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NEW INNOVATIONS
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Programs

California State University, Northridge
The world’s coral reefs may survive the effects of an increasingly warmer planet, but not in a state that most people would recognize, according to a new study by California State University, Northridge marine biologist Peter Edmunds. Edmunds, co-lead author Ruth D. Gates of the University of Hawaii and fellow CSUN marine biologist Robert Carpenter joined 20 other scientists from around the globe — including the United States, Australia, Taiwan, France and Kenya — to develop models, based on current research and historical data, on what will happen to the world’s coral reefs if climate change continues to warm the earth’s oceans. Read more

San Diego State University
SDSU is teaming up with San Diego County to put viral messaging research into practice with a new Twitter-based emergency warning system. The project, spearheaded by Ming-Hsiang Tsou, an SDSU geography professor, aims to allow San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services to spread disaster messages and distress calls quickly and to targeted geographic locations, even if traditional channels such as phone systems and radio stations are overwhelmed. Tsou plans to implement this concept into emergency warning systems by reaching out to the top 1,000 Twitter users in San Diego County and asking them to agree to retweet the county’s emergency messages. These messages might alert citizens to road closures, evacuation notices, wildfires and other emergency notifications. County officials will be able to use the new system to monitor social media for rumors and false information originating from other channels, then address those falsehoods succinctly and directly. Read more

University of North Georgia
As Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage," and a new partnership gives University of North Georgia (UNG) students and faculty the opportunity to work with two Shakespearean theater companies and possibly become players on a period-inspired stage. UNG established partnerships with the Atlanta Shakespeare Co., which was the first American company to perform on the stage of the famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, England, and the Resurgens Theatre Co. Both companies use an approach called "original practice," in which a play is presented in the manner and language it was originally written, whether penned by Shakespeare, his contemporaries or a modern playwright. That style, and the inclusion of works from other 16th- and 17th-century playwrights, makes the partnership a unique opportunity. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Adams State University (Colo.)
Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, Adams State University was recently awarded two grants totaling more than $3.6 million to improve educational access for Hispanic and low-income students. These awards bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $17.7 million. Read more

Arkansas State University
Creating digital images of every type of plant in Arkansas and making the images accessible to researchers everywhere are two of the goals of a project that has attracted funding from the National Science Foundation. Read more

California State University, Fullerton

  • A National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute grant of $184,633 awarded to a partnership between California State University, Fullerton and UC Irvine is funding pilot projects aimed at reducing cancer disparities in ethnic minorities. It's the third year of funding of a $1.3 million federal grant. Read more
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded California State University, Fullerton a $2.8 million grant to support Hispanic student achievement in graduate education. Read more
  • The National Sciences Foundation awarded a $600,146 grant to California State University, Fullerton to prepare underrepresented students for success in earning advanced math degrees.
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Cal State Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay has received one of 24 grants from the U.S Department of Education to recruit, train and support new teachers primarily in STEM subjects. The Teacher Quality Partnership grant totals $8.6 million over five years and will allow the university to work with high-need school districts to strengthen teacher preparation programs, ensuring that teachers have the skills to improve student achievement. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge has been awarded a five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the educational gap of Hispanics and other underrepresented groups in health care-related graduate programs. The grant will fund a new program in CSUN’s College of Health and Human Development, CAMINO, which in Spanish translates to “pathway.” The goal of the initiative is to increase the number of Hispanics and other underrepresented students completing their graduate education and going on to careers in health care. Read more

