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January 3, 2019

UMD faculty members received fall 2018 GIA awards.

Seven faculty members from the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE), and Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) received fall 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.

Ben Dymond, assistant professor, Civil Engineering, SCSE, "110 kip Dynamic Hydraulic Linear Actuator"

Julie Ernst, professor, Applied Human Sciences, CEHSP, "Impact of Nature Preschools on Young Children's Physical Activity and Gross Motor Development"

Brock Hedegaard, assistant professor, Civil Engineering, SCSE, "Collapse Resiliency of Precast Concrete Frames with Hybrid Connections"

Steve Matthewsassociate professor, History, Political Science and International Studies, CLA, "Archaeology and History of the Inishmore Coastal Plain and Roscam Abbey"

Tedy Ozersky, assistant professor, Biology, SCSE, "Giant Sulfur-oxidizing “Pipeline” Bacteria in Great Lake Sediments"

Andrea Schokker, professor, Civil Engineering, SCSE, "Composite Wind Turbine Tower Design"

Nigel Wattrus, associate professor, LLO and SCSE, "Evaluating Active Streamer (Self) Control Using IoT Enabled Autonomous Survey Vehicles"


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