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Congratulations URC Faculty Research Pivot Awardees!

Congratulations URC Faculty Research Pivot Awardees!

Building upon the rich legacy of the University Research Council (URC), UC’s oldest and most prestigious internal funding program, the URC Faculty Research Pivot Awards are targeted to mid-career and beyond faculty who are proposing transformative new ideas and directions for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. This program is for individual faculty and may be discipline-focused or interdisciplinary in nature. 

Each year, following a two-stage application and evaluation process, up to five faculty members are awarded $15,000 for a period of 24 months. 

Read more to learn about each of the awardees. 

David Brasington 

Carl H. Lindner College of Business 
Racial Migration in Response to Defunding the Police 
“The results of the study are anticipated to reveal a differential response by racial groups in the United States to police power. White Americans and Black Americans basically trade houses when local governments vote to cut taxes and spending on police services. Black Americans seem to be drawn to places that reduce police power, and White Americans move away.” 
Mandy La Guardia 

Associate Professor 
School of Human Services 
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services 
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Youth: An Evaluation of Client and Counselor Experiences 
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 10-34, and those numbers have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) has been noted as a pervasive issue among the adolescent population, increasing their risk for death by suicide. The purpose of this project is to evaluate clinical outcomes and processes associated with the treatment of youth NSSI to improve mental wellness of youth engaging in NSSI behaviors.” 
Vikas Mehta 

School of Planning 
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 
Proximity Matters: a customized approach to meeting individual community needs 
“Proximity Matters aims to create a community-level decision making platform to assess unique communities’ needs and desires for access to specific goods, services, and amenities, using a model that determines proximity in the context of social need. The project reorients decision-making regarding access to services and amenities that equitably serves diverse groups by especially focusing on underserved populations, supports local economies, and strengthens sense of community and resilience. By inherently building community input into the process, the project fundamentally alters the balance, empowering communities to achieve more equitable access.” 
Rebecca Sanders 

Associate Professor 
School of Public & International Affairs 
College of Arts & Sciences 
Antisemitism in Global Politics 
“My research aligns with no. 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to ‘promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.’ Specifically, it identifies how the deployment of antisemitic ideas, conspiracies, and tropes alter and distort contemporary politics with significant negative consequences for society at large, including democratic erosion and distorted policymaking.” 
Fawen Zhang 

Communication Sciences & Disorders 
College of Allied Health Sciences 
Music Training in Cochlear Implant users: A Crossover Pilot Study 
“This innovative study will provide critical information regarding the music-training induced brain responses and its relationship with subjective hearing and behavioral performance of sound perception in cochlear implant (CI) users. The results will lead to the design of effective music training methods for CI users rehabilitation and the identification of biomarkers for assessing training effects.”