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USciences Physics, Biology Professors Awarded Research Grants

Published on September 7, 2018

The Board of the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, a supporting organization of The Pittsburgh Foundation, has awarded 10 scientific research grants totaling $1.9 million, including $200,000 to USciences and Roberto Ramos, PhD, and Margaret Pearce, PhD.

Drs. Ramos and Pearce received the inaugural Integrated Research-Education Grant offered by the foundation, which aims to support a research process that places undergraduate students alongside innovative scientists engaged in basic, fundamental research in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Ramos, associate professor of physics, was awarded for his proposal entitled “Undergraduates investigating quantum effects in multi-gap superconductivity in novel superconductors.” This project was funded by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation fund.

Dr. Pearce, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience, was awarded for research on “Elucidating phagocytic glial responses to protein aggregation in neurons.” This project was funded through The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Pittsburgh Foundation President and CEO Maxwell King acknowledged the fundamental role the Kaufman awards play in fostering a culture of interdisciplinary scientific research and innovation at Pennsylvania universities.

“Charles Kaufman recognized that extraordinary scientific breakthroughs are possible only when our society invests in research,” King said. “His vision for funding curiosity-driven science is helping to revolutionize the fields of biology, physics and chemistry and the areas in which these disciplines intersect.”

The Kaufman grants go to institutes of higher learning in Pennsylvania for scientists pursuing research that explores their field’s essential questions and/or crosses disciplinary boundaries.

Charles Kaufman, a respected chemical engineer, left $40 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation when he died in 2010 to continue his lifelong commitment to scientific research with the potential to improve human life. Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded 53 grants totaling $10.9 million.

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