Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- November 19, 1999


Cal State L.A. Receives $300,000 Three-Year Grant from NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Minority University Research and Education Division recently presented the Faculty Award for Research (FAR), a grant totaling $300,000 over a three-year period, to Cal State L.A. faculty member Scott Nickolaisen (Thousand Oaks).

The grant was awarded to Nickolaisen for his project, "Photodissociation Mechanism of Halogenated Atmospheric Species," to determine the way in which certain molecules fall apart when hit by light and the importance of the photolysis light wavelength. The molecules that are being studied all contain either chlorine or bromine atoms and are important species in substantiating the extent of stratospheric ozone destruction.

Nickolaisen, an assistant professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Specializing in the field of physical chemistry, his research and teaching focus on the use of a flash photolysis/infrared technique to study the kinetics and mechanism of the photochemical reactions of alkyl peroxy radicals.

The funds from the project grant support three student researchers--two undergraduates and one graduate student--and allows four community college students to spend 10 weeks during the summer conducting research in the Cal State L.A. labs.

The goal of the NASA-FAR program is to enhance cultural diversity in the NASA-sponsored research community by supporting faculty and students who are underrepresented in research within NASA-related fields.



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