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Research Grants and Information

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Updated Feb. 7, 2024

Biological Sciences

Dec - Dr. Emerson Bowers, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $3,250 from Graduate Women in Science for his project “Parental care of host and parasitic young: an experimental test.”

CERI

Dec - Dr. Stephen Horton, research scientist in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $54,000 from the Arkansas Geological Survey for his project “Operation and Maintenance of the Arkansas Seismic Network.”

Dec - Dr. Thomas Goebel, assistant professor in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $19,540 from the National Science Foundation for his project “CAREER: From slow to fast, micro to macro, single events to cascades: A multi-scale study of seismic event triggering in lab and nature.”

CfIA

Dec - Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Hill Professor in the Department of Cybersecurity and Director in the Center for Information Assurance, was awarded $991,209.80 from the National Security Agency for his project “Cybersecurity education for Critical Infrastructure protection (in Community Development) through Regional Coalition.”

Oct - Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $8M Dollars grant to the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium NCPC (nationalcpc.org) of which the University of Memphis is a core member in 5 University Consortium.  As part of this grant, the University of Memphis’s Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) received $1M grant for 3 years to conduct a project titled “Cybersecurity Issues with Operational Technology and Distributed Energy Resources”.  Dr Mohd. Hasan Ali from Electrical and Computer Engineering, an Associate Director of the center will serve as the Principal Investigator (PI) and Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta of Computer Science, Hill Professor in the Department of Cybersecurity, the Center Director, as the Co-PI on this project. The overall goal of the project is to design and develop cybersecurity-related education and training for operation technology (OT) and distributed energy resources (DERs) in order to address the technical needs of future workforce and industry professionals in various sectors. Moreover, this project aims to develop an outreach program that will demonstrate in-person hands-on exercises and experiments. The hands-on activities will cover topics from security in OT and DER which will also be introduced in some related university classes for pilot testing. This is important for state and local professionals and employees in specific sectors to transition theory to practice dealing with cybersecurity challenges.

City and Regional Planning

Dec - Dr. Stephen Diko, assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, was awarded $45,373 from the Memphis and Shelby County Planning And Development with the US Environmental Protection Agency for his project “Climate Pollution Reduction Grant.”

Computer Science

Jan - Dr. Myounggyu Won, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $69,996 from Towson University with the National Security Agency for his project “Designing Comprehensive Curriculum for Autonomous Vehicle Security Education: An Integrated and Wholistic Approach.”

Dec - Dr. Deepak Venugopal, associate professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $50,000 from The Learning Academy LLC for his project “ASTRA: An AI-based tool to analyze math-learning strategies in big-data.”

Institute for Intelligent Systems

Dec - Dr. Bonny Banerjee, dual appointed assistant professor in the research-intensive Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded $252,000 from Modus Operandi, Inc. with the U.S. Department of Defense for his project “Wearable Technologies for Physiological Monitoring Open Topic.”

Physics and Materials Science

Dec - Dr. Shawn Pollard, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Material Science, was awarded $181,745 from the National Science Foundation for his project “ERI: Compositionally modulated ferrimagnets for spin-orbitronic devices.”

Dec - Dr. Firouzeh Sabri, professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Material Science, was awarded $12,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project “REU Site: Multidisciplinary Physics Research at the University of Memphis.”

Dec - Dr. Francisco Muller Sanchez, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Materials Science, was awarded $78,564 from the National Aeronautics and Space Admin for his project “GA-MER: Citizen science-based classification of galaxy mergers using the two-dimensional stellar kinematics of nearby galaxies observed with MaNGA.”

Psychology

Dec - Dr. Rory Pfund, research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $45,881 from the International Center for Responsible Gaming for his project “A Meta-Analytic Research Domain of Psychological Treatments for Gambling Harm.”

Public and Nonprofit Administration

Dec - Dr. Elizabeth Gillespie, assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, was awarded $1,695 from Advocates for Immigrant Rights for her project “Fundraising Contract.”

Social Work

Dec - Dr. Minhae Cho, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, was awarded $50,000 from the City of Memphis Police Department with the State of Tennessee for her project “Evaluation of VCIF project.”

Sociology

Dec - Dr. Wesley James, Pat E. Burlison Professor in the Department of Sociology, was awarded $159,877 from the Delta Health Alliance with the National Institutes of Health for his project “The Partnership to Optimize Women's Equity in Reproductive health (POWER).”


Fall 2023 (Aug - Nov)

Anthropology

Sept - Dr. Lindsey Feldman, assistant professor id the Department of Anthropology was awarded $27,290 from Innovate Memphis for her project “Ethnographic Support for City Innovation.”

