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Faculty and Staff Awarded Nearly $3 Million in Grants, Contracts

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Cal State Fullerton faculty and staff have been awarded grants and contracts for scientific research and student support programs across the campus. Among award recipients during the January-March quarter:

David K. Chenot, chair and professor of social work: $1,487,818 from the Regents of the University of California for the “CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program.” The federally funded California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) stipend program provides two years of support to full-time students enrolled in the child welfare concentration. Part-time students also are eligible for stipends that cover tuition, books and travel. Chenot also was awarded $93,250 from the Regents of the University of California, for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Stipend Program. 

David Pagni, professor of mathematics: $941,815 National Science Foundation award for the “Transitioning Math Majors Into Teaching” project. Pagni also received $20,635 from the Regents of the University of California, Office of the President, for the California Mathematics Project at CSU Fullerton.

Niroshika Monerawila Keppetipola, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $106,500 National Institutes of Health award for the “Role of Phosphorylation in RNA Binding Protein Function” project.

Anil Puri, provost emeritus and director of the Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting Center : $75,000 from Disney Worldwide Services Inc., for the “Economic Impact of Disneyland” project.

Andrew Petit, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry: $55,000 American Chemical Society award for the project “Using Computational Chemistry to Achieve a Mechanistic Understanding of the Intramolecular Cyclization of Oxime and Oxime Ether Radical Cations.”

Sheryl Fontaine, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences: $43,000 from The Regents of the University of California UCOP for the “California Global Education Project at CSU Fullerton.”

Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center: $40,061 from EVALCORP Research & Consulting for the Ventura County Community Health Survey. Gil-Trejo also received a $29,678 University of California, Davis, contract for the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: A Follow-Up Telephone Study” project.

Zair Ibragimov, professor of mathematics: $25,000 CSU Chancellor’s Office – University Enterprises, Inc., award in support of “CSU-LSAMP 2018-2023,”  a program to increase disadvantaged students’ preparedness, persistence and retention in STEM programs.

Binod Tiwari, professor of civil and environmental engineering: $24,918 Award from Partners of Americas Foundation for the “CSUF-CETYS: Bilateral Student Mobility for Project-Based Curricular Study Abroad Program.”

Jessica Tessler, lecturer in psychology: $5,000 American Institute of Bisexuality award for “Love Project Proposal.”