Press Release: IU Cheminformatics and Chemistry Department win funding for potentially high impact collaborative project

David Wild (as Director of the Chemical Informatics Center) and Amar Flood (Chemistry) have won an IU Collaborative Research and Creative Activity award to bring together some of the latest cheminformatics methods developed at IU with leading-edge chemistry research to potentially make a significant impact on our understanding of the mechanisms of action of drugs in the body. The award, which includes nearly $10,000 to fund a student and equipment, will be used to apply cheminformatics data mining methods recently developed in the cheminformatics group in the School of Informatics and Computing to vast amounts of known chemical structure to examine the nature of Carbon-Hydrogen bonds that may act as an unexpected source of hydrogen bond donors, and thus contribute to the biological activity of chemical compounds. These kinds of bonds are the subject of a research study in the Flood group in Chemistry. Here is a press release from IU about the awards, taken from

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ten Indiana University Bloomington faculty members have received 2010 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding. The renamed award, formerly known as Summer Faculty Fellowships, is granted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research to foster collaborations and jump-start projects during the summer that involve IU Bloomington faculty and IU centers, institutes, and museums.
“These awards provide crucial support for our faculty and research scientists to develop new collaborations,” says Sarita Soni, vice provost for research at IU Bloomington, whose office oversees a variety of research funding programs for faculty. “The goal for this funding is to encourage faculty on the Bloomington campus to identify collaborations with any center, institute, or museum at IU that will help to expand their work or stimulate new ideas. Center directors also are encouraged to identify IU Bloomington faculty outside of their centers who can collaborate to advance or generate new research or creative activity.”
Each award provides up to $10,000 over a one-year period for work done in collaboration with a center, institute, or museum. Among the units involved in this year’s awards are the Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest, the Chemical Informatics Center, and the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business, which is one of the first American university-based research centers operating in China.
Faculty who have received funding will pursue a wide variety of projects, including an investigation into the culture of the Yankeetown people who existed in southern Indiana from AD 700 to AD 1200; working with elementary-age African American girls from the Gary, Ind., to develop their mathematical thinking and reasoning; and an ethnographic study exploring how MBA students learn the ins and outs of “the executive way.”
A complete list of faculty and the centers, institutes, and museums follows. To learn more about the CRCAF, visit the OVPR site here.
2010 Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding
  • Solving the Mystery of Yankeetown; Susan Alt, Anthropology, and the Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest
  • A Collaboration to Create an Online Oral History Training Workshop; John Bodnar, Institute for Advance Studies, and the Center for the Study of History and Memory
  • Success Made Probable: Nurturing Future Statisticians through Project-based Learning; Dionne Cross, Education, and Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration
  • Cheminformatics Approaches to the Discovery of New CH Hydrogen Bond Donors; Amar Flood, Chemistry, and Chemical Informatics Center
  • Exceptional Citizens: Chinese Marital Immigrants, Contested Borders, and National Anxieties Across the Taiwan Strait; Sarah Friedman, Anthropology, and Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business
  • Learning the Executive Way: Men and Women of the B-School; Timothy Hallett, Sociology, and Center for Evaluation and Educational Policy
  • The Magic Web; Joss Marsh, English, and Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities
  • Development of an Improved Land Cover Classification Scheme to Estimate Ecosystem Functioning in Southern Indiana Forests; Richard Phillips, Biology, and Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change
  • Heritage in the Heart of Crow Country; Laura Scheiber, Anthropology, and American Indian Studies Research Institute
  • Comparative Analyses of Reforestation Trends in Sao Paulo & Indiana: Factors Influencing Landowner Decisions; Catherine Tucker, Anthropology, and Center for the Study of Institutions, Population, and Environmental Change

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