Ruby Gerontology Center, Water
Hazard Research Earmarked for Federal Funds
April 20, 2004 :: 219
Congress included Cal State Fullerton in its
most recent omnibus appropriations bill, earmarking about $600,000
for efforts expected to benefit both the campus and the community
Close to $500,000 have been set aside for the university’s
Gerontology Center, where various equipment upgrades
are planned. Another $100,000 will support research in the College
of Engineering and Computer Science to develop water
hazard mitigation systems as part of the nation’s efforts
to curb terrorism.
The university’s inclusion in the omnibus
bill, approved by Congress and signed by President
George Bush earlier this year, represents the university’s
first such appropriation since the early 1990s, when the campus
received a peace dividend to help retrain engineers. The new federal
funding is expected to arrive this spring.
Congressman Edward Royce, a Cal State Fullerton graduate
(B.A. business administration ’77), requested the earmark
on behalf of his alma mater.
“We are appreciative of the efforts of
Congressman Royce and many others who have supported our efforts
over the years,” said President Milton A. Gordon. “This
funding will enable the Ruby Gerontology Center to continue to provide
broad-based education and training that directly affects older adults.
The water hazard mitigation research is expected to serve as a model
for the nation in protecting our water sources.”
The university’s Ruby Gerontology Center, which
opened in 1989, is popular with both campus and community members.
“On any given day, we have 500 to 600
older adults taking advantage of the services and programs we offer,”
said Pauline Abbott, director of the Institute of Gerontology at
the Ruby Gerontology Center. “The $500,000 we receive from
this appropriation will allow us to upgrade Mackey Auditorium and
other areas of the center so we can better meet the needs of our
An upgrade of the audiovisual system is planned to
make it possible for the center to send recorded programs to older
adults who may not be able to attend in person. It also will enable
workplace conferencing for special educational programming. In addition,
a state-of-the-art survey response system will be installed, replacing
the original system, in order to allow those attending programs
to comment on topics being presented or respond to survey questions.
The water hazard research mitigation funding earmarked
for Cal State Fullerton addresses an area of national importance,
noted Raman Unnikrishnan, dean of the university’s College
of Engineering and Computer Science.
“The water infrastructure system in the
United States consists of more than 76,000 dams and reservoirs,
thousands of miles of pipes and aqueducts, 168,000 drinking water
facilities and about 16,000 publicly owned wastewater treatment
facilities,” he said.
The $100,000 appropriation will further the research
of Mallela S. Prasada Rao, assistant professor of civil and environmental
engineering, who is developing sensors to identify substances placed
in the water supply that could harm drinking water.
“Designing sensors that can identify a wide
array of chemicals in water and installing them at key points in
the distribution network will be a necessary first step in enhancing
the safety of our water supply,” said Prasada Rao.
||Pauline Abbott, Institute of
Gerontology, at 657-278-4886
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs, at 657-278-3614
Mallela S. Prasada Rao, Civil and Environmental
Engineering, at 657-278-3525 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at 657-278-4855 or
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