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Office of the Vice President for Research

Opportunities for Faculty

Current ASPIRE Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competitions.

USC Faculty researchers submitted a total of 173 proposals to 2020 ASPIRE programs. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research, and 80 were selected to receive just over $2 million in total 2020 ASPIRE funding.

“It is amazing to see the innovation of our faculty researchers in the ASPIRE proposals each year,” said USC Vice President for Research, Prakash Nagarkatti. “These deserving researchers will maximize this investment by developing new lines of research, building scholarly collaborations across disciplines and bringing new equipment to campus that current and future researchers will use to generate their own discoveries.”

 

2020 ASPIRE I: Innovation recipients

Sub-track I, junior faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Ahmed, Kishwar Power Capping Allocation for Energy-Efficient High Performance Computing Math and Computational Science USC Beaufort
Behroozmand, Roozbeh Effect of Visual Feedback Training on Speech Production in Aphasia Communication Sciences and Disorders Arnold School of Public Health
Bourbonnais, Annie Fates of Terrestrial Dissolved Organic Nitrogen Pulses in Estuaries During High Loading Events School of Earth, Ocean and Environment College of Arts and Sciences
Boyle, Kaitlin Gender-Based Mass Violence in the United States Criminology and Criminal Justice College of Arts and Sciences
Doering-White, John Psychological First Aid along the Central American Migrant Trail through Mexico Social Work College of Social Work
Donevant, Sara Exploring Patients' use of Mobile Health Applications to Manage Multiple Chronic Conditions: A qualitative study Nursing College of Nursing
Goharian, Erfan Developing an Intelligent Flood Early Warning and Monitoring System Using Image Processing Techniques Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Gross, Andrew Stronger and Stiffer Architected Materials by Offsetting Nodal Weakness Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Hastings, Tessa Improving Pneumococcal Vaccination Coverage in South Carolina Using Implementation Strategies in Community Pharmacies Clinical Pharmacy Outcomes Sciences College of Pharmacy
Hollis, Fiona The Postpartum Mitochondrion: Characterizing the metabolic signature of postpartum depression in rodents Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurology School of Medicine Columbia
Li, Zhenlong Rapid Estimation of Visitation Activities in U.S. National Parks by Mining Big Social Media Data Geography College of Arts and Sciences
Lizarraga, Sofia ASH1L and CBP Modulate Neuronal Arborization and Language Development Pathways Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Martin, Lisa Domestic Violence and Access to Civil Justice in South Carolina Law School of Law
McQuail, Joseph Metabolic Mechanisms and Interventions in Age-Related Memory Loss Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurology School of Medicine Columbia
Mogilski, Justin Quantifying Sexual Ethics: Developing a measure to assess how consensual non-monogamy prevents interpersonal conflict within multi-partner romantic relationships Psychology USC Salkehatchie
Monroe, Courtney Evaluating Columbia Moves 2.0: A social network approach using team autonomy social support training and technology to increase physical activity Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Nag, Anita Investigating the Role of RNA Sequence in Resisting SARS-CoV Mediated Host RNA Degradation Chemistry USC Upstate
Natafgi, Nabil What Factors Influence Whether a Payer/Insurer Reimburses for Telehealth Services or Not? A qualitative exploratory study Health Services Policy and Management Arnold School of Public Health
Pocivavsek, Ana The Kynurenine Pathway during Aging: Implications for improving sleep and cognition in Alzheimer's disease Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurology School of Medicine Columbia
Ramstad, Kristina Why Are Salmon Red? Assessing the genomic basis of a fitness related trait: carotenoid coloration in salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) Biology and Geology USC Aiken
Samudre, Mark An Examination of Feasible Coaching Supports on General Education Teachers' Implementation of Individualized Classroom Behavior Management Plans Educational Studies College of Education
Shorter, Kimberly Does IRAK1 Play a Role in miR-718 Expression, Autophagy, and Dendritic Spine Formation? Biology USC Upstate
Stone, Joshua Demersal Zooplankton in the South Atlantic Bight and Their Role in Food-Web Dynamics Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Tan, Changhui Multiscale Nonlocal Models in Traffic Flows Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences
Vejerano, Eric Warren Atmospheric Reactions of Harmful Algal Bloom Toxins Contained in Aerosols Environmental Health Sciences Arnold School of Public Health
Xiao, Feifei A Novel Statistical Algorithm for Copy Number Variation Detection with Application to Lung Cancer Epidemiology and Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Yang, Chih-Hsiang Investigating the Influences of Mindfulness and Physical Activity on Cognitive Aging and Well-Being: An experience sampling study Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health
Yao, Christina Foreign-Born College Students' Perceptions of Democratic and Civic Engagement in the U.S.: A scenic exploration of global politics, translocality, and local context Education Leadership and Policies College of Education


