VPR Research Updates-March 21, 2017

Achieving Broader Impacts in Research – A Symposium on March 31

What are Broader Impacts and why should scientists care? Have you ever submitted a great research proposal that promises high value to society but it has been rejected? One possible reason might be that it doesn’t provide enough information about how society will benefit from your research, specifically underserved and diverse communities. This is where broader impacts enter.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies are increasingly emphasizing the need to justify not only the “intellectual merit” of proposed research, but also its “broader impacts.” The Read more


1. USTAR Goali Program and Grant Opportunities

The NSF GOALI program is focused on finding opportunities for:

– Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct collaborative research projects, in which the industry research participant provides critical research expertise, without which the likelihood for success of the project would be diminished;

– Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting

– Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academia.

  • Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)

Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of Read more


NSF Webinar: Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

When: March 29, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm MST

Russell Poldrack is the Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience will be presenting a lecture on March 29, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 pm MST. To view the webinar, don’t forget to register!

From the NSF announcement:

As the data collection ability of nearly every area of science has ballooned, so has the potential for problematic research practices that can lead to irreproducible results. I will discuss a set of Read more


National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Online Mentoring Program

The College of Education has sponsored the University of Utah’s Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars now have access to a large variety of services and resources including webinars, multi-week courses, guest lectures, accountability writing buddy matches, discussion forums, and much more.

If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Granados. Read more


Utah Symposium in Science and Literature, The Provisional City

When: April 12-14th, 2017, view schedule

Registration is appreciated. Contact Whitney Reid to register, if you are registering for multiple people include their names as well. If possible, could you also let her know which Thursday afternoon activity you would like to attend as well, listed below:

Here are the three Thursday afternoon activities for the afternoon breakout session at NHMU from 2:00-4:00 pm:

1) BioBlitz:  Join plenary speaker and renowned ornithologist John Marzluff
at the Natural History Museum of Utah to record and learn about spring
migrant birds and flowers.

2) TreeWatch: Join Read more


HHMI New Investigator Competition

Deadline: June 27, 2017 by 3:00 pm EST

We invite researchers to apply who bring original and innovative approaches to the investigation of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Physician scientists are encouraged to participate in the competition. We expect to appoint up to 20 new investigators.

We ask that you encourage appropriate scientists to participate in HHMI Investigator Program. Eligible candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination, and there are no limits on the number of applicants or Read more


University of Utah Research Profiles

Research Profiles (also known as PURE) is a research management system available at the University of Utah, which aggregates information about faculty and researcher outputs – including publications, projects, awards, teaching activity, datasets, press clippings, posters. etc. Research Profiles includes a searchable web portal that enables you to find and discover University of Utah experts across all disciplines. Research Profiles automatically pulls publication data from Elsevier’s Scopus and combines it with data from other databases (Web of Science, PubMed) to create comprehensive profiles, allowing you to find and be found by Read more


Look for ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

This year the University of Utah will again be participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” program, a study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Part of the program involves an employee survey distributed to a sample of each institution’s full-time faculty, administrators, exempt and non-exempt staff.

This survey was designed specifically for higher education. On March 21, 2017, this survey will open and be distributed to a random selection of our employees. Those that are included in this random sample of Read more


Need help with Statistics? The Marriott Library has what you need.

Where: Marriott Library, Suite 2110
When: By appointment only, availability listed below
Questions? Contact Lorelei Rutledge, Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library

Come see our Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Lu Tian!

Lu can help you select software to assist with data analysis, provide tutorials on SAS, STATA, and R and help you to review your data analysis for errors in assumptions.

Lu Tian is available in the Marriott Library Suite 2110:

Tuesdays, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Thursdays 11:30am-5:00pm
Fridays, 2:30 – 5:00pm Read more


NSF CAREER Grant Writing Workshop


May 10th at 9 am – 1 pm
Location:  Eccles Board Room (1850 WEB)

The College of Engineering, The College of Science, and the VP for Research office are jointly sponsoring an NSF CAREER Grant Writing Workshop. Any faculty on campus planning to submit an NSF CAREER grant for the July 2017 deadlines are welcome to join us for these workshops.

