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2017 Discovery Grants Projects

The 13 projects that won funding from the Discovery Grants program in 2017 are listed below. 


  • Lifesaving Needle Robots for Ultra-Early Lung Cancer Interventions - Robert Webster (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Integrin-Targeting Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticles for Enhanced Radiation Therapy - David Cliffel (Chemistry)
  • Tennessee Education Research Alliance Data Warehouse - Dale Ballou (Leadership, Policy & Organizations)
  • New Explorations in Visual Object Recognition - Maithilee Kunda (Computer Science)
  • Mistakes Happen: Measuring the Fidelity of DNA Break Repair - Kathy Friedman (Biological Sciences)
  • Spatial Distribution, Longevity and Evolution of Giant Magma Bodies - Guil Gualda (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • The Sounds of Nature - Akos Ledeczi (Computer Science)
  • Clarifying Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Carnivorans - Larisa Grawe Desantis (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
  • Development and Validation of Dual Recombination System in Mice - Masakazu Shiota (Molecular Physiology & Biophysics)
  • Developing a Neurocomputational Model of Object-Based Attention - Frank Tong (Psychology)
  • Learning Through Objects in Infants and Toddlers with Down Syndrome (DS) - Amy Needham (Psychology & Human Development)
  • Preparing for the Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy - Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Physics & Astronomy)
  • New Human Models for Cerebral Malaria using a NeuroVascular Unit - David Wright (Chemistry)