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Featured Scholars

The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to recognize the University of South Carolina's diverse and talented faculty whose creativity and innovation are changing the world around us. Featured Scholars is one program through which we do that.

Each month, the Office of the Vice President for Research puts out a call for nominees to be recognized as Featured Scholars. We gather up USC's the best and brightest talent, and feature them here on a regular basis to get the word out about their innovative work, and provide appreciation for the contributions they make to the Carolina community every day.

November 2014 Featured Scholars

Kathleen LaSala

Kathy LaSala, College of Nursing

Dr. Kathleen B. LaSala, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing, has 35 years’ experience in nursing education and practice. Dr. LaSala’s research has included both educational/administrative research and clinical research. As Director for the Center for Health and Human Services Outreach at James Madison University, she explored nursing and health care workforce issues, with a focus on disparities in rural and underserved areas. She later expanded this research to explore multiple educational issues, including barriers/strategies for recruitment, retention, job satisfaction, success, transition, mentorship, civility and administrative issues. In investigating administrative issues, Dr. LaSala has been involved in workplace environment research, including social support, team building and civility issues in nursing.  Clinically, she was part of a large study that examined tobacco use behaviors in the U.S. Army, focusing on social support, tobacco cessation, and policy issues.

Carole Oskeritzian

Carole A. Oskeritzian, School of Medicine

Dr. Carole Oskeritzian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the USC School of Medicine since the summer of 2012. Using preclinical models mimicking life-threatening anaphylaxis and atopic dermatitis (eczema), Dr. Oskeritzian’ s continuously NIH-funded research has identified tissue-resident mast cells and sphingosine-1-phosphate, a signaling lipid metabolite produced by mast (and other, including cancer) cells, on the front line of inflammatory processes. Her laboratory employs pharmacological, molecular and genetic approaches to better understand the inception of inflammation and its epigenetic regulation to prevent rather than cure inflammatory disorders which could lead to cancer. In 2013, Dr. Oskeritzian served as Chair and Organizer of the 48th South Eastern Regional Lipid Conference (SERLC), partly sponsored by USC and for which she was awarded an R13 NIH/NIGMS grant. She has served on numerous grant panels and now serves as an Advisory Board Member for SERLC.

John Fitz Rogers

John Fitz Rogers, School of Music

Composer John Fitz Rogers's music has been performed by Carnegie Hall, Bang on a Can, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York Youth Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, World Saxophone Congress, Antares, New Century Saxophone Quartet, Capitol Quartet, Lionheart, and Composers, Inc.  Recent premieres include Book of Concord, a string quartet commissioned by the Bennington Chamber Music Conference.  In spring 2015, Rogers’s oratorio Magna Mysteria will be internationally released on Innova Recordings. Rogers has received many fellowships and awards, including those from ASCAP, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, National Flute Association, MacDowell Colony, South Carolina Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as the Heckscher Foundation Composition Prize. Rogers founded the Southern Exposure New Music Series, which received the 2007 Chamber Music America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.  He holds degrees from Cornell University, the Yale School of Music, and Oberlin College

Patricia Sharpe

Patricia Sharpe, College of Social Work

Dr. Patricia Sharpe recently transitioned into the College of Social Work as a full professor. She brings over 20 years of experience in the Arnold School of Public Health and past collaborations across disciplines, institutions, and communities. Dr. Sharpe 's research involves community engagement through partnerships with diverse community-based organizations and lay community advocates. She applies a community-based, participatory research (CBPR) approach to conduct mainly intervention research with groups and communities in the South. She emphasizes community capacity development as part of the research process.  Her work includes survey research, quasi-experiments, and program planning and evaluation. She uses mixed methods to evaluate intervention processes and outcomes as well as the social and community context. Overarching research themes are healthy community environments (social, built, and natural), health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies, and elimination of health disparities and social inequalities.

Brad Tuttle

Brad Tuttle, Darla Moore School of Business

Dr. Tuttle has extensive industry experience with accounting systems and information systems in general, having worked as a computer programmer, analyst, and manager of computer information systems prior to returning to school for his Ph.D.  Before this, he worked for several accounting firms as a staff auditor.  He currently teaches courses related to accounting information systems at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. He researches information effects on individual and group behavior in accounting and information systems contexts.  His research employs a variety of methods including field experiments, decision cases, and experimental economics and his papers appear in both academic, business, and psychology journals including Journal of Information Systems; The International Journal of Accounting Information Systems; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Accounting, Organizations & Society; Decision Sciences; Contemporary Accounting Research; Journal of Behavioral Decision Making; Journal of Economic Psychology; Journal of Management Information Systems; Behavioral Research in Accounting; Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research; Journal of Forensic Accounting; and Advances in Accounting Information Systems.  Dr. Tuttle is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.  He is past editor of the Journal of Information Systems.

Katie Wolfe

Katie Wolfe, College of Education

Systematic instruction and data-based decision making are what propel Assistant Professor Katie Wolfe, Ph.D., BCBA-D in her diverse Special Education research interests. At the Department of Educational Studies within the College of Education, it is Wolfe’s mission to identify research-based interventions and teach educators how to use the research literature to inform their instructional decisions. As a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wolfe prepares educators to build partnerships with families, conduct and evaluate single-case research, teach young children with disabilities in a variety of settings, and consider the ethics of applied behavior analysis.  Her research interests include the development and implementation of interventions to promote language and communication skills in young children with autism; the synthesis of single-subject research to identify empirically-supported treatments; and, the use of technology to analyze single-subject research data.  “Currently, I am conducting research in several areas,” says Wolfe. “I am evaluating a systematic language curriculum for young children with autism, as well as a computer-based training on single-subject research for graduate students. In addition, I am developing a training program to teach educators how to make data-based decisions.” Her research projects focus on preparing future educators to implement effective, evidence-based instruction – and to continuously evaluate their student’s progress. Wolfe will implement a two-year $19,692 research grant from the Office of the Provost Social Sciences Grant Program on “Evaluating a Comprehensive Language Curriculum for Young Children with Autism” in Lexington One School District beginning in May 2014. Currently, she is conducting a study with a $4,999 research grant from the USC College of Education on “Refining and Evaluating Computer Based Instruction on Visual Analysis” – research based on her dissertation.