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2020-2021 RSCA Grant Awardees

Jun 24, 2020

“A Roadmap to Energy Harvesting using Granular Crystal Chains”;
Dr. Efstathios Charalampidis (CSM- Mathematics) and Dr. Siyuan Xing (CENG- Mechanical Engineering)  

“Comparing academic collaboration networks (with a lens on diversity)”;
Dr. Zoe Wood (CENG- Computer Science & Software Engineering) and Dr. Theresa Migler
(CENG- Computer Science & Software Engineering) 

“Development of Recyclable Nanosensors for Rapid and Low-Level Detection of Water Pathogens";
Dr. Amro El Badawy (CENG- Civil & Environmental Engineering), Dr. Jean Lee
(CENG- Materials Engineering), and Dr. Marie Yeung (CSM- Biological Sciences) 

“Marked by Fire: Tracing African Life Histories and the Transatlantic Slave Trade through Brands”;
Dr. Matthew Hopper (CLA- History) 

"Identifying Gaps in the Pedagogy of Experiential Global Learning Programs”;
Dr. Dawn Neill (CLA- Interdisciplinary Studies) 

“Protecting Youth by Increasing Support for E-cigarette Policy Changes”;
Dr. Lorraine Jackson (CLA-Communication Studies) and Dr. Julia Alber
(CSM- Kinesiology & Public Health) 

“Julia Morgan, Architect: From Student of the Beaux-Arts to Pioneer of Concrete Construction”;
Dr. Jennifer Shields (CAED- Architecture) 

“Revealing Swanton Pacific Ranch’s History through Artificial Intelligence”; 
Jeanine Scaramozzino, MLIS, MA (Library) 

“Characterizing the ecological effects of utility-scale photovoltaic arrays on fallow farmland and other disturbed landscapes: optimizing synergies in energy generation and terrestrial conservation goals”; Dr. Seeta Sistla (CAFES- Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences) and
Dr. Nicholas Williams (CAFES- Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences) 

“Long-term Performance of Private Equity Funds:  The Case of Reverse Leveraged Buyouts”
Dr. Mahdi Rastad (OCOB- Finance) and Dr. Brian Ayash (OCOB- Finance) 

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Important Information Regarding Conducting Research During the COVID19 Outbreak

Mar 24, 2020




Dear Colleagues:


Research is an integral part of the activities of Cal Poly. Yet, in line with guidance from the CSU Chancellor's Office, the Office of the President at Cal Poly and national and international experts in the healthcare sector, we must enact social distancing and other preventative measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Our goal is to ensure the continuity of research while also protecting the health and wellbeing of faculty, staff and student researchers and our greater community. We strongly recommend the following guidelines for research: 


1) All Cal Poly faculty, staff and student research should be conducted via telecommuting or other online methods, whenever possible. If virtual research is not possible, the work must be discontinued or pursued via methods that are consistent with current social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines. 


2) Essential research functions such as animal care, equipment maintenance and safety of research participants or staff must be maintained at this time. This should be accomplished while also observing preferred practices of social distancing.


3) Most federal agencies have indicated that delays will be accommodated under current policies (many agencies allow for one-year extensions for extenuating circumstances), ORED will assist faculty with navigating extensions for non-federal research sponsors.


4) Where needed, we will seek alternatives to avoid considerable delays in thesis research completion, qualifying exams, graduate degree completion, senior projects and research that must be completed in a timely manner. College graduate coordinators should work with Dr. Elizabeth Lowham, interim dean of Graduate Education, and the Office of Research and Economic Development to develop a Plan B. 


5) Any exceptions to the above guidelines must be approved by the dean(s) of the college(s) hosting the research activity. 


In summary, some research activities must be carried out at this time; to do otherwise would jeopardize participants, animal health, university resources and/or have long-term adverse effects. Please contact the dean of your college to discuss concerns regarding research that may arise at this time. Your dean will work with you, the Office of Research and Economic Development and other entities as needed to assist with concerns. 


Please note that the Grants Development Office, Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Corporate Engagement and Innovation, Office of Student Research and Office of Graduate Education are all working remotely, but are available to assist with submission and processing of grants, engaging with corporate partners, supporting student research applications and graduate degree completion. Feel free to contact separate offices directly or through




Renee A. Reijo Pera, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Cal Poly Appoints Internationally Renowned Biomedical Researcher as Vice President of Research and Economic Development

Apr 17, 2019

Renee Reijo Pera

Cal Poly has appointed Renee A. Reijo Pera, an internationally recognized stem cell biologist, as vice president for Research and Economic Development, effective Aug. 12. Pera brings to her new role a proven track record in economic development as well as a strong background in undergraduate and graduate research and commitment to supporting students in their research efforts. For the past five years, Pera has served as vice president for Research and Economic Development at Montana State University, where she was also professor of cell biology and neurosciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. In her new role at Cal Poly, Pera will oversee the Grants Development and Sponsored Programs office, the Institutional Review Board, and other grant-related compliance bodies, as well as the Cal Poly Technology Park. She will lead university efforts in advocating for research and scholarship while promoting the value of a diverse range of scholarly and applied research activities and industry relationships for faculty, staff and students. As part of her role, Pera will foster an environment in which the research and creative accomplishments of faculty and students are encouraged and rewarded, identify and create opportunities for financial support, and promote the reputation of Cal Poly's research and scholarship locally, nationally and beyond. Read the full news release.

Lightning Talks Videos Available

Apr 17, 2019

Videos from the October 2018 Research Lightning Talks are available on the Research Lightning Talks page.

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