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USD Funders' Council Newsleter - Volume 25, 1st Quarter 2012-2013
 
This 25th issue continues our communication to inform you of external funding that has come to USD from foundations and federal sources
Michel Boudrias Interdisciplinary, Collaborative, and University-wide Awards


NSF Awards Largest Grant in USD History - $4.9 Million
Michel Boudrias, PhD, Chair of Marine Science and Environmental Studies and Academic Director of Sustainability at USD; Jeanne (Nilmini) Silva-Send, Senior Policy Analyst, USD’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC); and Scott Anders, Director of EPIC, are Co-Principal Investigators on the largest federal award in USD’s history. National Science Foundation, the nation’s main science funding agency funded this collaborative project with a five-year, $4,928,001 Cooperative Agreement from the NSF Climate Change Education Partnership Program (CCEP). The success of Dr. Boudrias’ previous NSF award team served as the precursor for this Phase II award.

The first phase of this research project began by creating a comprehensive and diverse partnership of experts and community leaders - social scientists, researchers and communications experts - who were charged to develop and present ways to implement a strategy for more effectively delivering climate change communication to a variety of non-traditional audiences in the San Diego region.

With this current cooperative agreement, USD’s grant team, in collaboration with other team members of The Climate Education Partners will be working together with community leaders to implement in Phase II the strategic communications plan created in Phase I. Scientist co-PIs from USD, California State University San Marcos, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in partnership with The San Diego Foundation, The Steve Alexander Group, and others will spend the next five years fulfilling the proposed goals of the project.

The major goals of Phase II are to (1) raise the public’s understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change with education; (2) through evaluation, identify the most effective methods to educate non-traditional audiences about the causes and consequences of climate change; and (3) by developing and implementing a national model for regional climate change education and communication, confirm replication of the methods.
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Trio


US Department of Ed Grants $2,375,000 to TRIO over Five Years
Cynthia Villis, PhD, Director of the Institute of College Initiatives and USD Trio Programs (The Rock, The River, The Tree) has received notice that two of the three of the Trio Upward Bound Program (UB) and the Trio McNair Scholars Program have been funded for another 5 years by the US Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education. The third Trio Program, Student Support Services, is entering the third year of a five-year award.

The Upward Bound Program received a five-year, $1,250,000 award. This Program serves high school students from low-income families and from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound provides academic instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, and education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

The Trio McNair Scholars Program received a five-year, $1,125,000 award. There is pervasive, demonstrable need for intervention for talented, disadvantaged students who want to pursue doctorates. USD McNair students develop strong academic foundations for graduate school. Each year McNair prepares at least 26 low-income and 1st generation or underrepresented USD students with dynamic potential, comprehensively strengthening the participant’s abilities to enroll and succeed in graduate programs.
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The Alvord Gerlich Family Fund Awards $5,000
The Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Family Fund made its first gift to USD in the amount of $5,000. This gift is unrestricted and will be used at the discretion of the President.
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Gregory C. Warde Foundation Awards $12,500
The Gregory C. Warde Foundation has made an initial gift of $12,500 toward a $50,000 pledge of unrestricted funding to USD.
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The Bob Baker Family Foundation Awards $25,000
The Bob Baker Family Foundation gave $25,000 to the Scholarship Fund. The foundation is a strong and committed supporter since 1990.
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The Barry Family Foundation Awards $5,000
The Barry Family Foundation has given $5,000 to the Class of 1975 Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a law student demonstrating academic success and financial need.
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USD College of Arts and Sciences College of Arts and Sciences (CA&S)

