Aaron Bauer, Biology Professor and Gerald M. Lemole Endowed Chair in Integrative Biology, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF): $312,687 for the $884,855 Collaborative Research grant, “Survey and Analysis of the Angolan Herpetofauna,” and $173,606 from the NSF OPUS (Opportunities for Presenting Understanding through Synthesis) for completing the research and writing of a book titled “The Diversity and Comparative Biology of Geckos.”
The Biology Department, led by Assistant Professor Elaine Youngman, with Associate Professor Todd Jackman, and Associate Professor and Dennis M. Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics Dennis Wykoff, and Associate Professor James Wilson, was awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant of $126,349 for the “Acquisition of Illumina MiSeq for Education and Research.”
David Chuss, Associate Professor of Physics, has received funding for three grants from NASA including: $30,000 for “HAWC+ Integration and Science Support,” $41,852 for “Technology Maturation for CMBpol Detectors,” and $69,000 for “SOFIA Cycle 4 observation, Phase II.”
Edward Guinan, Professor in Astrophysics & Planetary Science, has been awarded several grants through NASA, including: $40,324 for “The ABCs of the old G1.5V/G2.5V/M4-5V Star System 16 Cygni: Calibrating Coronal X-ray Emission for Old Benchmark Stars,” $62,000 for “Exposing the Secret X-ray Lives of Cepheids with XMM-Newton,” and on March, 15, 2016, he flew on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) for his proposal, “Spectrally-resolved forbidden emission lines: New EXES constraints on accelerating flows from cool evolved stars.”
Daniel Kraut, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, has been awarded an NSF RUI grant of $411,380 for “Effect of Substrate Polyubiquitination on Proteasomal Unfolding Ability.”
Andrej Prsa, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics & Planetary Science, has received three grants this fiscal year. They include: NSF for $300,000 for “1% accuracy in fundamental stellar parameters? Not without an extensive redesign of eclipsing binary models,” $170,000 for an NSF Collaborative “A uniform sample of Kepler eclipsing binaries as benchmark stars to constrain stellar models on the lower main sequence,” and $30,000 from NASA’s K2 Guest Observer for “Eclipsing Binary Stars: Indispensable Astrophysical Laboratories for Studying Stellar Populations.”
Edward Sion, Professor of Astrophysics & Planetary Science, received $27,818 from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute for “The Supernova Ia Candidate T Pyxidis.”
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Jeremy Carlo, Assistant Professor of Physics, was awarded $40,000 from the Cottrell College Science Awards from the Cottrell Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science for “Neutron Scattering and Muon Spin Relaxation Studies of Geometrically Frustrated Double Perovskites.”
Janette Herbers, Associate Professor of Psychology, received $51,376 from the William Penn Foundation through a through a partnership with the People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia, for her role in “Building Systems' Capacities to Address Early Achievement Gaps Among Young Children Experiencing Homelessness.”
Steven Goldsmith, Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment, and Amanda Grannas, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director the Center for Energy and Environmental Education (VCE3), received $72,891 through the Penn State “PA Sea Grant” for “Sources and fate of triclosan in the Brandywine watershed.”
James Ijames, Assistant Professor of Theatre, was awarded a 2015 $75,000 Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Fellowship.
Daniel Kraut, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, also received a $40,000 award from the Cottrell College Science Awards from the Cottrell Research Corporation for the Advancement of Science for “Do Proteasomal Motor Proteins Have Separable Functions?”
Susan Mackey-Kallis, Associate Professor of Communications, was awarded a Fulbright to Japan, lecturing and teaching three courses at two Japanese universities, Ochanomizu University and Japan Women's Universities, for five months.
Daniel Mark, Assistant Professor of Political Science, received a $34,000 visiting fellowship from the Department of Politics at Princeton University under the sponsorship of their department’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.
Whitney Martinko, Assistant Professor of History, received a $35,000 Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship for "Progress through Preservation: History on the American Landscape in an Age of Improvement, 1785-1860."
In the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Peter Spitaler, Associate Professor and Chair, and Jose Irizarry, Associate Professor, received $17,303 from the Wabash Foundation for “A Collaborative Teaching Apprenticeship for Students and Faculty for the PhD Program in Theology at Villanova University.”
Paul Steege, Associate Professor of History, received a Fulbright Association Senior Scholar Research Grant to conduct research in and around Berlin for his project “Everyday Life, Everyday Violence: Berlin and the Twentieth Century.”