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Enjoy the "Last Weekend of Summer"

Disclaimer: There is no scientific significance in the following article. See below for research-related content.


Enjoy the unofficial last weekend of summer and take part in an Alabama tradition: the  23rd Annual Labor Day Celebration and MoonPie Eatin' Contest. Since we have more than one, we'll point out this is the state's largest MoonPie eating contest, where contestants compete for prize money in both child and adult categories.

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, 12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL. Park admission is $3 adults (12+), $2 seniors, $1 children (6-11).


For the uninitiated, a MoonPie is sort of like a s'more in a wrapper. It's a layer of marshmallow sandwiched by graham cookies and all coated with chocolate. MoonPies are made in Chattanooga, TN, and come in a variety of flavors in addition to the original chocolate, including banana and vanilla, plus some double-decker configurations. Check them out for yourself: www.moonpie.com. Here's a story about MoonPies from NPR


And on the (slightly) scientific side: The MoonPie is a "traditional celebratory food" (per Wikipedia) for remembering the Apollo 11 moon walk that took place on July 20, 1969.


So consider Labor Day your official excuse to eat some MoonPies-with an RC Cola-and enjoy the long weekend!


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

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 Archiving                    
Presenter:  Penny Jester, MPH, BSN, Project Director, CTO and CCTS, UAB 
This program will provide an overview and templates for drafting  and managing SOPs.
Target audience: Research nurse coordinators and managers, research nurses, HR personnel and administrators.


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.


September Seminars/Symposia:

Tuesday, Sept. 2

Coordinated Works in Progress: 

Seminars in Health Services, Outcomes and Policy Research


"What is Informatics" Presented by Eta Berner, EdD


Professor, Dept. of Health Services Administration, School of Health Professions


Medical Towers 634

Lunch provided


Thursday, Sept. 4

SBIR/STTR NIH Proposal Preparation Workshop

Birmingham Business Alliance

505 20th Street N, Ste 200

(8:30am registration) 9am to 4 pm

$50/$100(out of state)


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration through which many of the largest federal agencies award contracts and grants to small businesses. About $2.3 billion is awarded annually through SBIR and STTR programs to small businesses, some of which collaborate with universities or have university origins. These programs award for research and development with a focus on innovation and commercialization. The purpose of the Alabama SBIR/STTR Support Program is to increase the success rate and competitiveness of SBIR/STTR applicants in the state.


Thursday, Sept. 4

Research Methods and Secondary Data Analysis Seminar Series

Robert Weech-Maldonado, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Administration presenting:


"Evaluating the Cultural Appropriateness of Survey Measures"


11:45am-1:15pm (speaker at noon)

Medical Towers Room 634 


Thursday, Sept. 11

Professional Skills Training Program

Proposal Submissions

Presented by resented by Timothy M. Parker, Associate Director, UAB Office of Sponsored Programs


11am-12:15 pm

West Pavilion Conference Room E

Click here to register today.


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


Monday, Sept. 22

UAB Translational & Molecular Sciences Certificate Program's 

Eminent Speaker Series 

"Airway Basal Cells: The Smoking Gun of COPD"

Presented by Ronald G Crystal, MD

Chair, Department of Genetic Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College


BBRB 170

Contact Scott Austin or Dr. Rakesh Patel for more information.


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. 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 deadlines are just around the corner (Oct. 5 for new R01; Nov. 5 for resubmission)! 


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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