Sept - Dr. Wesley James, founding executive director of the Center for Community Research and Evaluation (CCRE), interim chair of the department of Anthropology, Pat E. Burlison professor in the department of Sociology, and faculty affiliate in the department of Public Health, was awarded $15,000 from the Town of Inverness for his project “Evaluation of the Mississippi RIVER Collaborative.”

Biological Sciences

Nov - Dr. Emerson Bowers, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences was awarded $3,250 from Graduate Women in Science for his project “Parental care of host and parasitic young: an experimental test.”

Nov - Dr. Bernie Daigle, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $143,900 from New York University (NYU) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for his project “Advancing Precision Psychiatry for Military Service-Related PTSD by Enhancing Knowledge of Clinical Subtypes and their Endophenotypes.”

Nov - Dr. Amy Abell, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $138,455 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project “Development of an animal model to test Hdac6 as a drug target to reduce and/or prevent fetal growth restriction.”

Oct - Dr. James Adelman, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $71,293 from Virginia Tech with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of host heterogeneity induced by prior exposure.”

Oct - Dr. Shawn Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $64,000 from USDA Forest Service for his project “Monitoring Pathogen Buildup in White Oak Outplanted Restoration Sites.”

Sept - Dr. James Adelman, assistant professor in the department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $49,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “GRFP: Do behavioral types predict pathogen spread via suppressed sickness behaviors?”

Sept - Dr. Jennifer Mandel, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $478,371 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her projects “MRI: Track 1 Acquisition of a fluorescence activated cell sorter to advance multidisciplinary biological research and training at the University of Memphis” and “NSF-GRFP-Serena Blais 2023.”

Aug - Dr. Keith Bowers, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $2,250.38 from the American Ornithological Society for his project “Host and brood-parasite nestling mouth coloration and parental care: an experimental test.”

Aug - Dr. Thomas Sutter, professor and W. Harry Feinstone Chair of Excellence in Molecular Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $252,560 from the University of Pennsylvania with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Microbial Regulation of the keratinocyte AHRThis is resubmission: 1R01 AR079856-01A1.”

Center for Earthquake Research and Information

Aug - Dr. Mitchell Withers, associate research professor in the Center for Earthquake Research and Information, was awarded $185,831 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for his project “CERI 2023 Deferred Maintenance.”

Chemistry

Aug - Dr. Qianyi Cheng, research scientist in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded $327,397 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project “Data Mining and Machine Learning Guided QM/MM and QM-Cluster Modeling of Enzymatic Reactions.”

Aug - Dr. Nathan DeYonker, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded $186,061 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “CAREER: A Model-Building Platform for Rational, Reproducible, and Rigorous Computational Enzymology.”

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Nov - Dr. Randolph Dupont, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, was awarded $45,000 from the City of Memphis Police Department (CMPD) with the State of Tennessee for his project “City of Memphis Police CIS.”

Oct - Dr. James McCutcheon, associate professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice, was awarded $102,448 from the City of Memphis Police Department (CMPD) with the U.S. Department of Justice (US DoJ) for his project “Evaluation of Sexual Assault Kit Testing.”

Sept - Dr. James McCutcheon, associate professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice, was awarded $72,773 from the City of Memphis Police Department (CMPD) with the U.S. Department of Justice (US DoJ) for his project “Evaluation of Sexual Assault Kit Testing.”

Aug - Dr. Bert Burraston, associate professor and Department Chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, was awarded $43,234 from Methodist LeBonheur Community Outreach with the U.S. Department of Justice (US DoJ) for his project “Evaluation of eSHIFT.”

Computer Sciences

Nov - Dr. Lan Wang, Dunavant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $270,915 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her project “IPA- Dr. Lan Wang”.

Oct - Dr. Xiaolei Huang, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $1,115,997 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “MRI: Track 2 Acquisition of a High-Performance Computing Cluster for Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration on AI-driven and Data-intensive Research and Education in West Tennessee.”

Oct - Dr. Vasile Rus, Jack and Jane Morris, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $657,857 from the U.S. Department of Education (US DoEd) for his project “iCODE: Investigating and Scaffolding Students' Code Comprehension Processes To Improve Learning, Engagement, and Retention.”

Sept - Dr. Lan Wang, Dunavant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $261,656 from Peraton Labs Inc. with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for her project “Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC).”

Aug - Dr. Christos Papadopoulos, professor and Sparks Family Chair of Excellence in Global Research Leadership in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded $107,208 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his projects “Collaborative Research: CCRI: NEW: Open Community platform for Sharing Vehicle Telematics Data for Research and Innovation” and “Collaborative Research: IMR:MM-1B: Privacy in Internet Measurements Applied To WAN and Telematics.”

Earth Sciences

Nov - Dr. Anzhelika Antipova, associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $200,000 from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) for her project “Applying Induced Travel Study in Urban Areas in Tennessee.”

