The Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, today awarded eight grants totaling $1.6 million to jump-start and support basic scientific research in Pennsylvania.
The grant program, which is funded by a 2010 gift of almost $50 million from the estate of Mr. Kaufman, a Clarion native and chemical engineer at the Hagan and Calgon corporations, was established to foster fundamental research in chemistry, biology and physics aimed at improving the human condition.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon university, the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State University, and Drexel and Temple universities in Philadelphia will receive grants in two categories: new-investigator research grants that provide $150,000 over two years, and new-initiative research grants that give researchers up to $300,000 over two years.
Kaufman grants totaling at least $1.6 million will be announced annually.
"The Pittsburgh Foundation worked with Mr. Kaufman on this incredible idea to use science and the power of research to drive innovations for humankind," said Grant Oliphant, The Pittsburgh Foundation's president and chief executive officer. "Mr. Kaufman was truly remarkable, his gift was extraordinary and we are privileged to carry forward his vision to advance the scientific frontiers in a variety of fields."
The 2013 New Investigator grants of $150,000 over two years were awarded to each of the following:
Joel McManus, assistant professor, CMU Department of Biological Sciences, CMU, for research on "High-Throughput Probing of Human LncRNA Structure."
Aditya S. Khair, assistant professor, CMU Department of Chemical Engineering, for research on "Charges, Forces and Particles in Ionic Liquids."
Michelle Dolinski, assistant professor, Department of Physics, Drexel University, for research on "Solid Xenon Bolometers for Radiation Detection."
Sheereen Majd, assistant professor, Department of Bioengineering, Penn State University, for research on "Functional Studies of Multidrug Resistance Transporters at Single-Protein Level."
William M. Wuest, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Temple University, for research on "The Development of Chemical Probes to Study Nucleoside Signaling in Bacterial Biofilms."
New Initiative grants were awarded to:
Sergey M. Frolov, assistant professor and W. Vincent Liu, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, $242,310 over two years for research on "Topological Quantum Wire Emulators."
Veronica Hinman, associate professor, and Jonathan Minden, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, and Bruce Alan Armitage, professor, and Danith H. Ly, associate professor, CMU Department of Chemistry, $300,000 over two years for research on "Developing a Sea Star Model for Regenerative Biology."
Christine D. Keating, professor of chemistry, and Theresa Mayer, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and materials science and engineering at Penn State, $300,000 over two years for research on "Probing the Role of Interparticle Forces in the Collective Behavior of Particle Assemblies."
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