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2014 Discovery Grants Projects

The 17 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2014 are listed below. 


  • Interdisciplinary Analysis of Archaeological and Ecological Data Recovered from Northern Peru: Understanding Long-Term Human and Environmental Interactions - Tom Dillehay (Anthropology)
  • Chemistry with a Hammer: Pilot Project in Organometallic Mechano-chemistry - Timothy Hanusa (Chemistry)
  • Cryo-EM Guided De Novo Atomic-Detail Membrane Protein Structure Determination - Jens Meiler (Chemistry)
  • Profiling Inhibitors of Melanoma by Mass Cytometry - Brian Bachmann (Chemistry)
  • High-resolution Uranium Isotope Records from Speleothems: Calibrating a Quantitative Paleo-rainfall Proxy  - Jessica Oster (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • The Clustering of Stars in the Milky Way as a Probe of Galactic Structure - Andreas Berlind (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Exploring the Origins of a New Class of Hypervelocity Star - Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics & Astronomy)
  • The Astro-Materials Collaboration: Positioning Vanderbilt and Fisk for Leadership in Future NASA Missions - Keivan Stassun (Physics & Astronomy)
  • Where is my Party? Voter Agreement about Party Ideological Positions in Europe - Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Political Science)
  • Using Direct-Current Stimulation to Manipulate Learning and Memory - Geoffrey Woodman (Psychology)
  • Point-of-Care Monitor for Pre or Early Sepsis Detection - Franz Baudenbacher (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Comparison of Targeted Hyperthermia and Microbubble-enhanced Mechanical Disruption of Desmoplasia for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer - William Grissom (Biomolecular Engineering)
  • An Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor (IXP-CPU) Computing Cluster for ACCRE - Bob Weller (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Optimal Policing Using Game Theory and Big Data - Yevgeniy Vorobeychik (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Reconfigurable Optical Components Using Active Optomechanics - Sharon Weiss (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • MAGRIDE - Al Strauss (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Acquisition of a Direct Write Micropattern Generator for VINSE - Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering)