Category: Awards

Casey Huckins Receives Funding

Associate Professor Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences/ESC) has received $46,000 from the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District for a 30-month project, “Hills Creek Stamp Sand Stabilization Project.”

Previously, Associate Professor Casey Huckins (Biological Sciences) and Co-PI Amy Marcarelli (Biological Sciences) have received $11,620 from the Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation for a project, “Linkages Among Stream Habitat, Ecosystem Conditions, and Temporal and Spatial Variation in Fluvial Fish Assemblages in the Salmon Trout River.”

Michael Gretz Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Michael Gretz received a National Science Foundation grant in support of his work investigating the evolution of the land plant cell wall. The Gretz lab is collaborating with an international team of researchers using algal systems to understand cell wall polymers critical for key morphogenetic events that led to the emergence of land plants aproximately 470 million years ago. This research provides pivotal information necessary for understanding, and potentially modifying, cell walls to facilitate agricultural and biofuel production, and development of pharmaceuticals,food additives and other products.

Dr. Mike Gretz was also granted a recent award from the South Florida Water Management District for a project entitled “Determination of Polysaccharide Biomarkers from Macrophytes in Detrital Floc.”

Professor Michael Gretz (Biological Sciences) received $184,536 from Incitor LLC for a one-year project, “Biofuels from Algae and Extracellular Polymers: Catalytic Domains on Bionanolattices,” which is part of a biofuels initiative that is supported by multiple agencies in the Department of Defense.

W. Charles Kerfoot Receives Funding

Professor W. Charles Kerfoot (Biological Sciences) has received $20,000 of a potential $320,000 multiple-year project from the US Corp of Engineers/ERDC-EL. His project is titled, “Innovative analysis of CHARTS Data of Grand Traverse Bay, Keweenaw Peninsula: Mine Tailings (Gay Stamp Sand) Dispersal.”

Charles Kerfoot received $79,606 for one year from the National Park Service for “Determine Invasion Status and Ecological Effects of an Exotic Zooplankter in Several Great Lakes Area Parks.” Kerfoot could also receive a three-year award of $189,880 with this project.

New Funding

Dr. K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC) has received $53,629 from the University of Pittsburgh for the first year of a potential five-year, $150,000 project, “Therapeutic Biomarkers in Hyper IgD Syndrome (HIDS).”

Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC) has received $181,644 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for a project titled, “Murine Knockout Model of 4-Hydroxybutyric Aciduria.”

Professor K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences/BRC), has received $264,992 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for the first year of a potential five-year project totaling $1,401,404. His project is titled, “Novel Treatment and Screening Strategies in Heritable Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acidur.”

Professor K. Michael Gibson (Biological Sciences) has received $50,000 from the Pediatric Neurotransmitter Disease Association for a project titled, “Efficacy of Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate Intervention in Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase (SSADH; Aldh5a1) Deficiency.”