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 A Blue Moon Night
Tonight is the final blue moon until January 31, 2018

"Once in a blue moon" denotes something unusual or rare. According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." 


For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full. There was one full Moon on July 2nd, and a second is coming tonight, July 31st. (Technically, the full moon occurred at 6:43 a.m. ET this morning, about 20 minutes after it set for the US East Coast, but it can still be seen again when the moon rises just after 7pm CDT).


NPR covers it here; NASA's take is here; AL.com writes about it too.


So tonight's blue moon may or may not be blue, but it will be full--that's excuse enough for us to get outside and gaze at the stars as summer winds down. Here 

are a few musical tracks to enjoy while you do:


"Blue Moon" by The Marcels, 1934

"Blue Moon" covered by Frank Sinatra

"Blue Moon" covered by Elvis Presley

and last but not least, Billie Holiday's "Blue Moon"


Seminars, Symposia and Conferences
Wednesday, August 5
CCTS Forum: Grant Writing/Assembly Resources
4:45-6pm in PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

Join us for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments as we come together to discuss resources available at UAB to write, assemble, and successfully submit grants (or triage those that need a second chance).  


Please join us remotely via GoToMeeting:

  • You can also dial in using your phone
    • (312) 757-3121

    Access Code: 533-000-725
Thursday, August 6
2015 Leadership in Academic Medicine Lecture
Peter L. Slavin, MD
President, Massachusetts General Hospital

Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium

Lunch will be served; 1 hour of CME credit available

Thursday, August 6

CCTS/CTO Research Seminar Series 

"Engaging Clinical Personnel in Research"

presented by Dr. Cynthia Joyner and Penny Jester 

CME credit available 

12-1pm, PCAMS Library, 1924 7th Ave. S.

Please join us remotely via GoToMeeting:

Friday,  August 7
First Friday Mentoring Lunch
Noon-1pm, PCAMS (1924 7th Ave. S.)  

This is an informal opportunity to come together with Dr. David Chaplin, Director of the CCTS Training Academy and your peers to discuss mentoring issues.  No prerequisite attendance at any other mentoring events is required.  Please RSVP so that we have enough food:  ccts@uab.edu
Note: The date for September's lunch will be Friday, September 11.

Thursday, August 13
Professional Skills Development Series
"Strategies for Writing a Compelling Abstract" 
Dr. David Chaplin, Director, UAB CCTS Training Academy

PCAMS, 1924 7th Avenue South

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/840329197
You can also dial in using your phone. United States (Long distance): +1 (224) 501-3412  Access Code: 840-329-197


From our:


Friday-Saturday, August 28-29

First Annual Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) Cancer Meeting

Marriott Hotel, Grand National, Opelika Alabama, 3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail, Opelika,  AL


PROGRAM - We think we have a great program scheduled, with opportunities to present your research as well as learn more about what others at Auburn are doing and to learn about opportunities and facilities available to you.  The program will begin at 8:00 am on Friday and end at about 3:00 pm on Saturday.  The program will include lunch both days as well as a dinner (with a bar) on Friday.

Platform and poster presentation title preferences may be submitted to Dr. Bruce Smith, smithbf@auburn.ed and cc: smith30@auburn.edu. Deadline: Friday, August 14. AURIC Grant recipients are expected to present results at the meeting.

Registration is free to AURIC members; become one by registering today at:https://tpg.auburn.edu/ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=4&CATID=13


Wednesday, September 2

Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference




BJCC East Ballroom


Featuring keynote speaker: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Attend the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference to recognize outstanding individuals and businesses that have taken risks and solved needs to ensure the continuing economic development success of Alabama and the growth of entrepreneurial talent in the state.  Five outstanding individuals will receive a prestigious Alabama Innovation Award. Click here to learn more and register.


Tuesday, September 15

TIERS: Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars

The mission of TIERS is to provide beneficial information on career planning and development. Topics are presented in a relaxed environment structured to promote collaborative learning, networking and problem solving.

TIERS participants do not have to have a current career development or training award to attend.  Any junior faculty, postdoctoral fellow and pre-professional student interested in an academic research career may participant.

Mark your calendar:  Tuesday, September 15, 2015  for a dialogue with   Warren Ross, MD,  on career development topics such as interviewing and professional searches.  Dr. Ross is a nationally recognized physician executive who lends deep industry knowledge to senior search assignments, which focus on securing top executives for Academic Health Science Centers.  


Friday, September 18
Training Session: National Science Foundation's Graduate

 Research Fellowship Program 

3:30pm, Heritage Hall Room 125

National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)


is an annual competition for graduate student fellowships. Graduate students early in their enrollment  at UAB and studying any topic covered by NSF's broad interests are eligible to apply. The deadlines fall from October 29-November 4 this fall, depending on discipline. This website offers further information:




We encourage students to work with their mentors to  begin writing applications immediately. To assist students, the UAB College of Arts and Sciences will hold a training program concerning GRFP applications on Friday, September 18 at 3:30 PM in Heritage Hall Room 125. All are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 25

UAB Center for Exercise Medicine - 3rd Annual Symposium

UCEM logo  

"Innovative Research from Discovery to Treatment to Prevention"


Bradley Lecture Center at Children's Harbor

Birmingham, AL


Details and registration information will be posted soon at: www.uab.edu/exercise.



Monday-Wednesday, September 28-30

Immunogenomics 2015


HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala.


The meeting will bring you together with key experts at the intersection of immunology and genomics as they explore the application of genomic technologies to better understand the immune system.

Attend Immunogenomics 2015 and:

  • Engage in a multi-day program of science talks presented by leading experts in the field of immunogenomics
  • Be a part of the grassroots revolution in the way we approach human health
  • Network with leaders and thinkers at exciting social events

View the program to see the line-up of international speakers who will be discussing their groundbreaking research. Click here to register today.



