Research and Sponsored Programs Update
Our final newsletter of this most unusual year includes a Q&A with IACUC chair Rory Telemeco, faculty highlights and much more, but we begin with information about the CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI), which is now accepting proposals for 2021-22. One of nine affinity groups within the CSU, the ARI solicits proposals and funds applied research projects that help make California’s food and agricultural systems more resilient and sustainable.

Agriculture is a multi-disciplinary field, and faculty from any discipline are welcome to apply. Campus and seed funding opportunities are available and described in the Request for Proposals. Applicants must complete an Intent to Apply form to begin the process. Each applicant will meet with campus officials to review their budget prior to the internal proposal deadline of Feb. 7, 2021.

Our office has worked with Bill Erysian (ARI Campus Coordinator) and Karey DeBardeleben (ARI Campus Point Person), along with others to streamline the process with information videos on the proposal process, narrative requirements, plus a live demonstration of the ARI InfoReady proposal system and the supporting documentation.

We thank you for you for your continued readership this year and wish you all a happy and safe holiday break. 
  • Deify Law (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded a $9,971 grant from the Wonderful Company for his project, "Pistachios Shell and Nut Particle Separation using Fluids Engineering Techniques."

  • Carmen Licon Cano (Food Science and Nutrition) and Susan Pheasant (Institute for Food and Agriculture) were awarded a $25,000 grant from the Partners of the Americas to introduce students to the complete dairy production chain in both the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Sam Lankford (Recreation Administration) received a two-year, $555,565 grant from California State Parks to conduct a California OHV/OSV Demographic Study.

  • Services for Students with Disabilities (Student Affairs) received a five-year, $1,309,440 grant from USDE to ensure a fair learning environment where students are able to succeed based on their own efforts and initiative.

  • Emma Hughes (Criminology) was awarded a two-year grant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for the California Reentry and Enrichment Grant Program in California Prisons.

  • Pei-Ying Wu (KSOEHD) received a $374,997 grant from USDE for the Fresno State Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program.
Congratulations to Kalyani Maitra, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who received the 2021 Claude C. Laval Award for Innovative Technology and Research for her project, “A sustainable approach: Algae in wastewater treatment and a viable food source.” Special thanks to all of this year’s applicants; the review committee noted the impressive quality of proposals during their review process.
The Call for Abstracts for the 42nd Annual Virtual Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) is now available online. The Symposium will be held via Zoom on Weds., April 14, 2021, and all fields of research are considered for presentation to exchange further ideas among investigators and the general public. Applicants are invited to choose one of the following formats: 12-minute oral presentation, poster presentation or 3-Minute Thesis oral presentation. Each student may submit only one application as a lead author. Abstracts are due Feb. 17, 2021.

  • Alexandria Hansen (Biology) is coordinating a symposium covering new inroads on how to improve modes of instruction. Scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021, the NSF-funded event is designed to inspire science faculty to reimagine their teaching practices for an increasingly diverse student population.
  • Tania Pacheco-Werner (Central Valley Health Policy Institute) was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

  • Jessica Hannigan (Educational Leadership) co-authored a book with Fresno State alumnus John Hannigan titled, “SEL From A Distance: Tools and Processes for Anytime, Anywhere.”

  • Qun (Kristy) Sun (Viticulture and Enology) is partnering with faculty across campus to expand her curriculum through the Johanson Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow program.

Our appreciation to Rory Telemeco, who answered a few of our questions in his role as the new Chair of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

What services does IACUC provide? What falls under your purview as the Chair and the entire committee as a whole?

RT: IACUC is responsible for ensuring the ethical treatment of vertebrate animals on campus. We ensure that all animal use meets the requirements of the United States Animal Welfare Act and the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare guidelines. Regulation by the IACUC ensures both legal and ethical use of animals by the campus community. 

All use of vertebrate animals for teaching and research, with few exceptions, must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC. The IACUC is also responsible for ensuring that approved protocols are followed and that all research and teaching animals are well cared for.

What plans (if any) do you have for this committee and the services it provides?

RT: First, the IACUC is in the process of moving all of our protocol review to an online system (Kuali). Along with this, we will be modernizing much of our oversite to ensure smooth yet rigorous continuing review of animal use. Additionally, we will be requiring all teaching use of vertebrate animals be reviewed and approved by the IACUC, which has not always happened historically at the university. Many of these changes will fully occur when we roll out the new online system, which is planned for early Spring 2021.

  • Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Check out the new memoir by Chuck Radke (Graduate Studies) titled, "Stuccoville: Life Without a Net," available for pre-order via Wido Publishing.

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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