Second Round Awarded Proposals
Daniel Crimmins, Professor, Institute of Public Health
This proposal aims to create the EATSFOR Center that will include members from four GSU departments/colleges and three new Associate Professor faculty, the latter having demonstrated expertise and current funding in areas related to strategies incorporating activation of the SNS to reverse obesity and obesity-associated diseases. The EATSFOR Center will leverage current funding/expertise to create new funding streams that will significantly contribute to GSU’s Strategic Plan and the goal of doubling our external funding. The hires will be Associate Professors in:
- SNS, Nutrition, and Physical Activity (Nutrition): How alterations in SNS control of the cardiovascular system influence metabolism and, ultimately, obesity in human populations.
- SNS and Molecular Control of Fat Cell Physiology (Biology): How the SNS influences molecular and cell/biochemical biology of lipid droplets.
- SNS and Energy Expenditure (Biology or Neuroscience Institute): How the electrophysiology/neuroanatomy of the SNS outflow from brain is involved in energy expenditure in animal models of human obesity and/or obese populations.
Collectively, this interdisciplinary group will amplify current GSU strengths, and build an internationally known and novel center for high impact, timely and significant research on obesity reversal that has policy implications and applicability to obesity from childhood to the elderly.
Tim Bartness, Regents’ Professor, Department of Biology
The unique problems of the healthcare sector provide tremendous opportunities to conduct cross-discipline, collaborative health informatics research. Many scholars have attributed the healthcare sector problems of costs, quality, and access to the lack of effective use of information technology among doctors, nurses, patients, laboratories, and insurance companies. Electronic health records (EHR), personal health records (PHR), and computerized provider order entry systems (CPOE) provide unparalleled opportunities to transform the healthcare sector.
This joint research project has major workforce implications for Georgia; for instance, Atlanta has recently been recognized as the HIT capital of the world by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. It is expected that this research will lead to increased HIT funding, top-tier journal publications, and enhanced national reputation for GSU and the departments involved.
Ephraim McLean, Regents’ Professor, Department of Computer Information Systems
Walt Wilczynski, Professor and Director, Neuroscience Institute
David Washburn, Professor, Department of Psychology
Hal McAlister, Regents’ Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
TCV will build on (1) the Computer Science Department’s national expertise in network security, AI, and image processing which collectively contributed to its recent NRC ranking as one of the premiere programs in the southeastern U.S., and (2) national award-winning humanities faculty studying how media, literature, religious symbolism, and rhetoric contribute to violence and conflict. This proposal is consistent with federal research directions (DOD, NSF, etc.) and private funding opportunities (Guggenheim, ACLS, etc.).
The proposal would add three new Associate or Full Professors in the areas of signal and image processing (Computer Science), Middle Eastern visual culture (Communication) and contemporary violence and religion (Religious Studies), with affiliate/joint appointment opportunities in the Middle East Institute, or the English Department. Carol Winkler will be the point-of-contact for the TCV initiative.
Carol Winkler, Professor, Communication; Associate Dean, Humanities