NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to take part in the $6 billion indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV contract. SwRI will be listed in the NASA spacecraft catalog used by the U.S. government to easily contract for proven spacecraft.
A $1.5 million grant from a coalition of the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles County Government and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments will allow engineers at the University of Missouri to develop a real-time traffic management system over the next year for different public agencies -- local, county and state governments -- to seamlessly share their transportation data between agencies. The system will first be used in the greater St. Louis area.
For several years, physicist John Barton at UC Riverside, has been working on developing models to understand and predict how pathogens, such as HIV, evolve. This research pursuit has just received support from the National Institutes of Health. Barton, an assistant professor, has been awarded a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for early-stage investigators, allowing his lab to work on developing methods to understand how different mutations affect the ability of organisms to survive and reproduce.
People are seeking help for opioid-use disorder in ever-growing numbers, but only 10 percent of them stay in treatment for recovery. Those lagging recovery rates are a concern for scientists and communities fighting the opioid crisis in Appalachia. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently awarded a $2.6 million grant to researchers at East Tennessee State University and Virginia Tech to develop studies on how best to provide peer support services for individuals being treated for opioid use disorder.
UC Davis will be part of a new Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures focusing on understanding the physics and astrophysical implications of matter under pressures so high that the structure of individual atoms is disrupted. The CMAP will be funded with $12.96 million from the NSF and hosted at the University of Rochester in collaboration with researchers at UC Davis; MIT; Princeton; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Buffalo; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant of $1.2 million to the Mouse Biology Program at UC Davis to create mice that are susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, and to distribute them to researchers. The goal is to create mice that can be used to reproduce human COVID-19 disease.
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are developing a new technique using artificial intelligence (AI) that would improve CT screening to more quickly identify patients with the coronavirus.
The Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics has won a five-year extension from the National Science Foundation to pursue its investigation of mysteries at the intersection of biology and physics.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has received a $1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, with Sabreliner Aviation, to continue structural analysis and other maintenance work on a fleet of military aircraft, the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II.
Rice University engineers find the mechanism in fungus that produces a potential drug scaffold. The National Institutes of Health awards a multiyear grant to the lab to continue its work.