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September Contract and Grant Awards

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Abu-Omar, M., Chemistry & Biochemistry, $318,200, National Science Foundation, “Bioinspired and Sustainable Catalysis for Chlorite Conversion and Dioxygen Reduction.”

Arcavi, I., Howell, D.A., Physics, $102,616, Office of Smithsonian Fellowships & Grants, “The First Transient Survey of Post-Merger Galaxies - Constraining Models of TDE’s, Galaxy Dynamics and SMBH Binaries.”

Brzezinski, M.A. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Marine Science Institute, $47,300, UC San Diego, “Southern California Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System:  Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB).”

Cassels, S.L., Geography, $28,000, UC Berkeley, “Mexican migrant MSM, sexual networks, and prevention hotspots in San Bernardino County.”

Chmelka, B.F. (Chemical Engineering), College of Engineering, $0, Mitsubishi Group (Japan), “NRT-25: Measuring and understanding the molecular compositions and structures of heterogeneous materials by solid-state NMR.”

D’Antonio, C.M. (Environmental Studies Program), Marine Science Institute, $780,612, National Science Foundation, “Collaborative Research: Do ecological feedbacks across trophic levels affect alternate stable states and restoration of tropical forests?”

Ding, Q., Earth Research Institute, $161,045, University Of Washington, “CVP: Seasonal to interannual variability and predictability of Arctic summertime sea ice associated with tropically forced planetary wave patterns.”

Dowdy, E. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $47,121, Santa Barbara, County of, “Evaluation of California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) Grant for Crisis Facilities and Crisis Triage Grant.”

Dozier, J.C. (Geography), Bair, E.H., Earth Research Institute, $893,358, DA Army Cold Regions Research And Engineering Laboratory, “Methods to Robustly Assess the Snow Water Resource in Remote Mountains.”

El Abbadi, A., Metzger, M.J. (Communication), Computer Science, $157,994, National Science Foundation, “Towards a Better Understanding of Group Privacy in Social Media Community Detection.”

Fredrickson, G.H. (Chemical Engineering), Materials Research Laboratory, $210,000, Samsung, “Development of fast phase-field models for large-scale block polymer directed self assembly.”

Fumerton, M.P. (English), Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $260,000, NFAH National Endowment for the Humanities, “EBBA: Rare Ballad Collections in the US and UK.”

Gehlbach, H.S. (Education), Gottfried, M.A. (Education), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $209,242, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, “Creating Birds of a Feather: Mitigating Inequality by Reducing the Achievement Gap.”

Gilbert, J.R., Computer Science, $266,597, National Science Foundation, “AitF: Collaborative Research: High Performance Linear System Solvers with Focus on Graph Laplacians.”

Grafton, S.T. (Psychological & Brain Sciences), Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, $6,250,000, DA Army Misc Bases And Agencies, “Neural foundations of expertise based on optimal decision-making, physical control and responses to stress.”

Jimerson, S. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Dowdy, E. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $41,608, Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area Office, “Understanding and Promoting Policy and Programming for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances.”

Jones, M., National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, $2,123,200, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, “Data Task Forces for Better Synthesis Studies.”

Juergensmeyer, M. (Sociology), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $69,191, Uppsala University (Sweden), “Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace.”

Kendall, B.E. (Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management), Gaines, S. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $499,943, National Science Foundation, “NRT-IGE: Crossroads: Integrating Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching in Graduate Education.”

Kia-Keating, M. (Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology), Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, $206,710, NIH Child Health & Human Development, National Institutes of Health, “Trauma-Informed Prevention to Address Violence and Related Disparities for Latino Youth.”

Love, M.S., Marine Science Institute, $51,200, UC Santa Cruz, “Quantifying Avoidance and Attraction of Demersals Fishes to Mobil Visual Survey Platforms.”

Lubin, P.M., Physics, $26,000, UC San Diego, “UCSB California Space Grant Plans FY 2016 - FY 2018.”

Luzzatto-Fegiz, P., Meiburg, E.H., Mechanical Engineering, $299,996, National Science Foundation, “ISS: Quantifying Cohesive Sediment Dynamics for Advanced Environmental Modeling.”

Mahan, M.J. (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Neuroscience Research Institute, $2,119,316, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, “Host-Pathogen Interactions in Blood Glycoprotein Modulation of Sepsis.”

Majewski, J.D. (History), Genetti, C.E. (Graduate Division), Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $25,000, NFAH National Endowment for the Humanities, “Training for Non-Academic Careers in a Research-University Setting.”

Manjunath, B., Pollock, T. (Materials), Electrical & Computer Engineering, $300,000, National Science Foundation, “EAGER: Collaborative 3D Materials Science Research in the Cloud.”

Mazer, S.J. (Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology), Park, I., Marine Science Institute, $249,999, National Science Foundation, “Phenological sensitivity to climate across space and time: harnessing the diversity of digital herbarium data to generate and to test novel predictions.”

Montell, C. (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Neuroscience Research Institute, $690,750, NIH National Eye Institute, “Unconventional roles for opsins.”

Morrison, D., Mathematics, $354,000, National Science Foundation, “Supersymmetric field theories from F-theory.”

O’Brien, M., Reed, D.C., Marine Science Institute, $301,397, University Of Wisconsin, “Environmental Data Initiative.”

Odette, G.R., Yamamoto, T., Chemical Engineering, $1,526,705, Department of Energy, “Development and Qualification of Advanced Alloys Used in High Helium and Displacement Damage Service for Fusion Energy Applications.”

Polchinski, J.G., Physics, $480,000, National Science Foundation, “Problems in Theoretical Physics.”

Roberts, D.A., Wetherley, E.B., Geography, $30,000, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Using HyspIRI-like data to quantify the effects of urban vegetation and materials on microclimate at sub-pixel scales.”

Rodwell, M.J., Klamkin, J., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $499,116, Semiconductor Research Corporation, “A Fast 70mV Transistor Technology for Ultra-Low-Energy Computing.”

Rogers, P.G. (Linguistics), Campbell, E.W. (Linguistics), Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, $11,469, Arcadia Fund, “Documentation and description of Bitur, a Tirio language of Papua New Guinea, and preliminary investigation of the moribund Abom language.”

Rossin-Slater, M. (Economics), Institute for Social, Behavioral, & Economic Research, $29,219, National Bureau Of Economic Research, Inc., “Early Childhood Environment and Adult Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Administrative Data.”

Rudnick, R.L. (Earth Science), Earth Research Institute, $140,000, Arizona State University/Tempe, “FESD Type 1: The Dynamics of Earth System Oxygenation.”

Saleh, O.A., Materials, $75,000, UC Merced, “CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines.”

Scott, S.L., Beltz, G.E. (Mechanical Engineering), Chemical Engineering, $4,821,891, National Science Foundation, “ESTEEM: Enhancing Success in Transfer Education for Engineering Majors.”

Siegel, D.A. (Geography), Allen, J.G., Earth Research Institute, $30,000, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, “Retrieval of Phytoplankton Size Distribution from Satellite Imagery.”

Strukov, D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, $100,000, Denso Corporation (Japan), “Advanced Memristor Development.”

Turner, K.L., Valentine, M.T., Mechanical Engineering, $885,000, National Science Foundation, “NCS-FO: uHammer: Impacting neuroscience one cell at a time.”

Valentine, D.L. (Earth Science), Marine Science Institute, $499,949, USDI Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, “The Effect of Hydrocarbon Production on Offshore Natural Seep Rates in the Coal Oil Point Area, Santa Barbara, CA.”

Valentine, M.T. (Mechanical Engineering), Feinstein, S.C. (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology), Neuroscience Research Institute, $586,812, National Science Foundation, “MRI: Acquisition of a Fast-scanning Confocal Microscope to Advance Biophysics, Neuroscience and Bioengineering Research and Training.”

Van Dam, W.K. (Computer Science), California Nanosystems Institute, $200,000, National Science Foundation, “Strengths and Weaknesses of Simulated Quantum Annealing.”

Van De Walle, C.G., Speck, J.S., Materials, $236,656, DA Army Research, Wash D.C. Office, “The II-IV nitrides materials system as a novel deign space for quantum materials.”

Van Der Ven, A., Materials, $402,095, National Science Foundation, “SI2-SSE: Automated statistical mechanics for the first-principles prediction of finite temperature properties in hybrid organic-inorganic crystals.”

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