Office of Sponsored Programs

USD faculty and administrators make significant contributions to the expansion of the research enterprise and to the advancement of the mission of the university.  We hope you enjoy the Office of Sponsored Programs' 2018-2019 Annual Report highlighting these accomplishments.

Rae Anderson, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Physics and Biophysics, received a Fellowship award in the amount of $7,812 from Royal Society. These funds were used for her continued research projects.


Eric Austin, JD, Administrative Director, and Robert Muth, JD, Academic Director and Professor in Residence, Legal Clinics, School of Law, were awarded $66,563.80 from The State Bar of California. These funds will be used to 1) represent low-income veterans in appealing unfavorable determinations by the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) of their disability compensation claims, and 2) represent veterans seeking to correct the characterization of their military discharge.  Additionally, funds will be used to expand the Veterans Legal Clinic's outreach efforts to homeless and near-homeless veterans to educate them on potential veterans’ benefits they may be eligible to receive and use towards housing.


Andrew Blum, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Justice, Professor of Practice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Daniel Orth, MA, Program Officer, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, received $41,982 from Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. These funds will be used for bringing together diverse high school students, who, as “Youth Ambassadors” will co-create and present an interactive theater performance designed to promote understanding between diverse communities in San Diego and build trust that can span the current chasms between American and New American communities. The performances will serve as a foundation for facilitated community dialogue following each showing. The information will be presented to community leaders at the Perform Peace Summit to catalyze ongoing dialogue and collective planning to increase communication and build strong relationships within and between San Diego.


Michelle M. Camacho, PhD, Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences.  The National Science Foundation invited Professor Camacho to serve our nation in the promotion of scientific research as a Program Director for the Division of Undergraduate Education (2019-2021).  Camacho performs this public service as a Visiting Scientist Engineering Educator (VSEE), a federally-funded role.  Her areas of responsibility include Divisional and Project Management, as well as consulting to advance knowledge, support research, and promote partnerships to accelerate innovation and to provide new capabilities to meet pressing societal needs.


Laura Deitrick, PhD, Associate Director of The Nonprofit Institute, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, received additional funding in the amount of $371,085 from The City of San Diego, with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as the prime sponsor. These funds will continue to support her research with 1) establishing an annual Nonprofit Academy training program for nonprofit organizations providing or intending to provide services to the City 2) provide an accelerator program to strengthen the organizational capacity of an identified cohort of nonprofit leaders 3) facilitate the incubation of innovative ideas and strategies to address community challenges of importance to the City.


Robert Fellmeth, JD, Price Professor of Public Interest Law, Executive Director, Center for Public Interest Law and Children's Advocacy Institute, School of Law, was awarded $35,000 from Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). These funds will be used for researching and preparing a report outlining the evolution of juvenile justice in California over the last 25 years, and how probation practices have changed over time. This is including, but not be limited to 1) an examination of arrest rates 2) detention rates and 3) past reform efforts. It will describe how these changes have affected probation’s responsibilities and obligations to serve youth in the areas of prevention, intervention, detention, and supervision in the juvenile justice system. Before the end of November, the British Journal of American Legal Studies will publish Professor Fellmeth's article: Cartel Control of Attorney Licensure and the Public Interestwith co-authors USD Law's Bridget Gramme and C. Christopher Hayes.  By the end of December, the 1,100-page Treatise California White Collar Crime and Business Litigation, (w. Papageorge) will be published by Tower Publications in its 6th edition.


Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing, received additional funding in the amount of $24,516 from The Geneva Foundation, with the prime sponsor being U. S. Department of Defense. These funds will continue to be used for exploring the perceptions and decision making processes of U.S. service members, their significant others, military leaders, and healthcare providers regarding the use of assisted reproductive therapy and to examine the implications of such processes.


Nedeljko Golubovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, was awarded $ 1,233,350 from U. S. Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). These funds will be used to respond to the substance use disorder (SUD) crisis by (1) increasing the number of behavioral health providers trained in evidence-based treatments for Opioid Use Disorders (OUD) and other SUD and (2) expand existing and establishing new partnerships with health centers to strengthen inter-professional training, resource, and referral pathways to facilitate efficient access to effective care. Additionally, grant funds will be used to financially support students who are completing their clinical placements at sites that address OUD and SUD. 


Gordon Hoople, PhD, Assistant Professor of Integrated Engineering, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, in collaboration with Diane Hoffoss, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Nathaniel Parde, MFA, Assistant Professor of Theatre, College of Arts and Sciences, and Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, Associate Professor, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, were awarded $7,000 from San Diego Collaborative Arts Project. This support funded their sculpture project About Time which was showcased at Burning Man 2019.


Farrah Karapetian, MFA, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded $6,500 from CEC ArtsLink, Inc. These funds will be used for a visiting scholar Fellowship for Ada Mukhina to work with Professor Karapetian in the Visual Arts Department on the Women's and border issues.


