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


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Mike Cruise
Health Educator
LiveWell Office

Project awarded $2,000 from the Walmart Foundation
Title: LiveWell@CCU: A Campus Community Wellness Initiative

The purpose of LiveWell@CCU is to promote a healthy environment where Coastal Carolina University students, faculty and staff are given opportunities to develop their own personal wellness and engage in positive health behaviors on campus.   


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Rob Young
Professor/Director of Undergraduate Research
Marine Science

Project awarded $96,650 from NOAA (Prescott Stranding Grant Program
Title: The SC Marine Mammal Stranding Network:  Stranding Response and Enhanced Diagnotic Testing

The project objective is to provide stranding response capacity for the SC Marine Mammal Stranding Network and to enhance our ability to perform diagnostic tests on tissues collected from dead stranded marine animals. 


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Till Hanebuth and Co-PI, Joshua Long
Associate Professor
Coastal and Marine Systems Science

Project awarded $9,481.00 from the SC Department of Natural Resources 
TitleSouth Carolina BOEM Core Description and Integration Project

The goal of this project is to provide the SC Geological Survey (SCGS) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) academic group with an integrated dataset consisting of descriptions of sediment cores and high-resolution sub-bottom profiles that were acquired in 2015. 


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Louis Rubbo
Associate Professor
Physics and Engineering Science

Project awarded $8,000 from NASA through the SC Space Grant Consortium
TitleMini-REAP 2018: Assessing and Improving the Support for SC FIRST LEGO League Coaches

The purposes of this project are to collect and evaluate coaches' needs for supporting the FIRST LEGO League robotics-based program for students ages 9-14 to foster interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and to develop a mobile coach training workshop.   


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Shaowu Bao                                     Paul Gayes                                       Leonard Pietrafesa      
Assistant Professor                           Executive Director                              Research Professor
CMSS                           B & C Center for Marine & Wetlands Studies         CMSS

Project awarded $99,395 from the National Science Foundation
Title RAPID: Collaborative Research:  Sensing and Modeling Infrastructure for Storm Surge Monitoring and Forecasting in Coastal Zones 

This funding will be used to address a critical need to improve monitoring and forecasting of storm-induced coastal flooding (i.e., storm surge). This approach relies on two innovations- a new class of rapidly deployable wireless sensors used to collect surge height information and extensions to a computational modeling system to forecast key storm parameters.  


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Kimberly Hale
Assistant Professor
Politics

Project awarded $4,800 (Fall 2018) and $2,000 (Spring 2019) from the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University
TitlesThe Scottish Enlightenment (Public Lecture and Reading Group for Fall Semester 2018) and C.S. Lewis: Natural Rights and the Literay Imagination (Spring Semester 2019 Reading Group)

This grant provides funding for a monthly reading group to be held outside the typical classroom setting for a group of students to discuss selected topics. In addition, a renowned scholar in the field of American political thought or political theory will be a guest speaker at a public lecture on the same topic 


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Lisa Swanger
Coastal Waccamaw Watershed Education Programs Coordinator
Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies

Project awarded $5,500 from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation from a grant from NOAA
TitleGrand Strand Cigarette Litter Reduction Program

This project will enhance public awareness and promote proper disposal of cigarette butt litter at beach and river accesses within Horry and Georgetown Counties by installing cigarette butt receptacles, conducting a public education campaign, and by year-round litter monitoring.  


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Michelle Barthet
Assistant Professor
Biology

Project awarded $9,957.80 from SC-INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence)
Title: Protein-protein Interactions of a Chloroplast Maturase and the Link to Nuclear Spliceosome Evolution

Funding for this study of protein-protein interactions of the chloroplast MatK maturase may provide significant insight into how the process of nuclear intron excision evolved and lead to novel treatments and prevention of human disease. 


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Carissa Medeiros
Director of Emergency Management 
Public Safety

Project awarded $235,237.00 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
TitleCCU Facility Emergency Signage & Education Campaign 

Funding will be used to design, produce, and install building emergency education maps and emergency procedures placards in all populated/occupied University buildings and to create a public education campaign on personal emergency response and preparedness.  


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Zhixiong Shen
Assistant Professor
Marine Science

Project awarded $49,704 from the National Science Foundation
Title:  P2C2: Extreme Floods on the Lower Mississippi River in the Context of Late Holocene Climatic Variability                                   

This research will provide long-term context for flooding on the Mississippi River by reconstructing the frequency, magnitude, and provenance of overbank floods along the lower Mississippi River over the last millennium using the sedimentary archives preserved in oxbow lakes.   


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Reece Aponte
Graduate Student 
Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies

Project awarded $2,000 from the Savannah Presbytery M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund
Title: Use of a Multibeam Echosounder to Observe Subsurface Foraging Behaviors

This research project will use multi-beam sonar to describe subsurface feeding behavior of dolphin during the fall migratory pulse along the Grand Strand and to monitor the changes in fish school size and biomass before, during, and after the migratory pulse.  


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Kathryn Greiner-Ferris
Graduate Student 
Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies

Project awarded $2,000 from the Savannah Presbytery M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund
TitlePopulation Structure of Common Bottlenose Dolphins in SC Estuarine System Stocks

This research project will use genetic information collected from stranded dolphins in three SC estuarine stocks to determine the presence of genetically distinct bottlenose dolphin populations and, if necessary, recommend alternative stock boundaries for effective management and protection of true biological populations. 


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Prashant Sansgiry
Professor 
Mathematics & Statistics

Project awarded $12,317 from the South Carolina Department of Education
Title: 18 AP Teacher Institutes

Funds will be used to provide an AP Calculus BC summer institute at Coastal Carolina University for high school math teachers this summer.


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Daniel Abel 
Professor
Marine Science

Project awarded $4,873 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
TitleApex Predators of South Africa: A Request for Funds to Conduct Research, Observe Wildlife, Meet with Colleagues, and Gather Additional Resources for Two Proposed Books

Funds will be used for travel to South Africa to meet with professional colleagues, observe animals in their habitat, and visit conservation centers and museums. 


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James Arendt 
Assistant Professor, Art Studio/Gallery Director
Visual Arts

Project awarded $4,558 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
TitleSocial Practice: Art & Direct Engagement for Social Change

Research will be conducted on emerging tactics within the field of visual arts broadly defined as "social practice" through site visits and research with artists at established sites. Potential areas of practice will also be identified locally in the Horry/Georgetown/Marion county region.


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George Boneillo
Lecturer
Marine Science

Project awarded $5,903 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
TitleCurriculum Development of Two Marine Science Courses: Sea Turtle Biology & Marine Plankton 

Equipment will be purchased to develop the curriculum of two upper level Marine Science courses.  This equipment will give students hands-on experience developing and executing scientific studies that will examine sea turtle biology and plankton ecology.


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Drew Budner 
Assistant Professor
Chemistry

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleDevelopment of Prussian Blue Modified Glucose Oxidase Impregnated Xerogel Glucose Biosensor 

This project is intended to improve and expand the availability of electrochemical sensors for biologically important molecules such as glucose by investigating the coupling of Prussian Blue nanomaterials with xerogels containing enzymes.


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Andrew Busch 
Assistant Professor
Honors Program

Project awarded $3,415 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleReconsidering Neoliberalism: Entrepreneurial Government, Globalization, and the Rise of the Business Right, 1960-2000

This project will be one of the first to address the emergence of neoliberalism, an economic philosophy that endorses privatization, deregulation, market fundamentalism, and smaller government, from a historical perspective. Texas, as a center of both robust economic growth and widespread neoliberal ideology, is an excellent venue for such a project.


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Megan Cevasco                                           John Hutchens
Associate Professor                                      Professor
Biology                                                          Biology

Project awarded $4,047 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
Title: Investigating the Genetic Structure of South Carolina Venus Flytrap Populations Using a RADseq approach

Funding for this project will provide an analysis of DNA data from Venus flytrap plants across a portion of SC to assess the impact of habitat fragmentation on genetic variability and the risk of extinction to this rare and highly geographically restricted carnivorous plant.


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Subhajit Chakraborty                                 Cara Lynn Scheuer
Assistant Professor                                      Assistant Professor
Management & Decision Sciences              Management & Decision Sciences

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleFramework for Institutional Differences in Patient Care Quality

This funding will be used for research panel services for Canadian data collection on perceptions about patient care quality which will then be compared to data previously collected in the US and Mexico.


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Diane Fribance  
Assistant Professor‌
Marine Science

Project awarded $2,390 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleIncreasing Interactivity in Physical Oceanography

The purpose of this project is to make more effective use of experiential learning in MSCI 301, Physical Oceanography, and to provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to be involved in development of a new class activity. 


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John Goodwin
Professor
Chemistry

Project awarded $3,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleStudy of the Reactions of Peroxynitro Cobalt Compounds as They Oxidize Sulfur-Containing Molecules: Preparing to Extend Our Research with Model Compounds to the Biochemistry of Vitamin B12 

The purpose of this Research Enhancement Grant project is to continue the PI's prior research in cobalt porphyrin model systems with biochemical significance by using new insights, techniques, and collaborations.


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George Wesley Hitt                                     Scott Carr
Assistant Professor                                       Assistant Professor 
Physics and Engineering Science                Physics and Engineering Science

Project awarded $4,500 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
TitleA Schlieren Imaging System for Optical Visualization of Gas Flows 

The purpose of this project is to develop a new on-campus experimental capability, broadly in the area of Physics and Engineering Science and specifically in the area of fluid mechanics. A schlieren optical system will allow students to conduct experiments into a wide variety of transparent gas flow phenomena as well as interact with a non-trivial optical apparatus.   


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Associate Professor                                      Associate Professor 
Graduate and Specialty Studies                   Graduate and Specialty Studies

Project awarded $1,672 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
Title Creating Productive Socratic Seminars

The goal of this faculty-student research project is to work with students in creating two articles. These will be based on data collected of student teachers holding Socratic seminars in high school classrooms. The students will assist in coding, analyzing data, and writing papers that examine how high school students participate in Socratic seminar.


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Andrew Incognito
Associate Professor 
Mathematics & Statistics

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant 
Title Interactive Online Textbook for Math 161 (Calculus II)

The purpose of this project is to write an online, interactive textbook for the course Math 161 (Calculus II).  This online textbook will be a continuation of an earlier online, interactive textbook created by the PI for Math 160 (Calculus 1).


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Jakob Lauver
Assistant Professor 
Kinesiology

Project awarded $5,417 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
TitlePhysiological and Perceptional Responses to Interval Endurance Exercise during Various Exercise Intensities and Durations of Blood Flow Restriction   

The purpose of this investigation is to examine the physiological response as well as the perceived exertion in responses to a range of blood flow restriction (BFR) endurance exercise protocols. The outcomes of this investigation will provide important information to help identify a BFR endurance exercise protocol that would maximize the physiology strain while minimizing the perception of effort. 


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Fang Ju Lin
Associate Professor
Biology

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: Molecular Characterization of Genes Promoting Survival: Effect of Exercise on Alzheimer's Disease in the Fruit Fly Drosophila Model   

This research project with transgenic fruit flies will use molecular tools to correlate the altered gene expression induced by exercise to its role in cell survival and prolonged lifespan. 


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Richard Matthews
Lecturer
Computing Sciences

Project awarded $2,665 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Take Two Computer Networking Courses

This funding will enable the PI to complete computer networking courses which will result in additional expertise in the Computing Science Department.  


Kevin McWilliams
Associate Professor
Chemistry

Project awarded $3,500 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title 3D Printing of Molecular Models as Teaching Aids in the Chemistry Curriculum

This project focuses on using a 3D printer for the development of molecular models to be used as visual aids in the teaching of lower and upper-level chemistry concepts.  


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Matthew Murphy
Assistant Professor
Psychology

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title Comparative Animal Cognition Research in Leopard Geckos and Pigeons

This project will fund student involvement in two separate animal cognition research studies: a mid-session reversal timing task with geckos and a false memory task with pigeons.


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Scott Parker
Associate Professor
Biology

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title Immunohistochemical Detection of Tissue Hypoxia in Leopard Geckos Embryos

The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that experimental reduction in respiratory membrane surface area in eggs of the leopard gecko increases embryo tissue hypoxia during development.


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Jeffrey Ranta
Assistant Professor
Communication, Media and Culture

Project awarded $4,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title:  Teal Nation Communications: Curriculum Development and Teaching Support of a Student-run Strategic Communications Agency- An Integrative Learning Opportunity 

Funding will be used to develop mechanisms and best practices for a student-run strategic communications agency/experience (JOUR 433 Teal Nation Communications). Students will have an opportunity to perform "real work for real clients" in public relations, advertising, and integrated and strategic communications. 


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Jeff Rich
Assistant Professor
Visual Arts

Project awarded $4,521 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
Title: The Watershed Project: The Mississippi River

Funding will be used for travel and supplies to conduct phase three of The Watershed Project and will include photographs and a published monograph about the Mississippi River from the headwaters of the seven major tributaries to the Gulf of Mexico.  


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Bryan Wakefield
Assistant Professor
Chemistry

Project awarded $6,000 from a Coastal Carolina University Professional Enhancement Grant
TitleSynthesis of Phidianidine Analogues for Biological Evaluation

Funding will be used to purchase chemicals and durable goods for research at the forefront of organic synthesis.  This project has the ability to lead to the discovery of new drugs by asking a fundamental question about the impact of indole substitution on biological activity.  


  

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