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Current ASPIRE Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 ASPIRE I, II and III internal funding competitions.

UofSC faculty researchers submitted a total of 170 proposals for the 2021 ASPIRE competitions. The proposals were reviewed by faculty review committees appointed by the Vice President for Research, and 102 were selected for funding.

“It is always a great day when we can support our outstanding faculty and postdocs and provide the funding they need to take their research to the next level. By investing in these meritorious 2021 ASPIRE projects, we are investing in the future of research at the University of South Carolina. Congratulations to all of the 2021 ASPIRE grant recipients,” said Vice President for Research, Prakash Nagarkatti.

 

2021 ASPIRE I: Innovation recipients

Sub-track I, junior faculty development

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

College

Becerril Arreola, Rafael

Exploring disparate impact and market power in online retailing

Moore Sch - Div. of Research

Darla Moore School of Business

Busbee, Philip

Investigating the link between bacteroides acidifaciens and colitis

Path, Microbio. & Immunology

School of Medicine

Chen, Yuche

Examining social disparities in travel barrier: Development of a perception-based travel difficulty index

Civil & Environmental Eng.

College of Engineering & Computing

Fairman, Ciaran

Feasibility of a hybrid delivery of home-based resistance exercise training in lung cancer patients

Exercise Science

Arnold School of Public Health

Ge, Ting

Dynamics of Anisotropic Nanoparticles in Polymer Melts

Chemistry & Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Gibson, Kelly Ann

Understanding recent changes in water column temperature and upwelling in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific: perspectives from planktonic foraminiferal geochemistry

AK Biology & Geology

University of SC Aiken

Hollis, Brian

Experimental speciation in Drosophila melanogaster: the role of reinforcement in strengthening reproductive isolation

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Jun, Jungmi

Biometric Responses and Health Outcomes of Youth Exposure to Modified Exposure Claims for Novel Tobacco Products with FDA Authorization Cues

Journalism & Mass Comm.

College of Information & Communications

Karami, Amir

LGBT Health Surveillance via Mining Social Media Big Data

Library & Information Sciences

College of Information & Communications

Kathrein, Katie

Ing4 deficiency reprograms multipotent progenitor cells into a stem cell-like state

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Khalili, Meena

Wayfinding, Augmented Reality, and Interactive Visual Storytelling: Using Design Technology and the Illustrated Postcard to Express COVID-19 Impact on South Carolina Small Business

Art

College of Arts and Sciences

Kornbluh, Mariah

Tailoring Behavioral Health Interventions: Evaluating the Youth Empowered Social Media Valuing Positive Adolescent-Development Intervention

Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Larson, Leila

Integrated psychosocial, nutritional, and health intervention to improve early child development in Liberia

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Mills, Mary

Regulation of Egg Development across Understudied Insect Vectors: the role of vitellogenin

AK Biology & Geology

University of SC Aiken

Mohammadizand, Ramtin

An Energy-Efficient Neuromorphic Patient Monitoring System on Wearable Devices

Computer Science & Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing

Nolan, Melissa

Canine Tick-Borne Disease in South Carolina: Filling in the One Health Knowledge Gap

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Arnold School of Public Health

Peng, Xuefeng

Unravel the microbial engine driving biogeochemical cycles in coastal ecosystems

School of Earth, Ocean & Env.

College of Arts and Sciences

Placek, Matthew

Democracy's Crisis of Legitimacy: Causes and Consequences of Political Support in Global Context

UPS History, Polital Sci., Phil.

University of SC Upstate

Poulain, Fabienne

Testing the role of neuronal activity in circuit refinement during visual system maturation.

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Qiao, Shan

Mental health of people living with HIV in COVID-19 pandemic: lived experience through a triangulation approach

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Roberts, Kenneth

Expanded kinetic studies of the reaction of 2,4'-dihydroxyacetophenone dioxygenase

AK Chemistry

University of SC Aiken

Sadati, Monirosadat

Cuboidal Soft Crystal Phases Under Geometrical Frustration

Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing

Stewart, Jason

Determining the role of CST-DNA polymerase alpha-primase interaction in replication rescue

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Tanner, Scott

Investigation of P-glycoprotein Deficiency on the Development of Caenorhabditis elegans as a Model for Human Necrotizing Enterocolitis

UPS Science & Eng

University of SC Upstate

Wu, Linwan

Understand the Impacts of Social Density and Environmental Uncertainty on Consumers'  Subjective Well-being

Journalism & Mass Comm.

