Recent Grant Awardees

Fiscal Year 2017 Awardees

Click on each college/school/division below for the full list of FY17 awardees.

  • Academic Affairs

    Robert Hurteau
    Extension
    Agency & Program: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET)
    Award: $30,000

    Coursework to teach individuals with a personal history of mental health illness skills needed to effectively provide effective social support and life skill mentoring to transitional age youth with mental illness, and to parents of children, adolescents and transitional age youth with mental illness. 


    Cynthia Ruiz
    Office for Research & Sponsored Projects
    Agency & Program: National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA); Catherine Core Minority Travel
    Award: $1,500

    The Catherine Core Minority Travel Award supports travel-related costs to the NCURA Annual Meeting for up to four individuals from under represented groups who would not otherwise be able to attend this conference.

  • Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

    Aine O'Healy
    Modern Languages and Literatures
    Agency & Program: University of Rome, La Sapienza; Visiting Researchers and Professors, Type B
    Award: $16,350

    The Visiting Researchers and Professors Program of the University of Rome, La Sapienza, provides a

    stipend to visiting faculty to support their research at the University in Rome and collaboration with faculty.


    Bruce Benson
    Philosophy
    Agency & Program: Templeton Religion Trust; Big Questions
    Award: $150,455

    Grant to develop a multi-year proposal for a project that would advance Sir John’s vision of Humility-

    in-Theology by launching a new, discovery-oriented line of theological/anthropological inquiry leading to “new spiritual information” about divinity, humanity, and the cognitive relation between the two.


    Gene Park
    Political Science
    Agency & Program: Saitama University/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Research Fellowship, Short‐term S
    Award: $6,270

    Short Term-S (E) Fellowship for two weeks during summer of 2017. Over the course of two weeks, Prof. Park will carry out the research for his project on Japanese monetary policy. 


    Gene Park
    Political Science
    Agency & Program: The Japan Foundation: Center for Global Partnership; Guest Lecture Support Program
    Award: $1,972

    Public lecture to increase awareness about Japan's foreign policy response to changing security environment in East Asia hosted at LMU for a broad range of students.


    Jennifer Abe
    Psychology
    Agency & Program: Biola University; Center for Christian Thought
    Award: $30,000

    The project examines the notion of “cultural humility” which was originally proposed as an alternative to “cultural competence” in how mental health services are delivered to diverse populations. The project also proposes to conceptualize cultural humility through a distinctively Christian lens using the Ignatian ideals of “accompaniment” and “solidarity.”


    Cheryl Grills
    Psychology
    Agency & Program: California Department of Public Health; California Reducing Disparities Project
    Award: $791,473

    LMU has been selected as the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) Statewide Evaluator for Phase II. The CRDP aims to reduce mental health disparities across five target populations that include African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, Native Americans and LGBTQ communities. 


    Joseph LaBrie
    Psychology
    Agency & Program: National Institutes of Health; The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Exploratory/Development Research (Parent R21)
    Award: $198,375

    This project aims to advance the scientific knowledge of social media sites' (SMS) influences on underage college drinking and inform the development of SMS-based prevention efforts.


    Joseph LaBrie
    Psychology
    Agency & Program: National Institutes of Health; Exploratory/Developmental Research (Parent R21)
    Award: $163,875

    This study examines the relationship between heavy episodic drinking (HED) and bone health in college students in order to reveal a potentially serious long-term health consequence of HED during emerging adulthood.

  • Loyola Law School

    Mary Culbert
    Center for Conflict Resolution
    Agency & Program: Los Angeles County; Dispute Resolution Program
    Award: $277,005

    To provide mediation services in all types of cases, with a particular focus on divorce/domestic cases, which are designed to be less costly, less time consuming, less complex, and less intimidating than the court system and more accessible to the diverse, under-served communities in all Service Planning Areas (SPAs) of Los Angeles County.


    Emily Robinson
    Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
    Agency & Program: California Department of Social Services, HHS; Unaccompanied Undocumented Minor (UUM)
    Award: $30,000

    To provide services and legal representation for Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors (UUMs) in the filing of, preparation for and representation in administrative and/or judicial proceedings for specific immigration statuses. 


