Includes projects for which I had a major role in proposal writing and project management. Some items represent several grants in a series; NIH = National Institutes of Health; NSF = National Science Foundation; EHR = Directorate for Education and Human Resources; DUE = Division of Undergraduate Education; IMLS=Institute for Museum & Library Services; UIUC = University of Illinois.

DatesPIs, TitleAgency, Amount
7/07-6/10Bishop, Ann P., Bruce, Bertram C.
Community Informatics Corps: the Next Generation
$996,243; Matching: $858,802
 Develop our capacity to recruit and train the next generation of CI professionals who will take their places in libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations, armed for action in underserved communities.
7/07-6/10Bruce, Bertram C., Bishop, Ann P., & Diaz, Lisa Bouillion
Youth Community Informatics: Using the Extension Network to Recruit Future LIS Professionals
$788,895; Matching: $720,960
 Engages underserved youth as leaders in using cutting-edge technologies to address local community issues. This initiative brings together 4-H clubs and tech teams from across Illinois with a range other community-based organizations and after-school programs. Learning activities are supported by curriculum we call ‘inquiry units’ that engage youth in topics such as community asset mapping and community journalism. The technologies used to support these activities include GIS/GPS geospatial tools, video, podcasts and the Internet.
7/07-6/12Stine-Morrow, Elizabeth A. L., Kramer, Arthur, Morrow, Daniel G., Park, Denise C., Bruce, Bertram C., Janke, Megan, Payne, Laura, Roberts, Brent
The Senior Odyssey: A test of the engagement hypothesis of cognitive aging
NIH, National Institute on Aging, R01 AG0294471
$1,913,679 DC
 A community-based cognitive intervention in which adults aged 60 and over participate in a program of problem solving and brain teasers. Our Odyssey-Troy program was developed in concert with an existing program, Odyssey of the Mind (OOTM). Teams meet weekly over a 16-wk period to develop, test, and revise their solutions for a particular long-term problem, and to practice working as a group on spontaneous problems which require “thinking on your feet.” To demonstrate their solutions, teams compete at a tournament at the end of the season. In the Odyssey-Ithaca program, participants take home weekly packets of puzzles and brainteasers, with prizes for successful completion.
10/05-9/10A. Bishop, Bertram C. Bruce, et al.
iLabs support for Global Studies
Center for Global Studies, National Resource Centers, US Department of Education
 Collaborative support, using iLabs, for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices project as well as cross-institutional collaboration on global informatics.
9/04-8/09Schatz, B., Robinson, G., Zhai, C., Rodriguez-Zas, S., Bruce, Bertram C., & Fahrbach, S.
BeeSpace—An Interactive Environment for Analyzing Nature and Nurture in Societal Roles
NSF FIBR Frontiers in Integrative Biological Research, NSF FIBR 0425852
 Analyze social behavior on the whole-genome scale, using Apis mellifera, the Western honey bee, as the model organism. The BeeSpace environment enables users to navigate a uniform space of diverse databases and literature sources for hypothesis development and testing. The system uses statistical literature analyses to discover functional relationships between genes and behavior. The environment for functional analysis is being tested in an international community of laboratories studying honey bees and related organisms. Outreach for BeeSpace provides integrated research and education experiences at the graduate and undergraduate levels, plus training courses and minority outreach at high school and middle school levels.
9/04-8/09Raineri, D., Braatz, R., Bruce, Bertram C., Burton, V., & Jakobsson, E.
Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program
NSF GK-12 Track 2, NSF DGE 03-38215
 Supports teaching fellowships for graduate students in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The University of Illinois  GK-12 Program fellows collaborate with STEM and Education faculty and participating K-12 teachers to integrate the use of computer-based modeling and scientific visualization into science and mathematics education.
