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Open Access Publishing Support Fund

East Carolina University Libraries are committed to supporting the research, publishing, and scholarly communication activities at ECU. To reduce barriers to open access publishing and to support faculty, staff, and graduate students who choose open access publishing as the best venue for their work, ECU has established the Open Access Publishing Support Fund (OAPSF).

The ECU Libraries Open Access Publishing Support Fund has been expended for the 2020-2021 academic year. We are no longer accepting applications. Please contact the Scholarly Communication Department with questions at

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  1. The author/applicant must be a current faculty, staff, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or resident physician.
  2. The article must be published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the article must be made open access immediately upon publication. Preference is given to original research articles.
  3. Journals must have a commitment to scholarly integrity. This may be demonstrated by membership in relevant publisher associations like Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE) or evidence that the publisher adheres to Code of Conducts guided by publisher associations.
  4. Reimbursement will only provide funding towards required article processing charges (APC).
  5. Reimbursement will be limited to one award per fiscal year per author. Priority may be given to first-time recipients.
  6. Reimbursements will only be transferred to ECU departments.
  7. The OAPSF may support 50% or maximum $1,000 for APC. Total amount is based on the number of successful applications and amount of available funds.
  8. Funded authors agree to providing an acceptable copy of the article to The ScholarShip, ECU's Institutional Repository.
  9. Research described in the article must have been conducted primarily while the author was employed by ECU.
  10. Graduate student applicants must be current students and include a current ECU faculty member in the author list.
  11. Applicants are encouraged to use grant funds before requesting funding for the OAPSF. If grant funding is not available, we ask that applicants request matching funds for half the APC cost from your department or other unit.

Application & Funding Process

  1. Authors must fill out an online application form and provide a copy of the paid journal invoice. Contact information for department business officer or FOAP (Fund Or Accounts Payable) contact must be included in the application.
  2. The application will be reviewed by the Joyner or Laupus OAPSF committees which are comprised of representatives from Joyner and Laupus Libraries and the Faculty Senate Libraries Committee. The committee will review applications after the November 15th deadline for Fall 2019 and after the April 15th deadline for Spring 2020.
  3. The committees will review and select applications based on the following:
    • Journal quality and commitment to scholarly integrity
    • Total amount of support requested
    • Total available OAPSF Funds
    • Total number of applications
    • Reason funding is requested
  4. Approved applications will receive reimbursement from the OAPSF within four-six weeks of the Fall and Spring OAPSF deadline dates. Reimbursement will be sent to the applicant’s home department via a departmental transfer. The department is responsible for paying the publisher.

For questions regarding the Open Access Publishing Support Fund, please contact us at

Articles supported by the Open Access Publishing Support Fund:

2019-2020 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Division of Health Sciences
Awarded to Dr. Yan-Hua Chen, Anatomy & Cell Biology:

Fan, J., Tatum, R., Hoggard, J., & Chen, Y. (2019). Claudin-7 modulates cl - and na + homeostasis and WNK4 expression in renal collecting duct cells. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 20 (15), 3798.

Awarded to Dr. Ray Hylock, Health Services and Information Management:

Hylock, R. H., & Zeng, X. (2019). A blockchain framework for patient-centered health records and exchange (HealthChain): Evaluation and proof-of-concept study. Journal of Medical Internet Research , 21(8), e13592.

Awarded to Dr. Young Joo Kim, Occupational Therapy:

Kim, Y. J., Radloff, J. C., Crane, P. A., & Bolin, L. P. (2019). Rehabilitation Intervention for Individuals With Heart Failure and Fatigue to Reduce Fatigue Impact: A Feasibility Study. Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(6), 686–699.

Awarded to Dr. Myon-Hee Lee, Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology:

Park, Y., O'Rourke, S., Taki, F. A., Alfhili, M. A., & Lee, M. H. (2020). Dose-dependent effects of GLD-2 and GLD-1 on germline differentiation and dedifferentiation in the absence of PUF-8. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 8 , 5.

