Powerful Project Summaries. Barbara Ustanko, Senior Proposal Editor Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. Why is the Project Summary Important?. Succinct stand-alone overview of: Research goals, objectives and methods Significance and Innovation
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Barbara Ustanko, Senior Proposal Editor
Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
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This project will have a broad impact, because of the important role that the vibration of microcantilevers plays in an ever-increasing number of applications described above. Additionally, the undergraduate students involved in this project will have an extraordinary opportunity to perform cutting-edge on-campus research and to collaborate with well-known research groups at other institutions. These students will gain experience in a wide range of fields, including acoustics, optics, computer-controlled data acquisition, signal processing, modal analysis and computer modeling—all of which will provide valuable training for careers in physics and engineering. Students will develop demonstrations to communicate the principles and importance of this research to the general public, and to enhance the university’s well-established K-12 outreach programs. (NSF RUI)
The proposed research will enhance the infrastructure for research and education at a publicly-funded university through interactions between the PI and collaborators, both national and international, with expertise in biology, applied mathematics, and engineering. The research effort is fully integrated with an education and outreach program to meet the ever-increasing demands of bio-engineering education. New courses and hands-on senior capstone projects will be developed to attract students of all backgrounds at Wright State University and will be adopted by collaborators at other institutions. This research project will also build a web-based interactive platform for biological fluid dynamics-related activities, which will be accessible not only to the engineering research community but also to the biological research community, as well as to teachers and students at many levels. The tools built in the course of the project have potential applications for the study of other low-speed low Reynolds number fluid dynamic problems such as swimming, efficient wind energy conversion, damage prevention from gusts, and internal biomedical fluid dynamics applications. (CAREER)
The requested instrumentation will provide opportunities for training on cutting-edge computing facilities across four departments and two colleges. It will also allow student participation in the operation and maintenance of the system, and it will facilitate projects that foster inter-disciplinary research and collaborations. The Feynman integration project is supported by the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Tsukuba, Japan. Collaboration for the radiation therapy project is established with staff of the Henry Ford hospital in Detroit. Further-more, some projects have applications in biomedical engineering (composite materials modeling, orthopedic implants and other medical devices, drug delivery with nanotubes, flow in IV tubes), medical physics (radiation oncology) and biochemistry (development of antibiotics, antimalarial drugs and herbicides), which can lead to new bio-engineering collaborations within the university. The research in multiscale modeling for composite materials may impact global energy usage through improved fuel economy associated with weight reduction in structural components. It will also contribute to improving the environment through advances in wind turbine models and other renewable energy-generating technologies. The findings with respect to flexible body aerodynamics will update, advance, and positively impact our understanding of fundamental mechanisms of migration, rotation, flocculation, and dispersion of flexible and deformable fibers and bio-particles. Thus, the instrumentation can set the stage for educational developments at an undergraduate institution.
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Preterm delivery, intrauterine growth restriction and low birth weight are major causes of infant mortality and severe morbidity in the United States. We propose to investigate the hypothesis that maternal exposure during pregnancy to ambient air pollution (CO, NO2, O3, PM2.5, PM10, SO2) and traffic (a significant local source of air pollution) is associated with increased risk for low birth weight (<2500 gm), preterm delivery (<37 weeks gestation) and small for gestational age birth (< 10th percentile weight for gestational age). Several studies have examined the relationships between these adverse birth outcomes and maternal exposure to ambient air pollution but results have been inconclusive. A major impediment to this research has been the large sample size needed to investigate these relationships as well as the level of personal information needed to address potential confounders and accurately estimate exposure throughout pregnancy. This study will utilize two related datasets for the same geographic area and time period: (1) an existing cohort of women (N=10,524) followed prospectively throughout pregnancy by the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology; and (2) birth certificate data (480,000 singleton live births in CT and MA, 2000 to 2006). The cohort data provides well characterized variables to control for all major confounders and information about each of the mothers' residences throughout pregnancy to accurately assess exposure. The birth certificate data provides the statistical power to investigate severe, less frequent outcomes (very low birth weight <1500 gm, very preterm delivery <32 weeks), and to examine the effects of air pollution and traffic among African American women, already at risk for preterm delivery and low birth weight. A comparison study will also be conducted to determine the reliability of birth certificate data for use in air pollution research. Since all exposure assessments have some limitations, we propose four methods to measure exposure to air pollutants: central site monitors; a GIS/traffic model; land use regression to measure NO2 exposure; and satellite imagery to measure PM2.5 exposure. The proposed study will have the power to
estimate odds ratios of 1.15 and 1.25 in the birth certificate and cohort data,
respectively. If an association is confirmed, reductions in specific types of
air pollution may result in a reduction in adverse birth outcomes.
Recent genomic breakthroughs have revolutionized our understanding of cancer. It is now possible to envision treatment paradigms that would be individualized, targeted and tailored according to the tumor genetic profile. However, high-throughput functional assays capable of identifying and validating potential cancer drugs, based on abnormal tumor gene expression profiles, in a setting that would directly translate to providing recommendations for patient treatment are not readily available. The human tumor stem cell assay (HTSCA), also known as anchorage-independent growth assay, has been considered as the "gold standard" for chemosensitivity testing of patient tumor cells. In its current format, the HTSCA suffers from many pitfalls that make it unfit for high-throughput clinical testing. Falcon genomics, Inc. is developing the Cancer BioChip System (CBCS), a rapid, high-throughput, automated, and quantitative anchorage-independent growth assay for the personalized identification and validation of inhibitors of cancer cell growth. We will use silencing RNA (siRNA) or short hairpin RNA (shRNA) to inhibit expression of abnormally expressed tumor genes and test their impact on anchorage-independent tumor growth in a high-throughput fashion. In this Phase I application, we will develop a Test Cancer BioChip for optimizing plating, transfection, silencing, and cytostatic efficiencies. Results from these studies will validate the CBCS as a tool for cancer target identification and validation. Through future clinical trials, we anticipate development of the CBCS into a cancer diagnostic and personalized therapeutic tool.
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