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B7. Quantum Mechanisms (TBD)

Characterizing Graphene, Graphite, and Carbon Nanotubes by Raman Spectroscopy

Recent advances in Raman spectroscopy for characterizing graphene, graphite, and carbon nanotubes are reviewed comparatively. We first discuss the first-order and the double-resonance (DR) second-order Raman scattering mechanisms in graphene, which give rise to the most prominent Raman features. Then, we review phonon-softening phenomena in Raman spectra as a function of gate voltage, which is known as the Kohn anomaly. Finally, we review exciton-specific phenomena in the resonance Raman spectra of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). Raman spectroscopy of SWNTs has been especially useful for understanding many fundamental properties of all sp 2 carbons, given SWNTs can be either semiconducting or metallic depending on their geometric structure, which is denoted by two integers (n,m).

Groundbreaking immune approach targets humans instead of bacteria

Staphylococcal and streptococcal infections affect millions of individuals each year. They are a leading cause of sepsis and account for many cases of pneumonia and post-surgical infections. Despite the urgency of this situation, the antibiotic development pipeline is dwindling and multi-drug resistance is rampant, rendering the classical one-bug, one-drug approach obsolete.

The ability of staphylococcal and streptococcal bacteria to cause disease is due to numerous virulence factors, among which a group called Superantigens play a prominent role. Several dozen superantigens are highly lethal in humans and are critical contributors to sepsis and progression to toxic shock.

While the inflammatory immune response is essential to protecting humans against viruses and bacteria, superantigen toxins cause an exaggerated response called an "immune storm" that can do a great deal of damage in the body and can result in multiple organ failure. Even with currently available treatment strategies, most of these diseases have high mortality rates. Complicating treatment of these bacterial infections are multi-drug resistant strains.

Now, in a landmark research paper culminating 20 years of scientific investigation, researchers at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem show for the first time how bacterial superantigen toxins work, and how antagonists they designed can block toxin action and save lives.

In the paper that is published in PNAS, the researchers describe a novel host-oriented therapeutic approach for preventing lethal immune responses. With major implications for medicine, the novel approach is both broad-acting and impervious to bacterial antibiotic resistance.

Prof. Raymond Kaempfer, the Dr. Philip M. Marcus Professor of Molecular Biology and Cancer Research at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), in the Hebrew University's Faculty of Medicine, explains: "Rather than targeting the bacterial pathogens, which can then mutate to develop antibiotic resistance, host-oriented therapeutics have the advantage of remaining effective even against infections with antibiotic-resistant strains. This is because before the pathogens can cause severe disease, they must also pass through the same receptor bottleneck in the immune response, which we can block effectively."

A normal immune response is mediated by an antigen through the joining of cells through well-known receptors on their surface, a process that is helped by the so-called "costimulatory" receptors. Unexpectedly, the superantigen strongly promotes the interaction between the major costimulatory receptors, B7-2 and CD28, and this turns out to be critical for its ability to elicit an immune storm. Formation of the costimulatory axis was already known to be important for a full immune response, but the present findings propel this axis to the foreground as a key bottleneck.

It was already shown by the same team that a superantigen must bind CD28 in order to do its harm but the mechanism underlying this need remained obscure. The researchers now show that in order to enhance B7-2/CD28 receptor engagement, superantigen molecules bind directly to both receptors. By binding not only CD28 but also its coligand B7-2 directly, superantigens potently enhance the B7-2/CD28 interaction, inducing thereby T-cell hyperactivation. Bacterial superantigens thus induce the pathogenic immune storm by strongly enhancing formation of the B7-2/CD28 costimulatory axis.

Insight into this mechanism led the researchers to design new peptides -- snippets of the human B7-2 receptor protein -- that powerfully block the binding of a superantigen to its costimulatory receptor targets, and thereby protect against lethal toxic shock, as they showed in animals. Each peptide mimics a small part of the site in B7-2 where the superantigen must bind. Acting as a decoy of the intact receptor, such a peptide will bind the superantigen toxin and thereby block its access to the receptor needed for toxicity.

"The strategy of using peptides that mimic regions of a human immune receptor, to put the brakes on the excessive inflammatory response triggered by superantigen toxins, is a host-oriented strategy that is broadly effective against the diverse family of superantigens," said Prof. Raymond Kaempfer.

Dr. Alan S. Cross, Professor of Medicine at University of Maryland School of Medicine, who was not involved in the research, shared his input: "This is a major conceptual breakthrough in our understanding of infection and immune disease mechanisms and may have implications for novel approaches to the treatment of other diseases characterized by cytokine storm. The approach of targeting a host response required by a pathogen to cause disease rather than targeting the microbial pathogen is gaining wide support in the medical community."

Internal Funding Recipients

Here in the Office of the Vice President for Research, we are justifiably proud of the faculty members and teams who seek and are awarded seed grants and other internal funding. These projects represent innovative work within their respective disciplines, as determined by a rigorous review process. They often include exciting interdisciplinary collaborations. And they all make valuable contributions to our shared mission of generating and disseminating knowledge, whether it is through groundbreaking scholarly publications building important, externally-funded research programs or great achievements in public engagement or creative endeavors.

We are grateful for the intellectual contributions these faculty members and teams have made through these projects and through the subsequent achievements that are unlocked these internal funding investments.

FY 2021 Award Recipients

The Fall 2020 SFF awardees are:

Cesar Abadia-Barrero, Anthropology
Book Translation: Health in Ruins: The Capitalist Destruction of Medical Care

Michele Back, Education Curriculum and Instruction
Designing Open Educational Resources for Language Teacher Recruitment

Michele Baggio, Economics
On Fertility and Income Inequality: Investigating the Effect of Changes in Access to Abortion in the US.

Anna Bourgault, Nursing Instruction and Research
Digital Bear: Smartphone Application for Patients with Delirium

Meina Cai, Political Sciences
The Political Origins of Property Rights in Land

Fabiana Cardetti, Mathematics
Increasing Elementary Teachers’ Capacity for Teaching Mathematical Writing

Carlos Cardonha, Operations and Info Management
Online Scheduling for Queuing Systems

Andrea Celli, Literature, Cultures, and Languages
Extensive Editing of a Long Article for Resubmission to a Peer-Reviewed Journal

Douglas Degges, Art and Art History
Artist Residency Participation & Fall Exhibition Costs

Francoise Dussart, Anthropology
Contemporary Indigenous Cosmologies and Pragmatics

Antonio Garmendia, Pathobiology
Refereed Publication

Jane Gordon, Political Sciences
Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg

Scott Harding, Social Work Instruction and Research
Risk, Vulnerability and the Limits of Choice: Home Care Workers’ Views on COVID-19

Stefan Hock, Marketing
Mobile Device Browsing Behavior

Matthew Hughey, Sociology
Racialized Media: The Design, Delivery, and Decoding of Race and Ethnicity

Yohei Igarashi, English
Data Collection for "Recent Trends in British Romantic Scholarship"

Gregory Kivenzor, Marketing
Changes in Life Satisfaction and Consumer Behavior due to the Pandemic: Cross-Cultural Study”

Hassanaly Ladha, Literature, Cultures, and Languages
Solomon and the Caliphate of Man

Juliet Lee, Molecular and Cell Biology
The use of zebrafish transgenics to study the molecular dynamics of adhesions in moving cells.

Louise Lewis, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Developing a novel genomic resource to a frontier in biodiversity research: target-capturing genes from symbiotic algae

Kathryn Libal, Social Work Instruction and Research
Indexing Support for Contributory Volume on Beyond Borders: The Human Rights of Non-Citizens at Home and Abroad

Yangchao Luo, Nutritional Sciences
Testing a Highly Sensitive Rheometer to Measure Rheological Properties of Colloidal Nanoparticles Prepared with Dilute Biopolymers

Robert Lupton, Political Sciences
Principles and Polarization in American Politics

Melanie Newport, History
This is My Jail: Reform and Mass Incarceration in Chicago

Kenny Nienhusser, Educational Leadership
Equity-Minded Policy Implementation Imagination to Achieve Greater Higher Education Access for Marginalized Communities

John O'Donnell, Art and Art History
Plastic Resin: Lens and Barrier

Kyoungjo Oh, Management
Work Behaviors and Changes during COVID-19

NATHANAEL OKPYCH, Social Work Instruction and Research
How Campus Support Programs for Students with Foster Care Histories Adapt to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Jeremy Pais, Sociology

Sohyun Park, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
COVID-19 Research

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Colloquium

Sara Silverstein, History
Maps for book manuscript: "For Your Health and Ours: A History of International Cooperation in the Origins of Global Health and Universal Healthcare"

Evelyn Simien, Political Sciences
Historic Firsts in US Elections

Erika Skoe, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Blood biomarkers of age-related changes to hearing

Geoffrey Tanner, Physiology and Neurobiology
Western blot validation of calcium-handling protein levels from proteomic analysis traumatic brain injury-subjected male Drosophila.

Anna Tarakanova, Mechanical Engineering
3D printing the extracellular matrix

Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Kristina Wagstrom, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Optimizing External Coursework in a Flipped Chemical Reaction Engineering Classroom

Steven Wilf, Law Instruction and Research
Comparative Trade Secret Law

Dimitrios Xygalatas, Anthropology
Online gatherings as resilience mechanisms

Eiling Yee, Psychological Sciences
Conceptual convergence in the Context of COVID-19

The Spring 2021 SFF awardees are:

Susan Herbst, Political Science
Troubled Birth: American Public Opinion in the 1930s

Gee Su Yang, Nursing Instruction and Research
Investigation of Circadian Clock Genes: Mechanisms Underlying Contribution of Sleep Disturbances to Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors on Aromatase Inhibitors

Brian Chapman, Human Development and Family Studies
Drag Expression and how it interfaces with Dragism, Coping, Resilience, and Generativity

Maryclaire Capetta, Kinesiology
Does eccentric exercise improve range of motion, strength and pain pressure threshold in the contralateral shoulder?

Dr. Gio Iacono, Social Work Instruction and Research
Tuned In! — A Mindfulness-Based Affirmative Program to Virtually Address the Mental Health Needs of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth

Ruodan Zhang, Public Policy
Nonprofit Identification by Mission and Activity Text Data with Word Embedding

Cristina Connolly, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Efficacy of Food Label Education

Maria LaRusso, Human Development and Family Studies
The “mental health crisis” of U.S. students: Perspectives from elementary, middle, and high school educators

Christine DiLeone, Nursing Instruction and Research
The Experiences of Sons caring for a Parent with Alzheimer's Disease in the Home: A Phenomenological study

Sue Huang, Digital Media and Design
Erotic Ecologies

Jessica Rubin, Law Instruction and Research
An Evaluation of the Impact of Desmond's Law - Do Court Advocates Impact the Prosecution and Outcomes of Animal Cruelty Cases?

Kim Price-Glynn, Sociology
Confronting the Global Care Crisis during COVID-19: Past Problems, New Issues, and Pathways to Change

Thomas Hayes, Political Science
Democratic Norm Violations and Elite Messaging

Monty Escabi, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Neural representation of natural sounds textures

Yuping Zhang, Statistics
A new graph-based clustering method with application to single-cell RNA-seq data from human pancreatic islets

David Campbell, Education Curriculum and Instruction
Disseminating research on the UConn E-Corps STEM service learning model

Jorge Aguero, Economics
Lost Learning, Lost Earning: Avoiding School Dropout during COVID-19

Rosa Raudales, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Sequencing of bacterial populations in recycled irrigation water

Amanda Denes, Communication
A Pilot Study of Couples’ Communication About Intimacy when Facing a Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

Caitlin Elsaesser, Social Work Instruction and Research
The UConn-Hartford Youth Council: Enhancing health equity through authentic youth participation

Brian Aneskievich, Pharmaceutical Science
Intrinsic Disorder Assessment of Skin Cell-Specific Proteins Identifies Novel Research Opportunities

Chrystal Smith, Anthropology
Disseminating research on the Academic Climate, Social Networks, and Persistence of LGBTQIA+ STEM Undergraduates project

Nishith Prakash, Economics
Understanding Behavioral Barriers to Demand for Domestic Violence Services

Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography
Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series, Spring 2021

The 2020-2021 COVID-19 RSF awardees are:

James Cole, Molecular and Cell Biology, $43,439
Targeting the Endoribonuclease of Coronaviruses
Co-PIs: Mark Peczuh, Chemistry

Bahram Javidi, Electrical and Computer Engineering, $49,999
Compact Field Portable Biophotonics Instrument for Real-Time Automated Analysis and Identification of Blood Cells Impacted by COVID-19

Changchun Liu, Biomedical Engineering, $49,149
Rapid and Ultrasensitive SARS-CoV-2 Detection in Wastewater by Smartphone
Co-PIs: Maroun Sfeir, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Rachel O'Neill, Molecular and Cell Biology, $50,000
An integrated surveillance program for improved detection, containment and mitigation of COVID-19
Co-PIs: Kendra Maas, UConn MARS Joel Salisbury, Digital Media and Design Michael Vertefeuille, UConn Digital Media and Design Suzanne Onorato, UConn Student Health and Wellness Judy Brown, Institute for Systems Genomics Mike Jednak, Facilities Operations Jessica Healthcote, Information Technology Services Emily Wilson, Center for Land Use Education and Research Dan Schwartz, Core2e

Penghua Wang, Immunology, $50,000
Elucidation of E3 ligases in SARS-CoV2 pathogenesis
Co-PIs: Anthony Vella, Immunology Tingting Geng, Immunology Duomeng Yang, Immunology

The 2020-2021 COVID-19 RSF2 awardees are:

Xiaomei Cong, Nursing Instruction and Research, $9,997
Decision Making for COVID-19 Diagnostics and Future Vaccine Uptake in Hispanic Families and Community with Pregnant Women and Young Children (DECODE-COVID-19)
Co-PIs: Kelley Newlin Lew, Nursing Eileen Carter, Nursing Ming-Hui Chen, Statistics David Henderson, Medicine Wendy Henderson, Nursing Natalie Shook, Nursing Yanjiao Zhou, Medicine

Todd Falcone, Surgery, $6,000
Tolerance of Povidone-Iodine (PVP-I) in the Sinonasal and Oral Cavities as Antisepsis in Healthy Volunteers during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Co-PIs: Samantha Frank, Surgery Belachew Tessema, Surgery

Kerry Gilmore, Chemistry, $7,500
Novel, Glycosylated Artemisinin-Derivatives as Prodrugs Against COVID-19

Paul Herrnson, Political Sciences, $10,000
The Pandemic Elections Project

Megan O'Grady, Public Health, $8,990
An evidence-based intervention to prevent transmission and acquisition of COVID-19 among health disparity and vulnerable populations in the Hartford, CT region
Co-PIs: Shayna Cunningham, Public Health Stephen Schensul, Public Health Stacey Brown, Public Health

Linda Pescatello, Kinesiology, $10,000
Evaluating UConn Student Well-Being in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic The #UConnBeWell Study
Co-PIs: Saraswhathi Bellur-Thandaveshwara, Communication Rebecca Acabchuk, InCHIP Emily Hennessey, InCHIP Leslie Synder, Communication Deborah Cornman, InCHIP David Ouimette, First Year Programs Mary-Jeanne Raleigh, UConn Gregory Champion, Honors Programming

Natalie Shook, Nursing Instruction and Research, $9790.69
Reducing COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy
Co-PIs: Baris Sevi, Psychological Sciences

Lawrence Silbart, Allied Health Sciences, $10,000
Poly-functional siRNA nanoparticles (PFNPs) modulate key inflammatory genes relevant to SARS-CoV-2 infection
Co-PIs: Jessica Rouge, Chemistry Jessica Beaudet, Allied Health Sciences

Young Tang, Animal Science, $10,000
To Define the New Mechanism of Virus/Host Cell Interaction and Develop Novel Therapeutics to Block SARS-COV-2 Infection
Co-PIs: Jiaqi Zhu, Animal Sciences

Anna Tarakanova, Mechanical Engineering, $10,000
Machine-Learning Enabled Dynamical Characterization and Control of the Fluctuating SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Toward Protective Immunogen Development
Co-PIs: Simon White, Molecular and Cell Biology Paulo Verardi, Pathobiology

The START 2021 Q2 Awardees are:

Young Tang, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Animal Science- $10000
Evaluating the In Vivo Effect of Compound B7 to Block the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Infection

Douglas Adamson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry- $10000
Electrifying and Polarizing HEPA Filters with Graphene to Improve the Efficiency of Virus Removal from Air

Yi Li, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture- $9995
Evolution of citrus rootstock overexpressing iaaM and CKX genes for HLB tolerance

Karl Guillard, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture- $9985.8999999999996
A Low-Cost, Semi-Automated and Integrated System for Soil Health Assessments

Rahul Kanadia,College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology- $10000
Testing potential antiviral drugs against SARS-CoV-2

Alexandru Asandei, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry- $10000
Controlled Radical Polymerization of Conjugated Alkenes in Water

Steven Demurjian, School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering- $10000
Mobile app for medication reconciliation to achieve Best Possible Medication History

FY 2020 Award Recipients

The 2020-2021 REP awardees are:

Brian Aneskievich, Pharmaceutical Science- $49,553
Targeted development of small molecule modulators of an anti-inflammatory protein
Co-PIs: Ross Wilderman, Pharmaceutical Sciences Dennis Wright, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Robert Astur, Psychological Sciences- $24,980
Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Reduce Problematic Cannabis Use in Undergraduates
Co-PIs: Fumiko Hoeft, Psychological Sciences

Jessica Beaudet, Allied Health Sciences- $49,975.60
Tailoring the Host Immune Response to Mycoplasma gallisepticum live-attenuated vaccines using Polyfunctional-siRNA Nanoparticles
Co-PIs: Jessica Rouge, Chemistry Lawrence Silbart, Allied Health Sciences Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences Steven Geary, Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences

Osama Bilal, Mechanical Engineering- $50,000
Elastic Metamaterials as a Generic Haptic Interface for Virtual and Augmented Reality
Co-PIs: Hongyi Xu, Mechanical Engineering

Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Psychiatry- $93,374.94
Auditory threat processing in children at-risk for posttraumatic stress disorder
Co-PIs: Inge-Marie Eigsti, Psychological Sciences Letitia Naigles, Psychological Sciences Damion Grasso, Psychiatry Fumiko Hoeft, Psychological Sciences Carolyn Greene, Psychiatry Brandon Goldstein, Psychiatry

Ketan Bulsara, Surgery- $25,000
Encephalomyosynangiosis (EMS) to Promote Angiogenesis and Neurogenesis Following Ischemic Stroke in a Mouse Model
Co-PIs: Rajkumar Verma, Neuroscience

Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Educational Leadership- $25,000
Policies and Practices Impacting the Recruitment and Retention of Racially Minoritized Faculty: A Systemic Review

Kevin Claffey, Cell Biology- $25,000
Tumor Vascular Activation to Overcome REsistance to Immunotherapies

Maksym Derevyagin, Mathematics- $19,243
Padé approximation in noise filtering
Co-PIs: Gerald Dunne Alexander Teplyaev

Chris Elphick, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology- $24,993
EntoGEM: a systematic global evidence map of insect population and biodiversity trends
Co-PIs: David Wagner, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Eliza Grames, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Monty Escabi, Electrical and Computer Engineering- $49,665
Neural and computational bases for natural sound recognition in normal and impaired hearing
Co-PIs: Ian Stevenson, Psychological Sciences

