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A Message from the Vice Provost for Research & Innovation
May 2023
Congratulations on another successful academic year! As we pause this week to celebrate our newest Eagle alumni, I hope you will also take a moment to read about the impactful research being conducted by scholars across campus. You have been busy! We continue to march toward another record-breaking year of sponsored research and, as you will see in these highlights, AU researchers continue to raise the bar for research productivity and societal impact. 

I hope to see many of you at the research mixer next week. For those who are unable to attend, I look forward to seeing you in the fall.
May you each have a relaxing summer. 
"The paradox of relaxation is the renewal of the mind, rekindling of spirit, and revitalizing of strength."  – Lailah Gifty Akita
Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. 
Vice Provost for Research and Innovation 
@AUResearch @dianaburley 
American University faculty members receive externally sponsored awards to conduct impactful and exciting research. The list of awards for FY23 is available on the Research webpage.
The Changing Aid SRI hosted a successful half-day Changing Aid Conference on April 20th. This event brought together experts from a range of INGOs, government agencies, think tanks, and academic institutions to discuss the evolving nature of aid. The Changing Aid SRI also co-sponsored the Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum with CLALS, a two-day event from April 27-28th that convened researchers, advocates, and AU faculty to discuss the ways that public and private organizations can support new Latino immigrants who have arrived in the DMV.

In May, the SRI will host a Skills Institute on "Survival Skills for Aid Work,” featuring physician and human rights advocate Dr. Annie Sparrow, which will provide practical, hands-on skills training for students interested in aid work and field research in humanitarian emergencies, disasters, and conflict-affected places.
ITP's very own Dr. Sasha Cohen O'Connell went to Denver, Colorado for the 2023 Women in Cybersecurity Conference. She spoke on suffering from imposter syndrome as a non-technical person in the cyber field and the critical need for leadership in this space that is non-technical in nature.

Dr. Diana Burley, Vice Provost of Research and Innovation was at the RSA Conference last week where she took part in a main stage keynote panel at the invitation of the White House to discuss "Perspectives on the Developing Cyber Workforce Strategy" with Deputy National Cyber Director Camille Stewart Gloster, Esq (AU WCL alumnus), Tara Wisniewski, and Michael Alicea.

Kashvi Chandok, a graduate student and Martin H Steiner scholar at the School of International Affairs, American University has recently made an impact as a Youth Expert on inclusive digital rights at the United Nations Convention for the Status of Women conferences. As a champion of gender equality, Kashvi drew attention to the urgent need to regulate surveillance technologies on the global stage, as women journalists and human rights defenders continue to face disproportionate harm from their unchecked use.

Kashvi's participation on the panel was a testament to her expertise and dedication to promoting inclusive and equitable access to digital rights. Her insights shed light on the pressing issues facing women and other marginalized groups in the face of emerging technologies, and helped to galvanize support for international efforts to establish meaningful regulations to protect their rights.
Professor Amos Golan has been named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Andrew Taylor was appointed as co-editor of “Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts”. 

Professor Dr. Raychelle Burks received the inaugural Robert Holland Jr. Award for Research Excellence and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Assistant Professor Gemma Puglisi was named Vice Co-Chair of the National Press Club’s Broadcast/Podcast committee.

Robin Broad received the Langum Foundation's Malott Prize for best literary depiction of community activism in her co-authored book, “The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed".

Associate Professor Malini Ranganathan received the AAG Harold M. Rose Award for Anti-Racism Research and Practice.

Professor Derek Hyra was elected president of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Professor Scott Bass’s book Administratively Adrift has been selected as a finalist for the 47th Annual American Publish’s PROSE Awards in Education Theory & Practice.

Professor Hilary Allen has been named a member of the Technology Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

This is just a sample of faculty achievements. For more faculty achievements, please click on the links below. 
This is a sample of faculty research. For more faculty research updates, please visit the AU News webpage. Read about AU's 7-year strategic plan.
Security  Data Science & Analytics Health Sustainability  Social Equity 
Exciting research is being conducted by AU students! Here is a snapshot of the creative and innovative work that is taking place. For more research stories, please visit the Student Research webpage The Office of Research is available to do presentations to help introduce students to research. Topics include how to find funding and where to find helpful resources. Please contact Jennifer Maher at for more information. 

