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The funding, provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, creates math and science opportunities.
The funding, provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, creates math and science opportunities.
Sacramento State will receive an additional $332,555 in federal stimulus money for science and math opportunities for University students, faculty and some advanced high school pupils.

The funding, provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, follows the announcement earlier this month of $17,664 in stimulus money awarded to the University for summer student work in biomedical research.

Of the new funding, a $257,795 grant will go to chemistry Professor Bradly Baker for study of an advanced technique for sampling hydrocarbon emissions from certain kinds of vegetation, a process known technically as solid phase microextraction. The grant will fund research by one graduate student and one undergraduate student.

“These awards demonstrate the quality of the applied research we do at Sacramento State and recognize two of our brightest researchers and faculty members in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,” says Joseph Sheley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A second grant of $74,760 will be awarded from the federal Noyce Teaching Fellowship Program. It will provide planning funds for a collaboration by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Education to create training programs for math and science teachers.

The Noyce grant, awarded to Deidre Sessoms, director of the Teacher Preparation and Credentials office, and biology Professor Jennifer Lundmark, will help the University to remain a leader in working with school districts to prepare highly qualified math and science teachers.

The earlier $17,664 award to chemistry Professor Katherine McReynolds supplements a $198,000 parent grant she secured from the National Institutes of Health to further study sugar-based molecules that potentially could be used to fight viral diseases such as HIV, which can lead to AIDS. McReynolds’ total request was for $37,525 over two years. The balance of nearly $20,000 is expected to be awarded later for next summer’s work.

Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez applauded the efforts of U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, for helping to secure the stimulus funds.

“I commend Congresswoman Matsui’s outstanding work to help Sacramento State’s students and faculty members, especially during these challenging economic times,” Gonzalez says. “I look forward to continuing our strong partnership and realizing more funding opportunities from the American Recovery and Reinvestment  Act.”

The Recovery Act, signed into law in February 2009 by President Barack Obama to stimulate the U.S. economy, allots $33 million to create paid research opportunities in the summers of 2009 and 2010 for college and high school students and science teachers nationwide.

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