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A Message from the Vice Provost for Research & Innovation
Happy New Year! 
The start of each new year provides us with another opportunity to rededicate ourselves to making a positive impact on society. As you will see throughout this newsletter, scholars across AU are driving change in their communities by addressing urgent and complex challenges in security, health, data analytics, social equity, and sustainability…and the world is noticing! Our portfolio of sponsored research continues to break records and our scholars continue to receive recognition for the global impact of their work. We know that students thrive in a research rich environment, and we are proud to highlight a sample of their collaborations with faculty mentors below.  
This newsletter offers a glimpse of the changemaking impact happening across our research community. To learn more – follow up with the researchers, connect with the school-based research offices, or contact the Office of Research.  
Finally, as the nation begins its celebration of Black History Month, I leave you with this… 
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” —Harriet Tubman 
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 is currently working to build cross-disciplinary research collaborations on international aid and offer education, training, and public events to help understand and transform aid in violent, insecure, and crisis-affected environments. The initiative has recently launched the Changing Aid Event Series, in collaboration with SIS, to provide opportunities for policymakers, aid workers, and experts to address the changing nature of international aid. The next event features a discussion on international disaster responses with Dr. Alla Shapiro, author and first physician-responder to the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, held in-person at SIS on February 10th. RSVP!
The Inclusive Tech Policy Initiative was honored to host the second annual Technology Policy Changemaker award ceremony in November 2022. Experts of internet governance, tech policy, and cybersecurity were gathered to honor Pamela Wright, Chief Innovation Officer, for her work in launching the National Archives’ first social media program, launching a Citizen Archivist program, and developing the digitization efforts of the agency’s records. ITP is excited to continue its work on inclusivity and diversity with the Changemaker award and numerous other events in 2023.
Professor Stefano Costanzi was invited as one of just 50 non-governmental representatives to attend the 27th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CSP-27), which was held at The Hague.

Professor Sarah Snyder has been named co-editor of Cambridge University Press “Modern American History” journal. 

Professor Erdal Tekin as been named the inaugural Charles W. Fotis, Sr. & Dorothea G. Fotis Family Distinguished Prof in Health Policy in the School of Public Affairs. 

Professor Robin Lumsdaine has been appointed to the Advisory Scientific Committee of the European Systemic.

Professor Phelton Moss was one of the speakers at a briefing for the Congresswoman's American Teacher Act on Capital Hill.

Professor Maggie Stogner's latest documentary Upstream, Downriver was selected to screen at the Kennedy Center’s international arts festival in April 2023.

Vice Provost of Research and Innovation, Diana Burley, received the Excellence in Academia Award from GET Cities DC for her role in helping to build a more equitable ecosystem for women, trans and nonbinary people in tech. 

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.
Center for Media & Social Impact released an unprecedented, pathbreaking study -- the first to ever examine racial and gender diversity in the full streaming age of documentary films -- also funded together by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Perspective Fund. Read the exclusive story from the leading entertainment industry trade publication, The Hollywood Reporter.
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. 
  • Roy McGowan, Kogod student, was the winner of this year's "We Don’t Have Time’s AU Climate Idea Contest," Learn about Roy's vision of implementing bioswales in DC in order to manage stormwater runoff and increase biodiversity.  
  • In October, Health Studies students, Caroline Krekorian, Anjali Singh, Adira Brenner, Rotem Miloh, Margaret Curley, and Rebeka Rafi participated in the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine 2022 Public Health Case Challenge. They were awarded the Harrison Spencer Interprofessional Prize for their peer-to-peer education-based solution titled PEN (Peer. Empowerment. Now.). Involving multiple DC community partners, PEN would reduce intimate partner violence through a peer mentorship program in DC.
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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