Provost W.A. "Bud" Baeslack III announced, on November 4th, the appointment of Suzanne M. Rivera as
Case Western Reserve´s new vice president for research, effective this month.
Rivera, the university´s associate vice president for research since January 2011,
emerged as the top choice after an extensive process involving campuswide nominations
of internal university candidates. Since coming to CWRU, Rivera has distinguished herself
through a commitment to collaboration and a focus on systems and processes.
Read more about her.
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December 9, 2014
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services has announced the following new funding opportunity:
Through its Furthermore program, the J.M. Kaplan Fund supports nonfiction books about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues.
The program seeks work that appeals to an informed general audience; demonstrates evidence of high standards in editing, design, and production; promises a reasonable shelf life; might not otherwise achieve top quality or even come into being; and "represents a contribution without which we would be the poorer."
Individual grants range from $500 to approximately $15,000 and may be used to support writing, research, editing, design, indexing, photography, illustration, and/or printing and binding.
The Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) has made a free plain language handbook for researchers illustrating why health literacy is important and how to improve the readability of consent forms and other participant materials.
CWRU researchers who receive requests for information that invoke the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should contact the Office of General Counsel. This should be done immediately so the extremely short deadlines under FOIA can be met. General Counsel can work with the faculty member to take steps to protect proprietary or confidential information from grants and protocols prior to the release of the requested information. Individual researchers should not release information without first consulting with the CWRU Office of General Counsel.
New Policy on Individual Developmnet Plans for NIH-Funded Students and Postdocs
The NIH is strongly encouraging institutions to develop institutional policies that employ an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for every graduate student and postdoctoral researcher supported by NIH awards. Beginning on October 1, 2014, the vast majority of NIH funding mechanisms will require that PIs include a description in their annual progress reports of whether the institution uses IDPs or not and how they are employed to help manage the training and career development of those individuals.
A suggested CWRU SOM IDP template will be available shortly. A CWRU SOM on-line IDP submission site will be available by mid-October. The initial submission deadline will be December 1, 2014. It is important to note that the CWRU SOM IDP is a professional development and career planning document for trainees. It is not meant to be or to replace any annual trainee review process that is occurring within your programs.
Please see the document explaining the new CWRU SOM IDP policy. It is written so that PIs, T32 Directors, and others can incorporate aspects of this document into their progress reports. The document can be found here: https://research.case.edu/files/T32_IDP_template.docx
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