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August 25, 2009

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

CSDE ANNOUNCEMENTS & SPOTLIGHTS

PAA Call for Papers Deadline is September 21, 2009

The paper submission deadline for the 2010 PAA is less than a month away.  All authors are asked to submit both: a) a short (150 word) abstract; and b) either an extended (2-4 pages, including tables) abstract or a completed paper. Extended Abstracts must be sufficiently detailed to allow the session organizer to judge the merits of the paper, including a description of the topic to be studied, the theoretical focus, the data and research methods, and the expected findings. Alternatively, authors can submit completed papers for the organizer review. If your submission is accepted in a regular session you must upload the full paper by March 2, 2010.

The Information Core is available to assist with literature searches, citation checking, proof reading, and the like. Similarly, the Statistics Core is available to provide research methods and statistical and spatial analysis advice.

More information about the call for papers, including links to the Annual Meeting Program Website and the call for papers, is here.

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Josh Patrick on Vacation Sept 2nd - 18th

Josh Patrick, CSDE Program Coordinator, will be on vacation September 2nd through the 18th. If you need administrative assistance while he is away, please contact Scott Sipes or Daniel Nham.

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CSDE AFFILIATE & TRAINEE NEWS

Mark Long’s Research Cited in Forbes.com

Mark Long’s paper, "College Quality and Early Adult Outcomes," published in  Economics of Education Review, 27(5), pp. 588-602, October 2008, was described in the August 7th Forbes.com article "Why Elite Colleges Don't Equal Earnings: When it Comes to Making Money, Who You Are Matters More than Where You Go." 

Read the article here
UW faculty, students, and staff can access the full text of the paper here

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Mark Handcock Quoted in HeraldNet

Mark Handcock was quoted in a news article addressing the recent cluster of police-involved fatalities in Snohomish County.  This article appeared in HeraldNet, an online news publication for Snohomish County, on August 10th. 

Read the article here

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Robert Crutchfield Quoted in UWeek

Robert Crutchfield was quoted in an August 20th UWeek article about the Savery Hall renovation.

Read the article here

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CAMPUS SEMINARS & EVENTS OF INTEREST

Cao Fei and Yang Fudong – Business As Usual: New Video from China

Cao Fei and Yang Fudong both address the emergence of a new middle class in China. Contemporary artists in China are employing a range of media to explore the experience of living in a rapidly changing urban environment. Globalization has brought them into contact with Western contemporary art, but their concerns remain specific to present-day China.

Saturday, August 29, recurring weekly until October 4, 2009
Henry Art Gallery

More information is here.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Network Infrastructure Support for Emerging Behavioral and Social Research Areas in Aging (R24)

(PAR-09-233)
National Institute on Aging
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide infrastructure support in specific emerging interdisciplinary areas of behavioral and social research in aging.  This FOA will use the NIH Resource-Related Research Project (R24) mechanism to facilitate research networks to seed the following integrative and interdisciplinary research areas through meetings, conferences, small scale pilots, short term training opportunities (such as intensive workshops, summer institutes, or visiting scholar programs) and dissemination activities to encourage growth and development, so they can develop to the point where the network activities can be supported through standard mechanisms (such as research grants, conference grants, program projects, centers, and/or institutional training grants).

Specific Targeted Emerging Areas Behavioral and Social Science related to individual and population aging include:

* Neuroeconomics of aging: bridging economics, psychology, and social, cognitive, and affective neuroscience of aging;
* Integration of biology and genetics with behavioral and social sciences related to aging: bridging laboratory and population-based approaches for incorporating biological with social and behavioral levels of data collection and analysis;
* Harmonization of cross-national studies of aging to the Health and Retirement Study;
* Coordination  of measurement and analysis of behavioral and social phenotypes in longitudinal studies of aging: coordination of measurement, analysis and model development for research on questions related to interplay between genetics and behavioral and social factors;
* Behavioral economics and behavior change: with an emphasis on developing areas of relevance to aging, including health behaviors, end-of-life decisions, savings, etc.
* Social network dynamics related to aging: consideration of longitudinal data needs and interdisciplinary efforts to develop theory.