NSF Awards $400,000 to USD Alum Dr. Tim Clark
Tim Clark, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, was recently awarded a 5-year, $400,000 NSF-CAREER award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers NSF’s most prestigious awards to support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Clark’s project “Substrate-Directed C-H Borylation Reactions” is designed to probe fundamental questions in organometallic chemistry that will lead to the development of ligand-directed borylation catalysts and includes education and training opportunities for both high school and undergraduate students, inspiring them to pursue careers in chemistry. A post-doctorate as well as two high school teachers will have the opportunity to gain the research experience integral to the goals of this project.
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NSF Awards $21,129 to Math and Computer Science
John H. Glick, PhD, Math and Computer Science, has received $21,129 from NSF for his proposal, “Collaborative Research: Peer Instruction in Computer Science.” He is collaborating with UCSD and Skidmore College during this two-year project. Peer Instruction is well documented in other STEM areas as having increased student learning of key conceptual topics. The adoption of Peer Instruction in this project will consist of developing and measuring learning in the classes for which the materials were developed.
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NSF Awards $414,686 for Advanced Imaging to Biology and Physics
Marjorie Patrick, PhD, Biology; Rae Anderson, PhD, Physics; Lisa Baird, PhD, Biology; Richard Gonzalez, PhD, Biology; and Curtis Loer, PhD, Biology; have successfully secured $414,686 funding from NSF for “MRI: Acquisition of a Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope [LSCM] to Advance Research and Education in Biology and Physics at the University of San Diego.” This equipment will add confocal capability to the imaging facility. It will significantly augment current and proposed faculty research programs, impact USD’s research-based curriculum by supporting the development of a new interdisciplinary course in microscopy techniques for the new biophysics major; and enhance the applicability of microscopy in other courses at USD, San Diego City College, and Mater Dei High School.
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NSF Awards $165,000 to Physics for Plasma Research
Greg Severn, PhD, Physics, has once again been awarded a 3-year, $165,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his current project, “Collaborative Research: Understanding of Presheaths and Sheaths in Plasmas.” Understanding sheaths is fundamental to the understanding of all bounded plasmas. Proposed experiments are aimed at establishing the basic properties of sheaths and associated presheaths for a variety of situations for which theoretical predictions and assumptions have not yet been verified. Many important questions associated with sheaths will be addressed for the first time. Severn’s research on basic plasma physics, low temperature plasma physics, physics of sheath formation and ion dynamics in the plasma boundary layer, plasma diagnostics, laser-induced fluorescence, and use of tunable diode lasers for ion dynamics diagnostics has been supported by NSF and the US Dept. of Energy from 1997-2001, and from 2003 to the present.
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research Awards $411,830
Rae Anderson, PhD, Physics, received a $411,830 Young Investigator Research (YIR) Program grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This Program is open to scientists and engineers at national research institutions who received a PhD or equivalent degree in the last five years, and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. Anderson’s research topic is “Elucidating the Molecular Dynamics, Conformations, and Interactions Occurring in Complex Entangled Biopolymer Systems via Novel Single-molecule Techniques.” The YIR grant allows Dr. Anderson to bring a UC San Diego graduate student to her USD lab as a paid research assistant and gives USD undergraduate students a chance to do research with a graduate student.
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The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Gives $60,000 Teacher-Scholar Award
Peter Iovine, PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry, has received a 5-year Teacher-Scholar award from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. to support his current project “Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in Polymeric Materials: Hybrid Polymers and Self-Assembled Structures from Plant Derived Biopolymers.” The central theme running through this project is that starch can be used as a macromolecular reagent en route to unexplored amphiphilic hybrid materials. The ability to conjugate starch, in a discrete manner, to other biopolymers will create exciting opportunities in materials design. Each summer of this 5-year award, 8 students will have the opportunity to spend 10 weeks engaging in active research exposed to organic polymer chemistry.
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Cal Humanities


Ethnic Studies Receives $10,000 Cal Humanities Community Stories Grant
Alberto Pulido, PhD, Ethnic Studies, is the recipient of a $10,000 award for his project “Living Lowrider Culture in San Diego.” The study examines lowrider culture as a cultural expression that is fundamentally relational and communal. It focuses on the “lived relations” that emerge out of lowrider culture and how the activities of building, customizing and driving a lowrider brings forth unique relationships, associations and cultural practices with others, and builds and affirms community. This Community Stories Grant is made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit http://www.calhum.org.
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Lange Family Fund Awards $5,000
The Tom and Linda Lange Family Fund made their first gift of $5,000 to USD to be used to fund art supplies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
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USD School of Business Administration School of Business Administration (SBA)