Eastern Oregon University
Chemistry professors Colin Andrew and Anna Cavinato made significant headway on independent projects with the help of multiple interns over eight weeks during the summer term. Andrew’s research is supported by a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation and includes stipends for his interns. Interns assisting with Cavinato’s research were awarded funding from Project SEED, the Richland Section of the American Chemical Society, the national ACS office, Skeen Scholarship fund and a Partners in Science grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • A team of faculty from Indiana University of Pennsylvania received a funding award in the amount of $25,000 from the Dominion Foundation for their project, “An Integrative Research and Teaching Experience in Shale Gas Studies.” Read more
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received a supplemental grant award of $119,783 from the U.S. Department of Education for its McNair Scholars program. The supplemental award boosts the 2014–15 program’s continuation award of $228,000 (which reflects restoration of sequestration funding) to a total of $348,583. Read more
  • Victor Garcia, director of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Mid-Atlantic Addiction and Training Institute and professor of anthropology, received a $275,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Funding will be used for a research project, “Use of Mutual-Help Recovery Houses by Latino Migrant Laborers with Substance Use Disorders.” Read more
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Sociology, received a funding award from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in the amount of $62,923 for the project, “Maintenance Activity Training (MAT) for Asphalt Joint/Crack Sealing.” Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Twelve undergraduate meteorology majors and two graduate students in the integrated scientific applications program from Millersville University will get to participate in cutting-edge research on thunderstorms, thanks to a $290,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Student involvement in field research is a hallmark of Millersville meteorology. Read more
  • High school and middle school science teachers throughout the U.S. will soon have tools to engage students on watershed issues, thanks to a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to Millersville University’s associate professor of education Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich. The four-year grant will aid collaborative research in environmental science. Read more

North Carolina Central University
A grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Programs will allow the North Carolina Central University School of Education to expand its Communication Disorders program through a new specialty track that combines speech-language pathology and special education. The $932,293 grant will be used to train 22 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to deliver evidence-based services to children, birth through school age, who are at-risk for or have developmental disabilities. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida announced a legacy gift totaling more than $770,000 from the estate of John Thayer and Joan Ames Burr. Of the total gift, $250,000 will go toward UWF athletics as the lead gift for UWF Football, and more than $500,000 will support high impact and undergraduate research initiatives in the College of Science, Engineering and Health. The portion of the gift designated for the College of Science, Engineering and Health will be used to establish the John Thayer and Joan Ames Burr Undergraduate Research Endowment, which will help students participating in high impact and undergraduate research initiatives to better prepare them for careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. Read more

Western Carolina University

  • The National Park Service has awarded a $436,000 grant to the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University to help produce strategies for the future preservation of infrastructure and resources at all U.S. coastal parks threatened by rising sea levels. Read more
  • Western Carolina University’s social work program is the recipient of a federal grant of more than $1.1 million to expand the number of social workers qualified to practice in the areas of substance abuse prevention and behavioral health in Cherokee and other underserved areas of Western North Carolina. Read more

Western Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University announced a $3 million gift from Constantine "Deno" Macricostas and his family foundation. The donation, the largest in the university's history, will fund scholarships, a study abroad program, and a lecture series. The university has named the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences in his honor. Read more

West Texas A&M University
West Texas A&M University is the recipient of two Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grants totaling more than $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The awards represent a major coup for the University as the NSF receives thousands of applications and only 175 proposals are selected each year to receive the highly competitive grants. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
In recognition of her recently established $200,000 endowment, Room 209 of Sims Science Building will be named for Professor of Geology Irene Brunson Boland '63, '69 during a special reception Sept. 30. The room holds special meaning for Boland, who has taught historical geology there every fall semester for the last 20 years. Boland established the Charles A. Boland '08 and Irene Brunson Boland '63 Student Research Assistantship Endowment to assist geology and physics faculty members in attracting and retaining high-caliber students interested in conducting summer research projects. Read more

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Presidential Honors

California State University, Sacramento
President Alexander Gonzalez was inducted into the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Hall of Champions during the association’s 28th annual conference in Denver.
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Awards and Honors

Adams State University (Colo.)
Adams State University Associate Professor of Mass Communication Beth Bonnstetter was recently selected as a 2014 Faculty Fellow by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. This fellowship, awarded to only 20 faculty members nationally each year, includes a week-long, fully paid-for intensive and immersive seminar on the television industry. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
The Savannah Tree Foundation presented the 2014 Lynda Beam Award to the Armstrong State University Arboretum. The award recognizes Armstrong’s commitment to fostering the awareness of the positive impact of trees through the campus-wide Arboretum. Read more

