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In its continued commitment to serve the state and community in matters relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), CSUB continues to seek and secure external funding from both the public and private sectors. What follows is a summary of all active STEM-related grants and projects at CSUB. Most are housed in the school of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering.
Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, $899,684
The NSF-funded Robert Noyce Fellowship Program provides scholarships to juniors, seniors, or credentialing year students in a STEM discipline to increase the number of qualified math or science teachers in area high schools. Principal Investigator: A. Gebauer, Co-PIs: D. Baron. K. Haddad, C. Kloock, N. Tran.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), $50,000 per year
The goal of CSUB LSAMP is to broaden participation in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines and contribute to the national agenda to increase the number of underrepresented minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM disciplines. A participant must be an individual who has faced or faces social, cultural, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM. Campus Coordinator: J. Trigos.
Robert Noyce Fellowship Program, $1,753,417.
The NSF-funded Robert Noyce Fellowship Program provides Fellowships to Graduate Students in the Credential Track of the new MS in Science Education beginning Fall 2012. Fellows will receive scholarship support and salary supplements during 4 years of employment as science teachers in high needs school districts. The program will fund 10 Fellow's per year for two cohorts beginning in 2012. Principal Investigator: C. Kloock. Co-PIs: J. Hughes & R. Hughes.
Filling Essential Gaps in the High Needs San Joaquin Valley STEM Degree Pathways, $725,641 over 3 years.
This NSF grant consists of two parts. 1. Develop a new, high quality Calculus sequence for the engineering programs, that is consistent with the principles of modern, more accessible engineering education and meets accreditation standards. 2. To develop an Engineering Enrichment and Outreach Program to increase the participation and degree completion rates of underrepresented minorities and women. Principal Investigators: C. Lam, M. Danforth.
Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), $562,500
The Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) program is designed to double the number of qualified high school or middle school mathematics or science teachers within Kern County, by providing stipends and other support to prospective math and science high school or middle school teachers at CSUB. The program, started in 2006, has multiple funding sources that include the Chancellor's Office of the CSU, Teacher Recruitment Program (TQP) funds from CSU, Bakersfield and one-time funding from the Kern High School District. As part of their requirements, students must tutor at a Kern High School District school for a total of 100 hours. Principal Investigator: K. Haddad.
Ronald E. McNair Program, $899,940
Not limited to STEM students, the McNair Scholars Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful entrance into Ph.D. programs with the ultimate goal of entering the Academy. Every McNair Scholar makes a commitment of time and effort to develop the skills necessary for success in graduate school while still working toward his or her bachelor's degree. This preparation is offered in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a research project. Primarily research oriented, the program supports participation in research internships with faculty mentors, the attendance of conferences, and the presentation of research at national conferences. CSUB's McNair Scholars Program selects twenty students each academic year awarding each with a monetary stipend. McNair scholars are selected from students from all disciplines who are either· low-income, first-generation college students or are members of a group underrepresented in graduate education with GPA's higher than 3.0. The McNair Scholars Program became active on the CSUB campus in Fall Quarter, 2003 and recruited its first cohort of students during Winter Quarter, 2004. Since its inception, the McNair Scholars Program has served over 100 students, of which several are in STEM fields. Program Director: I. Sumaya.
Research Experience Vitalizing Science - University Program (REVS-UP,) $1,200,000
The Research Experience Vitalizing Science - University Program (REVS-UP) is funded by a gift from the Chevron Corporation and focuses on both K-12 students and teachers and involves faculty and undergraduate students in both the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Education. The schools established a community-student-teacher-faculty collaboration that provides an opportunity to experience the challenge and excitement of original discovery in and out of the classroom. Enriching the learning experience of our students and the community is a strong component of the university's teaching mission. Principal Investigator: A. Gebauer.
Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (OEDG), $170,234
CSUB has recently received OEDG funding for a 2-year project entitled San Joaquin Valley Rocks!!, which builds upon a previous OEDG award to CSUB. The previous award, entitled "Paleoclimate and flooding history of the southern San Joaquin Valley, California: Community-centered research for improving minority participation in the geosciences" created a highly successful summer program in which Kern County school teachers and students and CSUB students participated in the geosciences research of CSUB faculty. This program has continued beyond NSF funding with external support from the Chevron Corporation (through summer 2010). In SJV Rocks!! CSUB faculty and students, and Bakersfield College students collaborate with exceptional earth science teachers to generate 8 new hands-on inquiry-based classroom activities that focus on themes of ongoing research at CSUB and local geologic features. Resulting classroom activities will be broadly distributed to local teachers through a 4-day workshop and further disseminated through online publication and presentations at science teacher and professional geosciences meetings. Principal Investigator: D. Baron.
NSME STEM Center, $100,000
Originally funded by CCRAA and now further supported by Chevron. This center serves many functions in support of STEM students.
Central California Partnership for Teacher Quality Programs (CCP-TQP), $12,595,813
This grant is designed to improve teacher quality and reform teacher education at 16 high-need schools primarily in rural areas in central California with a focus on science, math and special education. The grant will be dispersed over five years to fund creation of the Central California Partnership with $2.4 million in first-year funding to be shared among partnering agencies. CSUB will serve as the lead agency for the program in partnership with CSU Monterey Bay, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Tulare County Office of Education, and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. The new program will provide a two-year introductory experience and mentoring for new teachers in partner schools. CCP-TQP will also provide support for new teachers and educational leaders through the continuous improvement of important reforms including: universal design for learning; positive behavior intervention; use of scientifically valid instructional practices; differentiated instruction; effective strategies for reading instruction; professional learning communities; and facilitation skill development. Principal Investigator: C. Guaglianone.
