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2008 Discovery Grants Projects

The 15 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2008 are listed below. 


  • Control-Based Design of Free Piston Stirling Engines - Eric Barth (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Investigating the Interpersonal Emotional Reactivity of Individuals with Psychopathic Traits and their Observers - Stephen Benning (Psychology)
  • Noninvasive Detection of Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque using Multifunctional, Proximity Activated Nanoparticles  - James Dickerson (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Restoring Cortical Function after Early Sensory Deprivation - Ford Ebner (Psychology)
  • Image Guided Kidney Surgery  - Robert Galloway (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Nanotechnology-Based Microfluidic Biomarker Sensor - Todd Giorgio (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Mosquito Immunity against the Sporogonic Stages of Malaria Parasites  - Julian Hillyer (Biological Sciences)
  • Machaca over the Last Millennium: Archaeology, History and Ethnography in the Andean Highlands  - John Janusek (Anthropology)
  • Novel Protein Therapeutics to Fight Microbial Vancomycin Resistance - Jens Meiler (Chemistry)
  • Quantifying Breast Cancer Architecture in Murine Systems using Mechanical Testing, Cellular Assays and Elastographic Imaging Methods - Michale Miga (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Assessment of Frontal Cortical Function in Parkinson's Disease Patients before and after Deep Brain Stimulation; a Behavioral Functional Neuroimaging Study - Sohee Park (Psychology)
  • Quantitative Analysis Core for Biological Sciences - James Patton (Biological Sciences)
  • Cryo-Electron Microscopy and X-ray Fiber Diffraction in Structural Studies of Filamentous Biological Assemblies - Gerald Stubbs (Biological Sciences)
  • Neural Decoding of Abstract Mental States - Frank Tong (Psychology)
  • Nanophase Thermographic Phospors for Remote Temperature Sensing - Greg Walker (Mechanical Engineering)