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2010 NIH Directors Pioneer Award Program (DP1)

(RFA-RM-09-010)
NIH Roadmap Initiatives
Application Receipt Date(s): October 20, 2009

The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program complements NIH's traditional, investigator-initiated grant programs by supporting individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose pioneering and possibly transforming approaches to addressing major biomedical or behavioral challenges. To be considered pioneering, the proposed research must reflect ideas substantially different from those already being pursued in the investigator’s laboratory or elsewhere. Awardees must commit the major portion (at least 51%) of their research effort to activities supported by the Pioneer Award.  The NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Program is a High-Risk Research initiative of Research Teams of the Future.

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Understanding and Informing Interventions that Promote Research Careers of Students in Biomedical/Behavioral Sciences (R01)

(RFA-GM-10-008)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Application Receipt Date(s): October 22, 2009

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicits applications that propose research designed to test assumptions and hypotheses regarding social and behavioral factors with the aim of advising and guiding the design of potential interventions intended to increase interest, motivation and preparedness for careers in biomedical and behavioral research. NIGMS is particularly interested in those interventions that are specifically designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering careers in these disciplines. The proposed research need not be restricted to underrepresented minority students. Comparative research that analyzes the experience of all groups in order to place that of underrepresented students in context and to learn whether and how interventions should be tailored to make more underrepresented students successful in biomedical careers may well be particularly illuminating and is, therefore, encouraged.

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Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

NSF 09-598
Deadline for REU Site proposals October 22, 2009; August 25, 2010

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. This solicitation features two mechanisms for support of student research: (1) REU Sites are based on independent proposals to initiate and conduct projects that engage a number of students in research. REU Sites may be based in a single discipline or academic department, or on interdisciplinary or multi-department research opportunities with a coherent intellectual theme. Proposals with an international dimension are welcome. A partnership with the Department of Defense supports REU Sites in DoD-relevant research areas. (2) REU Supplements may be requested for ongoing NSF-funded research projects or may be included as a component of proposals for new or renewal NSF grants or cooperative agreements.

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Effects of Gene-Social Environment Interplay on Health and Behavior in Later Life (R01)

(RFA-AG-10-006)
National Institute on Aging
Application Receipt Date(s): November 09, 2009

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites R01 applications for the development of multidisciplinary collaborations among existing longitudinal twin and family studies, with a focus on social and behavioral factors associated with aging outcomes. This FOA is intended to lay the foundation for future studies of the role of gene-environment interplay in accounting for links between social experiences and physical health, functionality, and psychological well-being in midlife and older age. Of particular interest are applications that can embed this foundation within a lifespan perspective.  Applicants are encouraged to use this FOA as a starting point for (1) developing collaborations among existing data sets, (2) harmonizing social phenotypes across a number of twin and family studies, (3) conducting analyses aimed at further refining social phenotypes for genetic analysis, (4) using animal models of gene-social environment interplay to inform work using twin studies and/or (5) establishing preliminary data on the feasibility of genetic/genomic approaches that could be applied to questions of how social experiences are biologically embedded and influence middle and later life outcomes.  Use of existing data is strongly encouraged; funds from this award are not intended for new data collection, but a small percentage of funds may be used for adding modules to ongoing data collection efforts to augment phenotypic or genetic data.

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Healthy Aging through Behavioral Economic Analyses of Situations (R01)

(RFA-AG-10-008)
National Institute on Aging
Application Receipt Date(s): November 02, 2009

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health, solicits Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to translate basic findings from Behavioral Economics into behavior change interventions targeting health behaviors associated with chronic health conditions of mid-life and older age. Applications should propose small pilot clinical trials or demonstration projects, ideally based on collaborations between individuals with expertise in behavioral economics and psychologists, psychiatrists, clinicians, or others with expertise in aging or implementing behavioral interventions.

