climate Resilience through Human Security in the Pacific

Cristina Stanciu, English
A Place of Horror, A Place of Refuge: Archives of Survival in Four Settler States’ Boarding School Literature and Film

Gregory Smithers, History
The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America

Heather Jones, Psychology
Evaluating Patient Outcomes Following Integrated Primary Care for Underserved Youth

James Turbeville, Biology
A Test for Hidden Diversity in the Cosmopolitan Hoplonemertean Emplectonema gracile (Nemertea) and Inference of the Source for a recently discovered Population on the Atlantic Coast of North America

Jason Arnold, Political Science
Uncovering the KGB’s Secrets with the Mitrokhin Archive

Matthew Scott, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
The Causes and Consequences of Poor Sleep Quality: The Impact of Physical (In)Activity

Murugeswaran Duraisamy, Physics
New Physics Effects on the Semi-Lepontic Beauty Meson Decays

Richard Fine, English
Covering D-Day: The Media and the Military in World War II

Scott Neubauer, Biology
Impacts of Saltwater Intrusion on Tidal Freshwater Marsh Metabolism and Carbon Storage