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August Contract and Grant Awards

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Agrawal, D., El Abbadi, A., Computer Science, $167,835, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., "Geo-Distributed Database Key Technology Research Cooperation Project."

Barbieri-low, A. (History), Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $40,000, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Taiwan), "The Many Lives of the First Emperor of China, from History to Myth to Popular Culture."

Bianchini, J. (Education), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $101,047, UC Santa Cruz, "Science and Mathematics Teacher Research Initiative (SMTRI)."

Buntaine, M.T. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $125,000, College of William And Mary, "Harnessing the Crowd to Improve Accountability for the Delivery of Public Services."

Buratto, S.K., Chemistry & Biochemistry, $300,000, National Science Foundation, "Imaging Morphology, Ion Conductance and Degradation Processes in Energy Materials on the Nanometer Scale Using Tunneling Atomic Force Microscopy."

Caselle, J.E., Marine Science Institute, $131,040, UC Santa Cruz, "Collecting Data: Assessing ecosystem conditions and trends: Subtidal."

Cosden, M. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $35,000, Santa Barbara County, "Evaluation of Substance Abuse Treatment Court (SATC)."

Dagli, N., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $150,000, National Science Foundation, "Novel Graphene Modulators."

Dai, X., Mathematics, $153,228, National Science Foundation, "Analytic Torsion, Conical Singularity and Geometric Applications."

Dozier, J.C. (Geography), Brandt, W.T., Earth Research Institute, $30,000, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "Using the spatial variability of snow accumulation to evaluate the orographic effect in California's Sierra Nevada."

Dudley, T.L., Marine Science Institute, $188,043, California EPA Pesticide Regulation, "California Alliance for Tamarisk Biocontrol."

Dunbar, N.E. (Communication), Metzger, M.J. (Communication), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $561,655, University of Maryland, "SCAN:  Socio-Cultural Adversarial Networks."

Feliciano, E., Student Health Service, $55,000, Santa Barbara County, "Education and Outreach to Students, Property Managers and Other Isla Vista Community Stakeholders on Binge Drinking Prevention."

Ford, P.C., Chemistry & Biochemistry, $511,729, National Science Foundation, "Photo-Uncaging and Delivery of Bioactive Small Molecules."

Funk, C.C., Husak, G.J., Geography, $233,702, NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, "Rainfall Climatology and Forecasts for Predicting Crop Yields in Ethiopia."

Furlong, M. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Dowdy, E. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $11,782, UC Mexus, "Cross-Validation of the Social Emotional Health Survey-Higher Education for Mexican and United States College Students: A Research Partnership to Foster Student Well-Being."

Genetti, C.E., Graduate Division, $4,113,167, National Science Foundation, "NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program."

Grafton, S.T. (Psychological & Brain Sciences), Chmelka, B.F. (Chemical Engineering), Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, $1,386,483, Army, "Task 46: A High throughout Platform for PCC Agent and Related Molecules Development."

Han, H.C. (Political Science), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $63,800, Center for Community Change, "Testing the Effectiveness of Integrated Voter Engagement Models."

Hayes, C.S., Low, D.A., Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, $1,239,660, National Institutes of Health, "Molecular mechanisms of antibacterial CDI toxin activation."

Hespanha, J.P., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $359,838, National Science Foundation, "EPCN - Online Optimization for the Control of Small Autonomous Vehicles."

Jones, M., National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, $86,443, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: ABI Development: A User-friendly Tool for Highly Accurate Video Tracking."

Klamkin, J., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $50,000, Freedom Photonics LLC, "Integrated Photonics for SDM Phased Array Optical Remoting."

Klamkin, J., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $33,383, Freedom Photonics LLC, "Integrated Optical Transmitter for Space Based Applications."

Leung, N.Y. (Biomedical Science and Engineering), Montell, C. (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Neuroscience Research Institute, $107,562, National Institutes of Health, "Novel rhodopsin-interacting proteins required for phototransduction."

Lipshutz, B.H. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Institute for Terahertz Science & Technology, $450,000, National Science Foundation, "GOALI: A Collaboration on Catalysis Between UCSB and Novartis."

McCourt, M.K., Bildsten, L., Physics, $112,867, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, "STScI Hubble Fellowship."

Moehlis, J.M., Mechanical Engineering, $249,098, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research:  Understanding and Optimizing Dynamic Stimulation for Improvement of Short- and Long-term Brain Function."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $125,101, California Department of Education, "2016-2017 California Department of Education, General Child Care, CCTR."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $281,020, California Department of Education, "2016-2017 California Department of Education, CSPP."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $4,999, Santa Barbara County, "First 5 Capacity Building Project."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $28,460, California Department of Education, "2016-2017 California Department of Education, CSPP."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $13,072, California Department of Education, "2016-2017, California Department of Education, CSPP."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $66,327, California Department of Education, "2016-2017 California Department of Education, General Child Care, CCTR."

Muse, A.S., Early Childhood Care and Education Services, $30,466, California Department of Education, "2016-2017 California Department of Education, General Child Care, CCTR."

Nguyen, T.T. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Center for Polymers & Organic Solids, $120,000, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, "Probing Electron Conduction Mechanism in Biofilms for Applications in Waste Water Treatment and Energy Generation."

Nidzieko, N. (Geography), Earth Research Institute, $188,794, Northrop Grumman Corporation, "Annual Naval Technology Demonstration."

Ovando, D.A., Costello, C.J. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Marine Science Institute, $76,569, UC Sea Grant College Program, "A Bayesian Framework for Utilizing Fishery Independent Marine Protected Area Monitoring Data in Stock Assessments."

Pennathur, S. (Mechanical Engineering), Plaxco, K.W. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, $360,000, Army, "8.2 Biochemistry: Extending the mechanisms of protein function to non-cellular environments."

Pennathur, S. (Mechanical Engineering), California Nanosystems Institute, $499,999, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, "Fundamental assessment of a MEMS-based pump for intraperitoneal delivery of concentrated insulin."

Peters, B., Chemical Engineering, $301,866, National Science Foundation, "Atomically dispersed amorphous catalysts: ab initio computational tools for a new frontier."

Pollock, T., Beyerlein, I.J. (Mechanical Engineering), Materials, $1,492,921, Office of Naval Research (ONR), "Stress Distribution in Polycrystalline Ensembles in Structural Alloys."

Rioux, M.E., Earth Research Institute, $210,557, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: The four-dimensional distribution of magmatism during the growth of lower oceanic crust: High precision U-Pb dating of IODP Hole U1473A, Atlantis Bank, SWIR."

Rodwell, M.J., Klamkin, J., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $2,065,476, National Science Foundation, "E2CDA: Type I: Collaborative Research: A Fast 70mV Transistor Technology for Ultra-Low-Energy Computing."

Rumberger, R.W. (Education), Gibson, K.L. (Education), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $100,000, Get Focused, Stay Focused Inc, "Get Focused, Stay Focused Evaluation."

Saleh, O.A., Materials, $390,000, National Science Foundation, "Single-molecule studies of hyaluronic acid."

Schmitt, R.J. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Holbrook, S.J. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Marine Science Institute, $6,762,000, National Science Foundation, "LTER: MCR III: Long-Term Dynamics of a Coral Reef Ecosystem."

Scott, S.L., Chemical Engineering, $225,000, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: SusChEM: Designing Catalytic Interfaces to Promote Selective Lignin Depolymerization"."

Segalman, R. (Chemical Engineering), Chabinyc, M. (Materials), Materials Research Laboratory, $900,000, Department of Energy, "Energy Flow in Polymers With Mixed Conduction Pathways:  New Routes to Improving Thermopower and Thermoelectric Power Factor."

Sherwin, M., Han, S. (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Physics, $800,000, National Science Foundation, "Time Resolved conformational changes of proteins by very high frequency Gd3+ EPR."

Shukla, S., Husak, G.J., Geography, $600,070, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "Enhancing Eastern and Southern Africa climate services by increasing access to remote sensing and model datasets."

Siegel, D.A. (Geography), Catlett, D.S., Earth Research Institute, $30,000, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, "Linking Ocean Optical Properties with Marine Microbial Diversity Assessed by Next-Generation Sequencing."

Steidl, J., Earth Research Institute, $200,000, University of Southern California, "Central California Special Project: Temporary Seismic Deployment."

Sweet, S.S. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Evelyn, C.J. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Earth Research Institute, $46,778, USDA Forest Service, "Conservation Status of California Amphibians and Reptiles."

Valentine, M.T., Mechanical Engineering, $112,500, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, "SCIALOG Awards: 'Deconstructing the cell's mechanical circuits' and 'Commoditizing advanced molecular imaging techniques'."

Valentine, D.L. (Earth Science), Marine Science Institute, $364,254, National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: Do Cyanobacteria Drive Marine Hydrocarbon Biogeochemistry?"

Van de Walle, C.G., Materials, $405,000, Department of Energy, "Uncovering and surmounting loss mechanisms in nitride light emitters."

Van de Walle, C.G., Materials, $420,000, Department of Energy, "Computational studies of hydrogen interactions with Materials."

Vanderwarker, A. (Anthropology), Biwer, M.E. (Anthropology), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $12,940, National Science Foundation, "Doctoral Dissertation Research: Cuisine, Colonialism, and Culture Contact: An Analysis of Paleoethnobotanical Remains in the Wari Empire (AD 600-1000)."

Washburn, L. (Geography), Marine Science Institute, $386,800, UC San Diego, "Southern California Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System:  Surface Current Mapping (HFR) and Quality Control (QC)."

Wilson, S.D., Stemmer, S., Materials, $3,500,000, California Institute of Technology-Cal Tech, "Quantum Materials by Design with Electromagnetic Excitation."

Xie, Y., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $350,000, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., "Share Memory Pool Computing Acceleration."

Yang, H.T., Hansma, P.K. (Physics), Mechanical Engineering, $100,000, National Science Foundation, "Study of Cutting Tools and Processes Used in the Natural World to Develop Highly Efficient Manufacturing Processes."

Young, A. (Physics), California Nanosystems Institute, $450,000, Army Research, Wash D.C. Office, "Towards Synthetic Nonabelions in Graphene Heterostructures."

Young, A. (Physics), Gordon, M. (Chemical Engineering), California Nanosystems Institute, $499,652, DA Army Materiel Command/Hq, "HBCU/MI Acquisition of UV/Vis/Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging Instrumentation for Physics and Engineering Research."

Zok, F.W., Materials, $95,000, IHI Corporation, "Environmental Effects in Ceramic Composites at Elevated Temperatures."

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