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Four UMSI faculty to receive data science grants

Wednesday, 12/04/2019

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) announced of its first round of Propelling Original Data Science (PODS) Grants. Four faculty members from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) are among the awardees. 

Fifteen interdisciplinary teams, chosen from 65 proposals, will receive funding support for an array of projects with data science as the common thread. This round of funding strongly encourages pioneering work based on innovative concepts that promises high reward, major impact, promotion of public interest, and potential for major expansion.

For this set of projects, MIDAS provides a total of $860K of funding.

UMSI faculty receiving grants are:

Assistant professor Andrea Thomer for: “CHANGES: Collections, Heterogeneous Data, and Next Generation Ecological Studies.” Co-principal investigators Karen Alofs (School for Environment and Sustainability), and Hernan Lopez-Fernandez (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Zoology).

Assistant professor Abigail Jacobs for “Probabilistic Methods to Infer Structure and Dynamics of Illicit Wildlife Trade Networks.” Co-principal investigator Neil Carter (School for Environment and Sustainability). 

Associate professor Sarita Schoenebeck and John Derby Evans Endowed Professor of Information and associate professor Eric Gilbert for “Large Scale Interventions for Reducing Threats to Safety and Trustworthiness on Social Media.” Co-principal investigator Jenny Radesky (Pediatrics).

 - Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist