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Office of the Vice President for Research announces 2015 ASPIRE grant recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competitions. ASPIRE grants were initiated in 2012 to fund promising research and shared research infrastructure to help strengthen the University of South Carolina’s competitiveness for external grants and bolster scholarship throughout the USC System.

USC Faculty researchers submitted a total of 174 proposals to the ASPIRE programs this year. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research. Of the 174 proposals received across all three major ASPIRE tracks, a total of 72 were funded, for a total dollar amount of $1,812,303, which represents a 41 percent 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.”

The 2015 ASPIRE recipients are listed below, by funding track. It is the Office of Research’s pleasure to recognize this distinguished group. Complete details about the ASPIRE program, including criteria for each funding track and sub-track, are available on the program’s home page.

2015 ASPIRE-I: Innovation recipients

Sub-track I, junior faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Christina Andrews Assessing the Impact of State Medicaid Policy on Access to Buprenorphine among Adolescents with Opioid Use Disorders in the United States Social Work College of Social Work
Sourav Banerjee Is it Possible to Quantify the Growth of Entropy due to Material Damage? Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Jenay Beer A Robot Teaching Assistant for Rural Minority South Carolina Students Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Nansi Boghossian

Impact of a lifestyle intervention among overweight/obese pregnant women on cardiometabolic biomarkers

Epidemiology & Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Jeanne Britton Mapping Scotland: Cartography, Literature, and Environment in the Industrial Age University Libraries University Libraries
Anindya Chanda Purification and Characterization of aflatoxin synthesis inhibitors from Penicillium virginium Environmental Health Sciences Arnold School of Public Health
Robin Estrada Experiences of rural southeastern Latino parents of children with asthma Nursing College of Nursing
Daniel Fogerty Maximizing speech understanding in noise: Temporal processing of partial auditory information Communication Science and Disorders Arnold School of Public Health
Norma Frizzell Understanding the Mechanism of Action of Dimethylfumarate: Identification of Succinated Target Proteins Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience School of Medicine 
Michael Gavin R Package for Humanities Text Analysis English College of Arts and Sciences
Marco Geraci MIBO – Multiple Imputation for Bounded Variables Using Flexible Transformation Models Epidemiology and Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health 
April Hiscox Characterization of forest fire smoke plume dynamics with an eye-safe scanning lidar Geography College of Arts and Sciences 
Cassandra Jones Searching for the Lost Novel: The Parable of the Trickster USC Upstate USC Upstate
Andrew Kaczynski ParkIndex: Development of a Prototype Tool for Advancing Parks and Public Health Research and Practice Prevention Research Center Arnold School of Public Health 
Courtney Lewis The Business of Being Cherokee Anthropology  College of Arts and Sciences 
Eric Montie Using Long Term Acoustic Recorders to Understand Daily and Seasonal Patterns of Spawning in Sciaenids: Baseline Information Necessary to Understand the Impacts of Climate Change USC Beaufort - Academic Affairs USC Beaufort
Kelly Lynn Mulvey Challenging Exclusion: An Experimental Assessment of Children's Resistance to Social Exclusion Based on Language Education Studies College of Education
Otis Owens Evaluation of an Avatar-Led Decision Aid to Promote Informed Decision Making for Prostate Cancer Screening Among African-American Males in Faith-Based Communities Social Work College of Social Work 
Dmitry Peryshkov The Role of Boron-Metal Bonds in Cooperative Activation of Small Molecules Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences 
Sarah Rothenberg The Contribution of Gut Microbiota to Prenatal Methylmercury Exposure Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities Arnold School of Public Health 
Minsub Shim Development of a novel, versatile mouse model of sporadic colorectal cancer Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Jill Stewart Deficits in planning reach distance after stroke: motor capacity or learned non-use Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health 
Joshua Tarbutton 3D Printing-assisted Piezoelectric Device Manufacturing Technology for Lead-free Sensors, Actuators and Energy Harvesters Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing 
Jill Turner (Ortinski) Behavioral and Genomic Effects of Selective Hippocampal CREB Deletion During Nicotine Withdrawal Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences SC College of Pharmacy 
Zhu Wang Reduced Order Modeling of Complex Fluid Flows Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute College of Arts and Sciences
Colin Wilder Libri Legales (Books of Law): A Meta-Archive Connecting Law across Time and Space University Libraries University Libraries 
Sheryl Wiskur Exploring the Reactivity of Novel Silicon Lewis Acids Chemistry and Biochemistry  College of Arts and Sciences 

Sub-track IIA, research faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Salai Ammal Multiscale modeling of non-noble metal catalysts for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass model molecules Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing 
Xiao Androulakis A Prospective fMRI Study on Resting-State Brain Activity in Healthy subjects and in Chronic Migraine patients Undergoing Long Term Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blockade Neurology School of Medicine 
Andrew Binks Development of an Animal Model of Dyspnea School of Medicine Greenville  School of Medicine Greenville 
Melanie Gall Feasibility of Automated Hurricane Damage Detection using Object-Based Image Analysis Geography College of Arts and Sciences 

 

Sub-track IIB, postdoctoral scholar development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Alexander Chumanevich Quinacrine: Repurposing for anti-colitis properties Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences SC College of Pharmacy
Jennifer Flynn The development of a home-based intervention to promote outdoor time and physical activity among elementary school-age children Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health 
Kelly Gibson Ba/Ca in Planktonic Foraminifera as a Recorder of Freshwater Input to the Ocean: Proxy Refinement in the Gulf of Papua, Papua New Guinea Earth and Ocean Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Laura Hahn

