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August 2015 Contract and Grant Awards

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Abbey, C.K., Psychological & Brain Sciences, $332,557, UC Davis, “Breast CT: Finals Steps to Translation.”

Balents, L., Physics, $354,000, National Science Foundation, “Quantum Phenomenae in Solids.”

Bazan, G.C. (Materials), Center for Polymers & Organic Solids, $50,000, DA Army Research, Durham, N.C. Office (AROD), “Electrode-Specific Molecular Wires for Bioelectrochemical Systems.”

Booth, D.B. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Dunne, T. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Earth Research Institute, $220,000, USDI National Park Service, “Yosemite Valley Merced River Restoration.”

Bowen, J., Collins, N.L., Psychological & Brain Sciences, $1,000, Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, “The 4-A Model of Relationship Maintenance:  Abstraction in Attention, Assessment, and Action.”

Briggs, C.J. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Knapp, R.A., Marine Science Institute, $306,075, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Linking causes of variation in the amphibian skin microbiome with consequences for disease risk.”

Burkepile, D. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Marine Science Institute, $831,290, National Science Foundation-NSF, “CAREER: Fish-Derived nutrients in a coral reef ecosystem-impacts on benthic communities and importance for coral restoration.”

Byl, K., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $454,868, National Science Foundation, “NRI: Collaborative Research: Versatile Locomotion: From Walking to Dexterous Climbing With a Human-Scale Robot.”

Cabezon, J. (Religious Studies), Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $100,483, American Council of Learned Societies, “A study of Sera Monastery.”

Cheng, K., Koc, C.K. (Computer Science), Electrical & Computer Engineering, $300,000, National Science Foundation, “STARSS: Small: Detection of Hardware Trojans Hidden in Unspecified Design Functionality.”

Chmelka, B.F., Chemical Engineering, $50,000, Chevron Corporation, “Measuring and controlling molecular compositions, structures, and locations of heteroatoms and Pt species in zeolite catalysts using solid-state 2D and 195Pt NMR.”

Davis, F.W. (Geography), Earth Research Institute, $63,513, National Science Foundation, “COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: EAGER-NEON: How do microscale biophysical processes mediate ecosystem shifts during climate change-driven drought?”

Davis, F.W. (Geography), Schildhauer, M., National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, $3,514,189, National Science Foundation-NSF, “Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) National Communications Office (LNCO).”

Doyle, F.J. (Chemical Engineering), Grafton, S.T. (Psychological & Brain Sciences), Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, $35,173, Army, “Task 41: Tipping points in the evolution of self-organizing mobile sensory networks.”

Dunbar, N.E. (Communication), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $549,061, National Science Foundation, “EXP:  Teaching Bias Mitigation through Training Games with Application in Credibility Attribution.”

Eckstein, M.P., Abbey, C.K., Psychological & Brain Sciences, $1,681,616, National Institutes of Health, “Assessment of medical Image Quality with foveated search models.”

Feliciano, E., Student Health Service, $3,100, Santa Barbara County, “Tobacco Cessation for Special Populations.”

Fredrickson, G.H. (Chemical Engineering), Materials Research Laboratory, $110,000, Intel Corporation, “Directed Self Assembly Modeling & Simulation.”

Gibou, F.G., Mechanical Engineering, $253,133, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Modeling and simulation of out-of-equilibrium processes in Epitaxy.”

Gibson, K.L. (Education), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $20,000, UC Riverside, “Teacher Influence on Students’ Science Self-Perceptions.”

Gottfried, M.A. (Education), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $49,967, Spencer Foundation, “Identifying the Socio-Ecological Factors of Chronic Absenteeism.”

Han, S. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Institute for Terahertz Science & Technology, $90,000, U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), “The role of electron spin dynamics in static and MAS DNP.”

Hayton, T.W., Chemistry & Biochemistry, $500,000, Department of Energy, “New Approaches for the Synthesis of Actinide-Ligand Multiple Bonds: Opportunities for Novel Structure, Reactivity, and Catalysis.”

Janowicz, K., Geography, $55,288, National Science Foundation, “EarthCube IA: Collaborative Proposal: Cross-Domain Observational Metadata Environmental Sensing Network (X-DOMES).”

Kosik, K.S. (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Neuroscience Research Institute, $531,215, Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), “A New Tool for Local Manipulation of Neuronal Micro-Circuitry with Ions and Force.”

Krintz, C., Wolski, R.M., Computer Science, $899,996, National Science Foundation, “CyberSEES:Type2:Collaborative Research: SmartFarm - Research and Education for Sustainable Agriculture Practices.”

Kruegel, C., Vigna, G., Computer Science, $65,266, Northeastern University, “Continuum: Finding Space and Time Vulnerabilities in Java Programs.”

Levi, C.G., Poerschke, D.L., Materials, $250,000, Physical Sciences Inc., “Phase II - High Temperature Materials and Sensors for Propulsion Systems.”

Lipshutz, B.H. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Institute for Terahertz Science & Technology, $182,000, Novartis Pharmaceutical (Switzerland), “New Methodologies in Synthesis Using Micellar Catalysis.”

Love, M.S., Marine Science Institute, $400,000, USDI Minerals Management Service, “Synthesis of Pacific Platform Research.”

Low, D.A., Hayes, C.S., Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, $583,786, National Science Foundation, “Bilateral NSF/BIO-BBSRC:The roles of contact-dependent inhibition in building mixed bacterial communities.”

Ludkovski, M., Statistics & Applied Probability, $218,351, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: CDS&E-MSS:  Sequential Design for Stochastic Control: Active Learning of Optimal Policies.”

Mcclintock, W.J., Marine Science Institute, $296,146, Nature Conservancy, “Task 2-Software Development of eCatch Server and Mobile Application.”

Mcmeeking, R.M., Mechanical Engineering, $460,000, Office of Naval Research (ONR), “Micromechanics Investigation of Impact Loading on Ceramic/Composite Materials Supported by Non-Rigid Reinforcement.”

Meinhart, C.D., Mechanical Engineering, $15,000, Air Force, “11th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry.”

Michaelsen, J.C. (Geography), Stratton, E., Earth Research Institute (CCBER), $999,989, Department of Fish and Wildlife, “North Campus Open Space Wetlands Restoration.”

Napoli, M.T. (Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies), Arya, D.J. (Education), California Nanosystems Institute, $443,907, Office of Naval Research (ONR), “Problem-based Initiatives for Powerful Engagement and Learning In Naval Engineering and Science (PIPELINES).”

Oakley, T.H. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Marine Science Institute, $162,969, National Science Foundation-NSF, “Collaborative Research: Evolutionary origins of chiton shell-eyes: Integrating structure, function, and gene expression within a phylogenetic context.”

Palmstrom, C., Janotti, A. (Materials), Electrical & Computer Engineering, $1,095,000, Department of Energy, D.C., “Synthesis and Observation of Emergent Phenomena in Heusler Compound Heterostructures.”

Passow, U., Marine Science Institute, $663,945, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Effects of multiple stressors on marine phytoplankton.”

Roberts, D.A., Geography, $58,776, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “Airborne Instrument Methane Retrieval Processing and Algorithm Development.”

Saleh, O.A., Fygenson, D.K. (Physics), Materials, $914,000, Department of Energy, “Strain distributions and structural changes in motor-driven gels.”

Shraiman, B.I., Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, $1,668,750, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, “Building Scientific Community at the Interface of Theoretical Physics and Quantitative Biology.”

Shraiman, B.I., Bildsten, L., Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, $754,184, National Institutes of Health, “KITP Interdisciplinary Biology Initiative.”

Shukla, S., Geography, $50,000, UC San Diego, “Drought Early Warning for the California Region.”

Shukla, S., Funk, C.C., Geography, $285,001, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, “Predicting Middle Eastern and African Seasonal Water Deficits using NASA Data and Models.”

Sorlien, C.C., Earth Research Institute, $87,059, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: The North Anatolian Fault system in the Marmara Sea, Turkey - Insights from the Plio-Quaternary evolution of a multi-stranded transform.”

Tague, C. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Earth Research Institute, $70,000, USDI Geological Survey, “The Western Mountain Initiative: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in Western Mountain Ecosystems.

Tague, C. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Anderson, S.E. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Earth Research Institute, $1,724,821, National Science Foundation, “Hazards SEES: Land Management Strategies for Confronting Risks and Consequences of Wildfire.”

Tanimoto, T. (Earth Science), Earth Research Institute, $15,037, UC MEXUS, “Monitoring Hurricanes by the US and Mexican Seismic Networks.”

Teel, A.R., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $350,000, National Science Foundation, “Stochastic hybrid inclusions:  modeling, stability, and control.”

Wang, Y., Statistics & Applied Probability, $228,108, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Smoothing Spline Semiparametric Density models.”

Weber, R. (Communication), Grafton, S.T. (Psychological & Brain Sciences), Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, $500,000, Army Research Laboratory, “Automated Analysis of Moral Narratives in Online Communication Sources Cross-Cultural Differences and Prediction of Real-World Outcomes.”

Weld, D. (Physics), California Nanosystems Institute, $199,439, Army, “Alkaline Earth Quantum Gas Microscope for High-Resolution Imaging of Ultracold Strontium.”

Xie, Y., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $548,000, National Science Foundation, “XPS: FULL: DSD: Collaborative Research: Parallelizing and Accelerating Metagenomic Applications.”

Yan, X., Computer Science, $499,978, National Science Foundation, “III: Small: Knowledge Graph Query Processing and Benchmarking.”

Yang, T., Tessaro, S.M., Computer Science, $499,998, National Science Foundation, “III:Small:Low-cost deduplication and search for versioned datasets.”

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