Workshop Leaders:
Dr. Cynthia Furse (ECE and AVP for Research)
Dr. Eric Eddings (Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Engineering)
Aaron Fogelson (Assoc. Dean for Research, College of Science)

To register, please Read more


Limited Submission Funding Opportunities

Art Works: Creativity Connects
Internal Submission Deadline: March 23, 2017

Creativity Connects* is an initiative that shows how the arts contribute to the nation’s creative ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts are changing, explores how the arts can connect with other sectors that want and utilize creativity, and invests in innovative projects to spark new, collaborative ideas. A key component of Creativity Connects is a grant opportunity in the Art Works category that supports collaborative, mutually beneficial partnerships between the arts and non-arts sectors.

Maximizing Access to Read more


Intramural Funding Opportunities

grantsOccupational Safety and Health Pilot/Small Research Projects

Application Deadline: May 8, 2017

The purpose of this program is to enhance worksite-based occupational safety and health (OSH) and builds on the NIOSH “National Occupational Research Agenda” (NORA). The goals of the pilot/small research program are to improve workplace OSH, reduce the burden of workplace injuries, improve health, and lower workers’ compensation costs. Novel ideas as well as collaborative, interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. Read more


Extramural Funding Opportunities

NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) seeks reviewers
Proposal Assignments Posted: March 23, 2017
Deadline for Reviews: April 17, 2017

Would you be interested in serving as a reviewer of a NASA proposal?  Detailed information regarding NASA EPSCoR proposal requirements and evaluation criteria are contained in the solicitation posted on NSPIRES.

Please view the solicitation to determine your interest in serving as an EPSCoR peer reviewer.  If interested in reviewing, please register in NSPIRES and remember to respond via email as well.
It is anticipated that reviewers will be Read more


Upcoming Classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)

The May 5-7, 2017 Grant Writing Academy has reached capacity; however, the October Grant Writing Academy is now open for registration. For information please visit the Research Education website or contact Tony Onofrietti Director, Research Education. 

Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) Meetings, Spring 2017

The mission of the Research Administrators’ Network (RAN) is to provide a forum for colleagues to share ideas and to offer general peer support and guidance for the benefit of the University research community.  The RAN further promotes opportunities for networking and potential research collaborations.

Monday, March 27th

3:00pm Read more


Research News & Publicizing Research

newsInterested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to news.  If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information on how-to, along with contact information, may be found at: Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.

Stay Connected with the Office of the Vice President for Research

Interested in the latest research updates at the University of Utah? Follow the Office of the Vice President for Research on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Read more


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Achieving Broader Impacts in Research – A Symposium on March 31

What are Broader Impacts and why should scientists care? Have you ever submitted a great research proposal that promises high value to society but it has been rejected? One possible reason might be that it doesn’t provide enough information about how society will benefit from your research, specifically underserved and diverse communities. This is where broader impacts enter.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal research agencies are increasingly emphasizing the need to justify not only the “intellectual merit” of proposed research, but also its “broader impacts.” The latter refers to the potential of the proposed project to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

The “Reflecting and Expanding on Our Broader Impact” forum was developed as a collaboration between iUTAH EPSCoR and the University of Utah’s Office of the Vice President for Research to address this topic.  The event takes place on Friday, Mar. 31, and is free and open to faculty, students other research and education practitioners from across the state. Morning session, including keynotes and panel discussion, starts at 8:30 a.m. at the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Education Buildings, Salt Lake City UT.

The forum is fortunate to have the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) chair, Susan Renoe, an adjunct professor of Anthropology and director of the Broader Impacts Network at the University of Missouri, as a keynote speaker presenting on Broader Impacts For Engaged Scholarship.  NABI is a national network of universities, professional societies and informal science organizations, which offers an excellent overview of broader impacts. In a second keynote, Chinweike Eseonu, assistant professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University, will share lessons learned from Implementing A Community-Engaged Research Program.

We invite students, faculty, and researchers to attend and promise that you will walk away with a better understanding of broader impacts and how they affect your funding.

Related Links

Broader Impacts Forum http://iutahepscor.org/symposium/

National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) https://broaderimpacts.net/about/

Susan Renoe http://iutahepscor.org/admin/symposium/previous_meetings/March2017/susan_renoe.shtml

Chinweike Eseonu
http://iutahepscor.org/admin/symposium/previous_meetings/March2017/chinweike_eseonu.shtml

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USTAR Related News-NSF GOALI Program and Grant Opportunities

The NSF GOALI program is focused on finding opportunities for:

– Interdisciplinary university-industry teams to conduct collaborative research projects, in which the industry research participant provides critical research expertise, without which the likelihood for success of the project would be diminished;

– Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students to conduct research and gain experience in an industrial setting

– Industrial scientists and engineers to bring industry’s perspective and integrative skills to academia.

  • Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG)

Deadline: Rolling

Science and Technology Initiation Grants (STIG) provide research funding to individual or teams of researchers from universities or colleges in Utah that eventually leads to the submission of proposals for larger federal grants, or private funding. Collaboration between researchers of different backgrounds, and institutions, is highly recommended. The program will fund technologies in the early development stages ranging from, basic observation to proof of concept.

Questions regarding the Science and Technology Initiation Grant must be submitted in writing via email, inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

  • Industry Partnership Program (IPP)

Deadline: Rolling

Driven by industry demand, the Industry Partnership Program (IPP) promotes the development, acceleration and commercialization of innovative technologies by teaming industry and university research expertise to address specific technology problems or gaps identified by a company. The program is open to companies that have a substantial presence in Utah and have identified a specific technology challenge that, if solved, would result in a positive economic impact for the state.

Questions regarding the Industry Partnership Program must be submitted in writing via email. Inquiries made via phone or other method will not be accepted.

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NSF Webinar: Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

When: March 29, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm MST

Russell Poldrack is the Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Dept. of Psychology at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience will be presenting a lecture on March 29, 2017 from 12:00-1:30 pm MST. To view the webinar, don’t forget to register!

From the NSF announcement:

As the data collection ability of nearly every area of science has ballooned, so has the potential for problematic research practices that can lead to irreproducible results. I will discuss a set of approaches that we are developing to address this reproducibility crisis in the context of human neuroimaging research. These include an integrated platform for the analysis and open sharing of neuroimaging data, frameworks for the description of data and metadata, and the use of software containers and virtual machines to enhance computational reproducibility. I will show how these approaches have the potential to enable a new era of reproducibility in science.

The Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience has developed OpenfMRI and NeuroVault. OpenfMRI is a data repository where researchers can openly share raw magnetic resonance imaging datasets to comply with federal agency mandates. Neurovault is also a public repository where researchers can share unthreshold statistical maps, parcellations, and atlases produced by MRI and PET studies of the human brain.

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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Online Mentoring Program

The College of Education has sponsored the University of Utah’s Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars now have access to a large variety of services and resources including webinars, multi-week courses, guest lectures, accountability writing buddy matches, discussion forums, and much more.

If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Granados.

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Utah Symposium in Science and Literature, The Provisional City

When: April 12-14th, 2017, view schedule

Registration is appreciated. Contact Whitney Reid to register, if you are registering for multiple people include their names as well. If possible, could you also let her know which Thursday afternoon activity you would like to attend as well, listed below:

Here are the three Thursday afternoon activities for the afternoon breakout session at NHMU from 2:00-4:00 pm:

1) BioBlitz:  Join plenary speaker and renowned ornithologist John Marzluff
at the Natural History Museum of Utah to record and learn about spring
migrant birds and flowers.

2) TreeWatch: Join University of Utah ecologist Nalini Nadkarni at the
Natural History Museum of Utah to spend an hour living life as a tree and
share what you have learned.

3) Virtual Urbanity: Join University of Utah English Professor Lisa Swanstrom
at the Digital Matters Lab in Marriott Library to try WALDEN and other
computer games that help us imagine the possibilities of the real world
around us.

The Provisional City: Observing, Imagining, and reMaking Home, Utah Symposium in Science and Literature and and ARTLandish event.

Humans are builders and like many species—birds, beavers, ants, even plants—we believe we shape the world around us to fit our needs. Or do we? If we accept that human beings are part of nature, not separate from it, how do we bring human nature to bear in a positive way on our built environment?

The symposium will bring together poet Cole Swensen, biologist John Marzluff, and visual-environmental artist Mel Chin to consider these questions.

The UMFA is proud to co-present and host the symposium in conjunction with ARTLandish. The symposium is co-directed by University of Utah professors Katharine Coles (English) and Frederick Adler (Biology and Mathematics).

ARTLandish: Land Art, Landscape, and the Environment is sponsored by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation and presented in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Fine Arts and J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

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HHMI New Investigator Competition

Deadline: June 27, 2017 by 3:00 pm EST

We invite researchers to apply who bring original and innovative approaches to the investigation of biological problems in biomedical disciplines, plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Physician scientists are encouraged to participate in the competition. We expect to appoint up to 20 new investigators.

We ask that you encourage appropriate scientists to participate in HHMI Investigator Program. Eligible candidates apply directly without an institutional nomination, and there are no limits on the number of applicants or awardees from any of the over 200 eligible institutions.

