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Dr. Bianca Mothe, Program Coordinator for Biotechnology, has received a $370,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for her current research, MHC characterization in Chinese rhesus macaques. This is in conjunction with a paper that was just published in Immunogenetics entitled, "Peptide-binding motifs associated with MHC molecules common in Chinese rhesus macaques are analogous to those of human HLA supertypes and include HLA-B27-like alleles." Please see the "Research and Publications" link for more information about the article.
Congratulations to Dean Katherine Kantardjieff, who received a 2013 Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Distinguished Engineering Educator Award.
Dr. Chuck De Leone and Dr. Edward Price, professors in the Department of Physics, and the STEM Center at Palomar College received a $1.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2011. One facet of this grant has created a collaborative partnership to encourage students to pursue degrees in STEM-related degree programs, starting with students and faculty at Vista and San Marcos high schools. A visit to campus allows them an opportunity to work in a lab alongside current undergraduates. You can read more about this exciting venture at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/14/tp-csusm-project-motivates-next-generation/?page=1#article.
Dean Kantardjieff has been appointed to the Strategic Planning Council of the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. http://www.csuperb.org/blog/
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Brian Lawler (EDUC), Dr. Edward Price (PHYS), and Dr. Andre Kundgen (MATH) on being awarded a National Science Foundation grant for their project, "CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars: Building Upon a Learning Assistant Model." Their $1.2 million grant will: "...encourage highly qualified mathematics and science students to pursue teaching careers through the collaborative efforts of California State University San Marcos' (CSUSM) School of Education (SoE) and College of Science and Mathematics (CSM). The project focuses on recruiting CSUSM math and science undergraduates to the CSUSM credential program, and builds on efforts to promote careers in teaching via an existing Learning Assistants program. The project includes three specific activities: a scholarship program, early teaching experiences, and a Math/Science Summer Credential Program." Read more about it here:
Dr. Youwen Ouyang, CSIS, and Dr. Katherine Hayden, School of Education, just received another NSF grant for $449,983! "Exploratory: Activate Computational Thinking (ACT)" will expand upon the excellent work our local middle schools are already experiencing with the iQuest and CyberQUEST projects.
Dr. Rocio Guillen-Castrillo, Computer Science & Information Systems, joins 70 other outstanding professionals who have been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Project, "Advancing the Careers of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions through Professional Networks".
Dr. Youwen Ouyang, Computer Science & Information Systems, and Dr. Katherine Hayden, School of Education, received a $1 million dollar National Science Foundation grant, "CI-TEAM Implementation Project: Cyberinfrastructure for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers (CyberQUEST)". Sixteen middle school science teachers will participate in a two-year program that includes week-long summer academies, Collaborative Lesson Study (CLS) rotations, ongoing mentoring and classroom support that contributes to the development and refinement of an innovative CI-enhanced geosciences curriculum. Please see the CyberQUEST website for more information.
Dr. Ouyang is also in the last year of her iQUEST project, "iQUEST: Investigaions for Quality Understanding and Engagement for Students and Teachers," which is also funded by the NSF. More information is available here about the important work local middle school teachers have been doing to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded CSUSM, in partnership with Palomar Community College, a $1.95 million grant to develop a five-year program aimed at increasing the number of undergraduates, transfer students and graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The project is headed by Dr. Chuck de Leone (PHYS), Principal Investigator, and Dr. Edward Price (PHYS), Co-Principal Investigator. Please read more at: http://www.csusm.edu/news/topstories/current/ts.STEMGrant.html.
Since 2008, CSUSM's Biotechnology program, under the direction of Dr. Bianca Mothe, has been working with a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Bridges to Stem Cell Research Training Grant. You can read more about this award and the work CSUSM has been doing at http://www.cirm.ca.gov/content/california-state-university-san-marcos-cirm-bridges-stem-cell-research-training-grant.