You Choose Leadership Award Winners, 2013-2014

For inspiration, download the winning application.


Kenneth Broad, PhD., Professor, Marine Ecosystem & Society, and Director, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, hosted a one-day workshop on science communication featuring a panel of scientists and engineerings across disciplines and career levels.  This symposium lead a series of sessions on data analusis, visualization, gaming, infographics and R with focus on providing tools for communicating to lay audiences. Cosponsored by the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy.  Proposal. Final Report


Kara Cavuoto, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Pedicatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, hosted a workshop entitled, "Demistifying the Legal System: Medical Malpractice Workshop."  The goal of proposal was to "demystify" the legal system for trainees, namely residents and fellow.  During the course of the lecture, the attendees learned the definition of a subpoena, how to determine the HIPAA compliance of a records request, whether a physician is obligated to give a phone consult to an attorney; different between fact and testimony, expert witness and malpractice cases; how to determine disability; the mechanics of a deposition; and the rights of the physician to see financial compensation for his/her time.  Proposal. Final Report 


Ivette Cejas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, and Director, Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center, hosted a 3-Day ADOS (Austism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) Clinical Introductory Training.  The proposed workshop trained health-care providers on the ADOS.  Additionall, the award support ongoing collaboration amongst the Department of Otolaryngology, Department of Psychology, and the Department of Pediatrics. Proposal. Final Report


Mary Lou King, Ph.D., Professor, Cell Biology, will develop a program for career coaching at UM modeling after the successfully developed Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland as part of their NSF ADVANCE Award. Proposal.


Sawsan Khuri, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Director of Engagement, Center of Computational Science. Dr. Khuri ran Team Science Seminar Series. Khuri Application. Khuri Final Report .


Guoqing Lin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics (RSMAS), invited Dr. Paul Okubo, Chief Scientist at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, as the first lecturer for the Geophysics Distinguished Lecture Series. Proposal. Final Report.


Hailong Liu, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (RSMAS) will collaborate with the scientists in the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory to set up a series of numerical experiments for some fundamental climate simulations. Proposal.


Priyamvada Rai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, will host a day-long symposium and mentoring event for female undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral trainees from UM and nearby institutions who are interested in pursuing a career in academic science. Proposal.


Walid Saad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, to foster and strengthen interdisciplinary research efforts at UM that lie at the interface of game theory (a formal analytical tool for studying decision making processes), economics, wireless networks and cybersecurity. Proposal. Final Report.


Malancha Sarkar, Ph.D., Lecturer, Biology; Julia Dallman, Ph.D.,Associate Professor, Biology; and Pochi Subbarayan, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, will provide research funds to test the safety of a promising anticancer drug, nayurvin, using developing zebrafish (Danio rerio). Proposal. Final Report.


K. April Soroko, Associate Professor, Theatre Arts, will use the funds to do extensive historical research of interior designs, architecture and decor throughout Europe to share pedagogically with her students and colleagues. Proposal. Final Report.


Tonyu Cao Wikramanayake, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Theatre Arts, will use the funds attend a mouse pathology/phenotyping workshop at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Proposal Final Report


Wangda Zou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, to facilitate a research collaboration with Dr. Michael Sohn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Dr. Sohn's visit will include a guest lecture as well as interaction with graduate students. Proposal.  Final Report.