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Join the SMART team on Aug. 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST to learn about the SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program. This webinar will discuss program benefits, eligibility, how to apply and helpful tips. The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in STEM disciplines to receive a full scholarship and civilian employment with the Department of Defense upon degree completion. The SMART Application is open Aug. 1-Dec. 1.

To learn more about the SMART Program visit:  https://www.smartscholarship.org/smart.

Register for the webinar here: https://lmigov.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_e23xmBtaTH2eMJzcY3U-JA.

For questions, email Outreach@smartscholarship.org.

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Policy on Animal Use Protocol Roster Requirements and PI Eligibility

Policy for Volunteers in Research and Instructional Protocols

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The deadline for receipt of Research Scientist promotion dossiers to Office of Research is Friday, Nov. 6.  Please be sure that all faculty and staff in your unit are aware of this deadline.

(Note: Please check with your Dean’s Office for any internal procedures and earlier deadlines.)

The items listed below are required for the promotion dossier. Please see the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Research Scientists for promotion procedures and details regarding required items, particularly for section 5 (Promotion Procedures), Appendix B (Dossier for Promotion) and Appendix C (Suggested Letter of Request).

  1. Recommendation for Promotion Form for Academic Professional, Lecturer, Librarian, Public Service and Research Scientist Ranks (with original signatures). 
    1. This required form is on the Office of Faculty Affairs website at: https://provost.uga.edu/_resources/documents/promoform_NTT.pdf. Failure to use this form will result in the dossier being returned to the unit without further consideration.  
    2. Include the candidate’s full name and full home department name. Submit the original form with signatures, votes and approval status (yes/no) for each level of review. Ensure that all units use the promotion form revised on 3/30/2016. 
    3. IMPORTANT – Please ensure your unit(s) uses the 2020-2021 Quick Reference Guide when completing the form to calculate years in rank for all promotion candidates.
  2. Cover letter
  3. Vitae
  4. Achievements
  5. External Evaluations (minimum of 4)

Please choose one of the following methods to submit recommendation dossiers:

1. Email. PDF file attachment emailed to research-personnel@uga.edu (and cc jhawks.farmer@uga.edu). IMPORTANT NOTES: a) the original hard copy Recommendation for Promotion form with original signatures should then be sent to: The Office of Research c/o Jessica Hawks Farmer, 147 Coverdell Building CAMPUS. b) If you do not receive email receipt confirmation of the emailed dossier within 24 hours, please email or call to inquire.

OR

2. Hardcopy. One paper hard copy (unstapled and unbound) to: The Office of Research c/o Jessica Hawks Farmer, 147 Coverdell Building CAMPUS. IMPORTANT NOTES: a) Please plan to have hard copy dossiers arrive in the Office of Research no later than the deadline of Nov. 6.  b) If you do not receive email confirmation that the hard copy package was received, email or call to inquire. Please remember that campus mail is not same-day delivery.

Direct questions to research-personnel@uga.edujhawks.farmer@uga.edu or callen09@uga.edu.

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With the help of UGA’s Office of Research and ThermoFisher, a long-standing industrial partner of investigators at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, a state-of-the-art Tribrid Mass Spectrometer has been moved from the CCRC into containment at the Animal Health Research Center. This instrument will allow existing, budding and new collaborations between AHRC and CCRC researchers to study some of the most dangerous infectious agents using cutting-edge mass spectrometry approaches. Having such a high-end instrument in BSL3+ containment in an academic setting is truly unique and will facilitate advancements in understanding the roles of glycoproteins in a multitude of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

This endeavor is further augmented by a pending, submitted National Institutes of Health instrument grant, with support from ThermoFisher, the CCRC, and the Office of Research at UGA, to replace the instrument removed from the CCRC with the next generation of Tribrid Mass Spectrometers, the Eclipse. This instrument will support 28 investigators currently funded by at least 43 NIH grants primarily focused on the interface between glycobiology and infectious disease.

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The opening of this PCORI Funding Announcement has been moved back to June 9, 2020.

This PCORI funding announcement invites applications for high-quality comparative effectiveness research (CER) projects that will examine a critical patient-centered research question that is also relevant to decision makers and other stakeholders. For this PFA, investigators should propose an individual-level or cluster randomized controlled trial of significant scale and scope, requiring funding in excess of $10 million in direct costs. The proposed trials should address important decisional dilemmas that require important new evidence about the comparative effectiveness of available interventions. Proposed studies should compare interventions that already have established evidence of efficacy or are in widespread use. Clinical interventions (such as medications, diagnostic tests, or procedures) and delivery system interventions are appropriate for study.

Deadlines

  • LOI: September 29, 2020
  • Full Application: January 12, 2021

More information.

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The Sponsored Projects Annual Report for FY 2019 is now available at http://research.uga.edu/docs/reports/FY19-Annual-Report.pdf. The report compares 2018 and 2019 research expenditures, award funding and number of proposals submitted, as well as providing breakdowns of all sponsored activity by unit.

Previous reports are available at http://research.uga.edu/docs/reports/FY19-Annual-Report.pdf.

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UGA’s Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility has 11 new touchscreen computers that monitor the pH, oxygen levels, temperature and agitation (i.e., rotation) of the fermenters, generating the optimal growth environment. The touchscreen eases the process of checking the conditions and data of the media inside the fermenters, and the computers automatically turn the fermenters’ valves and pumps on and off. Automation allows for adjustments and takes away a lot of the guesswork behind yielding the best growing conditions, but the computers also allow for manual override in case the media needs more attention from BFF technicians.

BFF also has a new, larger Kuhner Incubator Shaker that holds larger flasks. It offers orbital and linear shaking as well as humidity control, chilling to degrees below ambient with additional options for LED photosynthesis and UV lighting.

