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Total funding
to date: $10,244,456

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, granted competitively through the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is helping to expand Rensselaer’s research portfolio and advance the Institute’s goal of innovating solutions to the grand challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 represents an important opportunity for investment in U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Francine Berman, Rensselaer vice president for research. “Rensselaer faculty and students will use this important funding to increase our understanding of current and future challenges, and create knowledge that can ultimately improve our quality of life.”

“It is critical to invest in our first-rate research institutions like Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Investments in cutting-edge research will help us develop the technology we need to save more lives, help more businesses compete and succeed, create new jobs and rebuild our economy for the 21st century. I will continue working to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

“The Recovery Act funds granted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are a direct result of our need to feed the engine of research and development as we transition to an economy that is based on innovation,” said U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko. “As a nation, we face challenges that demand work by our best and brightest to solve difficult challenges such as creating renewable energy sources to reduce our dependence on imported oil. We want to lead the world in the next round of scientific and technological advancement and I’m proud to say that Rensselaer will be on the front lines of those efforts.”

The ARRA was signed into law in February, and has resulted in the largest increase in basic research funding in American history. The recovery act funding, intended to stimulate the domestic economy and invest in the nation’s scientific and technological prowess, is benefiting a wide variety of academic and research programs at Rensselaer. This funding will result in the advancement of ongoing research programs, the start of new research programs, the hiring of researchers, the support of graduate students, and the purchase of equipment and instruments.
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Recent Rensselaer ARRA Grant Awards
Updated: 6/17/10, 10:20 AM
Agency Amount Investigator(s) Project Title
NASA $5,000 Braunstein, Jeffrey Automated Hybrid Microwave Heating for Lunar Surface Solidification
NASA $15,000 Saunders, Glenn Automated Hybrid Microwave Heating for Lunar Surface Solidification
Department of Energy $58,365 Shadler, Linda Analysis and Measurements of Carbon Nanotube of Samples Provided by TetraGChem, LLC
National Institutes of Health $128,845 Wang, Chunyu Testing Novel Hypotheses in Mtu RecA InteinSplicing
Department of Energy $161,485 Dutta, Partha Photoluminescent Coatings for PV
National Institutes of Health $300,000 Lindhardt, Robert Characterization of Anticoagulant Heparin and Related Polysaccharides
National Institutes of Health $369,992 Roysam, Badrinath Functional Activity Mapping on Brain Works
National Institute of General Medical Sciences $144,256 Makhatadze, George Structural Studies of Triple-helical Proteins
Definition of the fundamental principles of collagen triple-helix molecular structure and association into higher order structures will further our understanding of normal matrix structure/function relationships and enhance the development of collagen-based biomaterials.
Department of Education $226,529 N/A Federal Work Study Program
National Institute of General Medical Sciences $114,000 Gilbert, Susan Mechanistic Analysis of Microtubule Based Motors
The proposed studies should lead to new strategies for high throughput screens that select compounds to enhance cancer cell death rather than aneuploidy after chemotherapy.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences $598,158 Makhatadze, George Role of Helix Formation in Mediating Protein-Protein Interactions
The proposed work will study protein-protein interactions in a biologically important system.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences $596,994 Dordick, Jonathan; Lindhardt, Robert An Artificial Golgi: Controlled GAG Synthesis and Screening
The proposed effort impacts human health by developing an artificial Golgi to synthesize a library of heparan sulfates and heparan sulfate oligosaccharides.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences $75,937 Barquera, Blanca Na+-pumping NADH:quinone oxidoreductase of V. cholerae
The proposed research is focused on the structure and function of the Na+-pumping NADH:quinone oxidoreductase (Na+-NQR) from Vibrio cholerae.
National Library of Medicine $170,789 Bennett, Kristin; Yener, Bulent Discovering Hidden Groups Across Tuberculosis Patient And Pathogen Genotype Data (2)
The principal objective of this project is to develop methods that combine pathogen genotyping and patient epidemiology data that can be used in the control, understanding, and tracking of infectious diseases.
U.S. Dept. of Energy $650,000 Lian, Jie Actinide Material for the 21st Century
The project's objective is to enable the development of advanced materials for future nuclear energy systems. Experimental and computational approaches will integrate to investigate complex structures including actinide materials at the nanoscale, as well as the properties of these materials in extreme environments.
National Library of Medicine $224,092 Xu, George 4D Visible Human Modeling for Radiation Dosimetry
The project aims to develop computational tools for modeling the respiratory deformation in the lungs using polygonal meshes, and to perform Monte Carlo radiation transport simulations and dose calculations in patient phantoms efficiently.
National Institute on Drug Abuse $90,000 Wentland, Mark Aminobenzomorphan: Potential Cocaine Abuse Medications
National Science Foundation $1,100,000 Fox, Peter; McGuinness, Deborah STCI: A Semantic eScience Framework (SESF): Facilitating Next Generation Data Intensive Science
The goal of this project is to design and implement a software toolkit and ready-to-use application plugins that are able to encode and understand the underlying meaning of data, information, and science concepts in a familiar vocabulary. Both experts and non-experts in a given field will be able to find, access, and use data and information sources, which was previously possible in a limited number of cases.
National Science Foundation $241,714 Szymanski, Boleslaw; Newberg, Lee; Magdon-Ismail, Malik Citizens Science: Enabling Computational Probabilistic Methods for Organism's Transcriptional Regulatory Network Using Voluntary Computing Platforms
National Institute Of Biomedical Imaging And Bioengineering $231,234 Yener, Bulent A Computational Approach To Closing The Gap Between Tissue Structure And Function
Successful completion of this project will provide a new and powerful tool for quantitatively linking telltale structural properties of tissues (e.g., cellular distribution, morphology, contact) with specific disease states and fundamental behaviors of the cells comprising these tissues.
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