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eNewsletter

February 2014

Message from Gerald Sonnenfeld, PhD, Vice President for Research and Economic Development:

"Welcome to the eNewsletter from the Division of Research and Economic Development.Our aim is to use this medium to keep you posted on recent and ongoing activities within the Division. Please feel free to direct your feedback to Melissa McCarthy at melissa@uri.edu"

 

In this issue:

Office of Research Development:
ORD website updated


Office of Sponsored Projects

Office of Research Integrity:
IRBNet Tip: How to add personnel to your existing IRB, IACUC, and IBC protocols

Compliance Training

Storage of Human Subject Research Records

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars


Office of Intellectual Property Management and Commercialization
           

Office of University Research External Relations:
Research and Scholarship Excellence Awards 2014


RI NSF EPSCoR: 
CCV Hosting Workshop Series in February

Cutting Research Costs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships 2014

Central Falls Students Visit The South POLE

Hands-on Science Experiences


OFFICE OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
Karen Markin, Director
(401) 874-5971
kmarkin@uri.edu

ORD website updated

  • Working on a proposal and need to know who to turn to for assistance?
  • Need boilerplate info about URI?
  • Are you up on the latest NSF guidelines?


The Office of Research Development (ORD) website can help! Revised to include updated links to “Who Can Help?”, internal funding opportunities, agency-specific guidelines, and other useful information, the website can answer many of your proposal development questions.

Make sure to visit and bookmark the ORD website: http://www.uri.edu/research/tro/offices/researchdev/index.html

For a quick link to agency-specific info and much more, visit and bookmark the “Proposal Writing Guides and Resources” webpage at: http://www.uri.edu/research/tro/offices/researchdev/proposalguides.html.


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OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROJECTS

Mary Kate De Marco, Director
(401) 874-2775
mdemarco@uri.edu

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OFFICE OF RESEARCH INTEGRITY (formerly Office of Research Compliance)

Ted Myatt, Director
(401) 874-2636
tedmyatt@mail.uri.edu


IRBNet Tip: How to add personnel to your existing IRB, IACUC, and IBC protocols

You can easily revise your project to add or remove personnel by creating a new package. All versions of your project become a permanent part of your electronic project record. To create a new package from an existing package, click on “Project History” in the left navigational bar on IRBNet. The Project History page displays all packages in this project. From this page you can create a second package by clicking the link “Create New Package”. Now, you may click on the button “New Document Package” to begin building your new package.

To add/remove personnel from your project, you must submit an Amendment Form that specifically describes the changes made as well as an updated version of your original protocol form. Highlight the changes made in your protocol form so that reviewers have an easier time locating your change(s). Once complete, upload the documents of your new package by browsing and locating them on your computer and attaching them by clicking the “Update” button on the “Attach Document” screen.

After your documents are uploaded, it is time to sign the package. For additional packages, only the PI or Co-PI is required to sign. Once signed by either the PI or Co-PI, you may then submit your updated protocol with your new/removed personnel by clicking the button “Submit this Package” on the left navigational bar.

The Office of Research Integrity staff is always available for one-on-one training or to answer any questions you may have while working in IRBNet.  You can contact us at 401-874-4328.

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Compliance Training

Required compliance training for University of Rhode Island Investigators and Study Personnel is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, commonly called the CITI Program (www.CITIprogram.org).
CITI training is required for:

  • Human Subjects Research: Investigators and Study Personnel conducting biomedical research and/or social/behavioral research involving human subjects.
  • Animal Subjects Research: Investigators and Study Personnel conducting research involving vertebrate animals.
  • Biosafety: Investigators and Study Personnel conducting research involving biological materials (refresher training only)
  • Financial Conflict of Interest: Investigators conducting research funded by a PHS agency or other agency following PHS Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research: Students, post-doctoral researchers, others supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), or U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has recently added new training modules including: Conducting Wildlife Research and Biosafety Modules (Basic, Animal Biosafety, Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens).

The frequency of training is based on federal requirements. For example, training for researchers conducting human subjects research is required every three years, while training on financial conflicts of interest must be completed every four years. When available, the ORI has instituted shorter “refresher” training when the initial full training has already been completed. At this time, “refresher” training is available for human subjects research.

