California State University Emeritus & Retired Faculty & Staff Association


CSU-ERFSA Grants Committee Report for 2023 Grant Cycle

CSU-ERFSA grant committee recommended funding for 7 proposals for the 2023 grant cycle. We received far more proposals than could be funded and unfortunately had to decline commendable proposals. The allocation for this cycle was $6,000. The CSU-ERFSA Grants Committee for 2023 was composed of George Diehr (San Marcos), Marshelle Thobaben (Chair, Humboldt), and Don Wort (East Bay). The following CSU-ERFSA members received grants to support their research or creative projects. 

Professor Harley Baker (CSUCI). Prof. Baker’s research project, “Different Christian Identities Predict Different Levels of Christian Nationalism,” focuses on student religious identities, beliefs, and experiences, Christian nationalism, political ideology, and other relevant characteristics. His research findings will be disseminated through conference presentations and manuscript submissions. His grant will pay for a SurveyMonkeyTM (SM) subscription, which will allow him to obtain data on college student religious beliefs, help fund publication-related expenses, and disseminate his findings at conferences. 

Professor Kimberly Ann Gordon Biddle (CSUS). Prof. Gordon Biddle’s grant will enable her to complete her co-authored textbook, Social Emotional Competence from Birth to age 25: A Guide for Working with Children. The text is intended to be of benefit for professionals who work with children about how to foster and develop social and emotional competence in children from birth to age 25. The grant will pay for some of the interviews with people that work with children to provide real-life strategies and will help with the costs of buying a computer and supplies.

Lecturer Emerita Jane Hook (CSULA). Prof. Hook’s research project is studying the Effects of a Virtual Reality and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Phone App on Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain, A Feasibility Study. She will be analyzing the feasibility of using a multicomponent phone app to reduce chronic pain and neuromodulate autonomic nervous pain responses in older adults with knee osteoarthritis. Her grant will pay for virtual reality headsets with Bluetooth heart rate variability biofeedback sensors and 3-month subscriptions to the pain phone app Flowly.

Professor Alexis Krasilovsky (CSUN). Prof. Krasilovsky’s creative project, TUKI THE TIGER: A Story from Bangladesh, is an animated children’s musical screenplay and middle grade (ages 8-12) novel about a timid young Bengal tiger who learns to fight to reunite her family against a backdrop of poachers, a cyclone, and the Bangladesh Liberation War. She will also be completing a music video “teaser” based on the screenplay’s lyrics and the novel’s illustrations to attract producers and publishers. The grant will help Dr. Krasilovsky disseminate her screenplay to festivals, agents, actors, and producers. 

Associate Librarian Emerita Carol Perruso (CSULB). Prof. Perruso’s research project is News Media Coverage of Diabetes and How it Has Changed in the Past 20 Years. The grant will allow her to hire a journalism student to help with the extensive coding and to assure intercoder reliability for a content analysis of The New York Times’ and CNN’s coverage of diabetes from 2011-2022.

Professor Mary Anne Schultz (CSUSB). Prof. Schultz’s research project is Exploration of U.S. Nurses’ Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Confidence in Integrating Precision Health into Nursing Practice (2022-present). She will share the results of her research at the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Congress in Singapore July 2024. Her study will serve as the basis for national nursing education initiatives in the context of readiness for Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) in health care. The grant will help to pay for transportation and tuition for her to attend the conference.

Curator of the Beethoven Center Patricia Stroh (SJSU). Prof. Stroh’s creative project is Beethoven GPS: A Guide to the Collected Editions of the Piano Sonatas. Her grant will help her jumpstart the vital online component of a forthcoming book by paying for a professional web designer for consultation and preliminary template design. The companion website will include links to digitized copies of music scores and illustrations of title pages, as well as a discussion forum for piano teachers and their students.

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