Two Life Span Institute Investigators Among 12 KU Research GO Recipients

Two Life Span Institute researchers were among 12 selected by the KU Office of Research for the 2024 Research Grant Opportunity Program, or Research GO. The office received 50 proposals, which underwent peer review.

Muhammad Raza, associate professor in the child language program, was selected for the project "Family-based Genetic Study of Specific Language Impairment (SLI)."

Richard Yi, director of the Cofrin Logan Center on Addiction Research and Treatment, was selected for the project "Neural Correlates of Art-Episodic Future Thinking (ArtEFT)."

KU Research GO aims to expand the university’s research enterprise by providing seed funding for projects poised to compete for external funding opportunities with application deadlines in the near future. The Office of Research received 50 proposals, which underwent peer review by KU faculty expert panels. Recipients represent STEM, social science, humanities and arts fields in departments and research centers across the university.

  • Projects are listed alphabetically by principal investigator:
  • Yoshiaki Azuma, professor, molecular biosciences
Role of SUMO Modification in the Structural Organization of Mitotic Chromosomes Required for Accurate Genome Transmission in Mitosis
  • Elizabeth Corson, Fred Kurata Assistant Professor, chemical & petroleum engineering
Recovering Ammonia from Wastewater: Electrolyte Engineering for Selective and Efficient Nitrate Reduction
  • Kris Ercums, curator of global contemporary & Asian art, Spencer Museum of Art; and Maki Kaneko, associate professor, art history
STREET NIHONGA: The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani
  • Terry Loecke, associate professor and associate director, environmental studies; associate scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Geochemical and Microbial Controls on Methane Emissions During Variable Hydrologic Conditions
  • Zachary Mohr, associate professor, public affairs & administration
Refocusing Election Administration Cost Research to 20/20: Understanding the Cost Structure and Cost Dynamics of Election Administration into the 2020s
  • A. Townsend Peterson, University Distinguished Professor, ecology & evolutionary biology; and co-applicants Rafe Brown, Jocelyn Colella, Lucas DeCicco, Richard Glor, Dianna Kresja, Ana Motta and Robert Moyle
Climate Change Impacts on Terrestrial Vertebrates of the Great Plains: Measuring Biodiversity Change on Continental Scales
  • Muhammad Raza, associate professor, child language program
Family-based Genetic Study of Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Panying Rong, associate professor, speech-language-hearing: sciences & disorders
Toward a Precision Medicine Approach to Improve the Assessment and Management of Progressive Motor Speech Disorders in Individuals with Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Joshua Roundy, associate professor, civil, environmental & architectural engineering; and Sam Zipper, assistant scientist, Kansas Geological Survey
Hydrologic Stable States Analysis
  • Maria Velasco, professor, visual art
Reclaiming Home: Remembering the Topeka Bottoms
  • Richard Yi, professor, psychology
Neural Correlates of Art-Episodic Future Thinking (ArtEFT)
  • Hui Zhao, professor, physics & astronomy
Controlling Dipolar Excitons in van der Waals Materials for Future Excitonic Devices