Grant Recipients (2018–2019)

Rutgers Global and the Rutgers Global Health Institute are pleased to announce the winners of more than $300,000 in funding as part of the Rutgers Global Grants and the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants, solicited in December 2017 by Rutgers Global and February 2018 by the Rutgers Global Health Institute (with support from Rutgers Global) respectively:

  • Five Internationalizing the Curriculum Grants (up to $10,000) were awarded by Rutgers Global, which support faculty in preparing students for global competence through curricula; proposals with study abroad components were viewed more favorably.
  • 14 International Collaborative Research Grants (up to $8,000) were awarded by Rutgers Global, which support international research, projects, and programs initiated by faculty with scholars at institutions abroad.
  • Five Faculty and Student Interdisciplinary Working Group Grants (up to $10,000) were awarded by Rutgers Global, which support faculty and graduate students pursuing collaborative and scholarly activities that significantly strengthen the university’s international agenda and visibility.
  • Five Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants (up to $5,000) were awarded by the Rutgers Global Health Institute in one of two categories: 1) education, training, and capacity building and 2) research.

2018–2019 Grant Winners

Internationalizing the Curriculum (Rutgers Global Grant) +

Ying-Yu Chao, Division of Nursing Science, Rutgers School of Nursing (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences)
Paving the Way for Academic Collaborations in Nursing with China
A sustainable Rutgers faculty-led study abroad program with Xiamen University where students will be immersed in Chinese culture, learn different health care practices (including traditional Chinese medicine and its integration into daily health practices), and gain an understanding of this dynamic system of healthcare. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Keith Green and Dr. Carol Singley, Department of English, Camden College of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–Camden)
Writing Revolutions: lnternationalizing the Curriculum
A proposed course that examines the reality and representation of revolutions in and around Havana and Philadelphia. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Benjamin Lintner, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Tropical Environments: A Transdisciplinary Embedded Study Abroad Course Fostering an Integrative Approach to Understanding 21st Century Challenges Facing the Tropics
An embedded study abroad opportunity to Costa Rica built around a new course in tropical environments. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Brian Phillips Murphy, Honors College (Rutgers–Newark)
Creating an Embedded Rutgers University-Newark Honors College Course in Malta/Sicily
An Honors history pilot course, "Race and Ethnicity in the Medieval Mediterranean," with an embedded spring break study abroad component to Malta and Sicily. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Richard Stansfield, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Camden College of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–Camden)
Study Abroad in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
A study abroad component to an existing course, "Comparative Criminal Justice." For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

International Collaborative Research (Rutgers Global Grant) +

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular, Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–Newark)
Sevdalinka: Literary-Musical Production of Europe’s Indigenous Muslims in Bosnia Herzegovina
First-ever scholarly critical edition of Sevdalinka, the corpus of traditional poetic-performing genre by indigenous European Muslims in Bosnia Herzegovina. This critical analysis will contribute to the fields of literature, history, and ethnomusicology. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Wen L. Anthony, School of Social Work (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
What Facilitates Video Gaming Disorder? An Exploration of Chinese University Students
A cross-sectional survey with 1,000 university students at Shandong University in China to explore: 1) the characteristics of video gaming disorder (VGD) of Chinese university students, and 2) the underlying cognitive factors of VGD . For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Tewodros Asefa, Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Development of Efficient and Sustainable Nano Photoelectrocatalysts and Unravelling their Structures and Properties using Powerful Microscopic & Spectroscopic Techniques
Application of nanotechnology to develop efficient nano-photoelectrocatalysts that can produce synthetic fuels and H2 (a clean energy carrier) from water at the expense of sunlight, in collaboration with the Czech Academy of Sciences in Czech Republic. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Francis Barchi, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Developing an Evidence-Based Ethics Education Program in Responsible Conduct of Research for Medical Trainees in Guatemala
Development, implementation, and evaluation of the first-ever Responsible Conduct of Research training program for surgical residents at two hospitals in Guatemala City. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Judith Deutsch, Dept. of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, School of Health Professions (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences)
Open Rehabilitation Initiative: Usability and Knowledge Translation
Creation of an online community where developers and scientists can share their vetted virtual reality simulations with clinicians. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Shauna Downs, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences)
Mapping the Food Environment in an Urban Slum in Kenya: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Study to Inform the Development of a Discrete Choice Experiment
Pilot project that will use mixed-methods to characterize food environments in an urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya and describe the drivers of food choice among women slum dwellers. The findings of this research will be used to inform the development of a NIH R01 proposal. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Adam Gormley, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Rutgers/UNSW: Development of a New Drug Discovery Platform Technology Based on Synthetic Polymers
Use of new technologies in polymer chemistry to develop a new class of therapeutics. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Lee Kerkhof, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
The Tundra/Alpine Microbiome: From the Finnish Arctic to the Tibetan Plateau
Investigation of cryophilic bacteria in soils representing the Arctic and the “Third Pole”—the Himalayan Mountains, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute (Finland) and the Institute of Tibetan Plateau (China). For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Lisa Klein, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Interdisciplinary Approach to Three-Dimensional Design of Materials
Assembly of an interdisciplinary team to focus on new ways to structure materials on surfaces for a variety of functions. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

