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2012 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

Nearly 250 Purdue University faculty members and staff gathered November 14, 2012, for the Excellence in Research Awards dinner, celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Purdue's research community.

Professor Connie Weaver was presented with the 2012 Herbert Newby McCoy Award for her work on the basic mechanisms of calcium uptake and metabolism. Her basic science has had tremendous impact on the health of adolescent females, and in the prevention of osteoporosis. Please access the McCoy Distinguished Lecture here.

Among the honorees were Seed for Success honorees who have garnered a $1 million or more sponsored program award. The Inaugural Morrill Award, the 2012 Morrill Award Winners, and faculty members who received a college or departmental award for outstanding research during FY 2012 also were recognized at the dinner.

2012 Seed for Success Awards

  • SNAP-Ed Indiana Family Nutrition Program
    Angela R. Abbott; Melissa Maulding
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $4,949,271
  • Mechanism(s) of Hepatocyte Transformation by the Hepatitis B Virus X Protein
    Ourania M. Andrisani; Jun Xie
    from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
    $1,825,739
  • Measurement and Modeling of Central Auditory Processing in Aged Animals
    Edward L. Bartlett
    from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders
    $1,726,947
  • Collaborative Research: Integrated Training for Continental Ecology (ITCE): Bridging Scales and Systems with Isotopes
    Gabriel J. Bowen; Christopher C. Miller; Eric M. Riggs
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,155,797
  • Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative
    James E. Braun; Qingyan Chen; George T. Chiu; William T. Horton; Jianghai Hu; Panagiota Karava; Athanasios Tzempelikos
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,215,898
  • Facility Support: Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at PRIME Lab
    Marc W. Caffee; Darryl E. Granger; Nathaniel A. Lifton; Paul F. Muzikar
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,699,900
  • Building and Scaling Analytics Capacity
    John P. Campbell; Matthew D. Pistilli
    from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    $1,231,754
  • Development and Engineering Command, Dynamic Mechanical Properties of High-Performance Fibers
    Weinong W. Chen
    from U.S. Army Research
    $1,150,000
  • Topological Insulator Coherent Energy-efficient Devices
    Yong P. Chen; Supriyo Datta; Mark S. Lundstrom; Anant K. Ramdas; Xianfan Xu; Peide Ye
    from Office of Naval Research
    $2,492,613
  • FY11-12 Indiana University School of Medicine - Lafayette General Fund
    Gordon L. Coppoc; Regina A. Kreisle; James J. Walker
    from Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis
    $1,664,917
  • An Agent-based Concept for an Enhanced C2BMC Architecture
    Daniel A. Delaurentis; Saurabh Bagchi; James Eric Dietz; Stephen D. Heister; Joseph Pekny
    from Missile Defense Agency
    $1,250,972
  • Regional Hub Reception Center Planning Guide
    James Eric Dietz; David Black; Dave Hankins; Jefferson F. Howells; Carlos R. Morales; Steve Shelby; Clifford J. Wojtalewicz
    from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    $1,497,162
  • Neuroimaging for Early Diagnosis of Manganese Toxicity in Humans and Rodents
    Ulrike Dydak; Frank Rosenthal; Wei Z. Zheng
    from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    $2,350,624
  • VACCINE: Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments, FY12 Funding
    David S. Ebert; Timothy F. Collins; Edward J. Delp; Lars Niklas E. Elmqvist
    from U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    $1,450,000
  • Integrated Striga Control Activity in Sorghum in Ethiopia and Tanzania
    Gebisa Ejeta; Tesfaye D. Mengiste
    from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    $4,992,836
  • Nanofabrication of Tunable 3D Nanotube Architectures
    Timothy Fisher; Xiulin Ruan
    from Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    $1,502,777
  • Tyrosine Kinases and Lymphocyte Activation
    Robert L. Geahlen
    from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
    $1,663,709
  • Design & Synthesis of Non-peptide Protease Inhibitors
    Arun K. Ghosh
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,487,714
  • 2012 Local Technical Assistance Program Work Plan & Budget
    John E. Haddock; John A. Habermann
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
    $1,282,486
  • IGERT: Global Traineeship in Sustainable Electronics
    Carol A. Handwerker; Inez Hua; Ananth V. Iyer; Karthik Ramani
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,199,979
  • Collagen Cross-links Direct Matrix-Induced Vasculogenesis via Tunable Pathways
