Events, Workshops, Notices
EConfirm (ECC) Training Sessions Begin November 2020
ECC replaces the prior Indiana University Kuali Financial System (KFS) effort reporting process.
TRAINING SCHEDULES - Join a session by clicking on the date/time
Project Directors / PIs (ECC Confirmer)
Fiscal Officer/Delegates (ECC Effort Coordinators)
Workshop: Write Winning Grant Proposals
Offered by: Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, Diversity (FAPDD)
When: Wednesday, March 24 - Thursday, March 25
Those interested in learning conceptual and practical aspects associated with the grant writing process should consider registering for the Write Winning Grant Proposals event below. This program is appropriate for faculty members who are contemplating a competitive application to federal or state agencies and foundations in either basic science or clinical research. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI).
Environmental Justice Seminar
Join the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) and the Kheprw Institute for critical conversations about climate change, pollution, and social justice.
Register / Save the Dates: Global Justice
January 21, 2021
Learn more at https://anthropocenes.org/environmental-justice-seminar
Call for Proposals
We are proud to announce the 2021 Statewide Summit on Women & Tech will take place completely online Thursday, March 4 through Monday, March 8, 2021.
The Summit provides an opportunity to celebrate women & technology and to share, learn, engage with, and experience tech across a variety of skill levels and topics. Empowerment sessions are included to promote career success. This year, our virtual format allows statewide participation from anyone at no charge.
We extend this open invitation to employers, IU students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and members of the general public, to submit proposals for breakout sessions.
Submit a proposal by completing THIS FORM.
SecureMyResearch provides researchers with consulting and resources to help them protect research data and comply with cybersecurity requirements in grants, contracts, and data use agreements. The service aims to reduce the cybersecurity and compliance burden, letting researchers do what they do best—world-class research.
Get more info on this resource here.
Sage Research Methods
If you teach research methods or need a refresher on qualitative or quantitative methods, you can access Sage Research Methods, which includes the classic Little Blue Books, Little Green Books, videos, journals, and books.
Sage research methods tools
Grants.gov Grants Learning Center
Ready to find and apply for federal funding? The Grants Learning Center is your gateway to the federal grants world. Bookmark this page and participate in their growing communities on Blog.Grants.gov and Twitter ( @grantsdotgov).
Regenstrief Institute hosts free online course on the future of AI in health care
Regenstrief Institute is hosting a free continuing medical education opportunity on its website. An 11-video course based on the National Academy of Medicine special publication, "Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril," is now available online.
The course explores the opportunities for artificial intelligence in health care, as well as its potential challenges. Learn more about the best practices for development, implementation and maintenance of AI solutions to improve health and health care. This free series of video lessons is accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) units.
The materials shared were taped at the Stanford Presence Center's symposium that showcased the launch of the publication in November 2019. Regenstrief Institute is the online education host and key partner to the development and support of the materials.
Learn more or access the course.
Trial Innovation Network offers opportunities for investigators interested in multi-site studies
The Trial Innovation Network (TIN), a collaborative initiative within the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program, is currently accepting new proposals from investigators. The TIN vision is to address critical roadblocks in clinical research and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The network leverages the expertise and resources of CTSA programs from across the country to encourage innovation, excellence and collaboration.
More details are available on the Indiana CTSI website.
Training for responsible research
University-wide training opportunities help researchers and research staff learn more about key areas of research administration, development, and compliance.
Much of your training can be done on the computer. Online training is available for learning how to use IU research tools and systems, such as CITI, KC, and Pivot; and quick guides walk you through step-by-step instructions on specific research topics and tasks.
Be sure to also review the training requirements for six of the seven compliance areas, and fulfill these requirements for yourself and your research team.
Enforcement of NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current & Pending Support Formats
Effective October 5, 2020, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1) requirement to use NSF-approved formats for the preparation of the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support proposal documents. The NSF-approved formats are SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae and an NSF fillable PDF.
