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Campus Earns Nearly $3 Million in Grants, Contracts

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Cal State Fullerton faculty and staff members garnered nearly $3 million in grants and contracts during the second quarter of the academic year. Among the awards was funding for teacher eduation preparation projects, transportation fellowships and a number of research projects.

Awards included:

David Chenot, chair and professor of social work: $1,410,408 from the Regents of the University of California for “MSW Title IV-E Social Work Training Program.” The program, which provides students with stipends to complete a master of social work degree in return for committing to work for a minimum of two years in a public child welfare agency, has received annual funding annually since instituted on campus in 2009.

Chenot also received a $178,700 UC Regents award in support of the “CalSWEC Mental Health Program.”

Michael Daniel, director of the CSUF Small Business Development Center: $360,000 from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economics Development for the “2015-16 OC/IE GO-Biz State Match Funding.” The funding will be used to bolster local opportunities for small business growth in Orange County and the Inland Empire by improving access to loans and equity investments. Related article: Supporting Entrepreneurs

Patricia Literte, associate professor of sociology and director of the McNair Scholars Program: $220,000 from the Department of Education to continue the campus McNair Program. Related: McNair Program Creates Passion for Advanced Education

Archana McEligot, professor of health science: $187,789 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities for “Big Data Discovery and Diversity Through Research Education Advancement and Partnerships (BD3-REAP).”

Danielle Zacherl, professor of biological science: $82,640 from Orange County Coastkeeper for “Upper Newport Bay Living Shoreline Project.”

Dawn Macy, Volunteer and Service Center: $78,134 from Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. in support of the campus “Jumpstart” program.

Jennifer Piazza, assistant professor of health science: $69,550 National Institute on Aging award for “Daily Stressor Reactivity and Profiles of Physical Health Across Adulthood.”

Prasada Rao, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering: $50,000 from San Bernardino County for “San Bernardino County Hydrology Manual Update.”

Kimberly Norman, acting chair and professor of elementary and bilingual education: $46,258 from the CSU Office of the Chancellor/David and Lucile Packard Foundation for “Preparing New Teachers and Administrators for Transitional Kindergarten Project.”

Ruth Yopp-Edwards, professor of elementary and bilingual education: $39,879 award from the CSU Office of the Chancellor/S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation for “Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California.”

Sheryl Fontaine, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Corrine Decapite, director of Fullerton International Resources for Students and Teachers (FIRST): $27,000 from the Santa Ana Unified School District for “SAUSD-FIRST 2015.”

Sharon Chappell, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education: $25,000 from the Handel Sunrise Foundation (via the Silicon Valley Community Foundation) for the “Welcoming Schools Project.”

Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center: $25,000 California Endowment award for “Youth Civic Engagement and Health Study Follow-Up Survey.”

David Pagni, professor of mathematics, and Margaret Kidd, associate professor emeritus of mathematics: $23,000 from the UC Office of the President in support of the “California Mathematics Project at CSU Fullerton.”

Maria Dela Cruz, project director of Strengthening Transfer Education and Matriculation in STEM or (STEM)²: $20,000 from the Cal State Long Beach Research Foundation for the “CSU-HSI STEM Projects – Implementation, Impact and Future Steps Research Study.”

Sergio Guerra, director of the Center for Academic Support in Engineering and Computer Science: $17,500 U.S. Department of Transportation funding for Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Fellowships. Related story: Transportation Innovators

Yuying Tsong, assistant professor of human services: $15,000 UCLA award for “The Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly.”

David Bowman, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: $10,000 Allergan Foundation award in support of the “Program for Applied Biotechnology Studies.”

Jason Sexton, lecturer, University Honors Program: $10,000 from Brookfield Residential Properties Inc. for “Faith in the LIves of California’s Prisoners: An Oral HIstory of Former Inmates From the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Youth Authority and Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.”

Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science: $10,000 from Western Digital Foundation in support of ECS Professional Practice Program. Related article: Students Develop Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Nina Robson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering: $5,704.80 from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station for year one of her project, “Exoskeleton Based Stroke Rehabilitation With Augmented Reality.”