Recent Grant Awards

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.”

New Private Foundation Support over $10,000

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.

New Federal Grants FY17

Three grants were awarded by NASA’s Research Opportunities in Earth and Space Science (ROSES) Astrophysics Data Analysis Program. These include:

David Chuss, Physics, received $266,029 for a two year grant from for “The Mid-IR/Microwave Connection: Is Anomalous Microwave Emission Due to Spinning Dust?” 

Patrick Godon, Astrophysics & Planetary Science, received $266,612 for a two year grant for “A Systematic Homogeneous Archival Ultraviolet Spectral Analysis of Cataclysmic Variables using a Modified Standard Disk Model.”

Kelly Prsa, Astrophysics & Planetary Science, received $146,866 for “Heartbeat Stars.”

Adriano Duque, Romance Languages and Literatures, received $28,925 from the Fulbright Scholar Program for “Celebrating John the Baptist: Shared Saint Veneration among Muslims and Christians in Morocco.”

Irene Kan, Psychology, received $31,695 from the Fulbright Scholar Program for “Memory Scaffolding: Interaction Between Prior Knowledge and New Learning.”

Beth Malmskog, Math and Statistics, received a $40,000 Young Investigator award from the National Security Agency for “Curves with Many Points, Jacobian Varieties, and Reduction Properties.”

Matthew Matell, Psychology, received $390,066 for a three year grant from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Temporal Modulation of 'Wanting' and 'Liking.”  

Kevin Minbiole, Chemistry, received $159,820 for a two year grant from the NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems RUI Collaborative Research for “Host and Pathogen Interactions in the Amphibian Disease, Chytridiomycosis.” He also was awarded $156,866 for a three year grant from the NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for “Collaborative Research: Host and Pathogen Interactions in the Amphibian Disease, Chytridiomycosis.” 

Lisa Rodrigues, Geography and the Environment, received $540,092 for a three year grant from the NSF Division of Integrative Organismal Systems for “Collaborative Research: RUI: Physiological mechanisms involved in the allocation of energy to reproduction in corals under thermal stress.”

Edward Sion, Astrophysics, was awarded $93,162 from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Grant for “Short Orbital Period Recurrent Novae as Supernovae Type la Progenitors.”

Nathanial Weston, Geography and the Environment, received $348,176 for a six year grant from the NSF Division of Ocean Sciences continuing grant of for “LTER-Plum Island Ecosystems: Dynamics of coastal ecosystems in a region of rapid climate change, sea-level rise, and human impacts.”

New Private Foundation Grants over $10,000 FY17

Robert Beck and Mary-Ann Papalaskari, Computing Science, received $35,000 from Google Computer Science for High School for their project “Advance and Achieve.”  

Jesse Couenhoven, Humanities and Classical Studies, received two fellowships: $20,363, from Notre Dame/Cornell University for “Hopeful Pessimism,” and $70,000 from the Center of Theological Inquiry for the “Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology​.”

Janette Herbers, Psychology, received $51,376 from the William Penn Foundation 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.”

Sarvesh Kulkarni and Vijay Gehlot, Computer Science, received an $80,000 grant from Comcast for “Mitigation of Undesirable Association Behaviors of Mobile Devices With Public WiFi Networks.” 

Andrew Liu, History, received two fellowships: $45,000 for the InterAsia Program Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship from the ACLU/Luce Foundation and $40,000 for the Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council.

Vincent Lloyd, Theology, had received a $25,000 grant from the Louisville Institute for “Religious Education in Prisons” before starting at Villanova, and received $70,162 from the John Templeton Foundation’s “Moral Beacons” project through Wake Forest University for “Is Charisma Moral? Pneumatology, Social Theory, and Moral Exemplars?

Anna Moreland, Theology, received $77,665 for a Fellowship at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. 

Andrew Scott, Humanities and Classical Studies, received a fellowship of $33,912 from the Loeb Harvard Classical Library Fellowship for “Out of the dust and slaughter: reconsidering Cassius Dio's contemporary history.

Barry Selinsky, Lyla Kaplan, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Catherine Stecyk, Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, received $130,000 for a three year grant from the Beckman Foundation for the “Beckman Scholars Program.” 

