According to a press release, dated April 9, 2012, three Philadelphia colleges will receive a total of $8,232,322 in research grant
money to help further neuroscience studies. The three deserving institutions include Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University, which will receive $561,097, $7,491,682, and $179,543 respectively.
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania, which is receiving the largest grant award by way of four separate grants from the National Science Foundation, plans to use $3.75 million of the money for a program called, “Collaborative Research: Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering (ExCAPE): Harnessing Synthesis for Software Design.” The ExCAPE program, according to its website, hopes to, “transform the way programmers develop software by advancing the theory and practice of software synthesis.”
Essentially, according to the program’s website, the program hopes to allow programmers to use various forms of expression, collaboration and analysis algorithms to create tools that users can use to design and program robots. The U of P also plans to use and $3.4 million for another program called “Collaborative Research: An Expedition in Computing for Compiling Printable Programmable Machines.”
Monell Chemical Senses Center
The Monell Chemical Senses Center plans to use its grant money for furthering its research into the effects of diet types on infant energy, growth and satiety; research that is conducted, “under the Research for Mothers and Children Program of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at HHS.” This study comes just months after Monell released a report on research into an infant’s salt intake, that showed infants of six months of age preferred salty foods when introduced to high starch foods at an early age as compared to infants who had no exposure to the same starchy foods. The study was released in December of 2011.
Drexel University, which is also in University City section of Philadelphia, will use their grant award to help further collaborative research it is conducting with the ASU School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Development. The program, titled “Collaborative Research: Spatial Cluster Detection Based on Contiguity,” hopes to develop the next feasible approach to determine special clustering in regards to geography, epidemiology and criminology.
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“Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering,” ExCAPE Program Website
Early Dietary Experience Shapes Salt Preference of Infants and Preschoolers,” Monell Chemical Sciences Center