1/08-3/09Casey, Leo, Bruce, Bertram C., Martin, Allan
Digital Literacy: New approaches to participation and inquiry learning to foster literacy skills among primary school children
Department of Education and Sciencee, Ireland
 The challenge of improving literacy skills in the primary school sector particularly for those in disadvantaged areas is seen as an Irish education priority.  However, in order to meet this challenge and to contribute to future policy and practice we need to enhance our definition of literacy, to call it digital literacy, and validate it through research in Irish primary school contexts. We call this new definition ‘digital literacy’.(1) Draw on emerging theory to develop a framework for conceptualising digital literacy in the context of Irish primary education.  Models such as the Inquiry Cycle (Bruce & Bishop, 2002) offer a framework whereby educators can engage students in new literacy practices. (2) Investigate structured digital media practices in classroom contexts in four primary schools in the Digital Hub area. Three questions will be addressed: (a) the nature of student engagement and participation, (b) the adequacy of the newly developed framework (c) the degree to which such activities foster traditional literacy skills. Final report
1/08-6/08Casey, Leo, Bruce, Bertram C., Reynolds, Abigail
Technologies for Learning in the Docklands Schools
Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Ireland
 To work with all 26 Docklands schools and other partners during the period January–June 2008, to investigate current use of technologies in teaching and learning, to document experiences, and to identify both current and future needs. Final report
04/05-04/06Edwards, Barrington S., Garnett, Guy, et al.
Increasing African-American Involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Critical Research Initiatives (CRI) Planning Grant, University of Illinois
 Planning grant to bring together interested faculty and others from the University and nationally to address the under-representation of African-Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The planning phase will be followed by concrete proposals, to CRI, to the campus, and to outside funding agencies, to initiate a public engagement program that will begin to address these problems and bring African American students into STEM studies and increase their enrollment numbers in University of Illinois departments.
9/02-5/05Bertram C. Bruce (collaboratory portion)
Center for Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems—The Water CAMPWS: Collaboratory
 An NSF Science and Technology Center that involves scientists, engineers and other personnel principally from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Stanford University, and Clark Atlanta University. Its mission is to develop materials and systems to purify the earth’s waters for drinking, agricultural, industrial, and ecological purposes. Congruent to this mission is the development of diverse human resources to enhance the scientific research, educational, and industrial workforce for water purification. Bruce was PI for the collaboratory portion of the project, which supports both the research and human resource missions.
9/02-12/03Bertram C. Bruce, S. Irish, W. Robinson, A. Bishop
Hands on, plugged in: Living on the prairie
Madden Initiative (Silicon, Carbon, Culture)
 As part of the “Silicon, Carbon Culture” initiative at the University of Illinois, Life on the Prairie integrates content across disciplines (science and humanities), and integrates technology into collaborative classroom activities to document the past, present and future of the region we live in. Existing resources such as The Inquiry Page and Allerton Park-the silicon and carbon-are leveraged through interdisciplinary cooperation to create physical and cyber spaces for people to come together on a continuing basis.
9/99-8/03Bertram C. Bruce, G. Bowker, J. Porac, A. Kanfer
Can knowledge be distributed? The dynamics of knowledge in interdisciplinary alliances [SES-9980182]
NSF, Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence
 Conducts studies of how knowledge is produced, shared, negotiated and co-constructed within distributed communities, and the ways in which technologies support these exchanges. The Distributed Knowledge Research Collaborative assumes that understanding distributed knowledge processes requires the perspectives and methodologies of multiple disciplines, including the sociology of scientific knowledge, computer mediated communication, social network analysis, information science, management, education, and writing studies.
9/00-8/03S. Donovan, K. Greene, U. Thakkar, Bertram C. Bruce, E. Jakobsson
Biology Student Workbench: An inquiry-based learning environment for pre-service teacher education
US Department of Education, EdGrid
 Promote the use of molecular data in the identification and exploration of biological problems with an evolutionary perspective throughout undergraduate biology curricula. This will be accomplished by providing undergraduate faculty and students access to the powerful state-of-the-art bioinformatics tools currently in use by the research community transformed to afford a cognitively supportive environment. These products will enable undergraduate students to investigate current problems in biology using molecular biology tools and skills.
