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THE CURIOUS CORNER

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This is how the coronavirus main protease looks like. It is the molecule of the month at the Educational Portal of the RCSB Protein Data Bank at Rutgers.  
Coronavirus proteases are attractive targets for the design of antiviral drugs. The Protein Data Bank is the leading global resource for experimental data central to scientific discovery, and the world's only open-access, digital data resource for the 3D biomolecular structures of life with a central role in the discovery of lifesaving drugs.

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Researchers at Rutgers and around the world are working together to share information about the structure of COVID-19 Main Protease for the sake of humanity. But data sharing is not enough, a ccording to Stephen K. Burley, Henry Rutgers Chair and Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank at Rutgers. 

"The SARS-CoV epidemic abated (after claiming 774 lives). The MERS-CoV epidemic was less severe. With COVID-19, we are facing a much worse situation. More than 2,700 individuals have died and more than 80,000 infections have been laboratory confirmed. This epidemic appears far from over, and the financial impact will likely run into the hundreds of billions (perhaps trillions) of US dollars," says Burley. After a recent interview with NJTV, Burley added that we can't forget that the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic claimed more lives than World War I, and it is time for a proactive approach and cost benefits analyses.


"I call for a proactive
financial-legal-regulatory framework that builds on open-access data driving discovery/development of broad-spectrum anti-coronaviral drugs thus insuring against future pandemics." 

- Stephen K. Burley, Henry Rutgers Chair and and Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank
ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Would you like to find funding opportunities for all disciplines and different types of projects?  Rutgers faculty, staff, and graduate students now have access to theProQuest Pivot database to find funding opportunities. Pivot is updated daily and includes funding opportunities from federal, non-federal, foundation, and other private sponsors for all disciplines and project types. Pivot will be replacing the GrantForward database as of March 6, 2020. Head to pivot.proquest.com and get started by creating your account! For more information, contact Research Development.
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The Research Development team is hosting an NSF CAREER Workshop on March 31st at 1 p.m. in the Busch Student Center for faculty who are planning on submitting a proposal for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) in 2020 or in the future. The workshop will feature prior CAREER recipients sharing their experiences and application tips. Due to limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended.
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHERS 

The Office of Advanced Research Computing offers Rutgers' next generation of  high-performance computing, Amarel, which is  a "condominium" style computing environment developed to serve the university's wide-ranging research needs. The Amarel Cluster provides a shared platform that optimizes resources for the benefit of all users,  including any investigator or student with projects requiring research computing resources. Upcoming sessions include: 

February 28 - Intro to Amarel (Piscataway)
March 2Intro to Amarel (Camden)
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The variant analysis workshop is designed for those who plan to or just started doing variant analysis. The workshop will cover the general background and theory coupled with comprehensive hands-on lab practice. Participants are expected to have some  Linux experience or an "Intro to Linux" course covering fundamental Linux skills (i.e. logging in; using commands like cd, ls, cp, rm; using a text editor), as well as Intro to Amarel - how to use the cluster.  A laptop computer running Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux as well as wireless campus connectivity will be required to participate. Wireless campus network connectivity will also be required. The next Genomics Series: Variant Analysis  series will be on March 10
FUNDING SPOTLIGHT
The Collaborative Program Grant for Multidisciplinary Teams is designed to support highly integrated research teams of three to six PD/PIs to address ambitious and challenging research questions that are important for the mission of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and are beyond the scope of one or two investigators. Collaborative program teams are expected to accomplish goals that require considerable synergy and managed team interactions. Project goals should not be achievable with a collection of individual efforts or projects. Teams are encouraged to consider far-reaching objectives that will produce major advances in their fields. Proposals are limited to two applicants for all of Rutgers, one in each project area. Pre-proposals must be submitted through the Rutgers   Limited Submission process . The internal application deadline is March 30
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With over two billion users and 140 million businesses, digital connections across Facebook apps and technologies - Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus - have meaningful economic impacts on the millions of users and businesses all over the world. With this reach and level of daily engagement in the world's economic activity, there is significant interest in identifying the value of this economic impact. Facebook invites academics to respond to this call for research proposals for measuring the value of economic impact in the digital economy. Proposals may request from $50K to $100K for projects expected to be completed in about a year.  Applications are due on March 9
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The purpose of the Aquaculture Research program is to support the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture industry in the U.S. and generate new science-based information and innovation to address industry constraints. The Aquaculture Research program will fund projects that directly address major constraints to the U.S. aquaculture industry and focus on one or more of the following program priorities: (1) genetics of commercial aquaculture species; (2) critical disease issues impacting aquaculture species; (3) design of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems; and (4) economic research for increasing aquaculture profitability. Applications are due on April 22.
AWARDS ANNOUNEMENTS 
Congratulations... 
to the following researchers for their recently-awarded grants:

Michael G. DunnRobert Wood Johnson Medical School
Jedediah H. PixleySchool of Arts and Sciences
Arash Hatefi Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
Huizhou Fan Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Pierre C. BellecSchool of Arts and Sciences
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