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Congratulations to our faculty, staff and graduate students as recent award recipients!


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Carolyn Dillian                                            M. Katie Clary                          
Chair/Professor                                            Assistant Professor
Dept. of Anthropology & Geography            Dept. of History

Project awarded $2,000 from SC Humanities
Title: Museum Programming for the Visually Impaired in South Carolina

Grant funding will be used to assist musem visitors with visual impairments or sensory differences who may benefit from a tactile experience.  The project will incorporate a 3D scanning and 3D printing program and inclusive exhibit design in partnership with the Horry County Museum in Conway, SC. CCU students will assist with scanning, printing, and exhibit narration (audio and braille). 


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Susan Bergeron                                            Ronald Green                          
Associate Professor                                        Associate Professor
Dept. of Geography                                        Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Project awarded $45,956 from the ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellows Program
Title: Experiencing Virtual Sacred Spaces: designing an immersive virtual exploration platform for the Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan

Grant funding will be used for student and faculty travel in May 2019 to research aspects of the Buddhist pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan.  Upon completion of the research trip to Japan, student team members will process and analyze data and media collected for their respective research projects during Summer 2019, and the development of the Virtual Shikoku Pilgrimage prototype will begin in Fall 2019.


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Richard Peterson                                                 Rich Viso          
Associate Professor                                               Chair/Associate Professor
Dept. of Coastal and Marine Systems Science      Dept. of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $158,286 from the National Science Foundation thru the University of Georgia
Title: Long-Term Ecology Research Program (LTER)- Georgia Coastal Ecosystems IV

This 6-year research project will focus on long-term change on estuarine and intertidal wetland ecosystems in three adjacent sounds on the Georgia coast.


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Shaowu Bao
Assistant Professor
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $23,159 from the SC Sea Grant Consortium
Title: Phase II-Impacts of Future Sea Level Rise on Flood Vulnerability of SC and the Function of Stormwater Management Ponds

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the potential impacts of future climate change on the functionality of stormwater management ponds in coastal South Carolina.

Project awarded $103,534 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Title: Use of Satellite Data to Evaluate the Connections Between the Radiation, Cumulus Convection, and Microphysics Parameterization Schemes and Their Scale Sensitivity for FV3-GFS

This project aims to test, evaluate and diagnose the connections between the atmospheric physics parameterization schemes. 


Angela Dembiczak

Angela Dembiczak
Academic Coaching Specialist
Provost's Office

Project awarded $10,000 from SC Humanities
Title: South Carolina History Day 2018-2019

Grant funding will be used to support South Carolina History Day events across the state. 


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Till Hanebuth
Associate Professor
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $85,352 from the City of Georgetown and Georgetown County
Title: Feasibility Study- Developing a Strategy to Overcome Georgetown Harbor Silting

This feasibility study aims to produce a powerful simulation tool that allows for fully quantitative, highly localized projections of different technical solution scenarios to mobilize and export the silts along this particular stretch of the Sampit River.


 David Roper

David Roper
Director
Public Safety

Project awarded $74,412 from the SC Office of the Attorney General
Title: Law Enforcement Victim Advocate                                        

This funding through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) helps to support the Victim Advocate Program on the CCU campus.


 Cheryl Morgan

Cheryl Morgan
Assistant Professor
Director, Life Program

Project awarded $8,000 from Arc of the Midlands
Title: Project SEARCH                  

This grant provides partial funding for the technical assistance fees to support the implementation of a Project SEARCH program in our community in the 2019-2020 school year. 


Pamela Martin

Pamela Martin
Professor
Department of Politics

Project awarded a three-year grant totaling $246,000 from the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
Title: United Nations Youth Corps Program through Georgetown RISE                  

This grant provides funding to support a paid internship program along with related activities and expenses.  Interns are matched with local businesses and government sponsors in Georgetown County.


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Phillip Moore
Major of Operations
Public Safety

Project awarded $3,622 from the SC Dept. of Public Safety and the US Dept. of Justice
Title: Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program                

This grant provides partial funding for the purchase of bulletproof vests for law enforcement.


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Eric Crawford
Associate Professor
Department of Music

Project awarded $3,000 from the SC Arts Commission and $1,000 from the SC Sea Grant Consortium
Title: Conference Costs in Support of Performers' Fees and Other Expenses            

These grants provide partial funding for the professional fees and non-consumable expenses associated with the 1st Annual International Gullah Geechee and African Diaspora Conference to be held on March 7-9, 2019 at Coastal Carolina University.


