Research and Sponsored Programs Update
Campus remains awfully quiet during this unprecedented time, but our faculty/staff remain as active as ever. Weeks after closing out another record-setting year in grants and contracts, we’re off to another strong start with many project directors looking to build on their past success. At this month’s campus forum, we were reminded about the value of their efforts by Provost Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval:

“Research is an integral part of who we are at Fresno State,” he stated. “Research is not just theoretical because it always returns to the classroom in an informed way in restrengthening a lesson or involving students.”

We were also pleased to hear about Provost Jiménez-Sandoval’s ongoing support for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) funding. Look for more details about next year’s application process soon. Until then, please enjoy this month’s issue, which features everything from funding announcements to recent awards and faculty highlights. Thank you for reading!

  • Alexandria Hansen (Biology) received a $21,500 award for a National Science Foundation conference grant titled, “Biology Beyond the Classroom.”

  • Patricia D. Lopez (Curriculum and Instruction) received funding in the amount of $749,995 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Enseñamos en el Valle Central project, which is beginning its third year.

  • Aly Tawfik (Civil and Geomatics Engineering) and Samer Sarofim (Marketing and Logistics) received a $74,928 subcontract from San Jose State University for their project, “Developing a Feasible Business Model for Expanding the EV Market to Lower Income Californians.”

  • Gurreet Brar (Plant Science) received second-year funding from the California Pistachio Research Board for his project, “Cracking the Black-box of dormancy in Pistachios: Tracking biochemical changes in inflorescence buds from dormancy to bud break.”

  • Bill Bommer (Management) and Emil Milevoj (Lyles Center) received a $264,967 award from the Office of Trafic Safety to continue collecting, analyzing, and providing data on seat belt usage in the State of California.

  • John Capitman and Tania Pacheco-Werner (Central Valley Health Policy Institute) received a $42,877 grant from the City of Fresno (via Fresno Building Healthy Communities) to provide services for COVID-19 prevention education.


  • Joseph Ross (Biology) participated in mini-symposium hosted by CSUPERB titled, “Virtual CUREs in Times of Crisis.”

  • Carey Higgins Dobney (Media, Communications and Journalism) had her paper, “The Digital Journalist’s Labor Conditions in U.S. Local Television Newsrooms,” accepted for the Broadcast Education Association’s virtual conference.

  • Mathematics professor Mario Banuelos talks about his research group and how they work to create models to predict genomic variants.

In 1984, Fresno State established an award in honor of Mr. Claude C. Laval Jr., a long-time resident of Fresno and a productive inventor. This award has supported the development of innovative technology and related research at the university. Applications are now being accepted from full-time faculty and students from all academic disciplines for this year’s award. Deadline: Monday, Nov. 1.
Register online and join chair Jennifer Randles as the Fresno State Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects concludes its fall workshop series with a virtual workshop on Thurs., Nov. 19 from 3-4:30 p.m., on departmental level and University CPHS review procedures.

  • Fresno State’s Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) has issued guidance regarding ethical practices for the continuation of research involving human subjects during campus and community efforts to limit exposure to the coronavirus.
Join Leslie Ponciano, CSU Director of Research Opportunities, for an interactive virtual Grant Proposal Mentoring event on Friday, Nov. 6. The free workshops are appropriate for faculty/staff in all disciplines and all career stages. A grant proposal development workshop will be held in the morning, while participants in the afternoon session will focus on proposal revisions.

  • The Election is Over, Now What? Sociology faculty will discuss how to keep working towards racial justice and a more equitable society after the 2020 election. (Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m.)

  • The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is launching its second annual Food, Family and Farm Month with a host of virtual events through Nov. 20.
  • New faculty spotlight on Jenny Krichevsky (English): “My research interests always comes back to the stories people tell each other to survive.”

  • Our own Maral Kismetian was interviewed by Geoff Thurner of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

  • Fresno Bee story on Project Rebound, a program that helps formerly incarcerated people integrate into society through higher education.

  • Incoming California State University chancellor Joseph Castro on the value of higher education, ethnic studies and equity.

  • 2019-20 CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) Annual Report

  • The NIH RePORT website, which provides extensive information about the agency’s grants, has been updated to make it easier to obtain information
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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