College of Information & Communications

Xu, Yanfeng

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Service Utilization and Placement Stability among Foster Children Before and During COVID-19 in South Carolina

Social Work - Dean's Office

College of Social Work

Young, Sarah

Public Opinion and Act 388: Issue Salience of South Carolina School Tax Policy

AK Hist Pol Sci & Phil

University of SC Aiken

Zeng, Qiang

Towards Remote Program Analysis of Internet-of-Things (IoT) Applications

Computer Science & Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing

Zhang, Qi

Meta-Learning Multi-Agent Communication

Computer Science & Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing



Sub-track IIA, research faculty development

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

College

Cai, Chao

Using Mixture Cure Model to Investigate Short-term and Long-term Medication Persistence for Alzheimer's Disease

Pharm - Clin Pharm & Outcomes Sciences

College of Pharmacy

Dunn, Robert

Developing sustainable fishery management procedures for a key estuarine species: blue crabs Callinectes sapidus in South Carolina

Baruch Institute

College of Arts and Sciences

Grillo, Claudia

Intranasal leptin as a novel therapeutic tool for treatment-resistant depression

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Guimaraes, Edena

Assess if Latinx individuals in South Carolina will get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Kimball, Matthew

Long-term changes in fish assemblage diversity and abundance in the Winyah Bay estuary

Baruch Institute

College of Arts and Sciences

Pujhari, Sujit

Underpinning the molecular mechanism behind the Mayaro virus-induced Zika virus interference

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Strosnider, William

Plant Species Suitability for Floating Treatment Wetlands in Brackish Systems

Baruch Institute

College of Arts and Sciences



Sub-track IIB, postdoctoral scholar development

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

College

Adeagbo, Oluwafemi

Assessing the Needs, Barriers and Facilitators of Implementing Telehealth Interventions for HIV Care and Prevention for Men Who Have Sex with Men in South Carolina

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Bangert, Katherine

A comparison of expressive language disfluencies, language ability, executive functions, and autonomic nervous system functioning in children with autism

Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Bernhart, John

NEW Soul for Families: Developing a Healthy Eating Soul Food Program for the Family in Partnership with EdVenture Children's Museum

Prevention Research Center

Arnold School of Public Health

Chan, Jessica

There is no place like home: Investigating the relationship between home environment and academic outcomes in children with and without language or reading impairments.

Communication Sci & Disorders

Arnold School of Public Health

Chaudhuri, Sandeep

Machine Learning Reinforced Novel CdZnTeSe Semiconductor Based Radiation Spectrometers for Nuclear Waste Monitoring

Electrical Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing

Chauvenet, Christina

Understanding Decline in Participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in South Carolina

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Chen, Huan

Interaction Between EDS1 and WRKY Transcription Factors Confers Transcriptional Reprogramming in Plant Immunity

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Cho, Yoo Jin

Package warning labels communicating relative risks of tobacco products: reducing disparities in smoking among disadvantaged populations in the US

Health Prom., Educ. & Behavior

Arnold School of Public Health

Friedman, Laura

Adults with Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Language, Outcomes, and the Interface with Maternal Phenotypes

Communication Sci & Disorders

Arnold School of Public Health

McFadden, Bridget

REVISED ASPIRE I TRACK IIb PROPOSAL: An Examination of Inter-limb Functional Asymmetry after a Fatiguing Bout of Exercise in High-Level Soccer Players

Exercise Science

Arnold School of Public Health

McLaurin, Kristen

Dose-Dependency of Adolescent Oxycodone Abuse for Neurocognitive Development

Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Milosavljevic, Snezana

Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase: Role in sleep-wake behavior and a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Naderi, Asieh

Evaluation of the effects of bonding history in lung cancer cells by using monogamous rodents

Drug Discovery & Biomed Sci.

College of Pharmacy

Redd, Priscilla

Identifying yeast proteins that effect mmPing20 transposition

AK Biology & Geology

University of SC Aiken

Shu, Jung

A Framework based on Parametric Reduced Order Modeling and Large Computational Data Analytics for Hypersonic Flow Analysis

Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering & Computing

Stager, Maria

Characterizing the transcriptomic mechanisms underlying population-level differences in avian thermogenic flexibility

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Zeng, Wen

A Mixed Methods Study of Predicting College Enrollment and Completion among Students with and without Disabilities

U101 and National Resource Ctr.

