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UTSA awards seed funding for 20 faculty research projects

Billie Jo Rodriguez

Billie Jo Rodriguez, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, is one of 20 UTSA faculty members who received seed grant funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research for summer 2014.

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(March 21, 2014) -- The Office of the Vice President for Research announces the Special Summer Seed Grant program awardees for summer 2014. This seed grant program was a one-time funding opportunity established to promote research and scholarship at the highest quality. A total of $100,000 was divided evenly among the 20 recipients.

Funding awards will support faculty experience in identifying and submitting applications to potential funding sources, to provide preliminary data to support applications for extramural funding, and to enhance scholarly and creative activities. The competition was extremely close, and all who submitted proposals demonstrated that UTSA was well on its way toward becoming a Tier One institution.

College of Architecture

Angela Lombardi, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Masonry Survey and Mortar Characterization of One of the San Antonio’s Mission: San Francisco De La Espada

 

College of Business

Charles Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security
Are Free Apps the New Solution to Software Piracy? The Impact of the Freemium Strategy on Mobile App Piracy in the Presence of Network Effects

Bruce Rudy, Assistant Professor, Department of Management
The Wal-Mart Effect? Considering the Social Implication of Explosive Corporate Growth

Kefeng Xu, Associate Professor, Department of Management Sciences and Statistics
Can Product Recalls Be Profitable? Insights from Behavior Economic Models and Empirical Studies

Edgar Ghossoub, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Financial Structure and the Formulation of Monetary Policy

David Han, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Sciences and Statistics
Time and Cost Constrained Optimal Designs of Step-stress Accelerated Life Tests

 

College of Education and Human Development

Juliet Langman, Associate Professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Engaging English Learners in the Language of Science (eELsci): A Professional Development Program for High School Biology Teachers

Becky Huang, Assistant Professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
The Role of Accent Familiarity in Speaking Assessment: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison between Chinese and Spanish Heritage and Non-Heritage Raters

Billie Jo Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
A Practical Approach for Teaching School Personnel to Develop Effective Function-Based Behavioral Interventions for Students with Challenging Behaviors

David P. Thompson, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Shattered Lives: What does it Mean When an Educator Sexually Abuses a Student

 

College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Jason Yaeger, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Competition, Warfare and the Rise and Fall of Late Classic Maya Kingdoms

Ethan Wickman, DMA – Assistant Professor, Department of Music
Helios: A Concerto for Flute and Percussion Ensemble

Robert Hard, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Ancient Maize Agriculture on the New Mexico Borderland

Melanie Stine, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Geomorphology of Southern Appalachian Peatlands

Aida Ramos-Wada, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
A Matter of the Heart: Covariates and Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion

Xiaohe Xu, Professor, Department of Sociology
Post-divorce Cohabitation and Remarriage: Does Religion Matter?

Bernadette Andrea, Professor, Department of English
Recovering and Re-Mapping Leo Africanus’s Mediterranean World in English Renaissance Discourses of Empire

Joanna Lambert, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Energy-Rich Food and the Ability to Carry It: Implications for Interpreting Primate Evolutionary Success

 

College of Public Policy

Johnelle Sparks, Associate Professor, Department of Demography
Examining the Impact of Segregation on Racial/Ethnic and Educational Differences in Allostatic Load

Corey Sparks, Assistant Professor, Department of Demography
Spatio-temporal Analysis of Disparities in Cancer Incidence in the State of Texas, 1995-2010

 

 

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