The Burnham Foundation Awards $4,000 to Real Estate
The Burnham Foundation continues its support of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate with a gift of $4,000. The Foundation has been a strong supporter of the School of Business Administration since 1989.
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Brutten Family Fund Awards $10,000
The Brutten Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation awarded $10,000 to Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate operating fund at the direction of Patricia Brutten.
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USD School of Law School of Law (SOL)


Legal Clinics Receive Continued Funding of $89,603 from the State Bar of California
Margaret Dalton, Esq. and the USD Legal Clinic received another year of funding from the State Bar of California –Legal Services Trust Fund for the Equal Access Fund. The 2012-2013 award for $89,603 represents an increase over 2011-2012 of 23.7%. According to Director Margaret Dalton, the USD Legal Clinics have a two-fold mission: to provide free legal services to disadvantaged and under-served lower-income San Diegans, helping them deal with everything from landlord disputes to small claims filings; and to train law students in the practical and ethical practice of law. These Equal Access Funds will also allow the Legal Clinic to have a Spanish language translator to process court documents from English to Spanish for the client’s own record and to translate Spanish language documents into English for Court records.
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City of SD and SDSU Renew Contracts with Administrative Hearing Program
The Administrative Hearing Program, under the direction of Agustin F. Lopez II, Esq. and Associate Director Marc G. Camin, provides in a neutral forum administrative hearings for individuals who contest parking violation citations. An Administrative Hearing contract for 2012-2013 has once again been issued to USD by the City of San Diego in the amount of $247,000. This contract with the Parking Adjudication Services Program Center for Municipal Dispute Resolution provides a fair and unbiased environment for individuals pursuing parking citation hearings.

San Diego State University ($4,205) has also contracted with the Administrative Hearing Program to conduct parking adjudication hearings during 2012-2013. In addition to offering an environment for individuals to dispute their cases, the goal of both programs is to provide a real world learning experience for USD law students. Students interview the witnesses and weigh witness credibility, assign weight to any evidence presented, and make the final written decisions.
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McGrory Family Awards $10,000
The McGrory Family through the Jack McGrory Discretionary Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation awarded $10,000 to the Law Annual Fund. The McGrory Family has been supporting USD for the past decade in gifts to both the School of Law and the School of Business Administration’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.
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USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences

School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES)


Nash & Associates awards a $12,500 County of San Diego Subcontract to Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research
Laura Deitrick, PhD, Director of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research received a $12,500 sub-contract agreement from Nash & Associates for technical assistance and support of evaluation services for the Transition Age Youth (TAY) Academy, a program of the County of San Diego. Each year, at five different locations, TAY offers skill-development workshops, classes and support groups, leadership and youth development activities, psycho-educational groups, and coaching to 200 participants, ages 14-25.
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Fred J. Hansen Foundation Awards $192,000
The Fred J. Hansen Foundation awarded $192,000 to support the Hansen Summer Institute. The Institute, transferred to USD from San Diego State University, is an international program that provides a unique University-based leadership experience and program in international cooperation. Participants in the 3-week program include 10 young American men and women and 20 students from a variety of developing countries and regions of social strife.
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The Burnham Foundation Awards $4,000
In addition to their gift to the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, the Burnham Foundation has awarded $4,000 to the Nonprofit Leadership Management Scholarship. This funding will be used for financial aid for students enrolled in the Nonprofit Leadership Management Program.
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Price Family Awards $10,000 to the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research
The Price Family Charitable Fund’s gift of $10,000 to the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit Research continues their loyal and generous commitment to USD that began in 1985.
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Rokenbok Educational Fund Awards $10,000
The Rokenbok Educational Fund at the San Diego Foundation has awarded $10,000, at the request of Paul Eichen. Funding will support the on-going strategic planning underway in the SOLES Leadership Institute.
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The Dammeyer Charitable Gift Fund Awards $120,000
The Dammeyer Charitable Gift Fund has made two gifts this quarter totaling $90,000 to the Center on Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) and an additional gift of $30,000 to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund for the Dammeyer Doctoral Fellowship.
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USD School of Nursing Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SON)


