Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award, jointly offered by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, was created to recognize collaborative faculty teams for their accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities. The recognition is accompanied by a $15,000 award to be shared among up to five faculty members on a team. In the inaugural year, awards were made to two teams. 

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Novick and Phillips have collaborated on a number of projects to better understand interactions between the climate system and the forests of the eastern United States, specifically how much carbon dioxide these forests remove from the atmosphere each year and how much water the ecosystems use in the process. In their presentation, they discussed how measurements of plant physiology and meteorology can be combined with tree ring studies and soils data to examine the potential impacts of droughts on the global carbon cycle.

Kimberly Novick is assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington. Rich Phillips is associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology at IU Bloomington.

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Storey and Walsh’s presentation featured their collaboration on Petrarch’s Canzoniere, one of the most influential collections of poetry in world literature. With initial seed funding from IU’s New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program, Storey and Walsh spent several years developing digital representations of Petrarch’s complex medieval texts. Their lecture presentation provided an overview and sampling of the editorial and design solutions they’ve created for their accessible digital edition of Petrarch’s masterwork.

Wayne Storey is professor of Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of French and Italian at IU Bloomington. John Walsh is associate professor of information and library science in the School of Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington.

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Brun and VanNieuwenhze described the development of a revolutionary method for labeling the bacterial cell wall with fluorescent molecules that enables the detection of zones of cell wall synthesis in live cells and in real time. Because the cell wall is the most successful target for antibiotic intervention, improved understanding of the mechanisms of cell wall synthesis will expedite development of new antibacterial strategies.

Yves Brun is the Clyde Culbertson Professor of biology in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, at Indiana University Bloomington. Michael VanNieuwenhze is associate professor of chemistry, in the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, at IU Bloomington.

The collaborative research of Dolinsky, Gibson, and Hangarter strives to raise awareness and appreciation of the fundamental nature and importance of plants. Their work has resulted in exhibits that uniquely engage public audiences to foster a deeper appreciation of our relationship to plants, the environment, and the essentiality of plant life to a sustainable world. Their presentation discussed how they work to merge science, art, and music in innovative ways..

Margaret Dolinsky is an associate professor of digital art in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington and a research scientist with University Information Technology Services. John Gibson is associate professor of composition and electronic music at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Roger Hangarter is the Class of 1968 Chancellor’s Professor of biology in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington.