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2017 Banquet Recognizes Excellence in Research at Purdue

Around 200 Purdue faculty and staff gathered on October 30 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 2017 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 192 investigators working on one of the 81 Seed for Success projects, 77 investigators earned a bronze acorn award in recognition of their contribution acquiring a $1 million or more award for the first time.

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Excellence in Research 2017

2017 Excellence in Research Awards

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

Michele Buzon, a professor of anthropology, received the inaugural Lu Ann Aday Award, the University’s most prestigious award in the humanities and social sciences, for her groundbreaking work in bioarchaeology.

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Mikhail Atallah, a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and a professor of electrical and computer engineering (courtesy), received the 2017 Arden L. Bement, Jr. Award, the most prestigious award the University bestows in pure and applied science and engineering, for his significant contributions in efficient processing and security protections for computer-based technologies.

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Jean A. Chmielewski, the Alice Watson Kramer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a professor of biomedical engineering, received the 2017 Herbert Newby McCoy Award, Purdue’s most prestigious award in the natural sciences, for her pioneering impact on the fields of chemical biology and drug discovery.

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2017 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. See the entire Excellence in Research Awards program (PDF).

The following acknowledges FY 2017 single year and multi-year award notifications.


  • Ourania M. Andrisani, Elizabeth Tran, Jun Xie, from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Mechanisms of Hepatocyte Transformation by the Hepatitis B Virus X Protein, $1,731,614
  • Regan K. Bailey, Anindya Bhadra, Heather A. Eicher-Miller, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Development of a Total Nutrient Index, $1,399,423
  • Lionel J. Beaulieu, Robert K. Goosen, from U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program — Phase II, $1,268,541
  • Edward J. Berger, Allison F. Godwin, from National Science Foundation, IUSE:HER: Collaborative Research: The Role of Non-Cognitive and Affective Factors in Engineering and Computing Student Academic Performance, $1,035,728
  • Hari M. Bharadwaj, Michael G. Heinz, Keith R. Kluender, Jennifer M. Simpson, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIH), Individualized Assays of Supra-Threshold Hearing Deficits, $1,883,662
  • Sunil A. Bhave, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, MISC Clock: Miniaturized Silicon Carbide Clock, $1,124,418
  • Deborah I. Birch, from U.S. Department of Education, Education through Success, $1,629,600
  • Darcy M. Bullock, from U.S. Department of Transportation, Real Time Traffic Mobility Measures, $2,871,556
  • Darcy M. Bullock, from Indiana Department of Transportation, 2018 Joint Transportation Research Program Administration, $8,465,349
  • Marc W. Caffee, Darryl E. Granger, Nathaniel A. Lifton, Paul F. Muzikar, from National Science Foundation, Facility Support: Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at PRIME Lab, $3,540,000
  • Brenda M. Capobianco, Robin S. Adams, David C. Eichinger, Kendra C. Erk, SiddikaGuzey, Nobel S. Rebello, Minjung Ryu, from National Science Foundation, UPDATE — Using Principles of Design to Advance Teacher Education, $1,596,118
  • David J. Cappelleri, Karthik Ramani, Song Zhang, from National Science Foundation, NRI: Towards Dexterous Micromanipulation and Assembly, $1,000,000
  • Ann Christine Catlin, Muhammad A. Alam, Joseph Francisco, Santiago Pujol, Maria S. Sepulveda, Connie M. Weaver, from National Science Foundation, CIF21 DIBBs: EI: Creating a Digital Environment for Enabling Data-Driven Science, $3,456,281
