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Included in the funded projects is one that will be conducted by undergraduates under supervision of assistant professor Gregory Goldsmith, Ph.D., right, director of Chapman’s Grand Challenges Initiative. (File photo)

Chapman Commits Research Funding for COVID-19-Related Projects Coronavirus effort is supported by the Kay Family Foundation.

With the goal of helping find solutions to the coronavirus pandemic and studying its impacts on society, Chapman University has awarded nearly $95,000 in research grants to faculty in fields ranging from bioscience to public health policy. The awards represent a diversity of research and enable researchers to examine varied topics, including the effect of health disparities on COVID-19 death rates in New York and Los Angeles.

“The COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Awards represent the diversity and excellence of Chapman faculty and students that address an important community and scientific need. The generous support of the Kay Family Foundation allows us to make an immediate impact on the most important issue facing society at this time,” said Tom Piechota, Ph.D., vice president of Chapman’s Office of Research and a professor of environmental science and policy.

Seven projects, including one to be conducted by undergraduate researchers, were funded for a total of $93,433.

  • Real-time analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes associated with COVID-19 cases in USA (Hagop Atamian and Dony Ang – Schmid College of Science and Technology) $15,000
  • Viral Pandemic Health Disparities: An Examination of Social and Environmental Determinants of COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality in New York and Los Angeles (Jason Douglas, Lawrence Brown, Angel Miles Nash, Emmanuel John, Georgiana Bostean – (Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science, School of Pharmacy, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology) $15,000
  • Identifying Risk and Promoting Resilience in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic (David Frederick, Laura Glynn, David Pincus, Tara Gruenewald, Julia Boehm, Georgiana Bostean, Jo Smith, Brooke Jenkins, Vincent Berardi, Amy Moors, Jennifer Robinette, Jason Douglas – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology) $15,000
  • The Response of Higher Education Institutions to the Outbreak of COVID-19 (Gregory Goldsmith, Chapman Undergraduates – Schmid College of Science and Technology) $5,899
  • Prosociality as a Resilience Factor for Mitigating the Detrimental Mental, Physical, and Social Well-Being Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Tara Gruenewald, Anthony Ong, Danielle Zahn, Natalie Standridge, Erin Bonham, Clarissa Tadros, Brianna Dinn – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science, Cornell University) $12,534
  • Understanding Relations between Emotional Biases, Decision-making, and Behavior in the COVID-19 Pandemic in a National Sample (Uri Maoz, Ralph Adolphs, Gideon Yaffe – Brain Institute and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science, California Institute of Technology, Yale Law School) $15,000
  • Psychosocial Resources in Chapman University Student Health and Learning during COVID-19 (Daniel Tomaszewski, Brooke Jenkins , Julia Boehm – School of Pharmacy, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Science) $15,000