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Research @ Coastal

At Coastal Carolina University, we nurture a richly textured environment of creativity and discovery for our faculty and students. Research, a primary mission of the university, opens new pathways to interpret and understand our world. Whether in the classroom, the laboratory, on stage, or in the field, undergraduate and graduate students work side by side with scientists, scholars, educators, visual and performing artists, and others engaged in research, innovation, and performance.

 

Research News


Office of Research Services logo Prashant Sansgiry, Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Science, has received an award from the SC Department of Education.

Office of Research Services logo Richard Peterson, Assistant Professor in the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science, has received an award from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

ALA grant, Barbara Burd, Dust Drought and Dreams Gone Dry

The Kimbel Library has been awarded a grant that features a photographic exhibit and several community programs focusing on “Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry: A Traveling Exhibition for Libraries about the Dust Bowl.” This programming explores the following themes: the nature of the connection between humans and nature, the many ways human beings respond to adversity, and how people came to understand and to describe the experience of living in the Plains during the Dust Bowl. The photographic exhibit will be on display in the Bryan Information Commons from Oct. 24-Dec. 12 with an opening reception on Oct. 24 at 4pm. and will feature panels from the exhibit and photographs and artifacts on loan from the Horry County Museum to compare and contrast the effects on the depression between those living in the Plains’ states and those living in Horry County. Programming includes two panel discussions with excerpts from the films Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl. Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince and Dr. Matthew McDonough will lead discussions on Oct. 29 and on Nov. 12. Both panels will be held at 4pm in the Edwards Recital Hall. Dr. Maggi Morehouse will conduct a workshop on Nov. 18th at 4pm on constructing an oral history using the oral histories from the Oklahoma State University online collection as examples and for study. All programs are free and open to the public.

This grant is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor project and the American Library Association.


Office of Research Services logo Paul Gayes, Director and Palmetto Professor in the School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science, has received an award from the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium.

Office of Research Services logo Louis Keiner, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Physics, has received an award from the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium.

Office of Research Services logo Erin Burge, Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Science, has received an award from the George Maier Fund.

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Dr. Christopher Moore and Dr. Louis Rubbo, Department of Chemistry and Physics, have received a grant from the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). In this project, Drs. Moore and Rubbo will be creating and assessing curriculum strategies for developing increased scientific reasoning abilities among non-science and physics/engineering majors. The 3-year, $118,214 award will be used for the development of the conceptual physics and astronomy core science courses at CCU. For non-science majors, these classes typically serve as their terminal science course for their academic careers. By maturing their scientific reasoning skills it is hoped that these students will continue evidence based reasoning in other disciplines. For the freshmen physics majors, this course will play an essential role in their development as scientists and serve as a transitional course for underprepared physics and engineering freshman, with the goal of increasing student retention.


 Susan Flynn, grants

Dr. Susan Flynn, Assistant Professor of Special Education, received a grant from College Transition Connection to fund research on developing resources on transportation instruction for individuals with an intellectual disability (ID). Dr. Flynn will collaborate with the Community Transportation Association, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program to locate available transportation options for individuals with ID and to develop guidelines to support individuals with ID in accessing transportation (e.g., teaching travel concepts, environmental analysis, systems of transportation, travel skills and techniques). The outcome of this research will be a resource manual that includes assessment of pre-travel skills, development of individualized goals and objectives, instruction in the classroom and community, and evaluation and progress.


 Marcie Ellerbe

Dr. Marcie Ellerbe, assistant professor of Literacy Education, received a grant from the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation to fund summer reading camps for K-12 students in conjunction with the Chanticleer Literacy Lab (CLL), which is housed within the Spadoni College of Education.  The purpose of the CLL's Summer Reading Camps is to promote general awareness of the role of literacy in our lives while enhancing the reading and writing skills of K-12 students.  Camp participants will work with Dr. Ellerbe and certified teachers in the CLL to develop critical reading and writing skills related to different literacy themes such as environmental literacy, artistic literacy, and digital literacy.  Each camp session will culminate with a guest expert who will support the building of content knowledge and lead camp participants in an authentic field-study experience designed to heighten connections between the camp's literacy theme and real wold applications.


 Dr. Catherine Scott

Professor Catherine Scott will work with K-6  teachers from Horry County public and private schools to learn about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics through a 96-hour professional development program.  The Math and Science Partnership grant, funded through the Department of Education, will enable Dr. Scott to research changes in teachers' mathematical pedagogical and content knowledge as a result of long-term professional development.  Dr. Scott will work with teachers throughout the year to learn about the standards, best practices for teaching, and how to assess student learning trajectories in mathematics.  Professor Jim Solazzo and Lecturer Jamie Hedges, both from the College of Science, will join her as instructors for the professional development sessions.


Seaside Sparrow, Assessing the status of MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrows Ammodramus maritimus macgillivraii in South Carolina 

Chris Hill, Ph.D. receives State Wildlife Grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, administered through the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrow is a habitat specialist bird, nesting and wintering exclusively in tidal marshes from North Carolina to northern Florida.  Limits to available tidal marsh habitat and threats to those tidal marshes from development, pollution and sea level rise could threaten the MacGillivrays' Seaside Sparrow.  South Carolina's extensive tidal marshes are at the core of the range of this taxon, but the status of passerine birds nesting in these marshes is poorly monitored by standardized national efforts such as the Breeding Bird Survey. 

This project, Assessing the status of MacGillivray's Seaside Sparrows Ammodramus maritimus macgillivraii in South Carolina, consists of a statewide survey (during breeding season: April to July) of salt marsh habitat to determine nesting locations and density.  This study will also build on a previous database of winter banding records to ask whether winter-occupied habitat predicts breeding occupancy, because, in winter, local (A. m. macgillivraii) Seaside Sparrows are joined by very similar migrants from populations farther north, and it is unknown to what extent prime wintering and breeding habitat coincide.  Finally, a more intensive study at one site will obtain basic information on demographics, nesting density and success. 

Pictured to the left is a fledgling Seaside Sparrow


John Goodwin 

Professor John Goodwin has been using the POGIL method (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning) in teaching chemistry at Coastal Carolina University (CCU) since 1997, and was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CCLI grant in 2006 for creating new POGIL activities that focused on solving everyday problems and dealing with chemical situations from other science disciplines than chemistry.  These are called POGIL-in-Context activities and have been published in a book called "Solving Real Problems with Chemistry."  Recently, he was awarded a grant from Georgia State University, also sponsored by the NSF, for presenting a two-day dissemination workshop at CCU in January 2014 for chemistry faculty in the region as training for writing POGIL-in-Context activities.  Professor David Hanson from Stony Brook Unviersity will join him as co-instructor for the workshop.


Chemistry major Tyler Aslund worked on this project during the summer of 2013

        

Professor John Goodwin has been working on catalysts that activate oxygen in the air for different kinds of reactions since coming to CCU in 1996.  A current project was recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a collaborative grant made to the University of South Carolina (USC) and several other universities including CCU, "EPSCoR GEAR: CI Program SC Computational Chemistry Consortium (SC4): Statewide Collaboration for Research Teaching, and Participation Broadening using Computational Chemistry."  In this grant computational chemistry resources will be made available to CCU to examine the structures and thermodynamics of likely intermediates in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyzed by a (nitro) cobalt complex.  This type of work is related to fuel cell technology.

Pictured to the left is chemistry major, Tyler Aslund, working on the project.