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Transforming Primary Care Practice (R18)

(RFA-HS-10-002)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Application Receipt Date(s): November 18, 2009

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) solicits grant applications from organizations that propose systematic studies of on-going, successful efforts to transform the delivery of primary care in the U.S.  The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has been proposed by a broad coalition of providers, employers, insurers and others as a model for improving primary care in the U.S., and numerous health care systems and medical groups are currently attempting to transform their primary care practices into PCMHs.  These attempts go beyond incremental quality improvement activities and aim toward whole practice redesign.  The research funded through this announcement will first validate that healthcare quality, as reflected in quantifiable changes in process and outcome measures, has in fact improved subsequent to practice transformation into a PCMH.  Investigators will then study in detail how the transformation occurred and its impact on costs of care and actual patient and provider experiences/satisfaction.  In addition, investigators will study the organizational and contextual factors within practices that have influenced the success of these efforts. AHRQ is interested in research that will identify, describe and disseminate the best methods for transforming the structure, characteristics and function of primary care so that practices can improve quality, reduce costs, and better satisfy the needs of patients and families.

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AHRQ Grant Program for Large or Recurring Conferences (R13)

(PAR-09-257)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), announces its continued interest in supporting conferences through its Large or Recurring Grant Program for Conference Support. AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. The types of conferences eligible for support include: 1) Research development - conferences where issues or challenges in the practice and delivery of health care are defined and a research agenda or strategy for studying them is developed; 2) Research design and methodology -  conferences where methodological and technical issues of major importance to the field of health services research are addressed or new designs and methodologies are developed; 3) Dissemination and implementation - conferences where research findings and evidence-based information and tools are summarized, communicated and used by organizations and individuals that have the capability to use the information to improve the outcomes, quality, access to, and cost and
utilization of health care services; and/or, 4) Research training, infrastructure and career development -conferences where faculty, trainees and students are brought together with stakeholders to develop, share or disseminate research products, experiences, curricula, syllabi, or training competencies.

There is also an RFP for Small Grant Program for Conference Support (R13).
(PA-09-231)

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Clarification on the Use of an NIHMSID to Indicate Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy

(NOT-OD-09-136)
National Institutes of Health

NIH has observed that the NIHMSID is being used incorrectly to indicate compliance many months after the publication of a paper, by which time the awardee has had adequate time to complete the submission process and obtain the final PMCID.  Because the Policy requires submission at the time of acceptance and the NIH manuscript submission process can generally be completed within a few weeks, this is an unacceptable use of the NIHMSID. Effective August 21, 2009, an NIHMSID may be used to indicate compliance with the Public Access Policy for up to three months after a paper is published. After that period, a PMCID must be provided in order to indicate compliance.

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UW Office of Research Introduces Electronic Submission for the Royalty Research Fund

The Office of Research is pleased to report that the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) proposal submission and review process is now electronic; all proposals will be submitted using SAGE (System to Administer Grants Electronically). Proposals for the fall round are due on Monday, September 28, 2009, by 5:00 pm.

Briefly, the RRF proposal will consist of an eGC1 (electronic Grant and Contracts Form 1, created online in SAGE) and supporting documents.  The documents will be gathered into a single PDF file and attached electronically to the eGC1 application.  The application will then be routed electronically to all of the individuals that need to approve the proposal (Chairs, Directors and Deans).  It will then automatically be routed to RRF staff who will review the proposal for adherence to instructions/program rules and complete the submission process.

With the new application process, it is essential that PIs thoroughly read and carefully follow all instructions. Proposals that do not adhere to the guidelines will be returned to PIs for immediate correction and resubmission if time permits; otherwise, they will not be considered eligible for funding.  The RRF program does not accept late applications.

To assist faculty and staff with this new process, the Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) will be offering SAGE classes that are specifically designed to teach applicants how to create and submit an eGC1 for RRF proposals.  Classes will be offered on August 25, and September 2, 10, and 17.  Please visit ORIS's learning web site for more detailed information on classes and registration.

