The California State University system supports faculty at its 23 campuses with grants and funding through a number of programs and initiatives. CSUEB’s Math and Science Partnership received funding for 2009-10 from the CSU Math and Science Teacher Initiative Funding. Leading the project was Kathy Hann (mathematics and computer science); E. Jason Singley (physics); and Catherine Reed (teacher education).
The CSU also supported two projects in CSUEB’s Office of Service Learning, led by Director of Community Service Learning Mary D’Alleva, with funds for the 2009-10 year. That included Infrastructure Funding for the Service Learning Program through the CSU Service-Learning Infrastructure Development Initiative, and Funding for Student Leadership in Community Engagement, led by D'Alleva and Mary Fortune (hospitality, recreation, and tourism).
CSUPERB promotes biotechnology research and projects across the CSU. Through the program’s Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grants Program, Maria Gallegos (biological sciences) is now studying “the Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Driving Mechanosensory Neurite Tiling in C. elegans.”
Carol R. Lauzon (biological sciences) received funding through the Entrepreneurial Joint Venture Matching Grant Program to study “Rapid Detection, Identification, and Characterization of Shiga toxin Producing E. coli in Foods.”
CSUPERB is also furthering our understanding of “Chemical Warfare in the Ocean: How Marine Slugs Prey Upon Toxic Animals” — James Murray (biological sciences) and Monika Sommerhalter (chemistry and biochemistry) are researching “How Tritonia diomedea Preys Upon the Toxic Soft Coral Ptiloscarus gurneyi” with a current grant from the Faculty-Student Collaborative Research Seed Grants Program. They also received funding in 2010 from the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST).
Cal State East Bay’s own applied research institute, the Human Investment Research and Education (HIRE) Center, has focused on building ties between the university and its communities through applied research in the areas of workforce and economic development, health and human services, and education since 1994. Within the university, it also provides the College of Business and Economics with research to assess the outcomes of their programs.
According to director Nan Maxwell, the HIRE Center has five ongoing projects. They are implementing a pilot project to assess the return-on-investment for professional science master’s programs, which is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They are finalizing a major research study on employment-based health insurance, including articles for professional journals and a policy-oriented book to be published by the WE Upjohn Institution, the major funder for the research. And they are performing a five-year program evaluation for the Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program for the California Council for Science and Technology.
Their latest grant is the federally funded Promise Neighborhoods project, which will help develop a plan for South Hayward leading to better school outcomes for children and improved community health. This work stems from the university’s participation in the Gateways P-20 Partnership, funded by the Living Cities consortium.