Research Wire: July 2017

Richard Loomis, professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences, received a two-year, $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for research on halogen bonding interactions.

Amit Pathak, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Siteman Cancer Center. The 2017 Siteman Investment Program Pre-R01 award will fund a project titled “Memory-Plasticity Crosstalk in Cancer Cells.”

Li Yang, associate professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, received a $228,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a research project titled “Ferroelectricity, Multiferroics, and Enhanced Magnetoelectric Effect in Single-Atomic Layers.”

Michael Avidan, MBBCh, the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, and Yixin Chen, professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received a two-year, $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to apply “big data” and information technology to monitor patient risk factors during surgery in a project called ACTFAST. They will conduct a pilot study of an anesthesiology “control tower” to help prevent negative outcomes and medical errors. Learn more on the School of Engineering site.

Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership has received a $368,630 grant from the Monsanto Fund toward a project titled “MySci Do,” an extension of the institute’s science education program.

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