Monthly Memo of Announcements- December 2018

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Monthly Memo of Announcements- December 2018
From the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, SF State

A digest of updates and announcements

December 18, 2018


In the Mix 4 Community-Engaged Research a SFSU-UCSF Collaborative Event

Please save the date for a faculty networking event to encourage cross-institutional collaboration between the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco State University. The theme for this fourth event in the ‘In the Mix’ series is ‘Community Engaged Research’.

Date and Time:

Thu, January 10, 2019, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST

UCSF Library, Lange Room
530 Parnassus Avenue
Room 522
San Francisco, CA 94143

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Person Holding Blue Ballpoint Pen Writing in Notebook

Negotiating the peer-reviewed journal publication process

Early-career researchers are subject to higher levels of scrutiny than ever before, with publication in academic journals essential to how they are funded  and evaluated, and how their careers will be built. Margaret K. Merga, Shannon Mason and Julia E. Morris share insights from their own experiences of navigating the journal submission and publication process as ECRs, emphasising the importance  of being strategic about journal selection, understanding which suggested revisions will actually improve a paper, and knowing what is the right moment to contact the editor for guidance.

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Xiaorong Zhang

New study by SF State biologists reveals the origins of a distinctive fish feature

If you ever find yourself staring down a manta ray, you’ll probably notice two things right away: the massive, flapping fins that produce the shark cousin’s 20-foot wingspan and the two fleshy growths curling out of its head that give it the nickname “devil ray.” A new San Francisco State University study shows that these two very different features have the same origin — a discovery that reflects an important lesson for understanding the diversity of life.

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A career of challenges fueled Professor Emerita Jan Randall’s mission to aid women in science

SF State researcher pinpoints connection between specific motor skills and mental skills

Professor Rori Rohlfs quoted in Nature on crime-scene DNA analysis


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

 Detailed Grant Proposal Writing Guide (UNCCH)

 10 Tips for Grant Management (Richard Male and Associates)



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