Research and Sponsored Programs Update
The Central California Research Symposium is going virtual. Canceled last spring due to the pandemic, the event is set to return via Zoom on Weds., April 14, 2021. Entering its 42nd year, the Symposium serves as a forum to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by students across all academic disciplines.

The Call for Abstracts is now available online, with all applications due by Weds., Feb. 17, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted. 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.

Note that starting this year, all faculty mentors will be required to electronically approve applicants prior to acceptance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact event coordinator Kim Camarena at [email protected]. We look forward to “seeing” you all in April!
  • Steven Pao (Food Science and Nutrition) received a $79,632 award from the Citrus Research Board for his project titled, "Validating the Control of Cross-Contamination in Recirculated High-pressure Washers and Fungicide Flooders during Citrus Packing Operations."

  • Alexandria Hansen (Biology) received an NSF Conference Grant for her project, "Biology Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning through Authentic Research, Design and Community Engagement."

  • Imelda Basurto (LEBSE) and Patricia M. López (CRLP) received funding for the California Reading and Literature Project to provide staff development services and resources to the Central Valley Region and State educators with an equity focus.

  • Helle Petersen and Grace Manly (CIT) received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (via CMTC) to help U.S. manufacturers prevent, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
CSM Dean Christopher Meyer: "I'm inspired every day when I see the accomplishments of our students and what they're doing in collaboration with our faculty."
Kudos to the following faculty members who served as volunteer mentors for the recent Virtual Grant Proposal Mentoring Workshop, coordinated by Leslie Ponciano, Director of Research Opportunities, CSU Office of the Chancellor: Ulrike Muller (Biology), Keith Putirka (Earth and Environmental Sciences), John Walkup (Physics) and Matin Pirouz Nia (Computer Science). “They were awesome,” said Ponciano.

Thanks also to the many Fresno State faculty who participated in the event, including Rebecca White (VERC), Carmen Licon (Food Science and Nutrition), Kevin Capehart (Economics), Miguel Pedroza (VERC), Monica Rivera (Physical Therapy), Ahran Koo (Art and Design), Christian Wandeler (Curriculum and Instruction), Pei-Ying Wu (LEBSE), Maria Calahorra-Jimenez (Construction Management) and Masaki Uchida (Chemistry).

  • Also: Aaron Schuelke (Media Communications and Journalism) has been selected as a California Water Institute Faculty Fellow for 2020-21.

  • Julie Renee Moore (Madden Library) presented a workshop on cataloging 3D Objects at the national OLAC at 40 Conference.
Save the Date - January 7-10, 2021: Organized by the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), the annual CSU Biotechnology Symposium program is designed to broaden exposure to cutting-edge biotechnologies, product-focused innovation and the spectrum of career paths available in the life sciences. Registration is free to all participants this year.

The symposium, which includes student poster sessions, workshops, and networking, brings CSU students, faculty and administrators together, along with biotech professionals working in academia, government and industry. Faculty and administrators system-wide, along with community college colleagues, use the event to catch up, initiate collaborations, share ideas, and swap lessons learned. 
Preparing a grant budget can be a complicated process, but your grant managers are here to help. One key part of every budget is the breakdown between direct and indirect costs. The direct costs are those that can be specifically identified with a particular project or activity and are allowable under the sponsoring agency guidelines.

Indirect costs (often called facilities-and-administrative costs) are expenses that are not directly associated with any one research project. These real costs of a university are not readily identifiable with a particular project or activity but, nonetheless, are necessary to the general operation of a university. They include the costs of operating and maintaining buildings and grounds, equipment, libraries and administration. 

Be sure to ask your grant manager if you have any questions and click on the video link below for an informative and humorous look at this often confusing topic, courtesy of Chea Smith, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The Department of Mathematics is hosting its 6th annual Mathematics Day via Zoom on Friday, Nov. 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Register online for the free event.

  • Men, Masculinity, and Leadership, hosted by the Men's Success Initiative. Register online for this discussion on how redefining masculinity is impacting current and future leaders of Fresno State. Monday, Nov. 30 (4 - 5 p.m.)

  • Join Fresno State in celebrating diversity with its first panel highlighting Men of Color from around campus. RSVP required for the event, which is set for Weds., Dec. 2, noon-1:30 p.m.

  • STEM-NET Webcast: Managing, Research, Teaching (and life) in the CSU in the Time of Covid-19. Register online for the event, which is scheduled for Thurs., Dec. 3, 2 -3:30 p.m.
  • Congrats to newly named Fresno State interim president Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, who assumes leadership on Jan. 4, 2021. “From enrolling its largest student body, to receiving an unprecedented amount in research grants and contracts, it is an exciting and unique time for Fresno State and Dr. Jiménez-Sandoval will ensure that they keep moving upward,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

  • Aly Tawfik (Fresno State Transportation Institute/Civil Engineering) and Deify Law (Mechanical Engineering) released the findings of a new study on ways to reduce the spread of airborne viruses, such as COVID-19, on modes of public transportation.

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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