2004-2005 CAFA Faculty Development Grants

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Huei-chu (Pearl) Chen -- Project-Based learning with Technology

This proposal asks for funding to develop a book proposal and several chapter drafts with a working title of Project Based Learning with Technology. Dr. Huei Chu Chen is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the Division of Applied and Advance Studies in Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her BS in Horticulture from Chinese Culture University in 1984, MS in Secondary Education in 1992 and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University in 1999.

Wenkuang Chang -- Virtual Learning Environment for Oral Skills

This proposal attempts to build a multimedia system which allows language instructors to create speaking exercises on-line without the installation or configuration of any sound recording programs. Prof. Wenkuang Chang is currently a lecturer of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Southern California. He received his BS in Geology from National Taiwan University in 1992, and MA in Applied Linguistics from University of Houston in 1996.

Peter Z. Qin -- Site -Directed Spin Labeling Studies of the Packaging RNA, an Esential Component in the Strongest Known Biological Motor

The proposed project is to determine the low-resolution structure of pRNA complexes utilizing distance constrains obtained from SDSL, and to investigate interaction between ATP and pRNA. Dr. Peter Z. Qin is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Southern California. He received his BS in Physics from Peking University in 1991, Ph.D. in Biophysics from Columbia University in 1999, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Los Angeles from 1999-2002.

Feng Xiao -- How do Chinese Firms Finance Investment and Growth? An Empirical Investigation

This proposed research project aims to empirically investigate how firms in China finance their investment needs and corporate growth, and what specific factors determine the resulting capital structures of these firms. Dr. Feng Xiao is an Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Fullerton. She received her BA in Economics from Fudan University in 1992, MA in Economics in 1998 and Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2003.

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