Category: "Grant"

NSF Funds Evolutionary History Research

Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Ran Libeskind-Hadas, R. Michael Shanahan Professor of Computer Science, studies algorithmic issues in computational biology—in particular, the problem of phylogenetic tree reconciliation, a computational method used to reconstruct the evolutionary histories of related pairs of organisms by hypothesizing the evolutionary events that explain their incongruence. The reconciliation is a mapping of one tree onto the other […]

NSF Supports Materials Science Research at Harvey Mudd

Hal Van Ryswyk

Three professors in three fields from two colleges are celebrating a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for the acquisition of a standardized integrated toolset for photovoltaics fabrication and characterization. Hal Van Ryswyk, John Stauffer Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College physics professors Janice Hudgings and […]

NSF Supports Coral Reef Research

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Like an undersea version of the canary in a coal mine analogy, soft corals are indicator species whose vibrancy and health act as a gauge for the overall habitat of a coral reef. Coral reefs provide food, livelihoods and coastal protection for more than 500 million people worldwide and are among the ecosystems most threatened […]

NSF Supports Computer Science Research

Computer science professor Geoff Kuenning

Researchers in many fields share a common problem: Searching giant parameter spaces is incredibly time consuming and inefficient. To help remedy this issue, the National Science Foundation has funded “CNS Core: III: Medium: Collaborative Research: Optimizing and Understanding Large Parameter Spaces in Storage Systems,” a project developed by computer science professor Geoff Kuenning and his […]

Krauss Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Gordon Krauss

Gordon Krauss, Fletcher Jones Professor of Engineering Design, wishes he were a better skier. “That is to say, that I wish I could ski without hurting myself,” he says. Should he decide to, Krauss will have time during the next academic year to make his wish come true. As a recently named Fulbright Scholar, Krauss […]

NSF Grant Funds Bioelectronics Incubator

Laura Palucki Blake

Laura Palucki Blake, assistant vice president for institutional research and effectiveness at Harvey Mudd College, will serve as program evaluator on an ambitious research traineeship grant to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program at Rice University. Funded by a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Rice’s bioelectronics incubator will train students to develop technologies at […]

Dark Matter Particle Study Funded by NSF

Brian Shuve, physics professor, Harvey Mudd College

Astronomers estimate that more than 80 percent of the universe’s mass is made up of dark matter, which consists of invisible particles that give off no measurable energy except when they collide with one another in exceedingly weak explosions. What are these particles? That’s a big unanswered question, and one that has captivated scientists around […]

NSF Supports Diversity in Computing

Harvey Mudd College computer science Professor Colleen Lewis

Colleen Lewis is working to improve the culture of computer science across computer science departments in the U.S. One aspect of that work is developing education practices that support students from groups that are underrepresented in computing. A new partnership between two existing NSF-funded infrastructures—the Computing Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CRA […]

Johnson Joins NSF-sponsored Inorganic Chemistry Project

Adam Johnson, professor of chemistry, Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College chemistry professor Adam Johnson will participate in an innovative study to develop, test, and refine a flexible, foundation-level inorganic chemistry course. As one of the first 20 faculty (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource [VIPEr] Fellows) selected for this ground-breaking project, Johnson will join other inorganic chemists from across the country in a […]

NSF Grant Funds Pollution Research in Paris

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If chemistry professor Lelia Hawkins has her head in the clouds, it’s on purpose. Her research seeks to understand how air pollution affects climate and anthropogenic climate change. One method of studying this is via simulation of brown carbon compounds in an atmospheric cloud chamber. Since 2015, Hawkins has been using discretionary funds to take […]