Awarded to Dr. Qun Lu, Anatomy & Cell Biology:

Zhu, Y., Howard, G. A., Pittman, K., Boykin, C., Herring, L. E., Wilkerson, E. M., . . . Lu, Q . (2019). Therapeutic effect of Y-27632 on tumorigenesis and cisplatin-induced peripheral sensory loss through RhoA–NF-κB. Molecular Cancer Research, 17(9), 1910-1919.

Awarded to Dr. Cristina Richie, Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies:

Richie, C. (2019). Sex, not gender. A plea for accuracy. Experimental & Molecular Medicine, 51 (11), 1-1.

Awarded to Dr. Li Yang, Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Krewson, E. A., Sanderlin, E. J., Marie, M. A., Akhtar, S. N., Velcicky, J., Loetscher, P., & Yang, L. V. (2020). The proton-sensing GPR4 receptor regulates paracellular gap formation and permeability of vascular endothelial cells. iScience, 23(2), 100848.

Division of Academic Affairs
Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Biology:

Hinnant, T. D., Merkle, J. A., & Ables, E. T. (2020). Coordinating proliferation, polarity, and cell fate in the drosophila female germline. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, 8, 19.

Awarded to Dr. Amin Akhnoukh, Construction Management:

Akhnoukh, A. K., & Elia, H. (2019). Developing high performance concrete for precast/prestressed concrete industry. Case Studies in Construction Materials, 11, e00290.

Awarded to Dr. April Blakeslee, Biology: 

Bojko, J., McCoy, K. A., Behringer, D. C., & Blakeslee, A. M. H. (2019). Circular single-stranded DNA virus (microviridae : Gokushovirinae : Jodiemicrovirus ) associated with the pathobiome of the flat-back mud crab, eurypanopeus depressus. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 8(47),

Awarded to Dr. Michael Dingfelder, Physics:

Makkia, R., Nelson, K., Zaidi, H., & Dingfelder, M. (2019). Construction of realistic hybrid computational fetal phantoms from radiological images in three gestational ages for radiation dosimetry applications. Physics in Medicine & Biology, 64(20), 205003.

Awarded to Dr. Robert Hughes, Chemistry:

Godwin, W. C., Hoffmann, G. F., Gray, T. J., & Hughes, R. M. (2019). Imaging of morphological and biochemical hallmarks of apoptosis with optimized optogenetic tools. The Journal of Biological Chemistry , 294(45), 16918-16929.

Awarded to Dr. Claudia Jolls, Biology:

Jolls, C. L., Inkster, J. N., Scholtens, B. G., Vitt, P., & Havens, K. (2019). An endemic plant and the plant-insect visitor network of a dune ecosystem. Global Ecology and Conservation, 18, e00603.

Awarded to Dr. Joseph Lee, Health Education and Promotion:

Lee, Joseph G. L., & Chaney, Beth H., & Cabacungan, Ashley N. (November 2019). Measuring Workplace Discrimination among Sexual and Gender Minority Workers. Health Behavior and Policy Review, (6:6), p.597-604.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Biology:

Parrish, S. C., Dormio, S. M., Richards, S. L., McCoy, K. A., & McCoy, M. W. (2019). Life in a contaminant milieu: PPCP mixtures generate unpredictable outcomes across trophic levels and life stages. Ecosphere, 10(12)

Awarded to Dr. Kyle Summers, Biology:

Stuckert, A.M.M, Linderoth, T., MacManes, M.D., & Summers, K. (2020). Differential gene expression and gene variants drive color and pattern development in divergent color morphs of a mimetic poison frog. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution,

Awarded to Dr. Nasseh Tabrizi, Computer Science:

Maleki Shoja, B., & Tabrizi, N. (2019). Customer reviews analysis with deep neural networks for E-commerce recommender systems. IEEE Access, 7, 119121-119130.   

Awarded to Dr. Rui Wu, Computer Science:

Wu, R., Yang, L., Chen, C., Ahmad, S., Dascalu, S. M., & Harris Jr, F. C. (2019). MELPF version 1: Modeling error learning based post-processor framework for hydrologic models accuracy improvement. Geoscientific Model Development, 12(9), 4115-4131.

