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2014 ASPIRE Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competitions.

USC Faculty researchers submitted a total of 212 proposals to the ASPIRE programs this year. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research. Of the 212 proposals received across all three major ASPIRE tracks, a total of 81 were funded, for a total dollar amount of $2,412,551, which represents a 38.2% funding rate.

Prakash Nagarkatti, the Vice President for Research, notes, "ASPIRE awards have a significant impact on research and scholarly activities of our faculty across all disciplines. They are aimed to encourage interdisciplinary and creative collaborations with the goal towards enhancing scholarly publications and research funding."

 

2014 ASPIRE-I: Innovation recipients

Sub-track I, junior faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Nathaniel Bell Geographic Disparities in Access to Post-acute Health Care Services After Injury Nursing College of Nursing
Ryan Carlson Assessing Relationship Violence Across a Continuum: A Scale Development Project Department of Educational Studies College of Education
Saurabh Chatterjee Epigenetic Signaling of the Transient Receptor Potential Channel (TRPV4) in Environment-linked Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Environmental Health Sciences Arnold School of Public Health
Hexin Chen HER2 Increases the Cancer Stem Cell Population Through Regulation of microRNAs Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Scott Decker A Novel Approach to Improving Identification of Children with Math Learning Disabilities Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
April DeLaurier Understanding the Role of Histone deacetylase-4 (Hdac4) in Zebrafish Craniofacial Development USC Aiken USC Aiken 
Jan Eberth  Deficiencies and Determinants of Patient Knowledge about Adjuvant Breast Radiation Therapy  Epidemiology & Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Raja Fayad Exercise and Adiponectin: Role in Chronic Inflammation-induced Colon Cancer Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health
Kirk Foster Using Social Media to Assess Social Capital, Neighborhood Attachment and Collective Action: Citizens in Their Own Voices College of Social Work College of Social Work
Gregorio Gomez Allergic Desensitization by Alterations in Adenosine Receptor Expression Following Suboptimal Stimulation of Immunoglobulin E Receptor Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine
Jessica J. Green Individual Differences in Reading and Attention Skills Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Charles Hancock Developing a Phaseolus acutifolius Mutagenesis Resource for Discovery of Drought-related Genes USC Aiken USC Aiken
Aidyn Iachini Repeating Ninth Grade: Understanding Students' Academic Risk Trajectories & Exploring Early Intervention Program Effectiveness College of Social Work College of Social Work
Rhonda Johnson  Frequency and Attributions of Discrimination Experiences among Lower- and Middle-income African Americans Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Kaczynski Evaluation of an Inter-agency Collaboration to Promote Park Visitation and Physical Activity Among Youth in Greenville County, SC Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Michele Kelly Dissecting the Molecular and Anatomical Pathways of Recent Versus Remote Long-term Memory Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience School of Medicine
Nicole Kivita Social and Organizational Mechanisms for Promoting Youth Physical Activity Among Youth with Developmental Disabilities Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Chen Li Ultrafast and Sensitive Gas Nanosensors Based on Graphene Nanoribbons Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Jingjing Liu STARS: Supporting Task Accomplishment Retrieval Systems School of Library & Information Sciences College of Mass Communications & Information Studies
Fabio Matta Feasibility of Engineering Earth Masonry for Sustainable Seismic-Resistant Dwelling Structures Civil & Environmental Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Elizabeth Murphy Sex-specific Differences in Obesity-enhanced Colon Cancer Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine
Kasia Pawelek Connecting Within- and Between-hosts Dynamics in the Influenza Infection-staged Epidemiological Models with Behavior Change and Antiviral Therapy  USC Beaufort USC Beaufort
Samuel Pierce From the Church to the Street: The CEDA and Catholic Mobilization in the Spanish Republic, 1931-1936  USC Aiken USC Aiken 
Zaina Qureshi Determining Patterns of Opioid Misuse and Misprescribing in South Carolina Health Services Policy and Management Arnold School of Public Health
Cory Robinson The Involvement of Myeloid-derived Suppressor Cells and Epigenetic Regulation of Interleukin-27 Production in Infant Immunity Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine
Ramzi Salloum Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Among College Students: Understanding Attitudes and Intentions Using a Discrete Choice Experiment Health Services Policy and Management Arnold School of Public Health
Natalia Shustova Control of Active Layer Morphology in Organic Photovoltaics Chemistry & Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy Refining and Pilot Testing Social Networks for Encouraging Healthy Behaviors: The Social Pounds Off Digitally (Social POD) Study Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Paula Vasquez Mathematical Modeling of Plant Responses to Multiple Stress Signals Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences
Hui Wang Optically Tunable and Catalytically Active Porous Gold Nanoparticles Chemistry & Biochemistry  College of Arts and Sciences
Ginny Webb Characterizing the Effect Antiphagocytic Protein 1 has on Cryptococcus neoformans Infection USC Upstate USC Upstate
Yanwen Wu Surface Plasmon-Mediated Coherent Coupling of Spatially Separated Semiconductor Quantum Systems Physics & Astronomy College of Arts and Sciences
Peisheng Xu Self-boosting Nanoparticle for Targeted Breast Cancer Therapy Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences SC College of Pharmacy
Bin Zhang Hierarchical Real-time Fault Contingency Management with Applications to Aircraft Systems Electrical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing

 

Sub-track II, research faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Guoqing Qian Novel PBI Nanocomposite Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Purification Chemistry & Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Edith Williams Development of a South Carolina Lupus Registry Epidemiology & Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Xiaoming Yang Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression by THC in Immune Cells Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine

 

Sub-track III, bridge funding

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Sue Heiney Patient Centered Treatment Adherence to Hormonal Therapy Nursing College of Nursing
Joe Johnson A Self-Correcting Algorithm and Metrics for Grading Both Short and Complex Responses Using an Internet-based Student Response System for Standard and Distributed Learning Physics & Astronomy College of Arts and Sciences
Xiao-Dong Zhou Solid State Hybrid Electrolyte for Next Generation Lithium Battery Technology Chemical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing

 

Sub-track IV, senior faculty exploration

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Amit Almor The Role of Spatial Representations in Establishing, Maintaining and Tracking Linguistic Reference Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Kenn Apel The Acquisition of Affix Awareness in First through Third Grade Students Communication Sciences & Disorders Arnold School of Public Health
Bo Cai Efficient Model Selection in High-Dimensional Data Analysis Epidemiology & Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Catherine Castner Edition of Latin text of Biondo Flavio's On the Origin and Deeds of the Venetians Languages, Literatures, and Cultures College of Arts and Sciences
Daniela Di Cecco The Personal is Political: Women's Experience in the Writings of Madeleine Bourdouxhe (1906-1996) Languages, Literatures, and Cultures College of Arts and Sciences
Don Doyle Vive Lincoln! The World Responds to the Death of Abraham Lincoln History College of Arts and Sciences
Lara Ducate A Longitudinal Study of Teacher Candidates' Affect, Competencies and Appropriations of Teaching Languages with Technology Languages, Literatures, and Cultures College of Arts and Sciences
Jeffry Dudycha Mutation-Selection Balance in the Evolution of Opsin Expression Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Janet Fisher Regulation of Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors by Auxiliary Subunits Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience School of Medicine
Chin-Tser Huang Secure Smart Caching for Mobile Cloud Computing Computer Science & Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Kevin Huang Proof-of-concept Demonstration of a Novel Capture and Conversion All-in-one CO2 Reactor Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Goutam Koley Synthesis and Characterization of MoS2 and MoS2/Graphene Heterojunction Electrical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Clifford Leaman Compact Disc Recording of Saxophone and Percussion Music School of Music School of Music
Angela Liese Provider Access, Glycemic Control and Metabolic Health in Youth with Diabetes: Does it Matter Where You Live? Epidemiology & Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Krishna Mandal Silicon Carbide-based X-ray Detectors for High Resolution Digital Mammography Electrical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Lydia Matesic Establishing a Novel Mouse Model to Dissect the Autoimmune to Lymphoproliferation to Lymphoma Sequence Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Myers Norris Crossman: A Yankee Soldier in the South Carolina Upcountry USC Upstate USC Upstate
Georgi Petkov Human TRPM4 Channel and Overactive Bladder Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences SC College of Pharmacy
Alyssa Robillard Developing a Story-telling HIV Prevention Intervention for African American Women Using A Community-Based Approach Health Promotion, Education & Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
David Rocheleau 3D Printing of Tracheobronchial Stents Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Patrick Scott The Collected Writings of Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816): An Open-Access Edition English College of Arts and Sciences
Vicki Vance Validation of Mammalian Tumor Suppressor MicroRNAs Produced in Bioengineered Plants Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Wyatt Mitochondrial Gene Editing to Study Mitochondrial Diseases Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences SC College of Pharmacy

 

