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The Offices of the Provost and Vice Provost for Research are pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of seed grants through the Tufts Collaborates Seed Grant Program.  This program seeks to encourage the essential first steps in interdisciplinary collaboration by supporting new faculty pilot projects that engage at least two disciplines and cross institutional lines.  Seed grants have been awarded for 21 new projects, joining the 137 previously awarded projects promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across Tufts University.  We thank the many faculty and staff who submitted excellent proposals as well as the faculty and administrative staff who served as peer reviewers. These grant decisions were particularly challenging but also indicate the widespread commitment to collaborative research across Tufts.  These newly-funded projects will begin this summer and continue through the 2017 – 2018 academic year.

Tufts Prison Educational Initiative: Hilary Binda, School of Arts and Sciences with Carolyn Rubin, School of Medicine, and Jill Weinberg, School of Arts and Sciences

Adolescent Opioids and Transgenerational Effects on Hypothalamic Transcription: Elizabeth Byrnes, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with Donna Slonim, School of Engineering

MGMT Promoter Methylation in Glioblastoma Multiforme: Brent Cochran, School of Medicine with Suriya Jeyapalan, School of Medicine, and Knarik Arkun, School of Medicine

Accelerating Microbiome Research at Tufts: Jimmy Crott, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging with Caroline Genco, School of Medicine, John Leong, School of Medicine, Kyong-Bum Lee, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and Andrew Greenberg, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Improved Selective Hydrocarbon Dehydrogenation Catalysis using Microporous Metal Oxides: Prashant Deshlahra, School of Engineering with Leelavathi Annamalai, School of Engineering, James Vlahakis, School of Engineering, Charles Sykes, School of Arts and Sciences, Ryan Hannagan, School of Arts and Sciences

EduNet: A Low Cost Communication Infrastructure to Improve Education in Developing Countries: Fahad Dogar, School of Engineering with Jenny Aker, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

National Public Opinion Survey: Citizen Attitudes Towards the Pursuit of Gender Equality in US Foreign Policy: Richard Eichenberg, School of Arts and Sciences with Kei Kawashina-Ginsberg, Tisch College of Civic Life, and Peter Levin, Tisch College of Civic Life

Understanding Dietary Behaviors in Middle Childhood: The Role of Autonomy, Health Literacy, and Food Literacy: Sasha Fleary, School of Arts and Sciences with Jennifer Sacheck, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Sarah Amin, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Sights and Sounds of Power:  The Perpetuation of Stereotyping in Children’s Animated Programming and its Effects: Calvin Gidney, School of Arts and Sciences with Julie Dubrow, School of Arts and Sciences, Jennifer Burton, School of Arts and Sciences, Paul Muentener, School of Arts and Sciences, Mary Casey, School of Arts and Sciences

Role of Acyl CoA Synthetase 4 In Obesity Associated Colon Metabolism and Cancer: Andrew Greenberg, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging with Phil Hinds, School of Medicine, and Jimmy Crott, Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging

Seeding a RIoT: A Tufts Center for Research on the Internet of Things (RIoT): Soha Hassoun, School of Engineering with Alva Couch, School of Engineering, Fahad Dogar, School of Engineering, Lisa Freeman, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Lisa Gualtieri, School of Medicine, Sam Guyer, School of Engineering, Usman Khan, School of Engineering, Liping Liu, School of Engineering, Megan Mueller, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Chris Rogers, School of Engineering

Exosome-Based Biomarkers for Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Andrew Hoffman, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with Leopoldo Correa, School of Dental Medicine, Sergei Li, School of Dental Medicine, Khalid Ismail, School of Medicine, Tamar Roomian, School of Dental Medicine

A Scalable Multimedia Approach to Measure the Processing and Evaluation of New Health Information: Berri Jacque, School of Medicine with Karina Meiri, School of Medicine, Susan Koch-Weser, School of Medicine, Stephanie Tammen, School of Medicine

Finding the Beat: Exploring the Neurobiology of Rhythm Perception in an Animal Model for Vocal Learning (the Songbird): Mimi Kao, School of Arts and Sciences with Aniruddh Patel, School of Arts and Sciences

3D Printed Models for Estimating Enhanced Permeability and Retention in Lung Tumors: Erica Kemmerling, School of Engineering with Qiaobing Xu, School of Engineering, Laurence Brinckerhoff, School of Medicine, Lori Pai, School of Medicine

An Arts Space Countering the Negative Effects of Gentrification: An Interdisciplinary Study: Peter Levine, Tisch College of Civic Life with Carolyn Rubin, School of Medicine, Noe Montez, School of Arts and Sciences, Felicia Sullivan, Tisch College of Civic Life

Animal-Assisted Interventions in Child Literacy: Deborah Linder, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine with Melissa Orkin, School of Arts and Sciences

Effect of Climate Change on Household Drinking Water Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Amy Pickering, School of Engineering with Avery Cohn, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Graham Jeffries, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Challenging Conceptions: Children Born of Wartime Rape and Sexual Exploitation: Kimberly Theidon, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with Dyan Mazurana, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Hybrid Engineered Cornea Model with Innervation and Integrated Electronics for Pain Modeling: Brian Timko, School of Engineering with Eric Miller, School of Engineering

A New Therapy for Treating Diabetic Bone Fracture: Qisheng Tu, School of Dental Medicine with Chunmei Li, School of Engineering and Jake Chen, School of Dental Medicine