Policy-related questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have IT system-related or technical questions regarding the NSF-approved formats or the Research.gov Project Reporting System, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 (7:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET; Monday - Friday except federal holidays) or via email@example.com.
NSF Important Notice No. 147 - Research.gov Implementation Update
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has been at the forefront in the development of Federal agency electronic systems designed to prepare and submit proposals for Federal financial assistance. From the introduction of FastLane in 1994, to the incremental development of Research.gov as its eventual replacement, NSF has led the way with modern, agile systems tailored to meet the needs of the research community.
To ensure that researchers and administrators are prepared for upcoming changes, NSF is developing additional training materials to meet the needs of the community. This includes video tutorials, Frequently Asked Questions, step-by-step guides, and a demonstration site. Current training materials are available on the About Research.gov site.
NSF encourages the community to become familiar with Research.gov and to begin using it for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as to provide NSF with valuable feedback. For additional information, FAQs, opportunities for training and to provide feedback, please visit Research.gov.
ORA Contract Request Form
Beginning in October 2020, a new online 'ORA Contract Request Form' is available through One.IU. ORA will allow for a month-long transition before requiring the use of the new online form.
The form is intended to be used for all non-monetary contracts. These include non-disclosure agreements (NDAs / CDAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Master Agreements, Teaming Agreements, and any other unfunded research collaboration agreement. The form should not be used for sponsored award agreements or subaward requests,
The ORA Contract Request Form will replace the process of emailing different PDF intake sheets to ORAResCo@iu.edu and firstname.lastname@example.org. This new process will allow us to collect more relevant information when a request is submitted and will make the contracting process more efficient and expedient.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Katie Morris, Director of Research Contracting, at email@example.com.
KC Proposal Development Enhancement
The KC Proposal Development Document has been updated to automatically add in the Other Units (located in the Organization/Location panel off the Proposal tab) based on the persons entered into the Key Personnel tab. Going forward if you add someone as key personnel that is not in the same unit as the PI or Co-PI, KC will add their home unit to the Other Units section for you. Units identified in the Other Units section will continue to route to those identified units.
The Other Units panel will still be editable if there are other units who need to be added in the routing chain that are not listed in the Key Personnel tab. Also, please note that any changes to the Other Units section or the Key Personnel tab do NOT impact the routing chain after the KC Proposal Development is submitted into routing. Any unit approvals after this point will need to be obtained via email and added as an internal attachment to the KC Proposal Development document.
Due to this enhancement the associated question on the Questions tab has been updated to the following text: "Are other IU campuses, schools, or units involved? If Yes, add unit(s) to Other IU Unit(s) subpanel in the Organization/Location panel of the Proposal tab. You do not need to add additional units for a Co-PI, PI/Multiple or Key Persons."
Limited Submissions - External Funding
Limited submissions and internal funding opportunities offered by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research/Vice President for Research are posted in the IU InfoReady site. IU login is required. Once logged in, see "IU Home Page" at top left and select the desired campus or limited submissions link from the dropdown menu.
Subscribe here to stay informed about limited submissions opportunities and other IU research information.
Should you become aware of a grant opportunity with any type of limitation not posted in these publications, please contact Chris Herring at (812) 856-1368 or Alicia Gahimer at (317) 278-0249.
OVCR/VPR Internal Funding
Emergency Equity Fund for Research
Recognizing the magnitude and the urgency of the burden created by COVID-19 on many researchers, especially those with caregiver responsibilities, the Gender Equity in Research Task Force has committed $400,000 to create an Emergency Equity Fund for Research.
The fund, as outlined by the task force, will provide flexible, rapid awards of up to $2,500 to address some critical needs not already met by existing funding sources to advance research productivity.
This initiative will fund a limited series of research-related needs not already met by existing funding sources. The costs must be well-justified in terms of professional and financial need, lack of available alternative funding, and potential research impact. To learn more about this opportunity, click here.
Bridge Funding Program (BRIDGE) – IUPUI
Financial support for faculty research and scholarship during times when externally funded research programs are between grant cycles.
$45,000 ($30,000 award, $15,000 school match)
Provides matching support for the purchase of major equipment that is not currently available at the campus level and will be shared by several faculty members from different departments and schools.
$50,000 ($25,000 award, $25,000 school match)
Release Time for Research (RTR)
Allows a buy-out of teaching time to adequately prepare competitive proposals for quality research and scholarly activity.
Deadline: February 1
varies by category
Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG)
Provides seed funding for research projects and scholarly activities that are sustainable through external funding.
Deadline: April 1
Maximum amount: $35,000
Recent External Funding Awards
Significant Grants and Awards of $50K + – November 2020
|Primary Project Director||School||Department||Sponsor Full Name||Award Project Title||Award Anticipated Total Amount|
|Rodefeld, Mark D||MEDICINE||CARDIOSURGERY||NATIONAL HEART, LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE||Cavopulmonary Assist to reverse the Fontan||$8,940,118|
|Lasagna Reeves, Cristian Alberto||MEDICINE||STARK NEUROSCIENCES RES INST||NATIONAL INSTITUTE NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS & STROKE||Tau-seed protein interactome and its role in neurodegenerative tauopathies.||$3,378,618|
|Kaplan, Mark H||MEDICINE||MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY||NATIONAL INSTITUTE ALLERGY & INFECTIOUS DISEASES||Allergic inflammation and Transcriptional Regulation in Th9 cells||$2,823,184|
|Roy, Sashwati||MEDICINE||SURGERY||MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY ENTERPRISE CONSORTIUM||Electroceutical technology against wound microbial biofilm infection||$1,814,708|
|Fogel, Evan L.||MEDICINE||GASTROENTEROLOGY||NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES, DIGESTIVE & KIDNEY||Indiana University clinical Center for acute pancreatitis and diabetes clinical research network||$1,378,723|
|Osili, Una O||PHILANTHROPY||LILLY FAMILY SCHOOL OF PHILANTHROPY||BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION||Global Philanthropy Resource Flows Index||$799,950|
|Aalsma, Matthew C.||MEDICINE||PED-ADOLESCENT MEDICINE||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||Community network driven COVID-19 testing of vulnerable populations in the Central US||$544,637|
|Yeager, Valerie Ann||PUBLIC HLTH||HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT||HEALTH AND HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF MARION COUNTY||Ending the HIV Epidemic (EtE) Evaluation||$500,000|
|Wang, Lixin||SCIENCE||GEOLOGY||NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE||Assessing the ecosystem services of agricultural conservation practices under current and future climate scenarios||$500,000|
|Boustani, Malaz A||MEDICINE||GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE||REGENSTRIEF INSTITUTE, INC.||PANSS Scores/Schizophrenia - Medical Adherence in Patients with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder||$455,305|
|Huang, Chiung-Kuei (CK)||MEDICINE||GASTROENTEROLOGY||NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM||TET1 in alcoholic liver disease progression||$432,182|
|Kareken, David A.||MEDICINE||NEUROLOGY||UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY RESEARCH FOUNDATION||Sex Differences in Risk for Alcohol Use Disorder: Neural and Hormonal Influences||$362,226|
|Richer, Martin J||MEDICINE||MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY||MCGILL UNIVERSITY||Host and viral determinants of ZIKV fitness and the immune response to infection||$324,055|
|Mariscal, Susana||SOCIAL WORK||SOCIAL WORK||MARION COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT||Marion County Family Recovery Court Evaluation||$160,107|
|Marrs, Kathleen A||SCIENCE||BIOLOGY||BALL STATE UNIVERSITY||Indiana STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund Grant Program: Hoosier STEM Academy||$155,068|
|Gardner, Adrian||MEDICINE||IU-KENYA PARTNERSHIP||ABBOTT FUND||Abbott AMPATH 2020-2021 Diabetes/Chronic Disease||$150,000|
|Roodman, G David||MEDICINE||HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY||UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOR MEDICAL SCIENCES||Contribution of Osteocytes to the Musculoskeletal Effects of Multiple Myeloma||$115,738|
|Nakshatri, Harikrishna||MEDICINE||SURGICAL ONCOLOGY||CHAN ZUCKERBERG FOUNDATION||Single cell analysis of the normal breasts of Native Americans, Ashkenazi Jewish and Asian women.||$115,000|
|McGrew, John H.||SCIENCE||PSYCHOLOGY||BALL STATE UNIVERSITY||BREATHE: A burnout intervention for Special Education teachers||$97,162|
|Davis, Thomas E.||MEDICINE||PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY MED||BECTON DICKINSON||Becton Dickinson Program for Collection of BioSpecimens||$96,586|
|Clapp, D Wade||MEDICINE||PED-HEME/ONC BASIC RESEARCH||CHILDREN'S TUMOR FOUNDATION||Experimental Therapeutic Evaluation of PSC5-6 using a pre-clinical Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis Type 1||$85,000|
|Turman, Jack Edward||PUBLIC HLTH||SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES||INDIANA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH||Grassroots Efforts to Improve Indiana MCH Outcomes||$79,207|
|Aalsma, Matthew C.||MEDICINE||PED-ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO||Statewide System and Organizational Strategy for Evidence-Based Practice Implementation and Sustainment in Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment||$77,083|
|Vest, Joshua Ryan||PUBLIC HLTH||HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT||VITAL STRATEGIES||COVID Mask Study||$75,000|
|Gutmann, Laurie||MEDICINE||NEUROLOGY||UNIVERSITY OF IOWA||Network of Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials (NeuroNEXT) - DCC||$73,225|
|Williams, James C.||MEDICINE||ANATOMY & CELL BIOLOGY||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||Geobiology of Cataracts||$62,054|
|Lim, Kenneth||MEDICINE||NEPHROLOGY||DIALYSIS CLINIC, INC||Effects of long interdialytic intervals on Cardiovascular Functional Capacity (ECON) Study||$60,000|
|Moorthi, Ranjani N||MEDICINE||NEPHROLOGY||DIALYSIS CLINIC, INC||Metabolites, Diet Patterns and Mobility Impairment in Chronic Kidney Disease||$60,000|
|Vest, Joshua Ryan||PUBLIC HLTH||HEALTH POLICY & MANAGEMENT||INDIANA PRIMARY HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION||COVID Virtual Care at Home Model evaluation||$58,000|
|Whitehead, Andrew L||LIBERAL ARTS||LIBERAL ARTS||PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY||Building a Foundation for Quality Research on Religion||$54,391|
Liu receives NIH R01 grant to develop new computational methods for proteoform identification
Xiaowen Liu, PhD, associate professor of bioinformatics at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, has received a 4-year, $1.26M award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project entitled, “Computational tools for proteoform identification by top-down data independent acquisition mass spectrometry.” This is the second time Liu has received a highly competitive and prestigious R01 grant from the NIH. He will collaborate with faculty from The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and the Indiana University School of Medicine on the project.
Proteomics, the study of proteins expressed by an organism, tissue, or cell, includes the exploration of proteoforms—protein products with various primary structure alterations resulting from biological processes such as gene mutations, alternative splicing, and post-translational modifications. These functional variants are implicated in many types of diseases, from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer, and understanding them is critical to developing new targeted therapies and treatments.
Read more of this story by Joanne Lovrinic.
Research in Action Spotlight
Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving
Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Tyrone Freeman paints a broader picture of philanthropy using the remarkable life and acts of Madam C.J. Walker as an exemplar of a different kind of giving. Learn more: https://youtu.be/MbiJh1x9__I.
