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5.26.17
Deanna Barch, chair of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences and the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine, received $35,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) toward a project titled “SchizConnect: Large-scale Schizophrenia Neuroimaging Data Mediation and Federation.”


5.26.17
Renee Thompson, assistant professor in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received $4,500 from the University of Melbourne in support of research on sexual objectification and emotion.


5.26.17
Emily Hanson, university fellow in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences, received $500 from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues toward a research project titled “On the Ironic Effects of Being Empathic: Consequences for Attitude Polarization and Intergroup Conflict.”


5.25.17
Barbara Kunkel, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a $645,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of research on “Roles of Auxin during Pseudomonas syringae Pathogenesis.”


5.25.17
Debbie Yee, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $30,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “Interactions of Motivational Incentives and Cognitive Control in Older Adult Decision-Making.”


5.18.17
Amy McQueen, assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, received a $20,000 grant from the Washington University Center for Diabetes Translational Research to document unmet basic needs and diabetic-related health-care gaps among Medicaid beneficiaries with Type 2 diabetes. The research, conducted in collaboration with the Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change at the Brown School, will inform future policy and interventions to reduce diabetes-related health disparities.


5.3.17
The Washington University Center for Women’s Infectious Diseases Research announced its 2016-17 Pilot Grant awardees: Justin Fay, an associate professor of genetics, and Kristine M. Wylie, an assistant professor of pediatrics. Read more on the School of Medicine site.


4.24.17
Michael Sherraden, the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School, has received a $300,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The grant, which runs through 2018, is for a project titled “Expanding Children’s Savings Accounts for Educational Success and Lifelong Asset Building.”


4.21.17
James Janetka, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and Scott Hultgren, the Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology, both at the School of Medicine, received a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Small Molecule Bacterial Lectin Antagonists for UTI Treatment and Prevention.”


4.21.17
Jonathan Barnes, an assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, was named to the inaugural class of Foresight Fellows by the Foresight Institute. The Foresight Fellowship gives participants support and mentorship to accelerate their work, which focuses on technologies that have massive potential yet are relatively undervalued in the media. Barnes’ efforts will focus on synthetic polymer chemistry.


4.21.17
Julie Bugg, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $120,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on “Boosting Older Adults’ Cognition by Training Real-World EHealth Skills.”


4.21.17
Cory Knoot, a postdoctoral researcher in biology in Arts & Sciences, was named a 2017 Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow. He will receive $134,000 toward his research on “Blue-green Engineering: A Sustainable Biosynthetic Production System for Cyanobacterial Natural Products.”


4.10.17
Ram Dixit, an associate professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received $822,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on “Mechanisms for the Function and Regulation of Katanin.”


4.10.17
Michael J. Krawczynski, an assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $257,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Collaborative Research: Experimental Investigation of Actinide Partitioning in Zircon and its Applications to Geochronology.”


3.23.17
Rohit V. Pappu, the Edwin H. Murty Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is part of an international team of scientists that received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Human Frontier Science Program to uncover the molecular logic and organization of specialized micrometer-sized structures in cells. Their work will focus on uncovering the organization of membraneless organelles and the selective permeability of biomolecules into these organelles. Read more on the engineering site.


3.3.17
Marcus Foston, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received a five-year, $250,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Herman Frasch Fund for Chemical Research. Foston is working to design a new type of catalyst that turns wasted plant material into a product that can be used for renewable chemical and material production. Learn more on the engineering site.


3.2.17
Ebony B. Carter, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the School of Medicine, has received a career development award from the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The grant will fund a randomized trial comparing group prenatal care to traditional/individual care for women with Type 2 and gestational diabetes.


3.2.17
Jenine Harris, associate professor at the Brown School, has received a $171,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a program aimed at encouraging and facilitating use of open science to advance public health practice and policy by sharing statistical source code. Open-access statistical code is one strategy to develop open and accessible research and to speed the translation of data to findings.


2.14.17
Xiang Tang, professor of mathematics in Arts & Sciences, has received a $45,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a conference titled “A Noncommutative Geometry Festival in Shanghai.”


2.9.17
Todd E. Druley, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, received a $100,000 award from the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation to fund scholarships and support research on sequencing genes related to pediatric cancers.


2.7.17
Erik Herzog, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received $227,000 from the March of Dimes Transdisciplinary Center in support of research on premature deliveries. Herzog also received $38,000 in funding from the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders for research on “Dissecting Downstream SCN Neural Circuits in Sleep and Arousal.”


2.7.17
Hani Zaher, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a $400,000 award from the Siteman Cancer Center for a project titled “RNA as a Target of Alkylation Chemotherapy in Cancer.”


1.31.17
Nima Mosammaparast, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of pathology and immunology at the School of Medicine, has received a $200,000 grant from the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Research Fund to support work studying how DNA is repaired, in hopes of identifying new ways to treat tumors.


1.27.17
Brian Carpenter, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received $2,000 from the American Psychological Association in support of a workshop on “Addressing the Workforce of Academic Geropsychologists.”


1.27.17
Jaclyn Weisman, a university fellow in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $1,000 grant from the American Psychological Association in support of her dissertation research on anxiety disorders, under the direction of Thomas Rodebaugh, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences.


1.26.17
James W. Janetka, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine, has received a $100,000 grant from the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Research Fund to support work designing novel inhibitors intended to prevent the spread of several cancer types, including breast, pancreas, lung, prostate and glioblastoma. Janetka has partnered with Andrea Wang-Gillam, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine, to study these inhibitors against pancreatic cancer and with Shunqiang Li, an assistant professor of medicine, to investigate them against breast cancer.


1.11.17
Juan Carlos Melendez, a graduate student in anthropology in Arts & Sciences, received a $12,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support dissertation research on “The Role of Symbols in Establishing Political Power” under the direction of David Freidel, professor of anthropology.


1.11.17
Christina Karageorgiou, a graduate student in psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $6,000 grant from the American Psychological Association toward her research on “The impact of genomic regulation on corticolimbic connectivity and emotion regulation: a pharmacologic challenge fMRI study.” Karageorgiou is working with Deanna Barch, chair of psychological and brain sciences.


1.3.17
Harry McClelland, a postdoctoral researcher in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $21,000 grant from the International Ocean Discovery Program for biogeochemistry research.


1.3.17
Carolyn Barnes, a graduate student in anthropology in Arts & Sciences, received $20,000 from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in support of dissertation research on the thoroughbred horse-racing industry in central Kentucky. Barnes is working with Peter Benson, associate professor of sociocultural anthropology.


1.3.17
Michael Frachetti, associate professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, received a $20,000 grant from the Max van Berchem Foundation for a project titled “Archaeological Research of the Qarakhanids (ARQ): ‘Nomadic’ urbanism and the architecture of production at the mountain town of Tashbulak, Uzbekistan (11th c. AD).”


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