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University Research Foundation: March 20
February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21

The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the March 20 deadline. The URF is an intramural funding program that provides up to $50,000 support for research projects and up to $3,000 for conference support.

The objectives of the URF research program are to: (1) Help junior faculty undertake pilot projects that will enable them to successfully apply for extramural sources of funding and aid in establishing their careers as independent investigators; (2) Help established faculty perform novel, pioneering research to determine project feasibility and develop preliminary data to support extramural grant applications; (3) Provide support in disciplines where extramural support is difficult to obtain and where significant research can be facilitated with internal funding; and (4) Provide limited institutional matching funds that are required as part of a successful external peer-reviewed application. URF Review Panels comprise established Penn faculty members and are charged with giving preference to projects that meet one of the aforementioned criteria.

Faculty members are invited to submit their research applications to one of four disciplinary areas: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Engineering, and Social Science and Management. In addition, URF offers a Conference Support program to provide funding for meetings designed to enhance existing research and scholarly programs, particularly in disciplines where external funding is difficult to obtain. Conferences that promote interdisciplinary and multi-school participation are given priority.

Complete details about the URF and links to the forms can be found on the Office of the Vice Provost for Research website at: www.upenn.edu/research/FoundationGuidelines.htm.

—Steven J. Fluharty, Vice Provost for Research


In the most recent cycle, Fall 2008, of Penn’s internally-funded University Research Foundation, and URF Conference Support (noted with *), the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has announced awards to the following members of the faculty for the projects listed below.

University Research Foundation Awards and Conference Support Awards Fall 2008

*William Braham, School of Design, Architecture; History Matters: Contemporary Approaches to Architectural History.

Mirjam Cvetic, School of Arts and Sciences, Physics and Astronomy; Iparticle physics and modern string theory.

Peter Davies, School of Medicine, Pathology; Particle image velocimetry approach to improved hemodynamics of coronary stents.

Harold Dibble, School of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology; The middle paleolithic collections from Combe Grenal (France): Preparation for renewed excavations.

Ezekial Juma Dixon-Roman, School of Social Policy & Practice; The supplementary comprehensive educational organization of Cuba: a pilot study.

Emily Dolan, School of Arts and Sciences, Music; The orchestral revolution: technologies of timbre in the long eighteenth century.

Kim Gallagher, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Characterization of protein movement in living tissues.

Toorjo Ghose, School of Social Policy & Practice; Examining housing as an intervention for homeless released female prisoners living with HIV/AIDS.

Doron Greenbaum, School of Medicine, Pharmacology; The signal peptide eptidase as a pan-antiprotozoal target.

Roger Greenberg, School of Medicine, Cancer Biology; Structural and functional studies of the Rap80 breast cancer suppressor protein complex.

Peter Gruber, School of Medicine, Surgery; The genomics of the secondary heart field and its contribution to congenital heart disease.

Wei Guo, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Upgrade of the biology department leica deonvolution microscope.

Ronald Harty, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Interaction of ebola proteins with host innate immune proteins TLR4 and SOCS1 enhances budding.

Thomas Jongens, School of Medicine, Genetics; Testing for calcium dysregulation in a new AD model.

Marcelo Kazanietz, School of Medicine, Pharmacology; Identification of P-Rex1 as an essential mediator of ErbB receptors in breast cancer.

Joshua Klein, School of Arts and Sciences, Physics and Astronomy; A new approach to the search for dark matter.

Andras Komaromy, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies (NBC); Developing a canine model of primary open-angle glaucoma.

*Ania Loomba & Chi-ming Yang, School of Arts and Sciences, English; Transnational pasts.

Rahul Mangharam, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Electrical & Systems Engineering; Embedded virtual machines for the next-generation wireless control systems.

Michael Marks,School of Medicine, Pathology; Regulation of antigen processing in dendritic cells by maturation of a lysosome-related organelle.

Matthew McHugh, School of Nursing; Work environment and poor glycemic control among medicare beneficiaries.

Mary Mullins, School of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology; The regulation of nuclear envelope formation in mitosis.

E. Michael Ostap, School of Medicine, Physiology; Molecular role of myo1c in GLUT4 transport.

Christine Poggi, School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art; Two Books: Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism and Futurism: A Reader and Visual Repertory.

Masao Sako, School of Arts and Sciences, Physics and Astronomy; Discovering and identifying faint supernovae in digital astronomical images.

John Tresch, School of Arts and Sciences, History and Sociology; The romantic machine: technology and metamorphosis in France, 1820-1851.

Doris Wagner, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Understanding the biological roles of SW12/SNF2 ATPases in multicellular eukaryotes through identification of their direct transcriptional targets.



Almanac - February 10, 2009, Volume 55, No. 21