California State University, Fullerton

  • California State University, Fullerton received the 2014 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources for the university's institutional initiatives and programs "that make a significant impact with respect to inclusive and equitable workplace practices." Read more
  • Kathleen J. Griffith, lecturer in nursing at California State University, Fullerton, is the 2014 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's 2014 Clinical Novice Faculty Teaching Award. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management at Northwest Missouri State University, was recognized recently for her role in helping to implement the Missouri Reverse Transfer program during an event sponsored by the state's Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Department of Higher Education. Northwest established the state’s first reverse transfer agreement with North Central Missouri College in 2012. Read more

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Spotlight

Adams State University (Colo.)
Mary Hoffman, executive director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, recently attended the 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership in Boston. She is a member of the university's Sustainability Team, which works to achieve carbon neutrality. Recent and ongoing campus projects include: reusable bag initiative, collaboration with Aveda Corporation with recycling plastic caps, "leave no trace" hikes, Earth Day garage sales, Green Home Design coursework, Recycle Fashion Show and Exhibit, Rio Grande trail litter clean-up, solar panel Plachy Hall project, campus glass recycling, forums around environmental issues, campus carbon footprint measurement, and the most recent pilot recycling project involving Porter Hall and Nielson Library. Read more

Angelo State University (Texas)
Duncan Knox, a senior in the Angelo State University Honors Program, has been selected as a 2014-15 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge graduate student Matt Young recently attended the Sundance Institute in Utah. Young, a candidate for a master of fine arts degree in screenwriting in CSUN’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts, was one of only 10 writers from across the country selected to take part in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Episodic Story Lab. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Geoscience Department faculty member Dr. Steve Hovan, along with undergraduate students Sierra Davis, Michael Barber and Jules Dill, have been invited to join a team of scientists on an oceanographic research expedition to the Atlantic Ocean. They will spend five full weeks aboard the R/V Knorr collecting sediment cores and geophysical data that will be used to assess how deep ocean current circulation has changed since the last glacial ice age and the influence this has on global climates. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Millersville University is set to become the first university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to make SAT test scores optional when students apply for admission. Read more
  • Millersville University recently hosted a Fulbright scholar from Uganda. Dr. Charles Amone, a senior lecturer of history at Gulu University in Northern Uganda, has spent his nine-month program as a Core Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Millersville University. Amone’s research on the history of ethnic discrimination in Uganda from 1962 through the present benefited greatly from the university’s fast, reliable Internet, the inter-library loaning system, and its general academic atmosphere. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Three Slippery Rock University physics majors are researching the possible use of drones in emergency response, such as directing the unmanned aerial device into a tunnel or sending one to deliver medicine to a marooned victim. Maxx Swoger of Erie, Brittany Drew of Cranberry, and Kevin Weigle of East Palestine, Ohio, who are studying to become engineers, obtained a $500 research grant from SRU to test the aerodynamic capabilities of drones. The physics department contributed money to purchase equipment. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The Southeast Missouri University Foundation’s “Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Success” comprehensive campaign has reached a record level in the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. President Kenneth W. Dobbins announced that $45,045,650 has been raised in support of scholarships, programs and renovations to benefit students. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) continues its role as the spearhead for the NCAA Division II Make-A-Wish initiative, raising the most money of all Division II schools during 2013-14. UNG's Athletic Department raised $21,413 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in what was also a record-breaking year for the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) and Division II. This year, the PBC became the first-ever Division II conference to raise more than $50,000, and Division II set a new high with $567,778, surpassing the previous mark by more than $50,000. UNG has donated the highest amount of money among Division II schools to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in three of the past four years. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Audrey Masson, a French student in the mass communication department's integrated marketing communication program at Winthrop University, was recognized by American Textile Recycling Services as “Outstanding Intern” for her excellent work during her recent internship with the company. For this honor, Masson was awarded a $1,000 scholarship check for tuition. Read more

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