Chris Liu Awarded NSF Grant for Regional HSI STEM Conference
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $90,784 to Yusheng “Christopher” Liu, associate vice president, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, for his proposal Dissecting the STEM Education Ecosystem in Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): Regional Insights from Southern California.
Liu’s project is one of seven that were funded by the NSF in its inaugural Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program), designed to enhance undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The NSF program “aims to identify the most critical challenges and important opportunities for learners in undergraduate STEM education at HSIs.”
CSUF will conduct a three-day regional conference focused on the STEM education ecosystem at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to identify the most critical challenges and opportunities in STEM undergraduate education and actionable solutions that may be relevant to the mission of the NSF. The conference will host 80 participants from eight critical stakeholder groups to discuss six themes: preparing pre-college students – gaps in and opportunities for entering STEM majors; transforming the first-year college experience – innovative educational technology and inclusive pedagogies for student learning and retention in STEM; smoothing transitions from two- to four-year HSIs – opportunities and challenges for institutional partnerships; building coalitions among stakeholders in undergraduate research experience – opportunities and challenges for student persistence; removing academic barriers – gaps and opportunities for academic remediation; and sustaining ecosystems at HSI campuses – social and cultural inclusiveness for student success.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works program recently awarded Pamela Madsen, professor of music, $20,000 for her multimedia composition “There Will Come Soft Rains.” The new five-movement oratorio will feature images and sounds from the Mojave Desert, in addition to percussion, strings, orchestra, voices, video and electronics.
The State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded Barbara Doyer, lecturer in Nursing, $124,513 for her program “Standardized Patients in the BSN Health Assessment Courses. The grant will build on a pilot program in the School of Nursing, initiated in 2016, to expand the use of Standardized Patients — actors who are trained to represent patients during a clinical encounter with a health care provider.
The Far West Athletic Trainers Association (FWATA) recently awarded Tricia Kasamatsu and Melissa Montgomery, assistant professors of kinesiology, grants of $2,165 and $3,000, respectively.
Cal State Fullerton students excelled at the 31st annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU San Luis Obispo.
Nikolas Nikolaidis, associate professor of biological science, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for $417,300 over four years for his project “Interaction between HspA1A, a seventy-kDa heat shock protein, and lipids in stressed cells.
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