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Galaxy Gazing: Astronomer Receives CAREER Award

This article was originally published in the June/July 2004 issue of CLASnotes

Vicki SarajediniWhen Halley's Comet made its most recent trip through the night sky in 1986, Assistant Professor of Astronomy Vicki Sarajedini, then just in high school, proudly set up her Sears, Roebuck & Co. telescope—paid for with money earned doing odd jobs around her parent's dairy farm in rural Ohio—and invited the entire neighborhood to come out and take a look at the highly anticipated celestial object. As a recent winner of a National Science Foundation CAREER grant, Sarajedini plans to use part of her $480,000 award to purchase a portable planetarium to share with the Gainesville community.

In her spare time, Sarajedini will present planetarium shows to local schools and civic groups, teaching children how to look at stars and constellations. Her own research focuses on galaxies billions of light years away, invisible to the naked eye and undetectable by most telescopes on Earth. Using images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, Sarajedini is examining "active" galaxies, which have a super-massive black hole in their center millions of times larger than the sun.

"There are black holes in our own galaxy that are on the order of the mass of our sun, caused by the remnants of a dying star," she says. "But we are not sure how these super-massive black holes that wind up in the center of these galaxies form." During the next five years, Sarajedini will look at thousands of galaxies and determine whether or not their central luminosity has changed over time. "What we are wondering is how these galaxies fit into the whole galaxy evolution scenario," she says. "I want to know how this stage fits into every galaxy's life, and ultimately, our own galaxy."

Sarajedini came to UF in 2001, after completing post-doctoral fellowships at Wesleyan University and the University of California's Lick Observatory. She received her PhD in astronomy in 1997 from the University of Arizona and her MS in astronomy from Yale University in 1992, where she met husband and fellow UF astronomer Ata Sarajedini, who also received a CAREER award in 2001. The Sarajedini's are among seven UF astronomy professors who have won the award in the past six years.

"No other astronomy department in the US has achieved this, as far as I have heard," says Department Chair Stan Dermott. "Since only the top 10 percent of young tenure-track faculty in the United States get CAREER awards, we can safely say that we are hiring some of the best new faculty in the nation."

Other astronomy faculty to receive CAREER awards in recent years are: Elizabeth Lada, Richard Elston, Fred Hamann, Steve Eikenberry and Jonathan Williams.

—Buffy Lockette

Grants through the Division of Sponsored Research

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Grant Awards for March and April 2004 by Department
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March 2004 Total: $3,192,825

BURNS A F

ANT

UF FOUNDATION

$8,995

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

OLIVER SMITH A R

ANT

DEPT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

$52,381

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT IN FLORIDA: DATABASE DEVELOPMENT

WARREN M W

ANT

MULTIPLE SPONSORS

$6,870

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

WARREN M W

ANT

MULTIPLE SPONSORS

$5,370

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

DERMOTT S F

AST

NASA

$115,179

ORIGINS AND DYNAMICS OF INTERPLANETARY DUST PARTICLES

DERMOTT S F

AST

UF FOUNDATION

$2,047

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

EIKENBERRY S S

AST

ASSN OF UNIV FOR RES IN ASTRON

$0

DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF THE GEMINI NEAR INFRARED MULTI-OBJECT SPECTROGRAPH (FLAMINGOS 2)

BOWES G E

BOT

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION

$1,620

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

BOWES G E

BOT

UF FOUNDATION

$13,668

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

BENNER S A

CHE

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

$46,747

EVOLUTIONARY BIOINFORMATICS: MANAGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS

DURAN R S

CHE

US DEPT OF ENERGY CHICAGO OPERATIONS OFFICE

$110,640

SYNTHESIS, SURFACE ASSEMBLY, AND X-RAY INVESTIGATION OF AMPHIPHILIC STAR COPOLYMERS

DURAN R S; SCOTT M J

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$100,000

THE US/FRANCE REU SITE IN CHE

DURAN R S; SMITH B W

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$60,125

AN REU SITE IN CHE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY

$13,922

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY

$10,581

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$250

SOFTWARE RESEARCH SUPPORT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$1,773

