Year 3 (2018) awards have been granted as part of the Kay Family Foundation Data Analytics program. Similar to Year 1 and 2, faculty teams proposed ideas that were data intensive in nature, used model-based or data analytic approaches for developing new knowledge in an area and lead to new partnerships and/or external funding. It was a very competitive process with 17 proposals submitted that requested a total of $1.4 million in funding and 5 projects funded at a total of $475,375.

A diverse group of faculty from Science, Health and Behavioral Sciences and Business made recommendations to myself, the Provost and the Deans of Schmid Science and Technology and Argyros School of Business and Economics. The final projects are noted below.

  • Opioid Epidemic in Children: Leveraging Big Data from Electronic Medical Records to Assess Opioid Prescription and Use in the Children’s Hospital Setting (Brooke Jenkins, – Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Orange County) $95,718
  • Using Machine-Learning to Identify Regional Cultures in the US and their Contributions to the “Voluntary Society” (Erik Kimbrough, Taylor A. Jaworski – – Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder) $84,452
  • Development of a Practical Digital System for Diagnosis and Prediction of Tumor Behavior Based on Whole Slide Images for Personalized Patient Treatment of Colon Cancer (Mohamed Allai, Hesham El-Askary, Cyril Rakovski, Chloe Martin-King, Karina Cisneros, Mohammad Kamal, MD, Schmid College of Science and Technology, OmniPathology) $98,439


  • Evaluating Gender Differences in Prescription Opioid Medication Use (Souhiela Fawaz, Erik Linstead, Tania Gregorian, Sharon Xavioer, Daniel Tomaszewski, Salena Marie Preciado – School of Pharmacy, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation Pain Management, AltaMed Medical Group) $98,091


  • Application of Whole-Genome Sequencing to Enhance Norovirus Outbreak Investigations and Protect Public Health (Rosalee Hellberg, Julia Wolfe, Donna Williams-Hill, Kirsten Hirneisen, Chris Whitehouse, Michael Kulka, Zhihui Yang – Schmid College of Science and Technology, Orange County Public Health Laboratory, Food and Drug Administration) $98,675

The support from the Kay Family Foundation is much appreciated! Congratulations to all the research teams!