The following is a compilation of grants awarded at Western Carolina University during August 2018. The list is presented in unedited form, courtesy of WCU’s Office of Research Administration.
Title: Clinical Site Development Grant
PI: Anthony Roberson
Funder: Mountain Area Health Education Center
Description: to develop new clinical learning experiences at the Catamount School and to support the site and a school nurse/faculty position until a permanent position is secured.
Title: Decline in Pacific madrone: Accessing health and future persistence using established common garden sentinel plantings
PI: Laura DeWald
Funder: US Department of Agriculture
Description: Range wide common garden/sentinel tests of madrone will indicate severity and cause of madrone health problems and identify resistant/resilient sources in order to manage health problems in forests containing this species now and in future climates.
Title: Hidden sediment sources: Locating and studying road-draining gullies using a geospatial model and field measurements
PI: John Gannon
Funder: NCSU Water Resources Research Institute
Description: to identify common site characteristics leading to the formation of road-draining gullies and to determine how features like these expand the active channel network during precipitation events.
Title: North Carolina 811 – Job Safety Analysis
PI: Ahmed Al-Bayati
Funder: North Carolina 811
Description: to provide a practical list of the possible root causes that lead to underground damage during excavations.
Title: Predator diversity, pest regulation, and invasion resistance: Exploring the relationship between aquatic consumer diversity and Aedes japonicas invasion along a latitudinal gradient (Georgia to Georgian Bay).
PI: Brian Byrd
Funder: Virginia Commonwealth University
Description: to investigate the multi-dimensional effects of predator prey interactions and test the functional effects of changes in predator diversity using well-characterized rock pools in 3 rivers in NC, SC, and GA.