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August 2, 2011

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CSDE ANNOUNCEMENTS & SPOTLIGHTS

Kathy O'Connor and Bob Plotnick Join CSDE Executive Committee

Kathy O'Connor and Bob Plotnick are new members of the CSDE Executive Committee. They replaced Mark Long and Eric Smith, whose three-year terms ended on June 30, 2011.

Many thanks to Mark and Eric for their outstanding service.

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Closing of the CSDE Student Computer Lab in Raitt 223

Dear CSDE Faculty, Researchers, Staff, and Students

After more than 10 years of service, on August 19th, 2011 CSDE will be closing its walk-in lab in Raitt 223 and re-purposing that space to be used for grant-funded project space.

Our space in Raitt Hall is very limited and for a while now we have been duplicating a service offered right next door by CSSCR (http://julius.csscr.washington.edu/)
We must use our space to best support and benefit funded population research.

The Computing Core will be re-focusing our efforts on the remote-access Terminal Servers, sim cluster, and UNIX systems - as these are our core service offerings and critical to the work we all do. The increase in use of tablets, smartphones, and laptops and the spread of internet access means that our users can access these high-powered systems at their convenience from virtually everywhere. We hope and expect to be able to continue to provide remote access services for a long time to come.

If you have comments that you would like us to hear about the closing of the CSDE Computer lab in Raitt 223, please send them to csde_help@uw.edu .We'll compile the comments and hand them to the CSDE Executive committee for review.

Thank you for using and supporting CSDE computing

Matt Weatherford
CSDE Computing Core Director

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CSDE AFFILIATE & TRAINEE NEWS

Stew Tolnay Elected to WA State Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences recently announced the election of Stew Tolnay and 23 other new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.

For more info is here.

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Alkema, Raftery, Clark, et al, Article is Featured in NIH News.

The lead article in the current issue of Demography, Probabilistic Projections of the Total Fertility Rate for All Countries, by Leontine Alkema, Adrian Raftery, Sam Clark, and others, is featured in NIH News.

More info is here.

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Kam Wing Chan’s Research Cited in WSJ Column

Citing Kam Wing Chan's data and research, The Wall Street Journal published a column on 8/1/11 questioning China's urban legend.  See the full text here.  The column draws heavily on Kam Wing's opinion piece in July 16 issue of China-US Focus. The title is: In the City, but Not of the City: the Myth of China's.Read the full text here.

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Jake Rosenfeld Discusses Labor Union Decline and Rising of Wage Inequality on The Conversation

Jake Rosenfeld  is interviewed on KUOW's The Conversation about his recent co-authored study on labor’s decline and rising wage inequality

Listen to the 08/01/2011 interview here.

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Mark Ellis Quoted in Seattle Times Article on Immigrant Workers in WA State

Mark Ellis is quoted in, “Washington farmers short on seasonal workers,” The Seattle Times.
Read the 07/22/2011 article here.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Research Project Grant (Parent R01)

Research Project Grant (Parent R01)
(PA-11-260)
National Institutes of Health
and others
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The Research Project Grant (R01) is an award made to an institution/organization to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in areas representing the specific interests and competencies of the investigator(s). The R01 research plan proposed by the applicant institution/organization must be related to the stated program interests of one or more of the NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) based on descriptions of their programs.

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NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (Parent R21)

(PA-11-261)
National Institutes of Health
and others
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) funding opportunity supports the development of new research activities in categorical program areas. The R21 mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory and developmental research projects by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of these projects. These studies may involve considerable risk but may lead to a breakthrough in a particular area, or to the development of novel techniques, agents, methodologies, models, or applications that could have a major impact on a field of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.

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NIH Small Research Grant Program (Parent R03)

(PA-11-262)
National Institutes of Health
and others
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Investigator-Initiated Small Research Grant (R03) funding opportunity supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. The R03 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.


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Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R01)

(PA-11-263)
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Nursing Research
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

This FOA issued by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions or organizations that propose to conduct research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health and well-being of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences.  Disasters include weather-related events, earthquakes, tsunamis, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes, and pandemics.

There is also an R03 (PA-11-264) and a R21 (PA-11-265).

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Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Award [G11]

(PAR-11-270)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
John E. Fogarty International Center
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 23, 2011, July 31, 2012, July 31, 2013

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the Fogarty International Center (FIC), and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), encourages applications from eligible domestic and foreign institutions that propose to build capacity in their research administration infrastructures.  The Biomedical Biobehavioral Research Administration Capacity Development (BRAD) Program (G11) promotes the establishment of rigorous and externally supported biomedical and biobehavioral research and/or research-related training programs by providing support for strengthening institutional research administration infrastructures.  This program provides training in NIH policies and procedures through distance learning and an NIH Residency Training Program.  Additionally, funds are provided to strengthen existing or facilitate the establishment of new research administration infrastructures such as Offices of Sponsored Projects (OSP), Offices of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), or components of such entities. The goal of the BRAD program is to enable eligible institutions to develop research support infrastructures that will facilitate the thorough oversight and administrative management of extramural grant awards, foster and facilitate ongoing research activities at the institution, and serve as the main organizational entity for the technical development of grant proposal submissions and oversight.

