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September 15, 2010

Symposium will highlight multidisciplinary research

Faculty representing the six recipients from last year’s Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards will present their research at an upcoming symposium.

Funded projects for 2009 encompassed 13 different departments and included research on prosthetic material for intervertebral disks, the shape of sound, nanotechnology and Alzheimer’s disease, nanomembranes and drug screening, senior citizens and video games, and red blood cell production.

The symposium will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Gowen Room, Wilson Commons.

Following the symposium, recipients of the 2010 awards will be honored at a reception in the Hartnett Gallery.

The five 2010 recipients, announced this summer, are conducting research on Augmented Reality for the Structural Conservation of Archaeological Monuments (mechanical engineering, optics, religion and classics); Exploring the Venom Repetoire of Parasitoids (biology, environmental medicine); Noninvasive Optical Monitoring of Bone Degradation in a Mouse Model of Rheumatoid Arthritis (optics, biomedical engineering); Error-Correcting Codes for On-Chip Electronic Networks (mathematics, electrical and computer engineering); and Conformational Changes of Single Membrane Proteins (biochemistry and biophysics, optics).

The Provost’s Multidisciplinary Awards were established in 2008 by President Seligman to support faculty research that crosses disciplines, within a school or across two or more schools. Each year, faculty are invited to submit research proposals for projects that take an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to scholarship, will have a sustained impact, and are capable of leveraged support elsewhere.

Learn more about the awards and the funded projects at

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