2016 PESCA Funded Projects

2016 PESCA Funded Projects

Reinventing Public Transportation Programs to Fight Obesity Epidemic: A Pilot Study in El Paso, Texas – 25,000.00

Dr. Wei Li, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture

  • Co-PI’s
    • Dr. Chanam Lee, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture
    • Dr. Marcia Ory, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
    • Dr. Suojin Wang, Department of Statistics, College of Science
    • Dr. Xuemei Zhu, Department of Architecture, College of Architecture

Unrepentant Women: Gender, Judaism, and the Limits of Forgiveness – 9,999.30
Dr. Claire E. Katz, Department of Philosophy and Humanities, College of Liberal Arts

Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire – 9,873.12
Dr. Jessica M. Howell, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Ethical Conduct and Organizational Structures, Systems, and Culture in Law Firms – 4,460.00
Dr. Susan Saab Fortney, School of Law

The Kennedy Brothers, Liberal Democrats, and Cold War Latin America – 7,456.00
Dr. Andrew J. Kirkendall, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

Peeking Behind the Veil: Investigating Violence, Health, and access to Legal Counsel in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers – 18,000.00
Dr. John Eason, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

  • Co-PI’s
    • Dr. Pat Goldsmith, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Mixed-Methods Approaches of Geographic Information Systems and Neighborhood Social Environment to Understand Social Support and Self-management Behaviors among African Americans with Type-2 Diabetes – 18,000.00
Dr. Idethia Harvey, Department of Health & Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development

  • Co-Pi’s
    • Dr. Daikwon Han, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Verifying the role of the motor cortex for the learning advantages reported for interleaved as opposed to repeated practice format: A transcranial direct current stimulation approach – 10,000.00
Dr. David L. Wright, Department of Health & Kinesiology Department, College of Education and Human Development

Evaluating Teacher Performance Using Student Achievement Data: A Propensity Score Approach – 24,996.00
Dr. Wen Luo, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development

  • Co-Pi’s
    • Dr. Oi-Man Kwok, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
    • Dr. Hector Rivera, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development
    • Dr. Hersh Waxman, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education and Human Development


Assessment of State Groundwater Laws and Regulations Across the U.S. – 10,000.00
Dr. Gabriel E. Eckstein, School of Law

Aid and the Help: Domestic Work and International Development – 7,828.00
Dr. Dinah Hannaford, International Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Using cellphone caller tunes to promote blood donation in Sub-Saharan Africa: A feasibility study in Ghana – 10,000.00
Dr. Bernard Appiah, Department of Public Health Studies, School of Public Health

 Harnessing Personally-Meaningful Narratives Of Older Adults for Engagement in Cognitive Training – 17,976.00
Dr. Sharon Lynn Chu, Department of Visualization, College of Architecture

  • Co-PI’s
    • Dr. Francis Quek, Department of Visualization, College of Architecture
    • Dr. Lisa Geraci, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts


The Effects of Recorded Lullabies on Sleep, Salivary, and Urinary Cortisol in Preterm Infants in Incubators – 10,000.00
Dr. Jacqueline Stout Aguilar, College of Nursing

Time to Live: The Sylvester Outley Story – 4,650.00
Dr. Carol A. Davis, General Academics, Texas A&M University Galveston

Information flows about drought adaptation planning among Texas AgriLife Extension County Agents – 18,000.00
Dr. Forrest Fleischman, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Co-PI’s
    • Dr. David Briske, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Developing Critical Thinking by Implementing Concepts from Biomimicry into a Leadership Course – 24,998.50
Dr. Summer Felton Odom, Department of Agricultural Leadership and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

  • Co-Pi’s
    • Dr. Juliana Rangel Posada, Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Dr. Tracy A. Rutherford, Department of Agricultural Leadership and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    • Dr. Robert L. Strong, Jr., Department of Agricultural Leadership and Communications, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Engineering Transition: The Political Economy of Aid and Transition in the New Middle East – 9,800.00
Dr. Erin A. Snider, Department of International Affairs, George Bush School of Government and Public Service

SWEET OR SOUR?  THE POTENTIAL FOR U.S.-CUBAN TRADE IN SUGARA PESCA PROPOSAL – 24,920.00
Dr. Raymond Robertson, Department of International Affairs, George Bush School of Government and Public Service

  • Co-PI’s
    • Dr. Andrew Johnson, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering
    • Dr. Luis Ribera, Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences