National Science Foundation (NSF) & American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) have launched the Beyond the Box National Digitization Innovation Competition. The initiative will award $1 million to the individual or team who develops a novel way to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens and their associated data from a standard museum drawer of insects.
The Beyond the Box Digitization Challenge has been designed to stimulate individuals or teams to solve a problem that is hindering scientific research and innovation - the inability to quickly and accurately digitize specimens and associated data in a standard tray of insects in a natural history museum. Solving this problem will help advance research as well as contribute to improved public health, environmental management, and agriculture by providing scientists, farmers, health care providers, and citizen scientists with access to our nation's insect collections. Moreover, the solution to this problem will almost certainly find additional applications in scientific and commercial settings.
The winning entry will receive up to $1 million for the development of a hardware and software system that automates digitization of pinned insect specimens, without damaging the specimens--one of the most challenging biocollections digitization tasks.
Visit the Beyond the Box website for more information on the challenge.
Community-Based Research Consult Service
The Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities is funded by the National Institutes of Health to offer a variety of services to faculty members, health care providers, student researchers, and community organizations. One of our many services include a Community-Based Research Consult Service to help researchers and organizations develop quality research.
The consult service has expertise in areas including, but not limited to: research project development, IRB application process, grants assistance and funding, survey development and refinement, needs assessment, data collection, program evaluation, best practices, focus group development, recruitment strategies, dissemination of findings, and Spanish Translation.
For additional information, visit the Center for Reducing Health Disparities website: http://www.reducedisparity.org/.
For assistance, please contact Katrice Cain (216-778-8467 or email@example.com) or Mary Ellen Lawless (216-778-1304 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student Research - Responsibilities before Graduation
Before graduating students leave the university, it is important that the following research-related responsibilities are fulfilled:
For more information on custody of research data, please see Section C, 6: http://www.case.edu/president/facsen/frames/handbook/research_scholar.htm/.
- Any student-initiated institutional review board (IRB) protocol is required either to be turned over to the responsible investigator or closed out with the IRB.Keep in mind that in order to close a protocol, data must be deidentified. If identifiable data will be retained, the protocol must remain open and the faculty investigator is responsible for keeping the data and maintaining the security measures of it, as outlined in the approved IRB protocol.
- For student-related research that has been federally funded, faculty advisors and responsible/principal investigators must keep original data, and students may take copies, unless a formal written agreement is made that ensures immediate and complete access to the original data.
- Upon terminating the IRB protocol, the student must provide copies of the completed informed consent documents and any data collection instruments to the responsible investigator.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
is soliciting applications for Offender Reentry Program (ORP) grants. The purpose of the ORP program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced substance-abusing adult offenders/ex-offenders who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prisons, jails, or detention centers. Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based substance abuse treatment and related reentry services. Because reentry transition must begin in the correctional facility before release, limited funding may be used for certain activities in institutional correctional settings in addition to the expected community-based services.
Application Deadline: May 26, 2015
For more information visit the Grants.Gov website.
Congratulations to the Research ShowCASE and Intersections Presentation Winners
Postdoctoral First Place Winners:
Postdoctoral Honorable Mention:
Graduate Student First Place Winners:
Graduate Student Honorable Mention:
Jang Ik Cho
Seyed Mohsen Seifi
Undergraduate First Place Winners:
Taylor Nguyen (Mentor - Mohan Sankaran)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Anisha Garg (Mentor - Barbara Kuemerle)
Raghav Tripathi (Mentor - Jeremy Bordeaux)
Diana Acosta (Mentor - Roger French)
Margaret Mack (Mentor - Zheng-Rong Lu)
Moriah Watts (Mentor - Marilyn Lotas)
William Qu (Mentor - Paul Tesar)
Logan Smith (Mentor - Julia Dobosotskaya)
Harini Ushasri and Liana Manuel (Mentor - John Paul Stephens)
Alayna Klco (Mentor - Katia Almeida)
Undergraduate Second Place Winners:
Paul Advincula (Mentor - Rigoberto Advincula)
Samantha Butler (Mentor - Chung-Chiun Liu)
Sara Mithani (Mentor - Leena Palomo)
Rachael Wieber and Breanon Glover (Mentor - Mary Quinn Griffin)
Arvind Haran (Mentor - Michael Jenkins)
Elishama Kanu (Mentor - Hillel Chiel)
Katie Pezzot (Mentor - Jiayang Sun)
Samir Shah (Mentors: Matthew Williams and Robert Kirsch)
Kathy Lin (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lauren Pohl (Mentor - Amy Przeworski)
Lisa Richey (Mentor - Kathryn Rothenberg)
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