Nursing - General
Interested in a variety of research topics within the public health, community health, nutrition, physical activity, and health behavior change sectors. My most recent research area has been focused on food insecurity, social determinants if health, and community health planning. I am interesting in the intersections between access to health food and health outcomes as well as the growing realm of food insecurity in higher education. Open to exploring new topics as they relate to my general research interests.
Geology: volcanology, planetary geology (Mars), experimental approaches to geological problems, remote sensing, GIS, stratigraphy, mapping
Comp, Music Theory&Musicology
Most of my work centers on modern American music, particularly that of the so-called Maverick composers and music for film and television. My book, Harry Partch, Hobo Composer, explores the composer and instrument builder in the 1930s and 1940s. I'm currently working on several projects concerning music for science-fiction television and film, including Firefly and Battlestar Galatica, and am beginning a project on the film music of Philip Glass.
English Language & Literature Women's & Gender Studies
My primary research interests center on feminist rhetoric and the history of women's and girl's opportunities for literacy education. I'm also interested in the teaching of writing in high schools and colleges and how educational institutions can work together to provide more learning opportunities for individuals throughout their lives. Most recently, I've been involved with museums and the ways in which they serve as educational institutions that construct public memory.
Economics Foreign Languages & Literature History Latino/Latina Studies Graduate Studies
I am a historian who studies de the political culture and political economy of the Spanish Empire c. 1500-1800 although I teach Latin American history from pre-colonial times to the present. I collaborate with scholars in the economics department and I have served in many dissertation committees contending with economic development in many regions of the world.
Nursing - General
As a health sciences scholar, my research focuses on active transportation and the health and social influences associated with physical activity across demographic groups. My research has included collaborative efforts to implement and evaluate projects that engage diverse populations including minority and low-income populations, children, families, college students, older adults, and homeless populations, using a multiplicity of methods and research designs. I often use consumer fitness watches in my research to objectively measure physical activity. My team was recently awarded an EPA grant to study the impacts of the zero-fare bus in KC on physical activity, health, and other health related economic factors. I am currently the Co-PI of a HHS grant through the Office of Minority Health and the Office of Women’s Health. This community-based participatory research examines urban middle school youth’s physical activity and nutritional preferences to inform an after-school intervention to increase physical activity and increase vegetable consumption. Dr. Grimes serves on the board of BikeWalkKC since 2013 and often collaborates on research projects with them. Additionally, Dr. Grimes has served on the Women Bike KC committee, which is dedicated to increasing women’s ridership and decreasing the disparities between female and other demographics. In this role, Dr. Grimes assisted in the planning of the Women’s Bike Summit, designed to address issues shared by women bicyclists and to encourage and mobilize women to participate in their communities as riders and leaders.
My research is generally focused on bacterial cell wall biosynthesis, the effects of antibiotics on this process, mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics targeting this process, and the development of new agents targeting this process. Our research falls into the general areas of Biological Chemistry, Bio-Analytical Chemistry, and Bio-Organic Chemistry. We make heavy use of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry using AB Sciex QTrap instruments. This is amazingly powerful technology, which is now foundational to pharmaceutical and life-sciences research. We are also using chemical library screening to identify new antibacterial agents using high throughput technology. Finally, we make novel bioactive molecules using chemical synthesis methods, and use computationally aided drug discovery program which are run on the University of Missouri's Lewis4 cluster, which is a 5000 cpu cluster.