VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver faculty members have been awarded mini-grants to stimulate research productivity. A total of $50,000 was awarded to 14 faculty members for projects that started June 1.
 
 
The mini-grants act as seed funds that will lead to exceptional scholarly activity. The grants are $5,000 maximum and cover the costs of the research in part or in full.
 
The money for mini-grants is generated from academic administration funds.
Recipients include:
 
Avantika Bawa, College of Liberal Arts, fine arts, “Break: A Site-Specific Installation.”
 
Art Blume, College of Liberal Arts, psychology, “Relationship of Racial-Ethnic Microaggressions, Mental Health Variables and Academic Outcomes among Students of Color.”
 
M. Jahi Chappell, School of Earth & Environmental Science, “Rural Livelihoods and Effects on Biodiversity in a Fragmented Landscape: Examining Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s Acclaimed Food Security Program.”
 
David Chiu, School of Engineering & Computer Science, “A Self-Tuning Bitmap Compression Framework for Fast Data Processing.”
 
Deanna Day, College of Education, teaching and learning, “Effectiveness/Non-Effectiveness of Online Graduate Literacy Courses.”
 
Karen Diller, Library, “Contributing to Student Learning: Study Spaces in Libraries.”
Alexander Dimitrov, College of Sciences, mathematics, “Advanced Signal Processing to Clarify Mechanisms of Drug Addiction.”
 
Michael Dunn, College of Education, teaching and learning, “Response to Intervention: A Professional Development and Implementation Model for General Education Teachers.”
 
John Harrison, School of Earth & Environmental Science, “Quantifying Temperature Effects on Dentrification in River Sediments.”
 
Sarah Kooienga, College of Nursing, “Electronic Health Records and the Small Rural Family Practice: An Ethnographic Analysis.”
 
Wendy Olson, College of Liberal Arts, English, “On Language and Value: Political Economies of Rhetoric and Composition.”
 
Brian Tissot, School of Earth & Environmental Science, “Development of a Comparative Analysis of Marine Spatial Planning Efforts on the U.S. West Coast.”
 
Jie Xu, School of Engineering & Computer Science, “Control and Acoustic Excitation of Micro Bubbles for Hearing Study.”
 
Wei Xue, School of Engineering & Computer Science, “Integration of Nanosensors and Microfluidics for Lab-On-A-Chip Devices.”