Grants Report January 1 - 31, 2008

For the past month (Jan 1-31), the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced 20 new grants totaling $1,531,830. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs acknowledges the commitment of the project directors and other faculty and staff who were instrumental in the process, including Benjamin Cuellar, David Andrews, Peter Canessa, David Zoldoske, Jacques S. Benninga, Andrew Lawson, Emil Milevoj, Bryan Moe, Arthur Wint, Todd Einhorn, Joe Bezerra, Sajeemas “Mint” Pasakdee, Frances Pena-Olgin, Keith Clement, John Capitman, Dottie Barnes, Charles Arokiasamy, Michelle Den Beste, Mamta Rawat, Alam Hasson, Jeronima Echeverria, and Ganesan Srinivasan.

Title: Madera Community Partner (Yr 1 of 2)
Agency: The California Endowment
Project director: Benjamin Cuellar
Amount of Award: $94,445
Purpose: To facilitate broad-based community action to implement environmental approaches to prevent obesity in Madera County.
School: Health and Human Services/ CV Health Policy Institute

Title: Building Locally, Linking Globally (Yr 1 of 2)
Agency: CSU Chancellor’s Office (NSF subcontract)
Project director: David Andrews
Amount of Award: $88,094
Purpose: To create, use, and evaluate technical services for K-12 mathematics and science teachers.
School: Science and Mathematics/Biology

Title: Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan Conveners
Agency: The Regents of University ofCalifornia, Office of the President
Project director: Peter Canessa/David Zoldoske
Amount of Award: $49,998
Purpose: Provide two Conveners to assist the California Public Utilities Commission in developing and implementing a process designed to assist the Investor-Owned Utilities in developing a strategic plan for energy efficiency in California.
School: CAST/CIT

Title: Partnership in Character Education
Agency: Tulare County Office of Education
Project director: Jacques S. Benninga
Amount of Award: $20,000
Purpose: Provide evaluation services to the Tulare County Office of Education on their Character Counts! in Tulare County project.
School: Kremen School of Education/Bonner Center

Title: Effects of Thermal Pest Control Technology on Common Insect
Agency: PERC
Project director: Andrew Lawson
Amount of Award: $143,000
Purpose: Investigation of the effects of Thermal Pest Control technology on common insect and fungal diseases and yield/quality parameters in California grapes, tomatoes, and lettuce.
School: Science and Mathematics/Plant Science

Title: UC Merced Carry Over Funds
Agency: The Regents of University of California (UC Merced)
Project director: Emil Milevoj/ Bryan Moe
Amount of Award: $20,000
Purpose: Augmentation to the existing funds.
School: Craig School of Business/ CCSBDCC

Title: Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
Agency: Fresno Pacific University (State of California – pass through)
Project director: Arthur Wint
Amount of Award: $29,000
Purpose: Providing the evaluation and consultation services for volunteer training and orientation for Fresno Pacific University’s “Circles of Support and Accountability” program.
School: Social Sciences/Criminology

Title: Application of Partial Rootzone Drying to Mature Citrus Orchards
Agency: California Citrus Research Board
Project director: Todd Einhorn
Amount of Award: $28,750
Purpose: The goal is to offer growers simple deficit irrigation methods to reduce irrigation inputs without negatively affecting fruit size, yield and quality.
School: CAST/Plant Science

Title: Food Processing By-Products Land Application: The Stanislaus County Model
Agency: Stanislaus County, Department of Environmental Resources
Project director: Joe Bezerra/Sajeemas “Mint” Pasakdee
Amount of Award: $120,000
Purpose: Food processing by products to agricultural farmlands.
School: CAST/CATI

Title: Central Valley California Student Opportunity and Access Program
Agency: California Student Aid Commission
Project director: Frances Pena-Olgin
Amount of Award: $311,910
Purpose: Implementing a project designed to increase the accessibility of postsecondary educational opportunities to eligible elementary and secondary school students.
School: Administration/Student Affairs

Title: Graduate Certificates: Research Emphasis on Border Security and Immigration Studies (Yr. 1 of 3)
Agency: US Department of Homeland Security
Project director: Keith Clement
Amount of Award: $99,956
Purpose: To develop an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Homeland Security that combines courses on border and transportation security, and geospatial analysis.
School: Social Sciences/Criminology

Title: Access to Oral Health Care in Central California
Agency: The California Endowment
Project director: John Capitman
Amount of Award: $174,757
Purpose: To produce an eighteen-county profile that will help shape and support public policy debate on oral heath care access for the underserved residents on the Central California region.
School: Health and Human Services/ Central Valley Health Policy Institute

Title: Job Retention Project (STEAD) - 2 Month Extension
Agency: County of Fresno
Project director: Dottie Barnes/Charles Arokiasamy
Amount of Award: $29,158
Purpose: STEAD is a project for job retention services that will be guided by the philosophy of the importance and value of work.
School: Kremen School of Education/Counseling, Special Education and Rehabilitation

Title: Understanding the Control of Bud Break and Fruit Ripening in Figs
Agency: The Regents of University of California (UC Davis)
Project director: Todd Einhorn
Amount of Award: $6,000
Purpose: Finish a safe protocol to remove brebas, determining chilling unit for different cultivars, and developing a technique to break apical dominance. 
School: CAST/Plant Science

Title: Teaching American History
Agency: Clovis Unified School District (pass through US ED)
Project director: Michelle Den Beste
Amount of Award: $33,255
Purpose: The History Department will provide a Master’s Degree in History with a teaching option for K-12 teachers in Region VII (Fresno, Merced, Madera, mariposa, Kings and Tulare Counties) as written in the Clovis Unified School District Teaching American History grant.
School: Social Sciences/History

Title: Effects of Air Pollution, Viral Infection and Genetics on Asthma
Agency: The Regents of University of California (UCSF)
Project director: Mamta Rawat
Amount of Award: $30,800
Purpose: Molecular Biological Analysis of respiratory virus infection and lung inflammation.
School: Science and Mathematics/Biology

Title: Effects of Air Pollution, Viral Infection and Genetics on Asthma
Agency: The Regents of University of California (UCSF)
Project director: Alam Hasson
Amount of Award: $46,486
Purpose: Chemical analysis of subject and air samples.
School: Science and Mathematics/Chemistry

Title: Organic Waster Processing
Agency: EarthRenew Organics, Ltd.
Project director: David Zoldoske
Amount of Award: $165,569
Purpose: To advance the technical applications of Earthrenew’s technology for organic waste processing and management.
School: CAST/California Water Institute

Title: USDA HSI Liaison Office (2008)
Agency: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

Project director: Jeronima Echeverria
Amount of Award: $22,000
Purpose: To continue the development of educational and career opportunities for students and educators to advance in areas related to agriculture.
College/School: Administration/Provost’s Office

Title: Research Support to ARS - Amendment 1
Agency: USDA/ARS

Project director: Ganesan Srinivasan
Amount of Award: $18,652
Purpose: To support the grape breeding program and increase research support.
College/School: CAST/Ag Operations