Dartmouth Discovery: Grants

Dartmouth researchers were awarded a combined $27.3 million in new and competing awards during August 2012 ($19.1 million) and September 2012 ($8.2 million), for projects that range from studying black holes to cancer research to examining causes of hearing loss.

Professors Frank Magilligan (left) and Carl Renshaw are studying the effects of the Tropical Storm Irene floods. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

Below, view the complete list of awards as reported by the Office of Sponsored Projects.

August 2012 Research AwardsAward commitment from the sponsoring agency is for a single year unless otherwise indicated.

Mary-Margaret Andrews—MedicineSponsoring agency: Health Resources and Services Administration Project: “Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part D Grants for Coordinated HIV Services and Access to Research for WICY” 35-month project

Kelly Aschbrenner—PsychiatrySponsoring agency: Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Project: “Developing a Social Support Component for Healthy Lifestyle Interventions for Persons with Serious Mental Illness” 2-year project

Ian Baker—Thayer School of EngineeringSponsoring agency: Department of Energy Project: “TAOI B Laves Phase-Strengthened Austenitic Steels for Coal-Fired Power Systems” 3-year project

Giovanni Bosco—GeneticsSponsoring agency: National Institute of General Medical Sciences Project: “Chromosome Pairing and Condensins” 11-month project

Mary Brunette, R. Drake, J. Ferron and J. Gottlieb—Psychiatry and G. McHugo and H. Xie—Community and Family MedicineSponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Decision Support for Smoking Cessation in Young Adults with Severe Mental Illness” 2-year project

Alan Budney—PsychiatrySponsoring agency: Yale University Project: “FAAH-Inhibitor for Cannabis Dependence” 10-month project

Tracie Caller and E. Stommel—NeurologySponsoring agency: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Project: “Epidemiology of ALS in Northern New England: A Possible Relationship to Environmental Toxins”

Jay Dunlap and S. Gerber—GeneticsSponsoring agency: National Institute of General Medical Sciences Project: “Genetic and Molecular Dissection of the Neurospora Clock” 47-month project

Alan Eastman—Pharmacology and Toxicology and A. Danilov—MedicineSponsoring agency: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Project: “Enhancing the Efficacy of BCL2 Inhibitors in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia” 3-year project

Richard Enelow—Medicine and S. Fiering—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: University of Virginia Project: “Organ Specific Anti-Viral Immunity: Role of Innate and Adaptive Immune Effectors”

Paul Gorman—PsychiatrySponsoring agency: Vermont Department of Health Project: “Vermont State Hospital Consultation” 7-month project

Robert Gougelet—MedicineSponsoring agency: State of New Hampshire Project: “Northern New England Metropolitan Medical Response System” 23-month project

Ryan Hickox—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Collaborative Research:  The Hidden Side of Rapidly Growing Black Holes:  Host Masses and Evolution of Obscured Quasars with SDSS and WISE” 3-year project

Mary Hudson, R. Caldwell, J. LaBelle, K. Lynch and R. Millan—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: Department of Education Project: “Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program" 3-year project

Thomas Jack and M. Ayres—Biological SciencesSponsoring agency: Department of Education Project: “Increasing Graduate Education in the Biological Sciences” 3-year project

Songbai Ji and K. Paulsen—Thayer School of Engineering and E. Demidenko—Community and Family Medicine and D. Roberts—SurgerySponsoring agency: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Project: “Measuring Material Properties of the Human Brain in vivo” 2-year project

Paul Kispert—SurgerySponsoring agency: Vanderbilt University Project: “Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Support Center at Vanderbilt-AAMC”

F. Jon Kull, R. Cantor, D. Glueck and J. Winn—ChemistrySponsoring agency: Department of Education Project: “GAANN Project in Chemistry at Dartmouth College” 3-year project

Manabu Kurokawa—Pharmacology and ToxicologySponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Molecular Mechanisms of Chemoresistance in Breast Cancer” 3-year project

Wen Li—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: VERANNE Project: “JPA-LI” 3-month project

Sarah Lord—PsychiatrySponsoring agency: National Institute of Mental Health Project: “Mobile Text Message Intervention to Promote HIV/STI Service Use by At-Risk” 23-month project

Carmen Marsit and J. DeLeo—Pharmacology and ToxicologySponsoring agency: Butler Hospital Project: “Childhood Maltreatment: Epigenetic Modulation of the Glucocorticoid Receptor”

Ming Meng—Psychological and Brain SciencesSponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Categorical Perception in the Processing of Faces” 3-year project

Hans-Reinhard Mueller—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: Space Telescope Science Institute Project: “In Search of a Young Solar Wind” 38-month project

Randolph Noelle—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: ImmuNext, Inc. Project: “Evaluation of VISTA as a Therapeutic Target” 3-year project

Randolph Noelle, D. Dalton and M. Turk—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Synergy of the Innate and Acquired Immune Responses in Tumor Immunity” 2-year project

Gerald O'Connor—Medicine and E. Nelson—Community and Family MedicineSponsoring agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Project: “Cystic Fibrosis National Program”

Rosa Orellana—MathematicsSponsoring agency: National Security Agency Project: “Conference Series: Discrete Mathematics Days in the Northeast”

Deborah Ornstein—MedicineSponsoring agency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine Project: “Regional Hemophilia Network”

George O'Toole—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: Cornell University Project: “Molecular Mechanism Regulating Periplasmic Proteolysis in Bacterial Pathogenesis”

Devon Renock—Earth SciencesSponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Collaborative Research: A Multi-Method Approach to Determine the Role of Semiconducting Oxide and Sulfide Surfaces in Catalyzing As, Cr, and Se Redox” 3-year project

Carl Renshaw and W. Dade—Earth Sciences and F. Magilligan—GeographySponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Geomorphic Response and Recovery to Hurricane Irene Floods: Characterizing Reach-Scale and Regional Controls on Fluvial Adjustments and Fine Sediment” 42-month project 

James Sargent—PediatricsSponsoring agency: Fogarty International Center Project: “Cinema Smoking and Youth Smoking in Latin America” 5-year project

James Saunders—Surgery and C. Belden—RadiologySponsoring agency: Creare, Inc. Project: “Automated System for Digital Measurements of Ear Canal Geometry” 18-month project

George Schaller—Biological SciencesSponsoring agency: Department of Energy Project: “Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Ethylene Perception and Signaling in Arabidopsis”

George Schaller—Biological SciencesSponsoring agency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Project: “MCA-PGR: Genomic Approaches to Understanding Cytokinin Signaling and Function in Rice”

Bengt Sonnerup—Thayer School of EngineeringSponsoring agency: University of Colorado Project: “Ion and Electron Velocity Signatures at Solar Wind Reconnection Exhausts” 3-year project

Michael Sporn—Pharmacology and ToxicologySponsoring agency: Johns Hopkins University Project: “Nrf2 Signaling and Oxidative Stress in Age-Related Macular Degeneration”

Tracy Stecker—Community and Family MedicineSponsoring agency: Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers Project: “Mobile Interventions for Veterans with Serious Mental Illness”

Harold Swartz, A. Flood and B. Williams—RadiologySponsoring agency: Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Project: “In Vivo Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Tooth Dosimetry for Rapid Point-of-Care Diagnostic Assessment of Absorbed Doses of Ionizing Radiation” 47-month project

Douglas Van Citters—Thayer School of EngineeringSponsoring agency: OrthoSensor, Inc. Project: “Analog Infection Detection Prototype” 3-month project

Li Wang and M. Turk—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “VISTA, a Novel Checkpoint Pathway that Suppresses Anti-tumor T Cell Responses” 58-month project

 

September 2012 Research Awards

Award commitment from the sponsoring agency is for a single year unless otherwise indicated.

Anna Adachi-Mejia and T. Foster—The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical PracticeSponsoring agency: University of Washington Project: “Rural Town Walkability: Measuring the Effect of the Built Environment” 4-month project

Christopher Amos—Community and Family Medicine and W. Black—RadiologySponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer of the Lung” 22-month project

Denise Anthony—Institute for Security, Technology, and SocietySponsoring agency: National Security Agency Project: “Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) 2012-2013 ”

Matthew Ayres—Biological SciencesSponsoring agency: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Project: “Assessing Southern Pine Beetle Mortality in the New Jersey Pinelands” 2-year project

Devin Balkcom—Computer ScienceSponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “RI: Small: Practical techniques for robotic manipulation of string and wire” 6-year project

William Black—RadiologySponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Using Modeling to Develop Lung Cancer Screening”

Sergey Bratus and S. Smith—Institute for Security, Technology, and SocietySponsoring agency: Intel Corporation Project: “Capturing and Enforcing Intent Semantics for Trust Evidence” 3-year project 

Jay Buckey and T. MacKenzie—MedicineSponsoring agency: Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research Project: “Field Deployable Hearing Assessment System for Tracking Noise-Induced Hearing Loss”

Alan Budney—PsychiatrySponsoring agency: Johns Hopkins University Project: “The Role of Sleep in the Treatment of Cannabis Use Disorders”

Celia Chen—Biological Sciences and B. Jackson—Earth SciencesSponsoring agency: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Project: “Climate Impact on Coastal Ecosystem Methylmercury: Human Exposure Implications” 34-month project

Francesca Civano—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Project: “A Variable Energy, Redshifted, Iron Absorption Line in a Recoiling Black Hole” 

Carrie Colla and E. Meara—The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and J. Skinner and C. Snyder—Economics and E. Fisher—MedicineSponsoring agency: National Institute on Aging Project: “Learning from Medicare Payment Reform: Economic Effects of ACO Incentives” 15-month project

