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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

12/17/2015

Dr. Carol Biddington, Exercise Science and Sports Studies, awarded $1,500 from the PA Faculty Health and Welfare Fund for the grant Cal U Fitness Memberships.

12/8/2015

Dr. Susan Ryan, Earth Sciences, awarded $49,049 from The Center for Rural Pennsylvania to conduct the project Wildlife Tourism on Pennsylvania's Public Lands.

11/1/2015

Mr. C. J. DeJuliis, Teaching and Learning Center, awarded $900 from EDUCAUSE to attend the Jane N. Ryland Fellowship training.

11/4/2015

Drs. Theresa Pham, Sheri Boyle, and Rosalie Smiley, Social Work, awarded $10,000 from the Conrad N. Hilton through NORC at the University of Chicago to develop SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) curricula to be offered to MSW and BSW Social Work faculty, students, and field instructors.

10/30/2015

Dr. Lisa Kovalchick, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Information Technology, awarded $2,000 from the National Science Foundation through the National Girls Collaborative to
continue delivery of the Techbridge Role Models Matter program, provide SciGirls CONNECT Season Three activities, and travel to a training workshop.


10/5/2015

Dr. Jennifer Wilburn and Professor Joseph Schickel, Applied Engineering and Technology, awarded an additional $39,096 from the National Science Foundation through Community College of Allegheny County to continue to develop, adapt, and implement a Mechatronics Associate's degree program at Cal U which will ultimately lead to an articulation agreement for a 2+2 program.

9/1/2015

Drs. Thomas Mueller, Kyle Fredrick, and Daniel Harris, Earth Sciences, awarded software licenses, valued at $77,850, from Golden Software for the grant GIS and Geology Education: Golden Software 2015-2016.

8/26/2015

Dr. Kevin Koury, College of Education, awarded $380,824 from the U.S. Department of Education for the grant  Cal U/IU 1 ESL Professional Development Project 2015-2016.

8/24/2015

Dr. Sheri Boyle, Social Work, awarded $16,848 from the Allegheny County Department of Human Services to conduct the grant Allegheny County Social Casework Interns Contract 2015-2016.

8/11/2015

Mr. Brian Kraus, University Technology Services, awarded $450,000 from the CampusEAI Consortium to replace VIP with the LookingGlass platform.

7/30/2015

Professor Christine Crawford, Academic Development Services, awarded $284,754 from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the Student Support Services program.

7/24/2015
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Professors John Kula and Laura Giachetti, TRIO and Academic Services, awarded two continuation grants from the U.S. Department of Education.  The award amount for the Upward Bound-Fayette County-2015-2016 grant is $386,967 The Upward Bound-Greene County-2015-2016 grant will receive $262,500

7/24/2015

Dr. Thomas Mueller, Earth Sciences, awarded $6,000 from NASA through the Pennsylvania State University to purchase an additional unmanned airborne vehicle and continue to participate in the PA Space Grant Consortium 2016.

7/15/2015
  
Dr. Thomas Mueller, Earth Sciences, awarded $23,500 from the U.S. Geological Survey through AmericaView to continue the Pennsylvania StateView program for 2015-2016.
 
7/15/2015

Ms. Deborah Wojcik, Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO), awarded $212,215 from the Defense Logistics Agency to support this office, which has been highly successful  assisting businesses in obtaining government contracts.

7/8/2015

Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $235,950 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the Pike Run Stream Mitigation.

7/8/2015

Dr. Robert Whyte, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $687,500 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for the State Gameland 302 Wetland Mitigation Project.

7/8/2015

Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $3,200 from the Sierra Club to perform A Bioassessment of Abandoned Mine Drainage Mitigation in the Blackleggs Creek Watershed of the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin.
 
7/1/2015

Mr. Robert Mehalik, Student Affairs, awarded $40,000 from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to be used to Strengthen the Cal Community Collaboration Initiative 2015-2017.

7/1/2015

Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $15,000 from Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds to support the reassessment of Eastern Brook Trout in the Laurel Highlands.
 
