CCTS Digest 8.22.14 | www.uab.edu/ccts
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A Star That Exploded at the Dawn of Time


An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars, a new study reports.


The chemical signature of the ancient star suggests that it incorporated material blasted into space by a supernova explosion that marked the death of a huge star in the early universe-one that may have been 200 times more massive than the sun.


"The impact of very-massive stars and their explosions on subsequent star formation and galaxy formation should be significant," lead author Wako Aoki, of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, told Space.com by email.

Read more about it here:  http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2014/08/star-exploded-dawn-time


And if you've never seen it, the International Space Station i is the third-brightest object in the sky, and offers ample viewing opportunities. Check out this NASA page dedicated to tracking it in your area.

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 10, from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Birmingham CrossPlex for the 1st Annual Community Engagement Institute. The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) is a premiere educational and training event designed to benefit both community and academic partners in the greater Birmingham area.  The "Institute" is designed to explore, demonstrate, and educate on principles related to community-engaged research and service.  Highlights of the half-day event include, Dr. Gail Christopher, Director of Program Strategy, with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, interesting breakout sessions, and networking galore! Undergraduate and graduate students, community members, UAB faculty and staff, organizational & community/neighborhood leaders, volunteers, faith-based leaders and organizations, health advocates, consumers, grass-roots organizers, local funders, etc. are all encouraged to register and attend. Feel free to visit http://www.uab.edu/ccts/cei  or send us an email to EventCEI@gmail.com

for more information. You can also follow us on Twitter at #CEIaraeyouengaged

Seminars, Symposia and Conferences

Wednesday, Aug. 27
Dr. Ming Zhao, Program Director, SBIR Development Center, National Cancer Institute
"NCI SBIR and STTR: Advancing the Commercialization of New Cancer Innovations"

Noon-1 pm
Innovation Depot - Training Room
1500 1st Ave. N., Birmingham, 35203

This session will provide an overview of:


-        SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements

-        NIH SBIR/STTR process and new cancer-focused grant funding opportunities from NCI

-        New NCI SBIR/STTR initiatives

-        Practical strategies and tips on how to successfully submit competitive research proposals


Registration is free - lunch is provided - space is limited. To learn more and to reserve your spot, please visit: Ming Zhao Registration


Critical research implementation and management topics will be presented on the first and third Thursday at noon in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue South). These topics will be of interest and relevance specifically to clinical research personnel including investigators, regulatory personnel, study coordinators and financial administrators. The goal of this new program is to fill in the gaps in information related to the implementation of clinical trials that have been identified by investigators and their research teams. Presented by Penny Jester, co-director UAB Clinical Trials Office. 



Thurs., Sept. 4

SOPs: Guidance on Developing and Writing


Thurs., Sept. 18

Protocol Development and Grant Writing


We are always in the process of identifying speakers and new topics.  Please contact Penny Jester today with ideas or to share what resources your institution can share.


Wed. August 27

New!  Two new drop-in clinics on August 27th at noon

The MyIDP or the Careers in Medicine sites both provide the opportunity to plan for your future goals in academic, research and professional skills.  You know the sites exist, but would you like to discuss ideas related to their use?  Join David Chaplin, MD, PhD, on August 27 from noon to 1pm in PCAMS (1924 7th Avenue S.). Bring your laptop.


Questions about NIH biographical sketches, MyNCBI and SciENcv (the new biosketch generator tool)?  Utilize a drop-in consult with Lister Hill's Lee Vucovich, also on August 27, from noon to 1pm in PCAMS.  Bring your laptop.


September Seminars/Symposia:


Friday, Sept. 19

11 am-2 p.m.
Volker Hall, Lecture Room B


This half-day workshop is targeted at those who wish to learn successful strategies for securing winning proposals from the National Science Foundation. It is taught by experienced faculty who have received NSF grants and who serve as evaluators on NSF review panels and by NSF program staff. The focus of the workshop will be on explicating the types of education and research awards NSF supports and providing insights into what projects are deemed innovative and impactful by NSF. Lectures and discussion will include opportunities to address questions that will enable attendees to better develop their own NSF projects.


