APRIL 2021
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
More than 150 presenters participated in the 42nd annual Central California Research Symposium, which took place on April 14. Despite the pivot to a virtual format, we were thrilled to present the event, which celebrates undergraduate and graduate excellence in research and attracts presenters from many disciplines.

“The Symposium was our way of providing some sense of normalcy for our students and faculty in a challenging year,” said Dr. James Marshall, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. “It illustrates the Bulldog spirit among students, staff, and faculty, who through concerted efforts, were able to be creative in their thinking and flexible in their planning.”
The complete list of award winners is available online. Special thanks to award sponsors UCSF-Fresno, the American Chemical Society, the Educational Employees Credit Union, the Division of Research and Graduate Studies, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Lyles College of Engineering, and the College of Social Sciences.

Kudos also to everyone who participated in this year’s event, including judges, moderators and our tech support team. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to see you all back in person at the Henry Madden Library for next year’s event in mid-April. 
  • Mike Mustafa Berber (Geomatics Engineering) received a $5,000 grant from Towill, Inc., for his project, “Comparison of Contemporary Photogrammetric Software from a Geodetic Perspective.”

  • Margaret Ellis (Plant Science) received second-year funding from the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association for her project, “Increasing Efforts in Research for Improving Management of Wilt and Seedling Diseases Impacting California Cotton.”

  • Mario Banuelos (Biology) received second-year funding from the National Institutes of Health (via UC Merced) for his project, “Regulatory T cell function in predicting Valley fever outcomes.”

  • The Central Valley Health Policy Institute received a $20,000 grant from the Central Valley Community Foundation for the project, “Race and Equity Advisory Committee DRIVE 2021‐22.”

  • Agnes Tuska (Mathematics) received a $25,490 grant from the University of California for the CSU/UC Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project.

  • Monica Summers (Criminology) received a $5,750 grant from the Insight Garden (via the U.S. Department of Justice) for the Second Chance Community‐Based Adult Reentry Program (Yr 1 of 4).

  • Youngwook Kim (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received third-year funding from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute for his project, “Sensor Data Fusion 2021.”

  • The Social Welfare, Evaluation, Research and Training Center received two three-year grants from the California Department of Social Services totalling over $21 million. The awards include $10.3 million for the Bay Area Training Academy and $11.2 million for the Central California Training Academy.
Do you have an ORCID iD? We encourage all faculty researchers to register with ORCID, a non-profit organization supported by a global community research organizations, publishers, funders, professional associations, and other stakeholders in the research ecosystem.

The organization provides a persistent digital identifier (ORCID iD) that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
  • Riadh Munjy (Civil Engineering) will co-present Aerial Triangulation and Data Processing for the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing annual conference.

  • Susan Mirlohi (Public Health) presented her pedagogical research at the 36th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management.

  • Congrats to the Provost’s Awards recipients for 2020-21, including Research, Scholarship and Creative Accomplishment awardee Jennifer Randles, associate professor of sociology and IRB chair.

  • Scott Sailor (Kinesiology) was awarded the California Athletic Trainers’ Association Award for 2020 service for his contributions in bettering the athletic training profession within the Central Valley.

  • Reuben Addo (Social Work Education) had his article, “Housing First,” published in the Journal of Policy Practice and Research. Together with fellow DSWE professor Irán Barrera, he also co-authored an article in the Journal of Community Psychology.
An endowed gift of $205,000 from Mr. Claude Laval III will award up to $10,000 annually to Fresno State full-time faculty and students who are focused on activities that support innovation and technology commercialization. The Claude C. Laval III Award for Commercialization of Research, Innovation and Creativity will support Fresno State students and faculty whose scholarly and interdisciplinary activities are focused on commercialization of intellectual property, research, innovation and creativity.

The opportunity is open to all full-time, tenured or probationary members of the faculty, and to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due by May 7.
  • The Henry Madden Library is hosting a guest presentation on Open Science, which is aimed at making research more efficient, more transparent, more reliable, and more accessible to the general public.

  • The National Science Foundation is hosting the Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference during the week of June 7-11. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Weds., May 5.

Graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees are encouraged to apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The five-year program includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance to the institution. Application deadlines are in October 2020.

If you know of students interested in applying, please let our office know by emailing [email protected].
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is discontinuing its Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) program and implementing a new program, Support for Research Excellence (SuRE). A research capacity building program, SuRE is designed to develop and sustain research excellence in higher education institutions that receive limited NIH research support and serve students who are underrepresented in biomedical research.

The first application due dates are May 26, 2021 (SuRE Award) and September 28, 2021 (SuRE-First Award).

  • Varaxy Yi (Educational Leadership) and Zenaida Cruz (Counseling and Psychological Services) were two of 35 higher education professionals selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) for its 2021 Emerging Leaders Program.

  • Many student-parents at Fresno State struggle to find child care and pay for it. Now a $1.5 million grant will help them. (ABC30.com)

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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