Kelley School researcher to advance secure, energy-efficient technology in manufacturing
A researcher in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI is part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution team that received a $70 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance the use of secure and energy-efficient technology in manufacturing.
Amrou Awaysheh, an assistant professor of operations management, will conduct the work under the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or CyManII, a new cybersecurity manufacturing innovation institute. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded $70 million to CyManII, led by the University of Texas at San Antonio, to create the institute, which involves a consortium of institutions, including IU.
Awaysheh has the potential to secure over $2 million over the next five years in helping advance energy-efficiency research in U.S. manufacturers.
CyManII will address the biggest challenges facing cybersecurity in the U.S manufacturing industry. It also aims to address the need to develop the workforce necessary for an innovative environment. The vision for CyManII is to introduce a cybersecure energy ROI for energy-efficient manufacturing and supply chains that secures and sustains American leadership in global manufacturing competitiveness for decades.
Read more about this exciting research here.
IUPUI, Indiana Department of Health release Phase 3 findings from statewide COVID-19 study
Results from the third phase of a scientific study measuring the statewide prevalence of COVID-19 show that -- as of early October -- 7.8 percent of Indiana's population had been infected with the novel coronavirus.
Building on the methodology from this and previous phases, the IUPUI research team estimated that as of Nov. 20, the number of Indiana residents ever infected has increased to 10.6 percent of the population.
In Phase 1, which was conducted in late April, the study found a general population prevalence of 2.8 percent.
"COVID-19 infections are rising across the state, and we are far from achieving herd immunity," said Nir Menachemi, lead scientist on the study and a professor and Fairbanks Endowed Chair in the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and IU Fort Wayne.
Investigate this study here.
COVID-19 birth stories shine light on best way to support women in the pandemic
For many women, pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be filled with anxiety and uncertainty over what is to come, especially for first-time mothers. Throw in a global pandemic, hospital restrictions, and social distancing requirements that limit family visits, and being pregnant in 2020 has proven to be an entirely different experience.
Maria Brann and Jennifer Bute, professors in the Department of Communication Studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, are collecting COVID-19 birth stories to identify the best ways to support women giving birth during the pandemic. They are finding that many women are experiencing uncertainty and altered expectations.
"This is a whole new world for women, and we want them to find value in their experiences and their stories and to feel support from that," Brann said. "We need to be supporting mothers as they enter this new realm of life. We want it to still be celebrated."
Read more about birth stories here.
IUPUI scientist to lead $500K NIFA grant to improve agricultural resilience through conservation practices
An associate professor of earth sciences at the School of Science at IUPUI has received a four-year half million-dollar grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
"This research aims to understand whether conservation practices of cover cropping, and no-till can jointly increase agricultural resilience to climate variability and reduce agricultural environmental impacts," said Lixin Wang, who will lead the award.
With global food demands rising every day, the push is on to find crops that will withstand greater climate variabilities. Previously, efforts to reduce the impact of those variabilities focused on the introduction of new crop cultivars. This new research will build on past research Wang completed with professor Pierre-Andre Jacinthe and professor Lin Li.
"In that project, we aimed to understand the impact of drought on nutrient leaching and agricultural yield. This project is building on findings from this earlier project and answering new questions about cover cropping impacts," said Wang.
Examine more of this story by Katie Oakley.
An evolutionary cul-de-sac: Study suggests most humans are vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes
Scientists have found that insulin has met an evolutionary cul-de-sac, limiting its ability to adapt to obesity and thereby rendering most people vulnerable to Type 2 diabetes.
A recent study from scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan and Case Western Reserve University has determined that the sequence of insulin has become entrenched at the edge of impaired production, an intrinsic vulnerability unmasked by rare mutations in the insulin gene causing diabetes in childhood. The study exploits biophysical concepts and methods to relate protein chemistry to the emerging field of evolutionary medicine.
