MARCH 2021
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
In a month known for March Madness, we're pleased to bring some calm to faculty whose research involves animals and human subjects. Now live and available for use, our new Kuali IRB and IACUC Protocols module streamlines the development of protocols and facilitates best practices throughout the research lifecycle.

The new Kuali system provides mechanisms for submitting protocols, renewals and amendments, as well as improved communication during the review process.

“The new system will facilitate a streamlined review and approval process and serve as a highly organized central repository for all IRB/CPHS communication and documentation,” said IRB chair Dr. Jennifer Randles. “I encourage anyone who has questions to reach out to me for support.”

Dr. Rory Telemeco, chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), was equally enthusiastic: “The new system will simplify the process, ultimately leading to faster turnarounds and reduced administrative burden for our campus community.”

As a reminder, all use of vertebrate animals for research and teaching at Fresno State requires protocol approval by the IACUC. If you plan to work with vertebrates either this summer/fall, the committee encourages you to submit a protocol for review by April 15 to ensure full consideration at the last meeting of the spring semester.  

  • The Lyles College of Engineering received a $10,000 grant from NASA (via the California Space Grant Consortium) for student research stipends.

  • Andrea Polegato (MCLL) received a $9,900 award from the Italian Cultural Institute for Italian Studies Program Support.

  • Alexandria Hansen (Biology) received an NSF conference grant ($21,500) for her project, “Biology Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning.”

  • David Foster and Chris Mathias (DSWE/BAA) received a $69,379 award from Solano County for field based training/coaching and curriculum development for child welfare staff.
  • Kathleen Rindahl (Nursing) was selected as the 2021 Woman of the Year for Assembly District 31 by Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula: “She’s a tireless leader, bringing health services to rural and disadvantaged communities, especially during COVID-19.”

  • Anil Shrestha (Plant Science) recently began a one-year term as the president of the California Weed Science Society.

  • Janice Smith-Warshaw (Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies) and Helda Pinzón-Perez (Public Health) had their peer-reviewed manuscript “Impact of Serving-Learning on Hispanic College Students: Building Multicultural-cultural Competence” published in the International Journal of Multicultural Education.

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.

  • NEH is hosting a webinar for faculty interested in applying for its Summer Stipends program on Weds., April 14, from 11 a.m.-noon.

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. Your ORCID iD is connected to you wherever you go, and visibility settings allow you to control what information is seen and added to your profile.

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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