Friday, October 2

Community Engagement Institute




Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, East Meeting Rooms


This event is an education and training opportunity for academic and community partners to explore, discuss and gain practical skills related to collaborative research and service, especially to address locally identified needs and to connect key stakeholders and change agents to one another for action.

Undergraduate and graduate students, community members, UAB faculty, organizations & community/neighborhood leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders and others are encouraged to register and attend. 

Keynote speakers for the October 2, 2015, Community Engagement Institute are:


Al Thompson, MSW
Executive Director
Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) 
Dr. Sampson Davis

Registration is now open for this free event-register today!


Call for posters:
Conference participants interested in presenting a poster should complete the POSTER APPLICATION FORMProposals should be submitted NO LATER than 5 pm (CST), Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.   


Thursday-Friday, October 22-23
UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-4th Annual Symposium

"Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease"


William W. Featheringill Keynote Lecture:

Charles N. Serhan, PhD

Director, Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Simon Gelman Professor of Anaesthesia (Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology)

Harvard Institutes of Medicine

Professor, Harvard School of Dental Medicine


Taking place at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa, Birmingham, AL

Please visit the CCVC website for more information; Registration and Trainee Abstract Submission are Open.


Friday, October 23

Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging

23rd Annual Symposium


Edge of Chaos, Lister Hill Library, 4th Floor


Call for research abstracts:  The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging requests abstract submissions from faculty members and their trainees for possible oral or poster presentation at this year's Annual Meeting. Abstracts must be on recent aging-related research. Electronic submission deadline: 4pm, Friday, August 21. Send to: Peter Bosworth at email: bosworth@uab.edu.

UAB Research Orientation Program - a NEW RESEARCH TRAINING OPPORTUNITY for Faculty, Coordinators, Budget & Regulatory Staff

New to the UAB platform of education offerings for research is a program designed for young investigators and research staff who are new to research (possibly within the first 2 months of starting in research).  
The program will be a basic review of how to implement a sponsored- or investigator-initiated study including clinical, regulatory and financial aspects. The intent of this program is to provide a basic overview of implementing a study, familiarize attendees with the language, and hopefully provide guidance on avoiding pitfalls when starting out.  This is not an all-encompassing program, but will provide basic tools and some of the necessary language in order to successfully conduct a research study.
We encourage new faculty, coordinators, budget and regulatory staff to attend.  
At this time there is no cost for the program.    

Fourth Thursday of each month 8am - 12noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue S.).
Registration is limited, so please REGISTER early by contacting   Dharti Patel :  Dpatel80@uab.edu.


You've heard about our many wonderful programs and activities, but maybe you missed one? No worries, we've got you covered. Many of our speakers and series are videorecorded and posted online at our CCTS YouTube Channel. From topics ranging from informatics to community-based participatory research, to the top 5 strategies for improving participant retention in clinical trials, a wealth of information is at your fingertips. Click here to see what we have to offer.


Featured Funding :


NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars

The National Institutes of Health, the nation's premier agency for biomedical and behavioral research, in partnership with the Lasker Foundation, is pleased to announce the Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program, an historic "intramural-extramural" partnership to nurture the next generation of clinical researchers


The program supports a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions. Successful candidates are designated as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars.


Lasker Scholars receive a unique combination of NIH funding for clinical research for to 10 years. In the first phase of the program, Scholars will receive appointments for 5-7 years as tenure-track investigators within the NIH Intramural Research Program with independent budgets. In the second phase, successful Scholars will receive up to 3 years of NIH support for their research at an extramural research facility; or the Scholar can be considered to remain as an investigator within the intramural program.


Lasker Scholars will have access to the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research. Through an arrangement with the Lasker Foundation, Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in selected activities, including attendance at the Lasker Breakfast and Award Luncheon, and participation in annual scientific meetings.


Applications are due August 27. Details:  http://www.nih.gov/science/laskerscholar/



Contact the CCTS Research Commons ( ccts@uab.edu; 4.7442) to learn more. Visit the site now for these and ongoing additions to the list!

Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website


Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


This clinic provides the UAB community access to epidemiology and biostatistics resources.  Available most Mondays, 10am-2pm in The Edge of Chaos (Lister Hill Library, 4th floor).  Check the Edge of Chaos calendar   for confirmation of meeting dates and times. 


 UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

Come visit our team of biostatisticians for a one-on-one consultation

Weekly on Wednesdays, 11:30am-1pm

PCAMS Building 1924 7th Avenue South


The Biostatistics Clinic is open to all faculty members, post-docs, fellows, residents, and students. Attendees are invited to bring statistical and methodological questions about on-going research projects, projects being planned, manuscripts in progress, responses to peer reviewers, and published articles. They are also invited to bring their laptops. Assistance will be provided by members of the CCTS BERD group. A light lunch is served.  



BERD Design Consultation Available Today

In support of Pilot & Feasibility Projects, the CCTS is offering design consultation through its Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Division (BERD).  A team of methodologists, including experts in Epidemiology (Gerald McGwin, Russell Griffin), Biostatistics (Robert Oster, David Redden, Leslie McClure, Paul Lin), and Statistical Genetics (Hemant Tiwari, Xiangqin Cui) are available to collaborate in the design of  the pilot proposals as well as in their review.  If other methodological expertise is required in the project design, the BERD will recruit the required expertise from among the network of UAB methodologists.


Please contact the BERD and request design consultation by emailing ccts@uab.edu, calling (205) 934-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page. 


Happy Birthday Wishes to CCTS Director Dr. Robert Kimberly! 

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