September 2019
Research and Sponsored Programs Update
We're thrilled to welcome back a familiar face and introduce a new addition to our team in this month's newsletter. Maral Kismetian (left) and Judy Gagnebin have joined us as research administrators eager to help support your grants and contract activity. Maral was an invaluable part of our operation for 12 years before working last year with Valley Children's Healthcare , while Judy comes to us following three years with the Marjaree Mason Center . With their arrival, we're pleased to announce new assignments for each of our administrators:

Judy Gagnebin : Kremen School of Education and Human Development, College of Health and Human Services, Craig School of Business and Henry Madden Library

Maral Kismetian : Lyles College of Engineering, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Office of the President, Administrative Services and Technology Services.

Gayle Sherwood : College of Science and Mathematics, College of Arts and Humanities and College of Social Sciences

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]
Fresno State , CSU Bakersfield and Stanislaus State received a combined $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to form a regional team of science and math experts, including lecturers and social-science researchers, to think outside the box when it comes to teaching STEM.

Dr. Lalita Oka ( Civil Engineering ), Dr. Tricia Van Laar ( Biology ), Dr. Lubo Liu ( Civil Engineering ) and Dr. Ganesh Oka ( Mathematics ) received a $50,000 grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office for their collaborative research proposal, "Investigating the Effect of Microbial activity on Hydraulic Conductivity and Mechanical Behavior of Soils."

Fresno State’s Student Health and Counseling Center in partnership with Fresno Barrios Unidos received a two-year, $80,000 grant from the Central Valley Community Foundation to continue offering comprehensive sexual health education.

The Madden Library is set to digitize the remainder of its map collection thanks to a grant from the California State Lands Commission . This project will empower researchers, media, scholars, educators and the public with tools to conduct more efficient research online, during on-site research trips or when making off-site inquiries.

Joshua Reece ( Biology ) received a $12,050 grant from the National Park Service for his project titled, “Process Bat Calls from Acoustic Units at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.”
There’s still time to be a part of our fall series of grant workshops, which continues through Oct. 7 and includes sessions on compliance and research data sharing. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are also invited to participate in the Grant Proposal Certificate Program , which includes attendance at various proposal workshops and individual meetings with RSP grant managers. 
USDA/NIFA promotes and strengthens the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Grant programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Deadlines: Jan. 2020

Spencer Foundation : The Small Research Grants Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from 1 to 5 years. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2019.

Susan G. Komen’s Training Researchers to Eliminate Disparities (TREND) grant program prioritizes research designed to understand the biologic, behavioral, social, and systems causes of breast cancer disparities. Deadline: Oct. 17, 2019.

Service Learning Faculty Development Grants : Fresno State receives funding through a grant from the CSU Chancellor's Office to support campus service-learning efforts. Professional development funds of $600 are available to faculty who fully participate in the multi-session faculty service-learning seminar. Deadline: Oct. 7, 2019.

California Arts Council : Applications are now being accepted for 15 of the agency's grant programs, with funding available to community arts projects, arts for youth, arts and justice projects, and operational and field support. Deadlines vary.

Humanities for All Quick Grant : Seeking funding for your upcoming public humanities project? Apply for up to $5,000 for locally-initiated, small-scale public humanities projects taking place within one year. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019.
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: Friday, Nov. 15. 
Linking ORCID iD to eRA Commons Profile : Beginning in FY 2020, the National Institutes for Health will require all investigators to include their Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID) on new grant proposal submissions. Use of its unique digital identifier helps to connect researchers with their science contributions over time and across changes of name, location and institutional affiliation. NIH encourages not only senior scientists, but also grad students to register for an ORCID.

Diversifying peer review by adding junior scientists: Initiatives to train and include early-career researchers in peer review may help improve science’s quality control.
Conflict of Interest law seeks to minimize the extent to which public employees pursue their own financial interests at the expense of public interest. Investigators are required to disclose Significant Financial Interest (SFI) whenever an investigator applies for funding from National Science Foundation (NSF) , Public Health Service (PHS) agencies (e.g., National Institutes of Health ), or other agencies adopting federal requirements. Investigators requesting funds from state, county, and city government are exempt from filing conflict of interest forms.

The College of Health and Human Services has released the latest edition of its Faculty Research Profiles , designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration across the University and engaged partnerships in the community. The annual publication also allows faculty to pave the way for students to connect to service-learning opportunities, internships and community-based research.
Ag Business department chair Srinivasa Konduru was one of 18 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation to be selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a 2019 E. Kika De La Garza Fellow . The summer fellowship program offered first-hand experiences in policymaking and research at USDA and other federal agencies.

Congratulations to Dr. Peggy Trueblood, who has been appointed as the founding program director of the new Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Wash. Dr. Trueblood joined Fresno State in 1994 and has been a longtime proponent of student research in her roles as faculty and chair in the Department of Physical Therapy .
Fresno State plant science students Laura Boots-Haupt, Cody Drake, Thomas Martin, Jesus Mireles and Lorenzo Soriano served as Fresno Research Station summer interns with Bayer Crop Science and gained valuable entomology, irrigation, product trials, drone, bee colony, field trial & microscopic lab experience.

Research awards are available for Lyles College students pursuing civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering, and construction management degrees. Proposal Deadline: Oct. 11.

Congratulations to students Valeria Ayala and Yovani Munoz on being selected as the 2019-20 Sally Casanova Scholars from Fresno State. Sally Casanova Scholars have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. In addition to a $3,000 pre-doctoral scholarship, Valeria and Yovani will be mentored by psychology professor Dr. Rosa Tora.
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. Please contact our office to learn more about our services and let us know how we can support your research and creative activities at Fresno State.   We look forward to hearing from you!
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