Nebraska EPSCoR awards grants for 2019 research at state’s small colleges/universities

February 27, 2019

Nebraska EPSCoR awards grants for 2019 research at state’s small colleges/universities

To increase undergraduate research opportunities at Nebraska’s smaller colleges and universities, Nebraska EPSCoR offers funding up to $5,000 per project for collaborations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Faculty and students involved in the selected proposals report their project results to Nebraska EPSCoR and often present their research in scientific publications and at conferences. Recipients for 2019 are:

  • Dr. Paul Karr, Wayne State College, Dept. of Physical Science and Mathematics   
    The Investigation of bis-ADP systems and other novel materials applicable as solar energy capture, storage, and transfer devices
  • Dr. John Kyndt, Bellevue University, College of Science and Technology
    Devising molecular tools for genetic manipulation of Galdieria sulphuraria, a microalga optimized for biofuel production from waste sources.
  • Dr. Philip Lai, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Communication Disorders          
    Longitudinal study investigating the development of communication in children with autism spectrum disorders
  • Dr. Tyler Moore, Bellevue University, College of Science and Technology             
    ERK as a negative regulator of IRF3 ant the antiviral response
  • Dr. Michael Moxley, University of Nebraska-Kearney, Dept. of Chemistry              
    Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex: Post-translational regulation and kinetic modeling
  • Dr. Dustin Ranglack, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dept of Biology   
    Ecological differences in areas grazed by cattle versus bison
  • Dr. Allen Thomas, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Dept. of Chemistry
    1,2,3-Triazole analogs of Ribavirin to probe the CNT2 binding site
  • Dr. Kate Trout, Peru State College, Department of Natural Science
    The feasibility and development of a technology-enabled dengue control tool in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Funding is provided through National Science Foundation awards, including OIA#1557417. The next funding opportunity in this annual competitive selection process will be posted at Nebraska EPSCoR’s Request for Proposals page in Fall 2019.

Image: Dr. Angela McKinney (left) discusses bacteriophage (virus that infects bacteria) research with Nebraska Wesleyan University students during a project funded by Nebraska EPSCoR.

Angela McKinney (left) shares lab instructions with NWU biology students in a summer 2018 session.