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2018 Discovery Grants Projects

The 14 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2018 are listed below. 


  • Mysterious Dark Matter with a Rare Form of Electromagnetism - Alfredo Gurrola (Physics & Astronomy)
  • New Approaches to Quantifying Brain Functional Architecture in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease - Yurui Gao (Biomedical Engineering)
  • The Impact of Drinking Water Quality on School Outcomes - Michelle Marcus (Economics)
  • The Making of a Deadly Fungal Pathogen - Antonios Rokas (Biological Sciences)
  • Establishment of a VINSE Nanoparticle Fabrication and Characterization Facility - Craig Duvall (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Automated Analysis of Skin Images - Benoit Dawant (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Creation of a Multi-Disciplinary Program in Biocatalysis - Brian Bachmann (Chemistry)
  • HIV Point-of-Care Testing Appropriate for Antenatal Clinics in Nigeria - Rick Haselton (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Transient Electronics that Require Constant Heat to Prevent Dissolution - Leon Bellan (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Relativistic Fluids in the Age of Gravitational Waves - Marcelo Disconzi (Mathematics)
  • Stigmatizing Attitudes toward Stuttered Speech - Tedra Walden (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Archaeology of Diversity and Adaptation at a Mediterranean Port - Joseph Rife (Classical and Mediterranean Studies)
  • Exploring the Effects of GABAergic Signaling on Individual Synapses - Yaqiong Xu (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
  • Supporting Vocabulary Learning for Children with Down Syndrome - Christopher Lemons (Special Education)