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Faculty Members Awarded Grants from NIH, NSF

September 14, 2009

Spring 2008 East College.jpgSeptember 14, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Three members of the DePauw University have been awarded prestigious grants -- two from the National Science Foundation, the other from the National Institutes of Health -- to support their work.

Gloria C. Townsend, professor of computer science and coordinator of the Women in Science program, has received an NSF grant of $488,000 in conjunction with colleagues at the University of Virginia and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Their "Wide Web of Women" project will develop a network of women in computing, including regional conferences to enhance the participation of women and girls in the sciences. Learn more here.

Dr. Townsend was also part of a DePauw team which was recently awarded an NSF grant of $552,000 to DePauw for support of the new Percy Lavon Julian Scholarship program at DePauw.

David T. Harvey, vice president for academic affairs and Percy L. Julian Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at DePauw, was principal investigator on an NSF grant project titled "Incorporating an Internet-Mediated Community of Practice for the Analytical Sciences into the Analytical SciencesStudents Walk Fall 2007.jpg Digital Library." This project will enhance the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL, one of several digital libraries in the National Science Digital Library) in order to, among other things, assist faculty in the development of their pedagogy in the sciences.

Janet L. Vaglia, associate professor of biology, has awarded a $200,000 research grant from NIH. She will use the funds to study "Continual addition of posterior tail segments, regeneration and Hox gene expression." Learn more here.