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SOAR Fund Annual Reports and List of Supported Research


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FY 2014-15

  • "Lights, Camera... Citizen Science: Assessing the Effectiveness of Smartphone-Based Video Training in Invasive Plant Identification”, by Jared Starr, Charles M. Schweik, Nathan Bush, Lena Fletcher, Jack Finn, Jennifer Fish, Charles T. Bargeron, PLoS ONE, Published: November 05, 2014, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111433, available at
  • "Green Materials Science and Engineering Reduces Biofouling: Approaches for Medical and Membrane-based Technologies", by Kerianne M. Dobosz, Kristopher W. Kolewe, Jessica D. Schiffman, Frontiers in Microbiology, March 17, 2015, DOI:, available at
  • "Pericyte NF-κB activation enhances endothelial cell proliferation and proangiogenic cytokine secretion in vitro", by Katherine E. LaBarbera, Robert D. Hyldahl, Kevin S. O'Fallon, Priscilla M. Clarkson, Sarah Witkowski, Physiological Reports, v.3 n. e12309, April 24, 2015, DOI: 10.14814/phy2.12309, available at
  • "The Effect of Cluster Size Variability on Statistical Power in Cluster-Randomized Trials", by Stephen A. Lauer, Ken P. Kleinman, Nicholas G. Reich, PLoS ONE, April 1, 2015, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119074, available at

FY 2015-2016

FY 2016-17

  • "Gender Inequality: Nonbinary Transgender People in the Workplace", Skylar Davidson, Cogent Social Science, Sept. 22, 2016, v. 22, no. 1:
  • "A Comparison of the Elastic Properties of Graphene-and-Fullerene Reinforced Polymer Composites: The Role of Filler Morphology and Size", Chang-Tsan Lu, Asanka Weerasinghe, Dimitrios Maroudas, and Ashwin RamasubramaniamScientific Reports, Aug. 22, 2016, v. 6: 31735:
  • "Does Order Matter? Investigating the Effect of Sequence on Glance Duration during On-Road Driving", Joonbum Lee, Shannon C. Roberts, Bryan Reimer, Bruce Mehler, PLoS ONE, v. 12, no. 2:
  • "Periodontitis and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Observational Studies", Samuel A. Abariga and Brian W. Whitcomb, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, v. 16, issue 344:
  • "Tambora and the Mackerel Year: Phenology and Fisheries During an Extreme Climate Event", Karen E. Alexander, William B. Leavenworth, Theodore V. Willis, Carolyn Hall, Steven Mattocks, Steven M. Bittner, Emily Klein, Michelle Staudinger, Alexander Bryan, Julianne Rosset, Benjamin H. Carr, and Adrian Jordaan, Science Advances, v. 3, issue 1:
  • "Plant Distribution Data Show Broader Climatic Limits than Expert-Based Climatic Tolerance Estimates", Caroline A. Curtis and Bethany A. BradleyPLoS ONE, Nov. 21, 2016, v. 11, issue 11:
  • "The Nature of Age-Related Differences in Knee Function during Walking: Implication for the Development of Knee Osteoarthritis", Katherine A. Boyer and Thomas B. Andriacchi, PLoS ONE, Dec. 14, 2016, v. 11, issue 12:
  • "A Web-Disseminated Self-Help and Peer Support Program Could Fill Gaps in Mental Health Care: Lessons From a Consumer Survey", Samantha L. Bernecker, Kaitlin Banschback, Gennarina D. Santorelli, and Michael J. Constantino, JMIR Mental Health, Jan. 19, 2017, v. 4, issue 1:
  • "Dietary B Vitamins and Depression in Persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: The Positive Living with HIV (POLH) Study", Kalpana Poudel-TandukarJournal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, v. 62, no. 6:
  • "The Physical Activity Tracker Testing in Youth (P.A.T.T.Y) Study: Content analysis and Children’s Perceptions", Brittany Masteller, Patty Freedson, and John R. Sirard, Journal of mHealth and uHealth, April 28, 2017, v. 5, issue 4:
  • "Sex-biased oviposition by a nursery pollinator on a gynodioecious host plant: implications for breeding system evolution and evolution of mutualism", Laura Doubleday and Lynne S. Adler, Ecology and Evolution, May 23, 2017, vol. 7, issue 13:
  • "Youth Oriented Activity Trackers: Comprehensive Laboratory- and Field-Based Validation", John R. Sirard, Brittany Masteller, Patty S. Freedson, Albert Mendoza, and Amanda Hickey, Journal of Medical Internet Research, July 19, 2017, vol. 19, no. 7:

