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Going BIG

A titanic toe bone


In the last week two discoveries were verified of creatures that are--or were--the largest of their kind. The first is a newly discovered dinosaur which now takes the title of the largest terrestrial animal. Named Dreadnoughtus, meaning "fears nothing" after early 20th century battleships, this enormous beast far outweighs previous scale-topping dinos.


Per the Washington Post, measurements of bones from its hind leg and foreleg revealed that the animal was 65 tons, and still growing when it died in the Patagonian hills of Argentina about 77 million years ago.


"To put this in perspective, an African elephant is about five tons, T. rex is eight tons, Diplodocus is 18 tons, and a Boeing 737 is around 50 tons," said study author and paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara at Drexel University. "And then you have Dreadnoughtus at 65 tons." The study was reported in Scientific Reports. Read the full text of the Washington Post article here.


The second, pictured below, is the world's largest aquatic insect, discovered in China's Sichuan province. The insect is a super-sized specimen of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam. 

  A bug as big as your face


According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth" earlier this month.


The largest one measured 21 centimeters (8.27 inches) when its wings were open, according to the museum, busting the original record for largest aquatic insect held by a South American helicopter damselfly, which had a wingspan of 19.1 centimeters (7.5 inches).


The insect's presence is an indication of water quality issues, as it makes its home in makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water's pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters.


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. REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

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. 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:

Thursday, Sept. 11

Professional Skills Training Program

"Proposal Submission: Learn How to Navigate the Submission Process at UAB"

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


11am-12:15 pm

West Pavilion Conference Room E

Click here to register.


Tuesday, Sept. 16

UCEM Distinguished Lecture Series

"Effect of Exercise and Diet on Osteoarthritis" with Stephen Messier, PhD, Professor
Director, JB Snow Biomechanics Laboratory
Director, Wake Forest University Runner's Clinic

Tinsley Harrison, Room 740 
Light breakfast will be served


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


Save the Date:

UAB Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center-3rd Annual Symposium

Frontiers in Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Disease

From Bench to Bedside to Community

October 3-4, 2014

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa

Birmingham, AL


William W. Featheringill Keynote Lecture:

David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD

Dean, Colorado School of Public Health

"Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program into the Community.  The Help Prevent Diabetes Experience."


CCVC Keynote Lecture:

Ira J. Goldberg, MD

Director, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism

NYU Langone Medical Center


 The CCVC trainee abstract session will include 3 oral presentations, the Featheringill Young Investigator Award and cash awards.  Abstract submission is open! 


Please visit the CCVC website for more information: http://www.uab.edu/medicine/cardiovascularcenter/


Check out the CCTS Funding Opportunities page on our website. 

We list

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



  • Comparative Health System Performance in Accelerating PCOR Dissemination (U19; RFA-HS-14-011)
  • Advancing Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence (R01, R21)

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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