Rebecca Carrier, associate professor of chemical engineering, received funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effect of lipid ingestion on drug absorption in the human intestines, using mechanistic studies paired with mathematical modeling. The resulting model will enable quantitative prediction to help advance the rational design of delivery vehicles to maximize absorption of nutritive supplements and support oral delivery of compounds that might otherwise require injection.

Ennio Mingolla, professor and chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for research to computationally model human capacities for depth perception through visual motion. Mingolla will investigate the ability to separate a visual object from a background of similar appearance, as in conditions of camouflage.

Richard Wamai, assistant professor of African American studies, is studying the efficiency of HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Eastern and Southern Africa as part of a multipronged research initiative that seeks to optimize the prevention response. The research is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico.

Dr. Steven Scyphers, a postdoctoral research fellow in associate professor Jonathan Grabowski’s lab at the Marine Science Center, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the social and ecological resilience of costal shoreline ecosystems. The study will develop a novel framework for informed decision making and contribute to our understanding of sustainability along coastlines.

Ali Abur, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, secured Department of Energy funding, through Charles River Associates, to investigate innovative use of line switching for efficient electric power transmission. Abur’s findings will contribute to improved monitoring capabilities to facilitate the use of topology control in maintaining a resilient transmission grid with multiple renewable power sources.