  • Srinivasan Chandrasekar, Scott D. Sudhoff, Kevin P. Trumble, from U.S. Department of Energy, High-Silicon Steel Strip by Single-Step Shear Deformation Processing, $1,499,147
  • Yong P. Chen, Zubin Jacob, Xianfan Xu, from National Science Foundation, EFRI New Law: Topological Thermal Transport, $1,963,939
  • Gabor A. Csathy, Michael J. Manfra, from U.S. Department of Energy, Understanding and Controlling Phases with Topological and Charge Order in the Two-Dimensional Electron Gas, $1,412,000
  • Emily C. Dykhuizen, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), The Tumor Suppressive Role of PBRM1, the Bromodomain-Containing Subunit of the PBAF Chromatin Remodeling Complex, $1,746,316
  • Nancy E. Edwards, Karen J. Foli, Sara A. McComb, Karla C. Ross, from Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Workforce, Division of Nursing and Public Health Advanced Education Branch, Advanced Nursing Workforce Education, $1,371,589
  • Levon T. Esters, Heidi A. Diefes-Dux, Neil A. Knobloch, from National Science Foundation, Strategies: Enhancing Minority Middle School Student Knowledge, Literacy, and Motivation in STEM Using Contextualized Life Science Learning Experiences, $1,043,985
  • Aly El Gamal, James V. Krogmeier, David J. Love, Nicolo Michelusi, Borja M. Peleato- Inarrea, from Air Force Research Laboratory, Adaptive Wireless Networks for Spectrally Efficient Communication, $1,980,722
  • Suresh V. Garimella, from Aavid Thermalloy, Cooling Technologies Research Center (CTRC) Membership - Memo Match for 106029, $1,665,000
  • Suresh V. Garimella, from Eli Lilly and Co., Lilly Planning Grant, $2,000,000
  • Stanton B. Gelvin, Lan-Ying Lee, from National Science Foundation, TRANSFORM-PGR: Manipulating Agrobacterium-Mediated Transformation and T-DNA Integration for Plant Synthetic Biology and Genome Engineering, $1,467,146
  • Arun K. Ghosh, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Design and Synthesis of Nonpeptide Protease Inhibitors, $2,558,400
  • Nicholas W. Gray, from U.S. Department of Education, IPFW Upward Bound I, $1,287,500
  • Nicholas W. Gray, from U.S. Department of Education, IPFW Upward Bound II, $1,287,500
  • Siddika Guzey, Lynn A. Bryan, Kari L. Clase, Muhsin Menekse, from National Science Foundation, LifeSTEM: The Integration of Engineering Design and Life Science: Investigating the Influence of an Intervention on Student Interest and Motivation in STEM Fields, $1,838,015
  • Roy L. Hamilton, from U.S. Department of Education, Purdue University Northwest Upward Bound Program, $2,811,900
  • Alka R. Harriger, Bradley C. Harriger, Weiling Li, Loran C. Parker, from National Science Foundation, Curriculum and Assessment Design to Study the Development of Motivation and Computational Thinking for Middle School Students across Three Learning Contexts, $2,499,739
  • Marietta L. Harrison, Li Y Bermel, Edward A. Howell, Joseph F. Pekny, from Walther Cancer Institute Foundation Inc., Walther Cancer Foundation Oncology Physical Sciences and Engineering Research Embedding Program, $1,000,000
  • Marlene O. Heeg, from Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc., 2016-2017 PBC Centers of Educational Expertise, $1,878,797
  • Marlene O. Heeg, from Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc., 2017 IBS Prime Initiative, $1,179,486
  • Randall A. Hountz, Natalie Stewart, from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Statewide Medicaid — Eligible Incentive Meaningful Use Assistance, $3,267,685
  • Chang-Deng Hu, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Role and Targeting of PRMT5 in Prostate Cancer, $2,590,428
  • Fang Huang, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Interferometric 3D Super-Resolution Imaging and Structure and Stoichiometry Mapping in Living Cells, $1,878,090
  • Greg J. Hunt, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Increasing Survival of Honey Bees and Ensuring Sustainable Pollination by Breeding for Mite Resistance, $2,982,760
  • Wen Jiang, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Midwest Consortium for High Resolution Cryoelectron Microscopy, $3,502,640
  • Carla C. Johnson, from U.S. Department of Education, Indiana’s GEAR UP Program $24,500,000
  • Ian Kaplan, Ricky E. Foster, Christian H. Krupke, from National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Navigating the Trade-Off Between Pest Management and Pollinator Conservation in Cucurbits, $3,673,611
  • Regina A. Kreisle, from Indiana University, FY16-17 IUSM-Lafayette General Fund, $2,404,863
  • Shihuan Kuang, Bennett D. Elzey, Stephen F. Konieczny, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Notch Signaling in Liposarcoma, $1,772,815
  • Shihuan Kuang, Xiaoqi Liu, Feng Yue, from National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIH), PTEN Function in Satellite Cells, $1,705,000
  • Douglas J. LaCount, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Defining the Role of Host Factors in Ebola Virus RNA Synthesis, $1,356,250
  • Heather J. Leidy, from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Increased Protein at Breakfast for Weight Management in Overweight Adolescents, $3,274,108
  • Wanqing Liu, Yava L. Jones-Hall, Min Zhang, from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Fatty Acid Desaturase 1 (FADS1) Variants and Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, $1,912,508
  • Xiaoqi Liu, Timothy L. Ratliff, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Treatment of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, $1,776,786
  • Xiaoqi Liu, Timothy L. Ratliff, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Improving Chemotherapy of Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer, $1,772,815
  • Maureen C. McCann, Tom Adams, Peter Bermel, Gary Cheng, J. Eric Dietz, Hilkka Kenttamaa, Gozdem Kilaz, Vilas Pol, Timothée Pourpoint, Pankaj Sharma, Vikas Tomar, Rodney Trice, Justin Weibel, Peide Ye, Kejie Zhao, from Office of Naval Research, NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy Research, $2,997,000
  • Michael J. Manfra, from Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Quantum Computing, Amount Withheld
  • 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 Mousoullis, Haley F. Oliver, Dimitrios Peroulis, Robert E. Pruitt, Bartlomiej P. Rajwa, Joseph P. Robinson, 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, $1,959,200
  • Sabra R. Moulton, from Federal Aviation Administration, Strengthen and Rehabilitate Runway 10-28: Base Bid (Runway 10 End) Only (Federal), $2,935,278
  • Mathias J. Payer, Dongyan Xu, from Office of Naval Research, Toward Transformation- Based Legacy Software Fitness: Usage-Driven Binary Debloating and Hardening, $1,049,028
  • R. Byron Pipes, Johnathan E. Goodsell, Ronald Sterkenburg, Ron Steuterman, Alejandro H. Strachan, Wenbin Yu, from U.S. Department of Energy, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation — BP3, $6,083,716
  • Carol B. Post, from National Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (NIH), NMR Structure of Peptide and Protein Complexes, $1,295,718
  • Terry L. Powley, Robert J. Phillips, from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH), Autonomic Control of Body Weight and Feeding, $3,484,570
  • Terry L. Powley, Pedro Irazoqui, Zhongming Liu, Robert J. Phillips, Bartlomiej P. Rajwa, Jenna L. Rickus, Joseph P. Robinson, Matthew P. Ward, from Office of the Director (NIH), Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders, $2,004,446
  • Karthik Ramani, Ananth V. Iyer, Sanjay G. Rao, from National Science Foundation, PFI: BIC MAKERPAD: Making Everyone a Maker Through Intuitive Shape-Modeling and 3-D Printing Service Platform, $1,000,000
  • Julio Alfonso Ramirez, Antonio Bobet, David R. Johnson, from National Science Foundation, NHERI Network Coordination Office, $4,100,000
  • Timothy L. Ratliff, from Walther Cancer Institute Foundation Inc., Walther Collaborative Core for Cancer Bioinformatics, $1,000,000
  • Michael G. Rossmann, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Structure and Function of Icosahedral Viruses, $2,407,670
  • Jimmie L. Sanders, from U.S. Department of Education, Educational Talent Search Program, $1,783,200