FY 2017-18

  • "Process Evaluation of a Culturally-Tailored Physical Activity Intervention in African-American Mother-Daughter Dyads", Sarah Burkart, Christine W. St. Laurent, Sofiya Alhassan, Preventive Medicine Reports, August 18, 2017, vol. 8:
  • "Context-Dependent Medicinal Effects of Anabasine and Infection-Dependent Toxicity in Bumble Bees," Evan Palmer-Young, Alison Hogeboom, Alexander J. Kaye, Dash Donnelly, Jonathan Andicoechea, Sara June Connon, Ian Weston, Kimberly Skyrm, Rebecca E. Irwin, Lynn S. AdlerPLoS ONE, August 23, 2017, vol. 12, issue 8:
  • "Near-Real-Time Monitoring of Insect Defoliation Using Landsat Time Series", Valerie J. Pasquarella, Bethany A. Bradley, and Curtis E. Woodcock, Forests, July 31, 2017, vol. 8, issue 8:
  • "(In)variability in the Samoan syntax/prosody interface and consequences for syntactic parsing," Kristine M. Yu and Edward P. Stabler, Laboratory Phonology: Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, October 18, 2017, vol. 8, issue 1:
  • "Mechanistic Insights into the Cholesterol-dependent Binding of Perfringolysin O-based Probes and Cell Membranes," Benjamin B. Johnson, Mariana Breña, Juan Anguita, and Alejandro P. HeuckScientific Reports, October 23, 2017, vol. 7:
  • "Gapless Symmetry-Protected Topological Order," Thomas Scaffidi, Daniel E. Parker, and Romain Vasseur, Physical Review X, November 29, 2017, vol. 7:
  • "High Energy Density in Azobenzene-based Materials for Photo-Thermal Batteries via Controlled Polymer Architecture and Polymer-Solvent Interactions," Seung Pyo Jeong, Lawrence A. Renna, Connor J. Boyle, Hyunwook S. Kwak, Edward Harder, Wolfgang Damm, and Dhandapani VenkataramanScientific Reports, December 19, 2017, vol. 7:
  • "Stress-Induced Reorganization of the Mycobacterial Membrane Domain," Jennifer M. Hayashi, Kirill Richardson, Emily S. Melzer, Steven J. Sandler, Bree B. Aldridge, M. Sloan Siegrist, and Yasu S. MoritamBio, January 23, 2018, vol. 9, no. 1: 
  • "Suspended Affixation as Morpheme Ellipsis: Evidence from Ossetic Alternative Questions," David ErschlerGlossa, January 23, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1:
  • "Effects of the Floral Phytochemical Eugenol on Parasite Evolution and Bumble Bee Infection and Preference," Evan C. Palmer-Young, Austin C. Calhoun, Anastasiya Mirzayeva, and Ben M. Sadd, Scientific Reports, February 1, 2018, vol. 8:
  • "No Longer an Orphan: Evidence for Appositive Attachment from Sentence Comprehension," Brian Dillon, Lyn Frazier, and Charles Clifton, Glossa, March 5, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1:
  • "Three-dimensional Variations of the Slab Geometry Correlate with Earthquake Distributions at the Cascadia Subduction System," Haiying Gao, Nature Communications, March 23, 2018, vol. 9:
  • "Transciptomic Analysis of Gonadal Adipose Tissue in Male Mice Exposed Perinatally to 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl Ether (BDE-47)," Aser Abhra and Alexander SuvorovToxics, March 29, 2018, vol. 6, issue 2:
  • "Persistent Radical Anion Polymers Based on Naphthalenediimide and a Vinylene Spacer," Sashi Debnath, Connor J. Boyle, Dongming Zhou, Bryan M. Wong, Kevin R. Kittilstved, and Dhandapani Venkataraman, RSC Advances, April 18, 2018, vol. 8: