May 15, 2020

Sigma Xi announces research and poster awards

Fabio H. Ribeiro Fabio H. Ribeiro
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The Purdue chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, has announced the winners of science and engineering awards, which recognize outstanding faculty and students for their success. Sigma Xi members are dedicated to innovation in virology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical devices.

The chapter’s 2020 Research Awards are as follows:

* 2020 Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award: Fabio H. Ribeiro, the R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Center on the Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR). Ribeiro’s research interests are centered on the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions and catalyst characterization under reaction conditions. His many honors include the NSF CAREER award, the Excellence in Catalysis Award from the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York, and the Henry J. Albert Award from the International Precious Metals Institute.

Arezoo Ardekani Arezoo Ardekani
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* 2020 Mid-Career Faculty Research Award: Arezoo Ardekani, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Ardekani’s research focuses on the motion of particles and microorganisms in complex fluids and flow through porous media. She was honored by President Barack Obama in 2016 with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is recipient of an NSF CAREER award, the Society of Engineering Science Young Investigator Medal and many other honors.

Poster competition

Sigma Xi also announced the Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellows Research Poster Competition Award winners.

Graduate student research award winners and their poster titles:

* Clare Jensen for “Effects of Hospital Therapy Dogs and the Human-Animal Bond on Burnout in Pediatric Hospital Personnel”

* Mingmin Liu for “Analysis Of Recreational and Last Mile E-Scooter Utilization in Different Land Use Regions”

* Arkaprabha Bhattacharyya for “Economic Impact Assessment due to Severe Weather Induced Power Outages in the U.S.”

* Rahul Sakhare for “Connected Vehicle Data for Interstate Performance Measures”

* Xiaohui Xu for “TiN@TiO2 Core-Shell Nanoparticles as Potential Photosensitizers for Cancer Therapy”

* Alexandra Dieterly for “Patterns of Paracellular Permeability and Pathology in Lung Cancer Brain Metastases”

* Nader Abutaleb for “Novel drugs for superbugs: acetazolamide analogs combating vancomycin-resistant enterococci lethal infections”

* Alan Hsu for “Phenotypical microRNA screen reveals a noncanonical role of CDK2 in regulating neutrophil migration”

* Casey Hooker for “Leveraging epigenetics as a genome engineering tool in anaerobic gut fungi”

* Hong Sun for “Molecular origins of versatile super-elasticity in organic semiconductor crystals”

* Pei Su for “Preparative Mass Spectrometry Using a Rotating Wall Mass Analyzer”

Postdoctoral fellow research award winners and their poster titles:

* Gozde Uzunalli for “Blood-Brain Barrier Impairment in Repetitive Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury”

* Haroon Mohammad for “Pressure's Up: Can Auranofin Treat Infected Diabetic Pressure Ulcers (PUs)?”

Writer: Kelsey Schnieders Lefever,

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