Academic Initiative Program Awards Spring 2017

Curriculum Projects

Facilitating Virtual Language Immersion for Second Language Classes*

Carolina Barrera-Tobon, Modern Languages


Screencasting Problem Solutions for MAT 147-148-149

Bill Butterworth, Mathematical Sciences


Lightboards for Online Business Calculus

Bill Chin, Mathematical Sciences


Encore Entrepreneurship:  A Pilot Program

Marty Martin, Management and Entrepreneurship


The Modern Marketing Lab: Blending Classroom Learning with Practical Application

Jim Mourey, Marketing


Expanding the Arts Leadership MFA to the School of Music

Alan Salzenstein, Music


Online Executive track in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Shaljia Sharma, International Studies


Online Minor in Professional Writing

Pete Vandenberg, WRD


Investigating Graduate-Level Curricular Initiatives for and with Chicago Nonprofit Organizations

Pete Vandenberg, WRD; Lisa Dush, WRD; John Mazzeo, Public Service; Noam Ostrander, Social Work; Tracey Mabrey, Sociology; & Robert Stokes, Public Service​


Research and Creative Activities Projects

Short Film:  "Oh Baby!"

Meghann Artes, Cinematic Arts


Explaining Community Choice Aggregation

Hugh Bartling, Public Services


Translating Newberry Library French Revolution Collection Pamphlets for Digitization

Pascale-Anne Brault, Modern Languages


A Software Framework for Human-in-the-Loop Machine Learning

Eli Brown, Computing


An Examination of Barriers to Housing Among Individuals with Extensive Shelter Histories:  Provider Perspectives

Molly Brown, Psychology


Music and Public Space in Chicago

Kate Brucher, Music


The Radiocarbon Dating Initiative of the Avdat in Late Antiquity Project

Scott Bucking, History


Reading Chicago Reading

Robin Burke, Computing


Bridge between Combinatorics and Representation Theory

Andrew Carroll, Mathematical Sciences


Take Back the Halls:  Ending Violence in Relationships and Schools

Beth Catlett, Women’s and Gender Studies


The Classification of Triangular Deltoids

Stefan Catoiu, Mathematical Sciences


Electronic Word-of-Mouth Antecedents in Chinese Travelers on WeChat

Shu-Chuan Chu, Communication


"Oriental Peaceful Penetration" and Othering the Household Object in Gertrude Stein's "Tender Buttons"

June Hee Chung, English


Comics on the Margins

Blair Davis, Communication


Original Composition for International Clarinet Association Clarinet Fest 2017

Julie Deroche, Music & Seung-Won Oh, Music


Fit for Life Research Study

Sydney Dillard, Communication


Maria Stewart, Black Womanhood and Radical Pamphleteering

Marcy Dinius, English


Decision Making in Situations of Uncertainty

Ning Du, Accountancy


Stockyard Institute Exhibit at Hyde Park Art Center

Jim Duignan, Education


Iraq History Project

Chris Einholf, Public Service


Feature Film:  "Changing the Debate"

Ron Eltanal, Cinematic Arts


Otok Zoon Politicon: A Civic Education Game for Croatian Teens

Dick Farkas, Political Science & Doris Rusch, CDM School of Design


Improving Communication, Coordination, and Health Outcomes for School-Based Health Centers in Chicago

Elissa Foster, Communication & Jay Baglia, Communication


Shadowing as a Research Technique in Healthcare:  Connecting with a Patient Perspective

Andrew Gallan, Marketing


Extrapolating Influence:  Mapping the Histories of Artemisia and ARC Galleries, Chicago (1973-2003)

Joanna Gardner-Huggett, History of Art & Architecture


Efficient Algorithms for Minimum Obstacle Removal

Jonathan Gemmel, Computing & Iyad Kanj, Computing


Meiosis in Fruit Flies

Bill Gilliland, Biology


Converting the Missionary:  Mary Mills Patrick and the Constantinople Women's College

Carolyn Goffman, English


Emotion Regulatory Mechanisms Involved in Culture-Based Coping with Death Awareness

Verena Graupmann, Psychology


Building Positive Multidisciplinary Relationships within Sexual Assault Response Teams

Megan Greeson, Psychology


People's Guide to Chicago

Euan Hague, Geography & Larry Bennett, Political Science


Preventing Web Attacks:  Split HTML

Karen Heart, Computing


Jewish Community Life in Croatia

Nila Hofmann, Anthropology


Geospatial Health:  Mining GPS Data toward Understanding Health Implications of Activity Space

Sungsoon Hwang, Geography


Bio-prospecting or Bio-piracy?:  Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, Indigenous Communities

Kathryn Ibata-Arens, Political Science


Improving Teaching and Learning in the Global Classroom

Li Jin, Modern Languages & Jason Schneider, WRD


Characterizing Problems that are as Hard as Satisfiability

Iyad Kanj, Computing


Feature Film:  "Oblivion Verses"

