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Iowa State faculty attract $4.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants

ndation to award Smith a five-year, $600,000 CAREER award. The foundation's CAREER awards are designed to boost the careers of junior faculty.

Smith will use the award to advance her studies of cell membranes. She's working to understand how the molecules that make up cell membranes organize and interact with each other. These measurements are needed to understand how cells receive information from their environment and respond to outside signals.

The award will also allow Smith to hire two graduate students for each of the grant's five years.

"It's important for the research agencies to support young faculty," Smith said. "It allows young faculty to move up the ranks and become established researchers. This helps young faculty grow."

Here are Iowa State's other grants and lead researchers supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

  • $2,059,528 from the National Science Foundation's Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program to Jackie Shanks, a professor of chemical and biological engineering; Basil Nikolau, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology and deputy director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals; and Thomas Bobik, a professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, to develop a technology that uses a biocatalyst to produce biologically generated hydrocarbons that can be used for biofuels.

  • $563,501 from the National Institutes of Health to Bobik to study the molecular principles and develop an understanding of certain virus-sized subcellular structures called bacterial microcompartments.

  • $476,449 from the National Science Foundation to Abhijit Chandra, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Ashraf Bastawros, an associate professor of aerospace engineering, to develop a multi-scale and multi-physics model to test Chemical Mechanical Planarization in a nano-scale manufacturing process for integra

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