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Research Grants and Information

Additional award, research and presentation information can be found on the CAS Accolades website.

Biological Sciences

Oct. - Dr. Emily Puckett, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $389,999 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for her project “Building a Future for the Louisiana Black Bear through Habitat Restoration, Public Relations, and Genetic Rescue Planning.”

Sep. - Dr. Shawn Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $23,757 from the Mississippi State University with the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board for his project “Impacts of charcoal rot (Macrophomina phaseolina) epidemiology on drought resistant soybean cellular metabolism and accompanying tissue microbiome for identifying alternative breeding targets under increasing environmental stress.”

Sep. - Dr. Jennifer Mandel, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $811,531 from the National Science Foundation for her project “Collaborative Research: RESEARCH-PGR: Comparative genomics of the capitulum: deciphering the molecular basis of a key floral innovation.”

Aug. - Dr. Duane McKenna, William Hill professor in the department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $24,999 from the National Science Foundation for her project “Investigating chemosensory evolution in longhorned beetles using a comparative phylogenomic framework that integrates genomic, morphological, and biochemical data.”

Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Aug. - Dr. Mitchell Withers, associate research professor in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $154,194 from the U.S. Geological Survey for his project “Operation of the Mid-America Integrated Seismic Network 2020-2024-CERI.”

Civil Engineering

Oct. - Dr. Sabya Mishra, professor of Civil Engineering, awarded $100,000 from Memphis Area Transit Authority and FTA for his project "Accelerating Innovative Mobility - Memphis Area Transit Authority Case Study."

Department of Anthropology

Sep. - Dr. Lindsey Feldman, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded $26,798 from Innovate Memphis for her project “Ethnographic Support for City Innovation.”

Department of Chemistry 

Sep. - Dr. Qianyi Cheng, research scientist in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded $327,646 from the National Institutes of Health for their project “Data Mining and Machine Learning Guided QM/MM and QM-Cluster Modeling of Enzymatic Reactions.”

Sep. - Dr. Gary Emmert, interim dean in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded $1,242,933 from the Memphis and Shelby Crime Commission for his project “Public Safety Institute” and $44,179 from the U.S. Geological Survey for his project “Cooperative Research Agreement between the University of Memphis and USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center.”

Department of Computer Science

Sep. - Dr. Christos Papadopoulos, professor and Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in Global Research Leadership in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $871,098 from the National Science Foundation for his project “Collaborative Research: CCRI: NEW: Open Community platform for Sharing Vehicle Telematics Data for Research and Innovation.”

Sep. - Dr. Deepak Venugopal, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $16,000 from the National Institutes of Health for his project “RI: Small Investigating techniques that couple Markov Logic and Deep Learning with applications to discovering strategies to improve STEM learning.”

Aug. - Dr. Lan Wang, department chair and Dunavant Professor in the department of Computer Science, was awarded $26,613 from the Peraton Labs Inc with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for his project “Mission-Integrated Network Control.”

Aug. - Dr. Kan Yang, assistant professor in the department of Computer Science, was awarded $397,084 from FedEx Corporate Services, Incorporated for his project “Designing Machine Learning-based Solutions for APT Detection.”

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Oct. - Dr. Timothy McCuddy, assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was awarded $49,999 from the Shelby County Community Services Agency for his project “Evaluation of Shelby County Youth Assessment Center.”

Sep. - Dr. James McCutcheon, associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was awarded $11,473 from the City of Memphis Police Department with the U.S. Department of Justice for his project “Evaluation of Sexual Assault Kit Testing.”

Aug. - Dr. Amaia Iratzoqui-Greenfield, associate professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was awarded $14,994 from the City of Memphis Police Department with the U.S. Department of Justice for her project “LEV Mini-Grant.”

Department of Earth Sciences

Oct. - Dr. Daniel Larsen, professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $166,147 from the City of Collierville for his project “Collierville Water Quality.”

Sep. - Dr. William Jackson, assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $34,952 from the U.S. Geological Survey for his project “Geology of the Leapwood 7.5-Minute Quadrangle, McNairy County, Tennessee.”

Department of Mathematical Science 

Sep. - Dr. Bentuo Zheng, professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, was awarded $8,400 from the Simons Foundation for his project “The Geometry of Banach Spaces.”

Aug. - Dr. Irena Lasiecka, distinguished university professor and chair in the department of Mathematical Science, was awarded $340,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project “PDE Control of 3D Fluids, Flow/Fluid-Structure interactions: Finite dimensional strategies for flutter/turbulence suppression.”

Department of Psychology

Oct. - Dr. Xiangen Hu, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $70,000 from the American Institutes for Research for his project “AIR and University of Memphis AutoTutor Project.”

Oct. - Dr. James Murphy, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $32,680 from Washington State University with the National Institutes of Health for his project “Integration of Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Economics Theories to Enhance Measurement of Client Language as a Mechanism of Behavior Change.”

Oct. - Dr. M. David Rudd, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $513,967 from The Ohio State University with the U.S. Department of Defense for his project “Examining the Efficacy of a Digital Therapeutic to Prevent Suicidal Behaviors.”

Sep. - Dr. Alexandrea Golden, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $11,500 from the Society for Research in Child Development for her projects “Understanding Peer Racial Socialization Amidst a Pandemic of Racism: A Qualitative Study with Black Adolescents” and “Need for Mentoring, Cohort support, and Research Funding.”

Sep. - Dr. Kathryn Howell, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $203,606 from the University of Notre Dame with the National Institutes of Health for her projects “Pregnant Moms' Program.”

Sep. - Dr. Xiangen Hu, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $25,000 from the American Institutes for Research for his project “AIR and University of Memphis AutoTutor Project.”

Institute of Intelligent Systems

Oct. - Dr. John Sabatini, distinguished research professor in the Institute of Intelligent Systems, was awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for his project “Developing and implementing a technology-based, reading comprehension instruction system for adult literacy students.”

Public Safety Institute

Oct. - Dr. William Gibbons, executive director of the Public Safety Institute, was awarded $75,000 from the Downtown Memphis Commission for his project “DMC Safety Plan.”

School of Social Work

Oct. - Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, professor, director and chair of the Department of Social Work, was awarded $196,803 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her project “INTEGRATE (INterprofessional TEams GRounded in Apprenticeship, Telehealth, and Evidence).

Aug. - Dr. Melissa Hirschi, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was awarded $331,508 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her project “Peers Engaging and Empowering Recovery.”

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