    Emily Robinson
    Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic
    Agency & Program: California Department of Social Services; Immigration Services Fund
    Award: $319,000

    To provide services to immigrants in five categories defined in SB79: Application Assistance-DACA; Application Assistance-DAPA; Application Assistance-Naturalization; Legal Training and Technical Assistance; and Education and Outreach.


    Hiro Aragaki
    Project in Dispute Resolution and Development
    Agency & Program: International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank; Liberia Debt Resolution Program/Training of Mediators
    Award: $50,000

    The objective is to enhance the mediation mechanism in Liberia’s Commercial Court through the training of mediators (in collaboration with the Liberia’s Bar Association and the Commercial Court) as well as an outreach campaign.


    Gary Williams
    Young Lawyers Program
    Agency & Program: California Bar Foundation; Annual Grants Program
    Award: $20,000

    The Young Lawyers Program, run by the Black Law Students Association and La Raza Law Students Association, offers an after-school program to teach underserved students about the justice system as well as the benefits of pursuing college and advanced degrees. The program focuses on increasing the diversity in the legal pipeline, promoting knowledge and capabilities in the administration of justice and advancing inclusion in higher education and the legal system.

  • School of Education

    Magaly Lavadenz
    Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
    Agency & Program: Stanford University, PACE Institute/Stuart Foundation; Local Control Funding Formula
    Award: $85,500

    The Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative (LCFFRC) is a group of senior researchers affiliated with various organizations and institutions, as well as operating independently, who have come together to conduct ongoing research on the LCFF.


    Magaly Lavadenz
    Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
    Agency & Program: U.S. Department of Education; Office of English Language Acquisition
    Award: $395,189

    This project forms a consoritia of public and charter K-12 school districts to address the professional development needs of educators through the following approaches: 1) initial teacher preparation programming; 2) preparation of professional/advanced educator preparation to work more effectively with english language learners; and 3) preparation of school level leaders through the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.


    Magaly Lavadenz
    Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
    Agency & Program: U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA; National Professional Development Program
    Award: $550,000

    The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) provides a research-based professional development program for teachers of young English Learners through Project ROYAL: Rigorous Opportunities for Young-children to Accelerate Language and Literacy. As the lead agency in consortium with LAUSD and partnering with the Sobrato Family Foundation (SFF), developer of the SEAL Model, CEEL’s leadership team will oversee, manage, and coordinate all aspects of the project with the partners, provide support to district and site leaders, and conduct classroom observations to study teacher development.


    Magaly Lavadenz
    Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
    Agency & Program: University of California Office of the President
    Award: $81,031

    Funding was requested from the UC Office of the President to relocate the Los Angeles site of the California Reading & Literature Project (CRLP) to LMU, as a project of the SOE Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). CRLP has developed signature professional development programs for language arts instruction for k-12 teachers taht would be delivered by the site director.


    Magaly Lavadenz
    Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)
    Agency & Program: University of Maryland, National Foreign Language Center; 2017 STARTALK
    Award: $112,500

    Through the partnership with Los Angeles-area Mandarin elementary programs, the goal is to offer standards-aligned literature, arts and movement target-language instruction in Mandarin to rising 1st-4th grade students at one centralized location in the greater Los Angeles area.


    Michael Castiglione
    Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST)
    Agency & Program: Specialty Family Foundation; Catholic Schools Collaborative (CSC)
    Award: $78,000

    The project builds upon the success of the STEM Pilot Project (Phase I), providing an opportunity for continued growth in mathematics and introductory science through a second phase of professional development utilizing Lesson Study and an introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards.


    Anita Kreide
    Center for Math and Science Teaching (CMAST)
    Agency & Program: Name
    Award: $75,000

    The objective of this project is to help each of the four STEM Coalition schools – Ascension Catholic School, St. Michael’s School, Saints Peter & Paul School, and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School – develop their STEM vision and future implementation plan, and support the foundational development of quality STEM instruction and student programs.