2018-2019 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Division of Health Sciences
Awarded to Dr. Andrew Miller, Department of Emergency Medicine:

Bashar, F. R., Vahedian-Azimi, A., Farzanegan, B., Goharani, R., Shojaei, S., Hatamian, S., ... MORZAK Collaborative. (2018). Comparison of non-invasive to invasive oxygenation ratios for diagnosing acute respiratory distress syndrome following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: A prospective derivation-validation cohort study. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 13(1), 123.

Awarded to Dr. Moahad S. Dar, Department of Internal Medicine:

Dar, M. S., & Bég, S. A. (2018). TNM cancer staging: Can it help develop a novel staging system for type 2 diabetes? Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 11, 845-853.

Awarded to Dr. Ruth Schwalbe, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:

Hall, M. K., Weidner, D. A., Whitman, A. A., & Schwalbe, R. A. (2018). Lack of complex type N-glycans lessens aberrant neuronal properties. PloS One, 13(6), e0199202.

Awarded to Dr. Mahvish Muzaffar, Department of Hematology/Oncology:

Macherla, S., Laks, S., Naqash, A. R., Bulumulle, A., Zervos, E., & Muzaffar, M. (2018). Emerging role of immune checkpoint blockade in pancreatic cancer. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 19(11)

Awarded to Dr. Kyle Mansfield, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:

Fry, N.J., Law, B. A., Ilkayeva, O.R., Carraway, K. R., Holley, C.L., & Mansfield, K.D. N6-methyladenosine contributes to cellular phenotype in a genetically-defined model of breast cancer progression. Oncotarget, 9 (58): 31231-31243.

Awarded to Dr. Kimberly Rathbun, Department of Emergency Medicine:

Rathbun, K. M. (2019). Angioedema after thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator: An airway emergency. Oxford Medical Case Reports, 2019(1), omy112.

Awarded to Dr. Sinan Sousan, Department of Public Health:

Sousan, S., Gray, A., Zuidema, C., Stebounova, L., Thomas, G., Koehler, K., & Peters, T. (2018). Sensor selection to improve estimates of particulate matter concentration from a low-cost network. Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 18 (9)

Awarded to Dr. Anna Tomdio, Department of Internal Medicine:

Tomdio, A. N., Moey, M. Y. Y., Siddiqui, I., & Movahed, A. (2018). Dehiscence and embolization of CorMatrix tricuspid valve replacement in the setting of infective endocarditis: A case report. European Heart Journal. Case Reports, 2 (3), yty086.

Division of Academic Affairs
Awarded to Dr. Yong Zhu, Department of Biology:

Wu, X.-J., Thomas, P., & Zhu, Y. (2018). Pgrmc1 Knockout Impairs Oocyte Maturation in Zebrafish. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9, 560.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Department of Biology:

Hamman, E. A., & McCoy, M. W. (2018). Top-down pulses reduce prey population sizes and persistence. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 9346.

Awarded to Dr. Bob Chin, Department of Technology Systems:

Agarwala, R., & Chin, R. A. (2018). Innovative Controller Design for a 5MW Wind Turbine Blade. Journal of Sustainable Development , 11(4), 78.

Awarded to Dr. Chris Balakrishnan, Department of Biology:

Lansverk, A. L., Schroeder, K. M., London, S. E., Griffith, S. C., Clayton, D. F., & Balakrishnan, C. N. (2019). The variability of song variability in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) populations. Royal Society Open Science , 6(5), 190273.

Awarded to Brian Ruiz, Graduate Student, Department of Physics:

Ruiz, B., & Feng, Y. (2018). Clinical and radiobiological evaluation of a method for planning target volume generation dependent on organ-at-risk exclusions in magnetic resonance imaging-based prostate radiotherapy. Physics and Imaging in Radiation Oncology, 8, 51–56.

Awarded to Dr. Michael Stellefson, Department of Health Education and Promotion:

Stellefson, M., Paige, S. R., Barry, A. E., Wang, M. Q., & Apperson, A. (2019). Risk factors associated with physical and mental distress in people who report a COPD diagnosis: latent class analysis of 2016 behavioral risk factor surveillance system data. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Volume 14 , 809–822.

