Funding for Excellence 2019-20 Winners

The fifth year of Funding For Excellence Faculty awards program attracted 40 applications, representing a diverse segment of research and scholarly activity from across the University. The applications were reviewed by members of the UMKC Research Advisory Council and 9 applications were awarded totaling $99,460.

The funded applications for the 2019-20 are:

Cranial Diversity and Evolution in Malagasy Lemurs”, Theodore Cole, Teaching Professor, Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine

A Man’s Job: A Short Film“, Lyn Elliot, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

“A Knowledge Graph for Managing and Analyzing Spanish American Notary Records”, Viviana Grieco, Associate Professor of History and Latin American and Latinx Studies, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

“New Ghetto Music: for Mezzo-Soprano, Chamber Orchestra, and Electronics Based on the Leo Levi Archival Field Recordings of Roman Cantors 1940-1960”, Yotam Haber, Associate Professor, Division of Music Studies, Conservatory of Music and Dance

Understanding Hydrological Dynamics of the Gobi Desert in East Asia: A Preliminary Study”, Jejung Lee, Professor, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences

The Resilience of Mexico’s PRI: How Parties Compete in Nondemocratic and Democratic
, Mona Lyne, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Increasing Research and Funding Capacity with Two Successful Student Engagement Pilots”, Daniel McIntosh, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

The Films of Konrad Wolf”, Larson Powell, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Development of Computational Tools for Pre-op Planning of Periacetabular Osteotomies”, Antonis Sylianou, Assistant Professor, Division of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, School of Computing and Engineering

Research by the Numbers

Research by the Numbers

The Office of Research Services supports the scientific, scholarly and creative endeavors of the faculty and staff at UMKC. As of 12/12/19, our work included:

  • Number of Proposals: 224
  • Proposal Totals: $80,502,073
  • Number of Awards: 145
  • Award Totals: $21,251,442

We’re Here to Help: Lori Reierson


Research Compliance Officer-IACUC/IBC/RSC

My Focus:

My primary role is to support UMKC research compliance committees. We communicate with Principle Investigators throughout the protocol review process from submission to committee approval. Our office is an important resource for the implementation and adherence to a range of university policies and state and federal regulations.

Where I Came From:

Raised in the Kansas City area, I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from UMKC in 2014 and gained job experience in Academic Support and Mentoring. After working at a law firm for a couple years, I decided research compliance was a good fit and returned to UMKC as a full-time employee.

What I love about working in Research Administration:

I really enjoy interacting with faculty, staff and students here at the university, as well as members at different research institutions. I love that so many people are willing to collaborate in order to advance research. It is great to be able to have face-to-face interaction with these individuals at committee meetings, training sessions, and research events.

Some favorite things:

Some of my passions/interests include education, art, hiking, coffee, and my dog, Canelo.

One of my favorite quotes is by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”