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Zhixiong Shen                                    Till Hanebuth
Assistant Professor                              Associate Professor         
Department of Marine Science            Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $12,000 from the National Science Foundation 
Title: RAPID: Collaborative Research: Sediment and Contaminant Mobilization by Extreme Flooding Associated with Hurricane Florence          

This grant provides funding to study the geomorphic and environmental effects of an extreme flood in the lower reaches of the Pee Dee River system.


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Zhixiong Shen                                  
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Marine Science

Project awarded $26,859 from the National Science Foundation 
Title: RAPID: Collaborative Research: Using the Hurricane Michael Event Layer for Developing a Paleo-Tempestite Archive at Strandplain Swales, St. Vincent Island, Florida          

This grant provides funding for a rapid-response study of the Hurricane Michael event along the Florida Panhandle coast that experienced the most severe geomorphological impact of the storm in October 2018.

Project awarded $5,656 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant 
Title:  Testing Oxygen Isotope of Lacustrine Diatom as a Proxy of Hurricane Activity   

This grant provides funding to investigate a novel approach by using oxygen isotope of lacustrine diatom as a proxy of landfall hurricane activity. The finding of this research can open new opportunities to external collaboration and major funding, train CCU students, and provide curriculum materials for the Coastal Hazard class.


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Kimberly Hale                                            Drew Kurlowski                           
Assistant Professor                                     Assistant Professor
Department of Politics                                 Department of Politics

Project awarded $4,500 from the Institute of Humane Studies  
Title: Forum on Liberty and the American Founding Reading Groups and Public Lecture       

Grant funding is provided for a series of student reading groups and a public lecture by a renowned scholar in the field of American political thought. 

Project awarded $8,000 from the Institute of Humane Studies  
Title: American Constitutionalism (Discussion Colloquium-May 2019)     

Grant funding is provided for the support of a multi-day educational forum with guest speakers who will engage a group of students on the topic of American Constitutionalism.


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Chris Hill                                 
Professor                                     
Department of Biology

Project awarded $18,687 from the SC Department of Natural Resources  
Title: Reproduction and Survival in a Population of Loggerhead Shrikes Breeding in a Commercial and Urban Landscape in Coastal South Carolina    

Grant funding will be used to track reproduction of between 10 and 20 pairs of Loggerhead Shrikes in a core area near Conway SC for up to three breeding seasons.


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Michael Roberts                                
Dean, College of Science                                   

Project awarded $14,100 from the National Institutes of Health-XLerateHealth subaward
Title: Southeast XLerator Network

Grant funding will be used to create an "accelerator hub" for biomedical technologies in the Southeast Institutional Development Award region.  Coastal Carolina University will serve as the State Lead for South Carolina.


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Elizabeth Baltes                                
Assistant Professor, Visual Arts                                 

Project awarded $3,942 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Portrait Statuary from the Athenian Agora Excavations: Preliminary Fieldwork for Publication

Grant funding will be used to undertake the initial phase of fieldwork for a co-authored book project on portrait sculpture from the Athenian Agora. 


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Michelle Barthet/Parker                                 
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Biology

Project awarded $5,904 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Uncovering the Intron Excision Activity of the Chloroplast MatK Maturase    

Grant funding will be used to study MatK intron excision activity as a first step to understanding chloroplast intron excision mechanisms.  As the chloroplast is a vital organelle to photosynthesis for most plants, the results of the study will significantly impact understanding of plant biology, agriculture, and intron excision mechanisms in general.


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Derek Crane                                 
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Biology

Project awarded $6,000 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Identification of Environmental and Biological Factors Limiting Occurrence of the Sandhills Chub in South Carolina     

Grant funding will be used to investigate and identify environmental and biological factors limiting Sandhills Chub populations by comparing habitat and biological characteristics between locations with healthy Sandhills Chub populations and locations with extirpated populations or locations where Sandhills Chub do not occur despite connection to water(s) with healthy populations.


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Suheir Daoud                                
Professor                                     
Department of Politics

Project awarded $4,500 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Jewish and Yet Democratic: Israel Nation-State Law and the Future of the Palestinian Minorities in Israel  

Grant funding will be used to conduct research on Israel's fourteenth basic law on "the right of national self-determination" in Israel as being "unique to the Jewish people" thus excluding 1.8 million indigenous Arab citizens. The research will explore the impact of the recent law on the democratic nature of the state and will examine its effect on the relationship between the state and different minorities living in Israel.


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Mariam Dekanozishvili                             
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Politics

Project awarded $2,370 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Towards Common European Renewable Energy Policy

Grant funding will be used to conduct research to trace agenda-setting, policy formulation and policy adoption stages of the European Union's most recent Renewable Energy Directive to shed light on a broader question of under what conditions, and how, the EU policymaking succeeds in the domain of renewable energy.


