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Eleven Loyola University Chicago Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Grants

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Eleven Loyola University Chicago Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Grants
Awards to Loyola’s College of Arts and Science faculty provide over $3.9 million dollars for research in fields ranging from psychology and computer science to particle physics

CHICAGO, September 24, 2020 – Eleven faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences at Loyola University Chicago have been named recipients of National Science Foundation grants.

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The NSF accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

The NSF grants were awarded to professors in disciplines ranging from biology to psychology, and chemistry to computer Science and together comprise more than $3.9 million in research funding. Additionally, three of the Loyola faculty members received the prestigious CAREER Award, which is spread out over five years.

“The latest round of National Science Foundation grants spotlight the research expertise of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in the physical, biological, and social sciences,” said Peter Schraeder, Dean of CAS. “These projects advance our knowledge, support direct and indirect research costs, and provide opportunities for students to become involved in basic research. They are examples of what we can achieve as we work in the College and across Loyola to  deepen research capability among diverse disciplines.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

Brian Cannon, Associate Professor, Department of Physics: “CAREER: I. The local and global effects on genomic architecture by defects induced in repetitive DNA domains and II. Development of integrative curriculum in physics” Read More

Thomas Sanger, Professor, Department of Biology: “CAREER: The Developmental Regulation of Amniote Skull Diversity” Read More

Dan Cavanaugh, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology: “CAREER: Circadian Control and Integration of Feeding and Metabolic Rhythms in Drosophila” Read More

Graham Moran, Professor Carl Moore Endowed Research Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: “Collaborative Research: The Chemistry of Riboflavin Biosynthesis” Read More

Dali Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: “Developing Switchable Electrophiles As Specific Covalent Protein Modifiers” Read More

Brian Seguin, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics: “Conference: Society for Natural Philosophy Meeting: Microstructure, Defects, and Growth in Mechanics; Chicago, Illinois; September 13-15, 2019” Read More

Eric Chan-Tin, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science: “SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Personalized Cybersecurity Education and Training” Read More

Catherine Haden, Professor, Department of Psychology: “Collaborative Research: Making Space for Story-Based Tinkering to Scaffold Early Informal Engineering Learning” Read More

Yoel Stuart, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology: “EAGER: Effects of radiation on life history in ?resurrected? Daphnia lineages exposed to fallout from 1950s atmospheric nuclear testing” Read More

Rasha Abbasi, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics: “Downward Gamma Ray Showers from Natural Lightning” Read More

Dr. Walter Tangarife, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics: “Intersections Between Dark Matter and Neutrinos.”


About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Stritch School of Medicine. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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Loyola University Chicago Researchers Help Develop Data Tools for Justice Reform
Performance Indicators will guide strategies, operations, and change in the justice system

CHICAGO, October 1, 2020—A ground-breaking collaboration between social scientists and prosecutors has developed a new Prosecutorial Performance Indicators (PPIs) tool that enables prosecutors’ offices to measure priorities and outcomes to advance effectiveness, fairness, efficiency, transparency, and public safety. The PPIs, a set of implementation guides, and a website with sample data from five prosecutor’s offices will be introduced this week.

The system was developed by researchers from Loyola University Chicago and Florida International University, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety & Justice Challenge.

The PPIs are 55 new measures of prosecutorial performance and success toward three goals: capacity and efficiency, community safety and well-being, and fairness and justice. These offer a complete toolbox to track office-wide progress over time as prosecutors advance reforms and best practices in the justice system. PPIs will help offices chart such indices as timely dispositions, racial and ethnic disparities, recidivism rates, and diversion outcomes. The measures are comprehensive, impact-oriented, and now available to any prosecutorial office across the nation.

Over the past three years, researchers from Loyola’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy, and Practice partnered with prosecutors in four offices - Milwaukee County, WI; Cook County, IL; Tampa, FL; Jacksonville, FL – to explore the benefits of robust data collection and to help develop the PPIs.

The PPIs are “an effective way to understand the impact of prosecutorial decisions and practices on individuals, communities, and the general public,” said Don Stemen, associate professor of criminal justice and criminology in Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences and principal investigator on the project. “As more prosecutors promote a new vision of justice for the future, having comprehensive measures of performance are critical.”

The Loyola team – with Stemen, David Olsen, and Elizabeth Webster, all from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology– have collaborated for the past two years with the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s offices. They gathered and analyzed data and conducted in-depth interviews with elected officials, staff attorneys, and prosecutors to help develop the metrics that focus on important indices of equity, fairness, efficiency, and effectiveness. 

In addition to its utility in the justice system, the PPIs are an innovation growing out of a groundbreaking partnership between prosecutors and researchers aimed at promoting more effective, just, and transparent decision making in prosecution. It is an effort to work with prosecutors to be smart on crime, think about new ways to maximize public safety, enhance fairness, create a new system of accountability to the public, and address policy and practice to address inequities in the justice system. In the process, the project has a goal to advance both social science and prosecutorial practice. The project also aims to update the social science research on prosecution and sentencing using current quantitative and qualitative data from partner prosecutors’ offices.

“There are more than 2,300 local prosecutors’ offices in the United States, but very few have the internal capacity to do this kind of performance modeling,” said Stemen. “By building sustainable data collection, performance measurement, and communication practices for these jurisdictions, this project provides a set of blueprints that offices across the country can use to make their own internal improvements.”

Over the next two years, the project will begin working with prosecutors in Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA to implement the PPIs in additional sites. For more on the PPIs, visit prosecutorialperformanceindicators.org.