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Research Infrastructure Development Program The NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development Award Program in Arkansas involves two base activities designed to boost Arkansas academic researchers into serious aerospace projects, with the key idea being mission relevance to NASA. These activities are our RID Teaming Awards and RID Travel Awards. RID Teaming awards are made to beginning or intermediate level research teams made up of faculty and students from at least two Arkansas campuses. Since these $25,000 one year awards are developmental and require at a minimum a fullNASA EPSCoR proposal at their end, we require a PhD granting research campus be involved. Often, the partner campus is a comprehensive or even a small private college campus. AR NASA EPSCoR has found we can boost research at the four year institution via this type partnership, obtaining better geographic and often under-represented group diversity in the process. Our second area awards small travel awards to faculty

in the jurisdiction to go to a NASA Center or other installation and meet scientists and/or engineers in their research areas. We make some of these awards to faculty already involved in our programs as well as to some faculty that have not previously identified with NASA and aerospace work. These work similarly to our Space Grant RI travel awards, but can be made to any faculty member at any campus in our state. These seed awards generate significant interest in NASA research and facilities.

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AR RID has included projects in many different areas, including propulsion, nanotechnology, astronomy, and plant biology. Recent projects have included: “Effect of microgravity and GT3 on radiationinduced genomic instability in endothelial cells” with participants from University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Southern Arkansas (SAU); “Development of Intermediate Band Quantum Wire Solar Cell for NASA Space Exploration” at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB, our HBCU as lead) and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UA); and “Development of Critical Technologies for Formation and Proximity Flight with Nano-Satellites”. AR RID brings together four to five aerospace research teams each year, most are newly formed teams, although a second year of funding may be applied for concurrently with a NASA EPSCoR Research Award proposal. Since RID was established, AR NASA EPSCoR has made about 45 RID teaming awards.

Dr. Abdel Bachri’s team of student researchers from Southern Arkansas University (SAU) investigate the effects of radiation on human cells for their NASA EPSCoR RID Award titled “Effect of microgravity and GT3 on radiationinduced genomic instability in endothelial cells”. Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) are harvested from liquid nitrogen storage tank (1), HUVEC cells are examined following irradiation (2), and cells are loaded into the High Aspect Ratio Vessel (HARV) for microgravity treatment (3). The HARV bioreactor was designed by vNASA JSC scientists to freely suspend the cells and simulate near zero gravity on earth.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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