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Semester Research Assistants Program – Past Recipients

The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the recipients of the fall semester Faculty Research Assistants funding.  Awarded in the fall and spring semesters, Faculty Research Assistants funding provides $1,750 to each recipient, to cover compensation and supplies for an undergraduate research assistant. We are pleased to have awarded 22 faculty members for the fall 2020 semester.  We congratulate these faculty recipients and commend them for their support of undergraduate research.

Frank Loeffler

College of Arts & Sciences, Microbiology

International Research Coordination Network for Creating Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems (FEWSUS)”

Michael Blum

College of Arts & Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Determining the evolutionary implications of climate change”

Andreas Nebenfuehr

College of Arts & Sciences, Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology

Fluorescent markers to study cell polarity in pollen grains”

Joseph Williams

College of Arts & Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Comparing breeding system traits of Micronesian island plants with mainland relatives”

Vasileios Maroulas

College of Arts & Sciences, Mathematics

Machine Learning in Chemistry”

Edward Schilling

College of Arts & Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Analysis of Rare Plant Species Using Molecular Barcoding Approaches”

Vitaly Ganusov

College of Arts & Sciences, Microbiology

Mathematical modeling of virus spread in plants: from local infection site systemically”

Shayla Nunnally

College of Arts & Sciences, Political Science

Recognizing the Under-Recognized Historical Achievements and Talent in Black High Schools in the Jim Crow Southern and Border States”

Leah Christiani

College of Arts & Sciences, Political Science

Identity Appeals in Congressional Advertising”

Barbara Murphy

College of Arts & Sciences, School of Music, School of Music

Expanding the Diversity of Musical Examples Used in Music Theory Classes”

Karen Boyd

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

 “In Their Words – An Activist’s Walking Tour of Montgomery 1960”

 

 

Frances Harper

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Theory & Practice in Education

Black and Latinx Parents Leading Reform and Advancing Racial Justice in Elementary Mathematics”

James Martinez

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

School Administrator Self-Efficacy During School Re-Opening during COVID-19 Pandemic”

Richard Gerhold

College of Veterinary Medicine, Parasitology

Investigating Prevalence in P. tenuis in Intermediate Host in East Tennessee”

Wendy Tate

Haslam College of Business, Supply Chain Management

International Research Coordination Network for Creating Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems (FEWSUS)”

Yazhen Xiao

Haslam College of Business, Marketing Department

How will Alexa make your home smarter?”

Margaret Staton

Herbert College of Agriculture, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Alternative splicing as a key transcriptional regulatory mechanism in dormant buds and flowers from apricot and peach”

Jie Zhuang

Herbert College of Agriculture, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

International Research Coordination Network for Creating Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems (FEWSUS)”

Denita Hadziabdic-Guerry

Herbert College of Agriculture, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Conservation and Diversity Study of Endemic Tree, Mountain Stewartia (Stewartia ovata)”

Doris D’Souza

Herbert College of Agriculture, Food Science

Oil and Vinegar to Enhance Green Salad Safety”

Vermont Dia

Herbert College of Agriculture, Food Science

Exploring the co-products from hempseed oil processing”

Mingzhou Jin

Tickle College of Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Tennessee

International Research Coordination Network for Creating Transdisciplinary Nodes of Food-Energy-Water to Support Sustainable Urban Systems (FEWSUS)”

