June 4, 2015

NASA Announces Education Research Program Award Recipients

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is awarding a total of approximately $11.25 million to universities in 15 states to conduct basic research and technology development in areas critical to the agency's mission.

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NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program is awarding up to $750,000 to colleges and universities for research and development in areas, such as remote sensing, nanotechnology, astrophysics and aeronautics, all of which are applicable to NASA's work in Earth science, aeronautics, and human and robotic deep space exploration.

The award covers a three-year period. Results from the research will be provided to NASA for possible inclusion in its programs.

The awardees and the title of their winning proposals are:

    --  University of Alaska, Fairbanks: A Vertical Comet Assay for Measuring
        DNA Damage to Radiation
    --  University of Arkansas, Fayetteville: Arkansas NASA EPSCoR - SiGeSn
        Based Photovoltaic Devices for Space Applications
    --  University of Hawaii, Hilo: Developing a Capability at the University of
        Hawaii for Multiple UAV Observations of Active Volcanism
    --  Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas: Active Wing Shaping Control
        for Morphing Aircraft
    --  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge: Investigating Terrestrial Gamma
        Flash Production from Energetic Particle Acceleration in Lightning using
        TETRA-II
    --  Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla: Learning Algorithms
        for Preserving Safe Flight Envelope under Adverse Aircraft Conditions
    --  University of Mississippi, Oxford: GEANT4 Simulations for Astronaut Risk
        Calculations
    --  University of North Dakota, Grand Forks: Multi-Purpose Research Station
        in North Dakota in Support of NASA´s Future Human Missions to Mars
    --  University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Large Volume Crystal Growth of
        Superoxide Dismutase Complexes in Microgravity for Neutron Diffraction
        Studies
    --  University of New Hampshire, Durham: Responsive Autonomous Rovers to
        Enable Polar Science
    --  New Mexico State University, Las Cruces: Virtual Telescope for X-ray
        Observations
    --  University of Nevada, Reno: Advanced Transport Technologies for NASA
        Thermal Management/Control Systems
    --  University of Oklahoma, Norman: Extracting the Photonic Spectrum for the
        Long Range Exploration of Space: A Hybrid Photovoltaic Photon
        Upconversion and Biological System for Energy Production and Life
        Support
    --  College of Charleston, in partnership with the University of the U.S.
        Virgin Islands, Charleston, South Carolina: Using NASA's Ocean Color
        Sensors to Identify Effects of Watershed Development and Climate Change
        on Coastal Marine Ecosystems of the US Virgin Islands
    --  South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City: Development of
        Direct-Write Materials, and Electronic and Electromagnetic Devices for
        NASA Printable Spacecraft

EPSCoR is managed by NASA's Office of Education in Washington, and in each participating jurisdiction by a program director who oversees the process of submitting grant proposals and the work performed with the grant funding.

In addition to funding research that can further NASA's current and future mission, these grants provide the added benefit of improving science and technology research and development capabilities at recipient universities.

To learn more about EPSCoR and to view an abstract from each of the 2015 EPSCoR education research selectees, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/epscor

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

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