Finding novel uses for plants found only in the Amazonian rain forest and Argentinian wetlands and a comprehensive study of all interstate wars since 1919 are two of four projects to which Cornell's Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies recently awarded grants.

The grants awarded from the Summer 2009 Seed Grant Competition are intended to promote research on foreign policy and international development as well as international studies in general. Selections were also based on a project's potential to promote research by junior faculty, generate additional external funding, and benefit international studies at Cornell.

The awardees for the biannual competition are:

  • Juan P. Hinestroza, fiber science, College of Human Ecology: $10,000 to investigate using native South American plants for such novel applications as load-bearing construction materials, additives for cardboard and paper recycling and water antibacterial filtration systems.
  • Sarah E. Kreps, government, College of Arts and Sciences: $8,000 to analyze wars since 1919 to answer why states underestimate the costs of war and determine how common large differences are between actual and estimated war costs.
  • Bruce V. Lewenstein, communication, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences: $4,500, which includes an exploratory trip to India last October to plan science communication training activities based on Cornell models.
  • Dagmawi Woubshet, English, College of Arts and Sciences: $4,500 to compare AIDS writings in the United States, South Africa and Ethiopia.

Applications for the next seed grant competition are due Feb. 15.

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