USD research benefits from 2009 ARRA funding

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is being used to support several research projects and other activities at The University of South Dakota.

Twenty-one projects at USD received more than $3 million in financing from ARRA with $3,005,602 allotted for research and another $161,017 allocated for ARRA scholarships for disadvantaged students, a USD Community Orchestra endowment and a Head Start Continuation Grant.

ARRA funding for research includes a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services award of $645,144 for “Self-Control and Alcohol Problems: Psychological Mechanisms,” submitted by Jeffrey Simons, Ph.D., associate professor in the USD Department of Psychology; a $412,235 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for “Thyroid Hormone Regulation of Vasculature in Adult Myocardium,” submitted by Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., Sanford School of Medicine; a $368,700 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for “Prenatal Alcohol in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Stillbirth (PASS) Network Expansion Proposal,” submitted by Amy Elliott, Ph.D., of Sanford Research/USD; and a $321,787 National Science Foundation award for “Acquisition of Genetic Instrumentation for New Core Facility at The University of South Dakota,” submitted by Jacob Kerby, Ph.D., assistant professor in the USD Department of Biology.

“Thanks to ARRA, several research projects at USD have now received appropriate funding,” said Laura J. Jenski, Ph.D., The U’s Vice President for Research. “The grants fund laboratory studies, student research experiences and outreach to the public. The University and, more importantly, the people of South Dakota will gain significantly from this work at USD.”

Members of Congress, university leaders, researchers and others met this month to discuss how funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) is fueling research, recovery and reinvestment activities across the country. They also launched a new initiative, ScienceWorksForUS,sponsored by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition, that highlights Recovery Act-sponsored research in all 50 states, telling the stories of the research and researchers contributing to the economic recovery.

For more information about ScienceWorksForUS, visit www.scienceworksforus.org.