Awarded to Dr. Kyle Summers, Department of Biology:

Stuckert, A. M. M., Moore, E., Coyle, K. P., Davison, I., MacManes, M. D., Roberts, R., & Summers, K. (2019). Variation in pigmentation gene expression is associated with distinct aposematic color morphs in the poison frog Dendrobates auratus. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 19(1), 85.

2017-2018 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Molly Albecker, Department of Biology:

Albecker, M. A., & McCoy, M.W. (2017). Adaptive responses to salinity stress across multiple life stages in anuran amphibians. Frontiers in Zoology 14 (1). BioMed Central:40.

Awarded to Dr. Beth Chaney, Department of Health Education and Promotion:

Chaney, B., & Torres, E. (2017). Covariates of identified stress and depression among seasonal farmworkers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14 (7). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute:711.

Awarded to Dr. Krishnan Gopalakrishnan, Department of Computer Science:

He, Y., Gopalakrishnan, K., & Gafni, E. (2018). Group mutual exclusion in linear time and space. Theoretical Computer Science 709 (January). Elsevier:31–47.

Awarded to Dr. Ian Hines, Nutrition Science:

Hines, I. N., Kremer, M., Moore, S.M., & Wheeler, M.D. (2018). Impaired t cell-mediated hepatitis in peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha (PPARα)-deficient mice. Biological Research 51 (1). BioMed Central:5.

Awarded to Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Department of Public Health:

Jilcott Pitts, S., Wu, Q., Truesdale, K., Laska, M., Grinchak, T., McGuirt, J., Haynes-Maslow, L., Bell, R., and Ammerman, A. (2017). Baseline assessment of a healthy corner store initiative: Associations between food store environments, shopping patterns, customer purchases, and dietary intake in Eastern North Carolina. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14 (10). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute:1189.

Awarded to Dr. Juhee Kim, Department of Public Health:

Kim, J., Mathews, H., Cortright, L.M., Zeng, X., and Newton, E. (2018). Factors affecting patient portal use among low-income pregnant women: Mixed-methods pilot study. JMIR Formative Research 2 (1). JMIR Formative Research:e6.

Awarded to Dr. Trip Lamb, Department of Biology:

Lamb, T., Marais, E., & Bond, J. (2017). A second locality for the namib darkling beetle Onymacris Brainei (Tenebrionidae, Coleoptera) and first report on Its molecular phylogenetic placement. ZooKeys 687 (August). Pensoft Publishers:63–72.

Awarded to Drs. Kim Larson and Suzanne Lea, Department of Nursing and Department of Public Health:

Larson, K., Mathews, H.F., Torres, E., & Lea, C.S. (2017). Responding to health and social needs of aging Latinos in new-growth communities: A qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research 17 (1). BioMed Central:601.

Awarded to Dr. Joseph Lee, Department of Health Education and Promotion:

Lee, J., Purcell, C., & Chaney, B. (2017). An experiment assessing punitive versus wellness framing of a tobacco-free campus policy on students’ perceived level of university support. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 14 (8). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute:938.

Awarded to Dr. Jitka Virag, Department of Physiology:

Lefcoski, S., Kew, K., Reece, S., Torres, M.J., Parks, J., Reece, S., de Castro Brás, L.E. & Virag, J.A.I. (2018). Anatomical-molecular distribution of EphrinA1 in infarcted mouse heart using MALDI mass spectrometry imaging. Journal of The American Society for Mass Spectrometry 29 (3). Springer US:527–34.

Awarded to Dr. Lynne Murphy, Department of Occupational Therapy:

Murphy, L. F., & Stav, W.B. (2018). The Impact of online video cases on clinical reasoning in occupational therapy education: A quantitative analysis. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy 6 (3).