David Karp, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Restorative Justice, School of Leadership and Education Sciences received 14 awards totaling $228,500 from the following sponsors: 1) Miami University 2) Columbia University 3) University of Virginia 4) Grinnell College 5) Valley Stream Central High School District 6) Wesleyan University 7) Bennington College 8) University of Maryland School of Nursing 9) Massena Central School District 10) Nassau Association of District Curriculum Officials 11) Gallaudet University 12) ACPA 13) College of Saint Benedict 14) Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. These funds will be used for various on-site trainings. 


Ryan McGorty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physics and Biophysics, Rae M. Robertson-Anderson, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor, Physics and Biophysics, Peter Iovine, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jennifer Prairie, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental and Ocean Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, were awarded $263,763 from the National Science Foundation. This collaboration will fund a rheometer, which will (1) enhance the faculty members’ current active and funded research programs in biology, biophysics, chemistry, engineering, physics, and oceanography; (2) catalyze new research initiatives for all current and future USD faculty in material science with an instrument configured to perform a wide range of measurements; and (3) not only enhance the current interdisciplinary undergraduate research training happening on-campus, but to establish USD as a destination for hands-on and cutting-edge undergraduate training in material science.


Mitchell Malachowski, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received additional funding in the amount of $23,929 from the Council of Undergraduate Research, with the National Science Foundation as the prime sponsor. These funds will continue to work towards the overarching goal of this project: to intensively work with 12 institutions and 24 departments over a sustained, five-year period to achieve transformations in the STEM learning environment driven by scaffolding research into the undergraduate curriculum, integrating undergraduate research into faculty workload and rewards structures, and building an enduring model of faculty leadership in synergy with administrative leadership.


Vitaliy Popov, PhD, Associate Director of Research, Lisa Dawley, PhD, Executive Director, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, received additional funding in the amount of $50,000 from Cajon Valley Union School District. These funds will continue to be used towards their project entitled, “A Study on the impact of the WoW initiative in Cajon Valley Union School District”. Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, was awarded $275,000 from Acumen, with the prime sponsor being The Rockefeller Foundation. Under the general direction of Juan F. Roche, PhD, Professor of Practice, these funds will be used for supporting the next generation of social innovators through the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge.


Mysty Rusk, Small Business Development Center Director, School of Business, Andrew Blum, PhD, Executive Director, Institute for Peace and Justice, Professor of Practice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Christopher Nayve, JD, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement & Anchor Initiatives, the Mulvaney Center for Community Awareness and Social Action, were awarded $300,000 from the County of San Diego. This project will bring entrepreneurship and community resources to the neighborhoods of District 4 to develop the Penta Bottom Line, such as: people, planet, profit, peace, prosperity.


David Shirk, PhD; Director, Justice in Mexico program and Director, Master’s Program in International Relations; Professor, Dept. Political Science and International Relations, College of Arts and Sciences; Octavio Rodriguez Ferreira; Executive Director, Justice in Mexico; Lecturer, Dept. Political Science and International Relations, College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Professor, USD School of Law; were awarded $3,000,000 from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Embassy of the United States of America in Mexico. The grant will support Justice in Mexico's Oral Adversarial Skill-Building Immersion Seminar (OASIS) program is an oral advocacy training program that provides skill-building and exchange opportunities with the goal to develop the competences and best practices necessary for the successful performance of their professional duties within the judicial system. To achieve this, OASIS conducts three activities through the year: 1) Three 40-hour litigation workshops in Spanish to 240+ law professors and students from Mexico’s largest public law schools 2) a training/study tour for Mexican jurists to learn about the U.S. criminal justice system 3) one annual international symposium on oral, adversarial, and accusatory criminal justice systems.


Michael Shulman, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Mathematics, received $71,996 in continuation funds from Carnegie Mellon University, with the Department of the Air Force as the prime sponsor. In the additional year, Dr. Shulman plans to wrap up several projects and goals from the MURI and set the stage for future applications.  His joint work with Licata and Riley over the MURI period has led to a general framework for modal dependent type theories, with the first version expected to be published in 2019.  This framework is substantially more complicated than his previous work on non-dependent modal type theories, and will require further study and refinement to find the best way to apply it in practice.


Nilmini Silva-Send, PhD, Assistant Director, and Scott Anders, MA, Administrative Director, Energy Policy and Initiative Centers (EPIC), School of Law, were awarded $5,500 from the City of San Marcos. These funds will be used by the Energy Policy Center to provide supplementary support to the City of San Marcos to finalize the Climate Action Plan (CAP) with measuring development and quantification. The work includes developing a scenario of greenhouse gas reduction policies to meet adopted target levels.


Tessa Tinkler, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Caster Center, The Nonprofit Institute, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, was awarded $15,000 from The San Diego Natural History Museum, The Nat. The Nat is commissioning The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) to be a consultative research partner in planning and facilitating a convening of regional conservation and community engagement leaders around conservation in San Diego’s urban canyons. NPI will support The NAT and other stakeholders in developing common goals and identifying existing assets and gaps.


Marina Goro
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