JUNE 2021
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
Congratulations are in order for two Fresno State representatives selected for this summer’s USDA E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship program. Our own research administrator Maral Kismetian joined Agricultural Business professor Annette Levi as two of the 25 participants in this year’s program, which was held virtually.

The summer fellowship program offers experiences in policymaking and research through direct interaction with every USDA agency.
“These fellowships have multiple benefits for minority-serving higher education institutions,” said Lisa Ramirez, director of USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “The fellows get valuable professional development, they meet federal staff for long-term collaboration opportunities, and then they share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.”

The fellowships, awarded yearly since 1998, recognize highly accomplished staff and faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Fellows are selected based on the compatibility of their interests with USDA mission areas, as well as the value their experiences will add to their institutions’ educational capacities.

"It was an honor to represent Fresno State,” Kismetian said. “I was able to interact with administrators and staff from the eight main USDA agencies and expanded my knowledge base. I’m excited to share what I’ve learned and create partnership opportunities for our faculty, staff and students.”
  • Andrew Jones (Sociology) received a $48,900 grant from the Fresno Unified School District to attain data on perceptions of stakeholders regarding the impact of student neighborhood resource officers on school campuses.

  • Sonet Van Zyl (VERC) received a $49,000 grant from the California Winegrape Inspection Advisory Board for her project, “Calibrating microbial spoilage effects in wine using analytical and sensorial data.”

  • Deify Law (Mechanical Engineering) received a $17,000 award from the San Joaquin Chapter of ASHRAE for the Fresno State Air Indoor Quality Research Project.

  • Gurreet Brar (Plant Science) received a $72,345 grant from the Pistachio Research Board for his project, “Metabolomics analysis of pistachio bud and shoot samples during the dormant period under various oil spray application treatment.”

  • Beth Weinman (EES) received a $32,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service (via USDA) for her project, “Pairing Instream Restoration with Disturbances to Restore Headwaters Meadows and Reduce Downstream Sedimentation.”

  • David Foster/Chris Mathias (DSWE) received a $174,900 contract from Monterey County for Child Welfare Training.

  • Juliet Wahleithner (LEBSE) received a $56,185 award from the University of California for the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project (State Funds).
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is offering a free online course titled “COVID-19: Back to Campus, Remote Contact Tracing, Participating in Vaccine Research, Insights for Higher Ed Leaders, and What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine.” Access to this course will terminate on Oct. 1, 2021.

  • Do you have an ORCID iD? We encourage all faculty researchers to register with ORCID, which 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.
  • Congrats to Jennifer Randles (Sociology) for receiving an honorable mention for the 2021 American Sociological Association Family Section's William J. Goode Book Award for her book, “Essential Dads: The Inequalities and Politics of Fathering.”

  • Steve Blumenshine (Biology) has returned from Germany, where he participated in multicountry lake ecosystem research through a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. "Get involved in Fulbright, and open your world,” said Blumenshine.

  • The Telly Awards, the well-known industry media awards, announced the 2021 award recipients, which included three Media, Communications and Journalism projects from Fresno State.
The Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI), an affinity group of the CSU system, has financial resources for the 2021-22 academic year to allow CSU faculty to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for water-related research and educational projects. 

The WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Awards Program seeks to advance knowledge of California’s water-related issues and the processes that affect them. Click here for the full RFA and additional information. The application for the WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Awards Program is due July 31 at 5 p.m.

  • Join NSF program officers for a series of informative webinars on the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program’s Solicitation (NSF 19-583). Learn more about the ITEST program, key aspects of the solicitation, and guidance on developing a competitive proposal.

  • President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval addressed the importance of research in a recent Fresno Bee commentary:

“By fostering clear connections amongst Lyles College of Engineering and the Craig School of Business, our Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology will become the undisputed authority in the foreground of agricultural research. What other interdisciplinary research can we promote?"

  • Falon Kartch (Communication) is seeking participants for a research study on coparenting during a pandemic. If you are a divorced or legally separated parent, she'd love to hear from you at [email protected]

  • Fresno State's Department of Physical Therapy was awarded the Minority Initiatives Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, which annually acknowledges outstanding achievements in the areas of accomplishment, education, service, publication and research.
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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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