Alireza Khatami, Cinematic Arts


Russian Theatre Directors, 1917-1940; How to Rehearse a Play

Damon Kiely, Performance


The Virtual Asian American Art Museum "Michiko Itatani:  Painting the Cosmic Narrative" Module

Laura Kina, Art, Media, and Design


A Qualitative Case Study of the Impact of Metacognitive Practice on Student Retention in STEM

Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics


Towards a Molecular Movie of Parkinson's Disease

Eric Landahl, Physics


Evaluation of Physical Health and Mental Health Literacy of Korean Americans

Young-Me Lee, Nursing


Investigations in Random Matrix Theory

Karl Kiechty, Mathematical Sciences


DBBuild:  Tools for Conducting Reproducible Analyses in Urban Data Infrastructure

Tanu Malik, Computing


The Effects of Valuation and Instrument Complexity on the Preparation and Assessment of the Reasonableness of Fair Value Measurements for Complex Financial Instruments

Stephani Mason, Accountancy


Evaluating YMCA Early Learning Program

Jennifer Mata-McMahon, Teacher Education


The Center for Robust Decision-making in Climate and Economic Policy

Nathan Mattson, CDM School of Design


Career Counseling with Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Chicago

Rebecca Michel, Psychology


Proboscis Theatre Company

Jeff Mills


Diversity in Personalized Recommendation

Bamshad Mobasher, Computing


Terror, Terrorism, and Terrosit Organizations: Understanding the Threat

Tom Mockaitis, History


DePaul - YMCA Contextual Analysis Project

Karen Monkman, Educational Policy Studies and Research


What's in your Soil?  Characterizing and Mapping Spatial Patters of Residential Soil Quality Indicators in Four Northside Chicago Neighborhoods

Jim Montgomery, Environmental Science


Happily Ever After:  Black Women, Romance, and Racial Uplift

Julie Moody-Freeman, African and Black Diaspora


Translation of Jacques Derrida's "Life Death"

Michael Naas, Philosophy


Designing a Sociotechnical System to Enable and Enhance Educator Roles to Support Youth Learning

Denise Nacu, Computing


Plant Matters

Don Opitz, School for New Learning


Sounds Like a Mystery:  20th Century Broadcasts for 21st Century Podcasters

Roxanne Owens, Teacher Education


Justice and Racial Reconciliation in Charlotte

Scott Paeth, Religious Studies


Children's Language Use and Development in a Spanish Immersion Early Education Classroom

Sung Park-Johnson, Leadership, Language, and Curriculum & Carolina Barrera-Tobon, Modern Languages


The Exact Stretch Factor of Delaunay Triangulations

Ljubomir Perkovic, Computing


HAB APEX: High-Altitude Balloon Air Pollution Experiment

Mark Potosnak, Environmental Science


Human-Computer Interaction in Practice:  Support for Pedagogy

Cynthia Putnam, Computing


Medical Image Interpretation using Smart Computer-Aided Diagnosis

Daniela Raicu, Computing


Documentary Feature Film:  "Language of Opportunity"

Anuradha Rana, Cinematic Arts


Identifying Security Breaches in a Hacked Database

Alexander Rasin, Computing


Nanobot:  Operation Pacific Vortex Mobile Game

B. Rich, CDM School of Design


"Gamiconocron" Short Film

Brad Riddell, Cinematic Arts


Indexing Translation of Derrida's Death Penalty Seminar

Elizabeth Rottenberg, Philosophy


What Makes and Electronic Health Record System Effective:  An Empirical Study of Patients' Patterns of Use

Hamed Qahri Saremi, Computing


Addressing Health Disparities in Chicago through Collaboration with Health Foundations

Daniel Schober, Public Health


Revolutionary Time:  On Time and Sexual Difference in Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray

Fanny Soderback, Philosophy


Structural Studies of Glycosylated and Deglycosylated Immunoglobin E

Catherine Southern, Chemistry


Building an Intelligent Interview Assistant System

Adam Steele


"A Place to Call Home" - Homelessness in America

Susanne Suffredin, Cinematic Arts; Dana Kupper, Cinematic Arts; & Joanne Zielinski,

Cinematic Arts


The Archaeology of Montagu Cave, South Africa:  The Keller Artefact Collection and its Association to the Middle Stone Age Sequence

Alexandra Sumner, Anthropology


Authoritarianism and the Evolution of Electoral Politics in Western Europe

Erik Tillman, Political Science


Automatic Summarization of Privacy Policies Using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning

Noriko Tomuro, Computing


A New Approach to the Synthesis of Neuroactive Azepanes and their Derivatives

Paul Vadola, Chemistry


The Role of Competitive Actions on Fashion Social Network

David Wang, Accountancy


Death of a Flyboy

James Wolfinger, Education & History


Assessing Spatial Disparities in Urban Green Spaces and Developing Community-based GIS Applications in Chicago

Byunyun Yang, Geography


System Justification

Jennifer Zimmerman, Psychology​​