Michael Fendrich, Social Work Instruction and Research- $50,000
Tailoring a Mindful Intervention to Enhance Opioid Treatment Outcomes in a Community Program
Co-PIs: Crystal Park, Psychological Sciences Elizabeth Russell, Human Development and Family Sciences

Suining He, Computer Science and Engineering- $24,950.15
Towards Smart Connected Campus via Efficient Indoor Location Sensing and Deep User Mobility Analytics
Co-PIs: Bing Wang, Computer Science and Engineering Chuanrong Zhang, Geography

Robert Henning, Psychological Sciences- $49,999.60
Rapid Assessment of Team Adaptation using Wearable Physiological Sensors to Augment Communication and Decision Making of Action Teams
Co-PIs: Insoo Kim, Medicine

Marja Hurley, Medicine- $18,819.44
PTH, FGF2 and fracture repair molecular mechanisms

Jasna Jankovic, Material Science and Engineering- $25,000
Nature Inspired Design of a Novel Tubular Fuel Cell Electrode

Liisa Kuhn, Biomedical Engineering- $75,000
Layer-by-Layer Janus base Nano-Matrix for Growth Plate Regeneration
Co-PIs: Yupeng Chen, Biomedical Sciences Imran Hafeez

Sangamesh Kumbar, Orthopaedic Surgery- $100,000
Biodegradable Polysaccharide Putty Formulation for Bone Tissue Engineering
Co-PIs: Syam Nukavarapu, Biomedical Engineering Ivo Kalajzic, Reconstructive Sciences

Emily Larned, Art and Art History- $9,999.69
Efemmera Reissue Project

Nicholas Leadbeater, Chemistry- $25,000
Light and Electricity as Tools for Preparing Molecules

Jessica Lubell-Brand, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture- $24,917.60
Protecting the U.S. Hemp Market Through Development of Sterile and High Yield Cannabidiol (CBD) plants

Earl MacDonald, Music- $10,000
Ears to Hear: A Musical Conversation Starter Seeking Social Justice

Debanjan Mitra, Marketing- $10,000
Objective Consequences of Student Diversity in MBA Programs: Broad Based and Long Term Evidence
Co-PIs: Mariya Topchy, Marketing

Yonatan Morse, Political Sciences- $23,568
Discovering Welfare: Democracy and the Transformation of Social Protection in Africa

Sheida Nabavi, Computer Science and Engineering- $49,999.04
Deep Learning for Analyzing 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
Co-PIs: Jinbo Bi, Computer Science and Engineering Clifford Yang, Radiology

Evan Perkoski, Political Sciences- $37,261.30
Veterans, Novices, and Patterns of Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Recruitment

Theodore Rasmussen, Pharmaceutical Science- $50,000
Precise Identification of Human Liver Stem Cells and their Differentiation in vivo
Co-PIs: José Manautou, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Sarah Reed, Animal Science- $24,999.80
Effects of astaxanthin on deconditioning and reconditioning in horses

Ernst Reichenberger, Reconstructive Sciences- $25,000
3D skin model from hiPSC-derived fibroblasts and keratinocytes with keloid mutations
Co-PIs: Shyam Sah, Reconstructive Sciences

Lisa Sanetti, Educational Psychology- $49,990.40
Cognitive Interviewing to Increase Comprehension of Fidelity Self-Report Measures: A Pilot Study
Co-PIs: Jennifer Dineen

Archana Sanjay, Orthopaedic Surgery- $25,000
Identification of bone forming factors using a proteomics approach
Co-PIs: Jeremy Balsbaugh, Proteomics & Metabolomics

Peter Setlow, Molecular Biology and Biophysics- $25,000
Identify novel germinants of bacterial spores to facilitate spore eradication
Co-PIs: Dennis Wright, Pharmacy

William Snyder, Linguistics- $21,240
Setting a Child's Linguistic Parameters

Ilya Sochnikov, Physics- $25,000
Quantum Sensing for Probing Materials

Sudha Srinivasan, Kinesiology- $25,000
Effects of creative movement and play interventions in school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sandro Steinbach, Agricultural and Resource Economics- $49,968.20
The Impact of Non-Occupational Pesticide Exposure on the Development and Performance of Children and Teenagers
Co-PIs: Doug Brugge, Public Health Sciences Eric Loken, Educational Psychology

Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology- $24,992
Identification of Protective Antigens of Mycoplasma pneumonia

Gael Ung, Chemistry- $25,000
Organic polyradicals for the emission of chiral luminescence

Rajkumar Verma, Neuroscience- $75,000
Next generation gamma Peptide Nucleic Acids (gPNAs) for the treatment of ischemic stroke
Co-PIs: Raman Bahal, Pharmacy

Xiaojing Wang, Statistics- $25,000
The Promise of Bayesian Learning in Mobile Health

Michael Whitney, Marine Sciences- $20,774
Observing Icelandic River-Water Pathways from River Mouths through the Ocean

Shengli Zhou, Electrical and Computer Engineering- $24,999
A New Paradigm: Resonant-Beam Optical-Wireless Charging and Communication for Industrial Internet of Things

The Fall 2019 SFF awardees are:

Cesar Abadia-Barrero, Anthropology
Strengthening Peace Efforts in Colombia.

Christopher Blesso, Nutritional Sciences
Evaluation of Commensal Gut Bacterial Lipids on Neuroinflammation

Ruth Braunstein, Sociology
The Moral Meaning of Taxes

Anne Dailey, Law Instruction and Research
Midway: A Family Memoir of Slavery

Ray DiCapua, Art and Art History
Digital Improvisations: Like A Whisper Portfolio

Mary Donegan, Urban and Community Studies
Transparent Incentives

Anna Mae Duane, English
Archival Research for "Intimate Incarcerations: Race and Age in Early American Carceral Culture"

Justin Evanovich, Educational Leadership
Experiences and Impacts of Critical Service Learning Course

Carlos Garcia-Robledo, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Using Forensic DNA and Artificial Seeds to Understand Seed Dispersal by Elusive Mammals on a Tropical Mountain

Julie Gillingham, Geography
Understanding Greenland Landscape and Ice Sheet Change Over Deep Time Using Detrital Tracer Thermochronometry

Deneen Hatmaker, Public Policy
Through the Tenure Years: Balancing Work and Life after Graduate School

Kelly Herd, Marketing
Does Affiliation Among Backers Help or Hurt Crowdfunding Success of New Ideas?

Sue Huang, Digital Media and Design
(De)composition in Eight Movements

Alexander Jackson, Physiology and Neurobiology
Neuroscience at Storrs Research Symposium

Gregory Kivenzor, Marketing
Consumption and Life Satisfaction: Cross-Cultural Study

Sarah Knutie, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Incorporating Citizen Science into Understanding the Geographic Mosaic Theory of Co-Evolution

Sungmin Lee, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Risk Factors of Indoor and Outdoor Falls in Older Adults: A Systematic Review

Frederick Lee, Political Sciences
Professor Sharon Stanley Public Lecture & Graduate Workshop

Ruth Lucas, Nursing Instruction and Research
Lab Testing the Second Intraoral Pressure Sensor Prototype of the Breastfeeding Diagnostic Device

David Lund, Marine Sciences
A New Proxy for Sea Ice Extent in the Southern Ocean

Tomoyasu Mani, Chemistry
Triplet-Triplet Annihilation Upconversion Without Heavy Atoms Under Aerobic Conditions

Yonatan Morse, Political Sciences
Discovering Welfare: The Politics of Social Protection in Africa

John O'Donnell, Art and Art History
Exhibition at Blue House Arts and Lecture at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Belter Ordaz Mendoza, Physics
Retention of Underrepresented Students in STEM fields in Connection with Flipped Classroom

Elizabeth Polifroni, Nursing Instruction and Research
Adolescent stress and anxiety: How real is it?

Victoria Robinson, Molecular and Cell Biology
Structure-Function Relationships Involved in NS-Dependent Nucleolar Localization Pathways

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Group — Logic Colloquium

Luciana Santoferrara, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Hypoxia Effects on Planktonic Herbivores and Decomposers

Jennifer Scapetis-Tycer, Dramatic Arts
Singing Into Accents

Gregory Semenza, English
"Powell and Pressburger’s War: The Archers and the WW2 Propaganda Film"

Brad Simpson, History
Dictatorship and Disorder: The United States, the International Community and Indonesia’s New Order, 1966-1998.

Sandro Steinbach, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Assessing the Impact of International Air Services on Passenger and Cargo Flows

Jennifer Sterling-Folker, Political Sciences
American Nationalism and Hawaiian Sovereignty Movements

Geoffrey Tanner, Physiology and Neurobiology
Proteomic Probe for Candidate Mediators of Dietary-Therapeutic Amelioration of Tauopathy-Induced Learning Deficits in a Drosophila Model of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Chris Vials, English
America Firsts: White Nationalism and Empire from the 1920s to the Present

Scott Wallace, Journalism
Descent into Chaos: The Battle for the Amazon

Howard Winston, Physics
Partner Support - Holographic Projection for Physics Instruction

Bin Zou, Mathematics
New Development in Actuarial Science and Risk Management

The Spring 2020 SFF awardees are:

David Bergman, Operations and Info Management
JANOS Website Development

Brenda Brueggemann, English
The Aesthetics, Rhetorics, and Bioethics of Disability in The Museum

Debanuj DasGupta, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series

Shardé Davis, Communication
Talking with my Sistahs: Testing the Role of Stress During HIV-Related Discussions among Black Women and HIV Risk and Prevention Outcomes

Maksym Derevyagin, Mathematics
Orthogonal Polynomials and Their Applications

Elena Dormidontova, Physics
Computer Modeling of Molecular Self -Assembly: Exploring Chemical Nature Effect

Michael Fendrich, Social Work Instruction and Research
A Workshop on GIS Methods and Software

Nathan Fiala, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Poverty and Addiciton: The Role of Social Networks in Reducing Substance Use Disorder

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, Biomedical Engineering
Website design: GP Musculoskeletal System Modeling Lab

Kenneth Gouwens, History
"Portraits of Famous Men"

Gideon Hartman, Anthropology
"Geochemical Evidence for the Control of Fire by Middle Palaeolithic Hominins"

Stefan Hock, Marketing
Product Recalls

Darrell Irwin, Sociology
How are Surpluses in City Police Budgets Allocated after the Recovery Post-Recession?

Douglas Kaufman, Education Curriculum and Instruction
A Comparative Examination of Writing Practices and Instruction in United Kingdom and United States Schools

Anna Lindemann, Digital Media and Design
Presenting THE COLONY, an Art-Science Performance, at ISEA2020

Jenifer Nadeau, Animal Science
Investigating the Effect of Strongyle Load on Hematology in Horses

NATHANAEL OKPYCH, Social Work Instruction and Research
“Climbing a Broken Ladder” Book to Publication

Evan Perkoski, Political Sciences
Divided and Conquered? How Splinter Groups Emerge, Behave, and Survive

Jon Phillips, Social Work Instruction and Research
The Impact of Interagency Collaboration on Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes

Diane Quinn, Psychological Sciences
Weight Cycling and Depressive Symptoms in a National Sample of U.S. Adults

Thomas Recchio, English
The Novels of Frances Hodgson Burnett: In 'the World of Actual Literature"

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
Abstractionism 2 Conference

Stefan Schaffoener, Material Science and Engineering
Characterization of Pyrrhotite-Containing Concrete by Automatic Electron Backscatter Diffraction

Fumilayo Showers, Sociology
Sending-Country Perspectives: Migration Aspirations among college students in Ghana

Anna Tarakanova, Mechanical Engineering
Manuscript in Scientific Reports

Carolyn Teschke, Molecular and Cell Biology
A view of the Salmonella phageome in wastewater

Nu-Anh Tran, History
Nationalists at War: Tales of Revolution and Betrayal in the Republic of Vietnam

Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography
Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series, Spring 2020

Fiona Vernal, History
Three Great Migrations: African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian Migration to Hartford

J Evan Ward, Marine Sciences
Examining the Resiliency of the Microbiome of Bivalve Molluscs: Response to Disturbance

Michael Whitney, Marine Sciences
Tracking Iceland’s Rivers through Ocean Fisheries

The START 2020 Q1 Awardees are:

Jemel Aguilar, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Social Work - $10,000
Inside the energy envelope: Health promotion among people with mild to moderate Myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Co-PIs/Team: Romi Khan, Fiverr Consulting

Khaled Elleithy, University of Bridgeport, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $10,000
Co-PIs/Team: Thomas Arciuolo, University of Bridgeport Kosaraju Venkata Uday Shankar, University of Bridgeport

Julia Irwin, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Psychological Sciences - $15,000
Hearing Assessment in Response to Noise Screener (HeARS)
Co-PIs/Team: Jessica Sullivan, Hampton University Barbara Fernandes, Smarty Ears

Yusuf Khan, UConn Health, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - $10,000
Polymer-coated Allograft for Large Scale Bone Defect Repair

Ruth Lucas, University of Connecticut, Department of Nursing Instruction and Research - $8,199.99
Breastfeeding Diagnostic Device Intraoral Sensor Testing in the Lab
Co-PIs/Team: Thanh Nguyen, Department of Mechanical Engineering Eli Curry, Department of Mechanical Engineering Megan Jalbert, Allied Health Jimi Francis, University of Texas at Tyler

Beth Taylor, University of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology - $9,035
Development and Validation of a Clinical Prediction Mobile Application Tool for the Diagnosis of Statin-Associated Muscle Symptoms
Co-PIs/Team: Amanda Zaleski, Department of Kinesiology Paul Thompson, Hartford Hospital

The START 2020 Q2 Awardees are:

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, School of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering - $10,000
Mobile Application in Rehabilitation
Co-PIs/Team: Alexandros Mathioudakis, Department of Biomedical Engineering Jeren Koh, Department of Mathematics

Ausif Mahmood, University of Bridgeport, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $10,000
AI based Online Customer Assist and Social Media Response Handling Application for Small to Medium Businesses
Co-PIs/Team: Sushant Singh, University of Bridgeport

Eugene Pinkhassik, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry - $10,000
Integration of homogeneous catalysts entrapped in nanocapsules in flow processes
Co-PIs/Team: Sergey Dergunov, Department of Chemistry

Frank Torti, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine - $10,000
Sideroflexin 4: A Novel Target for Cancer Therapy
Co-PIs/Team: Lia Tesfly, UConn Health

The START 2020 Q3 Awardees are:

Carl Coelho, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences - $10,000
Digitalized Executive Functioning Rehabilitation Application

Alaa Sheta, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $10,000
Diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Computer-Aided Tool Based on Deep Learning
Co-PIs/Team: Shafaet Hossain, Department of Computer Science Salim Surani, Department of Medicine

Lawrence Silbart, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Allied Health Sciences - $10,000
Development of a therapeutic bandage to treat MRSA skin infections
Co-PIs/Team: Thanh Nguyen, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Young Tang, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Animal Science - $10,000
Evaluating the In Vitro Effect of STAT3 Inhibitors to Block the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Infection
Co-PIs/Team: Antonio Garmendia, Department of Pathobiology

Madhur Upadhyay, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care - $10,000
Artificial Intelligence Powered Orthodontic Diagnosis (AIPOD)
Co-PIs/Team: Suhail Yasir, Department of Biomedical Engineering Kshitz Gupta, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Miaowei Weng, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Literature, Cultures, and Languages - $10,000
Mysteries of History/Misterios de la historia: Game-Based Virtual Immersive Spanish Learning
Co-PIs/Team: Yulei Pang,Department of Mathematics

The START 2020 Q4 Awardees are:

Sousan Arafeh, Neag School of Education, Department of Educational Leadership - $10,000

Linda Pescatello, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Kinesiology - $10,000
The Development of a Mobile Application for an Evidence-based Decision Support System to Prescribe Exercise for Adults with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Hao Wu, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $10,000
Virtual Reality Safety Training Platform for Workplace Safety in Chemical Industry

Hao Wu, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $10,000
OMNIBUS: a Complete HIPPA-compliant Data Management Solution for Labs Conducting Human-Subjects Research

Steven Szczepanek, College of Agriculture. Health, and Natural Resources, Department of Pathobiology - $10,000
Therapeutic Optimization of a Monoclonal Antibody for Severe and Treatment Refractory Mycoplasma pneumoniae Pneumonia

Victoria Robinson, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - $10,000
Structure Based Virtual Screening to Uncover Inhibitors of BipA

Bodhisattwa Chaudhuri, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Science - $10,000
A Novel V- Blender (Powder Processing equipment) for mitigation of electrostatic charging in Pharmaceutical Powders

Henry Smilowitz, School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology - $10,000
Use of inflammatory modulators to prolong tumor dormancy following radiation-induced tumor dormancy

The 2020 Microbiome Research Seed Grant awardees are:

Jonathan Klassen, Molecular and Cell Biology
Metal-Binding Antimicrobial Peptide Mediation of a Fungus-Growing Ant Symbiosis
Co-PIs: Alfredo Angeles-Boza

Mark Peczuh, Chemistry
Characterizing the Role of Siderophores in the Euprymna Scolopes – Vibrio Fischeri Symbiosis
Co-PIs: Spencer Nyholm

J Evan Ward, Marine Sciences
The Effect of a Common Anthropogenic Pollutant on the Microbiome of an Ecologically and Commercially Important Bivalve
Co-PIs: Penny Vlahos, Lisa Nigro

Wing Ki Mok, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
Friend or Foe? Impact of Chronic Infection Microbiome Constituents on Persistence of Staphylococcus Aureus toward Antifolate Antibiotics
Co-PIs: Dennis Wright, Maria Rocha Granados, Debjani Si

The 2020 CARIC awardees are:

Puxian Gao, Material Science and Engineering
Mapping Catalytic Energy Transformations: Convergence of Nanoarray Catalysis, In Situ Microscopy, and Data Science

Jeffrey Hoch, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
Biomolecular Digital Commons

Cato Laurencin, Connecticut Convergence Institute
Convergence Center for Regenerative Engineering- A Science and Technology Center

Mark Urban, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
241: Reintegrating Biology & Harnessing the Data Revolution to Predict and Prevent Global Ecosystem Change

The 2020-2021 SCHARP Development awardees are:

Cesar Abadia-Barrero, Department of Anthropology - $8,000
Healing the Land to Attain Peace: A Community-Based Art Project in Rural Colombia.
Co-PIs:Camilo Ruiz-Sanchez, Adriana Katzew

Heejoo Kim, Department of Digital Media and Design - $8,000
The Loom
Co-PIs:Helene Kvale, Simon Hutchinson, Tanju Ozdemir

Ariel Lambe, Department of History - $8,000
Living in the Monster: Cuban Exiles in the United States, 1920–1952

Sara Silverstein, Department of History - $8,000
Toward Global Health: A History of International Cooperation

The 2020-2021 SCHARP Breakthrough awardees are:

Mark Healey, Department of History - $49,733
Bibliohack Plus: an integrated, low cost, open source digitization tool kit and workflow for the global south and underserved areas
Co-PIs: Tom Scheinfeldt, Digital Media and Design Greg Colati, UConn Library Michael Kemezis, UConn Library

FY 2019 Award Recipients

The 2019-2020 REP awardees are:

Dashzeveg Bayarsaihan, Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development - $74,015.23
Delineating the molecular basis of odontoblast differentiation
Co-PIs: Dong-Guk Shin, Computer Science and Engineering

Oksan Bayulgen, Department of Political Sciences - $23,143
Tilting at Windmills?: Electoral repercussions of wind turbine projects in the United States
Co-PIs: Lyle Scruggs, Political Science

Necmi Biyikli, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - $25,000
Ultrawide bandgap semiconductors for flexible electronics

