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The 7th Precision Agriculture Action Summit will be January 15 & 16, 2018 in Jamestown, ND.

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New Research Grant Funding at NDSU

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NDSU recently announced a slate of new funding for various research and specialized research infrastructure projects, including $10.7 million from NIH and various NSF funded projects:

NDSU Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience Center Awarded $10.7 Million from NIH: The NDSU Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience (CVCN) has received a five-year, $10.7 million competitive grant renewal from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

The Center was established in 2004 with an $8.9 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant award. Faculty, students and staff at the CVCN are engaged in a variety of research projects, including:

  • investigating how memory and attention affect cognitive abilities
  • how infants process visual information
  • how aging affects vision and cognition
  • how humans are able to use a type of depth perception called motion parallax
  • how hearing and vision are integrated in multimodal working memory which holds small amounts of information in the brain for quick access and action, and
  • research on developing devices to aid visually impaired people

Eight NDSU faculty members direct the research projects of the Center. Additional faculty will be recruited to participate in CVCN-funded research through a competitive pilot project mechanism.

Northern Tier Network Access Improvement: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded NDSU a grant of $751,244 to support of the project titled “Northern Tier Network – North Dakota and South Dakota Access Improvement.” According to the grant, the new network link will be used for research and education traffic. After completion of the renovation, the network will be used to conduct research resulting in the submission of publications in each of three areas: real-time predictive modeling of drought, rainfall and hail; how the national research and education network performs when used by scientists to access data repositories at Earth Resource Observation Systems (EROS) and U.S. Forrest Service sites; and research that involves the use of remote access to NDSU’s scanning electron microscope by scientists in South Dakota.

Malik Receives National Science Foundation Grant: Sanku Mallik, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, and Kausik Sarkar, University of Delaware, received a three-year, $587,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for developing liposomes that can be used for enzyme inhibition and simultaneous imaging.

Cook Receives NSF Grant for Organic Chemistry Research: Gregory Cook, chair and professor of chemistry, has received a $420,000 grant for the National Science Foundation. The three-year grant will support research in organic chemistry. Cook will develop new synthetic methods for the preparation of small molecule building blocks for new pharmaceuticals and new materials. Specifically, he is investigating new catalysts to control chemical reactions that are environmentally friendly. The development of green methods for the synthesis of organic molecules will have lasting impacts on the growth of safe and clean chemical technologies.

NDSU researchers receive funding for cellulosic biofuels research: Two North Dakota State University professors have received $309,357 from the National Science Foundation for research to improve conversion and reduce costs of making ethanol from cellulosic biomass. Andriy Voronov, assistant professor in the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, and Scott Pryor, assistant professor in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at NDSU, will conduct the research in collaboration with Sergiy Minko, chaired professor of chemistry at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., who has been awarded $200,978 from the National Science Foundation.

For more information on research happenings at NDSU, visit RCATT

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