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December 22, 2009
The Fall 2009 issue of Research Abstract, CST's biannual research newsletter, is now available in pdf form online. The issue features explorations of the subatomic physics research being performed by Professor Zein-Eddine Meziani, the surface and environmental chemistry research of Professor Dan Strongin, and research into new methods for machine learning being done by Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Sciences Yuhong Guo.
December 3, 2009
Math's Cristian Gutierrez has received NSF funding for his project "Nonlinear equations of Monge-Ampere type." The award provides $200,000 for a three-year period beginning September 1, 2009. A description of the project:
The project investigates nonlinear partial differential equations of Monge-Ampere type (i.e., equations involving the Jacobian determinant of a map) arising in the mathematical description of numerous optical, acoustic, and electromagnetic applications, in particular, in lens and reflector antenna design. The questions concern existence, uniqueness and regularity of solutions. The project has connections, interactions, and applications within several areas in mathematics and outside.
October 12, 2009
Chemistry's Rodrigo Andrade has received NIH funding for his project "Discovery of Novel Macrolide Antibiotics." The award provides $1,336,923 for the period July 15, 2009 to June 30, 2013. From the abstract:
The rapid rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria represents a serious public health threat that must be addressed... The broad, long-term goal of the proposed work is to meet this need by discovering novel macrolide antibiotics that directly address known resistance mechanisms by rational drug design... The paradigm of natural product structure simplification will be applied to the ketolide telithromycin, a 3rd generation semisynthetic drug derived from the flagship macrolide antibiotic erythromycin A and used in the clinic since 2004, in addition to cethromycin.
October 7, 2009
Biology's Bob Sanders has received NSF funding for the project "Collaborative Research: Alternative Nutritional Strategies in Antarctic Protists." The award provides $388,250 for a three-year period beginning August 1, 2009. From the project abstract:
Most organisms meet their carbon and energy needs using photosynthesis (phototrophy) or ingestion/assimilation of organic substances (heterotrophy). However, a nutritional strategy that combines phototrophy and heterotrophy - mixotrophy - is geographically and taxonomically widespread in aquatic systems...The goals of this project are to understand the importance of alternative nutritional strategies for Antarctic species that combine phototrophic and phagotrophic processes in the same organism. The research will combine field investigations of plankton and ice communities in the Southern Ocean with laboratory experiments on Kleptodinium and recently identified mixotrophs from our Antarctic culture collections.
October 5, 2009
Chemistry's Robert Stanley has received NSF funding for his project "Photoinduced electron transfer in DNA photolyase." The award provides $460,000 for a three-year period beginning September 1, 2009. From the project abstract:
DNA photolyase (PL) is a protein that binds and repairs CPDs [DNA damage] with exquisite specificity. Uniquely, photolyase uses visible light as an energy source. Once bound, the CPD is repaired in about two billionths of a second after the absorption of the catalytic photon. This photon is absorbed by the protein-bound Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide (FAD), a vitamin B2 derivative which transfers an electron to the CPD. This critical ultrafast electron transfer step is not well understood. Professor Stanley and his students will use state-of-the-art biophysical, biochemical, and molecular biology methods to determine the details of this electron transfer mechanism at the molecular level.
September 23, 2009
The Department of Energy has renewed Zein-Eddine Meziani's project "Nuclear Research Using the Electromagnetic Probe" for $995,000 over the next three years, an increase of $185,000 over the prior 3-year period.
July 29, 2009
Through PI Daniel Strongin in the chemistry department, the College has received its first major grant for common instrumentation: $431,480 toward the purchase of a new transmission electron microscope. The microscope will be located in Beury Hall and be made available for use by all Temple researchers.
Transmission electron microscopes operate on the same principles as light microscopes, but transmit beams of electrons rather than light through thin samples. They can be tens of thousands of times more powerful than light microscopes, enabling researchers to see objects on the molecular scale. More information
July, 28 2009
Biology chair Shohreh Amini is PI and biology's Nina Hillman, chemistry's Eric Borguet and the College of Education's Judith Stull are co-PIs on "Scientists as Teachers; Teachers as Scientists," a project that recently received roughly $2.5 million in funding over 5 years from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project will fund 8 graduate fellows in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The fellows will work with local science and math teachers to infuse the latest scientific methods and technologies into lesson plans and interact about pedagogy, science content and laboratory research at a new summer institute. Fellows will also take part in a newly developed professional development program and a required science ethics course, both of which will eventually be incorporated college-wide.
July 20, 2009
July 14 , 2009
Biology graduate student Andrea Quattrini, a member of Erik Cordes' research group, has won a 2009-2010 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) scholarship. The Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship carries a 12-month stipend, an annual cost-of-education allowance, and support for a four- to six-week research collaboration at a NOAA facility for a total of $168,000 over 4 years. Quattrini's research focuses in general on the diversity, taxonomy, and ecology of deep-sea ecosystems, especially deep-sea coral reefs and associated fishes, and in particular, at Temple, on the genetic connectivity of gorgonians, particularly Callogorgia americana delta (Family Primnoidae), a species endemic to the Gulf of Mexico.
July 7, 2009
Antonio Giordano, director of the Sbarro Institute, has published a comprehensive overview featured on the cover of Nature Reviews Drug Discovery that explores the prospects and progress of synthetic inhibitors to target cell cycle kinases in cancer. More information
June 22, 2009
Physics professor C. J. Martoff is a collaborator on the Gravitation and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer project, which has been selected for a flight mission between 2012 and 2015. This NASA Goddard Space Flight Center X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory project will measure polarization of x-rays from black holes and magnetars, revealing their structure and probing general relativity in strong gravity. Martoff, who was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Senior Fellow at Goddard in 2008, and his PhD student Michael Dion spent the fall of 2008 at Goddard applying Martoff's negative-ion time projection chamber technology (NITPC) to studies of the NITPC instrument to be used on the flight. Temple News Communications story
June 22, 2009
Longin Jan Latecki of the CIS department has received a grant from VIPMobile, Inc. for the project "Airborne Dynamic Detection and Discrimination of Dismounts (AD4)." The award provides $33,000 for the period March 1, 2009 through Dec. 15, 2009.
June 9, 2009
Chemistry professor Eric Borguet, through his lab's partnership with the Applied Sensor Research & Development Corp., has received funding from the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED). The $250,000 project, which will also include partners at Drexel University and Avianna Molecular & Technologies, is entitled "Acoustic Array Biosensor Utilizing Nanostructured Films for Multiplexed Point of Care Diagnosis of Infectious Agents."
June 3, 2009
Biology professor Jacqueline Tanaka received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project "Temple University Minority Access to Research Careers." The award provides an estimated $2,321,800 for the period June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2014.
The grant will fund the Temple University Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. MARC students will join a CST research laboratory the summer before their junior year and spend the summer before their senior year at an outside laboratory.
June 3, 2009
Graduate student Oleksandr Isaienko, a member of Eric Borguet's research group, has received a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service to study and perform research in Germany. Oleksandr plans to visit the group of Professor Peter Vohringer at the University of Bonn in the fall of 2009.
May 26, 2009
May 3, 2009
Chemistry professor Eric Borguet has received a grant award from the ASR&D Corporation for his project "Development of a Novel Single Channel Biosensor Chip Utilizing Piezoelectric Acoustic Plate Waves." The award provides $39,976 for the period May 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009.
April 24, 2009
Physics chair Rongjia Tao received a grant from the Department of Defense for the project "Radioactive Materials and the Surrounding Atmosphere." The award provides an estimated $452,818 for the period March 1, 2009 through April 7, 2012.
April 23, 2009
Dr. Michael Klein, who joins the department of chemistry effective July 1, 2009, has received a grant from Procter and Gamble for the project "Molecular Modeling of Surfactant Kinetics." The award provides $120,000 for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
April 2, 2009
The College of Science and Technology's first Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) Faculty-Student Match Day was held Tuesday, March 31, 2009. SURP is a new CST program that encourages undergraduate research participation by matching faculty grant funding used for stipends, helping undergraduate students get a head start on a career in research. More information
March 30, 2009
Undergraduate and graduate students showcased their recent research at the Student Research Poster Symposium, part of Temple University's Research Week. More information
March 24, 2009
March 16, 2009
Physics professor Zein-Eddine Meziani's Spin Asymmetries of the Nucleon Experiment (SANE) experiment at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is featured on the Lab's webpage. More information
February 23, 2009
Yury Grabovsky, a member of the Mathematics Department since 1999, performs the majority of his research in the field of Calculus of Variations and its applications to Continuum Mechanics. His work in the calculus of variations recently led to the solution of an important open problem originating in the early 20th century. Full Profile
February 16, 2009
Eric Borguet received a grant from the Benjamin Franklin Technology Center for the project "Array Piezoelectric Sensors." The award provides $64,434 for the period Sept. 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009. He also received funding for the project "Nanoscale Cellular Probes." The award provides $198,000 for the period Sept. 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.
February 11, 2009
Chemistry's Christian Schafemeister has obtained a research grant award from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for the project entitled: "Molecular Lego Based Catalysis." The award provides $510,363 for the first year of support with total funding estimated at $1,506,433 for the period February 10, 2009 through February 9, 2012.
February 5, 2009
Slobodan Vucetic of the Center for Information Science and Technology and CIS and Li Bai, of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the College of Engineering, received a grant from the ExxonMobil Global Services Company for the project "Software Integration and Data Mining Methods for Oil Refinery System Using Mobile Agent Framework." The award provides $40,000 for the period Dec. 1, 2008 through May 31, 2009.
January 31, 2009
Nicholas Davatzes, of the Earth and Environmental Science Department, received a grant from Shell International Exploration and Production Inc. for the project "Evolution of hydraulic and mechanical properties of clay-rich faults rocks: MAOB Normal Fault System, Utah, USA." The award provides $146,000 for the period Dec. 11, 2008 through May 1, 2010.
January 22, 2009
Isaak Pesenson is part of a group based at the California Institute of Technology that received National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency funding for a project entitled "A Framework for regularizing hyperspectral images - image processing, spectral domain dimension reduction, visualization and quality assessment." The project seeks to clarify the infrared images of distant objects obtained by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
January 15, 2009
Erik Cordes received $379,769 for his project "Deepwater Program: Exploration and Research of Northern Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Natural and Artificial Hard Bottom Habitats with Emphasis on Coral Communities." The grant will fund several cruises in the Gulf of Mexico seeking new deepwater coral communities and a greater understanding of the factors that govern deepwater coral growth, both on natural and artificial surfaces.
Cordes has also published an invited paper, "Macro-Ecology of Gulf of Mexico Cold Seeps," in the inaugural issue of Annual Reviews in Marine Science, the first marine science publication in the high-impact Annual Reviews series.
January 12, 2009
Shohreh Amini, chair of the Biology department, received a $6 million competitive renewal for her work investigating neurological abnormalities in the central nervous system caused by HIV infection. More Information