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NSF Insures a Great Start to Their CAREERs

This article was originally printed in the March 2006 issue of CLASnotes.

Laura Baudis
Laura Baudis

Ronald Castellano
Ronald Castellano

This summer, deep in an underground laboratory in Italy’s Abbruzzese Mountains, Assistant Physics Professor Laura Baudis will attempt to solve one of the most challenging puzzles in cosmology today.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Baudis a CAREER grant, allowing her to continue her research, which uses liquid xenon to detect non-baryonic dark matter, a material that holds galaxies and clusters together but emits no electromagnetic radiation. According to the very successful concordance model of cosmology, non-baryonic dark matter constitutes 23 percent of the universe, however the composition of dark matter and its distribution in the galaxy remain unclear. Baudis hopes her research will help unveil some of the mysteries of dark matter, leading to a greater understanding of how our galaxy and the larger structures in the universe formed.

Baudis, who joined the physics department in 2004, and is the department’s third female faculty member, never planned to have a career in physics. In high school, she enjoyed literature, math and science classes, but not until she took modern physics in her final year did she realize she wanted to become a physicist. “If I wouldn’t have been forced to take it, I probably wouldn’t have realized how much I liked it, and it’s pretty fun,” she says.

Baudis plans to use part of her CAREER grant to help continue her mentoring program for female physics students. The program pairs a graduate student mentor with an undergraduate student, aiming to increase the number of women who obtain advanced degrees in physics, and also invites guest speakers to talk to the students about the challenges facing women in the field of science. She says these role models are important because they show female students it is possible for them to have successful, rewarding careers in science.

The NSF also awarded a CAREER grant to Assistant Chemistry Professor Ronald Castellano, who came to UF in 2002 after receiving his PhD in chemistry from MIT and training as a postdoctoral fellow at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland. Castellano’s research focuses on self-assembly, which is the spontaneous association of molecules into larger aggregates.

In nature, multiple copies of a monomer or functional unit come together to create a new entity with properties and functions distinct from those of the monomers that formed it. Castellano and his team of students will use self-assembly as a tool to create new devices and materials, focusing on sigma-coupled donor-acceptor molecules as the aggregating species. Until recently, such systems have been studied only at the molecular level.

“The more we learn about how nature creates large complex machinery from relatively small building blocks, the better we can understand biological function, design new therapeutics to interfere with biological function (drugs), and apply related strategies to other problems and disciplines in science,” Castellano says. “Our ability to exercise control in how small molecules organize in solution and on surfaces has a dramatic consequence on their properties. The more strategies at our disposal to control such behavior, the better.”

Castellano’s CAREER grant integrates an outreach project called Partnerships in the Chemical and Materials Sciences (PITCAMS), which aims to enhance chemical and material science knowledge of local 8–12th grade science teachers through workshops and symposia. Castellano, who will dedicate about $40,000 to PITCAMS, was thrilled to receive financial support for his research, but he finds NSF’s willingness to also invest in research and education endeavors an equally exciting aspect of receiving the CAREER award.

“It will become increasingly important that our profession, academia at large research institutions, acknowledges the educational role that faculty play,” Castellano says. “From undergraduate and graduate mentoring to outreach and innovative instructional activities, our most vital role is in education and mentoring.”

The NSF’s most prestigious award program for junior faculty, the CAREER program, receives about 2,500 proposals a year. CAREER awards support early career-development activities of junior faculty who show successful integration of research and education and provide a minimum grant of $400,000 during a five-year period.

—Tiffany Iwankiw

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research

December 2005 – January 2006 Total: $5, 739, 411
Grants for December 2005 – January 2006 Total: $5,739,411
December 2005 Total=$3,232,871

BOINSKI S H

ANT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$104,527

SOCIAL CONVENTIONS, SEXUAL SELECTION AND ACOUSTIC SIGNALS IN WILD BROWN CAPUCHINS

HAMANN III F

AST

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST NASA

$40,982

AALS IN QUASARS: DIAGNOSTICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

BOWES G E

BOT

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL

$3,000

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

KITAJIMA K

BOT

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS

$20,938

SUBCONTRACT TO RESPONSE TO REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: LYGODIUM GROWTH

ANGERHOFER A

CHE

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$99,746

NATIONAL HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LABORATORY-IN HOUSE RESEARCH PROGRAM

BENNER S A

CHE

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$191,000

GENOMIC APPROACHES TO NEURONAL DIVERSITY AND PLASTICITY

DURAN R S

CHE

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

$54,000

ADVANCED SPACE-QUALIFIED RADIOMETRIC CALIBRATION TARGETS FOR MARS AND PLANETAR

DURAN R S BLACKBAND S J

CHE

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$114,805

HIGH MAGNETIC GRADIENT STUDIES OF MULTI-COMPONENT CORE-SHELLPRACTICE

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$7,797

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$23,390

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

RENOVIS

$11,158

SYNTHESIS OFCOMPOUNDS & REAGENTS

KLEIMAN V D

CHE

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$49,941

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

MCELWEE-WHITE L A

CHE

NASA J H GLENN RESEARCH CENTER

$51,680

IMPROVED CATALYSIS FOR FUEL CELLS, FUEL REFORMATION AND EFFICIENT HYDROGEN PRODUCTION TASK 1: BIMETALLIC CATALYSIS.