Christian Brueckner, Department of Chemistry - $49,986
Isobacteriochlorin Metal Complexes as CO2 Reduction Electrocatalysts: Mimicking Nature's Multi-Electron Reduction Processes
Co-PIs: Alfredo Angeles-Boza, Chemistry

Yongku Cho, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - $49,000
Human antibodies recognizing oligomeric tau and its brain-wide mapping
Co-PIs: Guoan Zheng, Biomedical Engineering

Anne Delany, Department of Medicine - $25,000
miR-433 in chondrogenesis
Co-PIs: Rosaria Guzzo, Neuroscience

Robert Fahey, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment - $24,896.8
Interacting disturbance in forest ecosystems: Does disturbance memory affect resistance and resilience of forest productivity?
Co-PIs: Christopher Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University

Yuwen Gu, Department of Statistics - $14,645.5
A New Approach to Asymmetric Least Squares Regression

Kyle Hadden, Department of Pharmaceutical Science - $25,000
Development of Gli1 Inhibitors as Anti-Cancer Agents
Co-PIs: Angela Zaino, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Song Han, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $24,994.30
Towards Real-Time Data Retrieval with Mobile Edge Devices in Wireless-Powered Industrial IoT Systems
Co-PIs: Shengli Zhou, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Marc Hansen, Department of Medicine - $25,000
A targeted strategy to disrupt the chemotactic interaction that occurs in Paget’s disease of bone between osteoblasts expressing mutations in Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) and osteoclast precursors expressing the Measles virus nucleocapsid protein (MVNP) through a self-amplifying positive feedback loop involving the C-C Motif Chemokine Ligand 5 (CCL5)

Steven Harrison, Department of Kinesiology - $50,000
Using advanced positioning technologies to both understand and improve functional mobility and navigating skills.
Co-PIs: Kristen Morgan, Biomedical Engineering

Aoife Heaslip, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - $25,000
Mechanisms of dense granule secretion in Toxoplasma gondii
Co-PIs: Irio Schiano, Molecular and Cell Biology

Christopher Heinen, Department of Medicine - $25,000
Saturation Genome Editing Approach to Functionally Test All Possible MSH2 Variants
Co-PIs: Justin Cotney, Genetics and Genome Sciences James Grady, Community Medicine and Healthcare

Ling Huang, Department of Economics - $24,968.69
Measuring the Housing Market from Space
Co-PIs: Edward Leardi, Management Information Systems and Applied Mathematics

Efthimia Ioannidou, Department of Periodontology - $74,148
Treat to target and personalized approach to periodontal therapy
Co-PIs: Patricia Diaz, Biomedical Science Julia Oh, Jackson Laboratory

Solomiya Ivakhiv, Department of Music - $10,000
Singles & Doubles-Mendelssohn Concertos
Co-PIs: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Cleveland Institute of Music Theodore Kuchar, Slovak National Orchestra Zilina Vladimir Salaga, Slovak National Orchestra, Pieter van Winkel, Brilliant Classics Label Da-Hong Seetoo, Da-Hong Seetoo Recording Studio

Kyungseon Joo, Department of Physics - $23,500
Studies of Proton Generalized Parton Distributions Using Hadronic Probes at J-PARC in Japan
Co-PIs: Stefan Diehl, Physics Brandon Clary, Physics

Prakash Kashwan, Department of Political Sciences - $25,000
Institutions and Policy Networks for Climate Justice Amidst Rapid Urbanization in the Global South

Walter Krawec, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $18,069.6
Analyzing the Security of Quantum Cryptographic Protocols through Classical-Quantum Sampling

Challa Kumar, Department of Chemistry - $45,000
Protein-Based NanoMaterials: Highly Efficient Supercapacitors for Next Generation Energy Systems for Space (NASA) Applications
Co-PIs: Rajeswari Kasi, Chemistry James Rusling, Chemistry

Dong-Hun Lee, Department of Pathobiology - $25,000
Revealing the epidemiological and evolutionary dynamics of rabies virus transmission
Co-PIs: Guillermo Risatti, Pathobiology & Veterinary Science

Ji-Young Lee, Department of Nutritional Sciences - $25,000
Identification of molecular mediator for sex differences in metabolism

Caitlin Lombardi, Department of Human Development and Family Studies- $24,997.99
The Impact of Health Insurance Expansions for Adults on Children’s Academic Achievement and Socioemotional Functioning

Catherine Matassa, Department of Marine Sciences - $24,988
Can meta-ecosystems provide a theoretical framework for the ‘landscape of fear’?

Peter Maye, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development - $25,000
Paraxial Mesoderm Formation from Pluripotent Stem Cells

Fei Miao, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $24,999.41
Robust Control Protocol Synthesis and Safe Learning for Connected Autonomous Vehicles

Stuart Miller, Department of Literature, Cultures, and Languages - $9,725
From Temple, to Home, To Community: The Survival and Transformation of Jewish Life in the Wake of Catastrophe

Thanh Nguyen, Department of Mechanical Engineering - $50,000
Biodegradable Piezoelectric Scaffold for Bone Regeneration
Co-PIs: Kevin Lo, Institute for Regenerative Engineering

Michael O'Neill, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - $42,912
Role of Xlr3 genes in Neurodevelopment and Male Fertility
Co-PIs: Holly Fitch, Psychology

Blanka Rogina, Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences - $75,000
Metabolic Regulation in Stem Cells
Co-PIs: James Y.H. Li, Genetics and Genome Sciences

Daniel Rosenberg, Department of Medicine - $100,000
Microbial-epithelial cross-talk modulates UC phenotype via DNA methylation of colon stem cells
Co-PIs: Charles Giardina, Molecular and Cell Biology George Weinstock, JAX John Birk, Medicine

Stephen Ross, Department of Economics - $24,940.4
Academic Probation, Intervention and Student Performance

Jessica Rouge, Department of Chemistry - $50,000
Visualizing the synthesis and assembly of RNA and DNA nanostructures Using in situ Liquid Cell TEM
Co-PIs: Lucas Parent, Center for Advanced Microscopy and Materials Analysis

Ricardo Salazar-Rey, Department of History - $49,950
Digitizing the Paper Trail: Enslaved and Freedpeople in the Making of The Spanish Empire
Co-PIs: Laura Bunyan, Sociology Pamela Bramble, Department of Art and Art History Adriana Martinez Aguirre, National University of Columbia

Alexander Teplyaev, Department of Mathematics - $16,731
Co-PIs: Gerald Dunne, Physics

Judith Thorpe, Department of Art and Art History - $10,000
The Passions

Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Department of Animal Science - $24,994.86
Investigating the efficacy of baicalin for controlling Clostridium difficile infection

Paulo Verardi, Department of Pathobiology - $25,000
Rapid Development of Vaccines for Emerging Tickborne Viral Diseases
Co-PIs: Antonio Garmendia, Pathobiology Yuxiang Wang, Pathobiology Matthew Costello, Pathobiology

Simon White, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - $24,933
Understanding the role of non-coding RNA in the Picornavirus life-cycle
Co-PIs: David Olson, Molecular and Cell Biology

Andrew Wiemer, Department of Pharmaceutical Science - $50,000
Enabling cancer-specific drug targeting with antibody phage display
Co-PIs: Marcy Balunas, Pharmaceutical Science

Sarah Woulfin, Department of Educational Leadership - $9,840
Special but (in)equal: A qualitative study of special education teachers’ work

Xiaodong Yan, Department of Mathematics - $23,000
Heat convection and domain walls

Qian Yang, Department of Computer Science and Engineering - $50,000
Machine Learning for Additive Manufacturing (ML4AM)
Co-PIs: W. K. Anson Ma, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Lixia Yue, Department of Cell Biology - $75,000
Oxidative stress activated TRPM2 as a novel therapeutic target for ischemic stroke
Co-PIs: Rajkumar Verma, Neuroscience Sheng Li, Jackson Laboratory

The Fall 2018 SFF awardees are:

Daniel Adler, Anthropology
Tracking the Earliest Dispersal of Humans from Africa at Haghtanak-3, an Early Pleistocene Archaeological Site in Northern Armenia

Jorge Aguero, Economics and El Instituto
Can Inclusive Education Programs Reduce Racial and Gender Discrimination in the Labor Market?

Emma Amador, History (and El Instituto)
Contesting Colonial Citizenship

Mary Anne Amalaradjou, Animal Science
Early and sustained application of probiotics to improve growth and performance in chickens

Brian Aneskievich, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Publication of a Critical Evaluation of Current Literature, Emerging Trends, and Future Research Foci for the Anti-Inflammatory Protein TNIP1

Alfredo Angeles-Boza, Chemistry
Mechanistic Studies of N2 Binding and Activation

Alexander Anievas, Political Science
Legacies of Fascism: Race and the Far-Right in the Making of the Cold War

Saraswathi Bellur Thandaveshwara, Communication
Media Psychophysiology Lecture and Workshop

Pamela Brown, English
The Diva's Gift: The Italian Actress and the Shakespearean Stage

Brenda Brueggemann, English
Posting Mabel: An Epistolary Biography of Mabel Hubbard Bell

Clewiston Challenger, Educational Psychology
Dr. Challenger’s Transition to College Program for Student-Athletes (CTCPSA)

Chi-Ming Chen, Psychological Sciences
Neuronal oscillations in dysfunctions of obsessive-compulsive disorders

Ashwin Dani, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Visual Tracking Using Sparse Coding and Earth Mover’s Distance

Debanuj DasGupta, Geography
Precarious Transgender Subject and Shrinking Urban Spaces in Kolkata

Ana Maria Diaz-Marcos, Literatures, Cultures and Languages
Stages of Crisis: Spanish Women Playwrights in the 21st Century

Maria Gordina, Mathematics
Workshop "Functional inequalities in probability"

Solomiya Ivakhiv, Music
Singles and Doubles: Haydns, Mendelssohn and Hummel Double Concertos

Walter Krawec, Computer Science & Engineering
Numerical Tools for Practical Limited-Resource Quantum Cryptography

Maria LaRusso, Human Development and Family Studies
Intervening with Behaviorally Challenging Students in Schools: A Pilot Study of Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

Glen Macleod, English
Wallace Stevens and Surrealism—Public Lecture as part of “UConn Celebrates Wallace Stevens in Hartford”

Philip Mannheim, Physics
Sabbatical Research at Stanford University

Samuel Martinez, El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies
2018 Mead Lecture: "Immigration in the Time of Trump"

Deborah McDonald, Nursing
The Analgesic Adverse Drug Response Measure: Development and Psychometric Testing

Matthew McKenzie, History
Breaking the Banks: Representation and Reality in New England Fisheries, 1866-1966.

Liansu Meng, Department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages
Man/Woman, Machine/Nature: Modern Chinese Poetry at the Intersection of Industrialism and Feminism (1915-1980)

Yonatan Morse, Political Science
Legislative Candidacy in Tough Environments: The Case of Cameroon

Nitis Mukhopadhyay, Statistics
Sabbatical Leave Fall 2018: Major Book Revision and Research Trips

Shayla Nunnally, Political Science
The Black Class Reunion Oral History Project

Kim Price-Glynn, Sociology
Contradictions of Caregiving: Negotiating Parenting, Child Care, and Labor

Sarah Reed, Animal Science
Alterations in insulin-like growth factor signaling in maternal and fetal placental tissues as a result of poor maternal nutrition

Barry Rosenberg, Art & Art History
Two International Centers for Contemporary Art: London and Paris

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy and UConn Logic Group
Logic Group Colloquium

Susan Schneider, Philosophy
Designing the Mind: AI, Brain Enhancement, and the Nature of the Self

Matthew Singer, Political Science
PREPPS: The Political Representation, Parties and Presidents Survey

Christine Sylvester, Political Science
Commemorating War Defeat: Japan and Australia

Whitney Tabor, Psychology
Escape from Fraught States: Testing a Web-based Mechanism for the Study of Group Coordination

Brian Waddell, Political Science
Transcription of interview tapes

Lingling Wang, Finance
Textual Analysis on the Compensation Discussion and Analysis

Xiaodong Yan, Mathematics
Recent progress in multiscale nonlocal PDEs

Jing Zhao, Chemistry
Study of the electron transfer mechanism from colloidal quantum dots to molecular electron acceptors

The Spring 2019 SFF awardees are:

Emma Amador, History
Social Services and Puerto Rican Migration in the 20th Century

Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Geography
People's Attitudes Towards Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Michele Back, Education, Curriculum and Instruction
The Accuracy and Implications of Measurement in Schools (AIMS) Project

Hang Bai, Finance
Credit Risk Implications of Labor Market Fluctuations

William Berentsen, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series

Ellen Carillo, English
Recovering and Transforming the Pedagogy of Robert Scholes

Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Educational Leadership
Teaching through diversity: Faculty learning to teach racially and ethnically diverse college and university students

Anna Mae Duane, English
Educated for Freedom: Two Black Schoolmates who Grew up to Change a Slave Nation

Alexis Dudden, History
"Maritime Asia"

Tai-Hsi Fan, Mechanical Engineering
Publication Cost for an Invited Journal Paper

Megan Feely, School of Social Work
Mapping Critical Services for Connecticut Differential Response Cases

Patrick Hogan, English
Literary Universals Workshop

Jasna Jankovic, Materials Science and Engineering
International Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing and Characterization for Electrolyzers and Fuel Cells

Prakash Kashwan, Political Science
Role of Non-State Actors in Global Climate Negotiations

Charles Lansing, History
German Nazi Hunters and the Pursuit of Justice after the Holocaust

Eric May, Molecular and Cell Biology
15 th annual North Eastern Structure Symposium (NESS)

Sohyun Park, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Open-Access Journal Writing and Publication

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Group — Annual Conference

Bhakti Shringarpure, English
Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital -- Book forthcoming with the Routledge Series on the Cultures of the Global Cold War.

Nancy Shoemaker, History
Inside Outside Soap: The History of a Global Composite

Sara Silverstein, History
Decoding telegrams that are a source for a book manuscript titled "Doctors as Diplomats: Revolutions in Internationalism and the Origins of Universal Health, 1918-1952"

Sandro Steinbach, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Understanding the global implications of China's import ban on plastic waste

Scott Stephenson, Geography
Climatic Responses to Future Trans-Arctic Shipping

Christine Sylvester, Political Science
Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq

Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography
Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series, Univ. of Connecticut at Avery Point, Spring 2019

Anastasios Tzingounis, Physiology and Neurobiology
Videographic analysis of genetic mutants’ seizure like activity in a Drosophila model of epilepsy

Miriam Valdovinos, School of Social Work
The Accuracy and Implications of Measurement in Schools (AIMS) Project

Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Animal Science
A novel approach for controlling Enterohemorrhagic E. coli infection in humans

Simon White, Molecular and Cell Biology
Understanding viral evolution through structural analysis

Sebastian Wogenstein, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Past, Present, Future – Human Rights in Contemporary German Jewish Literature

Steven Zinn, Animal Science
Effects of poor maternal diet on maternal and offspring circulating leptin and ghrelin

The START 2018Q1 Awardees are:

Shakour Abuzneid, University of Bridgeport, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, $10,000
Dynamic Intrusion Detection System for the Internet-Of-Things Using Machine Learning

Ki Chon, University of Connecticut, Department of Biomedical Engineering, $10,000
Diabetic Cardiovascular Autonomic Neuropathy Detection Using Principal Dynamic Mode and Electrodermal Activity

Puxian Gao, University of Connecticut, Department of Material Science and Engineering, $10,000
Cross-functional Membrane with Integrated Nanostructures for VOC Treatment in Buildings

Julia Irwin, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Psychology, $10,000
Hearing Assessment in Response to Noise Screener (HeArS)

Challa Kumar, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemistry, $10,000
Novel Nanocarriers for Vaccine Delivery Against Infectious Bronchitis Virus

Baikun Li, University of Connecticut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, $10,000
Wireless Milli-electrode Array (WiMEA) Sensor Prototype for Low-Cost, Real-time, in situ Continuous Measurement of Nitrogen Species in Wastewater

Todd Ryder, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Chemistry, $10,000
Novel C3-heterocyclic Substituted Cephalosporin Analogs as Potential Antibacterial Drugs

Rajkumar Verma, University of Connecticut, Department of Neuroscience, $10,000
Purinergic Receptor P2X4 Inhibitors: Potential Treatment for Ischemic Stroke

Dennis Wright, University of Connecticut, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, $10,000
Guanidine-Derived Phosphate Prodrug Delivery System

George Wu, University of Connecticut, Department of Medicine, $10,000
Targeted Mitochondrial Transplantation for the Treatment of Liver Failure in an Animal Model

The START 2018Q2 Awardees are:

Raman Bahal, University of Connecticut, Pharmaceutical Sciences, $10,000
Next generation short nucleic acis probes for targeting oncomiRs

Shafaeat Hossain, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Computer Science, $10,000
Touch behavior-based automatic internet content filtering for child safety

Patrick Kumavor, University of Connecticut, Department of Biomedical Engineering, $9,130
Voice-Assisted Hands-Free Patient Bedside Communication Device

Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, $10,000
An injectable hydrogel to reduce the metal toxicity of metal-on-metal implants

Xiuling Lu, University of Connecticut, Pharmaceutical Sciences, $10,000
Inhibition of leukemic stem cells using doxorubicin-loaded nanoparticles

Gregory McVerry, Southern Connecticut State University, Curriculum and Learning, $10,000
ReVIEW talent feedback system

Mu-Ping Nieh, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, $10,000
Scalable, low-cost and targeted nanodisc: A universal oral drug carrier for cancer therapy

Linda Pescatello, University of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology, $9,897
The Development of a Mobile Application for an Evidence-based Decision Support System to Prescribe Exercise for Adults with Multiple Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors

Young Tang, University of Connecticut, Department of Animal Science, $9,999.76
Screening and identifying STAT3 inhibitors that effectively block the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) infection

The START 2018Q3 Awardees are:

Sousan Arafeh, Southern Connecticut State University, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, $10,000
Life Landscape Planning: A Proposal to Prototype and Test a Proof-of-Concept-APP

James Dixon, University of Connecticut, Department of Psychological Sciences, $10,000
Firefighter Partner Locator

Candy Hwang, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Chemistry, $10,000
Reducing Biofilm Formation by Disrupting Quorum Sensing in Implanted Medical Devices

Insoo Kim, University of Connecticut, Department of Medicine, $10,000
Digital Bear: Smartphone Application for Patients with Delirium

Xiuling Lu, University of Connecticut, Pharmaceutical Sciences, $10,000
Novel Sublingual Films for Medical Imaging Applications

Victoria Robinson, University of Connecticut, Molecular and Cell Biology, $10,000
Host-Pathogen Interactions Regulated by BipA for Antimicrobial Development

Miaowei Weng, Southern Connecticut State University, Department of World Languages and Literature, $10,000
Mysteries of History/Misterios de la historia: Game-Based Virtual Immersive Spanish Learning

The START 2018Q4 Awardees are:

Krystyna Gielo-Perczak, University of Connecticut, Department of Biomedical Engineering, $10,000
MEDSTS Mobility Enhancing Device For Sit-To-Stand

Liisa Kuhn, University of Connecticut, Department of Biomedical Engineering, $10,000
Esophageal Regeneration Device

James Rusling, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemistry, $10,000
BioSuperCap-Harvest for Self-Powered Deep Brain Stimulators

Rahul Singhal, Central Connecticut State University, Department of Physics, $10,000
Systematic studies of the effect of multiwall carbon nanotube (CNT) on the electrochemical performance of MnO2/CNT nanocomposites