The RRF application instructions, including specific directions for completing the eGC1, are currently available at the Office of Research web site

Please don't hesitate to contact the RRF administrative staff if you have questions about the program; new applicants should contact Peter Wilsnack, doogieh@u.washington.edu, (685-9316) and existing awardees should contact Barbara Thompson, bthompso@u.washington.edu (616-9089). Questions about SAGE and the eGC1 should be directed to the SAGE help desk, sagehelp@u.washington.edu, (685-8335). 

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UW Human Subjects Division Announcement: Training Verification & Report Now Quicker and Easier

Verifying completion of training in the protection of human research subjects is now quicker and easier, as is generation of a report for printing or direct submission to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). A new, web-based tool is available on the HSD web site for training verification and reporting (https://www.washington.edu/research/hsd/training_status.php).
 
Those who need training verification can view a single individual’s completion record or generate a list of participants who have completed training, for example from a single study. The online form makes it possible to print a report.  Researchers and research staff may also enter a study’s eGC1 number and submit a report directly to OSP, which will be provided to the sponsor / funding agency.

Reminder: Training completions are posted to the HSD web site each Monday from the preceding week (Monday – Sunday).

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CALLS FOR PAPERS

19th Annual GHEC Conference Call for Abstract Submissions

Alliances for Global Health Education: Learning from South / South Collaboration
19th Annual GHEC Conference
Presented in conjunction with the 1st Annual Latin American & Caribbean Global Health Meeting

April 9-11, 2010
National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP), Cuernavaca, Mexico

We are accepting abstract submissions (both session and poster) for the 2010 Conference!  We welcome a diverse range of topics for both poster and session abstracts. Abstract topics need not fall under the conference theme.

We also encourage abstract submissions by students and residents and invite participation from disciplinary perspectives beyond medicine (eg. public health, nursing, physician assistants, dentistry, pharmacy, business, law, engineering, etc.).

Abstract submissions accepted through October 1, 2009 (11:59pm ET).

Guidelines and the submission manager are here.

See the conference white paper here

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Tenure Track Faculty Position – Northwestern University, Population and Health

Northwestern University is seeking an experienced scholar in sociology, demography, population health, social epidemiology, economics, or related fields, whose research program includes a focus on biology or health. The scholar will join the multidisciplinary faculty of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding records of scholarly publication, teaching, and externally-funded research. The successful candidate will help to lead C2S in its goal to become an NICHD-funded population research center.

This position can be solely or jointly appointed, involving the following departments: Sociology, Statistics, or Economics in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Human Development and Social Policy in the School of Education and Social Policy; or Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine.

We will begin reviewing application materials on October 1 and will continue until the position is  filled.

More information is here.

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Health Scientist Administrator – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This vacancy is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates under announcement NICHD-09-358881-MP. Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply to both vacancies.

If you are a motivated, intelligent individual with experience in developing and managing a program of research and training grants and applications in population sciences AND you want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the Center of Population Research (CPR), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The Division offers career enhancing opportunities through challenging work assignments, exciting special projects, and exceptional professional training.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 9, 2009

More information is here

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Dissertation Fellowship – Spencer Foundation, Research Related to Education

The Spencer Foundation would like to announce that we are currently accepting applications for the 2010 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education.  As you may know, approximately 20 Fellowships of $25,000 are awarded each year by the Spencer Foundation to support doctoral candidates in a variety of fields whose dissertations promise to contribute fresh perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education.

Please note that although the dissertation topic must concern education, graduate study may be in any academic discipline.  In addition, although applicants must be candidates for a doctoral degree at a graduate school in the United States, they need not be citizens of the United States.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, October 21, 2009.
More information is here.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program – Deadline Approaching

A reminder that the application deadline is approaching for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program.  Applications must be received by October 2, 2009

Read our original announcement of this postdoctoral opportunity here

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