Lofgren Announces Federal Grants for San Jose State University Research Foundation

July 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) announced a combined $430,851 in federal funding was awarded to the San Jose State University Research Foundation for new education and research programs.

Two grants, awarded by the National Science Foundation, will support a data science training program for students and the study of botany at SJSU.

"I'm glad to see San Jose State University succeed in seeking federal funding to support new and innovative programs," said Lofgren. "These grants will help bring to SJSU the resources to better educate students and the community at large."

$410,060 is designated for a project entitled "Cyber Training: CUI: SJSU Data Science for All Seminar Series." The program will expand the existing data science workforce pipeline by providing data science analytics training for community college and undergraduate students who do not have prior knowledge or skills in the area. Seminar topics will focus on programming and software applications commonly used within the data science workforce. In addition, training provided to instructors across the Bay Area will likely encourage other community colleges and universities to adopt this course.

The second grant of $20,791 will help establish a digital record of California flora. The project, called "Digitization Thematic Collection Network: Collaborative Research: Capturing California’s Flowers: Using digital images to investigate phonological change in a biodiversity hotspot,” will involve twenty-two institutions, including universities, state agencies, museums, and botanical gardens – in conjunction with SJSU – creating new images for the more than 900,000 plant species across California. This documentation will allow biologists, land managers, students, and educators to better understand flowering time shifts and access data about California plants.

The National Science Foundation supports research, innovation, and discovery that provide the foundation for economic growth in this country.

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