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December 21, 2008
Eric Borguet's group has received a grant from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF) to investigate the acid-base chemistry of aqueous-mineral interfaces. Borguet and his students will use vibrational sum frequency generation to measure mineral surface OH-group concentration directly in the presence of OH groups of an aqueous medium using a novel ultra-broadband, infrared optical parametric amplifier developed by the group. The work is important for understanding geochemical environments and potentially impacts the optimization of enhanced oil recovery.
December 21, 2008
Chemistry’s Bradford Wayland has obtained U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding for his project "Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Monoxide and Hydrocarbon Oxidation " to develop strategies, catalyst materials and media for the activation of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons for use with fuels and chemical feedstock. The project will focus on new opportunities to utilize carbon monoxide produced from both biomass and coal in the formation of fuels and organic materials.
December 16, 2008
Christian Schafmeister and his collaborators published the article " Shape-Programmable Macromolecules" in the October issue of Accounts of Chemical Research.
October 23, 2008
Martin Lorenz, on sabbatical for fall 2008, has received a two year grant from the NSA to study topics in noncommutative algebra and invariant theory. He is currently giving a lecture series entitled "Multiplicative invariant theory" at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology in Hanoi and will give another in November at the University of Saint-Etienne. Lorenz is also giving talks at the AMS section meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the Banff International Research Station in Alberta, and at the International Centre des Rencontres Mathematiques in Luminy, France.
October 6, 2008
Dr. Daniel Szyld’s project, "Krylov Subspace and Schwarz Methods for PDEs, Control, and Other Problems," will receive funding estimated at $539,943 total over the next three years. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science.
September 30, 2008
Dr. Igor Rivin will receive $253,471 in funding for his part of a project that seeks to accelerate the rate of discovery of new useful zeolites by computer-aided design. Along with Co-PI Michael Treacy, Rivin will work to allow useful zeolite structures to be discovered (and filtered) in advance of actual physical synthesis by computer-assisted rationalization. A world-renowned mathematician, Rivin's contributions to the field include solutions of long-outstanding problems in geometry, probability theory, combinatorics, dynamics, and other fields.
September 25, 2008
The cover of Volume 123, Issue 9 of the International Journal of Cancer features an image from Dr. Cezary Marcinkiewz’s article, in the same issue, "Angiostatic activity of obtustatin as a1b1 integrin inhibitor in experimental melanoma growth." The article presents the results of experiments with obtustatin, a snake venom KTS-disintegrin, as a specific inhibitor of melanoma progression in two animal systems. Dr. Marcinkiewz is new Research Associate Professor in the Department of Biology.
September 23, 2008
Dr. Longin Jan Latecki and Co-PI Zygmunt Pizlo at Purdue University each received $150,000 in funding from the NSF’s Robust Intelligence program. Their collaborative project will attempt to improve the ability of computers to recognize and extract object information from images.
September 23, 2008
“The goal of this project is to discover and characterize new deepwater coral sites in the northern Gulf of Mexico from 300 to 3000 meters depth,” writes Dr. Cordes in the cruise’s Mission Plan. Dr. Cordes is Chief Scientist on the Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition, which also includes Temple biology graduate student Jay Lunden. Jay helped write the first of the daily log entries the crew is filing on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.
September 10, 2008
By targeting the vascular niche where bone-marrow stem cells reside with parathyroid hormone, Napoli and his fellow researchers may have found an effective and novel therapy for peripheral arterial disease. More Information
September 5, 2008
The tumor suppressor gene pRb2/p130 may provide the first independent prognostic biomarker in cases of soft tissue sarcoma, according to researchers at the Sbarro Institute, the Department of Human Pathology and Oncology, University of Siena and the Center of Oncological Research of Mercogliano in Avellino, Italy. More Information
July 29, 2008
Isoforms from Novel Structure Proteins (NSP), a new family of genes discovered by researchers in the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine in Temple University’s College of Science and Technology, could be involved in apoptosis or programmed cell death. More Information
July 16, 2007
Dr. Eric Borguet will receive an estimated $426,205 through 2011 in support of his project “A Molecular Resolution Investigation of Electron Transfer at Electrochemical Interfaces.” Borguet and his students will research chemical reactivity at solid-liquid interfaces for a greater understanding of molecular charge transfer and transport at charged interfaces. His group focuses on interfacial and nanoscale phenomena at a fundamental level, with spatial and temporal resolution sufficient to resolve the making and breaking of individual bonds. Dr. Borguet is also working on separate projects funded by a NSF-CRC grant and NASA. More Information
July 1 , 2008
Dr. Mark Feitelson is applying the HIV model of combination therapy development to drug treatments for hepatitis B, cirrhosis and and cancer of the liver. The estimated $1,783,000 grant, entitled "Combination Therapies for Chronic HBV, Liver Disease and Cancer," supports his efforts to isolate the most effective combinations of the many new antiviral drugs being approved by the FDA.
June 30, 2008
Researchers at the Sbarro Institue have uncovered the role of the gene variation cdk9-55 in muscle regeneration. Their article published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology shows that the gene is necessary for the reprogramming of muscle stem cells required to complete the tissue regeneration process. More Information
June 23, 2008
Drs. Spiridoula Matsika and Jonathan Shackman recently received separate government grants funding their research.
Dr. Matsika received $200,000 from the Department of Energy for her project "Combining High Level Ab Initio Calculations with Laser Control of Molecular Dynamics." The research aims to advance understanding of laser selective chemistry by combining high level ab initio electronic structure calculations with molecular fragmentation and isomerization experiments using shaped ultrafast laser pulses. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the experimental group of Thomas Weinacht at the Department of Physics, Stony Brook University.
Dr. Shackman received $99,975 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory for his project “Microfluidic Counter Flow Electrophoretic Enrichment Separations Coupled to Chiral Capillary Electrophoresis for Trace Biomarker Analysis.” The objective is the development and application of a sensitive, two-dimensional microfluidic technique combining a counter flow electrophoretic separation and a pre-concentration dimension with a chiral capillary electrophoresis dimension.
June 10, 2008
Using the same concept behind commercial breath-freshening strips, Dr. Greg Smutzer, director of the Laboratory of Gustatory Psychophysics in the Biology Department, has developed a new, easier method for clinical taste testing. More Information
April 23, 2008
Physics Professor Zein-Eddine Meziani, an internationally recognized researcher in nucleon and nuclear physics, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Temple University Faculty Research Award. More Information
Hai-Lung Dai, Dean of the College of Science and Technology, has received a grant from the Air Force Office for Scientific Research for a project titled “Structure and Spectroscopy of Buried Interfaces in Organic Thin Films and Colloids.” The research aims to develop nonlinear optical approaches for characterizing the structure, bonding, and kinetic and dynamic processes occurring at the interfaces in colloids and organic thin films. The grant will pay $450,000 over three years. Dr. Dai is also funded by the National Science Foundation for a research project on vibrational spectroscopy of colloidal particles.
February 8 , 2008
Research that will cast a new spin on particles inside the atomic nucleus has Brad Sawatsky, a postdoc in the Physics Department, the first-ever JSA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. Sawatzky will spend the fellowship's $10,000 research grant to purchase and assemble components of a flash-ADC-based data acquisition system. This cutting-edge electronics system, which is still in development, may allow researchers to record five times more data than they can currently capture. Full Story