University 101

Zhang, Jingyi

Dissecting the Pathogenic Mechanism of a Bacterial Type III Effector Through Yeast Killing Rescue Assays

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences



Sub-track III, bridge funding

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

College

Fadel, Jim

Hypocretin/orexin modulation of cognitive correlates of brain aging: role of neuroinflammation

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Outten, Caryn

Characterization of iron trafficking and regulation mechanisms in fungal pathogens

Chemistry & Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences




Sub-track IV, senior faculty exploration

Principal Investigator

Title

Department

College

Brugler, Mercer

Characterizing the biodiversity and anticoagulant repertoires of marine leeches in Port Royal Sound

BFT Natural Sciences

University of SC Beaufort

Carver, Wayne

Computational modeling of alcohol-induced fibrotic networks

Cell Biology & Anatomy

School of Medicine

Egbue, Ona

A Multi-Agent Model for Power System Resilience

USC Upstate - Informatics

University of SC Upstate

Elfenbein, Jessica

“The Adventure is an Experiment”: Lumbering South Carolina’s Swamps and Creating a New South Industry, 1890-1940

History

College of Arts and Sciences

Frizzell, Norma

Investigating L-2-hydroxyglutarate Regulation of Adipocyte Transcription during Diabetes

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Fu, Zhengqing

Dissecting the Functions of the PR5_1 Peptide and Its Putative Receptors in Plant Immunity

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Jasnow, Aaron

Bidirectional and sex-dependent regulation of context fear generalization

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Jones, Eric

The Archaeological Settlement Ecology of a Nineteenth Century Rural American Town

Anthropology

College of Arts and Sciences

Leaman, Clifford

New Music for Two Saxophones and Recording

Music

School of Music

Mott, David

Seizures and Convulsions Induced by Synthetic Cannabinoids

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Patel, Rekha

Screening for compounds that disrupt PACT-PKR interaction- potential drugs for treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and dystonia 16.

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Pfeffer, Carla

Transgender Pregnancy and the Creation of Twenty-First Century Families

Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences

Shah, Payal

Assessing the gendered dynamics of COVID-19 amongst rural communities in Western India

Educational Studies

College of Education

Speiser, Daniel

Snapping shrimp have helmets that dampen shock waves, but do these helmets protect the brains of shrimp from blast-induced neurotrauma?

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Stratmann, Johannes

A Phosphoproteomics Approach to Characterize the Green Leaf Volatile-induced Signaling Network in Tomato Cells.

Biological Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Walsh, Kenneth

Molecular Signaling and Anti-Nociceptive Actions of Minor Cannabinoids

Pharm., Physiology & Neuroscience

School of Medicine

Wang, Xuewen

Association between Sleep Assessed by Ambulatory Polysomnography and Chronic Low Back Pain

Exercise Science

Arnold School of Public Health

Watanabe, Nicholas

The effect of large-scale sporting events on local area air pollution

Sport & Entertainment Mgmt

Hospitality, Retail, & Sport Management

Zhu, Jun

Molecular mechanism: HIV-1 Tat protein potentiates the rewarding effects of methamphetamine

Drug Discovery & Biomed Sci.