Federal FY18  

Samantha Chapman and Adam Langley, Biology, received $895,000 ($552,000 to Villanova) for three years from NSF’s Division of Environmental Biology, Ecosystem Science for “RUI: Collaborative Research: The Influence of Mangrove Invasion and Rising Temperatures on Belowground Processes in Coastal Ecosystems.”

David Chuss, Physics, received two grants from NASA: $31,000 from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for “HAWC+ Data Pipeline, Analysis and Science Support,” and $155,000 for two years from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy for “A Polarimetric Survey of the Cool Dust in the Central Molecular Zone of the Milky Way.”

Scott Engle, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, received $32,000 from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory for “Living with a Red Dwarf: A Chandra Archival Study of dM Star Activity and Habitability.”

Amanda Grannas, Chemistry, received $236,000 for three years from the NSF’s Arctic Research Opportunities Program for “RUI: Collaborative Research: Marine Aerosols in the Artic: Linking surface water chemistry and biology with primary organic particle production.

Edward Guinan, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, received $77,000 from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory for “Beyond Proxima b: Characterizing the X-ray Environments of the Next Three Nearest Potentially Habitable Exoplanets.”

Janette Herbers, Psychology, received $511,000 for five years from NSF’s CAREER program for “Supporting Healthy Development of Infants in Contexts of Poverty and Homelessness.”

Joseph Neilsen, Physics, received two grants for a total of $85,000 from NASA: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) for “NuSTAR NICER Observations of Hole Transients” and “Gravity, Variability, and Winds in GRS 1915+105 with NuSTAR and Chandra

Andrej Prsa, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, received $449,000, ($320,000 to Villanova), for two years from NASA’s Astrophysics Data Analysis Program for “Sub-1% accuracy in fundamental stellar parameters of low-mass stars in triply eclipsing systems.”

Edward Sion, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, received $85,000, ($71,000 to Villanova), from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 25 Grant Award "The SN Ia Candidate T Pyxidis: Is The Accretion Rate Declining?"

Steven Strader, Geography & the Environment, received $245,00, ($145,000 to Villanova), from NOAA for “FY 2017 Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment in the Southeast U.S. (VORTEX-SE), and Infrasound Detection of Tornadoes.

Nathaniel Weston, Steven Goldsmith, Melanie Vile, Geography & the Environment & R. Kelman Wieder, Biology, received $287,000 from NSF: MRI for “Acquisition of an Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) for Environmental Research.

Private FY18

Vincent Lloyd, Theology, received a $200,000 for two years from the Luce Foundation for his “Political Theology Network.”

Daniel Mark, Political Science, received a $70,000 fellowship from the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.

Timothy McCall, History and Art History, received fellowships totaling $66,600 from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society for “Matters of Renaissance Fashion.

Joseph Neilsen, Physics, received two, two-year grants from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory: $80,000 for “An Integrated Approach to Winds, Jets, and State Transitions” and $75,000 for “Action at the Horizon: Chandra/EHT Observations of Sgr A.”

Lisa Rodrigues and Steven Goldsmith, Geography and the Environment, received $85,000 for two years from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for “Monitoring the Guánica Watershed Management Plan.”

R. Kelman Wieder, Biology, and Melanie Vile, Geography and the Environment, received $1 million (Canadian $) from the Alberta Environment and Parks for “Oil Sands Wetlands Ecosystem Monitoring Network Design: Atmospheric Deposition Effects on Peatland Ecosystem Biogeochemistry Response Component.”

Less than $10,000

Ian Claussen, Melanie Webb, and Marylu Hill, ACS, received a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program for "Caritas toward Unitas: Teaching African-American Literature in the spirit of Augustine."

Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Math and Statistics, received one from the American Mathematical Society, and one from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics.

Kathryn Haymaker, Math and Statistics, received a grant from the University of Nebraska for "WATCH US Prototype Proposal: Mathematics Discovery Bootcamp.”

Lauren Shohet, English, received a fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Yannik Thiem, Philosophy, received a subcontract of a $75,000 grant from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation Scholarly Communications Program for “Conduct Unbecoming: Toward a Code of Publication Ethics in Philosophy.”