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University Research Foundation

September 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

University Research Foundation: October 28

The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the October 28 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, Spring 2011, 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 Spring 2011

Sarah F. Adams, Perelman School of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology; A pilot study to evaluate intraperitoneal leukocyte function and trafficking in the setting of ascites and peritoneal carcinomatosis in a mouse model of ovarian cancer

Sherrill Adams and Susan Volk, School of Dental Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, Biochemistry and Clinical Studies – Philadelphia; Type III Collagen: Mechanisms Regulating Skeletal Progenitor Differentiation

Daniel Bogen, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Bioengineering; Equipment for Assistive Music Technology

David Brainard, School of Arts and Sciences, Psychology; Eye movement readout of color perception

Eugene Buckley, School of Arts and Sciences, Linguistics; Kashaya Digital Dictionary

Ram Cnaan, School of Social Policy & Practice; Latter-day Saint Volunteerism and Giving: Frequency, Types, and Motivations

Kevin Foskett, Perelman School of Medicine, Physiology; Novel animal model to test the calcium hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease

Grant Frame, School of Arts and Sciences, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Paul Emile Botta’s Copies of the Inscriptions of Sargon II of Assyria

Michael Gamer, School of Arts and Sciences, English; The Murray Archive and the Death of Lord Byron

*Nili Gold, School of Arts and Sciences, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; The International Conference on the Life and Work of Israeli Author Aharon Appelfeld

Michael Lampson, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Matching funds for shared confocal imaging system

Joshua Lipschutz, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine; Role of the Exocyst in Urocrine Signaling

William McCool, School of Nursing, Nursing; Educating “Nurse-Midwives”: an ethnographic qualitative investigation of variables leading to best practices in Midwifery in developing nations

*Justin McDaniel, School of Arts and Sciences, Religious Studies; Writing the East: Manuscripts and Reading Culture in Asia

Karen M’Closkey, School of Design, Landscape Architecture; Incremental Infrastructure

Raina Merchant, Perelman School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine; Locating Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to improve community access to resuscitation therapies

*Anne Norton, School of Arts and Sciences, Political Science; Political Change and Islamic Constitutionalism

Thomas D. Parsons, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies –New Bolton Center; The role of neural refractoriness in the temporal coding of conspecific calls

Daniel Polsky, Perelman School of Medicine, General Internal Medicine; Estimating the value of vaccination and optimal vaccine policies

*Andrew M. Rappe, School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry; ES11: the 23rd annual workshop on electronic structure methods

Brian Salzberg, Perelman School of Medicine, Neuroscience; Visualization of synaptic transmission at the hair cell—afferent synapse with voltage-sensitive fluorescent proteins

Paul S. Schmidt, School of Arts and Sciences, Biology; Aging in wild populations of a model organism

Florian Schwarz, School of Arts and Sciences, Linguistics; Presuppositions in language processing

Larry Silver, School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art; Jewish Art: A Modern History

Carrie Sims, Perelman School of Medicine, Surgery; Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Hemorrhagic Shock

Orkan Telhan, School of Design, Fine Arts; Design Research for Augmented Paper Products

Salamishah Tillet, School of Arts and Sciences, English; Peculiar Citizenship: Slavery and the Post-Civil Rights Imagination

Claudia R. Valeggia, School of Arts and Sciences, Anthropology; Life history trajectories among the Toba of Argentina

Barbra Wall, School of Nursing, Nursing; Knowledge Translation and the Changing Meaning of Missionary Nursing and Medicine in Africa, 1940-2000

Shu Yang, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Materials Science and Engineering; Multi-state, Reconfigurable Color Display via Harnessing Mechanical Deformation of Light-Responsive Polymer Pillar Arrays

Sergei Zaytsev, Perelman School of Medicine, Pharmacology; Platelet targeted urokinase for thrombolysis


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