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Research Funding Awarded to Eight TAMU-CC Professors

June 03, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Eight Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi professors received funding from the state’s Texas Comprehensive Research Fund.

Established by the Texas Legislature in 2015, this fund aids faculty in research endeavors and scholarly activity, allowing faculty to conduct preliminary research necessary to move into a new area of research and scholarship.

Funding also targets support to post-doctoral fellows to increase the number of those working alongside professors.

“Funding programs such as this help enhance the research culture here on campus,” said Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach. “Promoting such a culture here at the Island University allows us to further our goal of becoming an Emerging Research University.”

Program Development Grants - $20,000 each

  • Dr. Hussain Abdulla, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, for proposal titled, “The Removal of Terrestrial Dissolved Organic Matter in Coastal Regions by Photo-flocculation Process.”
  • Dr. Jeremy Conkle, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, for proposal titled, “Characterizing and Quantifying Plastic Debris Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).”
  • Dr. Maryam Rahnemoonfar, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science, for proposal titled, “Deep Spatio-temporal Learning Framework for Geospatial Data Analytics.”
  • Dr. Hua Zhang, Assistant Professor of Engineering, and Dr. Mehrube Mehrubeoglu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, for proposal titled, “An Integrated Characterization and Simulation System for Microplastics in Coastal Watersheds.”
  • Dr. Meng Zhao, Assistant Professor of Nursing, for proposal titled, “Involving Asian American Women in the Development of a Smart Phone Application to Facilitate Their Screening Mammography Utilization.”

Post-Doctoral Support Grants - $30,000 each

  • Dr. Isaac Kim, Assistant Professor of Engineering, to support Dr. Jaesung Park’s participation in the development of optical techniques to characterize micro-fingerprint patterns.
  • Dr. Chris Bird, Assistant Professor of Biology, to support Dr. Rebecca Hamner’s participation in ongoing research testing the effects of community-managed rest areas on coastal Hawaiian fisheries.