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2011 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

Nearly 300 Purdue University faculty and staff gathered November 2, 2011, 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 in 2011 Please access the Internal Awards here., and 262 Seed for Success honorees were recognized for garnering $1 million or more in research grants. 110 new Seeds for Success honorees received bronze acorn awards.

Professor Clint Chapple was presented with the 2011 Herbert Newby McCoy Award for his pioneering efforts in the mapping of metabolic pathways that drive plant biomass production. His discoveries open new avenues for applications in improved forage, fiber and biofuel production. Please access the Mccoy Distinguished Lecture here.

2011 Seed for Success Awards

  • SNAP-Ed: Family Nutrition Program
    Angela R. Abbott; Amy R. Mobley and Karen L. Zotz
    from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
    $5,582,349
  • Semiwave MURI:Sound and ElectroMagnetic Interacting Waves
    Douglas E. Adams, J. Stuart Bolton, Patricia Davies and Jeffrey F. Rhoads
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,000,000
  • Development and Testing of Innovative Health Management Tools for Damage Detection, Evaluation, and Repair of the CH-53K Composite Rotor Blades and Structures
    Douglas E. Adams
    from CACI International, Inc.
    $2,772,170
  • Development and Fabrication of a Stent Prototype to Induce Closure of Post-traumatic Blast-induced Pseudo-aneurysms,
    Jean P. Allain and Lisa M. Reece
    from Army Medical Research and Material Command
    $1,067,257.
  • HORIZONS Student Support Program
    Dean M. Ballotti
    from U.S. Department of Education
    $1,889,885
  • Student Support Services
    Gail A. Barker
    from U.S. Department of Education
    $1,495,875
  • Developing an Interactive On-line Writing Lab to Increase Student Success in Core Writing Standards
    Linda S. Bergmann; Janet Alsup
    from Gates Foundation
    $1,453,832
  • Science Learning through Engineering Design Targeted Partnership
    Keith J. Bowman; Brenda M. Capobianco, Todd R. Kelley, James D. Lehman, Johannes Strobel and Gabriela C. Weaver
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,862,372
  • Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative
    James E. Braun; Qingyan Chen, William T. Horton, Jianghai Hu, Panagiota Karava, Steven D. Pekarek, Maryam Saeedifard and Athanasios Tzempelikos
    from U.S Department of Energy
    $5,960,000
  • Topological Insulator Coherent Energy-efficient Devices
    Yong P. Chen, Supriyo Datta, Mark S. Lundstrom, Anant K. Ramdas, Xianfan Xu and Peide Ye
    from Office of Naval Research
    $2,492,613
  • Indiana Space Grant Consortium
    Barrett S. Caldwall
    from National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    $2,875,000
  • Energizing Research through Cyberinfrastructure: Renovation of the Research Data Center
    John P. Campbell, Joseph S. Francisco, Mark S. Lundstrom, Jayathi Y. Murthy and Norbert Neumeister
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,999,969
  • Watershed Scale Optimization to Meet Sustainable Cellulosic Energy Crop Demand
    Indrajeet Chaubey, Laura C. Bowling, Sylvie M. Brouder, Keith A. Cherkauer, Bernard A. Engel, Jane R. Frankenberger, Reuben R. Goforth, Benjamin M. Gramig, Patrick T. Murphy and Jeffrey J. Volenec
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,592,385
  • Student Support Services at IPFW
    Kenneth C. Christmon and Barbara Kirkwood
    from U.S. Department of Education
    $1,100,000
  • Anonymizing Textual Data and its Impact on Utility
    Christopher Clifton; Chyi-Kong K. Chang, Victor Raskin and Luo Si
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,554,441

  • FY 2011 Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette General Fund
    Gordon L. Coppoc
    from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
    $1,665,143

  • Novel Topoisomerase I Inhibitors
    Mark S. Cushman
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,662,777

  • Signals to Feed: Biological and Associative Mechanisms
    Terry L. Davidson, Kimberly P. Kinzig and Susan E. Swithers,
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,462,435

  • An Agent-based Concept for an Enhanced C2BMC Architecture
    Daniel A. Delaurentis, Saurabh Bagchi, Stephen D. Heister and Muharrem Mane,
    from Missile Defense Agency
    $1,250,972

  • Crossroads Smart Grid Workforce Development Program
    James Eric Dietz, John Francis Burr, James M. Caruthers, Douglas E. Adams, Venkataramanan Balakrishnan, Anil Bajaj, Sanford Fleeter, Nancy L. Denton, David R. Hankins, Andrew L. Liu, Eric T. Matson, Vahid Motevalli, Joseph F. Pekny, Karl A. Perusich, Jeffrey J. Richardson, Maryam Saeedifard, Gregory M. Shaver, Steven D. Shelby, Anthony H. Smith, Oleg Wasynczuk and Clifford J. Wojtalewicz,
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $2,200,760