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$272

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$837

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$353

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$4,959

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$1,861

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

MARTIN C R

CHE

BROWN UNIVERSITY

$108,165

DIRECT NANOSCALE CONVERSION OF BIO-MOLECULAR SIGNALS INTO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION

MARTIN C R

CHE

UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

$67,461

3-D ARCHITECTURES FRO ELECTROCHEMICAL POWER SOURCES

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

EIC LABORATORIES INC

$36,362

CONTROLLING ABSORPTIVE STATES IN PHOTOVOLTAIC POLYMERS

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

EIC LABORATORIES INC

$84,110

DONOR AND ACCEPTOR SYSTEMS FOR PHOTOVOLTAIC

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

SRI INTERNATIONAL

$32,103

SPRAYABLE ELECTROCHROMIC POLYMERS AND EC DEVICES

TAN W

CHE

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

$90,000

GENOMIC APPROACHES TO NEURONAL DIVERSITY AND PLASTICITY

VALA M T

CHE

NASA

$229,310

LABORATORY STUDIES OF GAS-PHASE POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDRO- CARBON CATIONS AND FRAGMENTS

HARNSBERGER J D; WAYLAND R

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

$95,334

PHONETIC AND PROSODIC EFFECTS INPERCEPTUAL ASSIMILATION

SAPIENZA C M

CSD

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

$7,000

RESPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING IN PATIENTS W/ PARKINSON'S DISEASE

CLARK III I G

ENG

UF FOUNDATION

$13,347

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

SMITH N J

GEOG

UF FOUNDATION

$2,047

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

HODELL D A; PERFIT M R

GEOL

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$187,216

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ORIGIN, TIMING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF MILLENNIAL-SCALE ICE-RAFTED DETRITUS (IRD) EVENTS

MUELLER P A

GEOL

UF FOUNDATION

$10,601

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

BULLIVANT K

GSL

UF FOUNDATION

$5,797

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP

TURNER E R

HIS

UF FOUNDATION

$10,230

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

NELSON M

LIN

UF FOUNDATION

$3,750

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

ALLADI K

MAT

UF FOUNDATION

$8,428

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

TIEP P H

MAT

NATL SECURITY AGENCY

$28,148

RESEARCH IN GROUP THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

AVERY P R

PHY

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIV

$33,022

AN INTER-REGIONAL CENTER FOR HIGH ENERGY PHY RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

AVERY P R

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$424,347

ITR/AP: AN INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL-DATA GRID LABORATORY FOR DATA INTENSIVE SCIENCE

AVERY P R

PHY

S E UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ASSN

$4,691

DEVELOPMENT OF A PROTOTYPE SURA-SCOOP MODELING GRID

HAGEN S J

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$158,318

CAREER: UNDERSTANDING PROTEIN FOLDING DYNAMICS IN THE ULTRA FAST LIMIT

HEBARD A F

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$154,045

MAGNETIC PHENOMENA IN ULTRA-THIN FILMS AND AT THIN-FILM INTERFACES

LEE Y

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NAT HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LAB

$79,332

EFFECT OF STRONG MAGNETIC FIELDS ON DIRTY SUPERFLUID 3HE

STANTON C J

PHY

UF FOUNDATION

$10,601

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

STEWART G R

PHY

US DEPT OF ENERGY

$138,728

NOVEL STRONGLY CORRELATED (PRIMARILY F-) ELECTRON BEHAVIOR

BERG W K

PSY

AM PSYCHOLOGICAL FDTN

$75,000

A LONGITUDINAL AND MICRO GENETIC STUDY OF PROBLEM SOLVING IN GIFTED CHILDREN

DIEHL M K; SEMEGON A M

PSY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIA - NATL INSTITUTE ON AGING

$29,144

SELF-REPRESENTATIONS AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY

DIEHL M K; SEMEGON A M

PSY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIA - NATL INSTITUTE ON AGING

$804

SELF-REPRESENTATIONS AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL MEMORY

HEESACKER M

PSY

UF FOUNDATION

$13,668

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

SPECTOR A C

PSY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIDCD - DEAFNESS AND COMM DISORD

$388,092

FUNCTIONAL ORGANIZATION OF PERIPHERAL GUSTATORY SYSTEM

PERERA A D

QTP

US AIR FORCE

$10,000

FROM CC/MBPT TO AB INITIO DFT: A CELEBRATION OF 30 YEARS OF RESEARCH IN THE BARLETT GROUP

TRICKEY S B

QTP

US ARMY

$15,000

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUEST TO THE 2004 SANIBEL SYMPOSIUM

NICHOLS G C

RLL

UF FOUNDATION

$2,047

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

RADELET M L

SOC

UF FOUNDATION

$5,115

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

CASELLA G

STA

UF FOUNDATION

$5,702

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIP

EMMEL T C

ZOO

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION

$27,000

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

EVANS D H

ZOO

UF FOUNDATION

$7,162

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

HOLT R D

ZOO

UNIV OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER

$33,148

WITHIN-HOST POPULATION DYNAMICS OF RETROVIRUS VACCINE

April 2004 Total: $4,347,983

BERNARD H

ANT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$4,750

REU SUPPLEMENT: MICHELE PERRY

FALSETTI A B

ANT

MULTIPLE SOURCES

$545

FEES FOR SERVICES INCLUDING FORENSIC WORKSHOPS AND CASE ANALYSIS

WARREN M W

ANT

MULTIPLE SPONSORS

$1,708

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

EIKENBERRY S S

AST

ASSN OF UNIV FOR RES IN ASTRON

$1,342,817

DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF THE GEMINI NEAR INFRARED MULTI-OBJECT SPECTROGRAPH (FLAMINGOS 2)

GRAHAM A W

AST

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST

$51,943

MEASUREMENTS OF CORE SIZES IN LUMINOUS EARLY-TYPE GALAXIES

SARAJEDINI A

AST

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

$19,902

THE FORMATION OF THE MILKY WAY AND ITS SATELLITE GALAXIES

SARAJEDINI V L

AST

SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INST

$33,496

AGN IN THE GOODS FIELDS: A STUDY OF SHORT-TERM VARIABILITY, SPECTROSCOPY AND MORPHOLOGY

BOWES G E

BOT

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION

$1,999

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

HARMON A C

BOT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$7,000

ARABIDOPSIS 2010: DEVELOPING PARADIGMS FOR FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS OF PROTEIN KINASE AND PHOSPHOPOTEINS USING THE CDPK

MACK M C

BOT

MELLON FOUNDATION, ANDREW W

$552

THE ROLE OF PLANT TRAITS IN ECOSYSTEM NUTRIENT CYCLING

MACK M C; WATKINS J E

BOT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$11,970

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: COMPARATIVE FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY OF THE GAMETOPHYTES AND SAPROPHYTES OF TROPICAL FERNS

SCHUUR E A

BOT

MELLON FOUNDATION, ANDREW W

$759

THE SENSITIVITY OF TROPICAL FOREST ECOSYSTEM DYNAMICS TO PRECIPITATION

BENNER S A

CHE

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIGMS - GENERAL MEDICAL SCI

$105,050

NON-STANDARD BASE PAIRS AS BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH TOOLS

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY

$14,479

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM (AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO AGREEMENT #57821)

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING COMPANY

$5,012

JOINT RESEARCH INTO CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF PETROLEUM

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$4,024

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$109

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$272

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

MULTIPLE COMPANIES

$493

MILES COMPOUND CONTRACT

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

NIPPON SODA COMPANY LTD

$176,667

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AGREEMENT FOR NISSO FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH AND NISSO INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

KATRITZKY A R

CHE

RENOVIS

$133,897

SYNTHESIS OF COMPOUNDS AND REAGENTS

KLEIMAN V D

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$476,518

CAREER: ULTRAFAST STUDIES OF EXCITON TRANSPORT IN CONJUGATED POLYMERS

MARTIN C R; STEWART J D

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$55,249

NIRT: FOR BIOMEDICAL NANOTUBE TECHNOLOGY

REYNOLDS J R

CHE

SRI INTERNATIONAL

$39,966

SPRAYABLE ELECTROCHROMIC POLYMERS AND EC DEVICES

REYNOLDS J R; TANNER D B

CHE

UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

$62,241

ELECTROCHROMIC ADAPTIVE INFRARED CAMOUFLAGE

RICHARDSON D E

CHE

UF FOUNDATION

$19,154

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

SCHANZE K S

CHE

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$136,766

PHOTOPHY OF METAL-ORGANIC AND ORGANOMETALLIC PI- CONJUGATED OLIGOMERS (SUPPLEMENT)