    Annette Pijuan Hernandez
    Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation
    Agency & Program: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; Four‐Year Integrated Programs Leading to a Baccalaureate Degree and Teaching Credential
    Award: $25,000

    The goal of the Planning Project is to adapt a new undergraduate teacher preparation curriculum and align it to the existing subject matter curriculum of our integrated programs to ensure preliminary teacher education credential completion in four years, inclusive of student teaching.


    Shane Martin
    Dean's Office
    Agency & Program: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; College‐Ready, U.S. Programs
    Award: $1,330,014

    This grant is used to improve teachers’ instructional practices through statewide face-to-face and online events where teachers can network and share, learn, and grow in their skills and their knowledge of excellent resources to implement Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).


    Darin Earley
    Family of Schools
    Agency & Program: Los Angeles Unified School District / U.S. Department of Education; Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE)
    Award: $303,039

    The project supports a four-year, arts education professional development program for teachers in six LAUSD elementary schools. The project includes a summer institute that provides training for teachers on how to connect visual arts to content area instruction, and integrates technology into arts education.


    Darin Earley
    Family of Schools
    Agency & Program: McCormick Foundation; Early Intervention Literacy
    Award: $25,000

    The Early Intervention Literacy Program provides tutoring, tutor training and parent workshops for students with weak literacy skills in Grades K-5 at Loyola Village Elementary School and Westport Heights Elementary School, two schools in the Family of Schools.


    Edmundo Litton
    Specialized Programs in Urban Education
    Agency & Program: Silicon Schools Fund
    Award: $125,000

    The grant provides operational support for Loyola Marymount University's pilot personalized learning aspects for the Teach for America: Bay Area teacher credentialing program.


    Philip Molebash
    Specialized Programs in Urban Education
    Agency & Program: 100Kin10; Early Childhood STEM Learning Challenge Grant
    Award: $207,000

    This project is intended to improve the teaching of design-based science in Kindergarten by designing and pilot testing STEM Teaching Kits for Kindergarten classrooms.

  • Seaver College of Science and Engineering

    William Dowd
    Biology
    Agency & Program: National Geographic; Waitt Foundation
    Award: $12,000

    This grant funds a larger project used to examine the physiological consequences of recent thermal regimes in Mytilus californianus.


    Heather Watts
    Biology
    Agency & Program: National Science Foundation; Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS)
    Award: $159,727

    The project involves investigating migratory behavior and the timing of migratory life history stages in facultative migrants.


    Michele Romolini
    Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    Agency & Program: USDA, Forest Service; Pacific Southwest Research Station ‐ Joint Venture Agreement
    Award: $53,000

    A Research Joint Venture Agreement (RJVA) between LMU and the Pacific Southwest Research Station to conduct work of mutual interest and benefit in the Los Angeles region. The overall goal is to provide assistance in identifying and formulating research informed by a social-ecological perspective.


    Eric Strauss
    Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    Agency & Program: Carol and James Collins Foundation
    Award: $20,000

    CURes' Restorative Justice Project works with local schools to incorporate Restorative Justice practices in their disciplinary procedures. Funds granted by the Carol and James Collins Foundation support summer institutes and professional development workshops conducted periodically throughout the academic year.


    Eric Strauss
    Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    Agency & Program: NAME
    Award: $0,000

    Professional consulting services agreement between J. Shal & Associates and Loyola Marymount University. LMU advises and performs technical duties related to the completion of the City of Colton Urban Forestry Management Plan.


    Eric Strauss
    Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    Agency & Program: Riverside Unified School District
    Award: $28,000

    CURes provides a series of professional development trainings that are designed to broaden the understanding of restorative practices and its principles.


    Eric Strauss
    Center for Urban Resilience (CURes)
    Agency & Program: USDA Forest Service; Research & Development
    Award: $15,000

    Cities and the Environment (CATE) is an interdisciplinary web-based journal that publishes peer-reviewed scholarship, practitioner notes, editorials, and conference proceedings on urban ecology research, education, and practice. The Forest Service provides part-time salary support for the CATE Managing Editor and a “CATE fellowship” for a graduate student to further advance the journal.