Specification of the Infant Phenotype in Down
Syndrome

Psychology College of Arts and Sciences 
Alison Hendricks Influence of variable input on typical and disordered language acquisition Communication Sciences and Disorders Arnold School of Public Health 
Seung Joon Lee Shaping Subcellular Transcriptome through Alternative Splicing Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Hongyu Li Tracing the Fate of Permafrost Soil Carbon from River to the Coastal Arctic Ocean Earth and Ocean Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Courtney Monroe Using Technology to Enhance Social Support for Weight Loss  Exercise Science  Arnold School of Public Health 
Kathleen O'Connell The Development of a Novel Diagnostic for Breast Cancer Based on a Synthetic Lectin Array Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences 
Allison Randel Increasing Physical Activity for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health 
Nirav Shah Identification of miRNA-489 novel targets in HER2 positive breast cancer Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Amanda Sharko Orexin-A as a modulator of individual differences in PTSD-like behavior Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience School of Medicine 
Tarkeshwar Singh The Interaction of Visual Attention and Handedness in Action Selection and Action Specification Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health 
Cun Wen Fundamental Studies into the Role of Surface Crystallographic Faceting on CO2 Methanation on Cobalt Catalysts Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing 

 

Sub-track III, bridge funding

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Richard Adams

Ethane to Ethanol: New Bimetallic Catalysts Containing Gold for the
Selective Oxidation of Hydrocarbons

Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences

 

Sub-track IV, senior faculty exploration

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Wayne Carver Role of myocyte-derived exosomes in regulation of myocardial fibrosis Cell Biology and Anatomy School of Medicine 
Joanna Casey Specialized Traders in Tigray, Ethiopia  Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences 
Stephen Criswell South Carolina Native American Folklife and Oral History Project: Expansion and Implementation USC Lancaster USC Lancaster 
Andrew Dyer Adaptive trans-generational plasticity in Cyperus esculentus USC Aiken USC Aiken 
Hunter Gardner Transmitting Roman plague in the West  Languages, Literatures and Cultures  College of Arts and Sciences 
Andrew Graciano Art and Electricity: Identifying an Artist and Sitter in an Eighteenth-Century (Dutch) Portrait Art College of Arts and Sciences 
Xianzheng Huang Consistent Model Diagnostics and Improved Wrong-Model Inference in GLM(M) Using Error-Prone Data Statistics College of Arts and Sciences 
David Reisman The mechanism of action of a novel p53-related long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) in myeloid cell differentiation Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences 
Linda Shimizu Development of Templates for Enantioselective Photooxidations Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences 
David Tedeschi Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay  Physics and Astronomy  College of Arts and Sciences 
Shane Thye Status and the Development of Relational Cohesion Sociology College of Arts and Sciences 
Katrina Walsemann Making visible that which is hidden: Examining the health status of undocumented immigrants Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health 
Cuizhen Wang Remote Sensing of agricultural water budget with bioenergy land use in the Mississippi River Basin Geography College of Arts and Sciences 
Xingjian Xue Novel Concept towards Fabricating Nanostructured Cathodes for Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing


ASPIRE-II: Integration recipients

Title Investigative Team
Handheld Art: Arader Collection, McKissick Museum, Florence County Museum of Art, The Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art, & South Carolina State Museum Principal Investigator:
Karen Heid, Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Lana Burgess, McKissick Museum
  • Christine Lotter, Instruction and Teacher Education
  • Elizabeth Suddeth, University Libraries
Establishing Screening Strategies for Prostate Cancer Patients Principal Investigator:
Zaina Qureshi, Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health

Collaborators:
  • Lianming Wang, Statistics

  • James Hebert, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Saundra Glover, Health Services Policy and Management

  • Mahmud Khan, Health Services Policy and Management

  • Bo Cai, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Charles Bennett, Pharmacy

  • Robert Palmer, Internal Medicine

The Center for Biomaterials and Cardiovascular Repair

Principal Investigator:
Francis Spinale, Cell Biology and Anatomy, School of Medicine

Collaborators:
  • John Eberth, Cell Biology and Anatomy

  • Andrew Greytak, Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Tarek Shazly, Mechanical Engineering

  • Mark Uline, Chemical Engineering
QuitConnect: Developing and Evaluating Inter-disciplinary Smoking Cessation and Smoking Relapse Interventions using an Online Community of Smokers Principal Investigator:
Scott Strayer, Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine

Collaborators:
  • James Thrasher, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
  • Homayoun Valafar, Computer Science and Engineering
Advanced Membranes for Solar-Hydrogen Production in a Hybrid Sulfur Electrolyzer Principal Investigator:
John Weidner, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Collaborators:
  • Harry Ploehn, Chemical Engineering

  • Brian Benicewicz, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Development of New Hexaferrite Related Multiferroics Principal Investigator:
Hans-Conrad zur Loye, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Collaborators:
  • Harry Ploehn, Chemical Engineering
  • MVS Chandrashekhar, Electrical Engineering 

 

ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure recipients

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Suzanne Adlof m_Eye Lab: Mobile Eyetracking Lab for Research with Special Populations Communication Sciences and Disorders Arnold School of Public Health 
April DeLaurier Request for funds for a fluorescent confocal laser scanning microscope to advance research activities at USC Aiken USC Aiken USC Aiken 
Michael Gower Proposal for an In Vivo Animal Imager  Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing 
Sarah Harmon Purchase of a CFX96 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System USC Aiken USC Aiken 
Boris Kantor Integrating RNAi-technology in the Viral Vector Core  Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience School of Medicine 
Daniel Reger Acquisition of Two Solid-State NMR Probes Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences 

27 April 2015