Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society Funds A&L Faculty Project Proposals | News | Department of Political Science

Professors at the College of Arts and Letters participate in interdisciplinary projects — funded by the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society (the Institute) — this inspire new research and scholarship, improve stakeholder engagement, foster collaboration, and address “nasty problems.

The Institute solicited proposals from Affiliates and Fellows to uncover and define thematic goals of interest to a broader coalition of faculty on campus, as part of its strategic planning initiatives for the next three to five years.

Submitted pproposals were in four funding streams: Convening, Research Accelerator, Infrastructure & Services, and Partnerships. The Institute, after an in-depth reflection process led by the members of the steering committee, awarded the following 13 projects which involve collaboration between all colleges and schools and aim to generate translational value for societal benefit:

The winners of track 1 (convocation):

  • The Notre Dame Innovation Team (ND-LIT), led by Heidi Beidinger-Burnettassociate professor of practice in the Department of Biological Sciences and associate director of community health and policy for the Center for Civic Innovation, Marya Liebermann (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Graham Peaslee (Physics), Matthew Sisk (Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society), and Jocelyne Keranen (ND-LIT), received funding to organize a conference to bring together new and existing stakeholders involved in lead poisoning prevention services and healthy housing in Saint Joseph County, Indiana.
  • Matthew Kilbaneassistant professor in the Department of English, with a team made up of Ranjodh Singh Dhaliwal (English), Ashlee bird (American Studies), Catherine Walden (American Studies) and Scott B. Weingart (Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship), received funding to develop a series of five interdisciplinary conversations titled “Data Poetics” to foster interdisciplinary conversations about the relationship between data science and pressing societal issues.
  • Jeff HarderAndrew J. McKenna Family Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, Matthew Hall (Political Science), and Claudia Francois (Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy) received a grant to plan and organize a conference for General Revitalization of American Democracy: A Societal Commitment to Institutions that Encourage Broad and Open Participation titled “Keeping the Republic.”

Track 2 (Research Accelerator) winners:

  • Paola Crippalecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences (CEEES), Bolster Diogo (CEEES), Stefano Castruccio (Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, ACMS), Danielle Bois (Civic Innovation Center), and Richard Marcantonio (Management & Organization) received this grant to use AI to develop strategies to mitigate the environmental and health impacts of air pollution. The team aims to create an integrated socio-economic framework to explain how air pollution affects urban air quality in socially and geographically diverse cities in the United States and to collaborate with policy makers and partners of the city to adopt the framework to make cities healthier and more resilient to the effects of climate change.
  • Johnny ZhangProfessor in the Department of Psychology, Meng Jiang (IT and Engineering, CSE), and Jun Li (ACMS) received this grant to develop a nonlinear structural equation (SEM) modeling framework to combine SEM and neural networks to handle nonlinear measures in psychometric models.
  • Jian Xun Wangassistant professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME), and Chaoli Wangprofessor at CSE, were awarded this grant to develop a novel Bayesian deep learning framework to automate vessel segmentation from medical images to enable the rapid construction of personalized, patient-specific computational models.
  • Paul Perrindirector of evidence and learning for the Pulte Institute for Global Development at the Keough School and associate professor of practice at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, Swapnil Motgare (Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society), Harold Torro (Keough School of Global Affairs), and Kevin Waitkuweit (Pulte Institute for Global Development) received this grant to expand a data set of indicators that measure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the State of Indiana, and to examine the relationship between current levels and trends indicators, and their targets.
  • Robert Nerenbergprofessor at the CEEES, Michael Lemon (Electrical engineering), Matthew Sisk (Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society), and Danielle Bois (Center for Civic Innovation) received this grant to identify homes at risk of water stagnation, which can lead to bacterial growth and higher concentrations of heavy metals in tap water, and develop strategies based on data science to mitigate these risks.
  • Yong Suk LeeAssistant Professor of Technology, Economics and Global Affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, and Robert Landercollege professor of advanced manufacturing at AME, Corey Angst (computing, analytics and operations, CATI), Nicholas Berente (CATI), and Thomas Fouja (Electrical Engineering, iNDustry Labs) received this grant to co-design AI technologies with manufacturing workers from small and medium-sized businesses in the South Bend/Elkhart area. During the selection process, this team (with the addition of Nitesh ChawlaLucy Family Institute for Data & Society and CSE) was recommended for funding by the National Science Foundation and later declined this award.

The winners of Track 3 (Infrastructure & Services):

  • Ross JacobucciAssistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Brooke Ammerman (Psychology), Cheng Liu (Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society), Caleb re-inking (Centre for Research Computing), and Alison Cheng (Psychology, Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society) were awarded this grant to address the limitations of current assessment approaches in proximal suicide risk research by developing a personalized and adaptive time and item sampling system ( ATIS).
  • Christine Trinterassociate professor of mathematics education at the Alliance for Catholic Education and director of the Catholic School Teacher Leadership (CASTLE) program, Daniel Lapsley (Psychology), and Allie Olshefke (CASTLE) received this grant to collect and analyze social media data to understand the nature of collaboration within and between Catholic schools and to advocate for the adoption of practices to improve student outcomes.

The winners of Track 4 (Partnership):

  • Ann Marie ConradoCregg family, director of the collaborative innovation program and associate professor in the department of art, art history and design, Ron Metoyerprofessor in CSE, and Clinton CarlsonAssociate Professor of Visual Communication Design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, received this grant to conduct a workshop with community partners to identify and address barriers to accessing social services within the South Bend community.
  • Jessica BrookshireSenior Program Director of the Office of Clinical Partnerships, Jen Burke Lefeverexecutive director of the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families, and Jill Penmonti, director of research advancement at the Office of Federal and Washington Relations, received this grant to conduct monthly meetings with South Bend/Elkhart community health workers and certified addiction peer recovery coaches. The goal of this coalition is to facilitate peer-to-peer support, share best practices, and identify research opportunities rooted in community needs.

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Originally posted by Alissa Doroh at on August 08, 2022.

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