Luyi Sun, University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, $10,000
Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA)/Polydopamine (PDA) Composite Wet Adhesive for High Performance Underwater, Biomedical, and Wearable Electronics Applications

Steven Szczepanek, University of Connecticut, Department of Pathobiology, $10,000
Formula Optimization of a Novel Vaccine Candidate to Reduce the Severity of Community Acquired Pneumonia

Elu Tu, Southern Connectiut State University, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, $10,000
Land in Fog of World Languages: A Platform to Create Learning Activities through Authentic Videos

The SPARK 2018-2019 awardees are:

Mark Brand, UConn, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture
Developing high output vegetative propagation methods for an improved northern bayberry

Baikun Li, UConn, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Enhancing Durability and Accuracy of Solid-state Ion Selective Membrane (S-ISM) Nitrogen Sensors for Long-term Monitoring of Wastewater Systems: with Septic Tanks as the Initial Demonstration Site

Ruth Lucas, UConn, Department of Nursing
Field testing the breastfeeding diagnostic device with synchronized biomechanical and biomarkers

Paul Nahass, UConn, Department of Material Science and Engineering
Medical devices for real-time radiation dosimetry at sub-millimeter spatial resolution

James Rusling, UConn, Department of Chemistry
BioCap-harvest for self-powered cardiac pacemakers

Kepeng Wang, UConn Health, Department of Immunology
Using GM-treg cells for the treatment of Crohn's disease

Simon White, UConn, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Repurposing the FDA approved Itraconazole and Posaconazole to treat Picornaviral diseases

Dennis Wright, UConn, Department of Pharmaceutical Science
Propargyl-Linked Antifolates (PLAs) for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

The 2018 Microbiome Research Seed Grant awardees are:

Sarah Hird, Molecular and Cell Biology
Range-wide variation in the microbiome of an endangered wild songbird, the Saltmarsh Sparrow
Co-PIs: Chris Elphick

George Kuchel, UConn Center on Aging
Microbiome plasticity and pathogenicity in older adults: Baselines of community dwelling adults
Co-PIs: Julie Robinson, Julia Oh

The 2019 CARIC awardees are:

David Rowe, Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development
Bed to Bench (BTB) Collaboration for Skeletal Research

Yu Lei, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Exposure, Health Effects, Sensing, and Remediation of Emerging Contaminants Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center

The 2019-2020 PATH Ascent awardees are:

Xiuling Lu, Department of Pharmaceutical Science - $75,000
Cutting Cancer at Its Root: Inhibition of Acute Leukemic Stem Cells Using Doxorubicin-Loaded Nanoparticles
Co-PIs: Rajeswari Kasi, Chemistry Theodore Rasmussen, Pharmaceutical Sciences Andrew Wiemer, Pharmaceutical Sciences Raman Bahal, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jessica Rouge, Department of Chemistry - $75,000
Determining the pharmacology of a novel DNAzyme-therapeutic formulation for the treatment of allergic airway disease
Co-PIs: Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology

The 2019-2020 PATH Trailblazer awardees are:

Brian Aneskievich, Department of Pharmaceutical Science - $10,000
Establishing Protein Conformational Flexibility to Enhance Next-Step Drug-Screen Targeting
Co-PIs: Olga Vinogradova, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Nicholas Leadbeater, Department of Chemistry - $10,000
Towards Development of Novel Therapeutics for Treatment of Toxoplasmosis
Co-PIs: Aoife Heaslip, Molecular and Cell Biology

Rajkumar Verma, Department of Neuroscience - $10,000
Discovery of novel purinergic P2X4 receptor antagonist for the treatment of ischemic stroke

Simon White, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - $10,000
Screening for small molecule inhibitors against Enterovirus D68 2C helicase
Co-PIs: Lauren Alexandrescu, Molecular and Cell Biology

Ming Xu, UConn Center on Aging - $10,000
Discover drugs targeting cellular senescence to improve healthspan and lifespan

The 2019-2020 SCHARP Breakthrough awardees are:

Jason Chang, Department of History - $50,000
Expressing the Transpacific Borderlands

The 2019-2020 SCHARP Development awardees are:

Emma Amador, Department of History - $8,000
Boricua Welfare Rights: Organizing for Economic Justice in the Puerto Rican Diaspora

Amanda Crawford, Department of Journalism - $8,000
"The Sky is Crying: the Sandy Hook Shooting and the Fight for Truth" a nonfiction book project

Stephen Dyson, Department of Political Science - $8,000
Politics and Popular Culture
Co-PIs: Jeffrey Dudas, Political Science

Sue Huang, Department of Digital Media and Design - $7,751
Expanding Social Practice Art: Exploring Intersections of Food and Data
Co-PIs: Dennis D'Amico, Animal Science

Vincent Tycer, Department of Dramatic Arts - $8,000
Gate Keeper
Co-PIs: Gregory Webster, Dramatic Arts Erik Lawson, Dramatic Arts Jennifer Scapetis-Tycer, Dramatic Arts Kenneth Thompson, Digital Media and Design Lindsay Cummings, Dramatic Arts

Hendrikus Van der hulst, Department of Linguistics - $7,989
The dance of movement: A study of meaningful movement across art forms and academic disciplines
Co-PIs: Nancy Ritter, Linguistics

FY 2018 Award Recipients

The 2018-2019 REP awardees are:

Andrei Alexandrescu, Molecular and Cell Biology - $49,907.20
Structure and Function of Phage L Decorator Protein
Co-PIs: Carolyn Teschke, Molecular and Cell Biology

Robert Bagchi, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - $49,930
Quantifying the Processes Linking Defaunation to Reduced Carbon Storage in Amazon Forests: Challenging Key Assumptions with Data Driven Models
Co-PIs: Erin Kuprewicz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Ali Bazzi, Electrical and Computer Engineering - $49,431
Bayesian Modeling of Human Perception and Behavior in Vehicles Under Uncertainty
Co-PIs: Sabato Santaniello, Biomedical Engineering

Kelley Burke, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - $25,000
Development of an Elastomeric Tubular Scaffold for Esophageal Regeneration

Nicola Carpentieri, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages - $10,000
Towards a Digital Edition of the Canon Medicinae: Mental Health and the Brain in the Latin and Arabic Tradition

Kimberly Cuevas, Psychological Sciences - $25,000
A Longitudinal Analysis of the Neural Basis of Social Information Processing during Infancy and Early Childhood

Martha Cutter, English - $10,268
Deconstructing Slavery: The Lives and Afterlives of Henry Box Brown

Avinash Dongare, Materials Science and Engineering - $25,006.20
Scaling Relationships for Mesoscale Modeling of Shock Response of Energetic Materials

Elena Dormidontova, Physics - $25,000
Reversibly Associating Liquid Crystals

Jennifer Freeman, Educational Psychology - $24,847
Project STEP: Summarizing Teachers’ Effective Practices Web-based Application Development

Zheyin (Jane) Gu, Marketing - $10,000
Tuning Up Dynamic Product Positioning Strategies to Tune Out Individualized Social Bias in an Evolving Digitalized Consumer Social Network

Sarah Hird, Molecular and Cell Biology - $25,000
The Avian Microbiome Atlas

Kyounghae Kim, Nursing - $49,545.36
Development of a SPINE Mobile Application to Improve Low Back Pain Self-management
Co-PIs: Guoan Zheng, Biomedical Engineering

Sarah Knutie, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - $24,946
Relationships among Microbiota, Defenses, and Introduced Parasites of Galapagos Birds

Seok-Woo Lee, Materials Science and Engineering - $49,998.08
Metal-like Strong, but Foam-like Compliant Nanocomposites
Co-PIs: Ying Li, Mechanical Engineering

Ana Legrand, Plant Science and Lanscape Architecture - $49,887.84
Development of a Model System for Scouting Potato Leafhopper Using Unmanned Aerial System Technology
Co-PIs: Chandi Witharana, Natural Resources and the Environment

Yao Lin , Chemistry - $25,000
Mechanics of Processive Enzymes that Degrade Crystalline Polymers and Its Implications in Designing Macromolecular Machines

Michael Lynes, Molecular and Cell Biology - $25,000
Metallothionein’s Role as an Agent of Mammary Tumorigenesis

Jose Manautou, Pharmaceutical Sciences - $25,000
Multidrug Resistance-associated Protein 4 (Mrp4): A Novel Genetic Determinant in the Development of Fatty Liver Disease during Liver Regeneration

Laura Mauldin, Human Development and Family Studies - $24,764.29
A Qualitative Study of Disparities in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Rehabilitation

Daniel McCarron, Physics - $25,000
A Cryogenic Molecular Beam Source for Quantum Science

Eugene Pinkhassik, Chemistry - $50,000
Catch and Release of Nucleic Acids with Porous Nanocapsules
Co-PIs: Jessica Rouge, Chemistry

Nishith Prakash, Economics - $48,026.09
Social Ties and Bureaucratic Corruption
Co-PIs: Ray Fisman, Economics

Daisy Reyes, Sociology - $25,000
How Colleges Shape Latino Millennials’ Trajectories to Adulthood

Eric Rice, Music - $8762.50
A Recording of “Luther’s Deutsche Messe”

Victoria Robinson, Molecular and Cell Biology - $50,000
Harmonizing Physiology with Structural Biology Approaches to Define the Roles of the BipA GTPase in Bacterial Translation
Co-PIs: David Benson, Molecular and Cell Biology

Marie Smith, Pharmacy Practice - $49,999.61
Pharmacist E-Consult Service for Primary Care Medication Use and Safety (PCMUST): An Implementation Science Pilot Project
Co-PIs: Ofer Harel, Statistics

Young Tang, Animal Science - $49,999.80
Identification of Small Molecules to Prevent PRRSV Infection and Fine-Mapping of the Region in CD163 Critical for PRRSV Binding/Infection
Co-PIs: Antonia Garmendia, Pathobiology

Maxim Volgushev, Psychological Sciences - $49,920
The Role of Adenosine A1 Receptors in Learning Visual Tasks and Synaptic Plasticity in Visual Cortex
Co-PIs: Roslyn Fitch, Psychological Sciences

HaiYing Wang, Statistics - $24,999.60
Subdata Selection for Statistical Inference with Big Data and Rare Events Data

Liang Xiao, Mathematics - $18,972
Special Values of L-functions: New Geometric and Arithmetic Methods

The Fall 2017 SFF awardees are:

Nathan Alder, Molecular and Cell Biology
Submission of Four-Year Study Accepted in High-Visibility Open Access Journal

Robert Astur, Psychological Sciences
Reducing Problematic Gambling in Undergraduates

Anna Bourgault, School of Nursing
Integration of Innovations and Health Solutions: Does it Matter?

Xiaomei Cong, School of Nursing
The Association of Genetic Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Symptoms in Young Adults with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dennis D’Amico, Animal Science
Characterizing the Microbial Ecosystems of Traditional Farmstead Cheese Production and Their Roles in Microbial Transfer and Population Succession

Amanda Denes, Communication
Expanding Research on Post Sex Communication to Understudied Populations: Investigating Pillow Talk in Same-Sex Relationships and Heterosexual Married Couples

Rebecca Eckert, Curriculum and Instruction
Co-Teaching and Mathematical Discourse: Exploring Innovative Intersections to Support Students and Teachers in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Michael Ego, Human Development and Family Studies
A Pilot Study: Measurement of Effectiveness of Baseball Reminiscence Program for Persons with Dementia in Cos Cob, CT

Christopher Elphick, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
How Will Social Factors Influence the Effectiveness of Common Conservation Strategies for Facilitating Ecosystems Migration?

Megan Feely, School of Social Work
Understanding the Relationship between the Activities of Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care: A Preliminary Analysis

Michael Fendrich, School of Social Work
Analysis of a Faculty Survey Assessing the Impact of Trump's Executive Orders

Robert Fisher, School of Social Work
Developing a Community and University Partnership for Sustainable Community Organizing in Connecticut

Jon Gajewski, Linguistics
Bantu Language Informant for Field Methods Seminar

Norman Garrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Car-less City in the Age of the Driverless Car

Jane Gordon and Cyrus Zirakzadeh, Political Science
A Political Companion to Richard Wright

Robin Greeley, Art & Art History
Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art

Mark Healey, History
The Shelter of Expertise: Planning, Politics, and Praxis at Colombia’s International Housing Lab, 1951-1966

Virginia Hettinger, Political Science
The Personal is Political: Gender and Political Ambition in College Students

Jonathon Klassen, Molecular and Cell Biology
Preliminary Characterization of the Firefly Microbiome and Its Role in the Transformation of Host Anti-predation Compounds

Ruth Lucas, School of Nursing
Testing the Prototypes of the Breastfeeding Diagnostic Device to Measure Sucking Microstructure during Breast and Bottle Feeding

Yangchao Luo, Nutritional Sciences
Development of an Organic Solvent-free Preparation of Solid Lipid Nanoparticles

Annette T. Maruca, School of Nursing
A Feasibility Study to Evaluate a Brief Intervention for Post-incarcerated Persons with Mental Illness in Community Halfway Houses

Steven Mellor, Psychological Sciences
Multiple Jobholders and Psychological Stress: An Empirical Test of a Moderated Mediation Model

Karen Menuz, Physiology & Neurobiology
RNASeq Identification of Cyp Enzymes Mediating Odor Degradation

John O’Donnell, Art & Art History
Neo-American Post-Teen Day-Dream

Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, El Instituto
Workshop and Robert G. Mead Jr. Annual Lecture

Victoria Robinson, Molecular and Cell Biology
North Eastern Structure Symposium (NESS). Through The Looking Glass: Inspecting Biological Processes by CryoEM

Lyle Scruggs, Political Science
Partisan Identity, (Mis)perceived Polarization, and Support for Climate Change Science and Policy

Jeff Seemann, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Development of a Dynamic, Innovative, and Effective Faculty Research, Teaching, and Outreach Website

Luyi Sun, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Publication in Science Advances, a Premium Open Access Journal for Maximum Impact

Andrea Voyer, Department of Sociology
Building the Emily Post Digital Corpus

Stephen Walsh, School of Nursing
Associations between IL-10 Gene Polymorphisms and Use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Yuping Zhang, Statistics
Joint Principal Trend Analysis for Longitudinal High-Dimensional Data

The Spring 2018 SFF awardees are:

Jorge Aguero, Economics
Does Educating Girls Promote Long-Run Economic Development? Evidence from Zimbabwe

Ellen Carillo, English
Teaching Readers in Post-Truth America

Andrea Celli, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Hagar’s Suffering: A Counter-Reformist Subject. The Roman Patronage, and the Invention of 'Abrahamic Religions'

Amanda Denes, Communication
Testing the Moderating Effects of Genotypic Variation on the Brain Mechanisms of Empathy

Shareen Hertel, Political Science
Tethered Fates: Promoting Cooperation between Communities and Corporations

Stephanie Kennedy, School of Social Work
Attitudes Toward Ex-offenders: An Exploration of Felt and Enacted Stigma

Kyounghae Kim, School of Nursing
Factors Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Administration: Findings of a Retrospective Study of Pediatric Clinics in Connecticut

Alexander Kovner, Physics
Quasi Collectivity in Proton-proton Collisions at High Energy

Brenda Kurz, School of Social Work
The Development of an Interprofessional Pain Management Group Using Interviews with Key Informants

Fred Lee, Political Science
Extraordinary Racial Politics: Four Events in the Informal Constitution of the United States

Seok-woo Lee, Materials Science and Engineering
Superelasticity and Cryogenic Linear Shape Memory Effects of CaFe2As2

Kathryn Libal, School of Social Work
Citizen Mobilization and New Solidarities Opposing European and US Restrictionism

Margaret Lloyd, School of Social Work
Assessing CAPTA State Plans: A Policy Implementation Evaluation

James Magnuson, Psychological Sciences
Interaction in Spoken Word Recognition Models: Feedback Helps

Samuel Martínez, El Instituto
2018 Eyzaguirre Lecture: Professor Fernando Rosenberg, Brandeis

Melissa McKinney, Natural Resources and the Environment
Validating a Commercially Available Canine Multiplex Cytokine Assay Kit to Measure and Quantify Polar Bear Cytokines

Stuart Miller, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
From Temple to Home to Community: The Survival and Transformation of Ancient Jewish Life in the Wake of Destruction

Spencer Nyholm, Molecular and Cell Biology
Reproductive System Symbiotic Bacteria are Conserved between Two Distinct Populations of Euprymna scolopes from Oahu, Hawaii

Michael Orwicz, Art and Art History
Museums of Memory: Justice and Reconciliation in Post-Conflict Latin America

Linda Pescatello, Kinesiology
Using the Immediate Blood Pressure Benefits of Exercise to Improve Exercise Adherence: A Pilot Study (PULSE)

Daisy Reyes, Sociology
How Colleges Shape Latino Experiences Before and After Graduation

Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, School of Social Work
Stewarding the Social Work Profession in the Area of Diversity: The Role of Doctoral Education

Ilya Sochnikov, Physics
Conference: Entangled Orders and Quantum Criticality

Angela Starkweather, School of Nursing
An Exploratory Analysis of Circulating Endocannabinoid-related Lipidome Associated with the Transition from Acute to Chronic Low Back Pain

Scott Stephenson, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series

Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology
Role of the AP-1 Transcription Factors in Long-term Immunity to Pneumococcal Vaccines

Judith Thorpe, Art and Art History
Like A Whisper, Limited Edition Portfolio, by the Hadrian’s Wall Working Group

Nathaniel Trumbull, Geography
Coastal Perspectives Lecture Series, Avery Point Campus

Miriam Valdovinos, School of Social Work
Health Effects Related to Intimate Partner Violence Impacting Undocumented Latina Immigrant Women

Ryan Watson, Human Development and Family Studies
LGBTQ+ Sexual Health: Foundational Investigations for Improving Health & Well-being of Vulnerable Populations

The SPARK 2017-2018 awardees are:

Dr. Douglas Adamson, UConn, Department of Chemistry
Graphene Based Conductive Ink

Dr. Ketan Bulsara, UConn Health, Department of Neurosurgery
Making Health Care Safer by Eliminating Air Bubbles in Patient Infusions

Dr. Caroline Dealy, UConn Health, Department of Reconstructive Sciences, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Cell Biology
A Personalized Medicine Approach to Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Dr. Kazunori Hoshino, UConn, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Smart Flow Monitor System for a Cerebral Shunt

Dr. George Lykotrafitis, UConn, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Whole Blood Micro-Rheometer

Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon, UConn, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
3D Printed Desalination Membranes: The World’s First Intrinsically Anti-fouling Reverse Osmosis Membrane

Dr. Gregory Sotzing, UConn, Department of Chemistry
Development of Electrochromics – One Layer Assembly and Role of Atmospheric Contaminants on Optical Properties and Longevity

Dr. Xichun Tian, UConn, Department of Animal Science
A New Paradigm in Sperm Sorting for Sex Selection

Dr. Guoan Zheng, UConn, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Rapid Autofocusing Module for Whole Slide Imaging and Live-cell Microscopy

The 2018 Microbiome Research Seed Grant awardees are:

Marcy Balunas, Pharmaceutical Sciences
A Unique Host‐Microbe Symbiosis as a Novel Source of New Antifungal Drug Leads
Co-PIs: Spencer Nyholm

Blanka Rogina, Genetics and Genome Sciences
The Role of Microbiome in Longevity Extension of Indy Flies
Co-PIs: Nichole Broderick

Michael Willig, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biodiversity Gradients of Symbiotic Bacterial Communities in Tropical Gastropods
Co-PIs: Joerg Graf