The facility also acquired DASGIP bioreactor fermenters, which can be used to produce small batches up to 10 liters. This is BFF’s third bank of parallel bioreactors, bringing the total number of autoclavable systems to 28.

For more information, visit https://bcmb.franklin.uga.edu/bff/our-services or contact BFF at info@bmb.uga.edu or 706-542-1334.

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Attention human research investigators: We recognize and value UGA investigators’ experience and expertise in conducting research projects. Further, we understand the demands on researchers’ time, and we strive to create systems and infrastructure that provide a high level of research project management support. However, the PI is ultimately accountable for ensuring that individual research projects meet all reporting and approval requirements. While the IRB portal is programmed to send courtesy reminders at 90, 60, and 30 days prior to a study’s expiration date, this system does not replace the responsibility of PIs to be aware of the approval period for research studies.

We strongly urge investigators to have multiple tools and safeguards to ensure that they meet regulatory and institutional requirements pertaining to continuing review and maintaining approval of human research projects. Setting up calendar reminders for 30 days prior to study expiration is one possible method.

Please remember that all human research procedures related to the approved project must stop when approval expires until a new approval period is granted. When research activities are complete, the PI is responsible for closing the project in the IRB portal, even if the project was for a student’s thesis or dissertation.

Please contact the Human Subject Office at IRB@uga.edu or 706-542-3199 if you have any questions about continuing review and expiration of IRB approval. More information is available in our Policies and Procedures and on the Human Research Protection Program website https://research.uga.edu/hrpp/.

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The Laboratory Support Services and Operations (LASSO) contract operates and maintains a diverse set of laboratories, development shops, and test facilities at Kennedy Space Center. Southeastern Universities Research Association and its member universities partner with AECOM on the LASSO contract to involve academic researchers, subject matter experts, and students in KSC’s scientific research and engineering activities. LASSO has several paid opportunities available this summer for students in their junior or senior year, graduate students, and teachers. These positions are open to all qualified applicants, including those new to NASA research, who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Open Summer Positions:

Chemistry Laboratory Technician: Learn cutting edge analytical chemistry techniques by assisting in writing, developing, and validating new preventative maintenance procedures for analytical chemistry instrumentation. Learn Lean Six Sigma and 5s techniques and chemical hygiene while organizing and cleaning the laboratory, glassware, and equipment. Learn ISO9001, AS9100, and NASA calibration requirements while assisting in collecting equipment to send out for calibration. Apply 5s techniques for ordering and stocking laboratory supplies. Escort vendors and learn from their expertise while performing corrective and preventative maintenance on science and engineering equipment and instrumentation. Perform related duties as required. Laboratory experience, through coursework or jobs, required.

Physics Laboratory Technician: Learn cutting edge science and engineering instrumentation by assisting in writing, developing, and validating new preventative maintenance procedures for science and engineering instrumentation. Learn Lean Six Sigma and 5s techniques and chemical hygiene while organizing and cleaning the laboratory, glassware, and equipment. Learn ISO9001, AS9100, and NASA calibration requirements while assisting in collecting equipment to send out for calibration. Apply 5s techniques for ordering and stocking laboratory supplies. Escort vendors and learn from their expertise while performing corrective and preventative maintenance on science and engineering equipment and instrumentation. Perform related duties as required. Laboratory experience, through coursework or jobs, required.

Engineering Laboratory Technician: Learn cutting edge science and engineering instrumentation by assisting in writing, developing, and validating new preventative maintenance procedures for science and engineering instrumentation. Learn Lean Six Sigma and 5s techniques and chemical hygiene while organizing and cleaning the laboratory, glassware, and equipment. Learn ISO9001, AS9100, and NASA calibration requirements while assisting in collecting equipment to send out for calibration. Apply 5s techniques for ordering and stocking laboratory supplies. Escort vendors and learn from their expertise while performing corrective and preventative maintenance on science and engineering equipment and instrumentation. Perform related duties as required. Laboratory experience, through coursework or jobs, required.

Engineering Technician: Learn cutting edge science and engineering techniques by assisting in writing, developing, and validating new preventative maintenance procedures and service contracts for science and engineering instrumentation. Learn Lean Six Sigma and 5s techniques and chemical hygiene while organizing and cleaning the laboratory, glassware, and equipment. Escort vendors and learn from their expertise while performing corrective and preventative maintenance on science and engineering equipment and instrumentation.

Term: Approximately eight to ten weeks.

Deliverables: Each selected assistant/technician will be required to submit a short report at the end of their internship describing their activities and accomplishments.

Application Requirements:

Cover Letter: In the cover letter, identify which position you are applying for and the dates of your availability. Summarize your experience and why you are interested in the position.

Resume: Include relevant education, training, and experience.

Submission Instructions: Send all requirements electronically to Charna Meth, Space Science and Technology Manager, at charna@sura.org.

Deadline: May 30, 2019

More information: http://www6.sura.org/programs/planetary-science/lasso/

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The purpose of this initiative is to support projects which exploit genome or epigenome editing to functionally validate and characterize genes or variants involved in substance use disorder-relevant phenotypes. It is expected that any genetic resources generated will be made broadly available to the scientific community to enable investigation of the relevant neurobiological mechanisms involved and provide critical foundational knowledge for the development of future prevention, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Application budgets may not exceed $125,000 per year in direct costs for the R21 phase. Applications may not exceed $250,000 per year in direct costs for the R33 phase.

Letter of intent deadline: 30 days prior to application deadline

Application deadline: June 24, 2019, December 18, 2019, June 24, 2020, December 18, 2020, June 24, 2021, December 17, 2021

More information: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-278.html