Fourteen external grants were awarded with departmental faculty as PI or co-PI for a total of $4.2 million during the past year
Some of the new projects funded during the past year are: “Multifunctional SiAION Ceramic Coatings for High Temperature Aerospace Applications” [Lad, AFOSR]; “Nanomechanics Studies of Coatings” [Unertl, Paper Surface Science]; “A Model Program to Enhance Mathematics and Science Education” [McKay, Kaback, and Wittmann, U.S. Dept. of Education]; “Effects of Weak Electric Fields on Cells” [Astumian, Mobil Manufacturer’s Forum]; “Peer-Led Team Learning in an Integrated Physics Education Research Introductory Physics Course” [Batuski and Kaback, NSF]; “Exact Results in Model Statistical Systems” [Kleban, NSF]; “The Kinetics of Crystallization of Colloids and Proteins: A Light Scattering Study” [McClymer, Maine Space Grant Consortium]; “Graduate and Undergraduate Research on Large Scale Structure in the Universe” [Batuski, NASA through the Maine Science and Technology Foundation]; Telescope time allocations at the Steward Observatory and Cerro Tololo Observatory (Chile) [Batuski]; “Analyzing Emissivities of Radon from Drinking Water to Determine Radon Exposures in Schools” [Hess – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]; “Field Study of Emissivities of Radon from Drinking Water in Schools” [Hess – State of Maine]; “Statistical Analysis of Radon from Water in Schools” [Hess – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency]; “Development of a Prototype Chemical Agent Detector System Based on Semiconducting Metal Oxide Thin Film Technology” [Lad et al. – Office of Naval Research], “Predoctoral Training in Functional Genomics of Model Organisms” [Lad et al. – Office of Naval Research].