In brief, candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of the application deadline:

  • PhD and/or MD (or the equivalent).
  • Tenured or tenure-track position as an assistant professor or higher academic rank (or the equivalent) at an eligible U.S. institution, which would become the host institution.
  • More than 3, but no more than 12, years of post-training, professional experience. To meet this requirement, the applicant’s professional appointment(s) must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2005, and no later than September 1, 2014.
  • Principal investigator on one or more active, national peer-reviewed research grants with an initial duration of at least three years, such as an NIH R01 grant. Mentored awards, career development and training grants do not qualify. Multi-investigator grants may qualify.

The deadline for submission of all application materials is June 27, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

The HHMI review process will include evaluation of applications by distinguished scientists, leading to the selection of semifinalists by early 2018. Following further review, finalists will be selected in the spring of 2018, with appointments to begin as early as September 1, 2018. Institutions with finalists who have not previously hosted an HHMI investigator will be required to enter into a collaborative agreement with HHMI.

HHMI welcomes a diverse and broad applicant pool. Individuals from gender, racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research at the career stages targeted by this program are encouraged to apply. As an equal opportunity employer, HHMI does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

We appreciate your help in distributing this announcement to colleagues at your institution.

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University of Utah Research Profiles

Research Profiles (also known as PURE) is a research management system available at the University of Utah, which aggregates information about faculty and researcher outputs – including publications, projects, awards, teaching activity, datasets, press clippings, posters. etc. Research Profiles includes a searchable web portal that enables you to find and discover University of Utah experts across all disciplines. Research Profiles automatically pulls publication data from Elsevier’s Scopus and combines it with data from other databases (Web of Science, PubMed) to create comprehensive profiles, allowing you to find and be found by potential collaborators at the University of Utah and beyond. You can verify, add, or update the information in your profile – including checking for new publications – at any time. Data in Research Profiles can also be used to generate up-to-date CVs, including NIH Biosketches, with a single click.

Am I included in Research Profiles?  
Currently, the University of Utah’s subscription is limited to 800 faculty profiles. If you are not currently profiled and would like to be added to University of Utah Research Profiles, please contact Mary Richardson for options. Research Profiles also works synchronously with SciVal Funding, allowing researchers to use their profile to setup automated funding searches based on research goals and experience, and find collaborators who match specific grant opportunities.

Want more info? Visit the user guide to see tutorial videos on managing your profile, searching for experts on campus, or how to use the Funding Discovery feature.

Contact Mary Richardson with any additional questions.

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Look for ‘Great Colleges to Work For’ Survey

This year the University of Utah will again be participating in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” program, a study designed to recognize institutions that have built great workplaces. Part of the program involves an employee survey distributed to a sample of each institution’s full-time faculty, administrators, exempt and non-exempt staff.

This survey was designed specifically for higher education. On March 21, 2017, this survey will open and be distributed to a random selection of our employees. Those that are included in this random sample of employees will receive an email invitation encouraging them to take part. Please encourage your employees that receive the email to take a moment to complete the survey. They will be representing themselves, and also their colleagues.

The results of the survey will be factored into the overall scoring process that will ultimately determine the institution that will be recognized. After The Chronicle publishes the findings this July, our institution will receive a report that summarizes responses to the survey questions.

This will be a confidential survey that measures the strength of certain organizational competencies and relationships that most directly impact and influence an institution’s culture. Your employees’ participation and honest feedback are critical to the assessment process. To ensure the confidentiality of responses, the survey will be processed by ModernThink LLC, a research and consulting firm focusing on workplace excellence. Our institution will not be given any information that would enable us to trace survey data back to any one individual.

We encourage everyone’s participation. A high response rate helps ensure accurate results and demonstrates the commitment of our workforce. Thank you, in advance, for your help with participation.

Jeff C. Herring,
Chief Human Resource Officer, University of Utah
420 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108

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Need help with Statistics? The Marriott Library has what you need.

Where: Marriott Library, Suite 2110
When: By appointment only, availability listed below
Questions? Contact Lorelei Rutledge, Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library

Come see our Statistics Graduate Teaching Assistant Lu Tian!

Lu can help you select software to assist with data analysis, provide tutorials on SAS, STATA, and R and help you to review your data analysis for errors in assumptions.

Lu Tian is available in the Marriott Library Suite 2110:

Tuesdays, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Thursdays 11:30am-5:00pm
Fridays, 2:30 – 5:00pm

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