1998 South Carolina EPA/EPSCoR ProgramEPA Grant Number: R827612E01
Title: 1998 South Carolina EPA/EPSCoR Program
Investigators: Sawyer, Roger , Chen, Yung-Pin , Czako, Mihaly , Dawson, John , Dean, Ralph , Freedman, David , Leiboda, Lukasz , Lincoln, David E. , Little, T. Scott , Lovell, Charles R. , Marton, Laszlo , Morris, James T. , Wing, R. , Woodin, Sarah A. , Yoch, Duane
Institution: University of South Carolina at Columbia , Clemson University
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: June 1, 1999 through May 30, 2002
Project Amount: $500,000
RFA: EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) (1998) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: EPSCoR (The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research)
A program, designed for the state of South Carolina, and consisting of a Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) and two Science and Engineering Environmental Research Projects (SEER), is described. Four major objectives to effect permanent improvements in the State's capability to conduct nationally competitive environmental research are addressed: develop the intellectual capital, build the physical infrastructure, integrate research and education, and promote State/Industry/University partnerships. In support of the proposal are the research infrastructures at the University of South Carolina and Clemson University, state initiatives to support research and education, and current EPA funded and other active environmental projects. The two research projects are in the general area of environmental dehalogenation. These research efforts contribute to the maintenance of a pristine coastal environment, which is critical to the economic vitality of South Carolina.
To accomplish the four major objectives to effect permanent improvements in the State's capability to conduct nationally competitive environmental research a Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP) and two Science and Engineering Environmental Research Projects (SEER) are proposed: intellectual capital will be developed by building multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary teams of researchers working toward a common research goal; significant equipment purchases will build the physical infrastructure; K-16 outreach activities and a Graduate Fellowship Program will integrate research and education; and private sector interest in the proposed Science and Engineering Environmental Research (SEER) projects will promote State/Industry/University partnerships.
The 1998 South Carolina EPA/EPSCoR Proposal will result in the hire of a new faculty member in environmental biology with specialization in phyto- and bioremediation. This hire will significantly impact the competitiveness and development of the environmental program at the University of South Carolina. This individual will bridge environmental molecular and population biology interests within USC=s research programs and between USC and Clemson University resulting in a broadened scope of overall research capability and competitiveness for future funding. Research to be conducted at Clemson University will occur during a burgeoning period of research development between the Genomics Institute and the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science at this institution. These programs, when combined with the K-16 and graduate activities of the Strategic Improvement Plan (SIP), will catalyze current environmental research and education efforts in our state.
Improvements in Risk Assessment and Risk Management will occur through the SEER projects by increasing our understanding of how phylogenetically distant organisms have developed solutions to deal with diverse natural halogenated organic "contaminants" in sediments and waters. Our understanding of how dehaloperoxidases can be tailored to our needs in dealing with anthropogenic halogenated organic contaminants in the environment will also be increased. Other improvements include an increase in our understanding of how in situ biodegradation of chlorinated aliphatic compounds occurs and how organisms use vinyl chloride as a growth substrate.