County of San Diego Supports Simulation Patient Nursing Lab with $25,000
The County of San Diego, Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, has awarded $25,000 for the new Simulation Lab. Since 2003, the County has granted a total of $255,000 to the School of Nursing. This year’s funds will be used to update and equip the Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory with beds, a crib, examination table and medical dosing system. All of the past County grants to Nursing have helped maintain the School's Simulation and Standardized Patient Nursing Laboratory with state of the art equipment so students can simulate activities that are currently done in hospitals as they prepare for actual patient care.
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National Institute of Mental Health Grants $2,704,698 to USD and Stanford Collaboration
Cynthia Connelly, PhD, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and Rachel Manber, co-principal investigator from Stanford University, working with SON’s co-investigators Drs. Lois Howland and Karen Macauley were awarded $2,704,698 from the National Institute of Mental Health for their research on “The Effectiveness of Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Perinatal Insomnia.” The five-year research will run from 2012 to 2017 as a randomized clinical trial to examine the efficacy of a nurse delivered cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia. The study also will examine secondary outcomes of maternal and infant sleeping, maternal depressive levels, and quality of life.
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TriService Nursing Research Program Funds Two Nursing PhD Candidates
LCDR Eric Bopp, NC, USN, principal investigator and PhD student along with his mentor Associate Professor Joseph Burkard, DNSc received $14,004 TriService Nursing Research Program award for Bopp’s project, “Is Combat Exposure Predictive of Higher Preoperative Stress in Military Members?” Perianesthesia professionals anecdotally report anesthetic difficulty when managing this patient population; however, no study to date has scientifically corroborated a heightened preoperative stress response on the day of surgery in military personnel with exposure to combat operations. This study hopes to validate predictive relationships between the number of combat experiences of military personnel (independent of anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder), and the preoperative stress response on the day of surgery; and provide evidence that will support interventional studies.

CDR Heather King, NC, USN, principal investigator and PhD along with faculty member Cynthia Connelly, PhD, Director of Nursing Research and Senior Research Mentor to King have received the TriService Nursing Research Program award for King’s project, “Acupuncture for Disturbed Sleep in Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.” This $24,644 two-year research is sponsored by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Previous research indicates a consistent relationship between self-reported sleep disturbance and PTSD symptoms in troops returning from combat zones. The purpose of this research is to conduct a small scale feasibility study to examine if the use of an auricular acupuncture regimen improves the quality of sleep for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans with PTSD receiving standard PTST treatment.
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Sence Foundation Awards $31,000
The Sence Foundation has awarded $31,000 to sponsor the Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing Program. This program focuses on the needs of the military and those that treat wounded warriors. Treatment involves addressing mental health problems, such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
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USD School of Peace Studies School of Peace Studies (KSPS)


Fred J. Hansen Foundation Awards $67,000 to IPJ for Women PeaceMakers
Longtime funder of the Women PeaceMakers Program at IPJ, The Fred J. Hansen Foundation awarded $67,000 toward the costs of the 2012 10th Anniversary Summit and Conference-- “Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace.” The September summit reunited 35 women from the first nine years of the program, along with this year’s cohort of four, to discuss the persistent obstacles they face in their work as well as to evaluate the program and strategically plan for the next decade of the program. Delegates gathered to formulate recommendations under three primary areas: security, justice and peace. The Conference was the public venue for the anniversary of the program, convening policymakers, peacebuilders, human rights advocates, and Women PeaceMakers.
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Open Society Institute Grants $50,000 to IPJ
Jennifer Freeman, MA, Programs Officer, Women PeaceMakers Program and Dee Aker, PhD, Deputy Director, Women PeaceMakers Program, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, (IPJ) received $50,000 from the Open Society Institute’s International Women’s Program to support the Women PeaceMakers 10th Anniversary Summit and Conference.
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