Monday, March 16, 2015

2015-2016 IDF Recipients Announced

Spanning the Disciplines

The outstanding recipients of the 2015-2016 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship awards draw from multiple areas of study to find original solutions and explanations to real-world problems, contributing significantly to research in their fields.

The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship gives exceptional doctoral students conducting interdisciplinary research the chance to work with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. Recipients are awarded a $23,000 stipend, tuition and subsidized health insurance for the academic year. Students were selected by a University-wide faculty committee based on criteria including the interdisciplinary nature of the research project, how the student would benefit from interaction with the research center or institute, and the center or institute's interest in hosting the student. 

Congratulations to the newest recipients of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship!

Laura Attanasio
Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration
Advisors: Donna McAlpine & Katy Kozhimannil
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentor: Rob Warren
“The Patient-Provider Relationship and Use of Labor Induction and Cesarean Delivery“

Lalit Batra
Geography
Advisor: Vinay Gidwani
Research Center: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change
Faculty Mentor: Ajay Skaria
“Caste Subalterns and Urban Infrastructure: The Cultural Politics of Sanitation in Modern Delhi“

Paula Sofia Cuellar Cuellar
History
Advisor: Patrick McNamara
Research Center: Institute for Global Studies
Faculty Mentors: Barbara Frey & Alejandro Baer
“Defining Mass Atrocities in El Salvador: The Scorched Earth Operations during its Civil War and the Question of Genocide“

Jonathan Czuba
Civil Engineering
Advisor: Efi Foufoula-Georgiou
Research Center: Institute on the Environment
Faculty Mentor: Jaques Finlay
“Identifying Emergent Physical, Chemical, and Biological Hotspots for Guiding Sustainable Landscape Management“

Abhirup Datta
Biostatistics
Advisor: Sudiptob Banerjee
Research Center: Institute on the Environment
Faculty Mentor: Arindam Banerjee
“Geostatistical Models for Large Scale Climate Science and Forestry Analysis“

Jessica Finlay
Geography
Advisor: Susan Craddock
Research Center: Center on Aging
Faculty Mentor: Robert Kane
“Cities of (In)Difference: Urban Livability and Aging in the Right Place“

Kathryn Geldart
Chemical Engineering
Advisors: Yiannis Kaznessis & Gary Dunny
Research Center: Institute for Engineering in Medicine
Faculty Mentors: Yiannis Kaznessis & Gary Dunny
“Engineering Antibiotic Probiotics for the Treatment of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus

Cory Gloeckner
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Hubert Lim
Research Center: Center for Spirituality and Healing
Faculty Mentor: Mary Johnson
“Holistic Neuromodulation: Bridging the Gap Between Western and Complementary Medicine to Better Treat Brain Disorders“

Sarah Hoffman
Nursing
Advisor: Cheryl Robertson
Research Center: Institute for Global Studies
Faculty Mentor: Barbara Frey
“Exploring the Construction of Response Strategies to Support Health among Encamped Karen Refugee Women Preparing for Return to Burma“

Eric Jutkowitz
Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration
Advisors: Karen Kuntz & Robert Kane
Research Center: Center on Aging
Faculty Mentors: Joseph Gaugler & Robert Kane
“Economic Model of Dementia: Projecting Costs and the Value of Non-pharmacologic Therapy to Guide Policy Making“

Anne Kaduk
Sociology
Advisor: Phyllis Moen
Research Center: Minnesota Population Center
Faculty Mentors: Colleen Manchester & Joe Ritter
“Women Returning to Work Across the Life Course: Who Does It, Why, and What Do They Return To? “

Maria Mannone
Music
Advisor:  Guerino Mazzola
Research Center: Fine Theoretical Physics Institute
Faculty Mentor: Mikhail Shifman
“The Pianist's Hand, the Conductor's Baton, and Theoretical Physics: The Paradigm of String Theory in Musical Gestures of Performance and Composition“

Julia Quindlen
Biomedical Engineering
Advisors: Victor Barocas & Martha Flanders
Research Center: Institute for Engineering in Medicine
Faculty Mentor: Victor Barocas
“Mechano-to-Neural Transduction of the Pacinian Corpuscle“

Evan Stewart
Sociology
Advisor: Penny Edgell
Research Center: Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Federico
“No Church in the Wild: The Politics of American Secularism“

Zane Thimmesch-Gill
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Advisor: Kathleen Harder
Research Center: Center for Cognitive Sciences
Faculty Mentors: Wilma Koutstaal & Maria Gini
“Is that Robot Here to Help Me?  Human Perception of Robot Communication under Stress“