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Last modified: Thursday, February 2, 2012

IU faculty receive collaborative funding awards

Feb. 1, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Twenty-one Indiana University Bloomington faculty members have received 2011-12 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding (CRCAF) awards granted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to foster collaborations and jump-start projects that involve IU Bloomington faculty and IU centers, institutes and museums.

"The projects receiving this year's CRCAF awards represent an impressive and exciting range of collaborations," said Sarita Soni, vice provost for research at IU Bloomington, whose office oversees a variety of research funding programs for faculty. "I'm confident that these collaborations will help to stimulate new ideas and spur these projects toward further success."

The collaborative teams receiving funding will pursue a wide variety of projects including developing a "dogcam" to explore social cognition in nonhuman animals, especially the ways in which dogs track human social gestures; using non-destructive instrumentation to date writings by Isaac Newton in an effort to accurately chart the famous physicist's intellectual journey through the realms of alchemy, theology and natural philosophy; addressing barriers to HIV testing by piloting a system of testing access in rural pharmacies in Indiana; and an analysis of news media representations of India's transition from a forgotten postcolonial nation to new global power.

Each award provides up to $10,000 over a one-year period for work done in collaboration with a campus center, institute or museum. Among the units involved in this year's projects are the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, and the Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature.

A complete list of 2011-12 CRCAF projects follows. Learn more about the CRCAF and other Office of the Vice Provost for Research funding opportunities here.

2011-12 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Fund Award Recipients

• DogCam: An Accurate Eye-Tracker for Naturalistic Social Cognition in Dogs: Colin Allen, history and philosophy of science; Nicholas Port, optometry; Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior

• Indiana Iron-Gall Ink Study of 17th-Century Hand-Written Manuscripts Using Raman Spectroscopy Analysis: Amar Flood, chemistry; William Newman, history and philosophy of science; Wallace Hooper, Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project; Cherry Williams and Douglas Sanders, Lilly Library; Mathers Museum of World Cultures; Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

• The Southeastern Native American Collections Project: Jason Jackson, folklore and ethnomusicology; Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

• Virtual Commons for Commons Research at the Ostrom Workshop: Michael D. McGinnis, political science; Emily Castle, Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

• Expanding Access to HIV Testing Through Rural Pharmacies: Beth Meyerson, applied health science; Stephanie Sanders and Marlon Bailey, gender studies; the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction; the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention

• Developing and Implementing 21st-Century Ideas on Optometry Through Area Studies Partnership: Samuel Obeng, African Studies Program; Douglas Horner, optometry; Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research

• Covering the New India: Media Portraits of a Nation in Transition: Radhika Parameswaran, journalism; John Bodnar, Center for the Study of History and Memory

• Providing Online Access to Annotated Multimedia Materials on Ivorian Immigrant Performance: Daniel Reed, folklore and ethnomusicology; Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities

• Musical Collectorship in Italy in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Giovanni Zanovello, musicology; Massimo Ossi, Jacobs School of Music; Giuliano Di Bacco, Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature

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