As lunch will be served, please RSVP before Fri, 9/12 via email to Richard Sarver, rsarver@uab.edu. Questions: 975-9169


Friday, Sept. 26
UAB Center for Exercise Medicine - 2nd Annual Symposium

Focus on Exercise Biology in Medicine and Rehabilitation

8 am-2 pm

Bradley Lecture Center/Children's Harbor - 4th Floor


Keynote Speaker:

Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Director of Neuromuscular and Neurometabolic Clinic

McMaster University Medical Center

Hamilton, Ontario Canada


Register today: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/exercise/center-for-exercise-medicine-second-annual-symposium/registration



APPLICATION: 2014 Keystone Symposia Fellows Program


The application deadline for the Keystone Symposia Fellowship Program is fast approaching. The focus of this Program is to educates early-career scientists regarding the inner workings of the life sciences community and provides a venue for high-level interaction with established and leading scientists nationally and globally.  Further, it is designed to advance participation in life science research by scientists from traditional and historically URM populations who are US citizens and permanent residents (Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders).


For more information about the program please visit:



Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

the latest research funding announcements, updated weekly, including these newest listings:




NSF Computer Systems Research (CSR) Program

  • Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs
  • Computer Systems Research (CSR): Core Area and Highlighted Areas
  • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) : Core Area and Highlighted Areas
  • Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs
  • Cyber-Human Systems (CHS)
  • Information Integration & Informatics (III)
  • Robust Intelligence (RI)
  • Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs
  • Algorithmic Foundations (AF)
  • Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)
  • Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)

Research Planning Infrastructure to Develop Therapeutic Target-ID Strategies Based on Favorable Genetic Variants of Human Longevity or Health Span

(U24; RFA-AG-15-014)


Bioreactors for Reparative Medicine

R41/R42   RFA-HL-15-004             

R43/R44   RFA-HL-15-008  

R44             RFA-HL-15-017             


Tip of the Week

Any successful project requires planning, development, implementation, and follow-through. The NIH's Grants Process Overview below provides an overview of the steps required for an application to proceed from application planning and submission through award and close out. 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!


T32 Training Grant Deadlines Coming in September

The next NIH NRSA Institutional T32 training grant application deadline is 

September 25, 2014, for applications to the following NIH Institutes:

    • NCI
    • NHLBI (resubmissions only)
    • NIAID (only annual submission date)
    • NIGMS (predoc only)
    • NHGRI (competing renewals and resubmissions only)

The CCTS currently provides support in the preparation of NIH T32 training grant applications. Please visit the  CCTS Resources for Training Grant (T32) Directors website for additional assistance.


Epidemiology/Biostatistics Clinic in The Edge of Chaos


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

Wed. August 27 & Wed. September 10

UAB CCTS Biostatistics Clinic                                                    

11:30 am-1:30 pm

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), 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 bstchair@uab.edu, calling 4-4905 or connecting through Research Commons on the CCTS home page.







R01 renewal/resubmission deadlines are just around the corner! 


For ALL internal or external applications:

�        STUDY DESIGN:

Take advantage of CCTS expertise in study design, methods and biostatistics to optimize your proposal.  


Meet with a team of scientific experts who have perused your application as a first level of peer review.


Here are just a few comments from panel participants:  

  • "It was exactly what I needed."-Dr. Rita Cowell, Asst. Professor, Behavioral Psychology
  • "The CCTS Panel was very helpful." -Dr. Lynn Dobrunz, Assoc. Prof., Neurobiology
  • "The panel was AMAZING! There is no question in my mind that I submitted a MUCH stronger grant application as a result of this meeting. I am particularly impressed of how well the panel addressed the specific needs I expressed in my initial request to the CCTS. My prior understanding was that the CCTS provides feedback on presentations in the early stages of a grant application development, but maybe reviewing applications in later stages (e.g., prior to a resubmission) is another venue for the CCTS to support grant writers and improve the overall rate of funding success. THANK YOU!!!" -Dr. Kerstin Schroder, Assoc. Prof., Health Behavior 

You write the science, let the CCTS do the rest.

 Contact ccts@uab.edu for more information.


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