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Research on Research Integrity (R21)

(RFA-ES-11-009)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Office of Research Integrity
Application Receipt Date(s): December 01, 2011

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by NIEHS and ORI, encourages applications for research that will improve understanding of the basic mechanisms of research integrity by bridging work in the laboratory and the field. This understanding will advance several goals, including: the identification of the optimal targets and time points in the life course for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education and the identification of common mechanisms of behavior change related to research integrity. This initiative seeks to capitalize on emerging basic science to accelerate the investigation of common mechanisms that play a role in initiating or maintaining research integrity and are applicable across a broad range of research-related behaviors. By focusing basic research on the mechanisms of research integrity, and by integrating work across laboratory and field contexts, this initiative should transform the efficacy and effectiveness of RCR education and cost efficiency of behavior change interventions when research misconduct is found. 

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Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (K12)

(RFA-OD-11-002)
Office of Research on Women's Health
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
and others
Application Receipt Date(s): September 20, 2011

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and its cosponsors invite institutional career development award applications for Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Programs, hereafter termed "Programs."  Programs will support mentored research career development of junior faculty members, known as BIRCWH Scholars, who have recently completed clinical training or postdoctoral fellowships, and who will be engaged in interdisciplinary basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and/or health services research relevant to women's health or sex differences research.    

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FY12 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research (DP1)

(RFA-DA-12-011)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Application Receipt Date(s): March 27, 2012

The NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose high-impact research that will open new areas of HIV/AIDS research and/or lead to new avenues for prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS among drug abusers.  The term “avant-garde” is used to describe highly innovative approaches that have the potential to be transformative.  The proposed research should reflect approaches and ideas that are substantially different from those already being pursued by the investigator or others.

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Advancing the Impact of Effective HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Interventions (R01)

(PA-11-271)
National Institute of Mental Health
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
The Division of AIDS Research (DAR) at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to outline NIMH's priority areas for innovative research. This FOA encourages research designed to increase the impact of effective HIV/AIDS-related interventions for prevention and treatment. This FOA is informed by priority areas from the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) Plan for HIV/AIDS Related Research, as well as the NIMH Strategic Plan (Objective 4): To strengthen the public health impact of NIMH-supported research. That is, through research, evaluation, and collaboration, to develop the capacity of NIMH to help close the gap between the development of new, research-tested interventions and their widespread use by those most in need.
The two overarching goals of this FOA are to encourage projects that will 1) improve the uptake of efficacious interventions and 2) conduct research to inform and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions, in order to maximize community impact.
There is also an R03 (PA-11-272), R21 (PA-11-273), and a R34 (PAR-11-274).

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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Important IRB Review Announcement - Approval in Principle is becoming Limited Activities Determination

Approval in Principle (AIP) is a mechanism developed many years ago by the Human Subjects Division (HSD) to allow new federal awards to be released before IRB approval was obtained for the research project, with the limitation that the released funds could not be used for any activities involving human subjects.  For example, a researcher might use the money to begin hiring and training research staff.  
Researchers have been increasingly, and inappropriately, asking for Approval in Principle as a temporary substitute for IRB approval that allows federal funds to begin flowing.  HSD has learned from several federal agencies that Approval in Principle, as historically implemented at the UW, is inconsistent with federal regulations and is no longer acceptable.
Effective immediately, HSD is replacing Approval in Principle with an easier but more restricted process called Limited Activities Determination (LAD). Far fewer grants will qualify for LAD status than qualified for Approval in Principle.

More info is here.

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Call for Proposed Supplemental Survey Modules in 2012 National Health and Aging Trends Study

Please consider and pass along the following call for ideas for supplemental modules to the new NHATS study. 
Call for Proposed Supplemental Modules for the 2012 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)
The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is a new national study of functioning in later life supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).  he NHATS design incorporates the opportunity for researchers to propose brief supplemental data collection modules for inclusion in each annual wave of the survey. This announcement invites submission of ideas for supplemental modules to be included in the 2012 wave of the NHATS.

For details see:http://www.nhats.org/scripts/moduleCall.htm.

Proposals are due September 15, 2011 to Judith Kasper (jkasper@jhsph.edu), Principal Investigator of NHATS.

Emily M. Agree, Ph.D.
Director, Hopkins Center for Population Aging and Health
Associate Director, Hopkins Population Center
Associate Professor, Population, Family, and Reproductive Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E4646
Baltimore, MD 21205

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