Marquette faculty and staff research grants from May 2022

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The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has announced the following research grants awarded to university faculty and staff in May 2022.

STARTALK Computer Science Enhanced Chinese Language Learning

$195,140 – National Security Administration

  • Jen-Li Ko (PI), visiting assistant professor; Dr. Eugenia Afinoguénova, chair and professor; and Dr. Todd Hernández, professor, all in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Dr. Walter Bialkowski, visiting assistant professor of computer Science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences; and Christopher Larkee, visualization technology specialist in MARVL lab in the Opus College of Engineering.
  • Abstract: This award will go toward a three-week, in-person Chinese language and culture camp at Marquette University in summer 2023 for 9-14th graders at intermediate or advanced Chinese levels in the greater Milwaukee area. The theme of the camp is “Computer Science Enhanced Chinese Language Learning,” and participants will learn Chinese not only though virtually “visiting” three Mandarin-speaking areas and a wide range of cultural activities, but also by studying computer science topics.

Collaborative Research: Interfacing students at three universities to elucidate enzymatic transformations of guanide compounds that impact health and the environment

$382,506 – National Science Foundation

  • Martin St. Maurice, associate professor of biological sciences in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Abstract: Researchers from Marquette, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Hamline University will use detailed studies of enzyme structure/function, chemical biology, comparative genomics and microbiology to unveil the first complete description of the metabolic pathways nature applies to the degradation of guanidinium compounds by wastewater and human gut microbes.

Strangers No Longer: Latino Belonging and Faith in 20th Century Wisconsin

$17,500 – Institute for Citizens & Scholars

  • Sergio Gonzalez, assistant professor of Latinx studies in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Abstract: This award is a Career Enhancement Fellowship which allows the recipient the time and opportunity to complete two significant projects surrounding his research, specifically, a manuscript on the history of Latinos and their faith commitments in the Midwest and an invited essay for the journal U.S. Catholic Historian.

Automated As-is Facade Modeling of High-rise Buildings Using Drone and AI

$50,000 – National Science Foundation

  • Yong Bai (PI), McShane Chair and Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, and Sahara Adhikari, graduate assistant in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, in the Opus College of Engineering.
  • Abstract: An automated as-is high-rise building façade modeling technology has been developed using drone and AI. This advanced technology can be used to perform high-rise building inspection faster and cheaper and provide digitalized as-built drawings for building repair and renovation operations, material requisitions, and construction loan applications and analyses. With this grant, researchers will test the commercial viability of the technology with building owners/facility managers, architectural and engineering firms, contractors, material suppliers, and financial institutions.