Awarded to Dr. Robert Hughes, Department of Chemistry:

Norris, J.L., & Hughes, R.M. (2018). ProtaTETHER - a method for the incorporation of variable linkers in protein fusions reveals impacts of linker flexibility in a PKAc-GFP fusion protein. FEBS Open Bio 8 (6). Wiley-Blackwell:1029–42.

Awarded to Dr. Ariane Peralta, Department of Biology:

Peralta, A. L., Muscarella, M.E., & Matthews, J.W. (2017). Wetland management strategies lead to tradeoffs in ecological structure and function. Elem Sci Anth 5 (0). University of California Press:74.

Awarded to Dr. Joseph Quinn, Department of Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine:

Quinn, J. W., Sewell, K. & Simmons, D.E. (2018). Recommendations for active correction of hypernatremia in volume-resuscitated shock or sepsis patients should be taken with a grain of salt: A systematic review. SAGE Open Medicine 6 (January). SAGE Publications UK: London, England:205031211876204.

Awarded to Dr. Ken Soderstrom, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology:

Soderstrom, K., & Alalawi, A. (2017). Software for objective comparison of vocal acoustic features over weeks of audio recording: KLFromRecordingDays. SoftwareX 6 (January). Elsevier:271–77.

Awarded to Dr. Van Dross, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology:

Soderstrom, K., Soliman, E., & Van Dross, R. (2017). Cannabinoids modulate neuronal activity and cancer by CB1 and CB2 receptor-independent mechanisms. Frontiers in Pharmacology 8 (October). Frontiers:720.

Awarded to Dr. Michael Stellefson, Department of Health Education and Promotion:

Stellefson, M, Paige, S.R., Tennant, B., Alber, J.M., Chaney, B.H., Chaney, D., & Grossman, S. (2017). Reliability and validity of the telephone-based eHealth literacy scale among older adults: Cross-sectional survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research 19 (10). Journal of Medical Internet Research:e362.

Awarded to Dr. Xin-Hua Hu, Department of Physics:

Peng, T., Chen, C., Jin, J., Hong, H., Lu, J.Q., & Hu, X. (2018). Quantitative characterization of turbidity by radiative transfer based reflectance imaging. Biomedical Optics Express 9 (5):2081.

Awarded to Dr. Jun Lu, Department of Physics:

Wen, Y., Chen, Z., Lu, J., Ables, E., Scemama, J., Yang, L.V., Lu, J.Q., & Hu, X. (2017). Quantitative analysis and comparison of 3D morphology between viable and apoptotic MCF-7 breast cancer cells and characterization of nuclear fragmentation.” PLOS ONE 12 (9). Public Library of Science:e0184726.

Awarded to Dr. Melissa Moey, Internal Medicine

Moey, M.Y.Y., Tomdio, A.N., Achike, O., & Kabirdas, D. (2018). Large left ventricular thrombus as a cause of recurrent cardioembolic stroke while on dabigatran. CASE 2(5). Elsevier: 222-224.

Awarded to Dr. Jilcott Pitts, Department of Public Health

Jilcott Pitts, S. B., Hinkley, J., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J.T., Lyonnais, M.J., Rafferty, A.P., Whitt, O.R., Winterbauer, N., & Phillips. L. (2017). A possible dose–response association between distance to farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands, frequency of shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index among customers in the Southern United States. BMC Public Health 17 (1). BioMed Central:65.

Awarded to Cori Speights, Department of Biology:

Speights, C. J., Silliman, B.R., & McCoy, M.W. (2017). The Effects of elevated temperature and dissolved ΡCO 2 on a marine foundation species. Ecology and Evolution 7 (11). Wiley-Blackwell:3808–14.

2016-2017 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Biology:

Ables, E. T. , Hwang, G. H., Finger, D. S., Hinnant, T. D., & Drummond-Barbosa, D. (2016). A genetic mosaic screen reveals ecdysone-responsive genes regulating Drosophila Oogenesis. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, 6(8), 2629.

Awarded to Dr. Craig Becker, Health Education and Promotion:

Becker, C. M. , Lee, J. G. L., Hudson, S., Hoover, J., & Civils, D. (2017). A 14-year longitudinal study of the impact of clean indoor air legislation on state smoking prevalence, USA, 1997–2010. Preventive Medicine, 99, 63–66.

