Dr. Thomas C. DeVore (Chemistry and Biochemistry), $12,000, Academy of Applied Science, to conduct a Virginia Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

Dr. Daniel M. Downey(Chemistry and Biochemistry), $10,000, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, to perform water quality analysis on forest streams.

Dr. Daniel M. Downey (Chemistry and Biochemistry), $30,000, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, to conduct a comprehensive lake water chemistry evaluation of several lakes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to better estimate the amount of fertilizer for future applications to achieve fishing management goals.

Dr. Raymond A. Enke (Biology), $100,000, Commonwealth Health Research Board, “Molecular and bioinformatics analysis of epigenetic gene regulation in the normal and diseased retina: Characterizing pathways for diagnosing and treating macular degeneration.”

Dr. Keigo Fukumura (Physics and Astronomy) and Dr. Sean T. Scully (Physics and Astronomy), $54,064, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to explore the observed UV/X-ray absorbers of diverse populations of active galaxies in the context of magnetically-driven accretion-disk wind model around supermassive black holes by UV/X-ray spectroscopic analyses.

Dr. Mark L. Gabriele (Biology), $427,773, National Institutes of Health, “Emergence of Modularity and Discrete Multimodal Maps in the Inferior Colliculus.”

Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Physics and Astronomy), $4,044, University of Edinburgh, to support a recent JMU graduate as a research assistant assigned to the Forward Trigger Project at Jefferson Lab.

Dr. Reid N. Harris (Biology), $17,861, National Science Foundation, “Examining the Taxonomic, Genetic and Functional Diversity of Amphibian Skin Microbiota”.

Dr. John T. Haynes (Geology and Environmental Science), $10,827, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, to support geologic mapping projects along the Interstate 81 corridor in western Virginia.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson (Geology and Environmental Science), $198,840, National Science Foundation, to create web-based geoscience laboratory learning modules.

Dr. Christine L. May (Biology), $37,086, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, “Quantifying Detection Probabilities and Source-Sink Dynamics for the Endangered James Spinymussel”.

Dr. David S. McLeod (Biology) and Ms. Madison Azzara (Biology Undergraduate), $500, Virginia Herpetological Society, to support the JMU HOP (Herpetology Outreach Program), a STEM outreach focused on amphibian and reptile biodiversity education for K–12 schools in the JMU community.

Dr. Jonathan D. Monroe (Biology) and;Dr. Christopher Berndsen (Chemistry and Biochemistry), $215,088, National Science Foundation, to investigate the functions of several members of an Arabidopsis thaliana ß-amylase gene family to prepare undergraduates for graduate school and careers in science, and to train a postdoctoral scholar for a career in teaching and research at a primarily undergraduate institution.

Dr. M. Ioana Niculescu (Physics and Astronomy), Dr. Gabriel Niculescu (Physics and Astronomy), and Dr. Kevin L. Giovanetti (Physics and Astronomy), $110,000, National Science Foundation, to work with undergraduates to commission detectors used in particle physics experiments for Jefferson Laboratory and for other work relating to the project.

Dr. M. Rockwell Parker (Biology), $80,226, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, to develop new tools for halting the spread of the Burmese Python.

Dr. M. Rockwell Parker (Biology), $16,500, U.S. Department of Agriculture, to obtain quantitative chemical analyses of chemicals in the skin of invasive Argentine tegus, a large predatory lizard now established in at least two locations in Florida.

Dr. Michael H. Renfroe (Biology), $10,000, Siochain Foundation, for industrial hemp research.

Dr. Giovanna Scarel (Physics and Astronomy), $76,420, Office of Naval Research, for the exploitation of the electric contributions in infrared power generation.

Dr. Hala A. H. Shehadeh (Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. John J. B. Webb (Mathematics and Statistics), $6,250, Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics, to guide research on self-similarity in various one-dimensional thin film structures.

Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Geology and Environmental Science), $9,700, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, to serve as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Geoscience Education.

Dr. Kristen E. St. John (Geology and Environmental Science), $92,142, National Science Foundation, to advance geoscience education research and strengthen the Geoscience Education Research community of practice.

Dr. Anthony L. Tongen (Mathematics and Statistics) and Dr. Brant C. Jones (Mathematics and Statistics), $76,315, National Science Foundation, to host a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at JMU.

Dr. Linette M. Watkins (Chemistry and Biochemistry), $12,000, Huntsman International LLC, to perform bio-analytical testing services.

Dr. Steven J. Whitmeyer (Geology and Environmental Science) and Dr. Eric J. Pyle (Geology and Environmental Science), $36,875, National Science Foundation, to statistically evaluate the accuracy of orientation measurements using digital compasses on mobile devices.

Dr. Nathan T. Wright (Chemistry and Biochemistry), $291,621, National Science Foundation, to provide insight into how cells passively and actively respond to physical stretch.

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