Sub-track IIA, research faculty development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Chosed, Renee Molecular Analysis of Preimplantation Blastocoel Fluid to Reduce Miscarriage Rates Medicine Greenville School of Medicine Greenville
Flach, Alicia Capturing Physical Activity, Symptom Presence and Severity in People with Parkinson's Disease in Real-Time: A pilot study Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health
Fowler, Lauren Examining Fatigue, Burnout, and Stress in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Personnel Medicine Greenville School of Medicine Greenville
Grier, Jennifer Simultaneous Transcriptomics of Host-Pathogen Interactions During Acinetobacter baumannii Infection Medicine Greenville School of Medicine Greenville
Kar, Amar Sex Differences in Amyloid-Mediated Neurodegeneration Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences


Sub-track IIB, postdoctoral scholar development

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Butowicz, Courtney Linking Cortical Sensorimotor Adaptations to Impaired Movement Control in Lower Limb Amputees Exercise Science Arnold School of Public Health
Cao, Xiaoling Role of ADAM30 in Vascular Pathogenesis of Sturge-Weber Syndrome/Port-Wine Stains Cell Biology and Anatomy School of Medicine
Coman, Paul In Operando Techniques for Studying the Corrosion of Li0 Electrodeposits: A pathway to understanding thermal runaway triggers in Lithium ion Batteries Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Kittikhunnatham, Preecha Fundamental Understanding of Electronic Properties of Hybrid Frameworks as a Function of Metal Node Engineering Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Klepov, Vladislav Alkali Halide Sulfides (AHS) as a New Class of Ion Exchange Materials Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Nkwonta, Chigozie Impact of HIV Stigma on HIV Treatment Cascade: A qualitative study of challenges and needs of women living with HIV Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Tam, Cheuk Prescription Opioid Misuse and its Related Psychosocial Factors Among People Living with HIV Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Tryon, Sarah Individual Differences in Fear Extinction: Role of acetylcholinesterase alternative splicing Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurology School of Medicine Columbia
VanderVeen, Brandon Emodin as a Complementary Dietary Therapy Targeting Chemotherapy-Induced Wasting Pharmacology, Physiology and Neurology School of Medicine Columbia
Weaver, Cory Characterizing New Zebrafish Transgenic Lines for the Analysis of Neuronal Connectivity in the Visual System Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Xue, Dan Unearthing Antimicrobial Lasso Peptides from Uncultured Bacteria Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences


Sub-track III, bridge funding

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Ballard, Matthew Touchstone Examples of the Bondal-Orlov Conjecture Via the $Q$-construction Mathematics College of Arts and Sciences
Ziolkowski, Lori Microplastics in South Carolina Waterways: Towards identifying their sources and fate School of Earth, Ocean and Environment College of Arts and Sciences



