Grants Received: May 1-Oct. 31, 2012

The 2012 cohort of Duquesne University Bayer Scholars

One of the major responsibilities of professors in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences is to seek external funding to support their research. In the last six months, the faculty obtained a total of nearly $2.5 million. Below is a compilation of those awards.

Dr. Jennifer Aitken

  • $140,000 for Year 1 of a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation for Optical, Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Multi-Cation Diamond-Like Semiconductors: Intricate Semiconductor Systems for Physical Property Tuning
  • $19,350 in additional funding from the American Chemical Society and other donations for the Project SEED Program, which provides an opportunity for economically disadvantaged high school students to be introduced to work in the chemistry lab
  • $6,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Inc. for the Project SEED Program.

Drs. Jeff Evanseck and Jeffry D. Madura

  • $85,924 for Year 2 funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse for a joint computational/experimental biomedical summer research program for undergraduates
  • $6,000 from Gaussian Inc. for the Center for Computational Sciences

Dr. Fraser Fleming

  • $126,000 from the National Science Foundation for Metalated Nitriles: Unmasking Fundamental Reactivity
  • $463,200 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for Developing Isonitrile Chemistry for Medicinal Applications.

Dr. Fred Fochtman

  • $193,084 from Weatherford, US LP, for research, review and to prepare a publication of a compendium of monographs of chemicals used in various industries

Dr. Ellen Gawalt

  • $5,000 from Cabertech
  • $3,000 from the Bayer Corp.

Dr. Ben Kolber

  • $6,000 from the Hunkele Dreaded Disease Award for Treating Comorbid Major Depression and Chronic Pain with Novel Compounds that Target Both Individual Diseases

Dr. Jeffry Madura

  • $288,000 from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Drug Abuse for CRCNS: Computational and Experimental Study of Dopamine and Serotonin Transporter.

Dr. Joseph McCormick

  • $1,000 from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Jana Patton Vogt

  • $1,000 from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. John Pollock

  • $250,000 from an anonymous donor to be used to conduct research for and support the creation of Scientastic!, a television series with related digital media

Dr. Brady Porter

  • $10,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Forest Service for sampling unassessed streams in the Bennett Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek near DuBois

Dr. John Stolz

  • $134,820 from the Heinz Endowments and $134,820 from the Colcom Foundation for surveying well water quality in Western Pennsylvania in counties with unconventional gas drilling
  • $42,500 from the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice for public service
  • $25,000 from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for surveying water quality in Western Pennsylvania ponds associated with coal combustion product waste
  • $16,000 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for Continued Investigations of 'Alternative' Anaerobic Biogeochemical Redox Cycles in Volcanic, Hypersaline Environments: Earth, Mars and Europa

Drs. Nancy Trun and Sarah Woodley

  • $503,280 from the National Science Foundation for Expanding and Refining the Application-Based Service-Learning Pedagogy

Dr. Stephanie Wetzel

  • $7,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy

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