    Sherry L. Harbin; Bumsoo Han
    from National Institution of Heart, Lung and Blood
    $1,896,989
  • Improving Robustness of Prosthetic Arm Control with an Innovative RF-Based Implantable EMG System
    Pedro Irazoqui
    from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
    $2,573,958
  • Live Single Cell Epigenetic Profiling and Regulation at Single Molecule Resolution
    Joseph M. Irudayaraj; Ann Kirchmaier; Sophie A. Lelievre; Amy C. Lossie
    from W.M. Keck Foundation
    $1,000,000
  • IARPA Finder 2011
    Avinash C. Kak; Johnny Park
    from Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    $1,195,161
  • Identification of Protein-metabolite Interactome
    Daisuke Kihara; Chiwook Park; Weiguo A. Tao
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,471,781
  • Network for Computational Nanotechnology
    Gerhard Klimeck; Mark Lundstrom; Michael McLennan; Alejandro Strachan
    National Science Foundation
    $3,648,333
  • ARI-MA: Development of High Rate, Excellent Energy Resolution, Radiation Damage Insensitive, Liquid Krypton Gamma Ray Detector for Use in High Radiation Environments
    David S. Koltick; Ahmed Hassanein
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,983,296
  • Effects of Language Experience on Early Cortical and Subcortical Pitch Encoding
    Ananthanarayan Krishnan; Jackson T. Gandour
    from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders
    $1,849,008
  • Molecular Basis of Alphavirus Assembly
    Richard J. Kuhn
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,352,466
  • Communicative Disorders
    Laurence B. Leonard
    from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders
    $1,828,118
  • Maddies Shelter Medicine Program
    Annette L. Litster; George E. Moore
    from Maddies Fund
    $1,913,464
  • Collaborative Research: Deep Insights Anytime, Anywhere - Central Resource for Characterizing the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Portfolio through Interactive Knowledge Mining and Visualizations
    Krishna P. Charavarthi Madhavan; Lars Niklas E. Elmqvist; Mihaela Vorvoreanu; Phillip C. Wankat
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,307,542
  • Improved Detection Techniques for Foodborne Pathogens
    Lisa J. Mauer; Bruce M.Applegate; Arun K. Bhunia; Joseph M. Irudayaraj; Michael R. Ladisch
    from U.S. Department of Agricultural
    $1,477,573
  • Center for the Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Bioenergy (C3Bio)
    Maureen McCann; Mahdi M. Abu-Omar; Rakesh Agrawal; Nicholas C. Carpita; Clint Chapple; W. Nicholas Delgass; Hilkka I. Kenttamaa; Nathan S. Mosier; Angus S. Murphy; Wendy A. Peer;
    Fabio H. Ribeiro; Garth J. Simpson; Christopher J. Staiger; Daniel, B. Szymanski
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $15,074,136
  • Military Community, Family and Youth Extension Program
    Renee K. McKee
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $1,363,636
  • Afghanistan Agricultural Sanitary and Phytosanitary Project
    Kevin T. McNamara; Betty A. Bugusu; Ricky E. Foster; Haley F. Oliver; Ramesh Vemulapalli
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $2,175,242
  • Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Agricultural Data Collection and Utilization System Project
    Kevin T. McNamara; James M. Lowenberg-Deboer
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $3,099,861
  • Personality and Well-Being Trajectories in Adulthood
    Daniel K. Mroczek
    from National Institute on Aging
    $2,000,073
  • PRISM: Center for Prediction of Reliability, Integrity and Survivability of Microsystems
    Jayathi Y. Murthy; Muhammad A. Alam; Anil K. Bajaj; Ananth Y. Grama; Dimitrios Peroulis; Alejandro H. Strachan
    from National Nuclear Security Administration
    $3,800,000
  • U.S. Compact Muon Solenoid Operations at Large Hadron Collider
    Norbert Neumeister; Daniela Bortoletto; Thomas J. Hacker; Ian P. Shipsey
    from National Science Foundation
    $5,147,031
  • Toward Intrusion Tolerant Clouds
    Cristina Nita-Rotaru; Jennifer L. Neville
    from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center
    $1,288,302
  • Science Learning through Engineering Design Targeted Partnership
    Alyssa Panitch; Brenda M. Capobianco; Todd R. Kelley; James D. Lehman; Johannes Strobel; Gabriela C. Weaver
    from National Science Foundation
    $3,862,372
  • Hydrogel Template Method for Protein Microencapsulation
    Kinam Park
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,483,443
  • NEXTRANS - Integrated and Sustainable Transportation Solutions: From Concepts to Deployment
    Srinivas Peeta
    from U.S. Department of Transportation
    $3,500,000
  • Autonomic Control of Body Weight and Feeding
    Terry L. Powley
    from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    $3,172,228
  • Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers
    Linda S. Prokopy; Otto C. Doerring III; Benjamin M. Gramig; Devdutta S. Niyogi; Xiaohui Carol Song
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $1,000,000
  • The George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Operations
    Julio A. Ramirez; Saurabh Bagchi; Sean Brophy; Shirley Dyke; Rudolf Eigenmann; Barbara Fossum; Thomas J. Hacker; Ayhan Irfanoglu; Santiago Pujol
    from National Science Foundation
    $23,852,680
  • Cancer Center Support Grant
    Timothy L. Ratliff
    from National Cancer Institute
    $1,506,982
  • Initiation and Regulation of Chronic Autoimmune Prostate Inflammation
    Timothy Ratliff; Scott A. Crist; Xiaoqu Liu; Paul W. Snyder
    from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    $1,906,650
  • Structural Studies of Togaviruses
    Michael G. Rossmann
    from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    $3,481,566
  • Ionome to Genome: Mapping the Gene Networks Controlling Nutrient Content in Rice Grain
    David E. Salt; Mourad Ouzzani
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,454,950
  • Measurements of Boundary-Layer Instability and Transition in the Mach-6 Quiet Tunnel
    Steven P. Schneider
    U.S. Department of Defense
    $2,000,000
  • MRSEC Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials
    Vladimir M. Shalaev; Alexandra Boltasseva; Evgueni E. Narimanov
    National Science Foundation
    $1,920,000
  • Hoosier Heavy Hybrid Center of Excellence (H3CoE)
    Gregory M. Shaver; Vahid Motevalli; Maryam Saeedifard
    from U.S. Department of Energy
    $1,000,000
  • An Experimental and Theoretical High Energy Physics Program
    Ian P. Shipsey; Daniela Bortoletto; Wei K. Cui; John P. Finley; Sergei Khlebnikov; Luis M. Krudzenski; Norbert Neumeister
    U.S. Department of Energy
    $5,044,000
  • Challenges to Vocal Fold Epithelia: Functional and Structural Consequences
    Preeti Sivasankar; Paul W. Snyder
    from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders
    $1,878,792
  • XSEDE: Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment
    Xiaohui Carol Song
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,530,000
  • Literacy Enriched Science through Guided Inquiry — Elevating Thinking and Knowledge
    Brandon Sorge; John R. Staver; William S. Walker
    from Indiana Department of Education
    $1,898,984
  • The Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (I-STEM) Resource Network
    Brandon Sorge; William S. Walker
    from Lilly Endowment, Inc
    $1,530,000
  • Science and Technology Center — 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; Yuan Qi; Doraiswami Ramkrishna; Vernon J. Rego; Luo Si; Mark Daniel Ward
    from National Science Foundation
    $2,500,000
  • Experimental Evaluation of Steel-Concrete Wall and Anchorage Design for Nuclear Power Plants
    Amit H. Varma
    from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
    $1,001,000
  • CPS: Medium: Robust Distributed Wind Power Engineering
    Jan Vitek; Douglas E. Adams; Ananth Y. Grama; Suresh Jagannathan
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,600,000
  • Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA
    Jeffrey J. Volenec; Corinne E. Alexander; Sylvie M. Brouder; Natalie J. Carroll; Indrajeet Chaubey; Keith D. Johnson; Brenda Rose Lerner; Chad A. Martin; Patrick T. Murphy; Nicole J. Olynk; Kathryn S. Orvis; Ronald F. Turco
    from U.S. Department of Agriculture
    $3,686,569
  • Understanding Effects of Multiple Deployments and Promoting Resiliency in Families and Children of Deployed Service Members
    Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth; Sarah A. Mustillo
    from U.S. Department of Defense
    $1,007,336
  • Submicrometer Silica Particles for High-throughput Separations of Protein Pharmaceuticals
    Mary Wirth
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,784,916
  • SNM: A Scalable Nanomanufacturing Machine for Parallel Nanolithography and Parallel Fabrication of Nanoscale Devices
    Xianfan Xu; Timothy Fisher; Minghao Qi; Peide Ye
    from National Science Foundation
    $1,300,000
  • THz III-V MOSHFETs Enabled by ALD-grown Scalable High-K Gate Insulators (TASK)
    Peide Ye
    from Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    $1,000,000
  • Structure and Function of Sodium-Calcium Exchangers
    Dinesh A. Yernool
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,893,321
  • Safe, Reuse-Oriented Reverse Engineering of Functional Components from x86 Binaries
    Xiangyu Zhang; Dongyan Xu
    from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
    $1,493,074
  • Calcium Signaling and Ion Homeostasis Regulation
    Jian-Kang Zhu
    from National Institute of General Medical Sciences
    $1,540,000

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