Awarded to Dr. Jessica Chittum, Elementary Education:

Chittum, J. R., Jones, B. D., Akalin, S., & Schram, A. B. (2017). The effects of an afterschool STEM program on students motivation and engagement. International Journal of STEM Education, 4 (11), 1-16.

Awarded to Dr. Jungmin Choi, Math:

Choi J. The valuation of an equity-linked life insurance using the theory of indifference pricing. IAENG international journal of applied mathematics. 2016;46:480-487.

Awarded to Dr. Reide Corbett, Geological Sciences:

Corbett, D ., Crenshaw, J., Null, K., Peterson, R., Peterson, L., & Lyons, W. (2017). Nearshore mixing and nutrient delivery along the western Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science, 1-13.

Awarded to Dr. Allison Crowe, Interdisciplinary Professions:

Crowe, A ., Glass, J. S., Lancaster, M. F., Raines, J. M., & Waggy, M. R. (2017). A content analysis of psychological resilience among first responders and the general population. SAGE Open, 7(1), 2158244017698530.

Awarded to Dr. Jamie Dewitt, Pharmacology and Toxicology:

DeWitt, J. C. , Buck, B. J., Goossens, D., Teng, Y., Pollard, J., McLaurin, B. T., Gerads, R., Keil, D. E. (2017). Health effects following subacute exposure to geogenic dust collected from active drainage surfaces (Nellis Dunes Recreation Area, Las Vegas, NV). Toxicology Reports, 4, 19–31.

Awarded to Dr. Jacob Hochard, Economics:

Barbier, E. B., & Hochard, J. P. (2016). Does land degradation increase poverty in developing countries? PLOS ONE, 11(5), 1–12.

Awarded to Dr. Xin-Hua Hu, Physics:

Wang, W., Liu, J.,Lu, J. Q.,Ding, J., & Hu, X.-H. (2017). Resolving power of diffraction imaging with an objective: a numerical study. Optics Express, 25(9), 9628–9633.

Awarded to Dr. Nathan Hudson, Physics:

Hudson, N. E. (2017). Biophysical mechanisms mediating fibrin fiber lysis. BioMed Research International, 2017, 17.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Biology:

Touchon, J. C., & McCoy, M. W. (2016). The mismatch between current statistical practice and doctoral training in ecology. Ecosphere, 7(8), e01394.

Awarded to Dr. Susan McRae, Biology:

Kolts, J. R., & McRae, S. B. (2017). Seasonal home range dynamics and sex differences in habitat use in a threatened, coastal marsh bird. Ecology and Evolution, 7(4), 1101–1111.

Awarded to Dr. Nasreen Vohra, Surgery:

Vohra, N. A. , Kachare, S. D., Vos, P., Schroeder, B. F., Schuth, O., Suttle, D.,Fitzgerald, T.L.,Wong, J.H., Verbanac, K. M. (2017). The short-term effect of weight loss surgery on volumetric breast density and fibroglandular volume. Obesity Surgery, 27(4), 1013–1023.

Awarded to Dr. Nancy Winterbauer, Public Health:

Winterbauer, N. L. , Bekemeier, B., VanRaemdonck, L., & Hoover, A. G. (2016). Applying community-based participatory research partnership principles to public health practice-based research networks. SAGE Open, 6(4), 2158244016679211.

Awarded to Dr. Baohong Zhang, Biology:

Li, C., Unver, T., & Zhang, B. (2017). A high-efficiency CRISPR/Cas9 system for targeted mutagenesis in Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), Scientific Reports, 7, 43902.


Awarded to Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Public Health:

Jilcott Pitts, S. B ., Hinkley, J., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J. T., Lyonnais, M. J.,Rafferty, A. P., Winterbauer, N. L., Whitt, O.R., Phillips, L. (2017). A possible dose–response association between distance to farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands, frequency of shopping, fruit and vegetable consumption, and body mass index among customers in the Southern United States. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 65.

Awarded to Cori Speights, Graduate Student, Biology:

Speights, C. J., Silliman, B. R., & McCoy, M. W. (2017). The effects of elevated temperature and dissolved ρCO2 on a marine foundation species. Ecology and Evolution, 7(11), 3808–3814.

Awarded to Dr. Andrew Stuart , Communication Sciences & Disorders, in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

2015-2016 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Tom Allen, Geography, Planning, and Environment:

Allen, T. R. , & Howard, R. (2015). Improving Low-Relief Coastal LiDAR DEMs with Hydro-Conditioning of Fine-Scale and Artificial Drainages. Hydrosphere,3, 72. doi:10.3389/feart.2015.00072.

Awarded to Dr. Sonja Bareiss, Physical Therapy:

Bareiss, S., Dugan, E. & Brewer, K., (2015). PI3K mediated activation of GSK‑3β reduces at‑level primary afferent growth responses associated with excitotoxic spinal cord injury dysesthesias. Molecular Pain, 11(35), 1-15. doi:10.1186/s12990-015-0041-2.

Awarded to Dr. Christopher Duffrin, Family Medicine:

Duffrin, C. , Cashion, M., Cummings, D., Whetstone, L.,Firnhaber, J., Levine, G., Watson, R. , Lambert, A. (2016). Generational differences in practice site selection criteria amongst primary care physicians. Marshall Journal of Medicine, 2(1), 78. doi:10.18590/mjm.2016.vol2.iss1.9.

Awarded to Dr. Xin-Hua Hu, Physics:

Zhang, J., Feng, Y., Jiang, W.,Lu, J. Q., Sa, Y.,Ding, J., & Hu, X.-H. (2016). Realistic optical cell modeling and diffraction imaging simulation for study of optical and morphological parameters of nucleus. Optics Express, 24(1), 366-377. doi:10.1364/OE.24.000366.

Awarded to Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts, Public Health:

Jilcott Pitts, S. B. , Acheson, M. L. M., Ward, R. K., Wu, Q., McGuirt, J. T., Bullock, S. L., Lancaster, M.F., Raines, J., & Ammerman, A. S. (2015). Disparities in healthy food zoning, farmers' market availability, and fruit and vegetable consumption among North Carolina residents. Archives of Public Health, 73(1). doi:10.1186/s13690-015-0085-9.

Awarded to Dr. Suzanne Lea, Public Health:

Kinney, S., Lea, C. S., Kearney, G., Kinsey, A., & Amaya, C. (2015). Predictors for Using a HIV Self-Test Among Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in North Carolina. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(7), 8348- 8358. doi:10.3390/ijerph120708348.

Awarded to Dr. Michael McCoy, Biology:

McCoy, M. W. , Wheat, S. K., Warkentin, K. M., & Vonesh, J. R. (2015). Risk assessment based on indirect predation cues: revisiting fine-grained variation.Ecology and Evolution, 5(20), 4523-4528.

Awarded to Dr. Yiping Qi, Biology:

Lowder, L.G., Zhang, D., Baltes, N.J., Paul, J.W., Tang, X., Zheng, X., Voytas, D. F., Hsieh, T., Zhang, Y., Voytas, D. F., & Qi, Y. (2015). A CRISPR/Cas9 Toolbox for Multiplexed Plant Genome Editing and Transcriptional Regulation. Plant Physiology, 169(2), 971- 985.

Awarded to Dr. Keith Richards, Communication:

Richards, K. (2016). College Men and Women and Their Intent to Receive Genital Human Papillomavirus Vaccine. SAGE Open, 6(1), 2158244016629709. doi:10.1177/2158244016629709

Awarded to Dr. Beth Thompson, Biology:

Field, S. , & Thompson, B. (2016). Analysis of the Maize dicer-like1 Mutant, fuzzy tassel, Implicates MicroRNAs in Anther Maturation and Dehiscence. PLOS ONE, 11(1), e0146534. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146534.

Awarded to Dr. Heather Vance-Chalcraft, Biology:

Albecker, M. & Vance-Chalcraft, H. D. (2015). Mismatched anti-predator behavioral responses in predator-naïve larval anurans. PeerJ, 3(e1472), 1-16. doi:10.7717/peerj.1472.