FY 2017 Award Recipients

The 2017-2018 REP awardees are:

Jeffrey Aeschlimann, Pharmacy Practice - $49,458.10
Determining the Prevalence of Newly Described Trimethoprim Resistance Elements in United States Clinical Isolates of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Co-PIs: Michael Nailor, Pharmacy Practice Dennis Wright, Pharmaceutical Sciences Stephanie Reeve, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kyle Baumbauer, School of Nursing - $50,000
The Role of ASIC3 in Nociceptor Sensitization Following Spinal Cord Injury
Co-PI: Erin Young, School of Nursing

Christopher Blesso, Nutritional Sciences - $24,990.04
Defining the Impact of Dietary Sphingomyelin on Lipopolysaccharide Translocation and Inflammation

Xu Chen, Mechanical Engineering - $49,999.12
Mechatronics and Modeling of an Open-Protocol Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing System
Co-PI: Rainer Hebert, Materials Science and Engineering

Amanda Denes, Communication - $45,331.23
Can Social Support Mitigate the Stress of Weight Management? Investigating Physiological Stress Responses to Couples’ Communication about Weight Loss
Co-PI: Amy Gorin, Psychology

Caitlin Elsaesser, School of Social Work - $50,000
Understanding Aggressive Social Media Interactions among Youth Living in Violent Neighborhoods
Co-PIs: Desmond Patton, Christine Ohannessian

Nathan Fiala, Agricultural and Resource Economics - $43,819.46
Wheels of Change: Impact of Cycles on Female Education and Empowerment in Zambia
Co-PI: Nishith Prakash

Bernard Goffinet, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - $49,940.34
Comparative Genomics and Transcriptomics of Closely Related Mosses with Contrasting Architectural Complexities
Co-PI: Jill Wegrzyn

Dalié Jiménez, School of Law - $25,000
Connecticut Financial Distress Research Project

Nicole Landi, Psychological Sciences - $25,000
Neural Basis of Text Processing in Specific Reading Comprehension Deficit

Elaine Chuoung-Hee Lee, Kinesiology - $40,000
Intriguing Roles of tRNAs as Stress Signals and Metabolic Regulators in Stress- resilient, Long-lived C. elegans Strains
Co-PI: Rachel O'Neill

Juliet Lee, Molecular and Cell Biology - $25,000
The Application of Zebrafish Transgenics to Study the Role of Mechanosensing in the Regulation Cell Movement

Lindsey Lepley, Kinesiology, $49,995
Neural and Morphological Alterations After Non-Invasive ACL Rupture: Identifying Modifiable Risk Factors of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis
Co-PI: Sarah Reed

Baikun Li, Civil and Environmental Engineering - $49,999.80
“Band-aid Battery” – Energy Scavenging from Human Sweat for Wearable Sensors
Co-PIs: Lei Wang, Electrical & Computer Engineering Linda Pescatello, Kinesiology

Diane Lillo-Martin, Linguistics - $24,998.04
Relations between Language Experience and Outcomes for Deaf Children

David Lund, Marine Sciences - $24,995.40
Explosive Submarine Volcanism during Glacial Terminations: New Sediment Archives from the Global mid-ocean Ridge System

James Magnuson, Psychological Sciences - $49,945
Bridging Funds for Computational Modeling: Language Processing, Development, and Impairment
Co-PIs: Jay Rueckl, Psychological Sciences Kevin Brown, Biomedical Engineering

Samuel Martínez, Anthropology & Institute for Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies - $15,363
Coverage of Haiti in the Dominican Republic’s Daily Newspapers: A Content Analysis
Co-PI: Thomas Craemer, Public Policy

Christin Munsch, Sociology - $49,347.06
Marital Status Discrimination: Evidencing Employment Bias
Co-PI: Janet Barnes-Farrell, Psychological Sciences

Michael Pettes, Mechanical Engineering - $25,000
Development of a Scientific Instrument for Accurate High-Throughput Characterization of Thermoelectric Properties

Eugene Pinkhassik, Chemistry - $50,000
Through-shell Communication in Cell-mimicking Rotaxane-like Structures
Co-PIs: Christian Brueckner, Chemistry Sergey Dergunov, Chemistry

James Rusling, Chemistry - $50,000
Highly Selective Protein-Binding Nanoparticles for Biomolecule Purifications
Co-PI: Steven Suib, Chemistry

Valérie Saugera, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages - $5,000
Louchébem: Chronicling the Parisian Butchers’ Jargon

Luyi Sun, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - $25,000
Self-monitoring and Self-healing Smart Epoxy Nanocomposites

Julia Valla, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering - $24,999.04
Production of Renewable Aviation Fuels from Gas-phase Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Biomass Pyrolysis Vapors

Huanzhong Wang, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture - $25,000
Vascular Meristem Initiation and Activity in Plant Stem

Ryan Watson, Human Development and Family Studies - $39,824.80
An Intersectional Approach to Advance Understanding of School Achievement, Health Behaviors, and Family Experiences of LGBTQ Youth
Co-PI: Rebecca Puhl

Michael Willig, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - $50,000
Variation in the Composition and Structure of Microbiomes of Tropical Bats: Multiple Dimensions of Biodiversity in Complex Symbiotic Systems
Co-PI: Joerg Graf, Molecular and Cell Biology

Wei Zhang, Civil and Environmental Engineering - $25,000
Modeling and Validation of Short Fatigue Crack Growth for Multiscale Damage Prognosis

The Fall 2016 SFF awardees are:

Zehra Arat, Political Science
Human Rights Discourse and Policies in Turkey, 1923-2017

Michele Back, Curriculum and Instruction
Translation and Editing of a Multi-authored Volume on Race and Racialized Discourse in Peru

Alexis Boylan, Art and Art History
“The Business of Bodies: Ellen Emmet Rand (1875-1941) and the Persuasion of Portraiture” Writers’ Retreat

Alaina Brenick, Human Development and Family Studies
An Examination of the Unique Experiences of, Consequences of, and Effective Responses to Discriminatory Bullying of Latino Immigrant Youth

Kevin Brown, Biomedical Engineering
Publication of an Algorithm for Separation of Mixed Sparse and Gaussian Sources

Anne Dailey, School of Law
Analyzing Law: Law and Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-first Century

Linda Halgunseth, Human Development and Family Studies
Examining the Effectiveness of Immigrant Parents’ Responses to their Children’s Bullying Experiences in Middle School

Jason Hancock, Physics
Exploring Light/Sound Energy Conversion Using Negative Thermal Expansion Materials

Patrick Hogan, English
The Literary Universals Project

Kazunori Hoshino, Biomedical Engineering
Cloud Microscopy: Internet-based 3D Live Cell Observation and Manipulation for STEM Education

Prakash Kashwan, Political Science
Democracy in the Woods: Social Justice and Environmental Conservation in India, Tanzania, and Mexico

Stephanie Kennedy, School of Social Work
The Relationship between Childhood Polyvictimization and Subsequent Interpersonal and Behavioral Health Outcomes for Incarcerated Women

Anna Lindemann, Digital Media and Design
Theory of Flight: An Art-science Performance

Earl MacDonald, Music
Bringing An Audio Recording of Original Jazz Works to Publication

Jiff Martin, Extension
Local Foods Target Audience Research

Micki McElya, History
Liberating Beauty: Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, and Miss America (book)

Kelley Newlin Lew, Nursing
Jordan-United States Partnership to Combat Diabetes

Nishith Prakash, Economics & Human Rights Institute
Crime and Punishment: The Role of Women Police Stations in India

Eric Rice, Music
A Commercial Recording Entitled “Il Nozze in Baviera: Orlando di Lasso’s Music for the 1568 Wedding of Wilhelm V of Bavaria and Renate of Lorraine” Exploring Race and Sexuality in 16th-Century Europe

David Richards, Political Science
Torture, Incorporated: Inside the Business of Torture

Blanca Rincon, Educational Leadership
The STEM Race Transfer Gap? Examining STEM Transfer Rates for Connecticut Community College Students

Sabato Santaniello, Biomedical Engineering
2016 Neuroscience at Storrs Symposium

Valerie Saugera, Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Louchébem: The Parisian Butchers’ Jargon is Still Alive

Angela Starkweather, Nursing
Optimizing Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Political Science & El Instituto
Collection of US Territorial Citizenship and Status Legislative Summaries

Lisa Werkmeister Roza, Social Work
The Manualization of an Innovative Church-based Diabetes Prevention and Self-Care Management Program

Cristina Wilson, Social Work
Understanding the Role of Teachers in Buffering the Relationship between Stress and Self-regulation in Hispanic and African American Preschoolers

The Spring 2017 SFF awardees are:

Marcy Balunas, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Genomic, Chemical, and Antimicrobial Analyses of Unique Host-microbe Symbioses

Ali Bazzi, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Current Modulation and Demodulation for Fault Prediction and Diagnosis of Electric Machines

Christopher Blesso, Nutritional Sciences
Defining the Role of the HDL Receptor, SR-B1, in Adipocyte Lipid Metabolism and Inflammation

Mary Burke, English
The Cottage, The Castle, and The Couture Cloak: Irish Fashion Marketing and Design, c. 1952-1969

Joseph Cooper, Educational Leadership
An Examination of the Influence of a Faculty-Led Mentoring Program at Predominantly White Institution (PWI) on Black and Latino Male Graduates’ College and Post-College Experiences

Dipak Dey, Statistics
Harnessing Big Data Through Statistical Modeling

Jeffrey Dudas, Political Science
Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism

Caitlin Elsaesser, School of Social Work
Advancing Knowledge of the Consequences of Youth Violence Exposure

Jeffrey Fisher, InCHIP
CHIP Lecture Series Spring Semester 2017

Bruce Hedman, Mathematics
Jungian Interpretations of Haida Myths, Totems, and Carvings

Erik Hines, Educational Psychology
Understanding the Impact of Education Abroad on African American Students’ Academic and Social Experiences

James Kaufman, Educational Psychology
Pilot Data Collection for New Self-Report Creativity Measure

Kyounghae Kim, Nursing
Receipt of Survivorship Care Plans and Pain Control among Cancer Survivors: The Moderating Role of Perceived Discrimination in Health Care

Clare King’oo, English
William Tyndale's Obedience: Sixteenth-Century Copies in Northeast US Libraries

Samuel Martinez, El Instituto & Anthropology
Anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic: A Biopolitical Turn?

Rebecca Puhl, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity & Human Development and Family Studies
Meet Me at the Crossroads: Weight Stigma at the Intersections of Race and Gender

Louise Reagan, Nursing
A Study to Evaluate Feasibility and Acceptability of a Diabetes Survival Skills + (DSS+) Training Intervention for Incarcerated Persons Transitioning to the Community (TTC)

UConn Logic Group
Logic Colloquium and Annual Logic Lecture

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
Essays on Frege's Basic Laws of Arithmetic

Joel Salisbury, Digital Media and Design
Antibiotics in Resource-Limited Settings (ABXinRLS) App

Gregory Semenza, English
Powell and Pressburger's War: The Archers and WW2 Propaganda

Ilya Sochnikov, Physics
Enrolling Minority Graduate Students

Scott Stephenson, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series

Ian Stevenson, Psychological Sciences
Estimating Short-term Synaptic Plasticity from Pre- and Post-synaptic Spiking

Judith Thorpe, Art and Art History
Ecstasy: From the Series, The Passions, Photography by Judith Thorpe

Brian Waddell, Political Science
What American Government Does

Ryan Watson, Human Development and Family Studies
Addressing the Concerns and Needs of UConn Trans Students via a Partnership of UConn Researchers and Community Stakeholders

Sarah Willen, Anthropology
"Indignity and Indignation: Migrant Lives on Israel’s Margins

Steven Wisensale, Human Development and Family Studies
Baseball Diplomacy in Japan - U.S. Relations: A Focus on Four of Major League Baseball's Goodwill Tours between 1931 and 1953

Sebastian Wogenstein, Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
Prophets and Heretics: Human Rights and the German Literary Imagination

Peng Zhang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
SD2N: Software-Defined Urban Distribution Network for Smart Cities

FY 2016 Award Recipients

The 2016-2017 REP awardees are:

Michele Baggio, Economics, $22,200
Alcohol, Munchies, and Risky Sexual Behavior: Unintended Effects of Medical Marijuana Laws

Jonathan Bobaljik, Linguistics, $13,180
Kyrgyz Comparative Grammatical Analysis - Phase I

Kelly Burke, PI, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, $25,000
Engineering Biomaterial Interfaces for Inflammation Modulation

Jeffrey Burke, PI, Psychology, $24,986
The Development of an Irritability Treatment Module for Children
Co-PIs: Marianne Barton

Baki Cetegen, Mechanical Engineering, $25,000
An Experimental Apparatus for Continuous Operation of a Rotating Detonation Engine

Sandra Chafouleas, Educational Psychology, $24,059
Increasing Capacity for Partnerships Across Education and Health: Developing Guiding Blueprints for Implementation of Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Framework
Co-PIs: Carol Polifroni, Michele Femc-Bagwell

Richard Christenson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, $50,000
Creating New Opportunities for International Research in Disaster Science
Co-PIs: Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet, William Ouimet

Lindsay Distefano, Kinesiology, $47,000
Comprehensive High School Sport Safety: A Personalized Approach for the Local Implementation of Best Practice Initiatives
Co-PIs: Tania Huedo-Medina, Douglas J. Casa, Rebecca L. Stearns, Robert Huggins

Melanie Fewings, Marine Sciences, $33,745
Diurnal and Tidal Variations in Heating, Wind Stress, and Carbon Fluxes from a Subtropical Marsh: Does Uptake of Carbon Dioxide by Marshes Depend on the Timing of Low Tide Relative to Local Noon?
Co-PIs: James Edson, Craig Tobias

Roslyn Fitch, Psychology, $49,933
Early Markers and Prediction of IDD-related Outcomes in a Neonatal HI Model
Co-PIs: Ted Rosenkrantz

Adrian Garcia-Sierra, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, $19,929
The Neural Benefits of Bilingualism: Does the Amount and Quality of Language Input Matter?
Co-PIs: Nairan Ramirez-Esparza, Erika Skoe

Robin Grenier, Educational Leadership, $15,754
Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice and Future Prospects
Co-PIs: Clarissa Ceglio, Joel Salisbury

Hans Dam Guerrero, Marine Sciences, $24,747
Evolution Across a Thermal Gradient: Local Adaptation, Plasticity and Gene Flow in a Pelagic Copepod

Kyle Hadden, Pharmaceutical Sciences, $25,000
Developing Small Molecule Probes for the Chromatin Remodeler ATRX

Gideon Hartman, Anthropology, $45,126
Where Have All the Birds Gone? Using Stable Isotopes to Solve the Mysterious Decline in Migratory Insectivorous Bird Populations
Co-PIs: Margaret Rubega

Kazunori Hoshino, Biomedical Engineering, $50,000
Development of High-Throughput Analytical Platform for Circulating Tumor Cell Detection
Co-PIs: Dr. Guoan Zhang, Dr. Susan Tannenbaum

Seok-Woo Lee, PI, Materials Science & Engineering, $25,000
Giant Pseudo-elasticity of High Temperature Superconductor CaFe2As2

Margo Machida, Art & Art History, $10,000
Trans-Pacific Connections: Art, Asian America and Asian Australia

Mu-Ping Nieh, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, $50,000
Scalable One-Pot Theranostic Nanodiscs Formulations for Cancer Targeting
Co-PIs: Sangamesh G. Kumbar, Elena Dormidontova

Mark Peczuh, Chemistry, $50,000
A Post-Glycosylation Diversification Strategy to Develop Inhibitors of Protein Synthesis
Co-PIs: Dennis Wright, Victoria Robinson

David Pierce, Mechanical Engineering, $50,000
Multiscale Mechanics of Cartilage to Understand Evolving Osteoarthritis
Co-PIs: George Lykotrafitis

Janet Pritchard, Art & Art History, $8,975
More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story

Alexia Smith, Anthropology, $24,996
Examining the Modern and Ancient Morphological and Genetic Diversity of Grape in Armenia

Jianjun Sun, Physiology & Neurobiology, $25,000
Secretory Gland Formation and Function in Female Reproductive Tract

Stephen Swallow, PI, Agricultural & Resource Economics, $49,716
Ecosystem Services across Gradients of Human-Driven Degradation: An Interdisciplinary Pursuit Regarding Thresholds, Hysteresis, Restoration, and Economic Benefits
Co-PIs: Charles Towe, Chris Elphick, Timothy Vadas, Pengfei Liu

Savas Tasoglu, Mechanical Engineering, $50,000
Mobile Low-Cost Device for Circulating Tumor Cell Detection
Co-PIs: Guoan Zheng

Beth Taylor, PI, Kinesiology,$49,922
Weight Stigma in Obese Women: Assessing How an Acute Exposure to Stigma Negatively Impacts Cardiovascular Health
Co-PIs: Linda S. Pescatello, Rebecca M. Puhl

Timothy Vadas, Civil & Environmental Engineering, $49,987
Water Quality and Crop Concerns with Reclaimed Water for Greenhouse Agricultural
Co-PIs: Rosa Raudales

Paulo Verardi, Pathobiology & Veterinary Science, $25,000
Rapid Development and Testing of a Recombinant Vaccinia Virus Expressing the E Protein of Zika Virus as a Vaccine Against a Significant Emerging Infectious Disease

Lei Wang, Electrical & Computer Engineering, $25,000
Information-Theoretic Foundation of Cyber-Physical Systems

Eiling Yee, Psychology, $22,263
The Role of the Hippocampus in Understanding Abstract Concepts

Yuping Zhang, Statistics, $23,303
Statistical Learning Methods for Massive Multivariate Data
Co-PIs: Dipak Dey

Xinyu Zhao, Mechanical Engineering, $24,999
Direct Temperature Comparison Between Experiments and Computations through High-fidelity Radiation Modeling in Fire

Guoan Zheng, Biomedical Engineering, $25,000
Development and Commercialization of $100 Whole Slide Imaging (WSI) Add-on Kit for Gigapixel High-Throughput Microscopy

The Fall 2015 SFF awardees are:

Ruth Braunstein, Sociology
Progressive Religion and Social Activism: New Approaches to Understanding Faith and Politics in America

Tutita Casa, Curriculum & Instruction
Preliminary Research on the Development of a PD e-Guide

Thomas Cooke, Geography
Internal Migration in the Developed World: Are We Becoming Less Mobile?

Thomas Cooke, Geography
Purchase Restricted Use Panel Study of Income Dynamics Data

Martha Cutter, English
No Captive to the Stage: The Life and Performance Art of Henry Box Brown

Inge-Marie Eigsti, Psychology
Language Comprehension and Brain Function in Individuals with an Optimal Outcome from Autism

Erica Fernandez, Educational Leadership
Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?: Perceptions of Parental Engagement

Linda Halgunset, Human Development/Family Studies
Parenting Risk and Protective Factors of Childhood Obesity: An Examination Across Two Countries

Deneen Hatmaker, Public Policy
Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector

Thomas Hayes, Political Science
Consumerism and Support for Redistribution

Caroline Kaeb, Marketing
Mapping the Human Rights Mindset of Corporations: An Empirical Study

Colin Leach, Psychology
To Whom do Black Lives Matter? Reactions to Group Devaluation, Mind and Body

David Lund, Marine Sciences
Long Term Variations in Atmospheric CO2: Testing the Oceanic Driver Hypothesis

Earl MacDonald, Music
The Recording of New, Original Works for 10-piece Jazz Ensemble

Laura Mauldin, Human Development/Family Studies
A Mixed Methods Investigation of Disparities in Pediatric Cochlear Implantation Outcomes

Deborah McDonald, Nursing
Increased Physical Activity and Decreased Pain in Older Adults: A Pilot Test of the Effect of Therapeutic Reminiscence

Melissa McKinney, Natural Resources and the Environment
Using Fatty Acid Signatures to Quantify Killer Whale Diets: Insight from Analysis of Full-depth Blubber Profiles of Captive Killer Whales

Amy Mobley, Nutritional Sciences
Through a Closer Lens: Do Cohabiting Parents of Young Children Interpret, Perceive and Cope with Household Food Security Issues Differently?

