University Research Foundation: October 26
September 18, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 04
The University Research Foundation (URF) is now accepting applications for the October 26 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, Spring 2012, 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 2012
Santosh Anagol, The Wharton School, Business Economics and Public Policy; Evaluating the Impact of a Financial Literacy Training Program for the Poor
Andrea Apter, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine; Using the Electronic Health Record (EHR) to Communicate with Patients
Kendra Bence, School of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Biology; Novel protein phosphatases linking obesity, insulin resistance and cancer
Erfei Bi, Perelman School of Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology; Defining a novel mechanism for hepatocyte polarization
Ertugrul Cubukcu, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Materials Science & Engineering; Plasmomechanical Infrared Detectors
*David Dillenberger, School of Arts & Sciences, Economics; Decision Theory at Penn
Long Ding, Perelman School of Medicine, Neuroscience; Dopamine control of decision strategies
Scott Halpern, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine—Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; Decision Fatigue and End-of-Life Care Choices in the Intensive Care Unit
Kurt Hankenson, School of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Biology; Regulation of bone mass by R-spondin 2, a novel activator of the Wnt signaling pathway
*Ira Harkavy, School of Arts & Sciences; The Role of University-Community-School Partnerships in Creating Democratic Communities Locally, Nationally, and Globally.
Amy Hillier, School of Design, City & Regional Planning; Mapping Du Bois: Building an Oral History Collection
Nancy Hirschmann, School of Arts & Sciences, Political Science; Feminist Interpretations of Thomas Hobbes
Anna Kashina, School of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Biology; Arginylation of cardiac myosin in regulation of the heart development and contractility
Jay Kikkawa, School of Arts & Sciences, Physics & Astronomy; Acquisition of an Optical Parametric Amplifier for Nanocrystal Studies
Timothy Linksvayer, School of Arts & Sciences, Biology; Colony-level gene regulatory networks in ants
Renyu Liu, Perelman School of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Critical Care; Producing an isotope-labeled, functional and water soluble human mu receptor for structural determination by NMR
Christopher Marcinkoski, School of Design, Landscape Architecture; La Ciudad Que Nunca Fue: The City that Never Was
*Mitch Marcus, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Computer and Information Science; A Celebration of the Work of Aravind Joshi
*Susan Sauvé Meyer, School of Arts & Sciences, Philosophy; Interpreting Plato: A Conference in Honor of Charles Kahn
Susan Sauvé Meyer, School of Arts & Sciences, Philosophy; Plato’s LAWS
Surafel Mulugeta, Perelman School of Medicine, Medicine—Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care; In Vivo Models for Mutations in Lung Surfactant Associated Proteins and Interstitial Lung Disease
*E. James Petersson, School of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry; Fifth Annual Frontiers at the Chemistry-Biology Interface Symposium
Wenchao Qu and Rong Zhou, Perelman School of Medicine, Radiology; Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Liver Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress
C. Brian Rose, School of Arts & Sciences, Classical Studies; Vectorization of Gordion Mapping Corpus
*Ralph Rosen, School of Arts & Sciences, Classical Studies; Classics and the Beat Generation
*Phillip Scott, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology; Translational and Collaborative Partnerships
*Emily Steiner, School of Arts & Sciences, English; Taxonomies of Knowledge
Josef Wegner, School of Arts & Sciences, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; They Left an Impression: Reconstructing the Identity of a 4000-Year-Old Community
Karen Winey, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Materials Science and Engineering; Using Metal Nanowires for Transparent Conductors: Experiments and Simulations