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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Group Visits: Dr. Aram Petrosyan and ANSEF PS 1839.

December 13, 2010

Members of FAR’s educational program committee recently visited the sites where this year’s grantees from the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) are currently conducting their research. For the past 10 months, these 27 groups have been working on a wide range of projects in the sciences and the humanities. Their work has been featured in more than 65 news articles published in international scientific journals and they have also presented their work at more than 40 conferences and symposiums throughout this year.

This week FAR will be highlighting the work of selected ANSEF groups.

To learn more about FAR’s ANSEF program click here.

By Edward Karapetyan

Dr. Aram Petrosyan is leading the ANSEF PS 1839 group. He has studied crystal chemistry and crystal physics since 1975. Currently, Dr. Petrosyan works at the Institute of Allied Problems of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Armenia. In recent years, he has collaborated with others to study crystals in the salts of amino acids, of which very little is known. The aim of his current ANSEF project is titled “Mixed Salts of Amino Acids as a Mine of New Materials,” through which he and his partners are studying this type of crystalline salt in more detail.

With his partners, Ph.D student Vahram V. Ghazaryan, Dr. Armen Aghajanyan of the NAS Institute of Biotechnology, and assistance from Dr. Michel Fleck from Vienna University, group 1839 has discovered more than 30 new mixed salts of amino acids. Previously only three such salts were known.

Mr. Petrosyan spoke highly of the youngest member of his team. Vahram, he said, is a very modest, hard-working and clever student. “He has improved his work considerably and he’s accomplished quite a bit in a very short period. Witnessing his persistency I can state that he will have a good future,” he said.

Vahram Ghazaryan PHD student &
Dr. Aram Petrosyan in the Laboratory
(from left to right)

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Credit: Edward Karapetyan

When I spoke with Vahram myself, I asked him if he’s experienced some disappointment during this particular work period. “Never,” he replied. “Even if the result is negative or unsatisfying it again provides ground for rethinking the problem and it provokes new thoughts of finding solutions. This is one the primary reasons I find science so interesting.”

So far this year, the group has worked hard. They’ve attended numerous conferences and they have published six articles about their results in the international journals Spectrochimica Acta and Molecular Structure. Three others have been submitted for publication. 

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Group Visits: Dr. Ayvazyan and ANSEF HU 1813.

December 10, 2010

Members of FAR’s educational program committee recently visited the sites where this year’s grantees from the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) are currently conducting their research. For the past 10 months, these 27 groups have been working on a wide range of projects in the sciences and the humanities. Their work has been featured in more than 65 news articles published in international scientific journals and they have also presented their work at more than 40 conferences and symposiums throughout this year.

This week FAR will be highlighting the work of selected ANSEF groups.

To learn more about FAR’s ANSEF program click here.

By Edward Karapetyan

For nearly 45 years Dr. Argam Ayvazyan has honed his expertise and nurtured his passion for Armenology. After winning one of FAR’s 2010 Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) grants, he began work on his book about the history of the Armenian monuments in Nakhijevan, something he believes to be an extremely important part of Armenian history.

“As someone who was born in Nakhijevan, I have always felt great responsibility to summarize all the materials about this fascinating land that I have collected over the years. It’s important that we create a new representation of the rich history of this region’s Armenian monuments and their etchings,” he said. “I feel pain when I see how in recent years the Azerbaijanis have destroyed our monuments, practically eliminating them. My heart aches because of this and I want to alarm the international public about such a terrible thing.”

In 2007 Dr. Ayvazyan conducted a symposium and photography exhibition at Harvard University called “The Armenian Monuments of Nakhijevan,” during which he told me that he received great support from Harvard’s Dr. James Russell, Mashtots professor of Armenian Studies at the Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations.

Dr. Argam Ayvazyan,
Honored Art Worker of Armenia

P.I.Argam Ayvazyan  HH. Mshakuyti  vastakavor gorcich 1

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

Using some of the material from that exhibit, along with the rest of his life’s work, Dr. Ayvazyan completed The Lithographic Inheritance of Nakhijevan, published just days ago. Without support from ANSEF, his book would have been postponed indefinitely.

Dr. Ayvazyan presented FAR with the first sample when we talked. A dedication to ANSEF is printed in the beginning pages. 

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Scientists Receive Awards, Show Work at National Conference.

December 9, 2010

By Edward Karapetyan

Four of FAR’s Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) grantees recently presented some of their research projects at the Venture Conference of Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Promotion (STEP) conference, which was held December 2 at Yerevan’s Ani Plaza Hotel. The Armenian government’s Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) and Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) initiate the conference each year.

EIF Director Bagrat Yengibaryan and Meggie Sobotka, associate program manager with CRDF Global, opened the event with remarks about the 13 project finalists, whose work related to myriad scientific topics, from biology to medical imaging.

ANSEF Scientists (from left to right)
Armen Kuzanyan, Narine Vardanyan,
Grigor Gyulkhandanyan & Armen Agajanyan

Armen Kuzanyan, Narine Vardanyan, Grigor Gyulkhandanyan and Armen Agajanyan

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

Four of the thirteen projects belonged to Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) grantees Dr. Grigor Gyulkhandaryan, Dr. Armen Aghajanyan, Armen Kuzanyan and Dr. Narine Vardanyan.

Five grants of up to 15,000 USD were awarded to five research groups out of the 13. Two of the five grants went Armen Kuzanyan and Grigor Gyulkhandaryan. 

Venture Conference of Science &
Technology Entrepreneurship Promotion

Venture Conferans -Yerevan 2 desamber 2010

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Group Visits: ANSEF NS – Biotech 2077.

December 6, 2010

Members of FAR’s educational program committee recently visited the sites where this year’s grantees from the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) are currently conducting their research. For the past 10 months, these 27 groups have been working on a wide range of projects in the sciences and the humanities. Their work has been featured in more than 65 news articles published in international scientific journals and they have also presented their work at more than 40 conferences and symposiums throughout this year.

This week FAR will be highlighting the work of selected ANSEF groups.

To learn more about FAR’s ANSEF program click here.


By Edward Karapetyan

Anichka Hovsepyan is the supervisor of the six members of ANSEF NS-biotech 2077 who have united to study and investigate the water-soluble bacteria melanin. When our team paid a visit to the lab where biotech 2077 is conducting their research, we witnessed a devoted and enthusiastic group.

The group is working mainly in Yerevan’s Scientific Research Institute of Biotechnology, where they have found a melanin synthesizing strain-producer, which is water-soluable and more valuable than those produced by other methods. As a result of the experiments the group did on the animals and plants, they found that this type of melanin stimulates growth in more than 50 species of plants. Experiments also show that the bacterial melanin aids the central nervous system’s post-traumatic period recovery processes.

“This is good example of collaboration,” explained group leader Armen Aghajanyan. “Without ANSEF support we could never have implemented this project.”

P.I. Anichka Hovseoyan PHD &
Olya Gevorgyan  (from left to right)

Anichka Hovseoyan PHD

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

Tigran Petrosyan PHD, Anichka Hovseoyan PHD,
Olya Gevprgyan , Dr.Armen Agajanyan,
Sona Avetisyan PHD Student,
Gayane Hovhannesyan (from right to left)

Tigran Petrosyan PHD,P.I.Anichka Hovseoyan  PHD,Olya Gevprgyan Fiziolog, Dr.Armen Agajanyan,Sona Avetisyan PHD student,Gayane Hovhannesyan gitashxatox 2

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF’s Team Work.

December 3, 2010

By Edward Karapetyan

Members of FAR’s educational program committee recently visited the sites where this year’s grantees from the Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) are currently conducting their research. For the past 10 months, these 27 groups have been working on a wide range of projects in the sciences and the humanities. Their work has been featured in more than 65 news articles published in international scientific journals and they have also presented their work at more than 40 conferences and symposiums throughout this year.

This week FAR will be highlighting the work of selected ANSEF groups.

To learn more about FAR’s ANSEF program click here.


Dr. Sarkisyan and ANSEF PS 1868

Dr. Davit Sarkisyan is spearheading the work on ANSEF Grant PS-1868. He and his group of five scientists are studying atomic transition behavior. Using this research, they are working on developing a nano cell that could be used for a number of scientific and technological applications, including the development of a revolutionized gas pressure gauge.

Dr. Sarkisyan is an experienced physicist who has received the ANSEF grant several times. As someone who has always stressed the importance of providing opportunity to young scientists, joining him this year are Armen Sargsyan, Hrant Hakhumyan, Rafael Mirzoyan and Andranik Baghdasaryan. Twenty-six-year-old Armen recently completed his Ph.D, and Hrant, 23, and Rafael, 22, are both in the process of earning their doctorate degrees. Andranik, 21, is working on a master’s degree at the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University.

Edward Karapetyan Visits the ANSEF Team
P.I. David Sargsyan, Apetnak Sarkisyan,
Baghdasaryan Andranik & Armen Sargsyan 
(from left to right)

ANSEF_Team 

Credit: Edward Karapetyan

This year, six articles about the group’s work have been published in journals like Optics Express and Optics and Spectroscopy

Dr. Sarkisyan recently expressed his thoughts about the program. “ANSEF is a wonderful way to foster and support research and development,” he said. “This is a unique opportunity for young scientists to implement their first serious scientific experiments and it provides a springboard for expansion. And for us, we are also really learning to work well together as a team.”

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[ANSEF]: A Glimpse.

November 18, 2010

For 10 years, FAR’s Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) has enabled scientists, engineers and artists to pursue cutting edge research, propelling their nation forward on the path of innovation. More than $1.5 million in grants has fueled more than 230 independent projects thus far, enabling many of Armenia’s scientists to continue their work within their own nation.

Here’s just a glimpse of ANSEF’s work over the past decade. 

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Credit: FAR Staff

ANSEF Winners in 2009

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Credit: FAR Staff

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[ANSEF]: ANSEF Chair Meets with Grantees in Yerevan.

September 24, 2010

Yervant Terzian, chairman of FAR’s Armenian National Science and Education Fund recently met with FAR staff and several current ANSEF scholars at FAR’s Yerevan office. They discussed ANSEF’s web portal, current projects, scientific development in Armenia, fundraising challenges and sustainability. The meeting was a good opportunity for ANSEF grantees and Dr. Terzian, a renowned Cornell University astrophysicist, to get acquainted with one another.

This year, ANSEF received 217 applications, primarily from those who wish to pursue work in the physical sciences. About 25 of those applicants will ultimately be selected.

Scientific research in Armenia is typically under funded and as a result many researchers must look outside their nation’s borders to find means of support for their work. ANSEF combats this drain by providing yearlong $5,000 research grants to a select number of Armenia’s top scientists whose findings contribute to innovation.

Yervant Terzian (third from right)
visits FAR’s Yerevan Office

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Credit: FAR Staff