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ODU Researchers Receive Resilience Seed Funding from Resilience Collaborative

The ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODU-RC) has awarded faculty research seed funds to several University researchers, to continue efforts to encourage interdisciplinary research and outreach on critical resilience issues.

Four research projects have received funding under the inaugural ODU-RC Faculty Research Seed Funds program.

Funds were targeted in four broad areas related to resilience: critical infrastructure, flooding, urban visioning and coastal science and engineering.

The seed funds are designed to nurture research and scholarly efforts and raise the visibility of the ODU-RC as a hub of multidisciplinary research, education and outreach on critical resilience issues, locally to globally.

Awards are intended to position faculty members or teams to publish and present on their research. They also may provide the foundation for grant applications. Funding for the ODU-RC for this academic year was provided by Old Dominion's Office of Research.

Wie Yusuf, associate professor of public service and chair of the ODU-RC steering committee, said these projects are expected to create the building blocks for interdisciplinary research teams pursuing new and innovative research on coastal resiliency.

Tom Allen, associate professor of political science and geography and one of the recipients, said the funding will support a three-person interdisciplinary collaboration, providing "a nice springboard for research and academic connections across campus with technology and resilience."

ODU-RC Faculty Research Seed Funds awardees are:

  • Thomas Alberts, professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Tom Allen, associate professor, Department of Political Science & Geography; and George McLeod, assistant director of geospatial and visualization systems with Information Technology Systems

"Evaluating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Monitoring Coastal Change and Mapping Recurrent Flooding"

  • Nicole Hutton Shannon, assistant professor, Department of Political Science & Geography; and Jenifer Alonzo, associate professor in the Department of Communication & Theatre Arts

"Non-Profit Arts Organizations' Contribution to Community Resilience Building in Flood Prone Areas"

  • Navid Tahvildari, assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

"Investigating the Effects of Nature-based Coastal Measures in Storm Damage Mitigation"

  • Xixi Wang, associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

"Assessing Effects of LID/BMP Practices as an Adaptation Tool in Improving the Chesapeake Bay Region Resilience to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise"

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