Projects

School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering Report of Competitive Grant Funding, 1991-2010 (as of April 20, 2010)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Year: 3/15/2009 - 6/30/2010
Project: Proposal Preparation Workshop for Two-Year College Chemistry Faculty
Purpose: Organize a workshop for community college chemistry faculty. Coordinate personnel and activities associated with the workshop. Follow-up interactions with the workshop participants, including financial reimbursements and payments.
Funding Amount: $49,893
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DUE-0924269

Year: 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011
Project: Formulation and Infrared Characterization of Polymeric Coating on a pH Sensor and Synthesis of High-Quality Antimony Electrodes – Subcontract with Sierra Medical Inc.
Purpose: Direct up to four SWC students in research projects associated with the goals and objectives outlined in the proposals.
Funding Amount: $30,000
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: IIP 0900987

Year: 7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011
Project: Formulation and Infrared Characterization of Polymeric Coating on a pH Sensor and Synthesis of High-Quality Antimony Electrodes – Subcontract with Sierra Medical Inc.
Purpose: Direct up to four SWC students in research projects associated with the goals and objectives outlined in the proposals.
Funding Amount: $30,000
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: IIP 0900988

Year: 8/1/2008-7/31/2012
Project: National Geospatial Technology Center (NGTC) - Subcontract with Delmar College
Purpose: NGT Center will be the focal point for all geospatial resources and provide a voice for two-year colleges engaged in any geospatial education.
Funding Amount: $190,665
Faculty: K. Yanow, M.S.
Grant Number: DUE-0801893

Year: 8/1/2008-7/31/2011
Project: Geospatial Technology (GST) Program at Southwestern College
Purpose: To develop a Geospatial Technology (GST) Program at Southwestern College.
Funding Amount: $273,703
Faculty: K. Yanow, M.S.; J. Veal, Ph.D.
Grant Number: 0802408

Year: 2007-2012
Project: STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Partnership of San Diego (SPSD) – Subcontract with SDSU
Purpose: To increase the number of undergraduates who earn baccalaureates in science, math, engineering and technology (STEM) majors.
Funding Amount: $296,512
Faculty: R. Bakhiet, Ph.D.
Grant Number: 0653234

Year: 2007-2010
Project: Biotechnology Education & Training Sequence Investment (BETSI) Phase II
Purpose: To continue the successful practices of the pilot project with an added focus on student recruitment, community outreach, and investigation of models to sustain the project beyond the funding period.
Funding Amount: $526,099
Faculty: N. Bakhiet, Ph.D.; J. Atwater, Ph.D.
Grant Number: 0702980

Year: 2007-2008
Project: Nanofabrication of Optical Structures - Subcontract with Ondax, Inc.
Purpose: To determine whether bulk glass and nanoclusters of a different index of refraction that are embedded into the glass can be chemically etched at different rates. Etching the surface of the glass can expose the underlying relief, forming relief gratings that are extremely useful for a number of optical applications.
Funding Amount: $30,000
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: IIP 0710697

Year: 2007-2008
Project: Bridging Community College Chemistry Faculty into the National Educational Community – Subcontract with Cabrillo College
Purpose: This project is forging connections between community college chemistry faculty and the national chemical education community in order to improve teaching and learning in foundational chemistry courses and through the incorporation of undergraduate research experiences into community colleges.
Funding Amount: $27,738
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DUE 0737166

Year: 2006-2007
Project: Characterization of Glass Holographic Gratings in the mid to far Infrared Range - Subcontract with Ondax, Inc
Purpose: The study employs Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with the use of Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR) to identify spectral regions in the mid-IR where optical loss is minimal and to understand the molecular/atomic nature of volume holographic gratings.
Funding Amount: $30,000
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: IIP 0710696

Year: 2006-2007
Project: Software for MicroRNA Detection and Analysis (formerly known as Bioinformatics Analysis of Micro RNA) - Subcontract with Natural Selection Inc.
Purpose: This research effort focuses on cutting-edge research involving bioinformatics on the human genome in search of the causes of cancer and other diseases. Looking at the genetic code for a repeating sequence, it is possible to identify data that is critical to understanding these diseases and finding a cure.
Funding Amount: $23,142
Faculty: D. Hecht, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DMI-0522270

Year: 2005-2008
Project: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Science Technology Program
Purpose: To develop a GIS program at SWC (including both a degree and a certificate), including the development and offering of four new courses, the augmentation of GIS into present course offerings (within disciplines across the campus), training of faculty in GIS, and new GIS software.
Funding Amount: $249,995
Faculty: K. Yanow, M.S.
Grant Number: DUE 0501247

Year: 2005-2007
Project: A Novel Synthesis and Sintering Process for Nanostructures Oxide and Carbide Ceramic Composites - Subcontract with U. of Nevada, Reno
Purpose: To employ Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic methods to investigate residual impurities found in novel synthetic ceramic materials.
Funding Amount: $19,424
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DMR 0503017

Year: 2004-2008
Project: Biotechnology Education & Training Sequence Investment (BETSI)
Purpose: To create a pipeline to facilitate the movement of Sweetwater Union High School (SUHSD) and SWC students through the educational system to employment in the biotechnology industry.
Funding Amount: $450,000
Faculty: N. Bakhiet, Ph.D.; J. Atwater, Ph.D.
Grant Number: 0402453

