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Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 29, 2010 Comments Off on Newsmakers

 Research Grants

• Christine Elsik, assistant professor of biology, received a grant for $704,044 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/U.S. Department of Agriculture for her project, “Mining Hymenoptera Genomes for Functional Sequences.” Hymenoptera is a largee order of insects that includes sawflies, wasps, bees and ants. Elsik hopes her work will allow researchers to attain sequenced hymenoptera genomes and transcriptomes in order to recognize functional sequences. She also is working toward the creation of a better general understanding, through genomics, of the biology of agricultural hymenoptera.

• James K. Freericks, a professor of physics, received a grant for $210,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Transport and Nonequilibrium Effects in Strongly Correlated Multilayered Nanostructures.” Freericks’ work looks at several problems with the “theoretical treatment of transport and nonlinear effects in multilayered devices composed of strongly correlated multilayers,” according to the project summary. The project includes graduate student training in computational physics and research experience for undergraduates.

• B. Lindsay Lowell, director of policy studies for the Institute for the Study of International Migration, received a grant for $231,551 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for “International Competitiveness and Talent: Managing the Flow of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) Workers.” Lowell’s work focuses on creating a collection of research, expert advice and public briefings on current and future management of programs for the immigration of skilled workers to the United States.

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