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Proposals funded: Carroll, Silman, Walldorf

David Carroll

Carroll

Congratulations to Dave Carroll, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Partnership for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation Graphenated-Carbon Nanotube (g-CNT) Composites for a Miniature, Fiber-Integrated Spectroscopy Light Source” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Duke University (WFU funding agency).

 

Miles Silman

Silman

 

Congratulations to Miles Silman, professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Biochar production for tropical agriculture and carbon sequestration” has been funded by the Blue Moon Foundation.

 

 

Walldorf

Walldorf

Congratulations to Will Walldorf, associate professor of political science, whose proposal entitled “To Shape Our World for Good: Master Narratives and Patterns of Forceful Regime Change in United States Foreign Policy, 1900-2011” has been funded by the New City Commons Foundation.

Proposals funded: Anderson, Kim-Shapiro, Miller

Paul Anderson

Anderson

Congratulations to Paul Anderson, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Quantum effects for black holes and analog black holes and the validity of the semiclassical approximation when quantum effects are large” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 

 

Kim-Shapiro

Kim-Shapiro

 

Congratulations to Daniel B. Kim-Shapiro, professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Effects of nitric oxide in sickle cell blood” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

 

Miller

Miller

Congratulations to Gary Miller, associate professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Policy & environmental supports for healthy eating & exercise on college campuses” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Gramercy Research Group (WFU funding agency).

Department Chairs and administrative assistants for 2015-16

Please find below a list of academic department chairs and their administrative assistants for 2015-2016, as of July 1, 2015:

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June 2015 comings and goings

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July 2015 faculty milestones

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Proposals funded: Messier, Mitra, Thonhauser

Stephen Messier

Messier

Congratulations to Steve Messier, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pain Management in Osteoarthritis: Clinical Benefits and Cost Effectiveness” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by [subaward/subcontract from] Brigham and Women’s Hospital (WFU funding agency).

 

Ananda Mitra

Mitra

 

Congratulations to Ananda Mitra, professor of communication, whose proposal entitled “Hospice needs Assessment” has been funded by the Hospice of the Piedmont.

 

 

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Kinetics and Reactivity in Metal Organic Framework Materials” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by [subaward/subcontract from] University of Texas-Dallas (WFU funding agency).

May 2015 comings and goings

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Physics grad student excels in science competition

Huang is third from the right.

Wenxiao Huang, a graduate student in physics professor David Carroll’s research lab, was part of the team that won the final four in the BASF 150th Anniversary North American Science Competition.

Huang teamed up with University of Connecticut collaborators to come up with innovative, lightweight solutions to tackle challenges of a sustainable future.

Overall, this science competition encourages ideas from young researchers who recently joined or will soon become a part of the creative workforce. BASF invited Ph.D. students and young researchers to submit their innovative and game-changing ideas that address global challenges in three areas: Food, Smart Energy and Urban Living.

Huang and his team proposed “Reinforced cellulose for sustainable structures” as a green construction and transportation materials to resolve the future environmental impact of a growing urban population. As a finalist team, they entered the “proof of concept” stage of the competition and presented their project at BASF North America headquarters at Florham Park, N.J., on June 5. BASF is the largest chemical producer in the world and is headquartered in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Physics grad student named Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Physics graduate student Jeremy W. Ward, who successfully defended his thesis in April, has been selected as the 2015-2016 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.

Ward’s thesis, “Enhancing the Electrical Performance of Organic Field-Effect Transistors Through Interface Engineering,” was completed under the direction of assistant professor of physics Oana Jurchescu.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Jeremy and very well deserved. Jeremy was an excellent graduate student and I owe him much of the success of my newly established research program,” Jurchescu said. “In addition, for the last three years of his graduate studies he was supported by a National Science Foundation fellowship, a highly selective honor given to less than 10 percent of the applicants.”

Ward was selected to serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee by The Materials Research Society (MRS) and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).

He will begin his fellowship in early September in Washington, D.C.

“Science, to me, is more than the culmination of facts and equations,” said Ward. “It is the combination of those, with the ability to view a problem from a variety of perspectives and then use those perspectives to generate creative solutions.”

The purpose of the Congressional Fellowships program is to bring technical and scientific backgrounds and external perspectives to the decision-making process in Congress.

Proposals funded: Johnson, Rejeski, Thonhauser

Dan Johnson

Johnson

Congratulations to Dan Johnson, associate teaching professor of biology, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy: 2015: has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Jack Rejeski

Rejeski

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Low intensity exercise intervention in perpheral artery disease” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number 1R01HL122846-01A1 and by [subaward/subcontract from] Northwestern University (WFU funding agency).

Timo Thonhauser

Thonhauser

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor physics, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Improving Hydrogen Storage with van der Waals Density Functional Theory” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).