Research and Sponsored Programs Update
When the International Day of Women and Girls in Science arrived on Feb. 11, Fresno State had plenty of reasons to celebrate. The University's Twitter feed highlighted a number of outstanding students and inspiring faculty, including Chelsey Juarez (Anthropology) and Melissa Garrett (Chemistry) along with Katherine Waselkov (Biology), whose students are investigating the genetic traits of several different weedy plants.

The day also marked the announcement of one of the largest research grants in University history as biology professor Karine Gousset (pictured) received a four-year, $1.3 million SC1 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further support the fight against three major health problems plaguing modern society: persistent viral infections, neurological diseases, and cancer.

Gousset’s research is focused on the role that tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) play in the spreading of viruses involved in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and cancer. “We are thrilled that Dr. Gousset received this highly competitive award for her innovative research, which could have a transformative impact in the study of disease,” said Jim Marshall, Dean of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

We applaud Dr. Gousset’s achievement and are proud to support her efforts and the work conducted daily by the many Fresno State female students and faculty in STEM-related fields. We look forward to following your progress in the years to come.
  • Marcus Shaw (Criminology) received second-year funding from the Board of State and Community Corrections (via Kings County) to participate in the Bridge to Opportunity-Kings Project, which addresses areas such as gang initiatives and juvenile delinquency.

  • Nan Wang and Woonki Na (Electrical and Computer Engineering) received third-year funding from the National Science Foundation for their project, "NeTS:Small:RUI:Bulldog Note-Low Power Sensor Node and Design Methodologies for Wireless Sensor Networks."

  • Hubert Cecotti (Computer Science) received funding from NASA for his project titled, "Enhancing spacecraft cockpits in fully immersive virtual reality."

  • Avery Culbertson (Animal Sciences and Ag Education) received a two-year grant from the American Simmental Association for the Young Producers Leadership Program.

  • Marie Gilbert (Nursing) received a $96,000 grant for the Song-Brown FNP Training programs from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).

  • Yushin Ahn (Civil and Geomatics Engineering) received second-year funding in collaboration with Fresno City College and Clemson University on a grant from the National Science Foundation to recruit and retain talented students in the field of engineering.
  • Mohan Dangi (Geography and City and Regional Planning) will spend a year in Washington, D.C., advising government officials on topics of science that have bearing on the U.S. foreign policy and global dealings as part of the Jefferson Science Fellowship.

  • Morgan Hawker (Chemistry) will be a featured presenter during STEM-NET's next Virtual Research Café on Friday, March 19, from 11 a.m. - noon. Register online.

  • Dvera Saxton (Anthropology) published “The Devil's Fruit,” a book that explores the facets of the strawberry industry and her activist ethnographic work with farmworkers.

  • Barlow Der Mugrdechian (Armenian Studies) will serve as a liaison on behalf of the Society for Armenian Studies to strengthen ties with academic institutions in Armenia.

  • Gina Sandi-Díaz (Theatre and Dance) was quoted in a story about the video project, “More than a Bread Basket,” which was completed despite the pandemic.

  • Venita Blackburn (English) was interviewed in Hayden’s Ferry Review about working through the pandemic and her next collection, How to Wrestle a Girl.
  • The 42nd Annual Virtual Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) will be held via Zoom on Weds., April 14, featuring presentations in the following formats: 12-minute oral presentation, poster presentation or 3-Minute Thesis oral presentation. If you’re interested in volunteering as a judge for the event, please complete the online form by March 20.

  • Celebrate Women's History Month with a panel highlighting women from around campus: Tuesday, March 2, from Noon - 1:30 p.m. RSVP required.
We’re excited to announce that Kuali Conflict of Interest (COI) is now live and available for use. The Kuali COI module provides a more streamlined user experience by replacing the current paper-based processes for CA Form 700-U, National Science Foundation (NSF) and Public Health Service (PHS) disclosures. To remain compliant with university, state, and federal government disclosure requirements, researchers will now be able to easily submit and update their COI disclosures using Kuali COI.

Disclosure Requirements:

  • California regulations require: The 700-U Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators form is required by all persons employed by the CSU who have principle responsibility for a research project if the project is to be funded or supported, in whole or in part, by a contract or grant from a nongovernmental agency.

  • Federal regulations require: Federal policy requires investigators submitting to NSF, PHS agencies, or agencies who have adopted the PHS policy to disclose any significant financial interest, as well as those of his/her spouse and dependent children, that would reasonably appear to be affected by the research proposed for funding.
If you’re planning on writing a grant proposal this year, the CSU Systemwide Grant Writing Peer Group Pilot Program is for you. Leslie Ponciano, CSU Director of Research Opportunities, is looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Ready to write a grant proposal (or revise a declined proposal) for a specific funder and plan to (re)submit in between June 2021- February 2022

  • Willing to receive constructive feedback on grant writing from CSU system peers and mentors

  • Willing to review grant proposals and give constructive feedback to CSU peers

  • Willing to commit one hour per week for at least a three-month period

Mentors may attend peer group meetings and will be available via email to answer questions and guide next steps. Groups will meet via Zoom at least once per month for at least one hour to share feedback and to hold each other accountable for writing progress.

Register online or contact Leslie Ponciano at [email protected] with any questions. 
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 SuRE solicitation guidelines are expected to be released in March, with the first applications due in May 2021. See NOT-GM-21-003, NOT-GM-21-008, and NOT-GM-21-009 for more information.
  • Henry Madden Library announced that limited funding is available for the Open Access Publishing Fund for 2020–21. The fund provides up to $2,000 per article, with a limit of $2,000 per author per academic year.

  • The Lyles College of Engineering is wrapping up a full slate of events in conjunction with National Engineers Week (Feb. 21-27)

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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