Research in the College of Science and Mathematics
NIH recently awarded a $4.5M grant to develop the first ever Research Infrastructure in Minority Institution ( RIMI) grant for central California which runs through 2012. The biomedical research will be led by chemistry professor Krish Krishnan, while the training and behavioral aspects will be directed by psychology professor Lynnette Zelezny. Biology professors Alejandro Calderon-Urrea and Jason Bush are the other core leaders. The RIMI team had their first and inaugural conference on April 3rd 2008 at which several prominent speakers in the areas of health and health disparities in the Valley and City of Fresno made presentations.
Chemistry Faculty members, Drs. Krish Krishnan and Alam Hasson, lead one of the research projects of emphasis in the grant. In a collaborative effort between Fresno State, UCSF-Fresno, and Center for Comparative Medicine, UC-Davis the investigators are focusing on the inter-relationship between levels of air pollution, viral infection and asthma in Central Valley.
On October 10, 2007, Dr. Keith Putirka of Earth and Environmental Sciences gave a talk on how well Fresno State and the College of Science and Mathematics has attracted external funding. You can download the 4 MB PowerPoint presentation, as well as a 332 KB Excel file of his supporting data.
In conjuction with our graduate and undergraduate students, research by the faculty of the CSM covers a wide variety of areas. Here are a few excerpts from The Odyssey, the CSM annual newsletter.
Dr. Alice Wright is investigating how agricultural practices such as chemical applications and irrigation methods affect microbiological communities and individual microbes that live in the soil and how microbes affect the chemicals applied to the soil. Highly regarded in the classroom as well as the laboratory, Wright received the 2005 Provost’s Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.
Dr. Douglas Singleton s research area is theoretical particle physics, gravitational physics and quantum field theory. In the past three years Dr. Singleton s research focus has been in the area of gravitational physics. He has collaborated with Dr. Merab Gogberashvili on higher dimensional gravity theories called brane world models which seek to explain why the gravitational force is many of orders of magnitude weaker than the other fundamental forces in Nature.
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Andrea Salazar, MBRS-RISE fellow and Psychology Honors Scholar, presented an applied social psychological paper “Mentor Costs and Benefits” at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association in Palm Springs, California in spring 2006.
Dr. Steve Blumenshine (in the center) received a Fulbright Scholar Grant and is spending six months in Thailand, starting last July, to conduct research on the sources and consequences of impaired water quality in the Gulf of Thailand and its major tributaries. He will conduct statistical analysis of water quality patterns, which will help identify where and when water quality is particularly sensitive to impairment for municipal and recreational use.