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Four SHSU 研究 Teams Awarded First BRIDGE Program Grants

2023年7月20日
SHSU媒体联系人: 坎贝尔阿特金斯

The first recipients of the 山姆 Houston State University Building 研究, 创新, Discovery and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE)计划已经公布. 在收到的27份完整意见书中, the internal review committee selected four projects to fund, supported by faculty members from five SHSU colleges. 它们是:

  • Effectiveness of a Community-Based Intervention of Acceptance and Commitment: Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Management in a Rural and Underserved Community

Principal investigator (PI): Ryan Marek (Primary Care and Clinical Medicine); Team: Michael Griffin (Molecular and Cellular Biology), 欧文·凯利(分子和细胞生物学), Oluwaseun Olaiya (Primary Care and Clinical Medicine), 切尔西·拉特克利夫(心理学和哲学)


  • 生物医学研究的建立, 创新, 培训与就业(BRITE) SHSU联盟 

私人助理:玛黛尔·阿特金斯(生物科学), 多诺万·海恩斯(化学), Sharmin Hasan (Biological 科学); Team: Diego Alvarez (Physiology and Pharmacology), 梅根·欣兹(化学), 哈立德米. 可汗(公共卫生), Aaron Lynne(生物科学), Jailenne Quiñones(临床解剖), 大卫·汤普森(化学), 斯蒂芬·怀特(心理学和哲学)


  • Machine-Learning Algorithm to Optimize the Carbon Sequestration and Noise Attenuation of Roadside Vegetation in Texas

PI: Momen Mousa (工程技术), Team: John Pascarella (Biological 科学)


  • Urban Agribusiness Ventures to Connect and Engage our Hispanic Community

PI: Shyam Nair(农业科学), Team: Alma Contreras-Vanegas (Teaching and Learning), Mark Hainline(农业科学), 凯特琳·霍普金斯(农业科学), ABM Rezbaul Islam(计算机科学), Art Wolfskill(农业科学)


“We have faculty members conducting innovative and impactful research here at SHSU,” Michael T. Stephenson, provost and senior vice president for 学术事务, said. “This program was incredibly competitive and I’m proud to see work being done at SHSU that will contribute to the industry and societal needs of our region and state for years to come.”

The cross-disciplinary projects contribute and advance knowledge through impactful areas like preparing for demands on food, 能源和/或水系统, 在生活中开展研究, 卫生和生物医学科学, addressing concerns of cybersecurity and resiliency and preparing for increased demand of 教育al services and mental health care.

马立克和他的团队, like many of the other research groups vying for BRIDGE funding, saw this grant opportunity as a “means to bridge our disciplines, 大学和社区.”

“We know a multidisciplinary approach to treating Type 2 diabetes works – however, 其中许多项目需要多次访问, 长途开车去大城市, 或者可能不接受保险. This leaves many with the inability to access that care or maintain it long-term,” Marek said. “Our goal is to consolidate some of this multidisciplinary care into a one-day intervention to increase 教育 in Type 2 diabetes while also piloting whether other monitoring and intervention methods will aid in improving Type 2 diabetes outcomes.”

离校园更近, 拟议中的“一带一路”项目, 与PIs Atkins, 海恩斯和哈桑, 旨在帮助招聘, retention and career development of SHSU students interested in biomedical research while also training faculty mentors to focus on increasing student access to research experiences, empowering them to have specific goals in the biomedical market and improving the mentorship of students most at risk of leaving the field.

“Finding ways to improve the success of those historically underrepresented in these careers is very important and their diverse perspectives are needed to solve the important problems facing our society,研究人员说。.

研究团队, 由PI Mousa领导, hopes to create a tool that will help optimize the carbon capture of roadside vegetation in Texas.

“这项研究将 develop a tool for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to estimate the carbon sequestration and noise attenuation of roadside vegetation in Texas,穆萨说. “This will contribute to the overall reduction of Texas’ contributions to greenhouse gases. This will also help TxDOT generate a saleable carbon offset for its carbon sequestration projects, 增加了大约700万美元的收入.” 

最后, the Nair-led project sets out to engage the community and advance the understanding of community-based production and marketing of fresh produce. The diverse team proposes to establish an urban agriculture pilot project to provide high school students and community groups the resources and knowledge they need to produce vegetables sustainably and efficiently through hydroponics. 除了, researchers will help them create a sustainable revenue stream through training in digital marketing techniques and the development of a smartphone marketing app. 

“We will use the data and experiences gained from this proof-of-concept project to submit a federal proposal, 这将整合研究, 教育, 社区参与,奈尔说.

与上海大学的战略计划保持一致, the BRIDGE program is part of the Provost 创新 Fund (PIF) and was created to turn existing and emerging research themes into sustainable programs that elevate the reputation of SHSU and establish the university as a major contributor to new knowledge and technology for Texas. This project was made possible by funding received from PIF and the 办公室 of 研究 & 赞助计划(ORSP).

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