Christin Munsch, Sociology
The Interaction of Masculine Status and Masculinity Threat on Compensatory Attitudes and Behavior

Letitia Naigles, Psychology
Setting Linguistic Parameters: An IPL Study

Kelley Newlin-Lew, Nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Patterns in Nicaraguan Ethnic Minority Youth

Akiko Nishiyama, Physiology & Neurobiology
Using iTRAQ Differential Proteomics to Identify Targets of a Novel Compound that Decreases Platelet-derived Growth Factor Receptor Transcription and Inhibits Cell Proliferation

Daisy Reyes, Sociology
Disparate Lessons: How Stratification in Higher Education Shapes Latinos

Frederick Roden, English
Recovering Jewishness: Modern Identities Reclaimed

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Group: Logic Colloquium

James Stark, Law
Towards a Better Understanding of Lawyers Judgmental Biases in Client Representation: The Need for Cognitive Closure

Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology & Veterinary Science
Fungal Metagenomic Analysis of Wild Snakes with Snake Fungal Disease in CT

Savas Tasoglu, Mechanical Engineering
Magnetic Levitational Assembly for Living Material Fabrication

Anastasios Tzingounis, Physiology & Neurobiology
The Role of cAMP Microenvironments in Regulating SK Channels in Neurons

Eduardo Urios-Aparisi, Literatures, Cultures & Languages
Museum Picasso in Paris and Archival Work on Picasso's Writings

Cristina Wilson, Social Work
Understanding the Influence of Child Gender on Puerto Rican Fathers Parenting

The Spring 2016 SFF awardees are:

Douglas Casa, Kinesiology
Exertional Heat Illness (EHI) Response, Recovery & Return

Rosa Chinchilla, Literatures, Cultures and Languages
Women, Nobility and Poets: Navigating in Early Modern Spanish Courts

Martha Cutter, English and Africana Studies
The Illustrated Slave: Antislavery Books, Empathy, and the Graphic Culture of the Transatlantic Abolition Movement, 1800-1852

Laurie Devaney, Kinesiology
Inclinometric Measurement of Dorsal Kyphosis: A Criterion Validity Study

Michael Fendrich, School of Social Work
From Mass Incarceration to Smart Decarceration: Towards a Collaborative Research Agenda @UConn

Jeffrey Fisher, Center for Health, Intervention, & Prevention (CHIP)
CHIP Lecture Series Spring Semester 2016

Anne Marie Garran, School of Social Work
STEM, Institutional Bias, and Retention of Women of Color in Higher Education

Yan Geng, Art and Art History/Asian and Asian American Studies
Space, Power, and Memory: China’s Socialist Art and Architecture in Transcultural Perspective

Kristen Govoni, Animal Science
Publication in BMC Genomics: Poor Maternal Nutrition During Gestation Alters the Expression of Genes Involved in Muscle Development and Metabolism in Lambs

Robin Greeley, Art and Art History
An Aesthetics of the Grotesque: Leonel Góngora, Nueva Presencia and Mexico’s Cold War Cultural Politics

Daniel Hershenzon, Literatures, Cultures and Languages
Captivity, Commerce, and Communication: Early Modern Spain and the Mediterranean

Ji-Young Lee, Nutritional Sciences
Regulation of Adipose Tissue Fibrosis by Astaxanthin

Jacqueline Loss, Literatures, Cultures and Languages

Margo Machida, Art and Art History
Trans-Pacific Connections: Art, Asian America and Asian Australia

Stephanie Mazerolle, Kinesiology
Factors Influencing Women Athletic Trainers to Select Careers in Higher Education and Finding Academic Balance

Akiko Nishiyama, Physiology and Neurobiology
Investigating NG2 Glia-to-Neuron Communication by Inactivating Glial Exocytosis Machinery

Michael Orwicz, Art and Art History
Sabbatical Project: Frederic Edwin Church’s Humboldtian Vision: Landscape Painting and Modernity Along Colombia’s Magdalena River

Linda Pescatello, Kinesiology
Using the Immediate Blood Pressure Benefits of Exercise to Improve Exercise Adherence

Jeremy Pressman, Political Science
U.S. Senate Hearings, Gender, and Universities

Janet Pritchard, Art and Art History
More Than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Group: Logic Colloquium

Cathy Schlund-Vials, English
Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multi-Ethnic Graphic Narrative

Lyle Scruggs, Political Science
Political Economy Workshop, Spring 2016

Deborah Shelton, School of Nursing
Factors Contributing to Medication and Treatment Adherence among Adults in the Criminal Justice System

Scott Stephenson, Geography
Geography Colloquium Series

Luyi Sun, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Publication in Nature Communications, a Premium Open-access Journal for Maximum Impact

Christine Sylvester, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Bodies Living with Violence

Savas Tasoglu, School of Engineering
3D Printing for Microfluidics

Rebecca Thomas, School of Social Work
Migration, Employment and Remittances to Armenia

Nathaniel Trumbull, Maritime Studies
The Maritime Connecticut Corridor: Interpreting our Blue Heritage, Economy, and Ecology

Paulo Verardi, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Safer Replication-Inducible Vaccinia Virus Vectors for Vaccines and Therapeutics

Susanne Wurmbrand, Linguistics
Restructuring Across the World

Guoan Zheng, Biomedical Engineering
Development of $100 High-Throughput Whole Slide Imaging Kit for Biomedical Applications

FY 2015 Award Recipients

The 2015-2016 REP awardees are:

Mary Anne Amalaradjou, Animal Science, $25,000
Probiotic Mediated Epigenomic Programming in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of IBD
Co-PIs: Ion Mandoiu

Ali Bazzi, Electrical & Computer Engineering, $25,000
Exploring Supervisory Control and Model-based Sensor Failure Diagnosis for Reliable Electric Drives in Electric Transportation Systems

Mark Brand, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, $9,642
Evaluation, Propagation and Commercialization of Sterile Barberries for the Nursery and Landscape Industries

Christian Brueckner, Chemistry, $50,000
Near-IR Absorbing and Emitting Porphyrinoids as Fluorescence and Photoacoustic Tissue Imaging Dyes
Co-PIs: Quing Zhu

Ock Chun, Nutritional Sciences, $24,963
Bioavailability of Furocoumarins in Grapefruits: A Pilot Absorption and Excretion Kinetic Study

Jennifer Freeman, Educational Psychology, $24,737
Reducing High School Drop Out by Embedding College and Career Readiness into School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Daniel Gage, Molecular & Cell Biology, $24,906
Assembly of Bacterial chains in Vitro-a Possible Mechanistic Model of Bacterial Invasion of Plant Roots

David Goldhamer, Molecular & Cell Biology, $25,000
Uncovering Pathogenic Mechanisms of FOP

Kenneth Gouwens, History, $6,520
Toward a Critical Edition and Translation of Paolo Giovio’s Elogia

Song Han, Computer Science & Engineering, $24,938
A Configurable High-speed Real-time Wireless Communication Platform for Large-scale Sensing and Control Systems

Jie He, Chemistry, $50,000
Engineering the Interface of Nanostructured Noble Metal/metal oxide Catalysts for Solar Water Splitting
Co-PIs: Steven L. Suib

Charles Henry, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, $24,467
Identification of Genetic Loci Responsible for Premating Isolation by Singing Behavior in Green Lacewings
Co-PIs: Marta M. Wells

Veronica Herrera, Political Science, $24,403
The Politics of Environmental Action: Cities, Water Pollution and Environmental Inequality in Latin America

Brendan Kane, History, $24,928
Reading Early Modern Irish: A Digital G0uide to Irish Gaelic (c. 1200-1650)
Co-PIs: Tom Scheinfeldt

Devin Kearns, Educational Psychology, $23,580
As Children Get Older, Do Long Words Get Easier? Longitudinal Examination of Polysyllabic Word Reading in Elementary-Age Children

Alexander Kovner, Physics, $24,491
Perturbative Saturation in Nuclei- Towards Precision Analysis

Challa Kumar, Chemistry, $50,000
“Stable-on-the-table” Nanozymes: Microfluidics Enabled and Massively Parallel Nanomanufacturing of Advanced, Biocompatible, Ultra-stable, Biocatalysts
Co-PIs: Raji Kasi, Yu Lei, Tai-Hsi Fan, Xiuling Lu

Tamika La Salle, Educational Psychology, $43,498
Increasing School Climate and Student Outcomes through PBIS
Co-PIs: George Sugai

Ji-Young Lee, Nutritional Sciences, $24,875
Gene Therapy for the Prevention of Liver Fibrosis

Liansu Meng, Literatures, Cultures & Languages, $6,158
Looking through the Dust: A Poetic Study of Transnational Feminism and Technological Imagination in Modern China (1900-1980)

Nejat Olgac, Mechanical Engineering, $15,000
Proof-of-Concept Experiment on an Unconventional Mathematical Perspective for Gas Turbine Blade-casing Rub Dynamics

Rachelle Perusse, Educational Psychology, $25,000
Making STEM Accessible to All Students: Teaching K-12 Students about STEM Careers
Co-PIs: Melissa A. Bray, Erik M. Hines, Xaé Alicia Reyes, Eliana Rojas, Michael Young

Linda Pescatello, Kinesiology,$50,000
Aerobic Exercise and Blood Pressure: High Quality Meta-Analyses of Randomized Controlled Trials
Co-PIs: Blair Johnson

Michael Pettes, Mechanical Engineering, $24,999
Elastic Strain Engineering of Electronic Transport Properties in Two Dimensional Molybdenum Disulfide Single Crystals

Diane Quinn, Psychology, $38,283
Examining Factors that Help or Hurt Weight Loss Maintenance: The Role of Stigma and Psychological Mindset
Co-PIs: Rebecca Puhl

Sarah Reed, Animal Science, $25,000
Changes in Maternal and Offspring Inflammatory Status as a Result of Poor Maternal Nutrition

Victoria Robinson, Molecular & Cell Biology, $50,000
Structural and Functional Description of the ER-Mitochondrial Tethering Complex
Co-PIs: Nathan N. Alder

James Rusling, Chemistry, $50,000
Carbohydrate-peptide Arrays to Identify Active Epitopes in IgE Mediated Peanut Allergy
Co-PIs: Mark W. Peczuh, C. Vijay Kumar

John Salamone, Psychology, $24,993
Wistar Kyoto Rats as a Genetic Model of Depression: Focus on Effort-related Motivational Dysfunctions

Chris Simon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,$24,906
Using Anchored Hybrid Enrichment genomics to Study the Biodiversity of a Host- symbiont Consortium Against a Backdrop of Changing Climates
Co-PIs: John R. Cooley

Matthew Singer, Political Science, $19,302
Who Favors Populist Leaders? Evidence from the Andes

Boris Sinkovic, Physics,$25,000
Interfaces of Topological Insulators

Steven Szczepanek, Pathobiology & Veterinary Science,$25,000
Elucidating the Roe of B-1 B-cells in Poor Pneumococcal Vaccine Efficacy in a Mouse Model of Sickle Cell Disease

Savas Tasoglu, Mechanical Engineering, $24,944
Magnetic Levitation-based Portable and Inexpensive Diagnostic Tool

Huanzhong Wang, PI, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture, $25,000
Regulation of Stem Cell Maintenance in Plant Vascular Meristem

Richard Wilson, Law, $9,859
Words of Conviction: the Law and Psychology of Inciting Speech During Armed Conflict

Jun Yan, Statistics, $25,000
Statistical Methods and Computing for Detection and Attribution of Changes in Climate Extremes

The 2014-2015 SFF awardees are:

Cesar Abadia, Anthropology, Human Rights Institute
Living Memory of San Juan de Dios Hospital

Michele Baggio, Economics
Do We Really Care About the Environment? Evidence from Real-time Environmental Monitoring

Marianne Barton, Clinical Psychology
Effectiveness of Circle of Security Parent Training

Margarita Blush, Dramatic Arts
Unfolding the Story, A Journey of Her Own

Monica Bock, Art & Art History
Galatea Triumphant: Explorations in Figurative Ceramic Sculpture for Upcoming Solo and Group Exhibitions

Alaina Brenick, Human Development & Family Studies
Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Arab-Jewish Classroom Exchange Program in Reducing Outgroup Prejudice and Increasing Empathy and Moral Reasoning About Coexistence

Benjamin Campbell, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Visualization and Valuation of Nutritional Information on Menus

Katharine Capshaw, English
Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks (Minnesota 2014)

Ellen Carillo, English
Securing a Place for Reading in Composition: The Importance of Teaching for Transfer

Ming Chen, Statistics
Twenty-Ninth New England Statistics Symposium

Milagros Castillo-Montoya, Educational Leadership
Higher Education and Student Affairs Administrators' Learning of Assessment, Evaluation and Research

Vernon Cormier, Physics
Boundary Control on the Geodynamo

Amanda Denes, Communication
Department of Communication Colloquium Series

Michael Fendrich, Social Work
Qualitative Data Analysis with NVIVO: A One-Day Workshop

Anke Finger, Literatures, Cultures & Languages
KulturConfusao: On German-Brazilian Interculturalities

Jeffrey Fisher, Psychology
CHIP Lecture Series

Jon Gajewski, Linguistics
Sign Languages and the Typology of Comparative Constructions

Yan Geng, Art & Art History, Asian and Asian American Studies
Mao's Image: Art and Politics in the Early People's Republic of China

Robin Greeley, Art & Art History
Conversación: Néstor García Canclini

Elizabeth Holzer, Sociology, Human Rights Institute
Refugee Activists and the Dilemmas of Humanitarian Rule

Elizabeth Jockusch, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Support for Open Access Publication in Frontiers in Zoology

Mary Ellen Junda, Music
Gullah Music Traditions: The Georgia Sea Island Singers

Debra Kendall, Pharmaceutical Sciences
2014 Neuroscience at Storrs Symposium

Suzy Killmister, Philosophy, Human Rights Institute
Injustice League Workshop on Dominating Speech

Ana Legrand, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture
Survey of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Egg Parasitoids in Natural and Managed Landscapes

Diane Lillo-Martin, Linguistics

Yangchao Luo, Nutritional Sciences
Development of Re-dispersible "All-Natural" Solid Lipid Nanoparticles as Nutrient Delivery System Using Innovative Nano Spray Drying Technology

Margo Machida, Art & Art History
Contemporary Asian American Art, Global Exchanges, and Trans-Pacific Flows

Adrienne Macki Braconi, Dramatic Arts, Africana Studies Institute
Harlem's Theaters: A Staging Ground for Community, Class, and Contradiction, 1923-1939

Nora Madjar-Nanovska, Management
Fostering Creativity and Innovation: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

David Magee, Animal Science
Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Candidate Bovine Imprinted Genes and their Association with Phenotypic Traits in US Angus Beef Cattle

Liansu Meng, Literatures, Cultures & Languages
Looking Through the Dust: A Poetic Study of Transnational Feminist Imaginations of Technological Modernity in China (1900-1980)

Jenifer Nadeau, Animal Science
Effect of Season on Travel Patterns, Hoof Growth, Body Condition, and Muscle Area in Young Horses

Michael Orwicz, Art & Art History
Hire a Translator During Conference in Bogotá on Colombia's Victims' Law, Transitional Justice and Symbolic Reparations

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, El Instituto
2014 Robert G. Mead Jr. Lecture

Sachin Pandya, Law
The Civil Rights Injunction at Vandy's BBQ

Crystal Park, Psychology
Affect, Emotion Regulation, and Health Behaviors: Pilot Study to Assess Feasibility and Effect Sizes

Nishith Prakash, Economics, Human Rights Institute
The Impact of Criminally Accused Politicians on Economic Activity: Evidence from India

Jeremy Pressman, Political Science
Middle East Studies, North East Middle East Politics Working Group, 9th Annual Workshop

Kim Price-Glynn, Sociology
Sharing Caring: Negotiating Motherhood, Child Care, and Labor

Barry Rosenberg, Art & Art History
The Omnivore's Dilemma: Visualized

Marcus Rossberg, Philosophy
UConn Logic Group

Glenn Stanley, Music
Research in the Beethoven Archive, Bonn Germany, for a Lecture/Essay on Beethoven Editions and Performance Practices

David Stern, Dramatic Arts
Estuary Accent for English-Speaking Actors: Determining the Need for a Standard Definition and Pedagogy

Jianjun Sun, Physiology & Neurobiology
Matrix Metalloproteinase 2 is Required for Ovulation and Corpus Luteum Formation in Drosophila

Rebecca Thomas, Social Work
Immigrants as Economic Engines for Small Business Enterprise

Charles Towe, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Stream Restoration and Ecosystem Health: An Evaluation of Catch and Trips of Swiss Anglers

Nate Trumbull, Geography & Maritime Studies
Geography Colloquium

Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Political Science, El Instituto
Legal History of the Extension of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Rico

Olga Vinogradova, Pharmaceutical Sciences
11th annual North Eastern Structural Symposium (NESS 2014): Structural Biology of Inflammation

Maxim Volgushev, Psychology
Open Access Journal PLoS ONE

Chunsheng Yang, Literatures, Cultures & Languages
A Pilot Study on the Acquisition of Second Language Mandarin Phonology

Ping Zhang, Molecular & Cell Biology
Pilot Studies to Investigate Synthetic Lethality of the Polyglutamine Disease Proteins in Drosophila

Kai Zhao, Economics
The Macroeconomics Implications of the US Health Insurance System

Mark Zurolo, Art & Art History
The World is Relief: A Taxonomy of Urban Reliefs in London

Weekly seminars

Every week we trawl through upcoming seminars and colloquia and put together a list of a couple of bio/physics-y talks that you could fruitfully attend and subsequently review for credit as part of your bucket points. The list is available via a link on the course’s schedule page, or directly here.

  1. Monday, February 26, 3 PM in the Engineered Biosystems Building, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Seminar Room: The Physics of Active Matter


The Syracuse Biomaterials Institute consists of 41 faculty members spanning three universities, and 8 departments. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds of our faculty members provide a unique opportunity for extensive collaboration and support.

Dacheng Ren
Director, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute
Stevenson Endowed Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Associate Director, BioInspired Syracuse

Microbe-surface interactions, cell-cell signaling, device-associated infections, sensors for pathogen detection, novel biofilm inhibitors, and surface modification for biofilm control.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-4409

The remainder of the faculty are listed below in alphabetical order.

New Faculty Member
Audrey Bernstein
Associate Professor,
Ophthalmology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology

Tribology & Lubrication, Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Orthopedic Biomaterials Design, Finite Element Analysis

Address: 4602 Institute for Human Performance
Phone: 315-464-7739
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Upstate Faculty Page

Michelle Blum
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Tribology & Lubrication, Multi-Scale Mechanical Characterization, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Orthopedic Biomaterials Design, Finite Element Analysis

Address: 239 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-2840
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: MAE

Heather D. Coleman
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biology

The formation of the plant cell wall and how various external and internal factors influence cell wall chemistry. The plant cell wall is important from a number of perspectives for human use including food and fiber, but my research focuses on improving its usefulness as a source for biofuels and other bioproducts.