8/00-8/02S. Chen
*National biological digital library
8/01-8/02Bertram C. Bruce
Workshop on inquiry-based learning
North Central Regional Education Laboratory
8/01-8/02Bertram C. Bruce
The Inquiry Page
Phi Delta Kappa
1/00-12/00D. Eastburn, C. D’Arcy, Bertram C. Bruce
Improving undergraduates’ understanding of agricultural science [DUE-9952464]
6/99-6/02E. Jakobsson, S. Donovan, Bertram C. Bruce, R. Zaritzky, S. Lathrop
*Biology Student Workbench: Inquiry tools for the use of molecular data in undergraduate biology [DUE-9950689]
9/98-1/00Bertram C. Bruce, D. Dillon
Effectiveness of web-based technology in preservice and inservice teacher education programs.
Learning Technology Seed Grant Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation
6/98-12/00C. Potter, Bertram C. Bruce
Charleston-Mattoon Chickscope
Lumpkin Foundation
1/99-12/99C. D’Arcy, D. Eastburn, Bertram C. Bruce
A world wide web site to increase agricultural literacy
Educational Technologies Board, UIUC
8/01-8/02Bertram C. Bruce
Inquiry-based learning and teaching with emerging technologies for k-12 mathematics and science teachers
Illinois Board of Higher Education, Eisenhower Program
1/98-12/98D. Eastburn, C. D’Arcy, Bertram C. Bruce
Plants, Pathogens, and People
Course Development Awards [two], UIUC
1/98-12/98D. Eastburn, C. D’Arcy, Bertram C. Bruce
A world wide web site to increase agricultural literacy
Educational Technologies Board, UIUC
1/98-12/98Bertram C. Bruce
An investigation of student learning in a world wide laboratory
Research Board, UIUC
1/98-12/98Bertram C. Bruce
Inquiry-based learning and teaching with emerging technologies for k-12 mathematics and science teachers
Illinois Board of Higher Education, Eisenhower Program
9/95-8/00J. Levin
Graduate traineeships: Technologies for Learning
9/94-8/97R. Magin, Bertram C. Bruce
Bioengineering curriculum development at UIUC: Engaging non-science majors and future teachers
Whitaker Foundation
0/93-8/95P. Lauterbur, J. Dawson, Bertram C. Bruce
Project SEARCH (Science Education and Research for Children): Science education outreach for k-6
1/93-12/95Bertram C. Bruce
Heath Literacy
D. C. Heath
1/92-12/95R. Magin, Bertram C. Bruce
Enhancement of the teacher preparation and general science education at UIUC
1/90-12/93J. Osborn, Bertram C. Bruce
The content and curricular validity of the 1992 NAEP in reading
National Academy of Education
9/91-5/92L. Bresler
Aesthetic foundations of education [faculty mentor]
Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholars course development award, UIUC
9/91-8/92Bertram C. Bruce, R. Clift
Teacher communities
Campus Research Board, UIUC
9/91-8/92J. Fortschneider
Making the connections: An integrated scientific literacy model [grant to Wiley School, Urbana, IL]
Illinois State Board of Education, Scientific Literacies Project
9/89-8/91Bertram C. Bruce
Evaluation: Electronic networks for interaction
Gallaudet University
9/89-8/91Bertram C. Bruce
The Literacies Institute
Education Development Center, Newton, MA
9/89-8/94A. Collins
Center on Technology in Education
Bank Street College of Education, NY
9.87-8/90Bertram C. Bruce, Beth Warren
Cheche konnen: An investigation-based approach to mathematics and science education for limited English proficiency students
Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs
1/85-12/91Bertram C. Bruce, A. Rubin
Reasoning under uncertainty [two consecutive grants]
NSF/EHR, Applications of Advanced Technology
8/01-8/02Bertram C. Bruce
Heath Readers
D. C. Heath
1/83-12/84Bertram C. Bruce
Music education software
Kurzweil Music Systems
1/81-12/86Bertram C. Bruce, A. Rubin
QUILL projects [total of eight separate grants]
National Institute of Education, Harvard, University of Alaska, D. C. Heath, others
1/80-12/83R. Nickerson
Thinking skills
National Institute of Education
9/76-8/90Bertram C. Bruce
Center for the study of reading [sub to Bolt Beranek & Newman from UIUC; three consecutive contracts]
National Institute of Education
9/74-8/76W. Woods
Speech understanding research
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
9/71-8/76S. Amarel
Research resource on computers in biomedicine.
National Institutes of Health