Congressman Fattah Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Local Institutions
Washington, D.C., June 2, 2016 (Newswire.com) - Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) today announced $1.9 million in grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University for a range of research from providing performance guarantees on critical life sustaining devices such as airbags and pacemakers to mapping brain connectivity and much more.
“I’m proud that our government can provide the opportunity to diversify research and expand our understanding of the human brain, develop new techniques to keep us physically safer and provide students the opportunity to discover highly complicated problem solving methods,” said Congressman Fattah. “I’m equally happy to see that such research can have far reaching benefits for students and broader community. It’s imperative that we integrate all perspectives and disciplines in the pursuit of science. “
"I'm proud that our government can provide the opportunity to diversify research and expand our understanding of the human brain, develop new techniques to keep us physically safer and provide students the opportunity to discover highly complicated problem solving methods."
Congressman Chaka Fattah
The list of awards include:
University of Pennsylvania - $1,1000,000
- In the world of computer science, Network functions virtualization (NVF) is a theory that utilizes IT technology to virtualize different classes of functions that can lead to their linking together to produce better communication services. This project leverages techniques from the real-time systems domain to construct a scalable NVF platform that can provide latency and throughput guarantees in a cloud computing setting. Real-time systems have been successfully providing performance guarantees on a wide range of devices, including critical ones such as airbags and pacemakers wherever small delays must be carefully avoided; hence, this technology can provide a solid foundation for an NVF platform with predictable performance.
University of Pennsylvania - $800,000
- Funds from the grant will be direct to the study the evolution of the neural circuits that control behavior through the behavior of songbirds. Researchers will integrate the fields of behavioral science, neuroscience, and engineering in an effort to map brain connectivity. Researchers will take advantage of the prevalence of data related to the brown-headed cowbird to better understand the neural pathways involved in transforming a sensory command into a motor command. Funds will be available to both undergrads and graduates to contribute to the project. In addition, the project invites elementary and high school children into the learning experience by providing science education activities and a comprehensive summer course in neuroscience.
Drexel University - $25,000
- Approximately 50 graduate students will participate in a two-week intensive summer school program where they will learn from leading experts in the field of stochastic partial differential equations. Stochastic differential equations give a mathematical description of many natural phenomena from fluid dynamics to interaction of particles and growth of crystals. Several recent scientific breakthroughs (marked by the latest Fields Medal) have brought renewed attention to this area of study.
Congressman Fattah is a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science, which has funding jurisdiction for the National Science Foundation.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports research, innovation and discovery that provides the foundation for economic growth in this country. By advancing the frontiers of science and engineering our nation can develop the knowledge and cutting edge technologies needed to address the challenges we face today and will face in the future.
Source: The Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah