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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