SUBJECT: UD Research News
University of Delaware Research
E-NEWSLETTER September 2018
In the Spotlight
Data Science Institute Launch

UD leaders gathered with researchers at the Data Science Institute launch. From left to right, Vicky Funanage, operational vice president for Nemours Biomedical Research; Rodrigo Vargas, associate professor, plant and soil sciences; Provost Robin Morgan; President Dennis Assanis; Data Science Institute Director Cathy Wu; Charles Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation; Anshuman Razdan, associate vice president for research development; John Jeka, chairperson, kinesiology and applied physiology; Lou Rossi, chairperson, mathematical sciences; Henry May, director, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy; Doug Doren, interim vice provost for graduate and professional education.


A 'momentous day' for UD research

The University of Delaware on Tuesday, Sept. 4, celebrated the addition of a powerful new muscle in its research enterprise, launching its Data Science Institute. The new institute, led by Prof. Cathy Wu, links faculty and students from all of UD’s seven colleges, including health sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, behavioral and social sciences and public policy. Also, partnerships with industry, government, military officials and other institutions are in the works.

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RAPID Biomass Observations

Graduate students (from left) Monte Baker-Fales and Pierre Desir and postdoctoral researcher Sebastian Prodinger conduct RAPID biomass observations.


Cleaner, greener U.S. manufacturing

The University of Delaware will continue to help drive a national push to double U.S. energy productivity by the year 2030 through research on four new projects funded by the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute. 

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Summer Scholars at UD

Record-breaking undergrad research

This past summer, more than 530 undergrads enhanced their education by participating in hands-on, cutting-edge discoveries with renowned faculty researchers. 

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News Briefs & Coming Events
Learn about the New York Times report on UD research into the hearing ability of ducks

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WORKSHOP: Writing an Effective NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Proposal 1 - 3:30 p.m.
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UD Research Orientation:
Engaging in Research
at UD for New Faculty and Researchers
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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TRAINING: UD as a Sponsor
2 - 3 p.m. — 130 Hullihen Hall
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Karl W. Böer Memorial / Award Ceremony
10 a.m. Memorial — 2 p.m. Award Ceremony
John M. Clayton Hall
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UD’s new Data Science Institute will benefit from the hiring of more than 10 new faculty this year, representing all seven colleges.
Recent Award Recipients
Dion Vlachos

Dion Vlachos leads $12.8 million Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation grant

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan leads UD role in $3.5 million study to boost crop resilience

Kara Ellerby

Kara Ellerby earns American Political Science award for best book on women and politics

Terry Papoutsakis

Terry Papoutsakis awarded $1.5 million grant to explore microbes for biofuel production

Sharon Walpole

Sharon Walpole receives international Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award