Robert Cooney
Professor and Chair,
Department of Surgery, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Research: Bariatric Surgery
General and Trauma Surgery

Robert Doyle
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor – Director of Graduate Studies Associate Chair – Department of Chemistry Syracuse University Associate Professor of Medicine – SUNY, Upstate Medical University

A focus on three main areas that join Inorganic chemistry and biology:
1. Utilizing vitamin B12 to deliver proteins orally or to target metallo-probes/chemotherapeutics to tumor cells
2. Investigating energy independent metal-citrate transport in Gram positive bacteria
3. The coordination chemistry of metal-pyrophosphate complexes and the concomitant biological, magnetic and catalytic properties of such complexes.

Address: 2-016B Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-3584
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Doyle Group

Scott Erdman
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology

Analyses of a novel paxillin homolog and Rho GTPase signaling modulator, Pxl1p studies of the functions, traffic, and inhibition of fungal adhesins functional genomics of fungal control of lipid and membrane homeostasis.

Vivian Gahtan, M.D.
Lloyd Rogers Professor of Surgery
Division Chief of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Services
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Smooth muscle cell migration, Thrombospondin, Extracellular matrix-smooth muscle cell interactions, Vascular surgery procedure outcomes

Anthony Garza
Department of Biology

Biofilm formation, stress resistance in bacteria, bacterial natural products
Address: 244 Life Sciences Complex
Phone: 315-443-4746
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Garza Lab

Ivan Gitsov Ivanov
Director, of the Michael Swarcz Polymer Research Institute,

Chair and Professor, Department of Chemistry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Synthesis and characterization of novel macromolecular architectures, drug delivery via supramolecular chemistry, biocompatible-bioerodible hydrogels and nano-grafts.

Julie Hasenwinkel
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering & Computer Science

Absorbable biopolymeric gels, two-solution bone cements, degradable polymers for tissue engineering applications, nerve and soft tissue regeneration, and surface modification.

Address: 321 Link Hall/318C Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-9410
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Hasenwinkel

Jay Henderson
Associate Professor,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program

Understanding how biomechanical, biochemical, and topological signals regulate the differentiation and phenotypic expression of musculoskeletal cells with the goal of developing cell-based therapies for musculoskeletal repair and regeneration.

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-9739
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Henderson Group

New Faculty Member
Samuel A. Herberg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Ophthalmology | Cell and Developmental Biology | Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Center for Vision Research

Address: 4609 Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
505 Irving Avenue, Rm 4609
Phone: 315-464-7773
E-mail: [email protected]

New Faculty Member
Jason Horton
Associate Professor,
Orthopedic Surgery & Cell & Developmental Biology

Biomedical Sciences Program
Orthopedic Surgery

Address: 3119 Institute For Human Performance
Phone: 315-464-5540
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Upstate Faculty Page

New Faculty Member
James Hougland
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry, enzymology, post-translational modification, molecular biology

Address: 454 Life Sciences Complex
Phone: 315-443-1134
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Hougland Research

Alan Levy
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Micromechanics, inclusion problems, mechanics of interfaces, cavity nucleation and growth in nonlinear solid media, effective properties of composite materials.

Katharine Lewis
Associate Professor,
Department of Biology

Specification and patterning of spinal cord interneurons Formation of functional neuronal circuitry Evolution of spinal cord patterning and function Dorsal-ventral neural tube patterning zebrafish development.

Juntao Luo
Assistant Professor,
Department of Pharmacology, SUNY Upstate Cancer Research Institute

Nanomedicine, polymer design and synthesis, nanomaterial, drug delivery, cancer imaging and cancer treatment gene delivery and gene therapy, protein/peptide delivery. biomaterials in tissue engineering combinatorial chemistry and drug discovery High throughput screening.

Yan-Yeung Luk
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Building new bio-functional materials and novel therapeutic agents.

Address: 1-014 Center Science & Technology
Phone: 315-443-7440
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Luk Lab

Zhen Ma
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research Interests:
Stem Cell Engineering Heart Tissue Models and Organ-on-Chip Systems Heart Disease Modeling Cell-Cell Interactions Mechanobiology Tissue Engineering Developmental Biology Regenerative Medicine Biomedical Devices

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: My Heart

Jessica MacDonald
Assistant Professor,
Department of Biology

Research Interests:
Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms regulating neuronal development and function, with a particular interest in disruptions in these mechanisms that cause neurodevelopmental and cognitive disorders.

Olga Makhlynets
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department

Research Interests:
NMR guided approach to evolution of Myoglobin protein, Enzyme mechanisms, Design of antimicrobial materials, Design of mononuclear non-heme enzyme for oxygen activation.

Address: 2-016A Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315.443.1979
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Makhlynets Lab

Ken Mann
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Mechanical and biological factors in joint replacement and bone tumors.

Address: 3216 Institute For Human Performance Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-9950
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Mann Research

Lisa Manning
Associate Professor,
Department of Physics
Director, BioInspired Syracuse
Collective motion in disordered, non-equilibrium materials, including glasses, granular materials and biological tissues.

Address: 229G Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3920
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Manning Group

Mathew M. Maye
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Developing new bio-mimetic approaches towards self-assembling nanomaterials into controlled nano-architectures.

Mary Beth Monroe
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Synthesis and characterization of shape memory polymers for use in hemorrhage control and wound healing.

Liviu Movileanu
Department of Physics

Single-molecule and Membrane Biophysics, Protein engineering, Nanomedicine.

Davoud Mozhdehi
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry

Research: Bioinspired materials, macromolecular chemistry, protein-based materials, and post-translational modifications.

Address: 4-010 Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-3151
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Mozhdehi Research

Shikha Nangia
Associate Professor,
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Blood-brain barrier, Tight junctions, Bacterial membranes, cancer drug delivery, force field development, multiscale computational modeling

Christopher T. Nomura
Vice President for Research
Professor of Biochemistry
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Using molecular techniques to improve the supply of precursors for biobased products.

Alison Patteson
Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics

Soft matter, Biomechanics, Microfluidics, Active matter, Cell motility

Joseph Paulsen
Assistant Professor,
Department of Physics

Thin Sheets at Interfaces, Memories in Sheared Suspensions, Coalescence of Liquid Drops

Address: 223 Physics Building
Phone: 315-443-3752
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Paulsen Group

Melissa Pepling
Department of Biology

Mouse oocyte development, Hormone signaling, Ovary organ culture

Address: 348 Life Science Complex
Phone: 315-443-4541
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Pepling Research

Karin Ruhlandt
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences
Distinguished Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Preparation of novel compounds with applications in polymerization and synthetic chemistry, the development of novel source materials for MOCVD applications, and the preparation of biomimetic calcium phosphonates to be used in bone cements and as bone scaffolding material.

Lab Address: CST 3-014C
Phone: 315-443-1306
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Ruhlandt Group

Jennifer Schwarz
Associate Professor,
Department of Physics

Building models of correlated percolation inspired by jamming in granular and glassy systems, looking for discontinuous, disorder-driven localization transitions in quantum systems, studying the interplay between morphology and rheology in the actin cytoskeleton, incorporating effects of microRNAs in models of gene regulation

New Faculty Member
Wanliang Shan
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests:
Solid Mechanics, Materials Engineering, Thermophysics, Soft Robotics

Current Research:
Shan Research Group (SRG) currently focuses on interdisciplinary research in Smart, Hybrid, Active and Nature-inspired Materials, Mechanics, and Machines (SHAN 3M). Fundamental insights from solid mechanics, materials engineering, thermal science, and machine learning are emphasized for the design and fabrication of soft multifunctional materials and high-performance robotic mechanisms, which impact critical application domains such as soft robotics, biomedical devices, and wearable devices. The ultimate goal of SRG’s research is to improve human-machine-environment interactions.

Address: 263 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-4121
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: TBD

Pranav Soman
Assistant Professor,
Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Research Projects:
Cell and Tissue printing using naturally-derived biomaterials
Auxetic or Negative Poisson’s ratio Biomaterials
Nano/Micro fabrication using light

Address: 318 Bowne Hall
Phone: 315-443-9322
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Soman Lab

New Faculty Member
Rachel C. Steinhardt
Associate Professor,
Department of Chemistry

Organic Synthesis, Soft Materials, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology

Address: 3-008 Center for Science and Technology
Phone: 315-443-2127
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Steinhardt Research

Radhakrishna “Suresh” Sureshkumar
Distinguished Professor
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

Structure, Dynamics and Rheology of Complex Fluids/Soft Matter, Microfluidics, Nanostructured Materials/Interfaces, Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Bacterial Biofilms Mechanics, Renewable Energy Production (Thin Film Photovoltaics, Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuels), Environmental Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicity, Multiscale Modeling and Simulation

Address: 329 Link Hall
Phone: 315-443-3194
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Sureshkumar

Mariano Viapiano
Associate Professor of Neuroscience & Physiology, Neurosurgery, and Pathology,
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Clinical and Translational Science, Neuroscience, 3D co-cultures, lab-on-chip-models.
Brain cancer therapies tumor microenvironment tumor invasion extracellular matrix nano-therapeutics immunotherapies.

Address: Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
505 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-7967
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: Viapiano Research

Teng Zhang
Assistant Professor,
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

B7. Quantum Mechanisms (TBD) - Biology

An opportunity for the student to become closely associated with a professor (1) in a research effort to develop research skills and techniques and/or (2) to develop a program of independent in-depth study in a subject area in which the professor and student have a common interest. The challenge of the task undertaken must be consistent with the student’s academic level. To register for this course, the student must submit a detailed proposal, signed by the independent study supervisor, to the SEAS Office of Academic Programs (111 Towne Building) no later than the end of the “add” period.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

CIS 105 Computational Data Exploration

The primary goal of this course is to introduce computational methods of interacting with data. In this course, students will be introduced to the IPython programming environment. They will learn how to gather data and store it in appropriate data structures. They will then write their own programs, building on existing libraries to analyze the data and display the salient information it contains. Data will be drawn from a variety of domains, including but not limited to travel, entertainment, politics, economics, biology etc. This course cannot count for engineering credit. Engineering school students can use it as a free elective. Students who have already taken CIS110 or 120 should not take this course.

CIS 106 - Visualizing the Past/Peopling the Past (Cross-listed with ANTH 258, ANTH 620)

Most people’s information about the Past is drawn from coffee table picture books, popular movies, video games, documentaries about discoveries of “ancient, mysterious, and lost” civilizations, and tours often lead by guides of limited or even dubious credentials. How are these ideas presented, formed, and circulated? Who creates and selects the information presented in this diverse media? Are these presentations accurate? Do they promote or hurt scientific explanations? Can the artistic, aesthetic, and scientific realms be bridged to effectively promote and interpret the past? How can modern technologies be applied to do a better job at presenting what is difficult to experience firsthand? This class will focus on case studies, critiques, and methods of how archaeology and the past are created, presented and used in movies, museums, games, the internet, and art.

Each year, the studio-seminar focuses on a project. In addition to exploring general concepts of archaeology and the media, students will work in teams to produce an interactive, digital media exhibit using the latest modeling visualization programs for presenting the sacred landscape of the Inca capital of Cuzco, Peru. Cuzco is one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage sites and visited by nearly a million tourists a year. Potential class projects include fly-throughs of architectural and landscape renderings, simulations of astronomy and cosmology, modeling of human behavior within architectural and landscape settings, and study artifacts in the Penn Museum.

CIS 110 - Introduction to Computer Programming (with Java, for Beginners)

Introduction to Computer Programming is the first course in our series introducing students to computer science. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of computer programming in Java, with emphasis on applications in science and engineering. You will also learn about the broader field of computer science and algorithmic thinking, the fundamental approach that computer scientists take to solving problems.

Offered Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2019. | Course Website

CIS 120 - Programming Languages and Techniques I

Prerequisite(s): Some previous programming experience

A fast-paced introduction to the fundamental concepts of programming and software design. This course assumes some previous programming experience, at the level of a high school computer science class or CIS110. (If you got at least 4 in the AP Computer Science A or AB exam, you will do great.) No specific programming language background is assumed: basic experience with any language (for instance Java, C, C++, VB, Python, Perl, or Scheme) is fine. If you have never programmed before, you should take CIS 110 first.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 121 - Programming Languages and Techniques II

Prerequisite(s): CIS 120, CIS 160

This is a course about Algorithms and Data Structures using the JAVA programming language. We introduce the basic concepts about complexity of an algorithm and methods on how to compute the running time of algorithms. Then, we describe data structures like stacks, queues, maps, trees, and graphs, and we construct efficient algorithms based on these representations. The course builds upon existing implementations of basic data structures in JAVA and extends them for the structures like trees, studying the performance of operations on such structures, and their efficiency when used in real-world applications. A large project introducing students to the challenges of software engineering concludes the course.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 125 - Technology and Policy

Have you ever wondered why sharing music and video generates such political and legal controversies? Is information on your PC safe and should law enforcement be able to access information you enter on the Web? Will new devices allow tracking of your every move and every purchase?

CIS 125 is focused on developing an understanding of existing and emerging technologies, along with the political, societal and economic impacts of those technologies. The technologies are spread across a number of engineering areas and each of them raise issues that are of current concern or are likely to be a future issue.
Offered TBA. | May not be counted in the Engineering category

CIS 140 - Introduction to Cognitive Science

Prerequisite(s): None
Cross-listed with: Phil044, Ling105, Psych107, COGS 001, PPE 140

How do minds work? This course surveys a wide range of answers to this question from disciplines ranging from philosophy to neuroscience. The course devotes special attention to the use of simple computational and mathematical models. Topics include perception, learning, memory, decision making, emotion and consciousness.

CIS 160 - Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

What are the basic mathematical concepts and techniques needed in computer science? This course provides an introduction to proof principles and logics, functions and relations, induction principles, combinatorics and graph theory, as well as a rigorous grounding in writing and reading mathematical proofs.

Offered Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2019. | Course Website

CIS 181 - The Quantum and the Computer

This Freshman Seminar is designed to be a very introductory exposition about Quantum Computation and Quantum Information Science. There are no formal physics, mathematics, or computer science
prerequisites. It is meant primarily for freshmen in SAS and Wharton, who have an itch to learn about a beautiful subject that intrinsically unites quantum physics, computation, and information
science. The structure of the course will be lecture-based using small-team based exercises for evaluation.

CIS 190 - C++ Programming

This course will provide an introduction to programming in C++ and is intended for students who already have some exposure to programming in another language such as Java. C++ provides the programmer with a greater level of control over machine resources and are commonly used in situations where low level access or performance are important. This course will illuminate the issues associated with programming at this level and will cover issues such as explicit memory management, pointers, the compilation process and debugging. The course will involve several programming projects which will provide students with the experience they need to program effectively in these languages. This course requires CIS 240 or experience with pointers in C or C++ as a prerequisite..

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019

CIS 191 - Using and Understanding Unix and Linux

Prerequisite(s): CIS 110 or equivalent

Unix, in its many forms, runs much of the world’s computer infrastructure, from cable modems and cell phones to the giant clusters that power Google and Amazon. This half-credit course provides a thorough introduction to Unix and Linux. Topics will range from critical basic skills such as examining and editing files, compiling programs and writing shell scripts, to higher level topics such as the architecture of Unix and its programming model. The material learned is applicable to many classes, including CIS 240, CIS 331, CIS 341, CIS 371/372, and CIS 380.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019 | Course Website

CIS 192 - Python Programming

Prerequisite(s): CIS 120 or ESE 112

Python is an elegant, concise, and powerful language that is useful for tasks large and small. Python has quickly become a popular language for getting things done efficiently in many in all domains: scripting, systems programming, research tools, and web development. This course will provide an introduction to this modern high-level language using hands-on experience through programming assignments and a collaborative final application development project.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019 | Course Website

CIS 193 - C# Programming

C# is the premier programming language for the .NET framework. Over the last decade, the language has evolved to meet the needs of a variety of programming styles while supporting the ever-growing capabilities of the .NET runtime and libraries. This course provides a thorough introduction to the C# language and the .NET framework, building on the skills gained in the introductory programming courses (CIS 110, CIS 120, or ESE 112). In addition to providing the student with a solid background in C#, this course also explores topics that the .NET platform exposes such as object-oriented design, .NET runtime internals, and others based on class interest. A series of short, weekly homework assignments reinforces the concepts introduced in class and a group-based final project of the students’ design allows them to apply their C# knowledge toward a substantial problem.

CIS 194 - Haskell Programming

Haskell is a high-level, purely functional programming language with a strong static type system and elegant mathematical underpinnings. It is being increasingly used in industry by organizations such as Facebook, AT&T, and NASA, along with several financial firms. We will explore the joys of functional programming, using Haskell as a vehicle. The aim of the course will be to allow you to use Haskell to easily and conveniently write practical programs. All are welcome, including those with no programming experience. Evaluation will be based on regular homework assignments and class participation.

CIS 195 - Mobile App Development

Prerequisite(s): CIS 120 or a similar level of programming

This project-oriented course is centered around application development on current mobile platforms like iOS and Android. Section 201 (iOS) will be taught in Swift, and cover iOS fundamentals such as app lifecycles, storyboarding, delegation, networking and usage of both native and external libraries. Section 202 (Android) will be taught in Java with XML and will cover Android fundamentals such as layout, app lifecycles and different APIs.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019

CIS 196 - Ruby on Rails Web Development

This course will teach the fundamentals of developing web applications using Ruby on Rails, a rapid-development web framework developed by Basecamp, and adopted by companies like Airbnb, GitHub, Bloomberg, CrunchBase, and Shopify. The first part of the course will focus on Ruby, the language that powers Rails. Along the way, students will also pick up essential skills such as git, bash, HTML and CSS. The second part will focus on Rails, the web framework and will include all topics required to develop and deploy production-ready modern web applications with Rails. Throughout the course, students will be working on a web application project of their own choosing. Upon completion of the course, this application will be deployed and made accessible to the public.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019

CIS 197 - JavaScript

This course provides an introduction to modern web development frameworks, techniques, and practices used to deliver robust client side applications on the web. The emphasis will be on developing JavaScript programs that run in the browser. Topics covered include the JavaScript language, web browser internals, the Document Object Model (DOM), HTML5, client-side app architecture and compile-to-JS languages like (Coffeescript, TypeScript, etc.). This course is most useful for students who have some programming and web development experience and want to develop moderate JavaScript skills to be able to build complex, interactive applications in the browser.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019

CIS 198 - Rust Programming

Prerequisite(s): CIS 120 CIS 240 or exposure to C or C++ suggested.

Rust is a systems programming language that runs blazingly fast, prevents segfaults, and guarantees thread safety. In this course we will cover Rust as a practical alternative to C and C++ for systems programming. We will explore design choices and language features that allow Rust to have performance comparable to C and C++ without compromising speed or correctness.

Topics covered include: the Rust type system (traits, generics), memory management (move semantics, borrowing, and lifetimes), functional programming (closures, higher order functions, ADTs), parallelism and concurrency, Rust for the web (WASM).

Evaluation is based on regular homework assignments as well as a final project and class participation.

Semesters Offered: Fall 2019

200 Level

CIS 233 - Introduction to Blockchain

Prerequisite(s): The course assumes a basic familiarity with computer programming. CS120 (Computer Science through Program Design) or equivalent is strongly recommended. To the extent possible, the projects will be done in Python and Solidity.

Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) provides a decentralized method of information sharing between parties that do not trust each other. Instead the trust is in the underlying cryptographic algorithms. This practical introductory course provides hand-on experience with the fundamentals of cryptography (codes and ciphers, symmetric and asymmetric encryption, public and private keys, hashes, and zero knowledge proofs) – as it is applied to implementing a blockchain solution. This course covers the basics of a distributed ledger, how it is built, used, and
secured at the network and data-structure levels. Methods of ensuring consensus – from proof-of-work to more complex solutions (e.g. proof-of-time, proof-of-space, proof-of-stake) will be explored and analyzed.

Students will have both written and practical, Python-based, assignments to build
and deploy components of a blockchain solution.

CIS 240 - Introduction to Computer Architecture

Prerequisite(s): CIS 110 or equivalent experience

You know how to program, but do you know how computers really work? How do millions of transistors come together to form a complete computing system? This bottom-up course begins with transistors and simple computer hardware structures, continues with low-level programming using primitive machine instructions, and finishes with an introduction to the C programming language. This course is a broad introduction to all aspects of computer systems architecture and serves as the foundation for subsequent computer systems courses, such as Digital Systems Organization and Design (CIS 371), Computer Operating Systems (CIS 380), and Compilers and Interpreters (CIS 341).

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 261 - Discrete Probability, Stochastic Processes, and Statistical Inference

The purpose of this course is to provide a 1 CU educational experience which tightly integrates the theory and applications of discrete probability, discrete stochastic processes, and discrete statistical inference in the study of computer science.

The intended audience for this class is both those students who are CS majors as well as those intending to be CS majors. Specifically, it will be assumed that the students will know: Set Theory, Mathematical Induction, Number Theory, Functions, Equivalence Relations, Partial-Order Relations, Combinatorics, and Graph Theory at the level currently covered in CIS 160. This course could be taken immediately following CIS 160. Computation and Programming will play an essential role in this course. The students will be expected to use the Maple programming environment in homework exercises which will include: numerical and symbolic computations, simulations, and graphical displays.

CIS 262 - Automata, Computability, and Complexity

This course explores questions fundamental to computer science such as which problems cannot be solved by computers, can we formalize computing as a mathematical concept without relying upon the specifics of programming languages and computing platforms, and which problems can be solved efficiently. The topics include finite automata and regular languages, context-free grammars and pushdown automata, Turing machines and undecidability, tractability and NP-completeness. The course emphasizes rigorous mathematical reasoning as well as connections to practical computing problems such as text processing, parsing, XML query languages, and program verification.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 298 - Study Abroad

300 Level

CIS 320 - Introduction to Algorithms

Prerequisite(s): CIS 120,121,160,262

How do you optimally encode a text file? How do you find shortest paths in a map? How do you design a communication network? How do you route data in a network? What are the limits of efficient computation? This course gives a comprehensive introduction to design and analysis of algorithms, and answers along the way to these and many other interesting computational questions. You will learn about problem-solving advanced data structures such as universal hashing and red-black trees advanced design and analysis techniques such as dynamic programming and amortized analysis graph algorithms such as minimum spanning trees and network flows NP-completeness theory and approximation algorithms.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 331 - Intro to Networks and Security

Prerequisites: CIS 160, CIS 240

This course introduces principles and practices of computer and network security. We will cover basic concepts, threat models, and the security mindset an introduction to cryptography and cryptographic protocols including encryption, authentication, message authentication codes, hash functions, public-key cryptography, and secure channels an introduction to networks and network security including IP, TCP, routing, network protocols, web architecture, attacks, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems an introduction to software security including defensive programming, memory protection, buffer overflows, and malware and discuss broader issues and case studies such as privacy, security and the law, digital rights management, denial of service, and ethics.

CIS 334 - Advanced Topics in Algorithms

Can you check if two large documents are identical by examining a small number of bits? Can you verify that a program has correctly computed a function without ever computing the function? Can students compute the average score on an exam without ever revealing their scores to each other? Can you be convinced of the correctness of an assertion without ever seeing the proof? The answer to all these questions is in the affirmative provided we allow the use of randomization. Over the past few decades, randomization has emerged as a powerful resource in algorithm design. This course would focus on powerful general techniques for designing randomized algorithms as well as specific representative applications in various domains, including approximation algorithms, cryptography and number theory, data structure design, online algorithms, and parallel and distributed computation.
Semesters Offered: TBA

CIS 341 - Compilers and Interpreters

Prerequisite(s): CIS121 and CIS240

You know how to program, but do you know how to implement a programming language? In CIS341 you’ll learn how to build a compiler. Topics covered include: lexical analysis, grammars and parsing, intermediate representations, syntax-directed translation, code generation, type checking, simple dataflow and control-flow analyses, and optimizations. Along the way, we study objects and inheritance, first-class functions (closures), data representation and runtime-support issues such as garbage collection. This is a challenging, implementation-oriented course in which students build a full compiler from a simple, typed object-oriented language to fully operational x86 assembly. The course projects are implemented using OCaml, but no knowledge of OCaml is assumed.

CIS 350 - Software Design/Engineering

You know how to write a “program”. But how do you create a software “product” as part of a team, with customers that have expectations of functionality and quality? This course introduces students to various tools (source control, automated build systems, programming environments, test automation, etc.) and processes (design, implementation, testing, and maintenance) that are used by professionals in the field of software engineering. Topics will include: software development lifecycle agile and test-driven development source control and continuous integration requirements analysis object-oriented design and testability Android application development software testing refactoring and software quality metrics.

Offered: Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.

CIS 380 - Computer Operating Systems

This course surveys methods and algorithms used in modern operating systems. Concurrent distributed operation is emphasized. The main topics covered are as follows: process synchronization interprocess communications concurrent/distributed programming languages resource allocation and deadlock virtual memory protection and security distributed operation distributed data performance evaluation.

CIS 390 - Robotics: Planning and Perception

Prerequisite(s): CIS 121 and MATH 240 or equivalent

This introductory course will present basic principles of robotics with an emphasis to computer science aspects. Algorithms for planning and perception will be studied and implemented on actual robots. While planning is a fundamental problem in artificial intelligence and decision making, robot planning refers to finding a path from A to B in the presence of obstacles and by complying with the kinematic constraints of the robot. Perception involves the estimation of the robot’s motion and path as well as the shape of the environment from sensors. In this course, algorithms will be implemented in Python on mobile platforms on ground and in the air. No prior experience with Python is needed but we require knowledge of data structures, linear algebra, and basic probability.

CIS 398 - Quantum Computer and Information Science

Prerequisite(s): Physics 151/171, Math 240, Math 314, CIS 160, and CIS 262

The purpose of this course is to introduce undergraduate students in computer science and engineering to quantum computers (QC) and quantum information science (QIS). This course is meant primarily for juniors and seniors in CIS. No prior knowledge of quantum mechanics (QM) is assumed.

400 Level

CIS 400 - Senior Project

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of instructor

Design and implementation of a significant piece of work: software, hardware or theory. In addition, emphasis on technical writing and oral communication skills. Students must have an abstract of their Senior Project, which is approved and signed by a Project Adviser, at the end of the second week of Fall classes. The project continues during two semesters students must enroll in CIS 401 during the second semester. At the end of the first semester, students are required to submit an intermediate report and give a class presentation describing their project and progress. Grades are based on technical writing skills (as per submitted report), oral presentation skills (as per class presentation) and progress on the project. These are evaluated by the Project Adviser and the Course Instructor.

CIS 401 - Senior Project

Prerequisite(s): CIS 400, senior standing or permission of instructor

Continuation of CIS 400. Design and implementation of a significant piece of work: software, hardware or theory. Students are required to submit a final written report and give a final presentation and demonstration of their project. Grades are based on the report, the presentation and the satisfactory completion of the project. These are evaluated by the Project Advisor and the Course Instructor.

CIS 410 - Senior Thesis

The goal of a Senior Thesis project is to complete a major research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The duration of the project is two semesters. To enroll in CIS 410, students must develop an abstract of the proposed work, and a member of the CIS graduate group must certify that the work is suitable and agree to supervise the project a second member must agree to serve as a reader. At the end of the first semester, students must submit an intermediate report if the supervisor and reader accept it, they can enroll in CIS 411.

At the end of the second semester, students must describe their results in a written thesis and must present them publicly, either in a talk at Penn or in a presentation at a conference or workshop. Grades are based on the quality of the research itself (which should ideally be published or at least of publishable quality), as well as on the quality of the thesis and the oral presentation. The latter are evaluated jointly by the supervisor and the reader. The Senior Thesis program is selective, and students are generally expected to have a GPA is in the top 10-20% to qualify. Senior Theses
are expected to integrate the knowledge and skills from earlier
coursework because of this, students are not allowed to enroll in
CIS410 before their sixth semester.

CIS 411 - Senior Thesis

The goal of a Senior Thesis project is to complete a major research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The duration of the project is two semesters. To enroll in CIS 410, students must develop an abstract of the proposed work, and a member of the CIS graduate group must certify that the work is suitable and agree to supervise the project a second member must agree to serve as a reader. At the end of the first semester, students must submit an intermediate report if the supervisor and reader accept it, they can enroll in CIS 411.

At the end of the second semester, students must describe their results in a written thesis and must present them publicly, either in a talk at Penn or in a presentation at a conference or workshop. Grades are based on the quality of the research itself (which should ideally be published or at least of publishable quality), as well as on the quality of the thesis and the oral presentation. The latter are evaluated jointly by the supervisor and the reader. The Senior Thesis program is selective, and students are generally expected to have a GPA is in the top 10-20% to qualify. Senior Theses
are expected to integrate the knowledge and skills from earlier
coursework because of this, students are not allowed to enroll in
CIS410 before their sixth semester.

CIS 419 - Applied Machine Learning

Prerequisite(s): cis 121 or permission of instructor.

Machine learning has been essential to the success of many recent technologies, including autonomous vehicles, search engines, genomics, automated medical diagnosis, image recognition, and social network analysis, among many others. This course will introduce the fundamental concepts and algorithms that enable computers to learn from experience, with an emphasis on their practical application to real problems. This course will introduce supervised learning (decision trees, logistic regression, support vector machines, Bayesian methods, neural networks and deep learning), unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction), and reinforcement learning. Additionally, the course will discuss evaluation methodology and recent applications of machine learning, including large scale learning for big data and network analysis. If CIS 519/Introduction to Machine Learning is used to fulfill the CIS/MSE core requirement, then CIS 520/Machine Learning, cannot be used to fulfill the CIS/MSE core requirement, but can be used as a CIS elective. If CIS 520/Machine Learning is used to fulfill the CIS/MSE core requirement, then CIS 519/Introduction to Machine Learning, cannot be used to fulfill the CIS/MSE core requirement, but can be used as a CIS elective.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 | Course Website

CIS 421 - Artificial Intelligence

Prerequisite(s): CIS 121. ESE 301 or STAT 430 recommended.

This course investigates algorithms to implement resource-limited knowledge-based agents which sense and act in the world. Topics include, search, machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, natural language processing, knowledge representation and logic. After a brief introduction to the language, programming assignments will be in Python.

CIS 436 -Introduction to Computational Biology and Biological Modeling

Prerequisite(s): 200 level or higher biology courses, math 104 introductory statistics. Probability theory and linear algebra highly recommended

The goal of this course is to develop a deeper understanding of techniques and concepts used in Computational Biology. The course will strive to focus on a small set of approaches to gain both theoretical and practical understanding of the methods. We will aim to cover practical issues such as programming and the use of programs, as well as theoretical issues such as algorithm design, statistical data analysis, theory of algorithms and statistics. This course WILL NOT provide a broad survey of the field nor teach specific tools but focus on a deep understanding of a small set of topics. We will discuss string algorithms, hidden markov models, dimension reduction, and machine learning (or phylogeny estimation) for biomedical problems.

CIS 441 - Embedded Software for Life-Critical Applications

Prerequisite: CIS 240 or equivalent

The goal of this course is to give students greater design and implementation experience in embedded software development and to teach them how to model, design, verify, and validate safety critical systems in a principled manner. Students will learn the principles, methods, and techniques for building life-critical embedded systems, ranging from requirements and models to design, analysis, optimization, implementation, and validation. Topics will include modeling and analysis methods and tools, real-time programming paradigms and languages, distributed real-time systems, global time, time-triggered communications, assurance case, software architecture, evidence-based certification, testing, verification, and validation. The course will include a series of projects that implements life-critical embedded systems (e.g., pacemaker, infusion pumps, closed-loop medical devices).

CIS 450 - Database and Information Systems

Prerequisite: The course assumes mathematical and programming experience equivalent to CIS160 and CIS121.

This course provides an introduction to the broad field of database and information systems, covering a variety of topics relating to structured data, ranging from data modeling to logical foundations and popular languages, to system implementations. We will study the theory of relational and XML data design the basics of query languages efficient storage of data, execution of queries and query optimization transactions and updates web-database development and “big data” and NoSQL systems.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

CIS 455 - Internet and Web Systems

Prerequisite(s): Familiarity with threads and concurrency strong Java programming skills.

This course focuses on the challenges encountered in building Internet and web systems: scalability, interoperability (of data and code), security and fault tolerance, consistency models, and location of resources, services, and data. We will examine how XML standards enable information exchange how web services support cross-platform interoperability (and what their limitations are) how to build high-performance application servers how “cloud computing” services work how to perform Akamai-like content distribution and how to provide transaction support in distributed environments. We will study techniques for locating machines, resources, and data (including directory systems, information retrieval indexing, ranking, and web search) and we will investigate how different architectures support scalability (and the issues they face). We will also examine ideas that have been proposed for tomorrow’s Web, and we will see some of the challenges, research directions, and potential pitfalls. An important goal of the course is not simply to discuss issues and solutions, but to provide hands-on experience with a substantial implementation project. This semester’s project will be a peer-to-peer implementation of a Google-style search engine, including distributed, scalable crawling indexing with ranking and even PageRank. As a side-effect of the material of this course, you will learn about some aspects of large-scale software development: assimilating large APIs, thinking about modularity, reading other people’s code, managing versions, debugging, etc.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. | Course Website

CIS 460 - Interactive Computer Graphics

Prerequisites: CIS 120 and CIS 121 required. CIS 240 is useful, but is not a requirement.

This course focuses on programming the essential mathematical and geometric concepts underlying modern computer graphics. Using 3D interactive implementations, it covers fundamental topics such as mesh data structures, transformation sequences, rendering algorithms, and curve interpolation for animation. Students are also introduced to two programming languages widely used in the computer graphics industry: C++ and GLSL. The curriculum is heavily project-based, and culminates in a group project focused on building an interactive first-person world exploration application using the various real-time interaction and rendering algorithms learned throughout the semester.

Offered Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 | Course Website

CIS 461 - Advanced Rendering

Prerequisites: A working knowledge of C++ programming is required (one year programming experience in general). Knowledge of vector geometry is useful.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview to computer graphics techniques in 3D modeling, image synthesis, and rendering. Topics cover: geometric transformations, geometric algorithms, software systems, 3D object models (surface, volume and implicit), visible surface algorithms, image synthesis, shading, mapping, ray tracing, radiosity, global illumination, sampling, anti-aliasing, Monte Carlo path tracing, and photonmapping. Prerequisites: A working knowledge of C++ programming isrequired (one year programming experience in general). Knowledge of vector geometry is useful.

CIS 462 - Computer Animation

Prerequisite(s): Previous exposure to major concepts in linear algebra (i.e. vector matrix math), curves and surfaces, dynamical systems (e.g. 2nd order mass-spring-damper systems) and 3D computer graphics has also been assumed in the preparation of the course materials.

This course covers core subject matter common to the fields of robotics, character animation and embodied intelligent agents. The intent of the course is to provide the student with a solid technical foundation for developing, animating and controlling articulated systems used in interactive computer games, virtual reality simulations and high-end animation applications. The course balances theory with practice by “looking under the hood” of current animation systems and authoring tools and exams the technologies and techniques used from both a computer science and engineering perspective. Topics covered include: geometric coordinate systems and transformations quaternions parametric curves and surfaces forward and inverse kinematics dynamic systems and control computer simulation keyframe, motion capture and procedural animation behavior-based animation and control facial animation smart characters and intelligent agents.

CIS 467 - Scientific Computing

Prerequisites: MATH 240 knowledge of C++, Python or MATLAB

This course will focus on numerical algorithms and scientific computing techniques that are practical and efficient for a number of canonical science and engineering applications. Built on top of classical theories in multi-variable calculus and linear algebra (as a prerequisite), the lectures in this course will strongly focus on explaining numerical methods for applying these mathematical theories to practical engineering problems. Students will be expected to implement solutions and software tools using MATLAB/C++, practice state-of-the-art parallel computing paradigms, and learn scientific visualization techniques using modern software packages.

CIS 471 - Computer Organization and Design

This is the second computer organization course and focuses on computer hardware design. Topics covered are: (1) basic digital system design including finite state machines, (2) instruction set design and simple RISC assembly programming, (3) quantitative evaluation of computer performance, (4) circuits for integer and floating-point arithmetic, (5) datapath and control, (6) micro-programming, (7) pipelining, (8) storage hierarchy and virtual memory, (9) input/output, (10) different forms of parallelism including instruction level parallelism, data-level parallelism using both vectors and message-passing multi-processors, and thread-level parallelism using shared memory multiprocessors. Basic cache coherence and synchronization.

CIS 482 - Logic In Computer Science

Logic has been called the calculus of computer science as it plays a fundamental role in computer science, similar to that played by calculus in the physical sciences and traditional engineering disciplines. Indeed, logic is useful in areas of computer science as disparate as architecture (logic gates), software engineering (specification and verification), programming languages (semantics, logic programming), databases (relational algebra and SQL), artificial intelligence (automatic theorem proving), algorithms (complexity and expressiveness), and theory of computation (general notions of computability). CIS 482 provides the students with a thorough introduction to mathematical logic, covering in depth the topics of syntax, semantics, decision procedures, formal proof systems, and soundness and completeness for both propositional and first-order logic. The material is taught from a computer science perspective, with an emphasis on algorithms, computational complexity, and tools. Projects will focus on problems in circuit design, specification and analysis of protocols, and query evaluation in databases.

CIS 497 - Senior Project (DMD Students only)

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of instructor

The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for seniors to define, design, and execute a project of your own choosing that demonstrates the technical skills and abilities that you have acquired during your 4 years as undergraduates. Evaluation is based on selecting an interesting topic, completing appropriate research on the state of the art in that area, communicating your objectives in writing and in presentations, accurately estimating what resources will be required to complete your chosen task, coding necessary functionality, and executing your plan.

Research on anti crack mechanism of bionic coupling brake disc

According to the biological function of fatigue resistance possessed by biology, this study designed a Bionic Coupling Brake Disc (BCBD) which can inhibit crack propagation as the result of improving fatigue property. Thermal stress field of brake disc was calculated under emergency working condition, and circumferential and radial stress field which lead to fatigue failure of brake disc were investigated simultaneously. Results showed that the maximum temperature of surface reached 890°C and the maximum residual tensile stress was 207 Mpa when the initial velocity of vehicle was 200 km/h. Based on the theory of elastic plastic fracture mechanics, the crack opening displacement and the crack front J integrals of the BCBD and traditional brake disc (TBD) with pre-cracking were calculated, and the strength of crack front was compared. Results revealed the growth behavior of fatigue crack located on surface of brake disc, and proved the anti fatigue resistance of BCBD was better, and the strength of crack resistance of BCBD was much stronger than that of TBD. This simulation research provided significant references for optimization and manufacturing of BCBD.

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When: July 29, 11 am - 12 pm
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