Awarded to Ms. Rachel Ward, Public Health:

Ward, R., Slawson, D., Wu, Q., & Jilcott Pitts, S. B. (2016). Associations between farmers market managers' motivations and market-level supplemental nutrition assistance program electronic benefit transfer (SNAP/EBT) availability and business vitality. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(1), 121-130.

Awarded to Dr. Stephanie West-Puckett, English:

Smith, A., West-Puckett, S., Cantrill, C., & Zamora, M. (2016). Remix as professional learning: Educators' iterative literacy practice in CLMOOC. Education Sciences, 6(1):12, 1-19. doi:10.3390/educsci6010012. .

Forthcoming Articles:

Dr. Ruth Little , Public Health, in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice

Dr. Tuan Tran , Psychology, in the Journal of Visualized Experiments

2014-2015 Open Access Publishing Support Fund Articles

Awarded to Dr. Elizabeth Ables, Biology:

Ables, E.T. (2015). "Drosophila oocytes as a model for understanding meiosis: An educational primer to accompany 'Corolla is a novel protein that contributes to the architecture of the synaptonemal m of drosophila'. Genetics, 199(1): 17-23. doi:10.1534/genetics.114.167940.

Awarded to Dr. Charles Ellis, Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Ellis, C. , Holt, Y.F., & West, T. (2015). Lexical diversity in parkinson's disease.Journal of Clinical Movement Disorders, 2(5): 1-6. doi:10.1186/s40734-015-0017-4.

Awarded to Dr. Zhibin Huang, Physics:

Yu, T.G., Feng, Y., Feng, X.Y., Dai, J.Z., Qian, H.J. & Huang, Z. (2015). Prognostic factor from mr spectroscopy in rat with astrocytic tumour during radiation therapy. The British Journal of Radiology, 88(1045): 1-10. doi:10.1259/bjr.20140418.

Awarded to Dr. Jeff McKinnon, Biology:

Wright, D.S., Pierotti, M.E.R., Rundle, H.D., & McKinnon, J.S. (2015). Conspicuous female ornamentation and tests of male mate preference in threespine sticklebacks (gasterosteus aculeatus). PLOS ONE, 10(3): 1-19. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120723.

Awarded to Dr. Hao Nguyen, Fellow, Internal Medicine:

Nguyen, H.H., Fadul, N., Ashraf, M.S. & Siraj, D.S. (2015). Osteomyelitis infection of mycobacterium marinum : A case report and literature review.Case Reports in Infectious Diseases, 2015, 1-5. doi:10.1155/2015/905920.

Awarded to Dr. John Stiller, Biology:

Stiller, J.W. , Schreiber, J., Yue, J., Guo, H., Ding, Q., & Huang, J. (2014). The evolution of photosynthesis in chromist algae through serial endosymbioses. Nature Communications, 5, 1-7. doi:10.1038/ncomms6764.

Awarded to Dr. Beth Thompson, Biology:

Thompson, B.E. , Basham, C., Hammond, R., Ding, Q., Kakrana, A., Lee, T., Simon, S.A., Meeley, R., Meyers, B.C., & Hake, S. (2014). The dicer-like1 homologfuzzy tassel is required for the regulation of meristem determinacy in the Inflorescence and vegetative growth in maize.The Plant Cell Online, 26 (December): 4702-4717. doi:10.1105/tpc.114.132670.

Awarded to Dr. Jitka Virag, Physiology:

Virag, J.I. , & Lust, R.M. (2014). Circadian Influences on myocardial infarction.Frontiers in Physiology, 5 (October): 1-10. doi:10.3389/fphys.2014.00422.

Awarded to Dr. Baohong Zhang, Biology:

Taki, F.A., Pan, X., Lee, M., & Zhang, B. (2014). Nicotine exposure and transgenerational impact: A prospective study on small regulatory microRNAs. Scientific Reports, 4, 1-15. doi:10.1038/srep07513.