Sept - Dr. William Jackson, assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $34,736 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for his project “Geology of the Enville 7.5-minute quadrangle in Chester, Henderson, and McNairy Counties, Tennessee.”

Aug - Dr. Daniel Larsen, professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded $139,569 from the West Tennessee River Basin Authority for his project “Post-construction Hydrologic Monitoring of the Sandy Creek Stream Restoration Project,” and $28,141 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for his project “Geologic mapping of the Tecopa 7.5' quadrangle, California: A Pleistocene lake, a river and a canyon.”

Institute for Intelligent Systems

Nov - Dr. John Sabatini, distinguished research professor in the Institute for Intelligent Systems, was awarded $410,438 from the U.S. Department of Education (US DoEd) for his project “Developing and implementing a technology-based, reading comprehension instruction system for adult literacy students.”

Physics and Materials Science

Aug - Dr. Francisco Müller-Sánchez, assistant professor in Department of Physics and Materials Science, was awarded over $250,000 in grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the James Webb Space Telescope to continue his research on galaxy formation and evolution. Read more about it.

Psychology

Nov - Dr. Meghan McDevitt-Murphy, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $67,294 from the University of Virginia with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her project “The effectiveness of text-based messaging strategies for preventing subsequent problematic alcohol use among technical trainees in the U.S. Air Force.”

Oct - Dr. Nicholas Simon, associate professor, Experimental (Behavioral Neuroscience) in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $195,872 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Circuit-specific catecholamine regulation of sensitivity to delayed punishment.”

Oct - Dr. James Murphy, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $180,500 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “A Qualitative Analysis of Social and Behavioral Processes Associated with Self-Change in Drinking in an Existing Cohort of Black and White Emerging Adults,” and $11,522 from the University of Kansas Center for Research with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Using Neuroeconomics to Characterize State-Based Increases and Decreases in Alcohol Value.”

Oct - Dr. M. David Rudd, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $566,943 from Ohio State University (OSU) with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for his projects “Examining the Efficacy of a Digital Therapeutic to Prevent Suicidal Behaviors,” and “Web-Based Provider Training for Brief Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BCBT) for Suicide Prevention.”

Sept - Dr. Kristoffer Berlin, professor of Clinical Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies in the department of Psychology, was awarded $27,882 from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UTK) with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Translating basic habituation research to childhood obesity treatment.”

Sept - Dr. Philip Pavlik, associate professor of Experimental (Cognitive) in the department of Psychology, was awarded $52,758 from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project “Improving STEM K-12 learning using optimal spaced retrieval in Podsie, an existing adaptive educational technology platform.”

Sept - Dr. Rory Pfund, research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $45,881 from the International Center for Responsible Gaming for his project “A Meta-Analytic Research Domain of Psychological Treatments for Gambling Harm.”

Aug - Dr. Deranda Lester, research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $432,051 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her projects “Oxytocin projections mediate social and drug reward” and “Oxytocin Mediates Phasic and Tonic Dopamine Release.”

Aug - Dr. Kristoffer Berlin, clinical professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $108,975 from Wayne State University with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Family mHealth Intervention to Improve Health Outcomes in Black Youth with Type 1 Diabetes: A Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Aug - Dr. James Murphy, professor in the Department of Psychology, was awarded $35,742 from Washington State University (WSU) with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Integration of Motivational Interviewing and Behavioral Economics Theories to Enhance Measurement of Client Language as a Mechanism of Behavior Change.”

Social Work

Oct - Dr. Elena Delavega, professor in the Department of Social Work, was awarded $55,654 from the Church Health Center of Memphis for her project “Improving Behavioral Healthcare for the Latinx Community in Memphis.”

Oct - Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, professor, director, and chair in the Department of Social Work, was awarded $530,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for her project “Recruiting Interprofessional Scholars for Excellence in Childhood, Adolescence, & Young Adulthood (RISE-CAY).”

Sept - Dr. Sarah Leat, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, was awarded $328,585 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for her project “Peers Engaging and Empowering Recovery (PEER).”

Sept - Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes, professor, director and chair in the Department of Social Work, was awarded $25,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for her project “Memphis Social Work Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (MSW-SDS).”

Aug - Dr. Minhae Cho, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work, was awarded $17,900 from the Seoul National University with the National Research Foundation of Korea for her project “National Research Foundation Of Korea project.”

World Languages and Literatures

Oct - Dr. Yuki Matsuda, professor of Japanese and Japanese Section Head in the Department of World Languages and Literature, was awarded $10,000 from The Japan Foundation Los Angeles for her project “Salary Assistance Grant.”

Aug - Dr. Diana Ruggiero, professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Literature, was awarded $1,000 from Teach Access for her project “Accessibility Module. The Teach Access Faculty Grant Awards.”