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PPC Faculty to Receive Funding Through AHI and SEI


Various PPC faculty have been selected to receive scholarship funding through two programs supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

The Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) supports scholars in the humanities or creative, visual, and performing arts through standard grants, major conference grants, and major project grants, awarding up to $30,000 for a one-year period. The Major Project Grant for the fall 2022 cycle was awarded to Louise Seamster, research fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program and assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, for her project titled "From Data Access to Data Justice: The Flint Water Disaster Public Document Archive."

The Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) is designed to nurture the University of Iowa's research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in strategic focus areas of research. The Research Development Office (RDO) within the OVPR has selected 22 University of Iowa faculty members to receive funding for the fall 2022 cycle, including the following projects by Public Policy Center faculty:

  • "Climate-Driven Health Vulnerabilities of Rural Well Users"
    David Cwiertny, director of the Environmental Policy Research Program, William D. Ashton Professor in Civil Engineering and professor in the Department of Chemistry
    Co-investigated by Eric Tate, senior faculty affiliate in the Environmental Policy Research Program and associate professor in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences
  • "Equity and Herencia: Designing and Implementing Heritage Spanish Speaker Classes in Iowa City High Schools"
    Christine Shea, senior research fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese