2016 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

More than 150 Purdue faculty and staff gathered on October 31 for the Excellence in Research Awards dinner, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue’s research community.

Among the honorees were faculty members who had received college or school awards for outstanding research during the 2016 fiscal year. In addition, principal investigators and co-investigators garnering an award of $1 million or more were recognized with the Seed for Success Award. Of the 158 investigators working on one of the 74 Seed for Success projects, 58 investigators earned a bronze acorn award in recognition of their contribution acquiring a $1 million or more award for the first time.

As part of the ceremonies, two faculty members received Purdue University’s most prestigious research awards.

Jian-Kang Zhu, Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and professor of biochemistry, received the 2016 Herbert Newby McCoy Award for his groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms and role of epigenetics in stress biology.

Arvind Varma, the R. Games Slayter Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, received the Arden L. Bement Jr. Award for his pioneering contributions to the discipline of chemical-reaction engineering.

Their names appear on a plaque in the Purdue Memorial Union.

Click here to read about the current McCoy Award winner.

Click here to read about the current Research and Scholarship Distinction Award winner.

Click here to read about the current Arden L. Bement Jr. Award winner.

Click here to view the Excellence in Research Award program (PDF).

Previous Seed for Success Web pages can be accessed using the following links:

2016 Seed for Success Awards

The Seed for Success Award is given in recognition of the accomplishments of investigators for their efforts in obtaining a $1 million dollar or more external sponsored award. The following acknowledges FY 2016 single year and multi-year award notifications.

Recipients

Angela R. Abbott; Heather A. Eicher-Miller; Dennis A. Savaiano; Melissa Maulding from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education/Family Nutrition Program (Snap Ed/FNP), $1,506,728
William E. Anderson; Stephen D. Heister; Timothée L. Pourpoint; Carson D. Slabaugh, from Armed Forces Services Corporation, Combustion Stability Tool Development, $2,090,900
Darcy M. Bullock, from U.S. Department of Transportation, Joint Transportation Research Program Operating Budget Request FY 2017, $7,990,349
Ryan A. Cabot, from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Developmental Requirements of SWI/SNF Chromatin Remodeling Complexes in Porcine Embryos, $1,641,026
Steven A. Cain; Abby R. Hostetler, from National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Extension Disaster Education Network, EDEN Homeland Security Initiative VIII: Strengthening Eden’s Role in Homeland Security, Food and Ag Defense, and All Hazard Education, $1,356,885
Jason R. Cannon; Jean-Christophe Rochet, from National Institute of Environment Health Sciences (NIH), Mechanisms of PhIP-induced Dopaminergic Neurotoxicity, $1,683,647
Monica E. Cardella; Sean Brophy; Morgan M. Hynes; Tamara J. Moore; Senay Purzer, from National Science Foundation, Integrated STEM and Computing Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for Kindergarten to Grade 2, $2,044,930
Ji-Xin Cheng, from National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NIH), In Vivo Photoacoustic Sensing of Lipid Laden Plaque, $2,127,173
Paris D. Collingsworth, from U.S. Geological Survey, Extending Impact of U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office, Using Sea Grant Outreach Capacity, $1,264,380
R. Graham Cooks; Eric L. Barker; Ananth Y. Grama; Zoltan Nagy; David H. Thompson, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Analytic-Directed Multi-scale Synthesis System, $8,263,198
R. Graham Cooks, from U.S. Department of Energy, Charged Microdroplets in Air: Characterization and Use in Surface Functionalization & Nanomaterials Preparation, $1,776,345
Monica F. Cox; Joyce B. Main, from National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: Why We Persist: An Intersectional Approach to Characterizing and Examining the Experiences of Women of Color Tenure-Track Faculty in Engineering, $1,131,464
Meng Cui, from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes (NIH), High Resolution Deep Tissue Calcium Imaging with Large Field of View Wavefront Correction, $1,404,827
Jennifer J. DeBoer; Edward J. Berger; Jeffrey F. Rhoads, from National Science Foundation, IUSE: Understanding and Supporting Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Student and Faculty Engagement with an Active, Blended and Collaborative (ABC) Learning Environment, $1,400,000
Daniel A. DeLaurentis; Saurabh Bagchi, from Missile Defense Agency, System of Systems Modeling and Analysis Innovations for Enhanced BMDS Architectures, $1,539,406
Edward J. Delp, III, from Air Force Research Laboratory, Media Forensics Integrity Analytics, $4,045,790
Dilkes Brian; Gurmukh S. Johal, from National Science Foundation, The Genetic and Genomic Exploration of the Maize Hypersensitive Response, $1,934,074
Natalia Doudareva, from National Science Foundation, Evolution of Specialized Metabolite Biosynthetic Pathways in the Lamiaceae: Sources of Chemical Diversity for Molecules Essential for Human Use and Plant Defense, $1,369,992
David S. Ebert; Edward J. Delp, III, from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Support for UCSBs Mobile Malware; Apex Programs: Border Situational Awareness; Wireless Broadband Tech Program, Wireless Communications - Objective Video Quality Metric with Applications in Video Analytics in Public Safety, $22,594,995.
Christopher I. Eckhardt, from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), Mechanisms of Alcohol-Facilitated Intimate Partner Violence, $1,335,101
Marxa L. Figueiredo, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Disrupting Tumor/Bone Malignant Interactions with Multifunctional Cytokine Sonodelivery, $1,773,626
Ananth Y. Grama; Saurabh Bagchi; Somali Chaterji, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Continued Development and Maintenance of the MG-RAST Metagenomics Pipeline, $3,656,042
Stacey L. Halum; Sherry L. Harbin, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), Muscle Progenitor Cell-Based Implants for Dynamic Laryngeal Muscle Reconstruction, $2,182,110
Carol A. Handwerker; John E. Blendell; Ganesh Subbarayan-Shastri, from Missile Defense Agency, Reliability Risk Management of Gold Contaminated Tin-Lead and Lead-Free Solder Joints in Military Electronics, $1,499,425
Marlene O. Heeg, from Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 2016 Chronic Liver Disease Foundation EXPAND National Educational Initiative, $1,500,000
Stephen D. Heister; Jay P. Gore; Timothée L. Pourpoint; Carlo Scalo, from ROLLS-ROYCE, INC., Purdue University Technology Center in Advanced Thermal Management System, $2,071,000
Randall A. Hountz; Mark K. Clare, from Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Midwest Small Practice Care Transformation Research Alliance, $1,256,568
Randall A. Hountz; Allison Bryan-Jungels, from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network, $4,617,634
Pedro Irazoqui; Zhongming Liu; Terry L. Powley; J. Paul Robinson; Matthew P. Ward, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Suppressing Inflammation via Neuromodulation of the GI Tract, $5,414,980
Pedro Irazoqui; Matthew P. Ward, from Glaxo Smith Kline, GSK Innovation Challenge: Closed-Loop Neuromodulation of Urinary Incontinence, $1,000,000
Carla C. Johnson, from Department of the Army, Battelle - Army Educational Outreach Program Cooperative Agreement, $5,376,189
Panagiota Karava; Ilias Bilionis; Jianghai Hu; Robert W. Proctor; Athanasios Tzempelikos, from National Science Foundation, Cybersees: Type 2: Human-Centered Systems for Cyber-Enabled Sustainable Buildings, $1,200,000
Shubitha S. Kever, from, U.S. Department of Education, TRIO Student Support Services at IPFW, $1,100,000
Chang H. Kim; Harm HogenEsch, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Homing of Functionally Distinct Innate lymphoid cell Subsets, $1,894,175
Jane M. Kirkpatrick, from Health Resources & Services Administration, Health Center Cluster, $1,926,709
Jane M. Kirkpatrick; Pamela M. Aaltonen, from National Center for Health Services Resources, Health Center Cluster & Expanded Services Supplemental Funding, $5,301,006
Regina A. Kreisle, from Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette General Fund, $2,568,945
Laurence B. Leonard; Sharon L. Christ; Patricia L. Deevy; Jeffrey D. Karpicke; Christine M. Weber, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), Retrieval-Based Word Learning in Specific Language Impairment, $2,631,935
Xiaoqu Liu; Timothy L. Ratliff, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Overcoming Drug Resistance of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, $1,302,434
Xiaoqu Liu; Timothy L. Ratliff, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Enhancing Anti-Neoplastic Activity of Metformin in Prostate Cancer, $1,785,542
Maureen C. McCann; Rakesh Agrawal; Peter A. Bermel; J. Eric Deitz; Suresh V. Garimella; Hilkka I. Kenttämaa; Gozdem Kilaz; Vilas G. Pol; Timothée L. Pourpoint; Pankaj Sharma; Rodney W. Trice; Justin A. Weibel; Clifford J. Wojtalewicz; Dongyan Xu; Peide Ye; Jeffrey P. Youngblood; Xiangyu Zhang, from Office of Naval Research, Naval Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence Center for Power and Energy Research, $2,000,000
Eric T. Matson; J. Eric Dietz; Anthony H. Smith; John A. Springer; Julia Taylor Rayz, from Information & Communication Tech Promotion, Korean Software Square, $1,815,000
Seema Mattoo, from National Institute of General Medical Science (NIH), Role of Fic Proteins in Cellular Signaling, $1,507,601
Lisa J. Mauer; Mary C. Aime; Jan P. Allebach; Bruce M. Applegate; Euiwon Bae; Arun K. Bhunia; George T. Chiu; Amanda J. Deering; Joseph M. Irudayaraj; Charilaos Mousoulis; Haley F. Oliver; Dimitrios Peroulis; Robert E. Pruitt; Bartlomiej P. Rajwa; J. Paul Robinson; Manpreet Singh; Lia A. Stanciu, from Agricultural Research Service, Advanced Development of Innovative Technologies and Systematic Approaches to Foodborne Hazard Detection and Characterization for Improving Food Safety, $1,474,704
Suresh K. Mittal, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Adenoviral Vector-based Pandemic Influenza Vaccine, $1,564,716
Dallas T. Morisette, from Army Research Laboratory, Revolutionary Innovations in SiC Power Devices, $2,043,476
Matthew W. Ohland; Russell A. Long, from National Science Foundation, Expanding Access to and Participation in the Multiple-Institution Database for Investigating Engineering Longitudinal Development, $4,260,978
Dimitrios Peroulis; Venkataramanan Balakrishnan; Jeffery L. Gray, from American University of the Middle East, Curriculum Development and Laboratory Support Package: Electrical Engineering Program, $1,712,429
Dimitrios Peroulis; Venkataramanan Balakrishnan; Jeffery L. Gray, from American University of the Middle East, Curriculum Development and Laboratory Support Package: Computer Engineering Program, $1,227,383
Dimitrios Peroulis; Charilaos Mousoulis, from Landauer, MEMS-Scale Accumulating Radiation Sensor Program, $1,723,589
R. Byron Pipes, from Indiana Economic Development Corporation, IACMI - Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, $15,000,000
R. Byron Pipes; Johnathan E. Goodsell; Ronald Sterkenburg; Alejandro H. Strachan; Wenbin Yu, from U.S. Department of Energy, IACMI - Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, $4,110,687
Karen I. Plaut, from Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Sponsorship Agreement between Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Purdue University, $1,000,000
Karen I. Plaut, from Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Research Agreement between Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Purdue University, $1,000,000
Karen I. Plaut, from Indiana Soybean Alliance, Research Agreement between Indiana Soybean Alliance and Purdue University, $1,000,000
Karen I. Plaut, from Indiana Soybean Alliance, Sponsorship Agreement between Indiana Soybean Alliance and Purdue University, $1,000,000
Timothy L. Ratliff, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Cancer Center Support Grant, $7,334,397
Gintaras V. Reklaitis; Zoltan Nagy; Lynne S. Taylor, from National Science Foundation, US-Ireland Partnership in Continuous Manufacturing, $5,444,630
Gintaras V. Reklaitis; Marcial Gonzalez, Carl D. Laird; Zoltan Nagy, from Food and Drug Administration, Real Time Release in Continuous Solid Dose Manufacturing: Systematic Characterization of Material Properties, and Optimal Design of Sensing and Control Methods, $1,266,600
Catalina E. Rodriguez, from U.S. Department of Education, Student Support Services, $1,449,505
Leonid P. Rokhinson, from U.S. Department of Energy, Engineering Topological Superconductivity Towards Braiding Majorana Excitations, $1,245,000
Michael G. Rossmann, from National Science Foundation, X-ray Determinations of Proteins and Viruses, $1,584,059
Kaushik Roy, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation Phase 1 - Resonant Body Oscillator Emerging Devices, $1,013,707
Xiulin Ruan; Mark S. Lundstrom, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, First Principles-Based Predictive Design of Thermoelectric Materials under Large Temperature Gradients, $1,010,948
Kenneth H. Sandhage, from U.S. Department of Energy, Robust, Cost-Effective Heat Exchangers for 800 °C Operation with Supercritical CO2, $3,845,079
Alejandro H. Strachan; Weinong W. Chen; Marisol Koslowski; Volkan Ortalan, Steven F. Son, from Office of Naval Research, PC@Xtreme - Predictive Chemistry & Physics at Extreme Temperature and Pressure: Molecules, Crystals and Microstructures, $4,456,157
Elizabeth A. Strickland; Michael G. Heinz, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIH), Temporal Effects in Forward Masking, Suppression, and Simultaneous Masking, $1,506,728
Lynne S. Taylor, from U.S. Department of Education, Pharmaceutical Engineering 2015 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need, $1,328,751
Mitchell R. Tuinstra; Keith A. Cherkauer; Melba M. Crawford; Edward J. Delp, III; David S. Ebert; Ayman F. Habib; Michael L. Leasure; Clifford F. Weil, from Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency, Automated Sorghum Phenotyping and Trait Development Platform, $6,500,000
Satish V. Ukkusuri; Milind Kulkarni; Seungyoon Lee, from National Science Foundation, Hazards SEES: Bridging Information, Uncertainty and Decision-Making in Hurricanes Using an Interdisciplinary Perspective, $2,475,000
Rosa M. Villarreal, from, U.S. Department of Education, Horizons Student Support Services, $1,841,585
Connie M. Weaver; George P. McCabe; Kathleen Hill Gallant, from National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NIH), DASH-Sodium Trial in Adolescents, $8,625,440
Peide Ye; Xianfan Xu; Dmitry Y. Zemlyanov, from National Science Foundation, Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) 2-Dimensional Atomic-layer Research and Engineering (2-DARE): Phosphorene, an Unexplored 2D High-mobility Semiconductor, $2,000,000
Xiangyu Zhang; Dongyan Xu, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Transparent Computing, $1,100,000

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