Professor Cafiero Receives NSF Grant
Publication Date: 9/5/2012
Dr. Mauricio Cafiero, as a part of the MERCURY consortium, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the amount of $200,000. This grant will go towards the purchase of a new computing cluster at Rhodes or parallel computational chemistry calculations.
Professor Cafiero, who is the James H. Daughdrill Professor in the Natural Sciences, has been a part of the MERCURY consortium since 2007, and this is the second NSF grant the group has received in that time. The consortium is made up of computational and theoretical chemists from several undergraduate and liberal arts colleges, including Bucknell University, Hamilton College, Mt. Holyoke College, University of Richmond, Westminster College, Wheaton College and Roanoke College. Each year, the group holds a conference for undergraduate computational chemistry research that draws students from across the U.S. and Canada. Speakers at this conference have included a Nobel Prize winner and top researchers from academia and industry.
Using the computational resources from the previous NSF MERCURY grant, Professor Cafiero has been able to work with 17 students on projects ranging from modeling of cholesterol drugs to modeling of potential new cancer therapies. These students have presented their work 61 times at regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Cafiero’s research group has published three peer-reviewed manuscripts based on work done with the NSF resources. These research students, who have included Chemistry and Biology majors, have gone on to graduate school in chemistry, medical school and dental school.