Johns Hopkins presents 35 Discovery Awards teams

Evaluation of exposure to plasticizers and their role in the morbidity of pediatric asthma. Exploring how black youth are resisting police violence through modern social movements. Using artificial intelligence-based strategies to predict the risk of sudden cardiac death. Merging the humanities and sciences to better understand our place in the universe. Allowing robots to “smell” through improved touch sensors.

These are among 35 multidisciplinary projects that have been selected to receive support from Johns Hopkins University’s Discovery Awards program this year. Each project team is made up of members from at least two JHU entities that aim to solve a complex problem and expand the horizons of knowledge.

In total, the winning project teams, chosen from 199 submissions, include 105 individuals representing 12 Johns Hopkins entities.

“Bold, innovative solutions to the world’s most complex social and scientific problems are rarely relegated to a single field or discipline,” said Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University. “This year’s Discovery Prize proposals tap into our university’s deep reservoirs of interdisciplinary creativity and show how vital the work of our faculty continues to be.”

“Bold and innovative solutions to the world’s most complex social and scientific problems are rarely relegated to a single field or discipline.”

Ron Daniels

President, Johns Hopkins University

The Discovery Awards program was announced in early 2015, as was the Catalyst Awards program for early career researchers. Together, the two programs represent a $45 million commitment from university leaders, as well as deans and directors of JHU divisions, for faculty-led research.

The Discovery Awards aim to spark new interactions between researchers at the university rather than supporting established projects. Teams can apply for up to $100,000 to explore a new area of ​​collaborative work with a focus on preparing a large-scale grant or externally funded cooperative agreement.

One of the largest collaborations, led by Carmen Alvarez, brings together four experts from nursing, medicine and public health, to develop a peer-led program to promote cardiovascular health in adult survivors of negative experiences. of childhood (ECA). In a collaboration between the Whiting School and the Peabody Institute, James West, whose 1962 invention of the electret foil microphone revolutionized the telephone and recording industries, will work with a team to develop new sensors to improve the sound captured by the double bass.

This year, Discovery Award Trustees have partnered with the Ralph O’Connor Sustainable Energy Institute, or ROSEI, to award additional seed funding to projects focused on clean, renewable and sustainable energy. Sara Thoi’s team will lead the development of adsorbent coatings and regenerative technologies for simultaneous atmospheric CO2 and harvesting wind energy.

More than 70 faculty members from across the university were solicited for their input.

“The projects selected this year continue in the tradition of the Prix Découverte of forging innovative partnerships across the university,” says Denis Wirtz, Vice-Rector for Research. “Our scholars have identified exciting intersections between their fields, and I and our expert reviewers look forward to seeing their work evolve over the coming year. We appreciate the continued support from university leadership that enables the continuation of these vital research advances.”

The full list of recipients and their projects is available on the Research Office website.

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