About the Newsletter

This quarterly newsletter is designed to serve as a communication channel for news and useful information to support the research, scholarship and creative activities that our faculty members, students and staff are engaged in. This includes basic, applied research, scholarship, service projects, community engagement and creative expressions. It is intended to promote, support and recognize your efforts and to keep it brief to accommodate your busy schedules. We encourage you to contact us with any feedback and suggestions so that we may serve you better and help you to be successful.

Grant Award Recognitions

During the last quarter (July - September) the following faculty members received grant awards or contracts, congratulations!

  1. The Channel Islands proposal writing team (Drs. Phil Hampton, Cindy Wyels, Don Rodriguez and Sadiq Shah) successfully competed for a Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Education grant. The U.S. Department of Education has granted $6 million dollars for this award for the next five years. The focus of this grant is to recruit and support underrepresented minorities to pursue STEM education and successfully complete their degree programs. CI will be partnering with four regional Community colleges in recruiting students and providing students academic support services to help them succeed. A key platform to engage students will be hands-on research opportunities and the establishment of a STEM Center for academic support.
  2. Dr. Ching-Hua Wang received a grant renewal award for $1.86 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to continue a very successful master's Biotechnology and Bioinformatics program at Channel Islands. The program focuses on stem cell technology and laboratory management and internship opportunities for students at various institutions in California thereby preparing them for the Biotechnology workforce.
  3. Dr. Karen Jensen received an award of $140,000 from the California Wellness Foundation to support the efforts at the School of Nursing at CI to continue to strengthen training and prepare culturally diverse nursing student population for the local healthcare workforce.
  4. Dr. Sean Anderson received a contract from the California Coastal Conservancy for $40,000 to conduct biological, water quality and vegetation surveys at the Calleguas Habitat Restoration. The results will be used in designing the planned restoration and long-term biological monitoring program. Sean will be engaging ESRM students in this project to help them gain research experience.

Faculty Scholarship Recognition

Dr. Tracylee Clarke, assistant professor in the Communication program at California State University Channel Islands, and co-author Dr. Michael Salvador, from Washington State University recently received the 2011 Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication for the article "The Weyekin Principle: Toward an Embodied Critical Rhetoric," at the National Communication Association (NCA) annual conference in New Orleans. The paper was published in Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture.

The award is given by the Environmental Communication Division of the NCA to distinguish one published article each year that: addresses significant scholarly questions about the relationship between communication and the environment; demonstrates intellectual rigor appropriate to its mode of inquiry; is forward-looking in its contributions to the field; has the potential to influence future research in the field; and is clear and compelling to its intended audiences. Congratulations!

U.S. Department of Education Funding Programs for International Education

As the global expansion continues it is important to understand different cultures and languages for better relationships and also to productively participate in the global community. The International and Foreign Language program at the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education encourages and promotes the study of foreign languages and cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels. The focus of the program is domestic and overseas. The goal is to strengthen the American Educational system as it relates to the U.S. participation in the international arena. Thus a number of funding programs are in place to support this mission. The funding programs are designed to support multi-institutional collaboration, student exchange, faculty cooperation and exchange, shared common curriculum, mutual recognition of credits, acquisition of the host country language, and apprenticeship activities.

The domestic programs are authorized under Title VI of Higher Education Act of 1965, as well as Title VII (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – FIPSE), and the overseas programs authorized under Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange programs (Fulbright-Hays Act). Here is a list of programs offered by the Office of Postsecondary Education - International and Foreign Language Education:

Programs Authorized Under Title VI of the Higher Education Act

Programs Authorized Under Title VII of the Higher Education Act

Programs Authorized Under the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hays Act)

To learn more about these programs and how you may be able to seek funding for your international projects you may click on the hyperlinks above or contact RSP for assistance.

IRB Notes and Notables

Guidelines for Completing the IRB Application

In order to help PI's and students in completing the IRB application, guidance on completing the IRB application has been posted on the new IRB website. This guidance is designed to help applicants focus on the information the IRB is looking for in response to various questions in the application form. You may access this pdf file under "Forms" via a link "Guidelines for Completing the Form." Following these guidelines would make the approval process much more efficient. You may also review the sample application under "Sample Forms" for additional guidance.

IRB Approval for Research Beyond the Original One Year Approved Period

If you had an IRB application approved, you know the approval period is one year. However, if you plan to continue the research beyond the approved period, you do not need to submit a new full application. Instead the most efficient process is to complete a two page "Research Continuation Form." The IRB will review this abridged version of the application to determine if there are significant or substantive changes in the original research protocol and/or the personnel. In the absence of changes in the original approved research protocol, non-occurrence of any adverse events and no changes in the personnel the approval process is now expedited. You can continue to proceed with your research upon receiving the approval letter in response to the Research Continuation Form.

You may checkout the new IRB website for additional information. Your students may review the section on Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the application and the review processes that have been streamlined to make the process efficient.

CI Faculty 2012 Internal Funding Opportunities

To support teaching, research and creative activities at CI, two internal competitive grant funding opportunities are once again available to faculty. These include:

President's Summer Fellows Awards – Up to $3,000 to support faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.

Please send proposals by e-mail to Research, Summer by midnight of January 22, 2012.

Provost's Faculty Resource Fund – Up to $2,500 for faculty members to purchase equipment and/or materials to support teaching, research and/or creative activities.

E-mail your proposal to Provost Faculty Resource Fund by midnight of January 22, 2012.

You may contact RSP for assistance with your proposal or visit our website

Sadiq Shah - 437-8898
Amanda Quintero – 437-3285
Jane Wanberg – 437-8498