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July research award roundup

Housing studies
With topics ranging from housing studies to wellness for veterans, several faculty earned external research grants this month. (Image courtesy of Pexels)
This month, several DePaul faculty earned external grants in support of their ongoing research. Learn more about research at DePaul on the university's research website. 

Wael Kessentini, Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media 

An assistant professor in the School of Computing, Kessentini received a grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Collaborative Research: CCRI: New: A Software Refactoring Community Infrastructure.”  

Software refactoring plays a crucial role in maintaining high-quality software by re-structuring existing code and reducing technical debt. While refactoring is a key practice in modern software development processes, there is no integrated infrastructure to expand the community-wide adoption of refactoring. Researchers, students and new community members lack publicly available refactoring resources. They must replicate existing refactoring research from scratch, which wastes time and effort, and introduces threats to validity. Practitioners are not aware of the great progress in automated refactoring.
Kessentini’s work identified these and other challenges over the course of a dozen workshops organized in the last 15 years. This project aims to alleviate those challenges. 

Geoff Smith, Institute of Housing Studies 

The executive director of the Institute of Housing Studies at DePaul, Smith received a grant from Chicago Community Trust for his project, “Applied Research to Support Equitable Homeownership Strategies.” 

With the grant, DePaul will develop applied research products and deliver technical assistance to support the development, prioritization and implementation of policies and programs that advance and protect equitable homeownership. More specifically, the university will directly engage housing and community development stakeholders to understand key questions and policy applications, identify and refine data needs around this issue, and provide direct technical assistance to stakeholders supporting the use of this information in their work. 

John Zeigler, Irwin W. Steans Center 

The director of the Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships in DePaul’s Steans Center, Ziegler received a grant from Boeing for his project, “MVI VetHer Women’s Wellness Project Phase 4.” 

DePaul’s Multi-Faith Veterans Initiative will deliver the fourth phase of the MVI VetHer Women’s Wellness Project, formerly the MVI Women Veterans Wellness Project. Launched with Boeing support in 2020, the project addresses the core question, “How do we develop effective strategies that support positive transition experiences for women veterans?”