Four faculty received Layman Awards, which fund work that enhances a researcher's ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarship, from the Office of Research and Economic Development.
- Etsuko Moriyama, biological sciences, for "Development of Improved Genome Assembly Methods for Third-generation Sequencing Technology"
- Kathy Chiou, psychology, for "EEG and fMRI Investigation of the Neural Mechanisms of Metacognition in Traumatic Brain Injury"
- Arthur (Trey) Andrews III, Institute for Ethnic Studies, for "Acceptability and Feasibility of a Novel PTSD Treatment that Reduces Service Barriers for Latino Immigrants"
- Luwen Zhang, biological sciences, for "Infection of Brain Cells by Zika Virus"
There are two tracks:
- The Layman Seed Program funds new projects by non-tenured junior faculty
- The New Directions Program funds tenured faculty who are re-entering research or branching out in new directions