The university's Center and Institute Planning and Expansion Program has selected two department proposals for seed funding and development with $15,000 grants each.
Josh Smith has been funded to establish a new CSUF Gravitational-Wave Physics and Astronomy Center GWPAC with a three-year plan to secure significant external funding to support and grow gravitational-wave research on campus.
His plan directly supports the CSUF mission and the university goals and strategies by founding a center dedicated to learning and discovery and increased opportunities for students and CSUF. His new center will also complement the physics department's current search to hire a second gravitational-wave faculty member this fall 2011.
Mike Loverude, the newly named director of the CSUF Catalyst Center for Advancement of Research in Teaching and Learning, has been funded to expand the direction and impact of Catalyst across campus and to establish a strategy to better coordinate and support the varied groups across campus contributing to Catalyst, including hiring a postdoctoral scholar for the Center.
The Catalyst Center now has a new home in MH-531 as a conferencing and networking facility with meeting and desk space for Catalyst participants. This new state of the art facility has been made possible through the generous support of Acting Dean Bob Koch, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Dean Claire Cavallaro, College of Education.