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CU Denver Presidential Initiative Announces 2021 Awardees

November 3, 2021

On Monday, the CU Denver Presidential Initiative on Urban and Place-Based Research announced the awardees of its 2021 round of funding. Funded by the President CU System in 2020, the grants—totaling $220,000—seed high quality, interdisciplinary research that will eventually lead to larger grants. While focused on urban issues generally, the Initiative emphasizes work relevant to the Front Range, particularly when it has implications nationally or internationally.

On Wednesday, November 10, researchers will present their research at the Presidential Initiative Fall Research Showcase. This year’s awardees are:

  • Priyanka DeSouza, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, $20,000
    Developing protocols to better characterize and utilize networks of low-cost air quality monitors to inform public health and urban planning
  • Laurel Hartley, PhD, associate professor, Department of Integrative Biology, $19,967
    The role of green stormwater infrastructure in supporting plant biodiversity and ecosystem services along an urban greenway in Colorado
  • Carrie Makarewicz, PhD, associate professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning $20,000
    Seeking Housing Affordability in the Denver Metro Area: Detailing the causes and outcomes of the housing crisis to inform local and national solutions
  • Hani Mansour, PhD, professor of Economics, $18,240
    Educational and Labor Market Outcomes of Place-Based Scholarship Programs: Evidence from the Denver Scholarship Foundation
  • Gregory Simon, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Sciences, $18,620
    Denver’s Last Food Mile: The People and Patterns of Third-Party Food Delivery in Denver, Colorado
  • Brian Page, PhD, associate professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences, $17,431
    Community-Based Narrative Story Maps of the Lost Auraria Neighborhood

You can find full descriptions of the awarded projects and more information about the Initiative here.