Robert Cramer—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Project: “Hypoxia Adaptation and Fungal Virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus” 11-month project

Zajj Daugherty—MathematicsSponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Combinatorics and Representation Theory of Centralizer Algebras” 3-year project

Richard Denton—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Collaborative Research:  Magnetospheric Mass Density” 4-year project

Jennifer Doherty—Community and Family MedicineSponsoring agency: Hutchinson Cancer Center Project: “Telomeres and Lung Cancer Incidence and Survival” 13-month project

Dale Eickelman—Office of the ProvostSponsoring agency: University of Kuwait Project: “American University of Kuwait-Dartmouth Advisory Project”

Elliott Fisher—The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical PracticeSponsoring agency: Dynamic Clinical Systems, Inc. Project: “Research Platform Integrating Patient Reported and Clinical Outcomes Data Source” 6-month project 

Frederick Gibbons—Psychological and Brain Sciences and J. Sargent—PediatricsSponsoring agency: Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii Project: “Self-Control as a Moderator for Effects of Mass Media on Adolescent Substance Abuse”

Marjorie Godfrey—The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice and M. Splaine—MedicineSponsoring agency: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Project: “Accelerating Improvement for CF Care”

David Goodman and E. Fisher—The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical PracticeSponsoring agency: Health Resources and Services Administration Project: “Primary Care Service Area Enhancements and Studies” 5-year project

Henry Higgs—BiochemistrySponsoring agency:  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Project: “Biological Mechanism of INF2-Mediated FSGS”

Mark Israel—Norris Cotton Cancer Center and A. Hartov—Environmental Sciences and Engineering and D. Jewell—Genetics and A. Tosteson and K. Dragnev—MedicineSponsoring agency: National Cancer Institute Project: “Cancer Center Support Grant” 2-year project

Meredith Kelly—Earth SciencesSponsoring agency: National Science Foundation Project: “Collaborative Research: Climate Controls on the Formation of Tropical Glacier Moraines in the Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda-Congo” 2-year project

Jifeng Liu—Thayer School of EngineeringSponsoring agency: Solar-Tectic LLC Project: “Laser-Directed In-Plane Growth of Single Crystalline and Large-Grained Si Thin Films” 4-month project

Sarah Lord and G. Bond and J. Ferron—Psychiatry and E. Carpenter-Song and G. McHugo and D. Becker—Community and Family Medicine and S. Swanson— New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterSponsoring agency: Department of Education Project: “Development Center to Enhance Evidence-Based Supportive Employment with a Technology-Based Management System” 5-year project

William Lotko—Thayer School of EngineeringSponsoring agency: Southwest Research Institute Project: “Project Scientist: OHMIC Concept Study Report” 18-month project

Carmen Marsit—Pharmacology and ToxicologySponsoring agency: Miriam Hospital Project: “Maternal Smoking: HPA and Epigenetic Pathways to Infant Neurobehavioral Deficit” 4-year projectRandolph Noelle and L. Wang—Microbiology and ImmunologySponsoring agency: ImmuNext, Inc. Project: “Validating Human VISTA and Engineering of VISTA Agonists to Treat Autoimmune Disease”

Ardis Olson—PediatricsSponsoring agency: Johns Hopkins University Project: “Using Handheld Computers for Enhanced Mental Health Care in Primary Care”

Paul Palumbo—MedicineSponsoring agency: Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. Project: “International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group”

Shari Pfleeger—Institute for Information Infrastructure ProtectionSponsoring agency: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Project: “Improving CSIRT Skills, Dynamics and Effectiveness” 3-year project

Alexander Rimberg—Physics and AstronomySponsoring agency: Department of Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory Project: “Ultrasensitive Charge Detection Using a Cavity-Embedded Single Cooper Pair Transistor” 11-month project

James Sargent and S. Tanski—Pediatrics and T. Heatherton—Psychological and Brain SciencesSponsoring agency: Westat Project: “Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Nation Longitudinal Study of Tobacco Users” 58-month project

Erland Schulson—Thayer School of Engineering and C. Renshaw—Earth SciencesSponsoring agency: United States Department of the Interior Project: “The Effect of Healing on the Resistance to Frictional Sliding of Sea Ice” 3-year project

Andreas Taenzer—AnesthesiologySponsoring agency: Children's Hospital Boston Project: “Effects of General vs. Regional Anesthesia on Infant Neurodevelopment and Apnea”

Dennis Washburn—Asian and Middle East Languages and LiteraturesSponsoring agency: The Japan Foundation New York Project: “The Affect of Difference: A Symposium on Representations of Race and Identity Under Japanese Empire” 6-month project

Peter Wright—PediatricsSponsoring agency: Emmes Corporation Project: “Universal Influenza Vaccine Project” 40-month project