Office of Sponsored Programs

Scott Anders, MA, Administrative Director, Energy Policy and Initiative Centers (EPIC), School of Law, received $19,900 from the City of Vista. These funds will be used by EPIC to develop an Implementation Cost Analysis to estimate the budget impact of implementing the City of Vista Draft Climate Action Plan. The analysis will evaluate the effort and cost needed to implement the measures in the Draft Plan.

Scott Anders, MA, Administrative Director, Nilmini Silva-Send, PhD, Assistant Director, Energy Policy and Initiative Centers (EPIC), School of Law, received additional funding in the amount of $18,500 from San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), with the prime sponsor being Department of Transportation. This continued funding will support EPIC with developing a regional climate planning framework for the San Diego region and conduct inventories, quantitative analysis on greenhouse gas reduction measures, develop climate action plans, develop implementation plans, and support monitoring and progress reporting.

Eric Austin, JD, Administrative Director, and Robert Muth, JD, Professor-in Residence and Academic Director, Legal Clinics, School of Law, received $200,000 from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, with U.S. Department of Justice as the prime sponsor. These funds will be used to expand direct legal services to clients at the USD Legal Clinics who are victims recovering from military sexual trauma, to provide direct representation to domestic violence victims seeking civil restraining orders, and to assist clients with immigration-related matters including immigrating family members, work authorization, naturalization, derivative citizenship, deferred action (such as DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), U-visa for crime victims and VAWA for domestic violence and abuse victims.

Eric Austin, Administrative Director, Legal Clinics, received $313,230 from The State Bar of California's Office of Access & Inclusion.  These funds will primarily be used for the Civil Clinic and Immigration Clinic to provide direct legal services to indigent clients in San Diego County.

David Karp, PhD, Professor and Director, Center for Restorative Justice, School of Leadership and Education Sciences received 3 awards totaling $47,500 from the following sponsors: 1) Amherst College and 2) University of Maryland School of Nursing 3) The College of New Jersey.

Rachel Locke, Director of Impact: Peace, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Institute for Peace and Justice, received $10,000 from New York University. These funds will be used for her project entitled, “Supporting DfID Research: Halving Global Violence”.

Amanda Makula, MA, Assistant Professor, Digital Initiatives Librarian, and Laura Turner, MLS, Associate Professor, Head of Collections, Access, and Discovery, Copley Library, were awarded $3,500 from the Association of College & Research Libraries, with the prime sponsor being American Library Association. These funds will be used to investigate the extent to which academic libraries are partnering with their local public communities to collect, curate, and/or preserve public scholarship, and the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of doing so. The project also seeks to give voice to representatives from local public communities who are collaborating with academic libraries on collection development, to challenge academic libraries to reflect on the changing nature of collection development and to encourage them to explore connections between collection development and community engagement, and to prompt additional areas of research into the relationship between academic libraries and local public communities.

Cid Martinez, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology, received $20,000 from The California Endowment. These funds will be to continue doing research on the intersection of police-community relations and gun violence in Sacramento, California.

Joel Alejandro Mejia, PhD, Assistant Professor, Integrated Engineering, School of Engineering, was awarded $579,399 from the National Science Foundation. This CAREER grant is a continuing grant (approved on scientific and technical merit), which means NSF approved the $320,827 for the first 3 years of the project and the rest of the funding will be delivered after year 3 of the project. This study seeks to develop and expand the methodological model that explores conocimiento among Latinx engineers.

Jennifer Prairie, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Environmental and Ocean Sciences, received $9,000 from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, with the prime sponsor being National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The purpose of the funds are to carry out activities related to the regional Garibaldi Bowl NOSB competition in February 2020.

Mysty Rusk, The Brink Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director, was awarded $231,000 from Southwestern Community College District, with the prime sponsor being State of California. The Brink Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers world-class business consulting, and relevant and insightful guidance to growth-oriented, innovation-based entrepreneurs. The Brink SBDC focuses on providing support to businesses that have fewer than 500 employees that are innovation focused and are looking to impact not only economic growth but also prosperity for the region through the penta-bottom line approach (profit, people, planet, peace, prosperity). The funds from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will be used to expand consulting services offered to clients.


Marina Goro
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