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The Career Development Awards from Brown's ADVANCE program are intended to help faculty establish new collaborations with colleagues at other institutions and explore new research directions. Funded with a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the ADVANCE Program at Brown supports new initiatives for formal faculty development.

Amy plans to use the funds to build collaborative relationships with Electronic Commerce (sometimes called algorithmic economics or algorithmic game theory) research labs at Yahoo! and Microsoft. The hope is that these collaborations will lead to joint publications, and further funding opportunities through these companies' university relations programs.