Office of the Vice President for Research Announces 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.”

 

ASPIRE I: Innovation recipients


ASPIRE-I: Innovation funding is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research to encourage faculty to develop individual innovative research projects leading to the pursuit of external funding or to the promotion of scholarly activities. This program has four sub-tracks of funding:

  • Track I funds are awarded to junior faculty (tenure-track assistant professors only) to encourage the development of research projects for further extramural funding or other scholarly pursuits.
  • Track II funds are awarded to research faculty (non-tenure track, assistant professor level and above, but not for postdoctoral fellows) to encourage the development of research projects for further extramural funding.
  • Track III funds are awarded as bridge funds to faculty (tenure-track, tenured or research faculty) who have not been able to renew their recent grants.
  • Track IV funds are awarded as innovative and exploratory grants for senior faculty (tenure-track or tenured Associate and full professors) to expand or re-focus their research.

For more about ASPIRE-I: Innovation, click to download the guidelines document.

ASPIRE I: Innovation track I recipients


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 ofArts 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

 

ASPIRE I: Innovation track II recipients


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

 

ASPIRE I: Innovation track III recipients


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

ASPIRE I: Innovation track IV recipients


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


ASPIRE-II: Integration funding is provided by the Vice President's Office for Research to support research involving at least two or more USC colleges and/or schools. This track is aimed to promote interdisciplinary collaborations among at least three faculty members to develop preliminary data to apply for targeted Program Projects, Centers of Excellence Grants or similar mechanisms of extramural funding. The goal of this internal grant is to seed new, or support existing, collaborative interdisciplinary research that is nationally and internationally competitive and has a strong potential to be supported and sustained by external funding agencies.

For more about ASPIRE-II: Integration, click to download the guidelines document.

 

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 & Sciences

Collaborators:

  • 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 Martόn, 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

Prinicipal 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


ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure funding is provided by the Office of the Vice President for Research to develop infrastructure such as multi-user equipment and facilities with cutting-edge technology that is critical to the growth and competitiveness of USC's research portfolio. To pursue interdisciplinary research, it is critical that we have a state-of-the-art research infrastructure that can be used to sustain existing, and develop new interdisciplinary Centers of Excellence. This internal grant is aimed at providing support for such ventures. Funds may also be used to complement extramural support for purchase of major equipment.

For more about ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure, click to download the guidelines document.

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

 

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