ORED awards grants to 6 CEHS research teams supporting COVID-19-related work

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ORED awards grants to 6 CEHS research teams supporting COVID-19-related work

05 Aug 2020     By Office of Research and Economic Development

Six College of Education and Human Sciences research teams have been selected for internal funding from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Office of Research and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant ProgramThe projects are part 20 grants awarded by ORED, totaling nearly $635,000, supporting short-term activities that respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a wide range of problems, from the obvious medical and biology questions to issues in education, mental and social health, and health inequities,” said Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor of research and economic development. “We’re proud to support Nebraska researchers from a variety of disciplines as they study and develop solutions to these problems.”

The selected projects in CEHS are:

  • Theresa Catalano, teaching, learning and teacher education: “The ‘Chinese Virus’: A Critical Discourse Analysis of U.S. Government Communication about COVID-19 and the Impact of the Communication on Chinese and Asian Americans in the U.S.”
  • Megan Kelley, nutrition and health sciences, and Xu Li, civil and environmental engineering: “Development of a Framework for Tailored Community Health Planning through COVID-19 Surveillance using Wastewater-Based Epidemiology.”
  • Virginia Chaidez, nutrition and health sciences, and Angela Palmer-Wackerly, communication studies: “Systems-based Community Intervention Development: A Multilevel CBPR Approach to Enhancing Health Care Services and Communication in Meatpacking Communities.”
  • Sue Sheridan, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools: “The Effects of COVID-19 on Education in Nebraska and the Potential for Recovery.”
  • Julie Tippens, child, youth and family studies: “Mobilizing a Community of Practice for COVID-19 Social Support, Detection, and Disease Management among Immigrant and Refugee Populations in Lincoln, Nebraska.”
  • Kara Viesca, teaching, learning and teacher education: “Inquiry and Productive Play as Curriculum Development Opportunities for Multilingual Students.”

Program projects come from a wide range of disciplines, funding Husker researchers from 15 departments and schools and four centers and institutes, as well as collaborations with two other University of Nebraska campuses – the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

ORED led development of the rapid response program and is funding more than 50% of the total investment. Partners in funding include the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, Engineering, Architecture and Law, in addition to the Agricultural Research Division and the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology and UNMC’s Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health also contributed to one grant each.

For a full listing of the funded projects, click here

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