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Florence Eliza Glaze                            
Professor                                     
Department of History

Project awarded $6,000 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: The Origins of the Articella and the Medical School of Salerno

Grant funding will be used to conduct research for several articles examining the origins of the so-called school of medical study in late eleventh and early twelfth-century Salerno, Italy.  Salerno was the center of ancient Greek, Arabic, and Latin medical knowledge that ultimately became the medical curriculum at all major European universities between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries CE. 


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Justin Guilkey                          Christine Rockey     
Assistant Professor                   Lecturer                
Department of Kinesiology        Department of Kinesiology

Project awarded $5,885 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Effect of Exercise Intervention on Physical Fitness and Health in Children with Severe Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Pilot Study

The purpose of this pilot study is to evaluate the effect of a four-week exercise intervention on aerobic fitness and physical health in children who have been admitted to a facility for severe behavioral and emotional problems.


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Roi Gurka                           
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $5,853 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Scalar Transport in a Turbulent Flow: Contamination from a Point Source in Oceanic Flows

The primary objective of this experimental study is to characterize the interaction of passive scalar and turbulence under the influence of shear. The findings will provide insight into the governing mechanisms that play a dominant role in the dispersion of passive scalars in oceanic flows.


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Erin Hackett                         
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $5,222 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Water Exchange Between an Overlying Water Column and Sandy Seabed

This study aims at simulating the water exchange between an overlying flow field and permeable sand beds using the large recirculating water flume located in the Environmental Fluids Laboratory at CCU. The results will provide valuable insight into the flow physics that may drive the sequestration of land-derived nutrients and organic matter that enable sustainability of a healthy coastal ecosystem.


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Angelos Hannides                        
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Marine Science

Project awarded $5,668 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Between the Grains: A Closer Look at Sand Habitat Biogeochemistry

This project will enhance the sand biogeochemistry program's current sampling capacities by allowing us to sample at a scale smaller than previously accomplished with greater precision. 


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William Hills                      
Professor                                     
Department of Psychology

Project awarded $4,138 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Comparison of health-, social-, and medical-service delivery systems for older adults in Poland and the United States: Exchange of best practices for issues of aging

This award will fund the purchase of equipment necessary to produce a video-graphic record of the health-, social-, and medical-care systems serving older adults in the United States and Poland.


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Kelly Johnson                      
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Kinesiology

Project awarded $6,000 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Telemedicine to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Risk: A TEAM Randomized Clinical Trial

The primary purpose of this research is to elucidate mechanisms by which video conferencing may be successfully implemented within a mHealth-based program (i.e., mobile health tools) focused on cardiovascular health, and produce similar results to a more traditional, in-clinic feedback program.


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Sathish Kumar                      
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Computing Sciences

Project awarded $1,813 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Assessing and Managing Identity Disclosure Risk Dynamics in the Context of Big Data

The objective of this research, as a response to the new challenges around identity disclosure, is to develop novel approaches for assessing and mitigating identity disclosure risk dynamically from a big data perspective. 


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Brian Lee                                                 Gabriela Perez-Alvarado
Assistant Professor                                  Research Affiliate           
Department of Chemistry                         Department of Chemistry

Project awarded $4,000 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: The Pel/sagA small regulatory RNA interactions that guide the endoribonuclease activity of conserved virulence factor A during invasive streptococcal infections

The proposed research aims to characterize the structure and interactions of sRNA transcripts and the CvfA protein using biophysical and structural techniques. Therapeutic strategies may be developed that either interfere with sRNA-mRNA interactions or inhibit CvfA endoribonuclease activity.


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Cory Nance                      
Lecturer                                     
Department of Computing Sciences

Project awarded $2,100 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Attend Cyber Security Conference and Training

This award provides funding for travel to Madison, South Dakota to attend an annual cyber security conference. DakotaCon attracts speakers and trainers who are at the forefront of the cybersecurity field.


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Shari Orisich                      
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of History

Project awarded $4,515 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Daughters of the Revolution Speak: Girls and Girlhood in Cuba, 1952-1970

This project explores the little-known history of girls who spent the formative years of their childhood and youth during one of the most tumultuous moments in their country's history, the Cuban Revolution.  This research promises to bring a deeper understanding of the impact of ideology, politics, and policy, on the daily lives of young Cubans.


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Paul Richardson                      
Professor                                     
Department of Chemistry

Project awarded $5,214 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  THE SILENT THREAT: Development of a Viral Monitoring Program in Horry County for the Detection of Arboviruses in Mosquitoes

This grant wants to address three questions with respect to arboviruses spread by mosquitoes.  (1) Can a technique be developed to detect arboviruses in mosquitoes?  (2) What are the infection rates of arboviruses in the mosquitoes in the community?  (3) What environmental factors are responsible for the arboviral rates in the mosquitoes?


