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STUDY OF DISEASE SUSCEPTIBILITY OF TRANSLOCATING TORTOISES – $350,773 GLENN THOMPSON | PENNSYLVANIA-5 | REPUBLICAN

The NSF awarded Pennsylvania State University $350,773 to study migrating tortoises. Solar panel development in the eastern California desert has caused habitat loss for desert tortoises. As a result, these tortoises have been forced to translocate which researchers believe may have increased the risk of contracting disease. The tortoises were fixed with trackers to analyze their movement and assess how disease spreads among them. Funding for this last phase of the study brings to $2,303,899 total NSF grants for the project since 2012.

MOBILE APP FOR SEX DIARY – $1,045,760 GRACE NAPOLITANO | CALIFORNIA-32 | DEMOCRAT

HHS awarded more than $1 million to Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Inc. to develop a mobile app for sexual reminders and documentation, including a “daily sexual diary.” The app targets people who do not have HIV but whose frequent risky behavior makes them especially vulnerable to contracting the disease. Users document their sexual encounters on the app’s diary and receive daily reminders to take medications designed to prevent HIV.

CONVINCING MOTHERS TO STOP TEEN GIRLS FROM USING TANNING BEDS – $671,522 ED PERLMUTTER | COLORADO-7 | DEMOCRAT

This $671,522 grant from HHS used social media outlets “to reduce mothers’ permissiveness regarding their teenage daughters’ use of indoor tanning.” Using Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube, Klein Buendel, Inc. intended to persuade mothers to stop their daughters from going to indoor tanning beds and to garner support for legal bans of tanning bed use by minors.

VIDEO GAME TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO QUIT SMOKING – $399,116

MARK WALKER | NORTH CAROLINA-6 | REPUBLICAN Nearly $400,000 from HHS went to Playmatics – an award-winning company that creates games for real-world contexts – for the development of Breathe Free, a game designed to encourage players to quit smoking. The game replaces monetary incentives often used in video games with in-game virtual rewards and social reinforcement. The creator of the project said the grant provided validation for his project: “It’s very exciting. We’re really looking forward to seeing where we can take this project.”

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OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...

OpenTheBooks - Where's the Pork?  

This report maps and provides macro and micro analysis to the $583 billion in fiscal year 2016 federal grants. Additionally, it details 50 c...