CHSS Connection: Grants & Contracts

Monday, March 15, 2021

March/April 2021 issue

Flynn to serve as co-investigator of new project for assessing young children’s development

Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Development Rachel M. Flynn has a subcontract with Northwestern for an NIH-funded project to develop a novel approach for assessing development in young children. The five-year research project, called the NIH Infant and Toddler Toolbox, is designed to create a new national norm for administering, scoring, and interpreting infant and toddler assessments of cognition, social functioning, language (receptive and expressive), early mathematics/numeracy, self-regulation, and executive function in children between 1- and 42-months of age. Assessments will include direct child assessment and observations supplemented as needed by reporting from parents or legal guardians. Flynn leads the cognition-executive functioning domain area for the project.

Qamar receives Basic Needs grant for study of pandemic’s impact on student food insecurity

Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Zubaida Qamar (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) was awarded a Basic Needs Research Fellowship Grant by the Basic Needs Initiative Team at the Health Promotion and Wellness Center to qualitatively investigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on student food insecurity and food literacy at SF State.

Roberts, King team up for COAST-funded study of beach access and environmental justice

Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina S. Roberts is working with Associate Professor of Economics Phil King and faculty from CSU Channel Islands on a research study titled “Sustaining Beaches and Social Equity under Higher Sea Levels: An interdisciplinary case study of the Santa Barbara Littoral Cell.” This project focuses on the economic and environmental justice issues related to access, incorporating projected changes in beach size and availability.

Their analysis will fold into a Beach Sustainability Assessment including social science, ecology and the physical changes projected for beaches. This assessment will be combined with estimates based on the best available data and methods, of beach value, visitation and accessibility along with the barriers that reduce them and the people and communities who experience those barriers. From these, the team can measure current inequities and barriers to beach access, identify beach access points threatened by sea level rise and develop guidelines for how to best manage beaches in the present and under higher sea levels so they can be enjoyed by all different people and communities while integrating the importance of the beach with the frameworks of the economy, ecology and morphology.

The California State University Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) awarded this study $400,000 for all campuses.