Recent Grants and Awards

Janet Yang

Janet Yang, School of Arts & Sciences, has received a grant of $419,312 from National Institutes of Health for her project titled “Mechanisms of Substrate Selectivity and Transport by a Bacterial Methionine ABC Importer”. This proposal seeks to understand how prokaryotic ABC importers uptake nutrients that are crucial for survival, and these findings could provide new targets for treatment against bacterial pathogens. Towards this end, Dr. Yang will employ biochemical and biophysical methods to dissect how the E. coli MetNI transporter, an established model system, transports methionine from the periplasm to the cytoplasm. (September 20, 2021)

Joe Omega

Joe Omega, School of Education, has received a grant renewal of $277,375 from the Department of Education for the Talent Search Program. The purpose of the Talent Search Program is to identify qualified individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education. (September 1, 2021)

Bill Hing

Bill Hing, School of Law, has received an additional grant of $15,500 from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This grant is possible through funding from the Crankstart Foundation. These grant funds are being awarded to offer relief and to support USF’s Immigration Programs’ capacity to help overcome the challenges involved in working during the COVID-19 shelter in place order. (August 13, 2021)

Bill Hing

Bill Hing, School of Law, has received a continuation grant of $260,000 from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). This grant is possible through funding from the Crankstart Foundation. These grant funds are being awarded to serve immigrants in select Bay Area counties who are at risk of deportation. The project will cover the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and/or San Mateo. (August 4, 2021)

Jeffery Paller

Prof. Jeffrey PallerJeffery Paller, School of Arts & Sciences, has received a $137,529 grant from the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). The primary objective of the grant is to identify how urban growth in Africa is affecting political and societal change. The grant aims at advancing the empirical measurement of Africa’s urban polities to catalyze new scholarship and support evidence-based policy, understanding how urban growth shapes political change in African cities and identifying how political change in cities affects broader socio-political change. (August 1, 2021)

Amalia Kokkinaki

Amalia Kokkinaki, Department of Environmental Sciences, has received a grant of $40,694 from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The grant aims to conduct research on a subtask of Task 4 of DOE's SMART project, which is a broad multi-agency project, entitled "Science-informed Machine Learning for Accelerating Real Time Decisions in Subsurface Applications (SMART)". The SMART-CS project aims to develop tools and methods that will assist decision making and operations related to CO2 storage in geologic formation for climate change mitigation. (July 15, 2021)

Angela Banks

Angela BanksAngela Banks, School of Nursing and Health Professions, has received a $192,000 grant from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The University of San Francisco Song Brown RN Program 2020 aims to increase education opportunities for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities underrepresented among nurses. This Song-Brown Program grant will allow Dr. Banks to provide cohort participants with the following: pre-entry preparation, mentoring with retention activities, student financial support, and cultural competency. Dr. Banks has received this award for the fourth time in the last four years. (July 1, 2021)

Christian Thompson

Christian Thompson, School of Arts & Sciences, has received a grant of $44,434 from the On Lok Day Services (OLDS). The grant aims at working in collaboration with the OLDS on a citywide Health Promotion program offered to San Francisco seniors to enhance their well-being and health. (July 1, 2021)

Danfeng Koon

Danfeng Soto-Vigil KoonDanfeng Koon, School of Education, has been awarded $45,000 from The San Francisco Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to provide evaluation support for Youth Access to Opportunity (YAO) Fund for SFF and participating school sites in understanding the impact that YAO’s funding model has on improving school climate and achievement at three school sites over three years. (May 7, 2021)

William Riggs, Majid Dadgar, Longyuan Du and Shivani Shukla

Professor Billy RiggsMajid Dadgar, USF Faculty Management Information SystemsLongyuan DuShivani Shukla

William Riggs, Majid Dadgar, Longyuan Du, and Shivani Shukla, School of Management, have received a grant of $845,660 from the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) through a collaboration with The City of Oakland. This grant aims at the development and implementation of neighborhood–level climate sustainability plans and projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, foster public health and environmental benefits, and catalyze economic opportunity and shared prosperity within the East Oakland neighborhoods. The above-named faculty members will help the City of Oakland and its Partners in providing evaluation, technical assistance, and data analysis for implementation of the projects and transformative plans undertaken. (April 16, 2021)

Derick Brown

Derick BrownDerick Brown, Leo T. McCarthy Center, School of Arts & Sciences, has received an award of $50,000 from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. This award is for the Equity Scholars Program: a collaboration between the University of Delaware’s Biden Institute, the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy Center and the YMCA of San Francisco to reduce the achievement gap and prevent COVID-19 learning loss in under-resourced communities. The goal of this two-year pilot program is to bring together public service minded college students as trained Equity Scholars who will offer interactive virtual summer learning opportunities for children entering grades K-8. (April 15, 2021)

William Karney

William KarneyWilliam Karney, School of Arts & Sciences, received a grant amounting to $202,564 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award aims at conducting research with an intention to clarify heavy-atom tunneling in reactions of annulenes and other conjugated systems. The work promises to deepen the understanding of heavy-atom tunneling and to broaden the scope of reactions in which tunneling plays a major role. With Dr. Karney’s expertise in the computational elucidation of reaction mechanisms, the work addresses new problems in this area while training undergraduates in numerous aspects of chemical research. (April 9, 2021)

Judith L. Pace

Judith PaceJudith L. Pace, School of Education, has received an award of $9,500 from the Spencer Foundation based on a cross-national study, the first study to investigate both preparation for teaching controversial issues in university methods courses and preservice teachers’ efforts to teach issues in citizenship, history, and social studies classrooms. This grant aims at conducting webinars, podcasts, writings, a website, and social media to prepare educators at all levels in the U.S. and internationally for teaching controversy. (March 29, 2021)

Bill Ong Hing

Bill Ong HingBill Ong Hing, School of Law, has been awarded $160,000 from Humanidad Therapy & Education Services as a part of Sonoma County Secure Families Collaborative. This is an extension to the Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services ("VIDAS") grant. Funding from this will continue supporting legal representation of immigrants who live in Sonoma County for continued removal of defense actions. (February 12, 2021)