Faculty Member Name College Home Department Project Title
Julia Jaekel College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Child and Family Studies Reconstructing a century-long record of plant-microbiome interactions
Clea McNeely College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Department of Public Health School attendance policies: Exploring an unexamined source of racial disparities in school discipline
Ling Zhao College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Nutrition On the Development of a Mind-controlled Wheelchair
Karen Boyd College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Experience 1960 Montgomery, Alabama
James Martinez College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Mathematics Teacher Retention Initiative
Sally Horn College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Geography New Indicators of Climate and Environmental Change from  Non-Pollen Palynomorphs in Lake Sediments
Michelle Brown College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Sociology Reversing in-person visitation bans in the Era of Mass Incarceration
Xiaopeng Zhao College of Engineering Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering On the Development of a Mind-controlled Wheelchair
Ondrej Chvala College of Engineering Nuclear Engineering Sustaining neutronic and chemical balance of molten salt reactors
Thomas K. Davis FAIA College of Architecture & Design Architecture A Teachers Village for Nashville: Making the Case
Michael Blum College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Do plant-microbe partnerships last forever? Insights from ‘ancient’ plant microbiomes
Susan Kalisz College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Does age-related variation in male and female trait expression optimize lifetime reproductive success in a self-compatible annual plant?
Christy Leppanen College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Outcomes of hybridization by a biological control agent for hemlock woolly adelgid
Kimberly Sheldon College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Nobody likes change: The role of temperature variability during beetle development in mediating impacts of future temperature stress
Edward Schilling College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Molecular Barcoding of Tennessee Plants for Plant Conservation Studies
Benjamin Keck College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences General Biology/Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Evaluation of Microplastic Occurrence in Fishes of the Upper Tennessee River
Jennifer Schweitzer College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Does disturbance alter plant polyploidy?

Faculty Member Name (First) Faculty Member Name (Last) College Home Department Project title
Peter Krawczel Herbert College of Agriculture Animal Science Sweating the details: Behavioral indicators of the onset of heat stress in pre-weaned dairy calves
Barbara Murphy College of Arts & Sciences School of Music The Use of the Chunking Method in the Music Aural Skills Curriculum
Louise Seamster College of Arts & Sciences Sociology Campus Alert! Are Colleges and Universities Complying with The Clery Act?
Vitaly Ganusov College of Arts & Sciences Microbiology Overcoming natural selection of bad science with the method of multiple working hypotheses
Stephen Collins-Elliott College of Arts & Sciences Classics Gardens of the Hesperides: The Rural Archaeology of the Loukkos Valley
Robert Lieberthal College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Public Health Identifying suspicious patterns in Medicare Part D prescription data
Eric Wade College of Engineering MABE Fault Tolerancing and Usability of a Closed-Loop Robot System for Reading Comprehension Skill Development

Faculty Member Name (First) Faculty Member Name (Last) College Home Department Project title
Doris D’Souza College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Food Science Foodborne Aichi Virus Spread: Not-So-Lightly!
Thomas K. Davis College of Architecture & Design School of Architecture Retrofitting Urbanism in Nashville’s Metro Center Office / Industrial Park
Cary Staples College of Arts & Sciences Art Virtural Worlds + Virtural Learning
Jana Morgan College of Arts & Sciences Political Science Racial Exclusion and Democratic Citizenship
Bradley Thomson College of Arts & Sciences Earth and Planetary Sciences Assessing the Habitability of Mars using Measurements of Impact Craters
DaJung Woo College of Communication and Information School of Communication Studies Dialectical Tensions in Expertise Evaluation in Cross-Functional Collaborations
Eric Wade College of Engineering MABE Development of a Human Robot Framework for Speech Practice in Children with Complex Communicaiton Needs

Faculty Member Name (First) Faculty Member Name (Last) College Home Department Project title
Megan Bryson College of Arts & Sciences, Humanities Religious Studies Esoteric Buddhist Networks in East Asia
James Chyz Haslam College of Business Accounting and Information Management Non-GAAP Performance Metrics and the Strategic Allocation of Purchase Price to Intangible Assets
Gregor Kalas College of Architecture & Design Architecture Documenting the Reuse of Antiquities in late Antique Egypt and Rome
Keerthi Krishnan College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences BCMB Spying on Mice to Decode Learned Maternal Behavior
Shuai Li College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Visibility Enhancement for Autonomous Construction Machines Based on Scene Prediction
Kelley Strohacker College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Increasing Leisure-Time Walking Activity in Obese Aduslts Using Intra-Individualized Text Message Prompt: A Feasibility Study
Raja Swamy College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences Anthropology Compiling a Dataset on Houston’s Industrial Land Use Practices, with a Focus on Environmental Disparities and Disaster Vulnerability