For more information on accessing the CITI training courses, visit the ORI website. The ORI staff is always available for to answer any questions you may have regarding CITI training.  You can contact us at 401-874-4328.

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Storage of Human Subject Research Records

URI has a Federal Wide Assurance with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires URI to retain records of human subjects research activities and certain other research records frequently held by investigators (i.e. questionnaires, surveys, protocol records, etc.) for at least three years after completion of the research. These records additionally include the documentation of the informed consent, unless the URI Institutional Review Board (IRB) waived the requirement for informed consent or the requirement for documentation of informed consent. The institution is responsible for the safekeeping of these records and the records are required to be stored in a university facility unless otherwise specified in the approved IRB protocol.  If the Principal Investigator (PI) who has been designated to retain research records leaves URI, the PI must submit an amendment to the IRB identifying the PI who will maintain those institutional records, either at URI or wherever the PI relocates, for the remaining three years. For more information about human subjects research, please visit the URI Office of Research Integrity Human Subjects Protections website.

Responsible Conduct of Research Seminars

The Office of Research Integrity is pleased to announce a new series of seminars/workshops on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) that will take place over the course of the entire academic year. 

RCR is a broad term referring to integrity and ethical standards in the work of scientists, scholars, and professionals involved in the field of scientific inquiry and practice. Responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.

For the calendar of seminars and more RCR information, visit the Office of Research Integrity Responsible Conduct of Research website.

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OFFICE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION

James Petell, Ph.D., Patent Agent
Associate Vice President Intellectual Property Management & Commercialization
(401) 874-4807
jkpetell@uri.edu

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OFFICE OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCH EXTERNAL RELATIONS

Melissa McCarthy, Director
(401) 874-2599
melissa@uri.edu

Research and Scholarship Excellence Awards 2014

The Division of Research and Economic Development and the Council for Research invite nominations for the Research and Scholarship Excellence Awards, which recognize the work of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Faculty Research & Scholarship Excellence Awards
These awards recognize achievement in the nominee's research, scholarly or creative activities; demonstrated ability to integrate research, scholarly or creative activities with the instructional mission of the University; or leadership in fostering a climate at URI that advances and sustains research, scholarly and creative activities.

Faculty at two career stages are recognized:
Advanced Career Faculty
This category recognizes full-time tenured and full-time established research faculty who have made sustained or significant contributions to their field.

  • One award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • One award will be made for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Early Career Faculty
This category recognizes full-time non-tenured tenure-track and full-time research faculty in the early phase of their careers who have engaged in superior research, scholarly, or creative activities.

  • One award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • One award will be made for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Nominations for Faculty awards will be accepted from all members of the URI community. A nomination package must include the following:

  • A nomination letter, which can include the signatures of other supporters of the nomination. Please do not include student comments.
  • Two additional letters in support of the nomination.
  • CV that includes awards, publications, major talks, professional service in the field and professional service at URI in advancing research. Professional service activities can include serving on editorial boards, holding official posts in regional or national associations, bringing speakers to campus and organizing scholarly events.
  • Nominators should specify the nominee's disciplinary group, based on the nature of the nominee's work, rather than the nominee's college.

Postdoctoral Fellow Research & Scholarship Excellence Awards
These awards recognize achievement in the nominee's research, scholarly or creative activities, and potential to make a significant contribution to the field in his or her career.

  • One award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • One award will be made for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Nominations for Postdoctoral Fellow awards will be accepted from all members of the URI community. A nomination package must include the following:

  • A nomination letter, which can include the signatures of other supporters of the nomination. Please do not include student comments.
  • Two additional letters in support of the nomination.
  • CV that includes awards, publications, major talks, professional service in the field and professional service at URI in advancing research. Professional service activities can include serving on editorial boards, holding official posts in regional or national associations, bringing speakers to campus and organizing scholarly events.
  • Nominators should specify the nominee's disciplinary group, based on the nature of the nominee's work, rather than the nominee's college.

