American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
support 14 science, technology, engineering and
at Cal State L.A.
CSULA benefits from $3.5
million in ARRA grant funding
Angeles, CA -- With a primary focus on outreach, teaching and
research, California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)
has received more than $3.5 million from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 to support 14 science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects.
System-wide, CSU researchers have received over $62 million in ARRA
funding to conduct nearly 200 individual STEM research projects
throughout the 23-campus system. Among these campuses, Cal State
L.A. ranked fifth in ARRA funding.
More than 70 percent of the CSU’s ARRA STEM funding was provided by
three federal agencies: the
National Science Foundation (NSF)
($25.58 million), the
Department of Health and Human Services’
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
($13.53 million) and the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
“ARRA funding helps our talented faculty generate new knowledge,
supports student success through their participation in research and
prepares future scientists and teachers,” said Philip LaPolt,
director of research and development in the Office of Research and
Development at CSULA. “The federal government realizes that these
projects represent a much-needed reinvestment in America’s research
and education enterprise.”
Recognizing the impact the CSU has in these fields, the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services is supporting 83 CSU grants
with ARRA funding, much of it through NIH. The funding augments more
than $300 million of ongoing federal funding that enables CSU to
advance education and research.
decades, STEM funding to the CSU from federal agencies has supported
array of innovative research
efforts throughout the CSU system. The support underscores the
understanding that research experiences significantly enhance
teaching and learning in science and engineering.
enhance learning, ARRA funds also support a variety of strategies
that partner CSU campuses with nearby school districts and foster
key partnerships between the CSU and collaborative institutions.
partnerships, such as the collaboration with the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, give our students real-world research and learning
experiences and greatly expand their opportunities for success,”
addition to the ARRA funding for STEM projects,
CSULA is awaiting word on a pending grant proposal that seeks an
additional $2 million in ARRA funding from NSF for construction of a
Core Energy and Sustainability Research Center.
Along with one grant from the Department of Education of $213,372
for student-based work-study programs and an $11,268 grant from the
Department of Health and Human Services to support Nursing
scholarships, the other 14 grants were awarded by the National
Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services
for the following programs:
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE):
The specific aim of this administrative supplement
and programmatic aspects of the CSULA RISE Program.
Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE):
is a collaboration between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and several
Los Angeles-based urban colleges. It enables the CURE site to
recruit approximately 18 (mostly minority and women) students per
year for research experiences in cutting-edge projects in astronomy,
astrophysics and planetary science.
Investigations of Phosphorus Redox Chemistry in the Termite
investigate the oxidation and reduction of phosphorous in nature.
Mathematics on Education Based Integrated Understanding Scholars:
In conjunction with Noyce Scholarships, this
will enable CSULA to nurture and build dedicated and able teachers
in mathematics to achieve the three-fold goal of rigor, relevance
and retention for 40 highly qualified teachers.
Robotic Training, the Modulation of BDNF Activity in Spinally
will study the effectiveness of a new technique for robotic
treadmill training in spinal cord contused rats.
Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research:
The funds for this
will be used to deepen the pool of freshman and sophomore students
who attain honor levels of academic achievement, which will support
enhanced student achievement and success in seven lower-division
Active Approach to Algebra A^3:
CSULA to help improve the teaching and learning of algebra at
Montebello Unified School District high schools.
Investigation of PAH Photodegradation in Solutions:
requested funds was designed to investigate the sunlight-induced
degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in liquid solutions,
which are found on the surface of airborne fine-particulate matter.
Chromium Isotopes as Redox-Indicators-Oxidation and Isotopic
with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
seeks to further develop a new isotope technique that allows
geochemists to quantify chemical transformation of toxic hexavalent
chromium to the less toxic form.
International Research Experience for Students in Ireland:
Applications in the Chemical Separations Sciences:
The broad goal of this
establish international research experiences for a program focusing
on applications in the chemical separation sciences between the
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSULA and the National
Centre for Sensor Research and School of Chemical Science at Dublin
City University in Ireland.
Antibacterial Target Identification Using Expression of Essential
aims to accelerate the pace of its parent project by utilizing a
more efficient plasmid vector and studying the mechanism of
inhibition by antisense expression and the mechanism of action of
Identification and Molecular Basis for Efficient Antifreeze Protein
Antifreeze proteins found in many organisms, including fish and
insects, enables them to survive at subfreezing temperatures. This
will accelerate the pace of the scientific research by creating a
new research lab technician position and purchasing new and/or
necessary upgrades for laboratory equipment.
MORE (Minority Opportunities in Research) R.E.S.U.L.T.S.:
This supplement enables the
research team to deepen analysis to include retention in Ph.D.
programs and success in Ph.D. institutions by following up on the
career progress of hundreds of MORE-funded students and alumni. It
will also provide a value-added analysis for the MORE program and
help complete a minimum of two journal manuscripts based on new data
and a refined model.
Label-Free and Simultaneous Detection of Multiple Bacterial
Pathogens and Virulen:
will advance work based on the hypothesis that SPRi technology
can be used to simultaneously identify bacterial species or strains
as well as virulence factors present in the bacteria.
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