Research and Sponsored Programs Update
Listening to President Castro at last week’s Fall Assembly, we were reminded how this unusual time could result in more timely, efficient opportunities to connect. Toward that end, we’re proud to announce that our Fall grant proposal workshop series has moved online with videos on subjects such as budget development, compliance and the grant process.

We’re also continuing our popular grant proposal certificate program, which recognizes faculty/staff who view a number of our videos, meet with their grant manager and submit a proposal during the academic year.

As always, our grant managers are available to meet individually via Zoom to discuss your research interests and assist with your proposal. In addition, please don’t hesitate to invite your grant manager to your next virtual department meeting, where we can provide a brief overview of our services and answer any questions.

Lastly, kudos to the University’s Research Restart Task Force, which issued a Phased Ramp-up Plan for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities that covers both on- and off-campus sites. We thank everyone for their cooperation with the new guidelines and commitment to safety during this time and look forward to another bold and successful academic year.
Krish Krishnan (Chemistry) received a five-year, $1,112,184 grant from NIH for the Bridges to Doctorate Program between Fresno State and UC Davis.

Cory Brooks (Biology) received a three-year, $414,854 grant from the National Cancer Institute for his project titled, “Role of Antigen Glycosylation in Mucin Binding by Monoclonal Antibodies.”

Fred Nelson (Liberal Studies) received second-year funding from NSF (via CSU East Bay) for his project, “Aligning the Science Teacher Education Pathway: A Networked Improvement Community.”

Veena Howard (Philosophy) received a $1,500 award from the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies in support of the Guru symposium and writing project.

The Central California Social Welfare, Research, Evaluation and Training Center received a three-year, $4.3 million grant from the California State Department of Social Services to further develop its Central California Adult Protective Service Training Academy.

Peter English (Criminology) received a three-year award from Fresno County to provide data analysis and program evaluation as part of the county’s efforts to reduce gang activity.
Learn more about Viticulture and Enology Research Center director Stephan Sommer and what brought the renowned researcher to the Central Valley.

Andrew Fiala, professor of philosophy and director of the Ethics Center, released his book “Nonviolence. A Quick Immersion,” published by Tibidabo Publishing, Inc.

Physical therapy professor Hannah Ko started a YouTube page to help families in her home country of South Korea have access to pediatric physical therapy.

Devendra Sharma (Communication) published his essay, “Community, artistry, and storytelling in the cultural confluence of Nautanki and Ramlila,” in the Asian Theatre Journal.

Tanisha Garcia (Public Health) was published in the Research in Health Science Journal on topics including “Leadership Style and Employee Resistance in Healthcare.” 
Leslie Ponciano, CSU Director of Research Opportunities, announced plans for a systemwide interactive virtual Grant Proposal Mentoring event on Friday, Nov. 6. The workshops are appropriate for project directors in all disciplines and all career stages. A grant proposal development workshop will be held in the morning, while participants in the afternoon session will focus on proposal revisions. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or participant, please contact us at [email protected].
Fresno State is committed to complying with the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), as well as the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

To fulfill these requirements, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is utilized to ensure all persons receive proper training in RCR.
Although the NSF and the USDA NIFA only require online training in RCR, the NIH also mandates at least eight hours of face-to-face instruction. However, due to COVID-19, the NIH is waiving the in-person requirement and allowing online training to be a sufficient form of instruction.

Fresno State’s Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) has issued guidance regarding ethical practices for the continuation of research involving human subjects during campus and community efforts to limit exposure to the coronavirus.
Recent RSP newsletters have featured interviews with professors Morgan Hawker (chemistry) and Jennifer Randles (sociology), who also serves as the chair of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and the University Undergraduate Program Review Committee. Among the highlights: Hawker spoke about her first year at Fresno State, while Randles reviewed the role of the CPHS on campus. 
President Castro announced the recipients of the inaugural staff award program, including Marcee Varela from the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

Psychology graduate Brenna Mandujano shared her research experience: “If you have the opportunity to do research, absolutely take it!"

Tania Pacheco-Werner, co-assistant director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, was appointed as a member of the governing board for the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

According to a report by the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, dentistry has been one of the hardest hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, for both providers and patients.

Keith Clement (Criminology) announced that the California Cybersecurity Industry Convening virtual meeting will be held Sept. 2., from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Click here to register and learn more about the event.

Understand procedures for protecting the rights of research participants and conducting ethical research (including COVID-19 restrictions and considerations) in a Fresno State CPHS workshop on Sept. 29 from 9-10:30 a.m.

Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Viticulture and Enology Research Center held its Grape Day virtual webinar on Aug. 4.

Vivien Luo and Wei Wu (Construction Management) presented as part of a CSU webcast on Virtual and Augmented Reality in STEM Teaching and Learning.

Fresno State’s California Water Institute hosted a three-day virtual summit on funding water infrastructure in the San Joaquin Valley on August 11-13.
Please don't hesitate to contact the grants administrator for your college/unit as you explore potential funding opportunities. Also, be sure to share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Include NEWSLETTER in the subject line and send details to [email protected]

This newsletter is compiled and published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Part of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, RSP helps faculty and staff apply for and secure external grant funds.
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