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Our faculty and students apply the force of their intellect to answer fundamental scientific questions and address some of the most pressing issues facing our world.

  • Chemistry professor Alex Huffman explains how atmospheric particles affect our environment. Rather then simply researching ozone depletion, Huffman, studies how various particle types collect radiation and what that means for the environment around them.

Recently Funded

  • Sandra and Gareth Eaton, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have received a $991,000 grant from the NSF MRI program to develop an innovative digital electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer.
  • Kingshuk Ghosh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received the NSF CAREER Award along with $500,000 grant for his work on thermophilic proteins.
  • Kingshuk Ghosh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation. This honor carries an award of $75,000 to further his scholar research and teaching.
  • Todd Blankenship, Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $80,400 from the National Institutes of Health program entitled, "Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research: PA-05-015". These are awards dedicated to improving the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in science.
  • Andrew Goetz, Department of Geography and Intermodal Transportation Institute.  USDOT grant, January 2012.  The USDOT has awarded $3.5 million to the Mississippi State University and University of Denver-led consortium.  The new center will be named the National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness (NCITEC).  The other members of NCITEC include Hampton University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Mississippi.  NCIT Director Pat Sherry says that the University of Denver’s endeavor was competitive in two centers as the University of Denver will also join the North Dakota State University-led consortium of universities from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana.
  • Andrei Kutateladze, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Modular Photoassisted Diversity-Oriented Synthesis”, National Science Foundation, September 2011 – August 2014, $375,000
  • Todd Blankenship, Department of Biological Sciences, "Dynamics of Epithelial Polarity Proteins and the Control of Tissue Architecture."July 2011-June 2016, $1,410,000
  • Jonathan Ormes, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “CALET, US Team Support for Mission Development”, Goddard, January 2011 – January 2012, $401,293
  • Sean Shaheen, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Energy Pooling as a Novel Thermodynamic Mechanism for Organic Photovoltaics”, Research Corp, July 2011- June 2012, $100,000 
  • Robert "Buck" Sanford, Department of Biological Sciences, “NSF – IPA Assignment”, National Science Foundation, December 2010 – December 2011, $152,688
  • Dwight Smith, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Exhaled Gas Frequency Comb Spectroscopy Distinguishing Biomarkder in Gulf War Illness Syndrome”, University of Colorado Denver, September 2010 – September 2011, $57,740
  • Nicholas Ormes, Department of Mathematics, “Pinegree Park Dynamical Systems Workshop 2011”, National Science Foundation, July 2011 – June 2012, $20,000
  • Mercedes Calbi, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “CAREER: Kenietics and Adsorption in Nanopourous Structures”, National Sciences Foundation, September 2010 – August 2011, $74,662
  • Toshiya Ueta, Department of Physics and Astronomy, “Far-IR Emission from Planetary nebulae: Simultaneous Mapping and Spectral Probing of the Multi-Phased Dusty Gaseous System (Hercel Planetary Nebula Survey/HerPlaNS)”, Jet Propulsion Lab, March 2011 – June 2014, $309,375
  • Troy Krenning, National Law Enforcement Corrections Technology Center, “Weapons and Protective Systems Center of Excellence”, Pennsylvania State University, December 2010 – September 2011, $1,300,000