  • Institute for Accessible Science: Advancing Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Biomedical Laboratory Research
    Bradley S. Duerstock and Susan M. Mendrysa,
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,984,388

  • Application and Dissemination of a Culture-centered Approach to Tailoring Comparative Effectiveness Research Summary Guides
    Mohan J. Dutta, William B. Collins and Titilayo A. Okoror,
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,494,475

  • VACCINE: Visual Analytics for Command, Control, and Interoperability Environments
    David S. Ebert, Mireille Boutin, Timothy F. Collins, Edward J. Delp, Niklas E. Elmqvist and Ross L. Maciejewski
    from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    $2,500,000

  • Development of a Real-time Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response System for Pakistan:Responding to Human Well-being in Times of Threat
    Arif Ghafoor, Walid G. Aref, David S. Ebert and Ross L. Maciejewski,
    from U.S. Department of Defense,
    $1,594,655

  • Inhibition and Mechanism of Flavivirus Methyltransferase
    Arun K. Ghosh
    from Wadsworth Center Health Research Inc.
    $1,194,494

  • Broad-spectrum Antibiotic against Category A Agents
    Arun K. Ghosh and Thomas J. Kappock
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,860,683

  • Economics, Ecology, Education: An Integrated Approach to Ensure the Success of Organic Vegetable Growers
    Kevin D. Gibson, Corinne E.N. Alexander, Janna L. Beckerman, Steven G. Hallett, Lori Hoagland, Ian Kaplan, Maria I. Marshall, Eileen J. Kladivko and Clifford S. Sadof
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $1,288,010

  • Coupling of Structure and Dynamics in RNA Catalysis,
    Barbara L. Golden,
    from National Institutes of Health,
    $1,801,848

  • Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program
    John E. Haddock, from Indiana Department of Transportation
    $1,266,796

  • Cancer Care Engineering
    Marietta L. Harrison, Ann Christine Catlin, David S. Ebert, Michael D. Murray, Joseph Pekny, Dan Raftery, Dorothy Teegarden, Dabao Zhang and Min Zhang,
    from Army Medical Research and Material Command
    $1,208,307

  • Development of a High Performance Cold Climate Heat Pump
    William Travis Horton, James E. Braun and Eckhard A. Groll
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,331,435

  • Center for International Business Education and Research
    Gregory S. Hundley
    from U.S. Department of Education
    $1,798,317

  • SoyMapII: Leveraging Untapped Genetic Diversity in Soybean
    Scott Jackson and Jianzin Ma
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,473,266

  • Centers for Chemical Innovation, Phase I:Quantum Information and Computation for Chemistry
    Sabre Kais
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,500,000

  • Retrieval-Oriented Learning Strategies
    Jeffrey D. Karpicke
    from Institute of Education Sciences
    $1,600,000

  • Migration and Function of Th17 Cells in the Gut
    Chang H. Kim and Harm HogenEsch
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,347,428

  • North Central Nursing Clinics
    Jane M. Kirkpatrick, Pamela M. Aaltonen, Jennifer A. Coddington and Elizabeth A. O’Neil
    from Health Resources and Services Administration
    $3,250,000

  • Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-Based Cropping
    Eileen J. Kladivko, Laura Bowling, Phillip Owens and Jane Frankenberger
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $1,400,940

  • Structure-function Studies of Alpha- and Flaviviruses
    Richard J. Kuhn, Wen Jiang and Michael G. Rossmann
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,962,284

  • A Temporal View of the Plasmodium-Red Blood Cell Interactome
    Douglas J. LaCount
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,464,666

  • Novel Computational Methods for Modeling Cytochrome P450 Mediated Drug Metabolism
    Markus A. Lill
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,336,745

  • Improved Detection Techniques for Foodborne Pathogens
    Richard H. Linton, Bruce M. Applegate, Arun K. Bhunia, Michael R. Ladisch and Lisa J. Mauer
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $1,496,658

  • Delivery of Hemotherapeutics — Development of Targeted Therapeutics for Cancer and Inflammation
    Philip S. Low
    from Endocyte, Inc., Folate Chemo: Novel, Non-toxic
    $1,384,986

  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology
    Mark S. Lundstrom, Gerhard K. Klimeck, Michael L. McLennan and George B. Adams III
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,648,333

  • Strengthening Supports to Military Families in Indiana and Beyond
    Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    from Lilly Endowment Inc.
    $6,328,144

  • Military Community, Family and Youth Extension Program
    Renee K. McKee, Charles A. Hibberd and Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $10,482,038

  • Afternoons ROCK in Indiana
    Renee K. McKee
    from Indiana State Department of Health
    $1,194,111

  • Afghan Agriculture University Faculty Strengthening
    Kevin T. McNamara and James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer
    from Agency for International Development
    $5,000,000

  • Mechanisms of Viral Proteases in Coronavirus Replication and Pathogenesis,
    Andrew D. Mesecar and Susan C. Baker
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,635,125

  • Deviating from the Standard: Integrating Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design into Life Science Education
    Dennis J. Minchella, Edward L. Bartlett, James D. Forney, George P. McCabe, Nancy Pelaez and Ann E. Rundell
    from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    , $1,500,000

  • Developing LED Lighting Technology and Practices for Sustainable Specialty-crop Production
    Cary A. Mitchell, John Francis Burr and Roberto G. Lopez
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $2,441,298

  • Encouraging Marketing and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa through Hermetic Storage of Crops by Smallholder Farmers
    Larry L. Murdock and James M. Lowenberg-DeBoer
    from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    $1,099,709

  • Purdue University Water Institute and Energy-Efficiency and Water Institute Research Facility
    Agbai Agwu Nnanna and Robert Kramer
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,944,000

  • Characterizing and Modeling the Experience of Transfer Students in Engineering
    Matthew W. Ohland and Russell Long
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,500,000

  • Normal and Accelerated Failure Assessment of New Quantitative in vitro and in vivo Neural Interfaces
    Kevin J. Otto and Alyssa Panitch
    from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
    $1,978,517

  • Improved Therapeutics for Drug Eluting Stents
    Alyssa Panitch and Kinam Park
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,521,403

  • NEXTRANS: Integrated Solutions for Mobility, Safety and Infrastructure
    Srinivas Peeta
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
    , $2,082,800

  • State Utility Forecasting Group
    Paul V. Preckel and Douglas J. Gotham
    from Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
    $1,139,653

  • Useful to Usable: Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers
    Linda Prokopy, Otto C. Doering, Benjamin M. Gramig, Devdutta S. Niyogi and Xiaohui C. Song
    from National Institute of Food and Agriculture
    $1,000,000

  • the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations
    Julio A. Ramirez, Saurabh Bagchi, Sean Brophy, Rudolf Eigenmann, Thomas J. Hacker, Ayhan Irfanoglu, Santiago Pujol, Barbara Fossum, Shirley Dyke and Scott A. Newbolds
    from National Science Foundation
    $18,844,107

  • Cancer Center Support Grant
    Timothy L.Ratliff
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,258,258

  • Analytical Proteomics Team
    Fred E. Regnier and John A. Springer
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,032,527

  • A Distributed Clinical and Biodefense National Network for Rapid Organism Identification,
    J. Paul Robinson, Arun K. Bhunia, Vincent Jo Davisson, Eric James Dietz, Daniel E. Hirleman and Bartlomiej P. Rajwa,
    from National Institutes of Health,
    $1,309,177.

  • Specific Detection of Cervical Cancers Using Cytometry-Based Molecular Diagnostics
    J. Paul Robinson and Vincent Jo Davisson
    National Institutes of Health
    $1,570,140

  • Elucidating the Genetic Architecture of ProVitamin A and Vitamin E Biosynthesis in Seed
    Torbert R. Rocheford
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,400,777

  • Structure and Function of Icosahedral Viruses
    Michael G. Rossmann
    from National Institutes of Health
    $2,103,440

  • X-ray Determinations of Proteins and Viruses
    Michael G. Rossmann
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,350,000

  • TRMS:From Ionome to Genome: Mapping the Gene Networks Controlling Nutrient Content in Rice Grain
    David E. Salt
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,302,944

  • The Genetic Basis of Natural Ionomic Variation
    David E. Salt
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,857,862

  • A Sustainable Energy Concepts Professional Development Model for Rural Schools and its Extension to a Systemic Approach for Integrating STEM Research and Education
    Timothy D. Sands, Kari Clase, Peggy A. Ertmer, Lisa Kirkham, Maureen C. McCann, Sidney M. Moon, and Gabriela C. Weaver
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,250,000

  • Large-area 3D Optical Metamaterials with Tunability and Low Loss
    Vladimir M. Shalaev and Alexandra Boltasseva
    from the Office of Naval Research
    $1,950,000

