Active Grants

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.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), $50,000 per year

The goal of CSUB LSAMP is to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and contribute to the national agenda to increase the number of under-represented 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

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-Develop an Engineering Enrichment and Outreach Program to increase the participation and degree completion rates of under-represented minorities and women. Principal Investigators: C. Lam and M. Danforth

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, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) and the School of Social Sciences and Education (SSE). 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 eight 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.

CAREER Grant. $782,253

This NSF 5-year CAREER Grant is awarded to Dr. Brandon Pratt of the Department of Biology. 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; and 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 and 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 and 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 petroleum-resource planning, two critical regional resources. Principal Investigator: R. 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: D. Baron and J. 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 five years with the following goals: 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; 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; 3-To develop a model transfer and articulation agreement with CSUB's main CCC partner to establish a seamless intersegmental engineering sciences degree pathway.