    David Moffet
    Chemistry & Biochemistry
    Agency & Program: National Institutes of Health/Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Disease; R15
    Award: $136,507

    The purpose of this project is to 1) construct and screen a library of IAPP variants genetically fused to enhanced green fluorescent protein; 2) investigate the aggregation potential of synthetic IAPP variants; 3) quantitate the toxicity of IAPP variants on mammalian cells; and 4) identify variants capable of inhibiting human IAPP aggregation.


    John Dorsey
    Civil Engineering
    Agency & Program: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; World Water Forum
    Award: $10,000

    The project's objective is to determine the removal efficiency of pollutants washed from commercial parking lots adjacent to the Ballona Creek rain gardens in Culver City. Efficiency will be determined by measuring mass of pollutants entering the garden versus those discharged into Ballona Creek via garden outlets.


    Jeremy Pal
    Civil Engineering
    Agency & Program: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; World Water Forum
    Award: $10,000

    In this project, an LMU freshmen team of engineering students are to install a stormwater and greywater capture system for the Holy Spirit Retreat Center to maintain a lake currently being kept dry due to the drought.


    Stephanie August
    Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
    Agency & Program: National Science Foundation; Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment Program (IPA)
    Award: $166,602

    Program Director for the NSF Scholarships for STEM Program.


    Anna Bargagliotti
    Mathematics
    Agency & Program: National Science Foundation; Improving Undergraduate STEM Education
    Award: $50,000

    The conference “Breaking the Boundaries of Collaboration in STEM Education Research” will take place over two days in the Spring of 2017 in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). With CTE, the Collaborative Research on Evaluating, Advancing, and Transforming Education in STEM (CREATE-STEM) will bring together STEM faculty from throughout Southern California who are interested in increasing the number and diversity of students in STEM pathways and improving students’ skillsets that can be utilized in all STEM disciplines and careers.


    Alissa Crans
    Mathematics
    Agency & Program: Mathematical Association of America
    Award: $12,000

    Prof. Crans serves as an independent contractor on the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) Project NExT: New Experiences for Teachers.


    Alissa Crans
    Mathematics
    Agency & Program: Simons Foundation; Collaboration Grants for Mathematics Application Instructions
    Award: $7,000

    This grant provides funds towards travel support for conference attendance and collaboration.


    Ed Mosteig
    Mathematics
    Agency & Program: U.S. Department of Education; McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
    Award: $220,000

    The LMU McNair Scholars Program is based on a community for excellence model through which 25 students, their families, selected faculty and administrative staff will form a collaborative community that is devoted to excellence for all. The goal of the five-year program is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students who graduate from LMU and complete a doctoral program.


    Omar Es‐Said
    Mechanical Engineering
    Agency & Program: Sargent Aerospace and Defense
    Award: $9,837

    The objective of this project is to perform the Evaluation of 15-5PH mechanical and fracture surface examination for fasteners applications; gain comprehensive understanding of physical and mechanical properties 15-5PH material; compare 15-5PH material provided by different manufacturers; and study the effects of heart rate on the mechanical properties.

  • Student Affairs

    Steven Nygaard
    Student Housing
    Agency & Program: CalRecycle; Beverage Container Recycling Program
    Award: $67,000

    Project activities include purchasing LMU-badged recycling bins to be placed in the LMU student housing areas, and a related education/outreach effort to increase recycling among students.


    Marshall Sauceda
    Upward Bound
    Agency & Program: U.S. Department of Education; Upward Bound
    Award: $275,500

    Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

  • William H. Hannon Library

    Marie Kennedy
    William H. Hannon Library
    Agency & Program: Institute of Museum & Library Sciences; Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
    Award: $394,014

    The objective of the project is to extend and improve the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL), a successful project that connects research and practice among librarians. IRDL is a continuing education opportunity for academic and research librarians to expand their research skills and increase their output, focused on completing a specific research project.