President Gregory Woodward and Provost Fred Sweitzer are pleased to announce the winners of the Greenberg Junior Faculty Development Grants. The Greenberg Junior Faculty Grants, given annually, are internal grant awards to promote high-quality scholarship by faculty members who are just beginning their careers. These grants are made possible by a generous gift from Arnold and Beverly Greenberg.
Faculty members Paola Sacchetti (Department of Biology) of the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and Kiwon Sohn (Electrical and Computer Engineering) of the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture (CETA) have been awarded Greenberg Junior Faculty Grants.
Paola Sacchetti, assistant professor of neuroscience, will be investigating if a ketogenic diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates can be useful in ameliorating sleep-cycle dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s disease. She will be examining the efficacy of dietary treatments as a remedy for a neurodegenerative disease. Along with course release time, the grant will provide funding for supplies related to this project.
Kiwon Sohn, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be developing (designing, building and testing) a life-sized autonomous robot (humanoid) system which can assist and replace human laborers in the accomplishment of dangerous tasks in hazardous situations. A goal of his research is to consider a robot design able to drive a vehicle long distance autonomously into an unsafe area.