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Campus Receives Nearly $6 Million in First-Quarter External Funding

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Cal State Fullerton faculty and staff members received nearly $6 million in grants and contracts between July 1 through Sept. 30, the first quarter of the academic year.

The awards fund a wide range of projects from helping students succeed to studies in health sciences, women and politics, climate change and elder financial exploitation.

Adriana Badillo, director of campus GEAR UP program: $970,260 U.S. Department of Education award to support “CSUF GEAR-UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.”  This is an award for year five of a six-year grant and one of two GEAR-UP programs on campus.

Dawn Macy, director of the Center for Internships and Community Engagement: $498,982 from the Buena Park School District for “The After School Education and Safety Program.” The program provides a wide variety of programming for more than 500 students in first through eighth grades. Related story: A Two-Way Educational Experience

Sora Tanjasiri, chair and professor of health science and director of the Health Promotion Resource Institute: $488,566 from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for project “North Orange County Allied Health Careers Opportunity Partnership.” Tanjasiri also received $188,027 in fourth-year National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute funding for “CSUF and UCI-CFCCC Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities Research.” Related story: “Increasing Cancer Awareness and Research”

Katherine Powers, Graduate Studies: $477,646 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Latina/o Graduate Students: SOAR (Strengthening Opportunities, Access and Resources).” It is the second-year funding of a five-year grant.

Pablo Jasis, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education: first-year award of $474,991 of a five-year U.S. Department of Education for “High School Equivalency Program (HEP) – CSUF. Total award expected: $2,374,955

Ivan Pena, director of Upward Bound: $362,250 U.S. Department of Education award for “Upward Bound Project.”

Christine Latham, professor of nursing: $350,000 in third-year funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration for “Nursing Workforce Diversity/Advancing Health Equity and Diversity.” Related story: $1 Million HRSA Grant for Diversity in Nursing

Lilivao Tautolo, director of Student Support Services: $292,340 in the first year of five-year U.S. Department of Education award in support of “Student Support Services Program.”

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, associate professor of Asian American Studies: $272,644 from the Department of Health and Human Services/Public Health Service for “Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Youth Empowerment Program.”

Miguel Zavala, assistant professor of secondary education: $250,000 California Department of Education award for “Migrant Student Leadership Institute.”

Joshua Bilbrew, director of Talent Search Program: $230,000 U.S. Department of Education funding to support campus “Talent Search Program.” The five-year grant totals $1,137,971.

Natalie Fousekis, associate professor of history: $211,550 John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation award for “Women, Politics and Activism.”

Maria Estela Zarate, associate professor of educational leadership: $143,429 San Diego County Office of Education contract for “Comprehensive Needs Assessment of San Diego County Migrant Education Program.”

Leigh Hargreaves, assistant professor of physics: $135,270 in first-year funding from the National Science Foundation for “Low-Energy Electron Scattering From Uracil and Thymine.” Total award over three years is expected to total $275,011.

Ruth Mielke, assistant professor of nursing: $124,999 from the State of California Song-Brown Program for “Enhancing Simulation for Clinical Preparation.”

Madeline E. Rasche, professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $100,000 National Science Foundation grant for “RUI:Electron Transfer and Inhibition of Dihydromethanopterin Reductase.”

Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center: $73,000 City of Pasadena award for “Assessing Police Community Relations in Pasadena, CA.”

Sean Loyd, assistant professor of geological science: $55,000 from the American Chemical Society for “The Formation Conditions of Salt Dome Cap Rock Calcites and Their Relationship to Sulfate Reduction.”

Sheryl Fontaine, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: $40,340 from the University of California Office of the President for “FIRST (Fullerton International Resources for Schools and Teachers)” and  $14,018 for “FIRST 2015-2016 State Funded.”

Rebecca A. Otten, associate professor of nursing: $40,000 from the California Community Foundation for “Supporting a Better Educated and Diverse Nursing Workforce.”

Jennifer Burnaford, associate professor of biological science: $37,884 University of California, Santa Cruz, award for “Study of Rocky Intertidal Communities.”

Michael Boytim, lecturer in nursing: $34,310 award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Researches and Services Administration for “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships.”

Binod Tiwari, professor of civil and environmental engineering: $29,936 contract from the Cell-Crete Corporation for “Study on Applicability of Cell-Crete Material as an Appropriate Backfill Material for MSE Wall Phase II.”

Joseph Carlin, assistant professor of geological sciences: $24,968 National Science Foundation award for “RAPID: Investigating the Link Between Fluvial Floor Events, Remobilization and Preservation in the Stratigraphic Record Along the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico Continental Shelf.” Related story: Protecting California’s Coast

John D. Breskey, assistant professor of health science: $20,000 from the California Environmental Protection Agency for “Environmental Justice and Community Monitoring Youth Training Program.”

Jeffrey R. Knott, professor of geological sciences: $18,913 in first-year funding from the National Science Foundation for “Tectonic and Climatic Forcing of Hydrological Systems in the Southern Great Basin.” The total anticipated amount of the four-year award is $98,913.

John A. Bock, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Sustainability: $13,246 award from Virginia Tech for “The Coupled Dynamics of Human-Dryland River Systems.”

Christine “Xtine” Burrough, associate professor of communications: $10,000 Cal Humanities award for “The Women of El Toro.”

Erica Bowers, chair and associate professor of reading: $10,000 Orange Unified School District contract for “Summer Reading Program – Sycamore Elementary.”

Dennis Kao, assistant professor of social work: $9,039 from the University of Texas for “Exploring Elder Financial Exploitation Victimization; Identifying Unique Risk Profiles and Factors to Enhance Detection, Prevention and Intervention.”

Matthew Kirby, professor of geological sciences: $7,500 from the Western National Parks Association for “15,000 Years of Climate Change in the Mojave National Preserve.” Related story: Drought-Buster Study