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 Grants, Awards, and Publications

Angelo Ancheta (Law) has received a one-year renewal award of $31,519 from Santa Clara County. The funds will be used to provide legal assistance to low-income immigrants.

Richard Barber (physics) has received additional subcontract funding of $18,797 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to support “Oxides, Interfaces and Disorder.”

Katerina Bezrukova (psychology) coauthored an article titled “The Faultline Activation Process and the Effects of Activated Faultlines on Coalition Formation, Conflict, and Group Outcomes,” which has been accepted by the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Christopher Kitts (mechanical engineering) has received $50,000 in subcontract funding from Adaptive Communications Research, Inc. (ACRi) to support “Reconfigurable Sparse Array Smart Antenna System via Multi-Robot Control.” Kitts also authored a chapter on robotics that has just been published in The Handbook of Technology Management. Kitts also presented his work in multi-robot control, advanced diagnostics, and robotic field missions at the Palo Alto Colloquia in January.

The following Hackworth Grants for Research in Applied Ethics have been awarded by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics:


  • Xiaojing Dong (marketing) $2,800 for a project called “Marketing Ethics and Physicians’ Free Drug Sample Dispensation Behaviors.” Dong’s study will examine the ethical assumptions behind the common marketing technique of pharmaceutical companies who often distribute free drug samples to physicians who then give out these free samples to their patients.
  • Dennis Gordon (political science) $4,200 for a project called “Ethical Challenges in International Immersion and Service Learning: First Do No Harm.” Gordon aims to develop ethical best practices to guide student-host interactions for U.S. college students who engage in international programs for service learning.
  • Kristin Heyer (religious studies) $3,762 for a project called “Gendered Vulnerability: Exploitation of Women on the Move.” Heyer will present a paper on this topic this summer in Trent, Italy, at a quadrennial conference called “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church.”
  • David Popalisky (theater and dance) $5,000 for a project called “Intersecting Motion: Migrations in Nature and Humankind.” Popalisky is developing a “multi-environment dance performance work that will investigate through an environmental ethical lens the intersections between human and natural migration in a world impacted by environmental change and economic stress.” En route to that final creation, he will be using the grant money to stage two preliminary projects: one a series of presentations by SCU dance students at K–12 schools and the other an experimental outdoor “migration” dance on the SCU campus to be performed by student dancers and audience members.


Ed Maurer (civil engineering) gave a presentation titled “User-driven downscaling: advances in data apportioning and analysis to augment adaptation planning” at the 90th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Association, as part of the 18th Conference on Applied Climatology in Atlanta, Ga. in January.

Godfrey Mungal (School of Engineering) co-authored a paper titled, “The role of in-situ reforming in plasma enhanced ultra lean premixed methane/air flames,” which was published in Combustion & Flame.

The School of Engineering will present the 2009 Faculty Award on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6  p.m. at Adobe Lodge to the following recipients:


  • Radhika Grover (computer and electrical engineering) Adjunct Lecturer of the Year
  • Nam Ling (computer engineering) Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Ed Maurer (civil engineering) Researcher of the Year
  • Dick Sherman (applied mathematics) Gerald E. Markle Award


Sarah Kate Wilson (electrical engineering) has accepted an invitation to be part of the online content board for the IEEE Communications Society.

Wendelin Wright (mechanical engineering) has passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering Exam in Metallurgy and is now registered as a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

Yuling Yan (bioengineering) and her coauthors have a paper titled “An improved optical lock-in detection method for contrast-enhanced imaging in living cells,” which was accepted for oral presentation at the 4th International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering.

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