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January 20, 2015  

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.

 
FOIA Requests

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.

For more information, contact the Office of General Counsel at: http://www.case.edu/president/counsel/contactus.html.

 
eRA Information: Ext-UAT and Commons Demo Will be Unavailable Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The External User Acceptance Test (Ext-UAT) and the Commons Demo environments are scheduled to be offline Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 9 am to 5 pm in preparation for the winter system-wide software release. As part of their standard practice before each quarterly software release, eRA Commons updates the Ext-UAT and Commons Demo environments with the changes that will take place in production the following week.

Please note that this process will not affect the production environment.

 
Sparta Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

CWRU's Office of Research Administration has recently added a page to its website listing answers to some of the common questions we get from Sparta users. These Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQs, range from what to do for specific error messages to how to handle common confusing situations in Sparta. We will continue to add to these FAQs, and are always open to suggestions. These questions are searchable with your browser search feature so you can look for specific keywords if you like.

The FAQs can be found at http://research.case.edu/Prop_Dev/Sparta/SpartaFAQ.cfm or on the research.case.edu website under the Sparta Info link. If you have specific questions or are having issues, you can always reach the Sparta support team at sparta@case.edu.

 
PI Toolkit: How to Find and Interpret Sponsored Project Financial Statements

Friday, February 6, 2015
8:30 am – 9:30 am
Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall

Thursday, March 5, 2015
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wolstein Research Building, Room 1403


This session was created for faculty principal investigators who have active Sponsored Projects. Attendees will learn about financial statements that are available to them via Launchpad. We will be discussing key statements which should be reviewed on a monthly basis to ensure financial transactions occur in accordance with university and sponsor policies. Examples of reports that will be reviewed include Income and Expense Statements, Salary Analysis and Status of Funded Projects.

Registration is online at: http://research.case.edu/Education/Onlinecalendar.cfm.

 

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