Sub-track IV, senior faculty exploration

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Andrews, Christina Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Coverage and Utilization Management Policy in Medicaid Managed Care Plans Social Work College of Social Work
Becker, Kimberly Enhancing Treatment Engagement in Mental Health Services: A study of practices, processes, and outcomes Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Chen, Hexin Natural Product Berbamine Enhances the Efficacy of Metronomic Eoxorubicin Treatment for Triple Negative Breast Cancer Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Edwards, Kathryn Devils, Ghosts, and Religious Rivalries: community values and confessional division in early modern Europe History College of Arts and Sciences
Garashchuk, Sophya Theoretical Investigation of Ferryl Reactivity During Cytochrome P450 Fatty Acid Decarboxylation Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Geraci, Marco Bivariate Circular Regression for Longitudinal Data Analysis with an Application to Children's Sleep Studies Epidemiology and Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
Greytak, Andrew Electrical Characterization of Quantum Dot/Graphene Junctions and the Effect of Ligand Exchange Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Kaczynski, Andrew Baseline Evaluation of a Major Park Renovation Natural Experiment to Improve Diverse Health Outcomes in Columbia, SC Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Krizek, Beth Investigating Cell-to-Cell Movement of Transcription Factors and Plasmodesmata Function in Arabidopsis Flowers Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Mandal, Krishna Multipurpose, Pixilated Bandgap-Engineered CdZnTe Detector Arrays for Direct Read-Out High Resolution Nuclear Radiation Detection System Electrical Engineering College of Engineering & Comp.
Meng, Fang Understanding Fake Online Reviews from Consumers' Perspective: A mixed method approach Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
Metcalfe, Christi The Consequences of Expanding Police Presence: An examination of the frequency of engagement with the police, perceptions of police legitimacy, and legal cynicism Criminology and Criminal Justice College of Arts and Sciences
Moore, Douglas The ACEs Policy Simulator: An agent-based modeling approach to evaluating policy effects on adverse childhood experiences Health Promotion, Education and Behavior Arnold School of Public Health
Moskowitz, Marc Dancing for the Dead: Funeral strippers in Taiwan Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
Peryshkov, Dmitry Cooperative Lewis Pairs: Synergy of high-valent group 5 metal complexes and group 15 bases Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Shimizu, Ken Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for CO2 Capture Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Stoeltzner, C. Michael The Renaissance of Mathematical Physics and Its Philosophical Impact Philosophy College of Arts and Sciences
Twiss, Jeffery Advancing G3BP1 Peptides as a Potential Therapy for Axon Regeneration Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Yoon, Yeomin Preliminary Evaluation of Sonocatalytic Degradation Coupled with Metal-Organic Frameworks for Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering and Computing



2020 ASPIRE-II: Integration recipients

Principal Investigator and Team Title PI Department PI College
Chruszcz, Maksymilian
  • Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Morgan Stefik, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Spider Mite Silk Fibers as a Renewable Super-Material Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Hofseth, Lorne
  • Hexin Chen, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Marj Pena, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Scienes
  • Angela Murphy, Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Carolyn Banister, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Phil Buckhaults, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Mechanisms of Early Onset Colorectal Cancer (EOCRC) Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences College of Pharmacy
King, Adam
  • Elise Lewis, Library and Information Sciences
  • Colin Wilder, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Song Wang, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences
Recreating Native North American Carved Paddle Designs Archaeology and Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
Porter, Jason
  • Jeanne Britton, University Libraries
  • Evan Meaney, Art, College of Arts and Sciences
The Virtual Piranesi Library and Information Sciences College of Information and Communication
Sur, Sanjib
  • Souvik Sen, Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Benjamin Jackson, Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine
  • Srihari Nelakuditi, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Stacy Fritz, Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health
In-Home Mobility Impairment Assessment and Feedback Using 5G Wireless Signals and Voice-Assistants Computer Science and Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Viparelli, Enrica
  • Raymond Torres, School of Earth, Ocean & Environment, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Alexander Yankovsky, School of Earth, Ocean & Environment, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Erfan Goharian, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
The Impact of Harbor Modification on Coastal Floods: The case of Charleston, SC Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Wilsbacher, Greg
  • Evan Meaney, Art, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Song Wang, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Jun Zhou, University Technology Services
Image Analysis Algorithms for Digital Surrogates of Historical Motion Picture Film University Libraries University Libraries



2020 ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure recipients

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Benicewicz, Brian Acquisition of a Thermal Analysis System for Characterization of Macromolecules Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Chosed, Renee Enhancement of flow cytometry capabilities at U of SC campuses in the Upstate Medicine Greenville School of Medicine Greenville
Chruszcz, Maksymilian Macromolecular Crystallography at the University of South Carolina Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Ghoshroy, Soumitra Acquisition of a Denton Desk V Turbo Sputter Coater, a State-of-the-Art Metal Coater for High-Resolution Scanning Electron Microscopy Electron Microscopy Center College of Arts and Sciences
Irvin, Matthew Students with Disabilities in STEM (SWDiSTEM) Multi-User Lab for Research, Training, and Outreach Educational Studies College of Education
Pinckney, James Enhancing Research and Education Capacity at the Baruch Marine Field Lab: Expansion of research capabilities Biological Sciences College of Arts and Sciences
Richardson, Susan Acquisition of Vacuum-Assisted Sorbent Extraction (VASE)-Gas Chromatograph System Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Sawyer, Caroline Equipping the Future: 4K digital cinema camera kit for interdisciplinary digital humanities projects Social Sciences USC Beaufort



 


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