CAREER Grant. $782,253
This NSF 5 year CAREER Grant is awarded to Dr. Brandon Pratt of the Biology Department. The research project summary follows: Wood, referred to as xylem by scientists, is a globally important commodity that has been important to humans for building material, shelter, and fuel for millennia. In plants, wood makes up the water transport tissue that is crucial for moving water and chemicals throughout the plant body to maintain healthy functioning. Understanding how wood functions not only enables more efficient use of this important resource, but it also helps us understand how plants are adapted to the environment, how ecosystems function, and plant evolution. Although wood is commercially and physiologically important, many aspects of wood function remain a mystery. Wood has important functions besides transport of water such as structural support of the plant body and storage of water and nutrients. These wood functions are largely interdependent such that wood that is proficient at one function may necessarily be poor at another function giving rise to tradeoffs. Understanding these tradeoffs, their structural basis, and evolutionary consequences is a central objective for plant physiologists. This proposed study will examine xylem functional tradeoffs with an emphasis on how storage interacts with transport and biomechanical traits among plants in California's biodiverse Mediterranean type climate region. Principal Investigator: B. Pratt.
Andrew W. Melon Foundation Conservation and Environment Program. $300,000
The study in this 3 year grant will examine post-fire vegetation recovery in shrubland ecosystems in South Africa and southern California. The goal of the work will be to develop a detailed understanding of the physiological and life history attributes shrubs use to recover post-fire. A focus on South Africa and southern California is timely because human ignited fires have greatly increased the fire frequencies in these regions, thus threatening their stability. Moreover, southern California and South Africa have been classified as biodiversity "hot spots", and ranked as global conservation priorities. Principal Investigator: B. Pratt.
The Laschamp and Mono Lake Excursions in High Deposition Rate Sediments from Summer Lake, Oregon. $183,440
The scientific objective of this award is to acquire an improved vector time series record of the Earth's magnetic field throughout a time interval (50,000 to 20,000 years ago) that includes two aborted polarity reversals. This has implications for 1. improving our understanding of dynamo processes, including those operating in the Earth's outer core, 2. enhancing our knowledge of radiocarbon production variations in the atmosphere thus refining radiocarbon dating in a time interval critical to studies of human evolution and climate change, 3. refining the use of paleomagnetic time series as a means for age control that is independent of radiocarbon dating. One full time graduate student and two undergraduate students are supported for two years under this grant. The grant was procured from the highly competitive Geophysics Program of the National Science Foundation (see attached for list of universities receiving funding under this program at the time of the award). Principal Investigators: R. Negrini, R. Horton.
CSUB Regional Nursing Simulation Center Expansion Grant. $100,000
A pilot grant was awarded to the CSUB Nursing Sim Center to help expand nursing education in California under the Governor's Task Force for the California Nurse Education Initiative. The Nursing Sim Center is a 2,011 square foot state-of-the-art-facility, in which CSUB BSN students practice clinical skills through technology-mediated instruction. High, medium, and low fidelity manikins serve as patients as our students learn assessment skills, procedures, and patient care. The Nursing Sim Center provides simulated clinical experiences in a variety of specialty areas, including medical-surgical, obstetric, pediatric, and critical care nursing. Up to 25% of students' clinical hours are spent in the Nursing Sim Center, where students encounter scenarios that challenge their clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills. Common patient care situations are presented to ensure that all CSUB nursing students have demonstrated their ability to respond to routine nursing care challenges. Low frequency, high acuity situations such as respiratory distress and status epilepticus are presented; students have the opportunity to make their own decisions without jeopardizing the outcomes of real hospitalized patients. The use of simulation in nursing education allows us to present these scenarios in a controlled fashion, on-demand, without risk to patient safety. Funds from the Expansion Grant are being used to purchase equipment and supplies, provide additional staff members, and provide training for nursing faculty members. Principal Investigators: D. Boschini, D. Dawkins.
Developing a Highly Structured Engineering Pathway for Hispanics Through an Intersegmental and Collaborative Approach. $4,000,000
A Department of Education Title V grant worth close to $4M over 5 years, to help CSUB launch a new computer engineering degree in Fall 2011.
Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology. $5,000,000
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $5 million grant to the Department of Geological Sciences to establish a Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST). The center will allow geology faculty and students to conduct research on the effects and mitigation of climate change on the people, industries, and environment in the San Joaquin Valley. Research conducted at the Center will inform water and petroleumresource planning, two critical regional resources. Principal Investigator: Dr. Rob Negrini.
Dual-Credit Physical Geology Classes: A Strategy for Improving the "Pipeline" from High Schools into University Geology Programs. $200,000
This grant from the National Science Foundation - Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program - is currently offered at South High and Ridgeview High through the Kern High School District. The course will be extended to one additional high school. It also will fund scholarships to students who continue the study of geology at either Bakersfield College or CSUB. The 5-unit course is taught by high school teachers trained in earth science, CSUB faculty, and professionals in the agriculture and petroleum industries. The project will reach an estimated 600 under-represented high school students over the three year program. Principal Investigators: Drs... Dirk Baron and Jan Gillespie.
Developing New Engineering Degree Options for Underserved Hispanic Students in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. $4,400,000
A Department of Education grant worth $4.4M over 5 years with the following goals: Goal 1: To develop a new, high quality engineering sciences degree program, with two new tracks in biological engineering and engineering management, that is consistent with the principles of modern, more accessible engineering education and meets accreditation standards. Goal 2: To develop a Center for Collaborative Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research to accelerate the establishment of a modern engineering education program at CSUB which produces equitable learning and degree completion. Goal 3: To develop a model transfer and articulation agreement with CSUB's main CCC partner to establish a seamless intersegmental engineering sciences degree pathway.