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University Research Foundation: April 10

March 13, 2012, Volume 58, No. 25

The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for its April 10 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.

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 

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/funding/university_research_foundation

—Steven J. Fluharty, Senior Vice Provost for Research


In the most recent cycle, Fall 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 Fall 2011

Stephen Baylor, Perelman School of Medicine, Physiology; Kinetics of Calcium Pumping by the Sarcoplasmic Reticulum in Intact Mammalian Skeletal Muscle Fibers

*Karen Beckman, School of Arts & Sciences, History of Art; Animation Across the Disciplines

Eric Brown, Perelman School of Medicine, Cancer Biology; Genome-wide screening for replication-associated chromosome breaks points

Alison Buttenheim, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health; Pilot studies to improve participation in Chagas disease vector control programs

*Xu Cheng and Xun Tang, School of Arts & Sciences, Economics; Greater New York Metropolitan Area Econometrics Colloquium

Margaret Chou, Perelman School of Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Etiology: Role and Function of TRE17/Ubiquitin-Specific Protease-6

*Cynthia Connolly, School of Nursing, Family and Community Health; The Future of Health Care’s Past: A Conference in Honor of Joan E. Lynaugh

Harold Dibble, School of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology; Preliminary Excavation at the Neandertal Site of La Gane (France)

*David Dillenberger, School of Arts & Sciences, Economics; Decision Theory Day

Ivan Dmochowski, School of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry; Typhoon 9000 Imaging System for Enhancing Penn Education and Research Across the Chemical, Biological, and Biomedical Sciences

Peter Dodson, School of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Biology; Visualizing the Three-Dimensional Morphology of Plant-Eating Dinosaurs. Dynamic Applications in Studies of Ontogeny, Systematics, and Locomotion

Russel Epstein, School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology; Neural mechanisms underlying the cognitive benefits of restorative scenes

Joseph Farrell, School of Arts & Sciences, Classical Studies; Studies in the Landscapes of Latin Literature

*Paul Guyer, School of Arts & Sciences, Philosophy; Pure Form of Thoughts. Categories in Kant and German Idealism

Matthew Hayes, Perelman School of Medicine, Psychiatry; Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Signaling in the Mesolimbic Reward System in Control of Energy Balance

Kathryn Hellerstein, School of Arts & Sciences, Germanic Languages and Literatures; Subvention for publication of monograph, A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, to be published by Stanford University Press in Fall 2012.

Marianthi Kiriakidou, Perelman School of Medicine, Rheumatology; Novel targets in SLE: applying evidence from mouse models to studies of human lupus

*Richard Leventhal, School of Arts & Sciences, Anthropology; World Heritage Now: Evaluating the Past, Present, and Future of UNESCO’s Cultural Policy Program

Michael Levy, Perelman School of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Cimex lectularius: Pilot Studies

Steven Marcus, School of Social Policy & Practice; Pilot Study to Survey Persons with Mental Illness Who are Willing and Able to Work

*Robert Maxwell, School of Arts & Sciences, History of Art; The Art of Sculpture, 1100-1550: A Transatlantic Dialogue

Isabel Muzzio, School of Arts & Sciences, Psychology; Effects of emotion on hippocampal representations and memory retrieval

Vanessa Ogle, School of Arts & Sciences, History; Calendars, Clocks and Conversion Charts: Reorganizing Time During the First Wave of Globalization, 1880-1930

*Bob Perelman, School of Arts & Sciences, English; Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent

Dipti Pitta, School of Veterinary Medicine, Clinical Studies—New Bolton Center; A novel approach to enhance the production efficiency of dairy cows through the application of metagenomics to rumen microbiome

Kevin Platt, School of Arts & Sciences, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Translation into Russian of Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell UP, 2011), for publication by New Literary Observer

Mechthild Pohlschroder, School of Arts & Sciences, Biology; Application of a Recently Developed Transposon Mutagenesis Strategy in a Model Archaeon

Ravinder Reddy, Perelman School of Medicine, Radiology; Ultra High Magnetic Resonance Imaging Techniques to Study Heart Disease

*Teresa Reyes, Perelman School of Medicine, Pharmacology; Stress Neurobiology Workshop 2012

Timothy Rommen, School of Arts & Sciences, Music; Antillais Sans Frontieres; Sounding the Possibilities of a Borderless Caribbean through Dominica’s Creole Musics

Julia Verkholantsev, School of Arts & Sciences, Slavic Languages and Literatures; The Slavic Alphabet of St. Jerome: How the Translator of the Vulgate Became a Slav

*Susan Weiss, Perelman School of Medicine, Microbiology; 1st Annual UPENN Neurovirology Symposium

*Bethany Wiggin, School of Arts & Sciences, Germanic Languages and Literatures; Envisioning the “Old World”: Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg and Imperial Projects in Pennsylvania

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


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