Faculty Member Name (First) Faculty Member Name (Last) College Home Department Project title
Joel Anderson College of Nursing College of Nursing Leveraging Twitter to Understand Family Perspectives of Dementia Care
David Cihak College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Cary Staples College of Arts & Sciences Art Virtual Reality Prototype
Michelle Commander College of Arts & Sciences English Theatrical Speculations: The Re-Narrativation of Slavery in the Inter-War Plays of Zora Neale Jurston and Langston Hughes
Scott Crouter College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Novel Approaches for Predicting Free-Living Physical Activity
Thomas Davis College of Architecture & Design Architecture A Conceptual Study for a Teachers Village in Nashville
Camille Hall College of Social Work College of Social Work Multicultural Competence: A Comparative Analysis of International and National Perspectives
Michael Mason College of Social Work Center for Behavioral Health Research Treating Cannabis Use Disorder Among Young Adults: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of Text Delivered Peer Network Counseling
Kandace Hollenbach College of Arts & Sciences Anthropology Analyzing the Prehistoric Anderson Site using Sediment and Botanical Samples
Lisa Muller College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Seasonal Movements, Landscape Use, and Home Ranges of Reintroduced Elk in the Cumberland Mountains, Tennessee
Spencer Olmstead College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Child and Family Studies Sex, Commitment, and Relationship Configuration Preferences among Emerging Adults
Daniel Simberloff College of Arts & Sciences Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Engaging the Public in Invasive Species Programs: A Case Study of Media Representation Involving the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Ecological Interactions between Native Ants and an Invasive Forest Insect, the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
Charles Sims Haslam College of Business Economics To Quantify the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in the Cumberland Region
Eric Wade College of Engineering Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering Social Robotics for Children with Complex Communication Needs

Faculty Member Name (First) Faculty Member Name (Last) College Home Department Project title
Sue Hamilton College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Plant Sciences Development of ‘Best Practices’ for University Garden Plant Collection Database Designs
William Klingeman College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Plant Sciences “Potential of Two Predatory Beetle Species as a Monitoring Tool for Walnut Twig Beetle Detection”
Denita Hadziabdic Guerry College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Entomology and Plant Pathology “Pathogenicity and Co-Infection Potential of Two Plant Pathogenic Fungi that May Contribute to Severity of Thousand Cankers Disease in Walnut”
Brian Ambroziak College of Architecture & Design School of Architecture “Disembodied Circle: A Twelve-Step Field Manual”
Thomas K. Davis College of Architecture & Design School of Architecture NASHVILLE’S CHARLOTTE AVENUE HEALTHY CORRIDOR URBAN DESIGN STUDY
Francisco Barrera Olivares College of Arts & Sciences Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Pleiomorphic membrane peptides
Stephen Blackwell College of Arts & Sciences Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures A Swing Through Vladimir Nabokov’s Trees (A Comprehensive Study)
Jessica Grieser College of Arts & Sciences English Talking Place, Speaking Race: African Americans, English, and the Language of a Changing Local Identity.
Paul Harrill College of Arts & Sciences School of Art Untitled Film Project
Kandace Hollenbach College of Arts & Sciences Anthropology Analysis of Plant Remains from Late Precontact Contexts at the Topper Site, Aiken County, South Carolina
Keerthi Krishnan College of Arts & Sciences Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Discovering brain circuitry underlying a fine motor behavior in a female mouse model of Rett Syndrome
Robert Washington-Allen College of Arts & Sciences Geography Cross-scale Analysis of Historical Patterns of Land Cover Change as a Driver for the Observed Decline in Bobwhite Quail Abundance
Lars Dzikus College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies An Exploratory Study About the Experiences of Female Interscholastic Head Coaches in East Tennessee
Katie Kavanagh College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Nutrition Online survey to assess maternal accuracy of infant spit-up quantification
Kelley Strohacker College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies Towards Adapting Flexible Nonlinear Periodization for Untrained Adults: Exploring perceptions of aerobic exercise readiness and workload demand
Ondrej Chvala College of Engineering Nuclear Engineering A Safe and Economical Nuclear Plant to Remediate the Woes of Weapons-grade Plutonium