College of Pharmacy




2021 ASPIRE-II: Integration recipients

Principal Investigator and Team Title PI Department PI College
Azhar, Mohamad
  • Reilly Enos, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Holly Lavoie, Cell Biology and Anatomy, School of Medicine
  • Sajish Mathew, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Minsuk Shin, Statistics, College of Arts and Sciences
Calcific Aortic Valve Stenosis: Sex-Specific Mechanisms and Therapy Cell Biology and Anatomy School of Medicine
Chandrashekhar, MVS
  • Asif Khan, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Andrew Greytak, Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
ASPIRE II: Rare-earth free high brightness quantum dot inks for III-nitride pumped light emitters Electrical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Dal Molin, Aria
  • Jeanne Britton, University Libraries
  • Anna House, Art, College of Arts and Sciences
Translating Piranesi Languages, Literatures, & Culture College of Arts and Sciences
Frizzell, Norma
  • Sofia Lizarraga, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Michael Shtutman, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Exploring the Modulation of Neuroinflammation by Itaconate in Neurological Disorders Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience School of Medicine
Iachini, Aidyn
  • Kate Ascetta, Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Robbie Ross, Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Rachelle Curcio, Instruction and Teacher Education, College of Education
ReadySET: School Readiness for Teaching Social-Emotional LearningSkills Social Work - Dean's Office College of Social Work
Imran, Jasim
  • Erfan Goharian, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Mohammed Baalousha, Environmental Health Sciences, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Austin Downey, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Nikolaos Vitzilaios, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
ASPIRE II: A Rapid Response System for the Assessment and Prediction of Contaminant Dispersion in Wet-Weather Emergencies Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Irvin, Matthew
  • Barnett Berry, Education, Dean’s Office
  • Hengtao Tang, Educational Studies, College of Education
  • Dezhi Wu, IIT-Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Forest Agostinelli, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Biplav Srivastava, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
Collaborative Artificial Intelligence for Learning to Solve the Rubik's Cube Educational Studies College of Education
Knight, Lisa
  • Laura Szadek, Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Amit Sheth, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Tyler Singleton, School of Medicine
mHealth to Improve Carbohydrate Counting Accuracy in Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Pediatrics School of Medicine
Mandal, Krishna
  • Frank Avignone, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Forest Agostinelli, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
Direct Detection of Sub-GeV Dark Matter Using Reinforced Single-Crystalline Diamond, 4H-SiC Detectors, and Convolutional Neural Networks Electrical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Mott, David
  • Kristy Weishhans, Biology
  • Fiona Hollis, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
  • Jeff Twiss, Biology
The role of FMR1 in sensory neurons in the pathogenesis of Fragile X Syndrome Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience School of Medicine
Murphy, Elizabeth (Angela)
  • Wayne Caver, Cell Biology and Anatomy, School of Medicine
  • Kandy Velazquez, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicne
  • Peisheng Xu, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Ciaran Fairman, Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health
Ameliorating Side-Effects of Chemotherapy to Improve Treatment Tolerance and Quality of Life Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology School of Medicine
Myrick, Michael
  • Michael Hodgson, Geography, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tammi Richardson, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nikolaos Vitziliaos, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
Drone-based Screening and Triggered Sampling of Water Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Peryshkov, Dmitry
  • Donna Chen, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Natalia Shustova, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jochen Lauterbach, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
ASPIRE II: Synergistic Lewis Acidic and Basic Sites in Metal-Organic Frameworks for Photoinduced Decomposition of Chemical Warfare Agents Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Arts and Sciences
Rodney, Steven
  • Fawad Kirmani, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Varsha Kulkarni, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kyle Lackey, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kyle O’Conner, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Rose, Computer Science and Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
ASPIRE-II : Machine Learning for Astronomical Images Physics and Astronomy College of Arts and Sciences
Smith, Mark
  • Megan Oliver, University Libraries
  • William Simmons, Institute for Southern Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
SHARE Consortium History College of Arts and Sciences
Steck, Susan
  • Jan Eberth: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Tisha Felder: Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Angela Murphy: Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicine
Racial and Rural Disparities among Early-onset Breast Cancer Survivors Epidemiology and Biostatistics Arnold School of Public Health
White, Ralph
  • Darun Barazanchy, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Paul Coman, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • William Mustain, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Tom Vogt, Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
On the Road to Prototyping and Understanding Structural Batteries for Energy Storage through Modeling and Experimentation Chemical Engineering College of Engineering and Computing
Wilson-King, Dawn
  • Sheryl Mitchell, Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Allison Sweeney, Nursing, College of Nursing
  • Meeta Banerjee, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Guillermo Wippold, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicole-Zarrett-Kivita, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Positive Action for Today's Health (PATH) USA: A Multi-Site Trial to Improve Physical Activity, Blood Pressure, and Social Connectedness in Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Ziehl, Paul
  • Mohammad Irani, Darla Moore School of Business
  • Mahmoud Bayat, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
  • Greg Niehaus, Darla Moore School of Business
Sensors vs. Humans in Monitoring the Health of Systems: The Case for SC Bridges Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering and Computing



2021 ASPIRE-III: Infrastructure recipients

Principal Investigator Title Department College
Boyd, Kate Revised Proposal for Obsolete Media Digitization Program Univ Libraries - Dean's Office University Libraries
Donaldson, Matthew Studio Upstate: An Undergraduate-Run, Faculty-Led Design Firm UPS Fine Arts & Comm University of SC Upstate
Hancock, Charles Nathan Expanding the microscopy imaging capacity to advance research activities at USC Aiken AK Biology & Geology University of SC Aiken
Paul, Titan ASPIRE III: Acquisition of a Modern Materials Science Instrumentation Suite to Enhance Research
Capacity, Student Work-Readiness, and External Partner Engagement at USC Aiken
AK Mathematical Sciences University of SC Aiken
Pettay, Daniel Acquisition of a Hand-held Multi-omics Nanopore Sequencer to Innovate Faculty Research and Enhance Student Employability BFT Natural Sciences University of SC Beaufort
Sikirzhytski, Vitali IncuCyte SX1 Live-Cell Analysis System Drug Discovery & Biomed Sci. College of Pharmacy
Wilsbacher, Greg Acquiring a new 6.5K Kinetta Archival Film Scanner to support evolving research into film imaging methodologies Univ Libraries - Dean's Office University Libraries

 


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