Santa Clara University

Grants and Awards

Chris Kitts, mechanical engineering, received a new grant to expand his work in helping students built a 'nanosatellite.'  The subcontract award from Washington University in St. Louis provides an additional $8,000 to support "Development of the Akoya Nanosatellite Command and Data Handling System." The award with this amendment totals $18,000.
The School of Engineering's Robotic Systems Laboratory (RSL) is developing a distributed command and data handling system for the Washington University in St. Louis' (WUSTL) Akoya nanosatellite. This project is a part of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's University Nanosatellite Program.

Susan De La Paz, education, has received two recent awards:
1) A one-year award from the American Educational Research Association that provides $15,000 to support "Historical Literacy: Reading and Writing Primary Source Documents in High School Classrooms."
The central aim of this project is to promote literacy through an interdisciplinary approach to English and Social Studies instruction, where primary source documents are used in the context of historical inquiry and writing instruction. Tenth-grade students at a local high school will participate.
2) A one-year subcontract award from the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) that provides $69,582 to support "Fostering Expertise in the Teaching of American History: A Collaboration between Local Educational Agencies in San Jose, CA and Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA." This subcontract is part of an award to ESUHSD from the U.S. Department of Education.
This project is a collaboration between the East Side Union High School District, three of its feeder school districts (Berryessa, Mount Pleasant and Franklin McKinley School Districts) and SCU.
Susan De La Paz is SCU's overall project director. Bob Senkewicz, history, will oversee the curriculum content. Tom Savage, education, a veteran social studies educator, will round out the primary SCU team. Other U.S. history faculty at SCU, as well as several from outside the University, will be included in the summer workshops and/or school year programs.

Cynthia Mertens, law school's Community Law Center, has received an amendment from the County of Santa Clara that provides an additional $42,748 to support "Legal Assistance for Low-Income Immigrants."
This program provides immigrants with assistance in the following areas:
1) Bi-weekly advice clinics are held to provide immediate legal advice on issues involving family-based immigration, deportation, political asylum and general immigration procedures;
2) A select number of individuals receive full representation in court or administrative hearings. Many of these cases involve individuals who are eligible for VAWA protection. They need to receive separate immigration papers to legally leave their abusers, who are their sponsors for immigration purposes. Other clients frequently are seeking political asylum. to escape future persecution in their home countries.
3) Bi-weekly consumer assistance clinics are held where clients receive immediate legal advice regarding unfair legal practices or unfair debt collection practices.

Ed Schaefer, mathematics and computer science, has received second-year funding from the National Security Agency that provides an additional $12,602 to support "Applications of the Hilbert Symbol to Descent." The award with this amendment totals $24,740.
One of the most ancient problems in mathematics is that of finding integer or rational solutions to algebraic equations. Since there is no effective algorithm for doing this, it continues to be an area of active research.
This project supports this effort, using the easily computed Hilbert symbol as the basis for a number of calculations.

Shawn Ginwright, sociology and ethnic studies, has received an award from the Ford Foundation that provides $225,000 to support "Youth, Communities and Social Justice: Toward a Strategy for Effective Youth Policy."
This project will contribute to the understanding of how social justice practices intersect with youth development for youth in working class communities of color. The three goals of the project are:
1) to establish a community of scholars who will convene at a national meeting to develop a multi-disciplinary research agenda to study the relationship among youth, social justice and urban communities;
2) to support empirical research that examines the various was in which youth of color respond to constraints in their communities that impede their healthy development;
3) to identify promising strategies for supporting urban youth and encourage local and national stakeholders to integrate these strategies into policy making.

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