Insulin is produced by a series of highly specific processes that occur in specialized cells, called beta cells. A key step is the folding of a biosynthetic precursor, called proinsulin, to achieve the hormone’s functional three-dimensional structure. Past studies from this and other groups have suggested that impaired biosynthesis could be the result of diverse mutations that hinder the foldability of proinsulin.
Click here for more about the work of Michael Weiss and his team.
Malaria chemoprevention reduces disease and death in children after being hospitalized for severe anemia
A group of researchers including Chandy John, MD, from Indiana University School of Medicine, published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine showing malaria chemoprevention reduces morbidity and mortality in children with severe anemia.
Malaria is a major cause of anemia, which contributes substantially to child mortality and is a leading cause of hospital admissions in Africa, where malaria is prevalent. Most research on severe anemia in Africa has focused on improving in-hospital care, but in areas with intense malaria transmission, a substantial, potentially preventable component of the burden occurs in the first few months after patients leave the hospital. The patients are more likely to die during the first few months after going home than they were when they were in the hospital.
Read more about this malaria intervention here.
IU School of Medicine recruits distinguished gene therapy expert through INCITE program
Indiana University School of Medicine is pleased to welcome new faculty member, Weidong Xiao, PhD, a world-renowned authority in gene therapy. Xiao’s expertise includes the development of a molecular tool for the transfer of genes called adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors.
Xiao's research interests are in molecular virology, development of vectors for gene therapy, and hemophilia treatment. He has received continuous National Institutes of Health funding since 2001, and has trained in the leading programs and labs in his field. Xiao is currently the director of a U54 center grant to study immune responses in the treatment of hemophilia. His work also complements the research and goals of hematologists at IU Health and Riley Children’s Health.
"Xiao is a strong addition to our prestigious gene therapy team,” said Dr. Tatiana Foroud, PhD, who is the Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs at IU School of Medicine, chair for the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and leader of the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative. “He is uniquely positioned to help IU develop vector production capabilities, giving our researchers the framework to tackle many other diseases in the future."
Delve deeper into this story by Anna Carrera here.
IU School of Medicine psychologist studies injustice in treatment of youth with sickle cell disease
Imagine being in severe pain with a chronic health condition and medical professionals delaying treatment or denying a pain medication for fear you are a "drug seeker." This is the lived experience of many Black youth with sickle cell disease.
"Over time, if you repeatedly experience biases in health care, you develop a cognitive attribution for, 'Why is this happening to me?' Is it 'because I'm Black,' or 'because I have sickle cell disease' or 'because I'm in pain'?" explained Amy Williams, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Williams is launching a two-year study to examine how 'injustice appraisals' - a patient's perception of injustice in their medical care-affects the physical symptoms and mental well-being of youth ages 11 to 18 with sickle cell disease. Funded by the Indiana University Racial Justice Research Fund, the study aims to reduce racial disparities impacting the health care and lifelong morbidity of these youth by informing the development of interventions for both patients and providers.
Explore more about this story by Laura Gates.
The Keeling Curve Prize awards $250,000 annually for projects that address greenhouse gas emissions
The Keeling Curve Prize is offered by the Global Warming Mitigation Project, awarding $25,000 to two projects in each of five categories each year and each category addressing a specific sector of climate innovation. The team is looking for projects with a proven track record of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. To learn more about this project, see the previous laureates here.
IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) offers student research and mentoring awards
The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) annually honors outstanding undergraduate research and mentoring with several awards.
The recipient of the Chancellor’s Award is recognized at the annual Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation. All other awards will be conferred at a special virtual celebration in late March or early April 2021. In addition, the mentor and student awardees will be invited to give a short talk at the IUPUI Student Research and Engagement Day in April.
Student awards include The Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award, the Richard E. Ward Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Recognition Award, the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, and the IUPUI Undergraduate Outstanding Achievement in the Creative Activity Award.
The Mentor award is called the Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduate Research.
Learn more about these awards here.
Building on a strong foundation: the impact of mentorship on researchers
Two researchers who have benefitted from great mentorship are now leading a program that encourages others to connect with mentors to facilitate workforce development through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, and Matt Allen, PhD, are the new co-directors of the Indiana CTSI Career Development, Education and Research Training (CERT) program. They are succeeding Aaron Carroll, MD, the previous director of the CERT program, who has taken on a new role as the Director of Surveillance and Mitigation for the COVID pandemic for Indiana University.
When Tucker Edmonds came to the IU School of Medicine, she started as a KL2 scholar with the Indiana CTSI. The KL2 program is an early-career development award for junior faculty members to immerse them in a research-intensive setting with the added benefit of a mentor.
"The KL2 program was my introduction to the Indiana CTSI," said Tucker Edmonds, who is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at IU School of Medicine. “To come in as a trainee and to really benefit from the high-caliber programming and resources we had available to us played a big part in me wanting to stay connected and be part of the program moving forward.”
Discover more about this important work here.
Human-Computer Interaction assistant professor studies casual data sharing errors on social media
The frantic swirl of coronavirus-related information-sharing that took place this year on social media is the subject of a new analysis led by researchers at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.
Published in the open-access journal Informatics, the study focuses on the sharing of data visualizations on Twitter -- by health experts and average people alike -- during the initial struggle to grasp the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society. Many social media users continue to encounter similar charts and graphs every day, especially as a new wave of coronavirus cases has begun to surge across the globe.
The work found that more than half of the analyzed visualizations from average users contained one of five common errors that reduced their clarity, accuracy or trustworthiness.
"Experts have not yet begun to explore the world of casual visualizations on Twitter," said Francesco Cafaro, an assistant professor in the School of Informatics and Computing, who led the study. "Studying the new ways people are sharing information online to understand the pandemic and its effect on their lives is an important step in navigating these uncharted waters."
Delve further into this story by Kevin Fryling here.
IUPUI informatics and computing students rise to the 'COVID Challenge'
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a never-ending list of challenges -- to science, to education and to society in general. But new challenges are also opportunities to find new solutions and new ways to engage students in search of those answers.
At the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, two initiatives are encouraging graduate students in human-computer interaction, health informatics and bioinformatics to bring their skills, experience and education to bear on some of the thorniest issues to arise from the coronavirus. The projects are aptly titled "The COVID Challenge."
Both challenges are aimed at international students.
Read more of this story by Kevin Fryling here.
Translational Research Impact
Diversifying occupational therapy through theater
Occupational therapists use meaningful activities to promote health. But when the majority of the profession is comprised of white women, can they adequately meet the needs of a diverse population?
That's the question IUPUI's Sally Wasmuth is tackling through a new project supported by IU's Racial Justice Research Fund. Wasmuth and her team are having important conversations about promoting equity in occupational therapy and developing action steps to diversify the field. Their aim is to change the landscape of occupational therapy, and in doing so, diversify healthcare in the United States.
"We want to create a sense of belonging within occupational therapy for Black, indigenous and people of color," said Wasmuth, an assistant professor in the department of occupational therapy in the School of Health and Human Sciences. “Doing so requires us to first root out the barriers that have prevented occupational therapy from being a more diverse field in the first place. Our goal is to go beyond critical conversations and create actionable steps for change."
According to Wasmuth, white women make up 83 percent of the occupational therapy workforce. Women far outweigh men in the profession, who comprise just under 15 percent of the field. Asian practitioners make up around seven percent of all occupational therapists, and Black therapists comprise around five percent of the workforce.
"By uniquely contributing to a national conversation, we hope to identify and remove barriers, and create a better sense of belonging for people of color,” Wasmuth said. “One thing we can do is examine our recruitment efforts and admissions criteria to make sure they are equitable and actively seeking diverse populations."
Discover more about this important work here.