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2013 Discovery Grants Projects

The 17 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2013 are listed below. 


  • Seeing the Heat - Infrared Senses in Sighted and Congenitally Blind Snakes - Ken Catania (Biological Sciences)
  • Coffee and Capabilities - Ed Fischer (Anthropology)
  • Archaeology of the Early Church at Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador - Bill Fowler (Anthropology)
  • Genomic Analysis of Rap 1-stimulated de novo telomere addition in yeast - Kathy Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Enhanced Second Harmonic Generation in Plasmonic Hybrid Nanoparticles - Janet Macdonald (Chemistry)
  • Pilot Project on Circadian Optogenetics - Douglas McMahon (Biological Sciences)
  • The Impact of Youth Service on Beliefs, Mindsets and Life Pathways: Evidence from Teach for All - Cecilia Mo (Political Science)
  • Pyrosequencing Facility: A Resource for Epigenetic Analyses at Vanderbilt - Tiffiny Tung (Anthropology)
  • Development of a Monitor for Circadian Regulation of Human Thermogenesis and Metabolism - Terry Page (Biological Sciences)
  • Retina Regeneration after Cone Photoreceptor Ablation - James Patton (Biological Sciences)
  • An Integrative Approach to Elucidating Virulence in the Human Opportunistic Pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus - Antonis Rokas  (Biological Sciences)
  • Time-dependent Density Functional Investigation of the Interaction of Strong Laser Pulses and Nanostructures - Kalman Varga (Physics & Astronomy)
  • A Microscale Model for Thermoelastic Fracture in Porous Ceramics - Ravindra Duddu (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Acquisition of a Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation for Advanced Characterization of Interfacial Molecular Processes - Eugene LeBoeuf (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Towards Ultra-efficient Photoconversion and Photodetection with Optical Metamaterials and 2D Atomic Crystals - Jason Valentine (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Curvilinear Brain Surgery: Hope for Inoperable Patients - Bob Webster (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Enhancing Positive Affect Systems in Children at Risk for Depression - Judy Garber (Psychology & Human Development)