  • Technology and System Level Demonstration of Highly Efficient and Clean Diesel Powered Class 8 Trucks
    Gregory M. Shaver and Robert P. Lucht
    from Cummins, Inc.
    $1,262,495

  • The O-Buoy Network of Chemical Sensors in the Arctic Ocean
    Paul B. Shepson
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,041,211

  • Social and Behavioral Influences on Clinical Communication and Pain Management
    Cleveland B. Shields
    from National Institutes of Health
    $3,437,436

  • An Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics Program
    Ian P. Shipsey, Virgil E. Barnes, Daniela Bortoletto, Thomas Clark, Wei Cui, John Finley, Ephraim Fischbach, Arthur Garfinkel, Matthew Jones, W. C. Sergei Khlebnikov, Luis Martin Kruczenski, Sherwin Love, David Miller, Norbert Neumeister and John Peterson
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,976,000

  • Nonlinear Optical Imaging for Guiding Protein Structure Determination
    Garth J. Simpson, Chittaranjan Das and Minghao Qi
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,549,599

  • Robust and Principled Visual Intelligence
    Jeffrey M. Siskind, Sven Dickinson and Song Wang
    from Army Research Laboratory
    $6,000,000

  • Midwest Crossroads Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
    Mark J.T. Smith
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,259,559

  • Nanoenergetics and High Hydrogen Content Materials for Space Propulsion
    Steven F. Son and Timothee L. Pourpoint
    from Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    $1,090,150

  • Chemical Decomposition in High Energy Density Materials Induced by Coupled Acoustic and Electromagnetic Energy Insult
    Steven F. Son, Lori J. Groven and Alejandro H. Strachan
    from Office of Naval Research
    $1,200,000

  • I-STEM Resource Network/Indiana Science Initiative
    Brandon Sorge and William S. Walker
    from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation
    $1,500,000

  • Preparing Cyber Security Leaders,
    Eugene H. Spafford, Melissa J. Dark and Victor Raskin,
    from National Science Foundation,
    $1,039,953.

  • Arabidopsis 2010: Dissecting Cortical Actin Function During Arabidopsis-Pseudomonas Interactions
    Christopher J. Staiger
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,108,984

  • Development and Implementation of the National Test Facility for Fuels and Propulsion
    David L. Stanley, Denver W. Lopp, Robert P. Lucht and James Mark Thom,
    from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
    $1,283,000

  • Multi-Resolution Modeling and Experiments of Nanostructured Reactive Materials
    Alejandro H. Strachan and Steven F. Son
    from Defense Threat Reduction Agency,
    $1,861,054

  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Indiana
    Beverly Davenport Sypher, G. Christine Taylor and Monica Cox,
    from National Science Foundation,
    $1,301,948

  • Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information
    Wojciech Szpankowski, Ruben C. Aguilar, Mikhail J. Atallah, Christopher Clifton, Supriyo Datta, Ananth Y. Grama, Suresh Jagannathan, Aditya P. Mathur, Jennifer L. Neville, Zygmunt Pizlo, Doraiswami Ramkrishna, Yuan Qi, Vernon J. Rego, Luo Si, and Mark Daniel Ward
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,500,000

  • New Proteomic Technologies for the Analysis of Tyrosine Kinase Signaling Pathways,
    Weiguo Andy Tao, Robert L. Geahlen, Scott A. McLuckey and Olga Vitek,
    from National Institutes of Health,
    $1,854,175.

  • The Role of DEAD-box Proteins in Gene Expression
    Elizabeth Tran
    from National Institutes of Health
    $1,819,192

  • Genetic and Genomic Approaches to Understanding Long-distance Transport and Carbon Partitioning in Plants
    Clifford F. Weil and Rebecca W. Doerge
    from National Science Foundation,
    $1,735,212

  • From Research to Impact
    Steven M. Witz and Kenneth J. Musselman
    from Regenstrief Foundation,
    $3,000,000

  • Thermoelectrics Partnership:Thermoelectrics for Automotive Waste Heat Recovery
    Xianfan Xu, Timothy Fisher, Timothy D. Sands, Stephen D. Heister and Yue Wu
    from National Science Foundation,
    $1,391,825

  • The Center for Computational Simulation and Visualization Project
    Chenn Qian Zhou,
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $3,000,000

  • Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance
    Jian-Kang Zhu
    from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
    $6,033,300

  • A Paradigm Shift in Ecosystem and Environmental Modeling: An Integrated Stochastic, Deterministic, and Machine Learning Approach
    Qianlai Zhuang; Melba M. Crawford, Dongbin Xiu and Hao Zhang
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,591,428

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