Faculty and staff grants: May 2020

In an effort to promote research and scholarship conducted by Marquette faculty and staff, the Office of Marketing and Communication and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have partnered to present a monthly recap of recent grants awarded to faculty and staff.

This report will be featured in Marquette Today each month.

The following grants were awarded to university faculty and staff in May 2020.

REU Site: Hardware, Embedded Software, and Analytics for Environment Quality Monitoring
$376,717 – National Science Foundation

Christinel Ababei
Dr. Majeed Hayat

Cristinel Ababei, associate professor, and Dr. Majeed Hayat, chair and professor, of electrical and computer engineering in the Opus College of Engineering.

Abstract: The main theme of this Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site is the development of a holistic approach for water and air quality monitoring. Participating faculty from three different departments, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and civil construction and environmental engineering.

PACE: Promoting Access, Connections, and Equity for Urban Therapeutic and Educational Services
$9,500 – Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Patrick Kennelly, director for the Center for Peacemaking.

Abstract: This grant will support educational and health needs of Milwaukee families by providing educational materials for students while strengthening the infrastructure for families to access basic resources.

Predictive Modeling, Machine Learning, and Human-Centered Data Science
$69,522 – Parkview Health

Shion Guha, assistant professor of computer science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: This grant will allow the principle investigator to apply predictive modeling, machine learning, and human-centered data science to ongoing projects within Parkview, while also exploring the creation of an internship pathway for Marquette computer science students.


Rapid Development of Introductory Physics Labs for Distance Learning in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
$10,000 – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Melissa Vigil
Chris Stockdale

Melissa Vigil, laboratory supervisor (principal investigator); Chris Stockdale, associate professor; and Mike Nichols, teaching laboratory associate; in the Department of Physics in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: The team will develop new labs for the undergraduate introductory physics courses with the intention to test the viability of these labs over the distance learning course and incorporate successful elements of these novel online labs back into the in-person labs.