Science research roundup: January 2022

Arts & Sciences researchers recently received honors and awards from the National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, and U.S. Department of Education.

Kater Murch, professor of physics, and collaborators at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) won a $750,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research to support their work on creating new ways to construct and control quantum systems. Read more from IUPUI.

Jay Ponder, professor of chemistry, received a $152,775 supplemental award from the National Institutes of Health. The award supports Ponder’s ongoing project titled “Specificity and Selectivity in Protein-Ion Binding.”

Senior Abdullah Kuziez received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which provides American students the opportunity to earn an advanced degree in the United Kingdom. Kuziez is majoring in biophysics and biochemistry in Arts & Sciences and plans to earn a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Oxford as part of his ongoing search for cancer treatments that are both effective and accessible. Read more from The Source.

Courtney Reichhardt, assistant professor of chemistry, won a $110,000 postdoc-to-faculty transition award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). This award is the next phase of an already-received grant from CFF, supporting an ongoing project titled “Investigating Biofilm Matrix in Infections That Continue After CFTR Modulator Treatment.”

Ryan Valdez, a graduate student working with Petra Levin in the Department of Biology, won a $105,033 MIRA grant from the National Institutes of Health to promote diversity in health-related research.

Debashis Mondal, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, received a $73,789 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Markov Random Fields, Geostatistics and Matrix-Free Computation.”

Three students in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences were honored for their research with awards and fellowships. Angelique Delarazan, an NSF fellow working with Zachariah Reagh, received the Society for Neuroscience 2021 Trainee Professional Development Award. Anne Claire Grammer, a university fellow working with Denise Wilfley, received a National Research Service Award from the NIH and a scholarship from the Academy for Eating Disorders. Grammer also won the Association for Psychological Science 2021 Student Grant Competition. Clarissa Tardiff, a university fellow working with Desirée White, won the PheFree Research Fellowship. Read more from The Source.

Mark McDaniel, director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) and professor of psychological and brain sciences, received a $30,008 award from the U.S. Department of Education as part of a collaborative research project titled “The Canvas+Terracotta LMS-Based Experimental Education Research Platform.”

Arpita Bose, associate professor of biology, received an $8,000 grant from the Army Educational Outreach Program to support high school apprenticeships.

Brian Carpenter, professor of psychological and brain sciences, won a $1,500 award from the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP) to support his project on “Building Pathways to Academic Geropsychology.”

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