NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Office of Research Update

New Proposal Submissions

In April, NSM faculty submitted 19 research proposals (including 6 to NSF, 3 to DOJ, 2 to NASA, 2 to DOE, and 2 to DoD) totaling over $6.3M in funds.

Awarded Research Grants

Yuxuan Wang (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) was awarded a $586K grant from NASA: “Investigating the Effects of Drought Stress on Biogenic VOC Emissions and Tropospheric Air Quality.”

Preethi Gunaratne (Biology & Biochemistry) and Bradley McConnell (Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences) were awarded a $459K grant from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Gravin Signalosome Protein Coordinates Cardiac Function Via Adrenergic Receptor Signaling.”

Steven Pennings (Biology & Biochemistry) was awarded a $395K grant from the University of Georgia flow thru from NSF: “LTER: Georgia Coastal Ecosystems IV.”

Rebecca Zufall (Biology & Biochemistry) was awarded a $271K grant from NSF: “OPUS: MCS: The Importance of Mitochondrial and Structural Mutations in Generating Fitness Variance in the Ciliate Tetrahymena.”

Maurice Brookhart (Chemistry) was awarded a $240K grant from The Welch Foundation: “PD(II)- and NI(II)-Catalyzed Olefin Polymerizations and Copolymerizations.”

Loi Do (Chemistry) was awarded a $240K grant from The Welch Foundation: “Molecular Engineering of the Second Coordination Sphere for Controlled Olefin Polymerization Catalysis.”

Karl Kadish (Chemistry) was awarded a $240K grant from The Welch Foundation: “Electrochemistry and Spectroelectrochemistry of Compounds with Multiple Redox Centers.”

Jakoch Brgoch (Chemistry) was awarded a $195K grant from The Welch Foundation: “Synthesis of Gold Compounds with Unusual Oxidation States and Metalloaromaticity.”

Robert Comito (Chemistry) was awarded a $195K grant from The Welch Foundation: “Main Group Catalysts for Advanced and Sustainable Polymers.”

Jeremy May (Chemistry) was awarded a $195K grant from The Welch Foundation: “Novel Synthetic Methods in Organic Chemistry Derived from Highly Reactive Intermediates.”

Aron Laszka (Computer Science) was awarded a $174K grant from NSF: “CRII: SATC: Towards Efficient and Scalable Crowdsourced Vulnerability-Discovery Using Bug-Bounty Programs.”

Julia Wellner (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) was awarded a $62K grant from Columbia University flow thru from NSF: “U.S. Science Support Program Office Associated with the International Ocean Discovery Program.”

Ioannis Pavlidis (Computer Science) was awarded a $29K supplement grant from NSF: “Collaborative Research: Managing Stress in the Workplace: Unobtrusive Monitoring and Adaptive Interventions.”

Kerri Crawford (Biology & Biochemistry) was a awarded a $8K grant from Braun & Gresham Attorneys at Law: “The Influence of Soil Microbes on Plant-Insect Interactions across a Successional Gradient.”

Kerri Crawford (Biology & Biochemistry) was a awarded a $8K grant from Braun & Gresham Attorneys at Law: “Effects of a Rainfall Gradient on Plant-Microbe Interactions.”

Yunsoo Choi (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) was awarded a $7K grant from Earth Science Information Partners: “A Deep-Learning Driven Improved Ensemble Approach for Hurricane Forecasting.”

Faculty Patents

Qing Jie, Zhifeng Ren (Physics) and Gang Chen (MIT): “Formation of P-Type Filled Skutterudite by Ball-Milling and Thermo-Mechanical Processing.” U.S. Patent Number: 10,283,690.

P. Shiv Halasyamani (Chemistry) and Hongwei Yu (UT Austin): “A Nonlinear Optical Material and Methods of Fabrication.” U.S. Patent Number: 10,281,796.

Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
Phoenix, AZ
Nov. 6–8, 2019
Venue: Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Registration opens in mid-May. Registration link will be available on this page.


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