Science Research Roundup: October 2016

David Fike, associate professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Jocelyn Richardson, PhD candidate in geochemistry, will receive a $110,000 grant from the American Chemical Society to undertake a project titled "New Approaches to Reconstructing the Timing of Diagenesis and Porosity Evolution in Sedimentary Carbonate Strata." Their research will take advantage of the university's state-of-the-art secondary ion mass spectrometry system along with advanced X-ray spectromicroscopy techniques.

Carl Bender, the Konneker Distinguished Professor of Physics, was awarded the 2017 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics by the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics. With this prize Bender joins the illustrious company of Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Murray Gell-Mann, Roger Penrose, Steven Weinberg, and Edward Witten, among others.

William McKinnon, professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, has been awarded $64,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA to study thrust faulting in rock and ice lithosphere in the outer solar system. McKinnon also received a grant of $40,000 from the Southwest Research Institute for research related to a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.

Morgan Raven, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, has been awarded a two-year fellowship from the Agouron Institute to support her research in stable isotope biogeochemistry.

Arts & Sciences researchers Christy Edwards and Boahemaa Adu-Oppong, both in the Department of Biology, and Michael Wysession, in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, will be featured in an episode of the National Public Radio program "Science Friday," airing Oct. 28 at 1pm.

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Crystal Gammon, grants and science writer in Arts & Sciences.

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