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2006 Discovery Grants Projects

The 16 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2006 are listed below. 


  • Visual Expertise in the Perception of Musical Notation - Isabel Gauthier (Psychology)
  • Mapping Brain Connections with Quantam Dots - Jon Kaas (Psychology)
  • Bioarchaeological and Genetic Analyses for Reconstructing Biosocial Histories of Ancient and Modern Populations from the Peruvian Andes - Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
  • Virus Detection using DNA Logic Tags - David Wright (Chemistry)
  • Modulation of DNA Structure by the Eukaryotic Replication Fork  - Daniel Kaplan (Biological Sciences)
  • Screening for Interactors with the Asymmetrically Expressed Zebrafish Lov, Ron and Dex Proteins - Joshua Gamse (Biological Sciences)
  • High Precision Node Localization in Wireless Sensor Networks  - Xenofon Koutsoukos (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • A Smart Robot for Rehabilitating Arm and Hand Function  - Nilanjan Sarkar (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Translational Regulation by Ifks/eIF2 during Development of Dictyostelium - Charles Singleton (Biological Sciences)
  • Feasibility Study to Develop Reliability-Award High-Level Synthesis - William Robinson (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science) )
  • Utility-Based Multimedia Information Processing and Distribution in Intelligent Networks - Yi Cui (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Investigating the Thermomechanical Behavior of Shape Memory Metal Nanowires - Harold Park (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • In Situ Observation of the Electric Field-Assisted Assembly of Nanocrystal Monolayers on Conducting Electrodes - James Dickerson (Physics & Astronomy)
  • The Spatial Regulation of Cdc42 Activity by a Novel GEF - Donna Webb (Biological Sciences)
  • An Expert System for Stress Analysis of Human Teeth - Carol Rubin (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Speciation and Species Distributors in North American Tiger Beetles of the Cirindela Sylvatica Species Group: Abiotic Factors and an Ecophylogeographic Approach - Daniel Funk (Biological Sciences)