Four faculty awarded pilot funding from the College of Public Health 


The funding will help faculty begin new research projects around birth outcomes, environmental exposures, gestational weight gain, and e-cigarette cessation respectively. 

Four faculty have been awarded up to $50,000 pilot funding from the College of Public Health to begin new research projects.  

“Research of consequence is core to the mission of the University and the College supports faculty research to promote the health and well-being of all. Funding from the College allows faculty to gather preliminary data which can lead to larger, externally funded research projects,” said Holly Park, interim dean of research.  

Congratulations to the following awardees: 

  • Karen Trister Grace, assistant professor, Nursing – Evaluating birth outcomes and moderating factors associated with pregnancy intention in a diverse online sample 

  • Anna Pollack, associate professor, Global and Community Health – Measurement of exposures, lung health and reproduction in Hairdressers (MELENA) study 

  • Dongqing “DQ” Wang, assistant professor, Global and Community Health – Knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and practice related to gestational weight gain in Tanzania: a mixed methods study to inform antenatal interventions 

  • Hong Xue, associate professor, Health Administration and Policy – Leveraging immersive technology to promote electronic cigarette cessation in young adults 

All projects are subject to IRB approval.