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University Research Foundation: March 25

February 22, 2011, Volume 57, No. 23

The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the March 25 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.

As part of the University’s commitment to providing research opportunities to scholars across our campus community, URF applicants are encouraged to include undergraduate student participants within the framework of their proposals. URF Review Panels will take undergraduate participation under strong consideration when evaluating and scoring proposals. Should applicants require assistance in identifying interested and qualified undergraduates, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) will be glad to provide support: curf@upenn.edu

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, Senior Vice Provost for Research


In the most recent cycle, Fall 2010, 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 2010

Tobias Baumgart, School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry; Membrane binding of the T-tubule associated BAR domain protein BIN1

Dustin Brisson, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Eksigent nano-liquid chromatography for proteomics teaching and research in Biology

Igor Brodsky, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Role of calcium signaling in inflammasome activation

Margret Casal, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies (Philadelphia); A canine model of cutaneous lupus erythematosus associated with lupus nephritis

Patricia D’Antonio, School of Nursing, Division of Family and Community Health; A History of Health Demonstration Projects in New York City, 1920-1940

Aureo de Paula, School of Arts and Sciences, Economics; Undocumented Migration with Endogenous Coyote Prices

Harold Dibble, School of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology; Preliminary Excavation at the Neanderthal Site of La Ferrassie (France)

Andre Dombrowski, School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art; Cezanne, Murder, and Modern Life

Roberto Dominguez, School of Medicine, Physiology; Matching funds for the purchase of a protein x-ray apparatus

Joshua Gold, School of Medicine, Neuroscience; Locus coeruleus-mediated deficiencies in change-point detection in schizophrenia

Yale Goldman, School of Medicine, Physiology; High Speed Camera for Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies

Elena Goncharova, School of Medicine, Medicine; The role of mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2) in regulating vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)

*Andrea Goulet, School of Arts and Sciences, Romance Languages (French); 37th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium

*Nancy Hirschmann, School of Arts and Sciences, Political Science; Civil Disabilities: Theory, Citizenship, and the Body

Ayako Kano, School of Arts and Sciences, East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Japanese Feminist Debates: The First Hundred Years

Eileen Lake, School of Nursing, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences; Hospital Nursing Resource Configurations and Labor Market Contexts

*Catriona MacLeod and Bethany Wiggin, School of Arts and Sciences, Germanic Languages and Literatures; Un/Translatables Across Germanic Languages and Cultures

Frank Matero, School of Design, Architecture; Stone weathering and the rise of architectural conservation 1840–1940

Barbara Medoff-Cooper, School of Nursing, Biobehavioral and Health Sciences; CTSA Nurse Scientist/SON Biobehavioral Research Center Symposium

Angela Mills, School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Development of a Decision-Support System to Decrease CT-Associated Radiation and Cost

Carol Muller, School of Arts and Sciences, Music; Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz

Hiroshi Nakagawa, School of Medicine, Medicine; Notch regulation in esophageal carcinogenesis

Donald O’Rourke, School of Medicine, Neurosurgery; Improving language mapping in brain tumor patients using a multi-modality approach

Robert Ousterhout, School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art; An Architectural Survey of the Byzantine Monastic Settlement at Goreme (Turkey)

Scott Poethig, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; A new resource for reverse genetics in Arabidopsis

Todd Ridky, School of Medicine, Dermatology; Multi-tissue 3-D Human Organtypic Models to Define the Cancer Invasionome

Ayelet Ruscio, School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology; Neural Basis of Risk Mechanisms for Anxiety and Depression: Linking Brains and Behavior

*Melissa Sanchez, School of Arts and Sciences, English; Historicizing Sex: A State of the Field Conference in Early Modern Gender and Sexuality Studies

Eric Schelter, School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry; A New Method for Separating Rare Earth Elements: Addressing an Impending Global Shortfall

*Phillip Scott, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Phi Zeta Student Research Day

Paul Sniegowski, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Genomic mutation rates that cause extinction: testing for error catastrophe

Victoria Stepanova, School of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Implications of urokinase binding to telomeres

*Stephen J. Tinney, School of Arts and Sciences, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Mapping Ancient Near Eastern Masculinities

John Tresch, School of Arts and Sciences, History and Sociology of Science; Life, Science and Death: Edgar Allan Poe’s Experiments

Charles Vite, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies (Philadelphia); Shared equipment—translational research—cat coil for 3T magnet

*Debra Wolfe, School of Social Policy & Practice; Field Center Community Symposium Series: Critical Issues in Child Welfare: Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice

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