JULY 2021
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
As we prepare for the repopulation of Fresno State, the following information is provided as guidance for research activities for fall. Effective fall semester 2021, RSCA Ramp Up proposals will no longer be required.

● All students, faculty, staff and research fellows, vaccinated and unvaccinated, will be required to wear face coverings while conducting research in classrooms and laboratories on campus where more than one individual is present in the facility.

● For outdoor field research, face coverings are not required regardless of vaccination status, but are highly encouraged.

● There are no longer physical distancing requirements in laboratories; however, a 6-foot physical distance must be maintained when students or faculty remove their face covering to eat or drink.

● Eating and/or drinking is prohibited in areas where chemical, radiological, and/or biological materials are used or stored.

We look forward to welcoming faculty/staff back safely this Fall. If you have any questions about your ongoing research activities on campus, please contact Lisa Kao, director of Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management, at [email protected]
  • Aric Mine (EES) received a $42,000 grant from the Keck Geology Consortium (NSF passthrough) for his project, “Biogeochemical Controls on Natural and Anthropogenic Groundwater Contaminants in California' Central Valley.”

  • Susan Pheasant (IFA), Beth Weinman (EES) and Laura Ramos (CWI) received a four-year USDA grant ($271,602) to develop curricular pathways that better prepare and retain talent in the fields of food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences.

  • Wayfinders received multiple grant awards in support of the program, a 2-year non-degree independent living certificate program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

  • Pei-Chun Ho (Physics) received third-year funding ($131,299) from NSF for her project, “Investigation of Strongly Correlated Electron Behavior in Rare-Earth Related Materials.”

  • Marlene Bengiamin (CVHPI) received Year 5 funding ($55,520) from the West Fresno Family Resource Center for her project, “Reducing Disparity Project Evaluation.”

  • Luca Brillante (VERC) received a $60,558 grant from the American Vineyard Foundation for his project, “On-the-go mapping of grape composition in the field through hyperspectral machine-vision.”

  • Zhi Liang (Mechanical Engineering) received third-year funding ($93,184) from NSF for his project, “Thermal Transport Across Liquid Gas Interfaces.”
Fresno State’s California Water Institute is now accepting abstracts for the 2021 CWI Water Research Summit, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 21 (Imagine a Day Without Water Day).

All faculty, staff, and student researchers focusing on water are invited to submit an abstract of their research. Selected presenters will be notified in early September. For more information, contact Cailie Smith at [email protected].
Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsor only allows a specific and limited number of proposals from a given institution. These require an internal institutional review for selecting the proposals that will be sent to the sponsor.

Please complete our Intent to Apply form as soon as you have identified a funding source, and a research administrator will follow-up with you before moving forward.
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 supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
  • Congratulations to Jenelle Pitt Parker, who has been named associate dean of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

  • Florence Cassel Sharma (CIT) won the 2021 Excellence in Education Award from The Irrigation Association. The award recognizes an outstanding educator who is actively teaching or has formerly taught irrigation, water management and/or water conservation.

  • Kathryn J. Biacindo (Curriculum and Instruction) was awarded the 2021 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Inclusive Education for her outstanding contributions to education that have been accomplished with the innovative use of Blackboard solutions.

Fresno State Winery staff and students will showcase many of their favorite wines at the "Friday Night Flights" outdoor wine tasting on Aug. 13 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the campus winery (2360 E. Barstow Ave.).

The event will feature a rotating list of fine white, rosé and red wines made by Department of Viticulture and Enology staff and students and is open to the public for $7.
  • Amber Crowell (Sociology) was interviewed about evictions and the recent state extension of an eviction moratorium designed to keep California tenants who missed rent payments in their homes during the 15-month coronavirus pandemic.

  • Kimberly Stillmaker (CGE) was interviewed about what could have caused a water tank explosion in Lemoore.

Last but not least: Our own research administrator Judy Gagnebin and her husband Jesse welcomed baby June on July 22. We can’t wait to meet her!
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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