Diversity in research at UMSI

The research of UMSI faculty impacts and involves populations diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geographic location, age, disability and other factors.

A “big data” approach to understanding neighborhood effects in chronic illness disparities
Tiffany Veinot (2015-2016)
This project uses "big data" to understand how race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and location of residence predict chronic illness disparities.

DSCoVAR: An intelligent tutoring system
Kevyn Collins-Thompson (2014-2017)
This project, supported by a $1.5 million grant, aims to develop tutoring technology focusing on economically disadvantaged middle school students in Atlanta and Pittsburg.

Evaluating the effectiveness of social media for improving college access
Nicole Ellison (2013-2015)
This $250,000 grant funds the study of the effectiveness of Facebook apps to increase the access of low-income and first-generation students to college education.

From hobby to socioeconomic driver: Innovation pathways to professional making in Asia and the American Midwest
Silvia Lindtner (2015-2019)
This study, funded by a $583,466 grant from the National Science Foundation, uses ethnographic methods to analyze successful pathways from making as a hobby to socioeconomic driver in East Asia and facilitate cooperation in the field between parties in China, Taiwan and the United States.

Understanding Health IT-enabled performance improvement for older adults
Julia Adler-Milstein
UMSI professor's contribution to this larger Harvard study will examine Health IT for older adults.