Grant Award Notices
The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research at California University of Pennsylvania recognizes the achievements of our faculty and staff who secure funding for research and programs
Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $4,968 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to assess 20 streams in SW PA in support of the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Unassessed Waters Program.
Drs. Denise Joseph, Samantha Procaccini, and Professor Nancy Carlino, Communication Disorders, awarded $9,408 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to study "The effect of the Supervision, Questioning, Feedback (SQF) Model on critical thinking skills in speech language pathology graduate students".
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, English, awarded $5,184 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to implement the grant Directed Reading of Literature Improves Brain Functioning and Test Scores in Local High School Students.
Dr. Keat Murray, English, awarded $8,100 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to conduct research and digital repatriation for the grant Recovering and Revitalizing Haudensaunne Names: Digital Repatriation of Indigenous Knowledge in William Martin Beauchamp's Papers on Personal Iroquois Names.
Dr. Dawn Moeller, Student Affairs, Counseling Center, awarded $2,716 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to implement a new pilot program "Hive Experience" on campus.
Dr. Sarah Meiss, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $8,250 to from PASSHE Faculy Professional Development Council to establish a community based food system in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.
Dr. Justin Hackett, Psychology, awarded $10,000 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council for the project Needs Assessment for the Child and Family Studies Institute.
Dr. Weifeng Chen, Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems, awarded $4,100 from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to conduct the project A Novel Authentication Framework to Protect Smartphones.
Dr. Jennifer Wilburn and Professor Joseph Schickel Applied Engineering and Technology, awarded $24,586 from the National Science Foundation through the Community College of Allegheny County to develop, adapt, and implement a Mechatronic's Associate's degree program at Cal U which will ultimately lead to an articulation agreement for a 2+2 program.
Dr. Sheri Boyle, Social Work, awarded $10,000 from the US Department of Education through CONNECT, Inc. to continue the grant Evaluation Services for the 21st Century Community Learning LEARN Afterschool Program.
Mr. Craig Butzine, Marketing and University Relations, awarded an additional $25,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to be used for the Marchezak Farm Stream Mitigation Project.
Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $52,125 from CONSOL Energy to continue the biological monitoring of sites which have received streambank fencing.
Dr. Thomas Mueller, Earth Sciences, awarded $24,900 from US Geological Survey through AmericaView to continue the development and operation of the Pennsylvania StateView Program for 2015.
Dr. Katherine Mitchem, Special Education, awarded $75,000 from The Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust for the grant Technologies to Support Students with Intellectual Disabilities with a goal of purchasing additional technology for the Assessment and Teaching Practice Lab (ATP Lab) at Cal U.
Mr. Robert Mehalik, Student Affairs, awarded $2,500 from the Cardinal Health Foundation to cover costs associated with presenting six community forum events.
Mr. Craig Butzine, Marketing and University Relations, awarded $75,000 from the Pennsylvania DEP and the US Army Corps of Engineers to implement the Marchezak Farm Stream Mitigation Project.
Ms. Donna George, Student Affairs, awarded $5,000 from the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. to help fund the second annual Gambling Conference at Cal U.
Professor Jim Bové, Art and Design, awarded $1,495 from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to supplement the cost of conducting a workshop to introduce a new salt water etching process for etching copper plate.
Dr. Margaret Christopher, Social Work, received $11,989 from the PA Department of Health to provide test kits and educational outreach to rural and low-income families using social work students and faculty.
Mr. Craig Butzine, Marketing and University Relations, received $375,000 from the PA DEP and US Army Corps of Engineers. Cal U will use the funds to design, construct and monitor the wetland mitigation located on the Game Commission Property in New Stanton, PA.
Professor Christine Crawford, Academic Development Services, awarded $269,861 from the US Department of Education to continue the Student Support Services 2013-2014 grant program.
Dr. Michael Brna, Teaching with Primary Sources, awarded $185,000 from the Library of Congress to continue providing training for K-12 teachers, as well as pre-service teachers in Cal U's College of Education, in accessing and using the Library of Congress online primary sources for their classrooms.
Dr. Daniel Harris, Earth Sciences, received approval from Midland Valley Exploration Ltd. to continue using MOVE software licenses which are valued at $117,963.
Professors John Kula and Laura Giachetti, Academic Development Services, awarded $386,967 and $262,500, respectively, to continue the Upward Bound TRIO programs for Fayette and Greene counties.
Dr. Lisa Kovalchick, Applied Engineering and Technology, awarded $3,000 from NSF through the EdLab Foundation Group to continue efforts in facilitating collaborative access to role model training materials developed for the Techbridge Role Models Matter Project.
Dr. Thomas Mueller, Dr. Mario Majcen, Dr. Kyle Fredrick, Earth Sciences, and Professor Jeffrey Sumey, Applied Engineering and Technology, awarded $5,750 from NASA through The Pennsylvania State University to purchase an unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) and continue to participate in the efforts of the PA Space Grant Consortium 2015.
Professors John Kula and Laura Giachetti, Academic Development Services, awarded $19,476 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the grant "Summer Food 2014."
Dr. Thomas Mueller, Earth Sciences, awarded $53,630 from the NSF through Jefferson Community and Technical College for the grant "The National Geo Tech Center 2014-2015."
Dr. Kevin Koury, College of Education and Human Services, awarded $392,800 from the US Department of Education for the grant "Cal U/IU 1 ESL Professional Development Project 2014-2015."
Ms. Deborah Wojcik, Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO),awarded $205,325 from the Defense Logistics Agency to support this office, which has been highly successful assisting businesses in obtaining government contracts.
Ms. Fran Fayish, Wellness Center, awarded $1,000 from the Pennsylvania Faculty Health and Welfare Fund to help support the 27th Health Fair at Cal U.
Dr. Carol Bocetti, Professor Kelley Flaherty, and Dr. Sarah Meiss, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $2,965 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection with a goal of establishing a service-learning program with the development of environmental education learning modules.
Dr. Susan Ryan, Earth Sciences, awarded $8,500 from the Gettysburg Travel Council, Inc, to continue data collection and analysis for the Gettysburg visitor intercept survey and the Adams County-wide visitor self-complete survey.
Dr. Derek Gray, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $9,896 from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) for the grant "Will plankton on the Great Plains be able to keep up with climate change?"
Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $7,968 from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) for the grant "Documenting Toxoplasma gondii infection in native and invasion rodents in the rainforest of Madagascar."
Dr. Laura Tuennerman, History and Political Science, Dr. Pamela Twiss, Social Work, and Professors Julia McGinnis and William Meloy, Louis L. Manderino Library, awarded $9,540 from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) for the grant "Transforming Our Classrooms Through the Exploration of Community History."
Dr. Nancy Shaffer, Philosophy, awarded $3,500 from the PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council (FPDC) to assist with her travel expenses to attend the National Endowment of Humanities month-long institute, Dante's Divine Comedy.
Dr. Anthony Pyzdrowski, Math, Computer Science and Information Systems, awarded $8,249 from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to continue providing technological assistance to the WvEB project.
Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $31,200 from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to continue Phase IV of the paddlefish status and restoration planning grant.
Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $50,483 from CONSOL for the continuation of biomonitoring and assessment of the streambank fencing installed by the Partners for Fish and Wildlife at Cal U.