Alison P. Galvani, Ph.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, and Frank J. Slack, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, have received 21st Century Science Initiative Awards from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The awards provide up to $450,000 toward “the acquisition of new knowledge and ... the responsible application of knowledge for solving real-world problems.” Galvani’s research merges game theory, psychology, economics, epidemiology and other disciplines to develop optimal strategies for community vaccination against human papillomavirus. Slack will explore the use of microRNAs to diagnose and treat brain cancer.