MCELWEE-WHITE L A

CHE

WILLIAM & MARY U S NAVY

$46,816

HIGH BRIGHTNESS ELECTRON SOURCE DEVELOPMENT - YEAR FOUR

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$149,862

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

SCHANZE K S REYNOLDS J R

CHE

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$149,862

NANOSCALE ASSEMBLIES OF CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES, ENERGY TRANSPORT, ENERGY TRANSDUCTION AND PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES

WAGENER K B

CHE

U S ARMY ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE

$52,509

POLYCARBOSILANE ELASTOMERS VIA CHAIN-INTERNAL AND CHAIN-END LATENT CROSSLINKING

YOST R A

CHE

FINNIGAN CORP

$36,000

FUNDAMENTAL & INSTRUMENTAL STUDIES OF GC/MS/MS ON THE GCQ

SAPIENZA C M

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$7,946

RESPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN VENTILATOR DEPENDENT PATIENTS

SAPIENZA C M

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NICHD - CHLD HLTH & HUMAN DEV

$152,800

EXPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON'S

BINFORD M W VAN HOLT T

GEOG

NASA

$24,000

TWENTY YEARS OF LAND-COVER AND LAND-USE CHANGE EFFECTS ON NEARSHORE MARINE RESOURCES IN SOUTHERN CHILE

PLEASANTS J M

ORHST

WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ST JOHNS RIVER

$47,143

ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

AVERY P R YELTON J M

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$95,148

TASK B: RESEARCH IN EXPERIMENTAL HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS: CLEO AND CMS

AVERY P R YELTON J M

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$29,342

TASK B: RESEARCH IN EXPERIMENTAL HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS: CLEO AND CMS

BAUDIS L

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$151,095

CAREER: SEARCH FOR DARK MATTER AND MENTORING FEMALE PHYSICS STUDENTS

HILL S O

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$121,288

DEVELOPMENT OF A PULSED BROADBAND HIGH-FIELD/HIGH-FREQUENCY EPR SPECTROMETER

KONIGSBERG J MITSELMAKHER G

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$19,100

TASK H: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CDF

KONIGSBERG J MITSELMAKHER G

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$119,760

TASK H: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CDF

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$24,526

TASK G: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CMS

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$126,601

TASK G: EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH IN COLLIDER PHYSICS AT CMS

RAMOND P SIKIVIE P

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$149,680

TASK A: RESEARCH IN THEORETICAL ELEMENTARY PARTICLE PHYSICS

REITZE D H STANTON C J

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NAT HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LAB NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$14,885

ULTRAFAST COHERENT CONTROL IN HIGH MAGNETIC FIELDS

REITZE D H STANTON C J

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NAT HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LAB NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$83,522

ULTRAFAST COHERENT CONTROL IN HIGH MAGNETIC FIELDS

TAKANO Y

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

$5,500

EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF QUANTIZED HALL EFFECTS AT THE NHMFL HIGH-B/T FACILITY

DEVINE D P

PSY

CURE AUTISM NOW (LACAN)

$54,799

SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR: PHARMACOLOGICAL STUDIES IN A RAT MODEL

BLUM S E

RLL

FRENCH AMER CULTURAL EXCHANGE

$1,800

FRENCH-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE, TOURNEES FILM FESTIVAL

HENRETTA J C

SOC

UNIV OF PENNSYLVANIA NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$26,932

POPULATION AGING RESEARCH CENTER

PERZ S G SOUTHWORTH J

SOC

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$585,904

AGENTS OF CHANGE: INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGE, HUMAN AGENCY, AND RESILIENCE IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

PERZ S G SOUTHWORTH J

SOC

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$133,087

AGENTS OF CHANGE: INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGE, HUMAN AGENCY, AND RESILIENCE IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

KHURI A I CASELLA G

STA

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$10,000

2006 WINTER WORKSHOP ON FRONTIERS OF THEORETICAL STATISTICS

TRAVIS T A

WST

NATL FDTN ON ARTS & HUMANITIES NATL ENDOW FOR THE HUMANITIES

$40,000

CONTEMPORARY U S LITERATURE AND THE SELF-HELP MOVEMENT

 

January 2006 Total=$2,506,540

BURNS A F

ANT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$2,000

GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM - COST OF EDUCATION ALLOWANCE

CHALFIN B H

ANT

WOODROW WILSON NATL FELLOW FDN

$33,000

WOODROW WILSON CENTER FELLOWSHIP

MOSELEY M E

ANT

U F FOUNDATION

$13,430

MATCH - NEH GRANT: RITUAL FETING AND RELIGIOUS CNVERION IN AN ANCIENT NATIVE EMIRICAN EMPIRE (PROJECT 00000829)

GONZALEZ A H

AST

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST NASA

$28,727

DECELERATING AND DUSTFREE: EFFICIENT ENERGY STUDIES WITH SUPERNOVAE AND CLUSTERS

BOWES G E

BOT

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL

$2,164

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

CASTELLANO R K

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$406,305

CAREER: SIGMA-COUPLED DONOR-ACCEPTOR INTERACTIONS IN SELF-ASSEMBLY

DURAN R S SCOTT M J

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$109,290

THE US/FRANCE REU SITE IN CHEMISTRY

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$38,983

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$16,707

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$12,252

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$41,210

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH & ENGINEERING COMPANY

$12,252

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

U S NAVY

$246,790

SYNTHESIS OF ACETYLENES/DI-ACETYLENES, STUDY OF THEIR 1,3-DIPOLAR CYCLOADDITION

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

CIBA SPECIALTY CHEMICALS

$179,249

POLY(3,4-DIOXYPYRROLES) AS CONDUCTING AND ELECTROCHROMIC POLYMERS

RICHARDS N G

CHE

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIDDK - DIABET DIGEST & KIDNEY

$206,249

BIOCHEMICAL STUDIES OF OXALATE DECARBOXYLASE

WINEFORDNER J D

CHE

AERODYNE RESEARCH INC NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$39,381

STTR PHASE I: SOIL CARBON MONITOR

SAPIENZA C M

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$42,506

MASKED FACES IN PARKINSON DISEASE: MECHANISM & TREATMENT

SAPIENZA C M

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NICHD - CHLD HLTH & HUMAN DEV

$33,712

EXPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON'S

WINGATE J M VINSON B P

CSD

THE BLUE FDTN FOR A HEALTHY FL

$50,000

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SPEECH AND HEARING CLINIC - ADULT THERAPY FUNDING

CHANNELL J E

GEOL

JOINT OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$28,271

MAGNETIC STRATIGRAPHY FOR IODP SITE U1313 IN THE 2.4-6 MA INTERVAL

CHANNELL J E

GEOL

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$81,958

MESOZOIC PALEOMAGNETISM IN ADRIA AND AFRICA: SOLVING A PERSISTENT PUZZLE IN ALPINE TECTONICS

CHANNELL J E

GEOL

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$10,536

MESOZOIC PALEOMAGNETISM IN ADRIA AND AFRICA: SOLVING A PERSISTENT PUZZLE IN ALPINE TECTONICS

GREGORY F G MCKNIGHT S A

HIS

UNIV OF SIEGEN

$29,949

MYSTICISM AND MODERNITY

MCCULLOUGH S A SUMMERS S J

MAT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$22,950

SOUTHEASTERN ANALYSIS MEETING

CHENG H P

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$83,715

INTERFACIAL PHENOMENA IN NOBEL METAL-C60 INTERACTIONS

LEE Y

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$118,192

NATURE OF PURE & DIRTY LIQUID 3HE-FUNDAMENTAL INVESTIGATIONSAND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

MITSELMAKHER G KORYTOV A

PHY

FERMILAB U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$13,379

ENDCAP MUON SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CMS PROJECT FY 2004

STANTON C J REITZE D H

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$245,587

OPTICAL CONTROL IN SEMICONDUCTORS FOR SPINTRONICS AND QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING

STANTON C J REITZE D H

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$29,250

OPTICAL CONTROL IN SEMICONDUCTORS FOR SPINTRONICS AND QUANTUM INFORMATION PROCESSING

STEWART G R

PHY

U S DEPT OF ENERGY

$138,811

NOVEL STRONGLY CORRELATED (PRIMARILY F-) ELECTRON BEHAVIOR

SULLIVAN N S

PHY

HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY

$36,000

HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY PROJECT

BARKIN J S

POL

U S DEPT OF EDUCATION FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIV

$3,222

FLORIDA NETWORK FOR GLOBAL STUDIES TITLE VI NATIONAL RESOURCCENTER PROPOSAL

HOZIC A A

POL

U S DEPT OF EDUCATION FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIV

$3,222

FLORIDA NETWORK FOR GLOBAL STUDIES TITLE VI NATIONAL RESOURCCENTER PROPOSAL

KRAUSE J L

QTP

U S NAVY

$15,200

PARTIAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR 06 SANIBEL SYMPOSIUM

BABB F E

WST

U S DEPT OF EDUCATION FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIV

$537

FLORIDA NETWORK FOR GLOBAL STUDIES TITLE VI NATIONAL RESOURCCENTER PROPOSAL

EVANS D H

ZOO

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$4,000

INSTITUTIONAL ALLOWANCE: GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM ALLOWANCE

HOLT R D

ZOO

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$127,554

CATS, RATS, AND THE PREVALENCE OF MICROPARASITES IN AN URBANLANDSCAPE

 

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Baudis photo by Jane Dominguez

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