KiBum Lee, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Stem Cell Reprogramming using Nanotechnology and Chemical Biology Approaches
Development of a method to construct a completely artificial and functional transcription factor (TF) proteins (the master regulators of gene expression) that is capable of replicating the functions of endogenous TF proteins by combining nanomaterials with small molecules. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Mingwei Liu, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
The Effects of Chinese Trade Unions on Workers
Rigorous analysis of the effects of Chinese union effects that addresses research limitations, in collaboration with the Capital University of Economics and Business (China). For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Carter Mathes (Department of English) and Dr. Kevon Rhiney (Department of Geography), Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Global Climate Change and the Caribbean: Climate, History and Responsibility
Creation of an interdisciplinary working group to address the pressing questions related to the historical, economic, environmental, and justice dimensions of global climate change—and their implications for the Caribbean region—in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (Mona). For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Daphne Munroe, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Lessons from a Global Examination of Complex Ecological Interactions in Fisheries
Initiation of a collaboration with Bangor University (United Kingdom) that will be used to compare the response of population structure and growth to varying fishing pressure. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Tim Raphael, Dept. of Arts, Culture and Media/Center for Migration and the Global City, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–Newark)
Documenting Displacement through Digital Media in Colombia and Malta
Documentation of young refugee life in Malta and civil conflict in Colombia. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Faculty and Student Interdisciplinary Working Groups (Rutgers Global Grant) +

Sahar Aziz, Rutgers Center for Security, Race, and Civil Rights, Rutgers Law School (Rutgers–Newark)
Middle Eastern and South Asian (MESA) Interdisciplinary Working Group
A network of scholars, students, and staff devoted to interdisciplinary research and curricula development in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Leonard C. Feldman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Faculty and Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Working Group iNANO/Aarhus University-Rutgers Collaboration in Nano-Scale Materials Science
An international research and teaching collaboration with iNano Institute at Aarhus University (Denmark) to investigate alternative or greener energy sources. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Trinidad Rico, Department of Art History, School of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Interdisciplinary Working Group on Islamic Heritage
A network of archaelogy, anthropology, and heritage specialists and scholars conducting research and teaching in three different disciplines and institutions that touch significantly upon the study of material culture and heritage in the Muslim world. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Mara Sidney (Department of Political Science) and Sean Mitchell (Department of Anthropology and Sociology), Global Urban Studies, Newark College of Arts and Sciences (Rutgers–Newark)
Comparative Gentrification in an Urbanizing World
An international and interdisciplinary working group of faculty and graduate students focused on the multiple dimensions of gentrification in a selection of important global cities (including Newark, Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena, and Cape Town). For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Jennifer Tomesko, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions (Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences)
A Two-phase International Approach to Teaching Nutrition Focused Physical Examination
A hybrid program to train dietetic educators and clinicians in Malaysia on nutrition focused physical exam (NFPE), a new essential component of nutrition care. For a full summary, please see Rutgers Global Grant Recipients [PDF].

Support for Global Health Education, Training, and Capacity Building (Rutgers Global Health Seed Grant) +

Susan Caplan, Rutgers School of Nursing (RBHS)
Building Capacity for Integrated Behavioral Health Care in the Dominican Republic
This project, which builds upon an ongoing collaboration between Rutgers, University Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Public Health, is focused on improving existing efforts to integrate behavioral health services in primary care. Collaborative partners include the New Jersey Medical School, Ministry of Public Health of the Dominican Republic, University Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and the University of Massachusetts. For a full summary, please visit the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants page.

Ilya Raskin, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Discovering Antimicrobials from Nature
This seed grant will be used to conduct a training workshop on Screens-to-Nature (STN)—a technology that effectively detects pharmacologically active compounds in plants—at the Rutgers-operated Tuanan Orangutan Research Station located in Central Kalimantan; establish sustainable STN-based research at this location; provide research training and capacity building for local communities and universities; and develop opportunities for significant international funding. Collaborative partners include the School of Arts and Sciences and Universitas Nasional. For a full summary, please visit the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants page.

Support for Global Health Research (Rutgers Global Health Seed Grant) +

Francis Barchi, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy (Rutgers–New Brunswick)
Exploring the Role of Women’s Sanitation Practices on Physical and Mental Health: A Pilot Study in Mathare Valley, Kenya
This pilot study involves a quantitative assessment of sanitation-related health outcomes for women in Mathare Valley informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. Collaborative partners include the University of Nairobi and Village Voices. For a full summary, please visit the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants page.

Shauna Downs, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health (RBHS)
Strengthening Vegetable Value Chains for Improved Nutrition in a Kenyan Slum
This study will provide a sample of 20 women in Kibera, a large urban slum in Nairobi, with the inputs and extension support needed to grow African indigenous vegetable micro-plots in two Kibera schools. Collaborative partners include the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Mirror of Hope. For a full summary, please visit the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants page.

Shristi Rawal, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions (RBHS)
Development of Valid and Reliable Dietary and Physical Activity Assessments for a Birth Cohort Study in Kathmandu, Nepal
To examine risk factors of pregnancy and intergenerational influences of diet and lifestyle in pregnancy on the country's growing epidemics of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, this pilot project aims to develop valid and reliable dietary and physical activity assessments that are suitable for use in a Nepalese birth cohort. The project will also demonstrate the need and feasibility of implementing a longitudinal birth cohort study in an urban hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. Collaborative partners include the School of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Kathmandu University. For a full summary, please visit the Rutgers Global Health Seed Grants page.