Past Programs

Interdisciplinary Faculty Grants awarded in previous years have made significant research contributions to the UC Berkeley campus.  Previous grantees like Slum Health and Coupling Biodiversity have continued on to obtain significant extramural support.


Global Adolescent Health--A Trans-disciplinary Perspective

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Global Adolescent Health—A Trans-disciplinary Perspective is led by Colette Auerswald (School of Public Health), Ndola Prata (School of Public Health), Jane Maulden (Goldman School of Public Policy), and Eric Stover (Berkeley School of Law & Human Rights Center). Although morbidity and mortality in childhood formerly exceeded that in adolescence, these have now reversed themselves, due to...+ Read more

Coupling Biodiversity Dynamics and Human Impacts in the Islands of Polynesia

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Coupling Biodiversity: Dynamics and Human Impact in the Islands of Polynesia led by Rosemary Gillespie (ESPM) brought a new international focus to campus, using the natural laboratories provided by oceanic islands to examine how biodiversity has been modified by the colonization of humans and associated commensal species. In November 2012, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded $2 million...+ Read more

Design Innovation from Nature

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This initiative envisions a new collaboration at UC Berkeley among the Colleges of Environmental Design, Letters and Sciences and Engineering beginning with the Departments of Architecture, Integrative Biology, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Its aim is to support the campus-wide Minor in Design Innovation and to foster the Design at Berkeley initiative. The overarching goal is...+ Read more

Global Health Diagnostics

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Global Health Diagnostics is a collaborative effort between Daniel Fletcher (Bioengineering), Amy Herr (Bioengineering), Laurent Coscoy (Molecular & Cell Biology), and Talha Syed (UC Berkeley School of Law). The Global Health Diagnostics Initiative (GHDx) at UC Berkeley addresses the need for appropriate, low-cost diagnostic technologies to improve health in low- and middle-income countries...+ Read more

Slum Health

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Slum Health organized by George Scharffenberger (College of Natural Resources) and Lee Riley (School of Public Health). Health status in the world’s burgeoning urban slums, home to over 1 billion people, is the product of myriad and complex factors—social, economic, and political—in addition to the obvious factors of poverty, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, and over-crowding. The...+ Read more

Gender and the Trans-Pacific World

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Gender and the Trans-Pacific World , organized by Weihong Bao (Film and Media, and East Asian Languages and Cultures), Catherine Ceniza Choy (Ethnic Studies), SanSan Kwan (Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies), and Laura Nelson (Gender and Women’s Studies), explores the significance of gender and “Pacific World” frameworks to understand the connections between the lands, people, cultures, and...+ Read more

Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social & Behavioral Research

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Behavioral Sensing: Integrating Sensors into Social and Behavioral Research is a collaboration among Edward Miguel (Economics), Eric Brewer (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences), and Tapan Parikh (School of Information). The Behavioral Sensing working group is charged with designing a more reliable data collection platform for development economics. The platform will combine rugged,...+ Read more

The Black Room: Revisiting "Blackness" in the Global 21st Century

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The Black Room: Revisiting “Blackness” in the Global 21 st Century organized by Nadia Ellis (English), Leigh Raiford (African American Studies), Darieck Scott (African American Studies), and Bryan Wagner (English), deals with “The Black Room,” an inclusive space that exists to foster critical reflection and exchange about foundational terms and concepts in African American and African Diaspora...+ Read more

Examining the Global Reach of Algorithms

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E xamining the Global Reach of Algorithms is an interdisciplinary working group led by Massimo Mazzotti (History), David Bates (Rhetoric), Caitlin Rosenthal (History), Jenna Burrell (Information Science), Morgan Ames (CSTMS), and Gretchen Gano (CSTMS). We explore the increasingly important and multifaceted roles that algorithms play in politics, media, science, organizations, culture, and the...+ Read more

Understanding the Cause(s) of the Last Mass Extinction at the Cretaceou-Paleogene Boundary

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Organized by Paul Renne (Earth and Planetary Science), Mark Richards (Earth and Planetary Science), Charles Marshall (Integrative Biology), Seth Finnegan (Integrative Biology), and William Clemens (Integrative Biology), this project aims to chart a course to resolving the decades-old conundrum of why the dinosaurs and myriad other fauna and flora met extinction sixty-six million years ago. This...+ Read more