SHRIVASTAV R

CSD

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIDCD - DEAFNESS AND COMM DISORD

$226,734

MEASURING BREATHINESS WITH AN AUDITORY PROCESSING MODEL

GOLDMAN A C; SOUTHWORTH J

GEOG

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$106,519

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: CONSEQUENCES OF PARKS FOR LAND USE, LIVELIHOOD DIVERSIFICATION, AND BIODIVERSITY IN EAST AFRICA

SMITH N J

GEOG

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION

$310

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS

MARTIN J B

GEOL

DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECT

$6,698

HYDROGEOL OF O'LENO STATE PARK AND NITRATE LOADING FROM THE RIVER RISE: A FIRST MAGNITUDE SPRING

KAAN E

LIN

DUKE UNIVERSITY

$34,600

COGNITIVE AND NEURAL MECHANISMS OF SYNTACTIC REANALYSIS

GOPALAKRISHNAN J

MAT

MEDTRONIC INC

$13,127

FINITE ELEMENT COMPUTER MODELING AND ANALYSIS SERVICES

MARTCHEVA M

MAT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$43,269

EFFECTS OF HOST AGE-STRUCTURE ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND EVOLUTION ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES

BUCHLER J R

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$105,764

STUDY OF THE PULSATIONS OF THE SEMI REGULAR VARIABLE STARS

HILL S O

PHY

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$116,917

CAREER: MAGNETIC RESONANCE - FROM MATERIALS RESEARCH TO SCIENCE EDUCATION

LEE Y

PHY

SLOAN FOUNDATION, ALFRED P

$40,000

2004 ALFRED P. SLOAN RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP

SULLIVAN N S

PHY

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY NAT HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LAB

$280,659

THE NATIONAL HIGH MAGNETIC FIELD LABORATORY

TANNER D B

PHY

UNIV OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

$19,655

ELECTROCHROMIC ADAPTIVE INFRARED CAMOUFLAGE

BRANCH M N

PSY

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NIDA - NATL INST ON DRUG ABUSE

$186,138

BEHAVIORAL DETERMINANTS OF COCAINE TOLERANCE

FISCHLER I S

PSY

US AIR FORCE AFOSR

$196,893

ASSESSING AND IMPROVING TEAM DECISION MAKING

PERZ S G

SOC

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$36,648

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: SOCIO-SPATIAL PROCESSES OF ROAD EXTENSIONS AND FOREST FRAGMENTATION IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON

DANIELS M J

STA

NATL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH NCI - NATL CANCER INSTITUTE

$128,980

BAYESIAN METHODS FOR LONGITUDINAL CANCER DATA

YANG M C

STA

UNIV OF MIAMI

$8,843

DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE DENVER AIRWAY CLEARANCE STUDY

BOLKER B M

ZOO

UNIV OF HAWAII MANOA

$58,024

DEVELOPMENT OF A HIERARCHICAL MODEL TO ESTIMATE SEA TURTLE ROOKERY CONTRIBUTIONS TO MIXED STOCKS IN FORAGING HABITATS

EVANS D H

ZOO

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS UNRESTRICTED DONATION

$560

MISCELLANEOUS DONORS EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

EVANS D H

ZOO

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

$15,000

PARACRINE CONTROL OF FISH GILL FUNCTION

JULIAN D; JOYNER J L

ZOO

US DEPT OF COMMERCE SEA GRANT PROGRAM

$5,000

A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF TWO APPROACHES TO BIOMONITORING: FUNCTIONAL ASSAYS AND STRESS PROTEIN BIOMARKERS IN MERCENARIA

LILLYWHITE H B

ZOO

US DEPT OF THE INTERIOR FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

$10,307

SEAHORSE KEY NESTING BIRD/SNAKE CORRELATION STUDY

This listing of grants is obtained from the Division of Sponsored Research in the Office of Research and Graduate Programs. While every effort to ensure accuracy has been made, mistakes sometimes happen. If you feel there is an error, please contact Greg Miller-House at gregmh@rgp.ufl.edu.

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