Monthly Memo of Announcements – May 24, 2018

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From the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, SF State

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
A digest of updates and announcements May , 2018


Breakthrough for SF State kinesiologists studying metabolic protein

ASan Francisco State University researchers have discovered a new method for testing levels of a tiny but hugely important protein — “AMPK” — in human muscle cells. “AMPK is the gas gauge that tells each cell in your body if your fuel is too low. We call it the energy sensor of the cell,” said Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley.

Muscles make up 30 to 40 percent of our bodies and are the largest users of sugar and fat for energy. But if people have too much stored fuel — if they are obese or not exercising, for example — AMPK is not activated and the body doesn’t regulate blood sugar the way it should. Bagley and his colleagues at the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton are the first to test the new method on human muscle cells. Their innovative technique was just published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Ripple co-founder says cryptocurrency tech will revolutionize business

Any list of the top news stories from 2017 will include an article about Bitcoin’s wild rise and fall. The currency’s value per unit soared from $900 in the beginning of the year to nearly $20,000 in December, according to digital currency news site CoinDesk. Just a few days later, the price dropped about 30 percent. Despite such wild swings, alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S. ’84), cofounder of enterprise blockchain company Ripple, predicts that new cryptocurrency technology will radically transform global business, and he said so in a recent classroom visit to his alma mater.

Larsen spoke to students during an April 9 event in Assistant Professor Shengle Lin’s “Alternative Investment” class. As Larsen sees it, the day-to-day trading of virtual currency isn’t as interesting as how blockchain technology is paving the way for something called “the internet of value”: a system of near-instantaneous exchange that would allow money to be sent online as quickly and easily as an email or a phone call. 

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Study reveals gender bias in scientific conferences

Attend talks at a big scientific meeting, and you might start to notice a few patterns. For one: there are usually a lot of men. A new study co-authored by Chair of the San Francisco State University Department of Earth & Climate Sciences and Associate Professor of Oceanography Petra Dekens shows how the structure of a large scientific meeting perpetuates the gender gap in science and points the way to strategies that might help make such gatherings more equitable.

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 Finding and Evaluating Online Resources

The number of Web and social media sites, along with mobile apps, offering health information about complementary and integrative health approaches (often called complementary and alternative medicine) grows every day. Your search for online health information may start at a known, trusted site, but after following several links, you may find yourself on an unfamiliar site. Can you trust this site?

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Grant Management Tip of the Week 

10 Common Grant-Writing Mistakes (The Chronicle,01/04/18)

10 Tips for Grant Management (Richard Male and Associates) 

If you are applying for a grant…

  • Review the funding opportunity announcement to confirm appropriateness and eligibility
  • Tell ORSP you want to apply by filling out our online PI CheckList
  • Consider contacting the Program Officer to discuss suitability of idea(s)

Stay on the Route to Successful Grant Submissions

Free Online Workshops

 Introduction to Finding Grants

• Introduction to Proposal Writing

• Introduction to Project Budget

ORSP provides campus-wide access to the powerful and flexible funding research tool “Pivot.”

With a few easy steps, you can sign up for a Pivot account, link it to a pre-populated profile (or create a new one), and instantly find funding opportunities. For step-by-step instructions on getting started with pivot follow the steps here.  

For how to get the most from Pivot check out their YouTube channel:

Still have questions please contact Jessica Mankus


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