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Jessica Richardson                    
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of English

Project awarded $4,150 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Professionalizing the Manuscript: Book Editing, Representation, Querying, and Submissions

This grant will provide support to attend the Writing by Writers Manuscript Boot Camp in April 2019 in Tahoe City, California. The Boot Camp was founded by renowned writer and leader in the field Pam Houston. The Boot Camp features intimate manuscript workshops with professional editors as well as individual agent meetings.


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Marlena Ryba                    
Assistant Professor                                     
Department of Psychology

Project awarded $5,989 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Improving Psychosocial Care for Cancer Patients: A Study of the Delivery and Efficacy of an Online Psychosocial Intervention

This project will focus on major depressive disorder which is the most common psychiatric disorder among cancer patients and is associated with significant life impairment, down-regulated immunity and poorer survival. To address this critical clinical care issue, computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT) for depression may provide a convenient and effective solution.


Gary Schmidt

Gary Schmidt                    
Professor                                     
Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies

Project awarded $4,330 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Queer Voices from German-speaking Europe Translation Project

Grant funding will be used for travel to Germany to interview authors who will contribute to an anthology I am composing of translated fictional texts by contemporary German, Austrian, and Swiss writers who identify as LGBTQ. The goal of the anthology is to make more non-US perspectives available to students, teachers, and scholars of Gender Studies and Queer Studies in North America (and other English-speaking countries) and to help alleviate the imbalance in the translation of literary texts between the English- and German-speaking worlds.


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Gwendolyn Schwinke                    
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Theatre

Project awarded $3,763 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Voiceover Training

Grant funding will be used for voiceover training where I will take classes and receive private coaching in voiceover and voice-acting skills, basic audio engineering, and business and marketing skills specifically pertinent to this industry.


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Adriane Sheffield                             Dianne Mark                           Tiffany Hollis
Assistant Professor                           Professor                                  Assistant Professor
                  Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction                             Special Education

Project awarded $5,960 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  A Stronger Foundation- Deepening the Foundational Courses in Education

The purpose of this project is to equip the interested faculty members with the training and resources to provide a realistic simulation experience around poverty to pre-service teachers during their pre-professional coursework as a means of enhancing their learning experience and deepening their ability to reflect about the experiences of their potential students and their families.


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Jonathan Trerise                    
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Project awarded $3,500 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Increasing Offerings in Applied Ethics and Employing a New Pedagogical Method

Grant funding will be used to conduct research necessary for the development of a series of new ethics courses to be added to the curriculum including a new pedagogical method called Reacting to the Past in as many of the courses as possible. 


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Doug Van Hoewyk                    
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Biology

Project awarded $3,300 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Charactering the Physiology of Spanish Moss in Response to Increased Nitrogen: Will Climate Change Alter Regional Landscapes?

Experiments will be designed and executed by a CCU student to assess how increased nitrate and
ammonium affect the growth, photosynthesis, and the biochemistry of nitrogen assimilation in
Spanish moss.


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Min Ye                    
Professor                                     
Department of Politics

Project awarded $3,900 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Is China Indeed a Great Power? Empirical Analysis of China's Foreign Policy in Post-Cold War World

The purpose of this project is to lay out a solid theoretical and empirical foundation for our exploration of China’s rise. I propose a behaviorist approach to evaluate China’s influences and status by comparing China’s foreign policy with other major countries in the world over a handful of significant issues in global politics.


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Ryan Yoder                  
Associate Professor                                     
Department of Psychology

Project awarded $6,000 from a CCU Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: The Organization of Exploratory Movements in Reptiles

This study will evaluate exploratory movements of geckos, using behavioral measures developed to evaluate rodent exploration.  This line of inquiry will provide an opportunity to gain insight into the cognitive and behavioral functions in a species that diverged from mammals many years ago, and thus will provide a unique comparative approach to the study of spatial cognition.


  Richard Peterson                                                    Rich Viso

Richard Peterson                                                 Rich Viso                                                                             Associate Professor                                               Chair/Associate Professor
Dept. of Coastal and Marine Systems Science      Dept. of Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $111,628 from the EPA thru the University of Rhode Island
Title: An Integrated and Modeling Approach to Estimation of the Groundwater Contribution to the Water and Nutrient Budgets in Coastal Environments: Case Studies- Narragansett Bay and Southern Rhode Island Coastal Lagoons

This study will quantify submarine groundwater discharge (DGD) to the southern Rhode Island coastal marine environment using an interdisciplinary approach that combines direct sensing and chemical measurements of discharge with numeric modeling to assess the impacts of SGD on nutrient budgets and water quality.


 

  

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