6/18/2015

Dr. Michael Brna, Teaching with Primary Sources, awarded $180,812 from the Library of Congress  to continue the K-12 teacher professional development project. 
 
6/8/2015

Professors John Kula and Laura Giachetti, Trio and Academic Services, awarded $12,190 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the grant Summer Food 2015.

5/20/2015
 
Dr. Daniel Harris, Earth Sciences, received approval from Midland Valley Exploration Ltd. to continue using MOVE software licenses which are valued at $155,200.

5/5/2015

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.

4/22/2015

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".

4/22/2015

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.

4/22/2015

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.

4/22/2015

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.

4/22/2015

Dr. Sarah Meiss, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $8,250 to from PASSHE Faculty Professional Development Council to establish a community based food system in Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties.

4/22/2015

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.

4/22/2015

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.

4/20/2015

Dr. Clover Wright, Childhood Education, awarded $5,380 from YWCA/Southwest Regional Key; funds will be used to cover the cost of hosting an Early Childhood Science and Nature Mini-Conference.

4/13/2015

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 Mechatronics Associate's degree program at Cal U which will ultimately lead to an articulation agreement for a 2+2 program.

4/13/2015

Ms. Fran Fayish, Wellness Center, awarded $1,500 from the Pennsylvania Faculty Health and Welfare Fund to help support the 28th Health Fair at Cal U.

3/18/2015

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.

3/12/2015

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.

1/20/2015

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.

1/6/2015
 
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.

12/29/2014

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.

12/23/2014

Mr. Robert Mehalik, Student Affairs, awarded $2,500 from the Cardinal Health Foundation to cover costs associated with presenting six community forum events.

11/21/2014

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.

10/30/2014

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.

10/28/2014

Mr. C. J. DeJuliis, Teaching and Learning Center, awarded $700 from EDUCAUSE.  These funds will be applied to the cost of attending the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in October, 2015.

10/13/2014

Dr. Gregg Gould, Chemistry and Physics, awarded $3,000 from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh  to be used for the purchase of Chemistry laboratory equipment.

10/1/2014

Provost Bruce Barnhart, Academic Affairs, awarded $750 from the U.S. Department of Education through PASSHE to help support participation in the GEAR UP program.

9/24/2014

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.

8/23/2014

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.

8/13/2014

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.

8/7/2014

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.

8/1/2014

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.

7/30/2014

Dr. Daniel Harris, Earth Sciences, received approval from Midland Valley Exploration Ltd. to continue using MOVE software licenses which are valued at $117,963.

7/30/2014

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.

7/17/2014

Dr. David Argent, Biological and Environmental Sciences, awarded $5,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to sample twenty unassessed streams for brook trout.

7/15/2014

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.

7/1/2014

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.

6/23/2014

Dr. Gregg Gould, Chemistry and Physics, awarded $2,200 from the Society for Analytical Chemists in Pittsburgh to purchase materials and supplies for student researchers.

6/4/2014

Professors John Kula and Laura Giachetti, Academic Development Services, awarded $19,476 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the grant "Summer Food 2014."

6/3/2014

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."

5/23/2014

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."

5/23/2014

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.

5/23/2014

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.

4/24/2014

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.

4/16/2014

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.

4/10/2014

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?"

4/10/2014

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."

4/10/2014

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."

4/10/2014

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.

4/8/2014

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.

3/31/14

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.


2/21/14

Ms. Donna George, Student Affairs, awarded $5,000 from the Washington Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc., to fund a day-long conference at Cal U with a goal of educating attendees on problem gambling.

2/12/14

Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon, Exercise Science and Sports Studies, awarded $950 from the Pennsylvania Faculty Health and Welfare Fund to support her healthy lifestyle initiative project. 

1/29/14

Dr. Thomas Mueller, Earth Sciences, awarded $23,673 from US Geological Survey through AmericaView to continue the development and operation of the Pennsylvania StateView Program for 2014.

1/9/14

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.