Pitzer College Professor Receives Two National Science Foundation Grants Totaling $443,401

Claremont, Calif. (October 29, 2010) — Pitzer College Professor David Moore received two National Science Foundation grants totaling $443,401 for his study in infant development. Moore is the director of the Pitzer College Claremont Infant Study Center and teaches psychology at the College.

Moore, along with colleagues from Scripps College and Claremont McKenna College, received a Major Research Instrumentation grant for $411,008 to purchase a high-resolution electroencephalography and / event related potential (EEG/ERP) instruments to investigate the spatial and temporal dimensions of brain activity associated with human cognition in infants, young adults and older adults in typical and atypical population.

He was also awarded $32,393 to develop a workshop that will bring together an international group of evolutionary-developmental biologists, developmental psychobiologists, philosophers of science and traditional child developmentalists to explore how the concept of homology might aid in understanding psychological and behavioral development.

The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year 2010, its budget is about $6.9 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives over 45,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes over 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards over $400 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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