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Arnold School faculty members to serve as principal investigators on 15 projects supported by 2019 ASPIRE grants

May 8, 2019 | Erin Bluvas, bluvase@sc.edu 

Faculty members from across the Arnold School received funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research’s Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program. The internal, competitive program was has yielded a return of about $203 million since it was begun in 2012. This year, the program received 188 proposals from UofSC faculty researchers, awarding grants to 82 of the proposals after evaluation by faculty review committees.

ASPIRE awards are designed to enhance UofSC’s research capabilities. They do so by investing in faculty by helping them begin promising new research endeavors for later external funding (ASPIRE I: Innovation), build up a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project (ASPIRE II: Integration), and/or invest in the University’s research infrastructure (ASPIRE III: Infrastructure). 

“We are so proud to announce a new round of ASPIRE investments for 2019,” said USC Vice President for Research, Prakash Nagarkatti. “The selected projects from our outstanding faculty represent a wide variety of subject areas, from art to engineering, helping us to fund important scholarship across disciplines and boosting research throughout the UofSC system. It is my pleasure to congratulate all of the 2019 ASPIRE grant awardees.”

The 2019 ASPIRE recipients include the following Arnold School faculty members.

2019 ASPIRE-I: Innovation Recipients

Sub-track I, junior faculty development

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

Cai, Guoshuai Characterization of a Novel Methylation Signature in Breast Cancer Progression Environmental Health Sciences
Hair, Nicole Evaluating State Collaborative and Legislative Policies Limiting Early-Term Elective Delivery Health Services Policy & Management
Hung, Peiyin Trend and consequences of physician-hospital consolidation for obstetric care in urban and rural South Carolina Health Services Policy & Management
Lohman, Matthew Pilot Evaluation of an Early Memory Loss Lifestyle Intervention for Participants and Their Care Partners in South Carolina Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Smuder, Ashley Effects of aging on the expression of drug transport proteins in the heart Exercise Science
Stewart, Jill Task-Oriented Training of Arm Function in Standing after Stroke: A Pilot Study Exercise Science
Wang, Yuan Joint Brain Network Modeling of Multimodal MRI across Aphasia Types Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Xiao, Shuo Development of a high-throughput 3D in vitro follicle culture platform for female reproductive toxicity evaluation Environmental Health Sciences

 

Sub-track IIB, Postdoctoral Scholar Development

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

Ajmal, Fozia

Shift from home dialysis to in-center hemodialysis among End-Stage Renal Disease patients in the United States: A qualitative exploratory study

Health Services Policy & Management

Baron, Lauren

Executive Function in Children with Specific Language Impairment and Dyslexia

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Yang, Xueying

HIV related disclosures and HIV care cascade among MSM living with HIV in South Carolina

Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

 

Sub-track IV, Senior Faculty Exploration

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

Merchant, Anwar

Periodontal Treatment and Pregnancy Outcomes: Correcting Bias in Clinical Trials

Epidemiology and Biostatistics


ASPIRE-II: Integration Recipients

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

Cozad, Melanie

  • Ronnie Horner, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Jin Liu, Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Benjamin Schooley, IIT-Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Development of RunRA: A Mobile Application for the Self-Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Health Services Policy & Management

Walsemann, Katrina

  • Emily Mann, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Nicole Hair, Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Jaclyn Wong, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Caroline Hartnett, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Andrea Henderson-Platt, Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bongki Woo, College of Social Work
Transforming UofSC into a National Leader in Health, Inequalities, and Population Research Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

 

ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure Recipients

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

Baalousha, Mohammed

Acquisition of a Microwave System to Support Multidisciplinary Research in Material, Environmental, and Geological Sciences.

Environmental Health Sciences