Year: 2001-2004
Project: Establishing a Program in Chemical Technology at SWC
Purpose: To establish a degree program in Chemical Technology, approved by the American Chemical Society
Funding Amount: $211,615
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.; T. Sucheck, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DUE 0101729

Year: 1998-2002
Project: Instrumentation to Enhance the Chemistry Curriculum at SWC
Purpose: To bring state of the art instrumentation into the Chemistry Dept for providing hands-on experience to students across the Chemistry curriculum.
Funding Amount: $73,426
Faculty: D. Brown, Ph.D.
Grant Number: DUE 9850951

Year: 1995-1997
Project: Infusing Technology into the Biology Majors Program
Purpose: To align the biology program at SWC with the primary UC and CSU transfer institutions through acquisition of computers and biotechnology equipment and design of new lab curricula in which students collect and analyze data. To teach students the skills they will use in the local biotechnology job market.
Funding Amount: $38,570 plus $38,570 matching funds
Faculty: C. Hoyt, M.S.; R. Difiori, M.S.; K. Tyner, M.S.; S. Wing, M.S.
Grant Number: 95-52290

Year: 1991-1993
Project: Computer Automated Laboratory Instrumentation for Student Instruction
Purpose: To acquire computer automated laboratory instrumentation and develop new lab curricula in which students collect and analyze data. To develop instructional materials that reinforce critical calculus concepts in physics.
Funding Amount: $19,411
Faculty: R. Cizek, M.S.
Grant Number: USE-9152108

National Institutes of Health

Year: 1998-2008
Project: Bridges to the Baccalaureate - Subcontract with SDSU
Purpose: To develop the pool of talented students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets ethnically underrepresented community college students.
Funding Amount: $70,000
Faculty: N. Bakhiet, Ph.D.; J. Tolli, Ph.D.
Grant Number: 1R25GM50106-02

Year: 1995-1998
Project: Bridges to the Future for San Diego Minority Students - Subcontract with SDSU
Purpose: To develop the pool of talented students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets ethnically underrepresented community college students.
Funding Amount: $183,561
Faculty: K. Tyner, M.S.; C. Hoyt, M.S.; T. Thomas, M.S.; V. Pennington, M.S.
Grant Number: 1R25GM50106-02

Year: 1993-1995
Project: Bridges to the Future for San Diego Minority Students - Subcontract with SDSU
Purpose: To develop the pool of talented students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets ethnically underrepresented community college students.
Funding Amount: $100,000
Faculty: K. Tyner, M.S.; C. Hoyt, M.S.; T. Thomas, M.S.
Grant Number: 1R25GM50106-02

U.S. Department of Education

Year: 1996-1999
Project: Southwestern College Minority Science Improvement Project
Purpose: To develop a Math and Science Center to house two computer labs, a collaborative study center, academic support program offices, and an instructional technician. To develop and implement computerized instructional modules for intermediate algebra and calculus. To design and implement interdisciplinary labs for the sciences.
Funding Amount: $285,000
Faculty: D. Christiansen, M.S.; R. Cizek, M.S.; K. Tyner, M.S.

Year: 1996-1997
Project: Student Retention in the Physical Sciences through Research Experiences at the Community College
Funding Amount: $62,532

Department of Defense

Year: 2006-2007
Project: High-Throughput Direct Structural Screening for Drug Lead Compounds - Subcontract with Natural Selection, Inc.
Purpose: The purpose of this Phase I STTR research was to develop an innovative screening technology to accelerate high-throughput drug screening for generalized protein-targeted drug discovery. This technology results not only in collections of novel small molecule compounds that bind to protein targets, but provides details of the binding mode and molecular interaction.
Funding Amount: $30,000
Faculty: D. Hecht, Ph.D
Grant Number: W81XWH-06-C-0399

California Community College Chancellor’s Office

Year: 1995-2008
Project: Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Project (MESA)
Purpose: To prepare educationally disadvantaged students, including students from groups with low rates of college eligibility, to excel in math, engineering and science majors and attain Bachelor’s of Science degrees from four-year institutions.
Funding Amount: $1,059,500 plus matching funds $1,059,500
Faculty: R. Bakhiet, Ph.D.; A. Juden, M.S; V. Pennington, M.S.; M. Rasky, M.S.; J. Veal, Ph.D.; T. Gilly, D. Christiansen, M.S.; K. Tyner, M.S.
Grant Number: 94-010-007

Year: 1995-1996
Project: Biology Majors Curriculum Development
Purpose: To increase the success rate of students transferring to local four year colleges. To integrate SWC biology curricula with that of the transfer institutions. To introduce computerized data collection and analysis and biotechnology into the laboratory.
Funding Amount: $19,980 plus matching funds $5,237
Faculty: C. Hoyt, M.S.; K. Tyner, M.S.; S. Wing, M.S.
Grant Number: 94-001-035

Year: 1995-1996
Project: Self-Paced Developmental Mathematics Courses
Purpose: To design a modular course format for each of three Self-Paced Developmental Math courses, basic math, pre-algebra and beginning algebra.
Funding Amount: $18,706 plus matching funds $13,368
Faculty: D. Christiansen, M.S.
Grant Number: 95-001-024

Other

Year: 1999-2001
Project: An Animation-Based Tutor for Algebra-Word Problems - Subcontract with SDSU
Funding Amount: $42,654
Faculty: D. Short, M.S.; K. Tyner, M.S.