Recent Alumni Wins Prestigious Award
Outstanding Dissertation Award Bestowed on EdD Graduate

Dr. Cheyenne Batista EdD '22 was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Dissertation award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) at their 2023 Annual Meeting. She is the first person to win the award from American University, and only the third award winner completing her Doctorate of Education as opposed to a Doctorate of Philosophy.

AU Summer Scholars and Artists Research Fellowship 2023 Awardees 

SSAs work closely with faculty mentors who guide their research or creative work over the course of eight weeks. Faculty mentors provide guidance and mentorship related to the project. Projects may be jointly conducted or authored with professors, but the project must show evidence of significant original work by the SSA.

Emily Barnes | College of Arts & Science: Neuroscience
Investigating the Role of the Cerebellum in Autism
Faculty mentor: Catherine Stoodley


Logan Brenner | College of Arts & Science: Chemistry

Development of 3D Printable Gel Inks for Use in Printing Tissure Scaffolds

Faculty mentor: Matt Hartings


Lynlee Derrick | School of International Service: International Studies

The Politics of Rising Sea Levels in New Zealand

Faculty mentor: Ken Conca


Anna Gardner | College of Arts & Science: Sociology

HIV Testing Strategies and the Social Determination of Health: A Quantitative Analysis of HIV Testing Experiences, Race, and Sex

Faculty mentor: Molly Dondero


Alexis Leder | College of Arts & Science: Studio Art and Art History

Historical Costuming for the Stage

Faculty mentor: Meghan Raham


John Paul Mejia | College of Arts & Science: Sociology

A Changing the Shade of Red: An inquiry on how racial identity informs the political identity of young Cuban Americans in Miami

Faculty mentor: David Vazquez


Madison Moore | CAS:Graphic and Visual Communication Design & SPA:Legal Studies

FRACAS: A Game of Chaos and Connection

Faculty mentor: Edward Helfers


Ivana Rasch Chinchilla | College of Arts & Science: Computer Science and Audio Technology

Paint Instrument

Faculty mentor: William Brent


Heather Roselle | College of Arts & Science: American Studies

Inked and Inimitable: How Tattooing and Embroidery have Sewed Seeds of Social Deviance in the American Political Project

Faculty mentor: Elizabeth Rule


Thomas Schupp | CAS:Math & SPA:Data Science

Analytic Number Theory

Faculty mentor: Joshua Lansky


Rohan Singh | CAS:Physics & SIS:International Studies

Sanskriti: An Exploration of Queer Identity

Faculty mentor: Hannah Grieco


Food Insecurity and Food Assistance Among Central American Migrants in the Greater Washington DC Area

Bronwyn Warnock | School of International Service: International Studies

Faculty mentor: Lauren Carruth


Cripping the Plague: Disability Representation in Pandemic Speculative Fiction

Isabelle Young | College of Arts & Science: Literature and Spanish Studies

Faculty mentor:Lily Wong

2023 Mathias Student Research Awardees

The College of Arts and Sciences held its largest-ever Mathias Student Research Conference, with more than 300 participants including students, presenters, judges, moderators, and staff. In all, the conference featured more than 120 panel and poster competitions. Winners of the conference are listed here.

Congratulations to all participants! 

The Office of Research has created a hub, Research Central,  for all research related topics. Information on how to find funding, proposal development, proposal review and submission, award review, acceptance, and set-up, managing an award, conducting research, award close out, and training is available on this easy to use, searchable platform.  
The Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning offers research support services such as: 
  • Consultations at all stages of the research process including research design, data collection, data analysis, and visualization.
  • Coordinating access to AU’s research tools such as research software applications and the High Performance Computing cluster.
  • Pedagogical consultations on how to effectively integrate data/research into your classes.
  • Recoded software workshops on-demand for your students on a specific research software application.
  • Relevant and timely research applications workshops throughout the year for faculty, staff, and students.
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