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FY 2022 Seed Funding Awards

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FY 2022 Seed Funding Awards

DISC has continued its research seed funding program designed to incentivize transdisciplinary, convergent research teams focused on tackling grand challenges. Seed funding allows OU researchers to incubate ideas with the potential for future extramural support.

DISC & SCC Seed Funding Competition - $100,000 Total Award – $50K awarded by DISC and $50K awarded by the Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC)

AwardeeTeam MembersAmount Awarded
Automated Pancreatic Tumor Segmentation with Improved Capsule Networks  

Samuel Cheng     

Bin Zheng

Theresa Thai 

 $80,000
A proof-of-concept study aimed at leveraging cognitive computing to optimize patient selection, speed of accrual and on-treatement data capture for phase 1 oncology clinical trials at the Setphenson Cancer Center 

Abdul Rafeh Naqash

Chongle Pan

Kun Lu

$20,000

DISC Monthly Seed Funding Program

ProjectTeam MembersAmount Awarded
Advancing data science to understand social attitude changes related to climate disastersHeather Bedle$8,000
Leveraging Commuting Data to Understand Diurnal Variation in Poverty ExposureJ. Tom Mueller$8,000
Interacting genetic and imaging biomarkers for sex differences in Alzheimer's disease risk

Yuan Yang

Dee Wu

Andry Yabluchanshiy

William Sonntag

$10,000
Locating, Cataloging, and Assessing Historical Land Ownership Data in Rural African American Communities in Western OklahomaKalenda Eaton$7,000
Increasing Belonging Through Undergraduate Research Experiences for Community College Students interested in Data Science

Ann Beutel 

Matthias Nollert

$8,800
Active Learning Method for Fair and Useful Learning to Rank (L2R) in Information Retrieval

Jiqun Liu 

Chao Lan

$9,800
Quantifying the Availability of Groundwater in Underdeveloped Rural Areas from Geophysical DataSina Saneiyan $6,500
Analysis of Single Molecule RNA Sequencing Data to Discover How Viruses Reprogram Host Gene ExpressionSusan Schroeder$10,200
The Social and Economic Cost of Brands Staying Silent on Sociopolitical Issues

Pankhuri Malhotra

Yashoda Bhagwat

Nooshin Warren

$10,000
Statistics Helper by Claire Curry, University LibrariesClaire Curry$10,000
A proof-of-concept study aimed at leveraging cognitive computing to optimize patient selection, speed of accrual, and on-treatment data capture for phase 1 oncology clinical trials at the Stephenson Cancer CenterKun Lu$10,000
The Decision Environment of Resilient Communities 

Katerina Tsetsura

Dean Hougen

Xiaochen Zhan

$12,433

DISC/OADII Seed Funding Program

ProjectTeam MembersAmount Awarded
Securing Critical Networks from Weaponized Disinformation Attacks: Initial Surveys

Kash Barker

Elena Bessarabova

Andrés González

Sridhar Radhakrishnan

$10,000 from DISC, 

$10,000 from OADII

Enhancing DoD Vaccine Innovation and Supply for Warfighters and Biodefense

Myongjin Kim

Junying Zhao

$10,000 from DISC, 

$10,000 from OADII

DISC/ICAST Seed Funding Program

ProjectTeam MembersAmount Awarded
Understanding Equity and Opportunity for Myanmar Refugee Children and their Families

Vicki Lake

Boo Young Lim

June Abbas

Wonkyoung Jang

Chie Noyori-Corbett

Jiening Ruan

Sheri Castle

$10,000 from DISC, 

$20,000 from ICAST

Developing Mobile Technology to Assist with Youth Diversion Services

David Mcleod

Dean Hougen

Constance Chapple

$10,000 from DISC, 

$20,000 from ICAST

Longitudinal Development of Children Growing up in Poverty: The Mix of Child, Family, School, and Neighborhood

Shinyoung Jeon

Sheri Castle

Liz Frechette

Mike Wimberly

Bryce Lowery

$10,000 from DISC, 

$20,000 from ICAST