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Research Rewarded

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August 17, 2018

UMD faculty members received spring 2018 GIA awards.

Six assistant professors from the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Fine Arts, and Swenson College of Science and Engineering, received spring 2018 Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program (GIA) awards.

GIA promotes the research, scholarly, and artistic activities of faculty and supports academic excellence throughout the University of Minnesota system.

Tarek Al-Geddawy, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, "Industry 4.0 for Energy Sustainability in Changeable Manufacturing Systems"

Latisha Brengman, Earth & Environmental Sciences, "Application of a newly developed silicon isotope proxy to sulfide mineral deposit exploration"

Salli Dymond, Earth & Environmental Sciences, "Isotopic Signatures of Precipitation in Lake Superior"

Paula Gudmundson, Music, "Music for Flute by Scandinavian Women Composers"

Jenna Soleo-Shanks, Theatre, "The Conversion of Hrotsvit: A Practice-Based Research Approach to Staging Medieval Drama for 21st Century Audiences"

Steffan Spencer, History, "The Book of the Trinity: An Ethiopian Orthodox Homily from the Monastic Order of Daqiqa Estifanos" 

About GIA
Grant-in-Aid funds are used to support independent research, acting as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Learn more at