Recently Funded Projects

AFRL Clique and Independence Complex Structures for Sensor Network Analysis Chad Giusti DOD $ 62,000
Contributions of Skeletal Muscle Loading During Rotator Cuff Maturation and Healing Megan Killian HHS $ 156,000
In situ 3D Electrochemical Deposition of Conductive Poly(dopamine) Composites in Living Tissues for Biocompatible Man-Machine Interfaces David Martin DOD $ 299,999
Blue-Noise Graph Sampling Gonzalo Arce NSF $ 300,000
Hybrid Integration of Electro-Optic and Semiconductor Photonic Devices and Circuits with the AIM Photonics Institute Dennis Prather NSF $ 359,674
CyberInfrastructure Technology Advancement for Delaware Upgrade to Internet2 Jason Cash NSF $ 447,089
Evaluation and Optimization of Innovative, Mycoremediation Technologies to Remove Pathogens and Antibiotics from Dairy Manure Anastasia Chirnside USDA $ 469,999
Objective Clinical Prescription of Passive-Dynamic Ankle-Foot Orthoses to Optimize Patient Outcomes Elisa Arch DOD $ 500,000
Solar-Driven Carbon Dioxide Utilization for Environmental Sustainability Feng Jiao NSF $ 500,000
Online Periodicals K-12 Schools Sandra Millard DDOE $ 516,800
Development of an Artemisia Annua Cell Culture Derived from Glandular Trichome Cells for the Scalable and Efficient Production of Artemisinin Stephen Streatfield Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation $ 544,689
Modeling Perineural Invasion Using a Bioorthogonally Integrated Hydrogel Platform Xinqiao Jia NSF $ 545,960
Redirecting Cellular Metabolism Via Synthetic Toehold-Gated dCas9 Regulators Wilfred Chen NSF $ 552,000
Efficacy of the DCCS Program Steven Amendum ED $ 553,281
Physics of Dune Erosion During Extreme Surge and Wave Events Jack Puleo NSF $ 598,957
Unraveling the Biology, Chemistry and Nanoscience of Natural and Synthetic Melanins Arthi Jayaraman DOD $ 679,044
Losing Nemo- The Impact of Changing Seas on Mutualistic Behavioral Interactions Danielle Durham NSF $ 750,000
Intracellular Survival Strategies of Amoeba-Resistant Bacteria Maria Neunuebel NSF $ 750,496
Analysis of the Ribonucleases of Arabidopsis Thaliana Pamela Green NSF $ 768,695
Toward the Molecular Unpacking of the PaaC Domain, a Novel Plasmodesmata-Association and Activation Cassette Jung-Youn Lee NSF $ 800,005
High-Intensity Interval Training to Recover Walking Post-Stroke Darcy Reisman HHS $ 924,808
Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood PD Program Martha Buell ED $ 1,127,500
Mechanisms Underlying Posterior Capsular Opacification Melinda Duncan HHS $ 1,373,186
FES to Improve Gait in CP Samuel Lee Shriners Hospital for Children of Phila $ 1,458,127
Syntrophic Co-Cultures of Clostridium Organisms to Produce Higher Alcohols and Other C6-C8 Metabolites Eleftherios Papoutsakis DOE $ 1,499,231
The Influence of Capsule Composition on Lens Biology Melinda Duncan NIH $ 1,530,116
Embedding Regional Hurricane Risk Management in the Life of a Community: A Computational Framework Rachel Davidson NSF $ 1,999,619
Mechanical Integrity of Memory Systems in Mild Cognitive Impairment Curtis Johnson HHS $ 2,336,636
Individual Breastfeeding Support with Contingent Incentives for Low-Income Mothers Yukiko Washio HHS $ 2,734,739
Delaware Stars Program Rena Hallam DDOE $ 3,400,399
Listing of Funded Projects
Funding Opportunities

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

Award Amount Varies

EPAEarly Career: Practical Methods to Analyze and Treat Emerging Contaminants (PFAS) in Solid Waste Landfills, Wastewater/Leachates, Soils, and Groundwater to Protect Human Health and the Environment

$500,000- $900,000
October 2, 2018

Improving Smoking Cessation in Socioeconomically Disadvantaged
Populations via Scalable Interventions
(R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Award Amount Varies
October 11, 2018

U.S. Department of CommerceCompetition for a Cooperative
Institute for Ocean Exploration

$15,000,000 – $30,000,000
October 15, 2018

Alcohol and Other Drug Interactions: Unintentional Injuries and Overdoses: Epidemiology and Prevention
(R21- Clinical Trial Optional)

October 16, 2018

International Research Collaboration on
Drug Abuse and Addiction Research
(R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

October 16, 2018

Spencer FoundationEnergy for Sustainability

Up to $50,000
November 1, 2018

Spencer FoundationCareer Development Grants

Up to $12,000
November 15, 2018

Computational and Data-Enabled
Science and Engineering (CDS&E)

Depending on Directorate
August 31 – December 6, 2018 

Inventors Recognition Reception
UD inventors, please plan to join us for a special event on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 4-6 p.m., at the Roselle Center for the Arts. The University of Delaware will host an Inventors Recognition Reception to celebrate UD Inventors and recognize them for their efforts and contributions toward innovation and commercialization. This event encourages the development of innovation, new businesses and partnerships, and also fosters the spirit of entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaborations. University President Dennis Assanis and Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, will make remarks. A formal invitation will be issued soon.
For Research Administrators
Research Administration Workshop
The Research Office is excited to announce a new training opportunity for campus research administrators. NCURA will be on campus December 5-7 to provide a multi-day workshop that examines the essential elements of research administration, with a specific focus on the highly specialized skills needed to manage research effectively at the unit level. The program will employ practical applications to enhance critical thinking skills, and will apply best practices for research faculty support and other departmental day-to-day activities. Seating is limited. Please register below.

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Responsible Conduct of Research Conference
The Research Office and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education will hold its annual RCR Conference on Friday, February 8, 2019, in the Trabant Multipurpose rooms. This training offers an overview of the basic principles and guidelines that apply to the responsible conduct of research – from ethical considerations in performing research, to requirements related to the involvement of human subjects or the use of animals. Other research integrity related topics covered include authorship and plagiarism, intellectual property, data management, laboratory safety, export controls laws, and the disclosure and management of potential conflicts of interest. RCR training provides a compiled reference to the guidelines and resources available at UD to conduct research ethically and responsibly. Registration will be available in the near future.
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