James Buckley, professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in support of theoretical and experimental studies in particle physics and cosmology.
Bryce Sadtler, assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, received a $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund in support of a project titled “Identification of active sites in methane oxidation catalysts by single-molecule fluorescence imaging.”
Joseph Culver, professor of radiology at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Mapping Functional Connectivity with Fluorescence Molecular Tomography.” Culver conducts research in the Optical Radiology Laboratory at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.
Kenneth F. Kelton, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts and Sciences, in the Department of Physics, received a $386,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project titled “Fundamental investigations of nucleation processes in silicate liquids and glasses with a goal of developing predictive models for glass formation and crystallization.”
Philip Skemer, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received $323,000 from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “Using micromechanical experiments to investigate the rheology of geologic materials.” Skemer also was awarded $126,000 by the National Science Foundation toward a collaborative research project titled “EarthCube data infrastructure: A unified experimental-natural digital data system for cataloging and analysis of rock microstructures.”
Douglas A. Wiens, the Robert S. Brookings Distinguished Professor in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $587,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project titled “Solid Earth response of the Patagonian Andes to post-Little Ice Age glacial retreat.”
Elissa Bullion, a doctoral student working with Michael Frachetti, associate professor of archaeology in Arts & Sciences, received $22,000 from the National Science Foundation toward her doctoral research project on the role of urbanization in shaping social identity.
Raj Jain, the Barbara J. & Jerome R. Cox, Jr. Professor of Computer Science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, recently received nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for continued research about cloud-based computing systems. The three-year grant will allow his lab to zero in on how to keep cloud-based computing functioning at its best and more resilient. Read more on the engineering site.
Adam Eggebrecht, an instructor with the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, received a two-year, $419,375 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)for a research project titled “Mapping Language Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Diffuse Optical Tomography.”
Michael Gross, professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, of immunology and of internal medicine at the School of Medicine, received a $50,000 grant from the American Parkinson Disease Association in support of his research on proteins.
Aimee James, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to address colorectal cancer mortality rates in rural southern Illinois. James and colleagues will work with Southern Illinois Healthcare to address and improve patient screening and follow-up. Learn more on the Public Health Sciences webpage.
Jessica Wagenseil, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, recently received a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study mechanical factors in development of the body’s large arteries.
Wagenseil will determine how hemodynamic forces during embryonic development can affect the assembly of elastic fibers in arteries, as well as overall arterial wall maturation. The research results may be used to improve clinical interventions or tissue engineering protocols to encourage better arterial function.
Arye Nehorai, the Eugene and Martha Lohman Professor of Electrical Engineering, received a four-year, $740,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research for research titled “Advanced Machine Learning Techniques for Adaptive Radars in Nonstationary Environments.” Nehorai is also director of the Center for Sensor Signal and Information Processing in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
Todd Braver, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a two-year, $414,000 grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “Neural mechanisms of mindfulness: a discordant twin design.”
Bruce Fegley Jr., professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received $25,000 from NASA for research on the effect of carbon dioxide and water on planetary magma compositions.
Patrick Crowley, professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received a three-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project on “SPLICE (secure predictive low-latency information centric edge) for next-generation wireless networks.” He is working with partners from Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ohio State, Purdue and Texas A&M universities.
Christopher A. Maher, an assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, received an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award to support his work into understanding how colon cancer spreads. Most colon cancer research has focused on the proteins in tumors. But a large portion of cancer genomes generate molecules called long noncoding RNAs, which do not encode proteins but may play critical roles in tumor spreading. Maher, also an assistant director at The McDonnell Genome Institute, is studying one such molecule that he recently discovered is altered in patients when the tumor has spread. The award provides a $792,000 grant to support research into how this novel molecule triggers some tumors to metastasize.