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Recent Research Awards

$2,976,534 - Randomized Controlled Trial of Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families

Principal Investigator: James McHale, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

This project tests via randomized controlled trial methodology the efficacy of a prenatal intervention designed for unmarried, largely non-co-residential African American mothers and fathers expecting a first child together. Both child and family outcome measures will be assessed.

$1,214,765 - 15-16 Project 10: Transition Education Network

Principal Investigator: Jordan Knab
Sponsor: Florida Department of Education

Project 10 assists school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. It is the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and relevant school district personnel to address law and policy, effective practices, and   research-based intervention in transition services for youths with disabilities.

$117,417 - Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking Across the Middle Grades: A Research-Based Approach Using PhET Interactive Simulation

Principal Investigator: Karina Hensberry
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

A three-year program of research in collaboration with the PhET Interactive Simulations group at the University of Colorado Boulder, which is the lead institution for this NSF grant. Dr. Hensberry, will contribute to the development of computer simulations, support data collection involving these simulations in middle grade classrooms in Florida and Colorado and analyze data collected at these schools.

$80,670 - Geospatial Analysis of Ecosystem Change on Seminole Indian Reservation Lands

Principal Investigator: Barnali Dixon
Sponsor: Seminole Tribe of Florida

The goal of this project is to map and delineate selected habitats within the reservation to perform a spatio-temporal analysis in order to determine changes in landcover within the reservation over time. The results from this project will identify areas and habitats that experienced significant changes over time as well as areas (and habitats) that remained relatively constant over time. Identification and delineation sensitive areas (areas experiencing changes) and relatively stable areas (areas experiencing less changes) over time will provide insights into the ecosystem stress-response patterns that can be useful in developing long-term conservation practice and strategies within the reservation.

$37,585 - Paleolimnogical Study of Lake Bonny, Lakeland, Florida

Principal Investigator: Whitmore
Sponsor: City of Lakeland

The purpose of the proposed study is to conduct a paleolimnological assessment of Lake Bonny to reconstruct past water quality and wetland influences based on sedimentary evidence.

$1,214,765 – Project 10: Transition Education Network

Principal Investigator: Jordan Knab, College of Education
Sponsor: Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services

Project 10 assists school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes. It is the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and relevant school district personnel to address law and policy, effective practices, and   research-based intervention in transition services for youths with disabilities. Learn more about USFSP’s K-16 educational initiatives.

$500,000 – Sunbay Digital Math USF St. Petersburg

Principal Investigator: Vivian Fueyo, College of Education
Sponsor: SRI International

This project is collaboration among the USF St. Petersburg College of Education, SRI International and the Pinellas County School District. The focus of the collaboration is to deliver innovation in educational technology and teacher professional development. The goal is to increase student achievement in grades 6-8 on the major math topics of Florida’s Sunshine Standards. By using innovative classroom technology and integrating curriculum  modules tied to high standards, the methods emphasized in SunBay Digital Mathematics involve dynamic presentations and problem-solving to deepen mathematics learning and to provide high-quality teacher professional development. Funding will help expand the program to more middle school teachers, particularly those with more than half of their students from low-income families or underrepresented groups; and demonstrate the difference SunBay Digital Mathematics can make in their middle-school instruction.

$409,299 – Leading in A Civilian Context: A Socially Responsible MBA for Returning Veterans

Principal Investigator: Alison Watkins, College of Business
Sponsor: Graduate Management Admissions Council MET Fund (GMAC)

This project enables returning veterans to quickly obtain a MBA in a supportive environment while learning the practice and principles of corporate social responsibility, a major focus for the College of  Business, which was ranked in the top 100 in the world by the Aspen Institute. The grant  funds a course to help participants prepare for the Graduate Management Admission Test; a workshop for veterans facing the challenges of  returning to higher education; and scholarships for MBA Essentials, a course focused on eight core business essentials to prepare returning vets for MBA studies.

$292,265 – Promoting Co-parenting Alliances Among Expectant Unmarried African-American Parents

Principal Investigator: James McHale, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: Brady Education Foundation

Funding provides the means  to partner with a community agency serving  at-risk African-American families to determine if a six-session parental intervention can promote the development of positive co-parenting between unwed non-co-resident new parents. The research provides guidelines for effectively assessing and understanding co-parenting alliances in families with young children. It is the central focus of his work at the USFSP Family Study Center.

$260,000 – Florida Inclusion Network

Principal Investigator:  H. William Heller, Dean, College of Education
Sponsor: Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services< The Florida Inclusion Network provides information, training and assistance to school districts, schools, and families about practices that support students with disabilities who are in general education classrooms. [/av_toggle] [av_toggle title='$258,639 – An Ethnographical And Archaeological Study of The Gamo Caste System in Southwestern Ethiopia' tags=''] Principal Investigator: Kathryn Weedman Arthur, College of Arts and Sciences
Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Research is conducted to determine the factors which led to the development of a caste system among the Gamo peoples of Ethiopia. The research examines the development of a form of social organization characteristic of major areas of Africa and South Asia. The project includes the Gamo people in the interpretation of their past. While the research plan is to interview elders, local high school and Gamo students will record, excavate, and preserve their heritage.

$60,000 – Never More Campesinos: A Mexican Indigenous Community Engages The 21st Century

Principal Investigator: Jay Sokolovsky, College of Arts and SciencesSponsor: Institute for Man: Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund

This multimedia-enabled book about an Indigenous Mexican Village is a new kind of enthnographic production which examines issues central to the writings of Dr. Ruth Landes. Set in the rugged mountains overlooking Mexico City, Never more Campesinos fuses the printed word with a range of other media to explore the rapidly globalizing culture and lives of the indigenous residents of San Jeronimo Amanalco. The community is important because it has succeeded in confronting, on its own terms, the powerful forces of globalization.