Graduate Research & Scholarship Excellence Awards
This category recognizes students who have shown potential to achieve distinction in their disciplines through scholarship and creative activity.

  • One award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • One award will be made for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Nominations for Graduate Students awards will be accepted from full-time faculty with the endorsement of the department chair.

  • Nomination letters, which are limited to three pages, should discuss the nominee's progress toward his or her degree, the quality and potential impact of the student's research, and the student's potential to make a significant contribution to the field in his or her career.
  • Nominators should specify the nominee's disciplinary group, based on the nature of the nominee's work, rather than the nominee's college.

Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Excellence Awards
This category recognizes students who have engaged in the process of planning, researching, and producing a scholarly or creative work. This may be curricular work that goes beyond course requirements or extracurricular activities.

  • One award will be made for work in the social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • One award will be made for work in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

Nominations for Undergraduate Student awards will be accepted from full-time faculty with the endorsement of the department chair.

  • Nomination letters, which are limited to three pages, should discuss the student's achievement, how it exceeds standard curricular expectations, and how it contributes to the field.
  • Nominators should specify the nominee's disciplinary group, based on the nature of the nominee's work, rather than the nominee's college.

All Excellence Award recipients will be recognized during the spring Commencement and will be honored at a University-wide Excellence recognition ceremony. Additionally, they will receive a framed citation, and an Excellence pin. Faculty will receive $1,000, Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students will receive $500 and Undergraduate Students will receive $250 (taxable income).

Nominations will be reviewed by the Council for Research.

Please submit nominations electronically by 4:00pm Friday, March 7 to:

Melissa McCarthy, Director, Research External Relations
Division of Research and Economic Development
Melissa@uri.edu

 



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RI NSF EPSCoR

Jennifer Specker
(401) 874-6858
jspecker@mail.uri.edu


CCV Hosting Workshop Series in February

The Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University will host a series of workshops February 11-13, covering basic topics relevant to high-performance and research computing.

All workshops will be held in the Digital Scholarship Lab @ Rockefeller Library on the Brown campus at 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI.

Please sign up for any number of workshops through this interest form: brown.edu/go/ccv-workshops

Cutting Research Costs

Dr. Andrew Rhyne of Roger Williams University and graduate student Eric Wilcox Freeburg, University of Massachusetts Boston, developed a more economical method for the precise and accurate control of pH levels in ocean acidification research.

Funding from Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR was instrumental in allowing researchers to gather the preliminary data needed to get the project running and secure an NSF grant.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships 2014

Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR's highly respected, competitive summer research program has posted both the mentor and student applications.

For the 2014 program, RI NSF EPSCoR will award up to 40 SURFs to qualified undergraduate students from the nine partner institutions within the state and who are interested in participating in a 10-week mentored research project in the life sciences.

RI NSF EPSCoR is committed to establishing a talented and diverse community of undergraduate researchers. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
http://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/2014-surf/

Central Falls Students Visit The South POLE

Supported by Rhode Island NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), URI graduate fellow Abigail Bockus is spending the winter in the South Pole with a group of scientists from URI and Rutgers University. The researchers are studying how krill populations in the Southern Ocean will react to climate change.

Bockus worked with educators at The Learning Community, a K-8 public charter school in Central Falls, and EPSCoR Outreach and Education Coordinator Tim Pelletier to create the framework for an Antarctic learning module, The South POLE: Polar Ocean and high Latitude Exploration.

Read more about the exciting program:
http://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/2014/01/29/journey-takes-students-to-the-south-pole/

Hands-on Science Experiences

For many students, Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR provides a first-time experience in a science lab through Hands-on Science Experiences.

Most recently, a group of Hope High School girls traveled to Roger Williams University to dissect sheep hearts in the lab of Dr. Erin Davis:
http://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/2014/01/21/lab-life-lessons-come-straight-from-the-heart/

These meaningful experiences stem from a partnership between Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR and the state Educational Talent Search. The collaboration also recently brought a group of Roger Williams Middle School students to the GSO and URI's main campus for a day of science and an introduction to higher education:
http://web.uri.edu/rinsfepscor/2013/12/16/3328/

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