  • Mohamed Seleem, from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH), Repurposing Auranofin and Ebselen for Treatment of Multidrug Resistant Pathogens, $2,251,541
  • Maria Sepulveda Soledad, Jason T. Hoverman, Linda S. Lee, from Department of the Army, Development of Amphibian Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances Toxicity Reference Values for use in Ecological Risk Assessment at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites, $2,465,781
  • Gregory M. Shaver, Daniel A. DeLaurentis, Shaoshuai Mou, Srinivas Peeta, Neera J. Sundaram, from U.S. Department of Energy, Enabling High-Efficiency Operation through Next-Generation Control Systems Development for Connected and Automated Class 8 Trucks, $4,770,000
  • Preeti M. Sivasankar, Sarah Calve, Abigail C. Durkes, Zhongming Liu, from National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), Pathobiology and Biomechanics of Vocal Fold Dehydration, $1,574,925
  • Carson D. Slabaugh, Stephen D. Heister; Guillermo Paniagua Perez, from National Energy Technology Laboratory, Advanced Turbine Components for Combined Cycle Power Applications, $1,165,006
  • Sara A. Schmitt, James G. Elicker, David J. Purpura, from Family and Social Services Administration, Evaluation of the Indiana Early Learning Pilot Grant Program, $1,400,607
  • Xiaohui Carol Song, from National Science Foundation, XSEDE 2.0: Integrating, Enabling and Enhancing National Cyberinfrastructure with Expanding Community Involvement, $1,879,312
  • Christopher J. Staiger, from U.S. Department of Energy, Regulation of Actin Stochastic Dynamics: Actin and Myosin Involvement in Delivery of Materials to the Cell Wall, $1,160,000
  • Scott D. Sudhoff, Steven D. Pekarek, from Office of Naval Research, Purdue 2017-21 ESRDC Efforts, $2,500,000
  • Elizabeth Tran, Pete E. Pascuzzi, Weiguo A. Tao, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), The Role of Dead-box Proteins in Gene Expression, $1,270,293
  • Satish V. Ukkusuri, Seung Yoon Lee, Shreyas Sundaram, from National Science Foundation, CRISP Type 2: Collaborative Research: Critical Transitions in the Resilience and Recovery of Interdependent Social and Physical Networks, $2,204,202
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, from Lilly Endowment Inc., Transforming Transitions for Military and Veteran Families, $3,821,906
  • Haiyan Wang, Edwin R. Garcia, Xinghang Zhang, from Office of Naval Research, Explore the Fundamentals for Field-Enhanced Mass Transport Phenomena in Ceramics, $3,000,000
  • Dana Weinstein, Sunil A. Bhave, from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NiNJA: Nitride-on-Niobate Jammer-Resistant Architecture, $1,136,854
  • Michael K. Wendt, Emily C. Dykhuizen, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Overcoming Metastatic Resistance to Erbb-Targeted Therapies, $1,746,049
  • Andrew J. Whelton, from Environmental Protection Agency, Right-Sizing Tomorrow’s Water Systems for Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Health, $1,989,000
  • Yu Xia, from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Mass Spectrometry Method with C=C Location Specificity for Qualitative and Quantitative Lipid Analysis, $1,645,763
  • Dongyan Xu, Xinyan Deng, Xiangyu Zhang, from Office of Naval Research, A Cross-Layer Framework for Retrofitting Robotic Vehicle Controllers, $3,000,000
  • Xianfan Xu, Bryan W. Boudouris, Liang Pan, from National Science Foundation, SNM: Continuous and Scalable 3-D Nano printing, $1,250,000
  • Danzhou Yang, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Modulating c-MYC Transcription by G-Quadruplex-Interactive Small Molecules, $1,150,798
  • Michael G. Zentner, Mihaela Vorvoreanu, from National Science Foundation, S2I2: Impl: The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) for the Democratization and Acceleration of Science, $3,130,055
  • Zhong-Yin Zhang, from National Cancer Institute (NIH), Development of SHP2 Inhibitors for Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapy, $2,268,776

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