ASPIRE-II: Integration recipients

Title Investigative Team
Structural Genomics of Agricultural Pest Tetranychus urticae Principal Investigator:
Maksymilian Chruszcz, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Collaborators:
  • John Dawson, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregorio Gomez, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Lukasz Lebioda, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Anthony Matthews, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
Prenatal Nicotine Exposure and the Orexin System: Long-term Vulnerability to Stimulant Drugs Principal Investigator:
Steven Harrod, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Jim Fadel, Dept. of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience, School of Medicine
  • Jun Zhu, Dept. of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, SC College of Pharmacy
Cancer Initiating Cell Mechanotransduction in a Model Hydrogel Culture System Principal Investigator:
Esmail Jabbari, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing

Collaborators:
  • Mythreye Karthikeyan, Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael Shtutman, Dept. of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences, SC College of Pharmacy
Identifying Patient-specific Risk Factors for Large Vessel Ischemic Stroke Using a Multidisciplinary Approach Principal Investigator:
Susan Lessner, Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine

Collaborators:
  • Daping Fan, Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine
  • Tarek Shazly, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Michael Sutton, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • William Fry, Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Christopher Carsten, Greenville Hospital System and School of Medicine-Greenville
A Multi-Disciplinary Data Sharing Center Prototype Using A New Numeric-Metadata (NM) Standard for Big Data Principal Investigator:
Joseph Johnson, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Bill Hogue, Vice President of Information Technology, University Technology Services
  • Robert Mullen, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Paul Huray, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Don Jordan, Mathematics & Center for Science Education, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Camelia Knapp, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tammi Richardson, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dwayne Porter, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Phil Moore, Office of Information Technology
Risk of Food Allergy Following Antibiotic Exposure in Young Children Principal Investigator:
Bryan Love, Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, SC College of Pharmacy

Collaborators:
  • Joshua Mann, Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine
  • James Hardin, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health
  • David Amrol, Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Christina Cox, Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, School of Medicine
  • Kevin Lu, Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences, School of Medicine
Genomic Analysis of Smooth Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora, for Enhancing Carbon Sequestration, Biomass Production, and Agronomic Applications Principal Investigator:James Morris, Baruch Institute, College of Arts & SciencesCollaborators:
  • Erin Connolly, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Camelia Knapp, Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Jochen Lauterbach, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
From Genome to Novel Materials: Developing the Beta Keratin Monomer as a Nanofiber for Fabrication of New Products with New Properties Principal Investigator:
Roger Sawyer, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Matthew Greenwold, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Bert Ely, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Mihaly Czako, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Lazslo Mart¤în, Dept. of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Esmaiel Jabbari, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Qi Wang, Dept. of Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences
Uncertainty Quantification Driven Multi-scale Model Development for Aflatoxin Prediction Principal Investigator:
Gabriel Terejanu, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing

Collaborators:
  • Sourav Banerjee, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing
  • Anindya Chanda, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health
Single Cell Analysis Technology Based on Nano/Microfluidics and Far Field Nanoscopy for Cancer Research Principal Investigator:
Guiren Wang, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing

Collaborators:
  • Kim Creek, Dept. of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, SC College of Pharmacy
  • Lucia Pirisi-Creek, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Daping Fan, Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine
Women's Well-Being Initiative's Arts-Based Community Interventions for At-risk Youth Principal Investigator:
Lynn Weber, Dept. of Women's Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Dana DeHart, College of Social Work
  • DeAnne Messias, College of Nursing
  • Olga Ivashkevich, Dept. of Art, College of Arts & Sciences
Promoting Engaged Parents in Special Education (Project PEPSE) Principal Investigator:
Mitchell Yell, Dept. of Educational Studies, College of Education

Collaborators:
  • Mark Weist, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Robert Hock, College of Social Work
  • Scott Decker, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Ryan Carlson, Dept. of Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Christine Christle, Dept. of Educational Studies, College of Education

 


ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure recipients

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Maksymilian Chruszcz Access to the 3rd Generation Synchrotron X-ray Source Through SER-CAT at the Advanced Photon Source Chemistry & Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Heather Heckman Hi-Resolution, 35mm Film Scanner to Support Research University Libraries University Libraries
Jason O'Kane A Platform for Basic and Applied Research in Personal Robotics Computer Science & Engineering College of Engineering & Computing
Natalia Shustova Acquisition of Steady State Fluorimeter Equipped with an Integrating Sphere Chemistry & Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Laura Swain The Advancement of Neuroscience Research Involving Interdisciplinary Collaborations to Investigate Cognition and Brain Function Using Electroencephalogram (EEG) at University of South Carolina Aiken USC Aiken USC Aiken
Hans-Conrad zur Loye Purchase of a Bruker D8 Quest Single Crystal Diffractometer for the Multi-User Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction Facility Chemistry & Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences