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.
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts – 2015 William H. Johnson Prize
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.
The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For their purposes, "early-career" is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2003 is eligible to apply in 2015, but not in 2016. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.
The 2015 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2015.
Application Deadline: September 18, 2015
For more information visit the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts webpage.
Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative – Career Development Training Opportunity
The Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) KL2 a post-doctoral training program with an emphasis on multidisciplinary clinical and translational research, offers an innovative career development opportunity for qualified candidates.
The CTSC KL2 is designed to train the nation’s future leaders in clinical and translational research, and is part of the NIH Roadmap aimed at “re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.” The CTSC KL2 has just welcomed this year’s cohort of scholars, who were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants:
- Mohamed Abazeed, MD, PhD (Radiation Oncology; Translational Hematology & Oncology, CCF)
- Stefanie Avril, MD (Pathology, CWRU)
- Nicholas Schiltz, PhD (Epidemiology & Biostatistics, CWRU)
- Jennifer Sweet, MD (Neurosurgery, University Hospitals Case Medical Center)
CTSC KL2 is now seeking applications for next year’s cohort.
Qualified candidates must:
- Hold an MD, PhD, DDS, PharmD, PsyD, or equivalent degree
- Demonstrate a keen interest in clinical research
- Have an appointment in one of the CTSC partner institutions on or before July 1, 2016
- Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status
Each scholar will embark on a 4-year program of intensive training in multidisciplinary team-based, patient-oriented clinical research, combining an innovative curriculum with mentored research experiences.
Applications will be accepted between 7/1/15 and 10/12/15.
For more information, contact Beth Spyke, MPA, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 216.444.2702 or Raed Dweik, MD, at email@example.com / 216-445-5763. You may also request to schedule an information session.
For additional information, visit the CTSC webpage.
Limited Submission Reminder: Simons Foundation: Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems
Key Deadlines: September 3, 2015, 5:00pm (CWRU Letter of Intent), October 28, 2015, 12:00pm EST (external application).
The Simons Foundation invites nominations for Simons Investigators in the Mathematical Modeling of Living Systems (MMLS). These Investigators are outstanding scientists, often with mathematics or theoretical physics backgrounds, who are now engaged in mathematical model- based research in the life sciences and to whom the Simons Foundation is dedicated to providing long-term support for their work.
Rationale and scope: New approaches in mathematically based modeling are making increasingly important contributions to the life sciences. The MMLS program aims to support such approaches and foster a scientific culture of theory-experiment collaboration similar to that prevailing in the physical sciences. To encourage young researchers to pursue this endeavor, the MMLS program will provide a long-term, stable base of support, enabling a focus on model-based approaches to important issues in the life sciences.
A broad spectrum of research areas within the life sciences will be considered, ranging from cellular-level issues of organization, regulation, signaling, and morphogenic dynamics to the properties of organisms and ecology, as well as neuroscience and evolution; however, preference will be given to areas in which modeling approaches are less established and, for this reason, bioinformatics- and genomics-related proposals fall outside the scope of the program. In all cases, preference will be given to work that relates closely to experiment, developing mathematical models that can explain data, suggest new classes of experiments, and introduce important new concepts.
Terms of Awards: An Investigator will receive research support in an amount initially set at $100,000 per year. An additional $10,000 per year will be provided to the Investigator's department. The award is administered through the institution at which the Investigator is appointed, and this institution will receive an additional 20 percent per year in indirect costs on the Investigator and departmental funds.
For more information on this limited submission opportunity, visit the Office of Research Administration website.
Registration Now Open: OHRP Research Community Forum
Innovations in Research: Collaborations & Transformations
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Global Center for Health Innovation
Registration Fee: $125
The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), along with University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), will be hosting an all-day Research Community Forum at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio.
This conference will feature a unique program focused on research innovation, with representatives from OHRP as well as experts from industry and academic institutions. The content of the program will benefit all members of the research enterprise.
Researchers, research coordinators, Institutional Review Board (IRB) members and staff, institutional officials, other public health service agencies, emerging bioscience companies entering human research and anyone with an interest in research involving human subjects should consider attending this informative and interesting one-day conference.
For additional information and registration, see http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eb321k9pd223cc69&llr=hr5hpguab.
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